Elizabeth Cordero, Co-founder & Board President
Emma Torres, Co-founder & Board Vice-President
Emma Torres, MSW, is a co-founder and board member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. She is also the founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Campesinos Sin Fronteras, a community based grassroots organization serving farmworkers and their families in the border communities of Yuma County, Arizona. Ms. Torres has been working as a community representative and farmworker advocate since 1984. A former migrant farmworker herself, Ms. Torres now has over thirty years of public health experience, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a UCLA Johnson and Johnson Health Executive Program Graduate. Ms. Torres is a pioneer of the Arizona Community Health Worker / Promotora program starting the first CHW/Promotora program in Arizona in 1987. Ms. Torres started working as a pioneer promotora and assistant coordinator of the “Comienzo Sano” Prenatal Care Promotora de Salud Program in Arizona. Since then, she has been a strong proponent and advocate of the Promotora model as one of the most effective strategies in reaching and serving low-income Hispanic and migrant farmworker population. In 1991, Ms. Torres was selected as a member of the HHS, Migrant and Seasonal farmworker’s Health Advisory Group, in 1999, Ms. Torres, received the Robert Wood Johnson National Health Leader Award for her work with Farm worker Promotoras de Salud. In 2003, Ms. Torres received a presidential appointment to serve as a member of the US/Mexico Border Health Commission representing Arizona.Ms. Torres has received numerous awards for her work on behalf of the farmworker population and her leadership in working with Promotoras. These recognitions include the OHTLI award (the highest recognition awarded by the Mexican government to people who live outside the country); she was also recognized as one of the 10 Most Influential Hispanics in Yuma County in 2007; and received an appointment as a representative of IME (the Institute for Mexicans Abroad). In 2009, she was honored with the “Heart of Yuma Award” given by the Yuma community to individuals who have strengthened their community through their dedication, passion for service and volunteerism. For her lifelong investment in the field, in 2016, Ms. Torres received the Arizona Housing Hero Award from the Arizona State Department of Housing. Since the first Promotora de Salud Program started in Yuma County in 1987, Ms. Torres has assisted and mentored over 50 new Promtora de Salud projects throughout the country. Through a Robert Wood Johnson “Building Community Support For Diabetes Care grant award, Mrs. Torres was able to introduce the Promotora concept to national health service organizations and Federal Qualified Community Health Centers (FQCHC’s) federal system who adopted the Promotora model as part of their integrative care model.
Lorena Andrade, Co-founder & Board Treasurer
Maria Perales Sanchez, Board Secretary
María Perales Sánchez, is the board Secretary of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. Ms. Perales Sanchez is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico, and comes from a large family of Mexican farmworkers. She serves as a policy fellow at Centro De los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM), a transnational migrant workers’ rights organization. As an immigrant herself, Maria is committed to working alongside all migrant communities to combat abuses and advance justice.
At the age of sixteen, Maria began to advocate around DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), informing qualifying applicants about the process. While in college, Maria organized with her campus immigration advocacy group on issues surrounding wage theft, policing and immigration enforcement, deaths of migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, and rights for day laborers. She also served as interpreter for asylum-seeking Central American women and unaccompanied minors in Texas. At CDM, she works alongside farmworkers, crab pickers, and other migrant worker women on issues of sexual assault and discrimination to advance workers’ rights and advocate for humane public policies.
A member of the first-generation, low-income community, Maria earned a B.A. from Princeton University in Public and International Affairs with minors in Latino and Latin American Studies.
Elodia Salvador, Board member
Elodia Salvador is a Board member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. She is also a board member of Líderes Campesinas. She is a single mother of two children and an indigenous woman from Guerrero, Mexico. Her native language is Nahuatl. She is the third of nine children. She worked since the age of nine in her home country to help her mother and siblings. In her teen years, she immigrated in the late nineties to work in two jobs: as a nanny and in a packing house the first year. Then has worked only in agriculture in packinghouses and in the fields of central coast region of California. She has endured much abuse and exploitation in her various jobs to support her mother, her siblings and her two children. Her multiple work experiences strengthen her noble character as she struggled as a survivor of multiple abuses in these workplaces. As she joined Líderes Campesinas, she learned about her rights. She became an advocate and supports others specially women, to learn their rights. She has become a champion in supporting women and guiding them to places of safety. This year she joined the board of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas.
Maria Gonzalez, Board Member
Beatriz Gatica, Board Member
Beatriz Gatica, originally from Guerrero, Mexico, arrived to the U.S. in 2009 and since, has been working in agriculture. She serves in the Executive Committee of Mujeres Divinas, a member of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas. She is also a member of the Workers’ Center of Central New York in Syracuse. Gatica is passionate about campesinas’ rights and expanding them into her community.
Kimber Nicolleti, Board Member
Ms. Nicoletti-Martinez is the principal investigator and director of the Multicultural Efforts to end Sexual Assault(MESA) program. MESA is a statewide effort focused on preventing sexual violence across the life span including child sexual abuse in undeserved and marginalized populations. MESA has a specific effort to end child sexual abuse in farm worker communities across the United States.
Cristina Aldana, Board Member
Cristina Aldana is a current board member of The Farmworker Association of Florida and a Community Organizer for M.U.J.E.R Inc. (Mujeres, Unidas, en Justicia, Educacion, y Reforma, Women, United in Justice, Education, and Reform), a non-profit community based social service organization dedicated to providing domestic and sexual violence education, direct response and support services to South Florida communities and families in need.
Originally from Jalisco Mexico, Cristina Aldana grew up cultivating the land together with her parents and siblings. At the age of 8 she remembers leaving her “rancho” and learned how to sew. She made her living as a seamstress until she met Roberto , her current husband and the both decided to migrate to the United States.
Cristina and her husband Roberto arrived to Florida in 1979 where they obtained their first job picking tomatoes. For 12 years Cristina and her husband migrated the country following the harvest from state to state. Their first child was born in Texas and her last 3 children were all born in Florida where they decided to stay and live in the rural city of Homestead.
Cristina continued working locally in Homestead harvesting squash and zucchini and found Centro Campesino Farmworker, where she volunteered in a program focused on educating the community on HIV/AIDS Prevention. She was part of its board for 6 years.Because of her dedication and hard work, she was given the opportunity to work with M.U.J.ER. as an Outreach worker on a new project they too had in HIV Prevention.