Steering Committee

Since the LHI’s inception, the Latino Health Steering Committee of Montgomery County has provided expert guidance and technical assistance in the conceptualization, design, development and evaluation of Latino health activities and projects within the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, the Steering Committee acts as the planning body for the LHI. As an independent group of volunteer professionals and community leaders, it has contributed its time and efforts to advocate for policies and practices that will improve the health status of Latinos in Montgomery County.

Steering Committee Members

Fernanda Bianchi, PhD
Montgomery County Activist
Potomac, MD

Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD
Dept. of Epidemiology/Biostatistics
University of Maryland College Park
College Park, MD

Norma Colombus
Montgomery County Activist
Silver Spring, MD

Victor Del Pino, JD
Rockville, MD

Monica Escalante, MSM, MSPP
Montgomery Hospice
Rockville, MD

George Escobar
Director of Health and Human Services
CASA de Maryland

Maria S. Gomez, RN, MPH*
Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Inc.
Washington, DC

Anna Maria Izquierdo-Porrera, MD, PhD
Executive Director
Care for Your Health, Inc
Clarksville, MD

Maria Elena Rocha
Montgomery County Activist
Silver Spring, MD

Evelyn Kelly, MPH
Program Manager
Institute for Public Health Innovation
Washington, DC

Rose Marie Martinez, ScD
Montgomery County Activist
Silver Spring, MD

Henry Montes, MPH*
Montgomery County Activist
Potomac, MD

Cesar Palacios, MD, MPH
Executive Director Proyecto Salud
Wheaton, MD

Eduardo Pezo, JD, MA, MPH
Montgomery County Activist
Kensington, MD

Patricia Rios, MPH
Montgomery County Activist
Washington, DC

Grace Rivera-Oven 
Montgomery County Latino Lions Club
Germantown, MD

Diego Uriburu, MS
Deputy Executive Director Identity, Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD

*Steering Committee Co-Chairs