Our Team

Meet The ICHRW Team

Venus Ginés | Founder & Ex-Officio

Richard Ginés | President

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Richard Ginés is the President of the Intercultural Center for Health, Research and Wellness located in Houston, Texas. In his role he oversees the day-to-day operations of ICHRW’s financial, IT and project management activities. He has over 17 years’ experience working in health care executive and operational management roles, including clinic, health insurance and community based nonprofit organizations. He strives to bring business and governmental leaders together to advance the livelihood and education of medically underserved communities. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.

Our Board Team

Arnie Joesph

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Arnie Joseph has held senior-level agency leadership positions in medical publication planning, medical education and communications, patient education, pharmaceutical advertising. Joseph's board memberships include the Communications Committee co-chairman of US Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Minority Regional Health Equity Council, the Patient Advocacy President of American Diabetes Association NYC Chapter, and with Dia de la Mujer Latina.

Robyn C. Carlyle, MPH

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Robyn C. Carlyle is a Public Health Consultant. Her degrees and certifications include a Bachelor of Journalism; a Master of Public Health (Health Education and Communication), a Certified Community Health Worker Instructor and a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor. ​ A former Peace Corps volunteer, Robyn teaches the “All about Vaccines” Class for Promotores and Community Health Worker in both Spanish and English. ​ Robyn developed the Vaccine portion of the Clinical Trial Community Navigation Training Program as well as the COVID-19 Training.

Lourdes Peláez, MD

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Dr. Lourdes Peláez received her Medical Doctor Degree in Mexico City and Forensic Pathology at University of Mexico City. ​ Dr. Peláez received her certificate of CHW and CHW instructor, and has been a part of Dia de la Mujer Latina for several years as an instructor. ​Lourdes has been working at Baylor College of Medicine for 10 years. She serves as a Patient Navigator and navigator for the Affordable Care Act, helping people in the community with affordable access to medical Insurance.

Timothy Akers, Ph.D.

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Dr. Timothy A. Akers is the Assistant Vice President for Research Innovation and Advocacy, in the Division of Research and Economic Development, and Professor of Public Health, Morgan State University (MSU).

​Dr. Akers brings a diversity of experiences professionally, to include the private sector, academia, government, and military. He held other positions with the CDC, in the Office of the Director, Office of Minority Health, where he managed CDC’s largest academic cooperative agreement for the nation’s eight (8) leading minority health professional schools.

Margarita Romo

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Margarita Romo is a bilingual Community Health Worker Instructor, an Affordable Care Act Navigator, a Certified Nursing Assistant, a Notary Public, and a CPR Instructor.

​Her abilities as a healthcare administrator allowed her to developed patient-centered program for managing ambulatory and long-term care.