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Latino Research and Policy Center


Meet the staff of the Latino Research and Policy Center

Evelinn Borrayo 

Executive Director:  Evelinn Borrayo, PhD

The Latino Research and Policy Center (LRPC) Executive Director Dr. Evelinn A. Borrayo was appointed by the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) Provost in November 2011. Dr. Borrayo holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialty in Health Psychology from the University of North Texas. She joined UCD in 2008 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology where she teaches courses in health psychology and in cultural diversity.

Prior to joining UCD, Dr. Borrayo was an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University (CSU). In 2000, Dr. Borrayo began collaborating with the LRPC as a Research Associate from CSU. She was the project leader for two pilot studies under the LRPC’s Greater Denver Latino Cancer Prevention and Control Network, a Special Populations Network funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). And more recently, she was the project leader for a pilot study under the LRPC’s Colorado Latino Community Network Project (CO-CNP) also funded by the NCI.

Borrayo Biography 2011.pdf

Suzell Klein 

Center Manager:  Suzell Klein, MA   

Since 1989 Ms. Klein has worked in the health behavioral field where she has focused on health communication and education among diverse underserved or special populations. While working toward a MA with a dual major in Social and Personality psychology, she began her career as an intern at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program (CPCP). After the internship she moved into a  CPCP Project Manager/Data Analyst position. Ms. Klein worked for more than 7 years at CDPHE before moving to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) (1996 through 2009). At UCD, Ms. Klein began work at the American Indian and Alaska Native Programs (AIANP) and then in 2003 moved to the dual programs of the Clinical Trials Network Program and The Adolescent Research Center where she served as Associate Director of Protocol Implementation, National Director of Training and Research Coordinator, Senior National Protocol Manager and Operations Manager until December 2009.  In January 2010 Ms. Klein moved to the Colorado School of Public Health and the Latino Research and Policy Center where she served as Project Manager of the Colorado Community Network Project through the final report phase of the project. Ms. Klein currently works as the Center Manager for the Latino Research and Policy Center.  

Alice Bradley 

Community Projects Coordinator: 

Mariana del Hierro, MA

Mariana del Hierro is the Community Project Coordinator at the Latino Research and Policy Center (LRPC), University of Colorado Denver, Colorado School of Public Health. Ms. del Hierro manages community-based projects that addresss health disaparities within the Latin@ community in Denver and maintains and nurtures relationships with community partners. 


Mariana del Hierro received her Bachelor's degree from Boston University in International Relations and her Master's degree from Arizona State University in Social Justice and Human Rights Research. She has dedicated her career to working with the Latin@ and Latin@ Immigrant communities and worked with Latin@ and Latin@ Immigrant serving non-profits and projects for nine years prior to joining the LRPC. Ms. del Hierro was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and is happy to call Denver, CO her new home.  

Elisa Morales 

Patient Navigator:

Yvette Camarena

Yvette Camarena is a Patient Navigator for the Latino Research and Policy Center's health disparities project in collaboration with Denver Health and funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Ms. Camarena has served Latino patients at Denver Health for close to 4  years, 2 years of which she worked as a WIC counselor for Denver Health's Women, Infants, and Children program serving women and children in the Denver Metro area. As the LRPC's Patient Navigator, Ms. Camarena is working to decrease cervical cancer mortality rates among Latinas in metro Denver through enhanced patient outreach and patient education. She looks forward to learning more about the Latino community and how to address the health disparities faced by the Latino population in Denver and throughout Colorado. 


Gloria Manuel 

Graduate Research Assistant: 

Jasmin Velez, BA

Jasmin Velez, is a graduate student assistant for the Latino Research and Policy Center. She is from Puerto Rico but was raised in Philedelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Velez graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2015 where she received her BA in Anthropology, in addition to a minor and a concentration in Psychology and Family, Children and Youth Development. She is currently a master's student in the Medical Anthropology department through the College of Liberal Arts. Her interests include community outreach programs, especially those pertaining to youth development, in addition to food disparity issues in rural cities. Jasmin hopes that through her background culturally and academincally, and through her time at the LRPC, she'll be able to implement strategies and resources to help the Latino community. Her future goal is to work with Latino coffee farmers reseraching fair trade and food justice concerns. 

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Graduate Research Assistant:

Jennifer Nguyen, BA

Jennifer Nguyen, is a doctoral graduate research assistant for the Latino Research and Policy Center as well as for the University of Colorado Denver’s Psychology program. Ms. Nguyen graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology with minors in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Denver in 2009. She is currently pursuing her PhD in their Clinical Health Psychology program. Her interests involve working with the medically underrepresented and underserved populations. In addition, she is interested in academic programs that help underrepresented students interested in the health field. She also served as one of the Diversity Student Representatives for the American Psychological Association Division 38 from 2011-2014. Ms. Nguyen looks forward to learning more about the Latino community, particularly the health and social concerns that are arising in Colorado.    


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