Jason Odhner, RN – Board President
Jason Odhner is a street-medic, Registered Nurse, health-justice organizer & proud PACHista who has lived in Phoenix Arizona almost all his life.
Jason is a co-founder of the Phoenix Urban Health Collective (PUHC) and of Phoenix Allies for Community Health (PACH). His favorite things include community building, radical hospitality, immigrant health work, and living in Central Phoenix (the best place to live in the world).
Zulema Rodriguez was the deputy national director concerning mass incarceration for the political advocacy group Center for Community Change until early 2016. She has worked on immigration reform with the SEIU, implementing field strategy nationwide holding elected officials accountable in their support for a comprehensive immigration reform. Born in Puerto Rico, Zulema now lives and organizes in Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area. An active environmentalist, Zulema’s current projects focuses on repurposing materials into original upcycled accessories.
Marinah Farrell LM, CPM – Secretary
Marinah is founding board member of Phoenix Allies for Community Health (PACH); she is a homebirth midwife, the former president of the Midwives Alliance of North America, and a co-founder of the Midwives of Color Alliance. Politics and traditional medicine are what led Marinah to midwifery, and she has a firm commitment to both political activism and birth work. Marinah has worked in waterbirth centers and medical facilities for international NGOs, in freestanding birth centers in the U.S., and is the owner of a long standing homebirth practice in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, Marinah is known for her grassroots activism at the community level. Marinah is focused on the issue of lack of access to midwives and the profession of midwifery in communities where health disparities are overwhelming, trainings in cultural safety and is active in numerous grassroots political collaboratives. Marinah continues to work with traditional midwives outside of the U.S and bridges professional midwifery with community traditions.
Jose Armendariz was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. He spent several years in Mexico working in the support and assistance of people in communities in need. He moved to Arizona in 2017 to complete a Ph.D. in Chemistry and after obtaining has been looking for different ways to support the local community of Phoenix. He has been working as Interpreter for PACH since 2017 before being a member in the board as Treasurer.
Leanne is a proud first-generation immigrant, social worker and social justice advocate who has dedicated her career to serving her Phoenix community members with the love and dignity that we all deserve. She spent the first decade of her non-profit, professional life working in program development and management, creating empowering spaces for girls and women. She recently made a career shift to the fund development and philanthropy field, as a Grants Manager at a resident, health-focused non-profit.
She has been privileged to collaborate with organizations serving friends and neighbors who are survivors of chronic homelessness, human trafficking, generational poverty and the prison industrial complex. Leanne has also engaged with several community boards including the women’s advisory committee of a local, U.S. Congressman and the young professionals councils of arts and culture and health equity non-profits. Social and health justice are among Leanne’s greatest passions, and she is so honored to join the team at Phoenix Allies for Community Health in service of quality healthcare for all, delivered with compassion, love, and dignity.
Dr Uzma Jafri, M.D., moved to Phoenix to train at Banner University family medicine and specialized in geriatrics. Dr. Jafri runs a private geriatric practice, as well as serving as medical director in assisted living and hospice settings. She continues to train future geriatricians as faculty at Banner University in the Geriatric Fellowship Program. She is the mother of 4 and spends most of her time in this role. With her free time, she is volunteer Southwest Regional Coordinator of Carry the Future, an international NGO, and travels overseas when she can to serve refugees in crisis through medical organizations.
Andrea Diaz is a member of the marketing committee for We the People Summit and owner of Viaza, LLC. Andrea is a second generation Phoenician and comes from a family of educators that instilled the importance of participating in civic and social engagement which resulted in volunteering for multiple organizations in Arizona and California. Andrea is the chair for the Latino Outreach Committee for Stronger Together AZ and one-half of The Zod & Drea Podcast along with Brent Whiting.
Wendy Correa has been a proud PACHista for her entire adult life, and a Board Member since 2017. Wendy has served in many capacities, including as the interpreter coordinator, lab volunteer, and others. She an associates degree in Medical Specialties, with training as an MA, as well as in phlebotomy, billing/coding, and healthcare administration. As Director of Volunteer Engagement, Wendy’s goal is to create a diverse, engaged familia of PACHistas.