Jason Odhner, RN: President
Jason is a Registered Nurse, street-medic, health-justice organizer & proud PACHista who has lived in Phoenix Arizona almost his entire life.
Jason is a co-founder of Phoenix Allies for Community Health and the Phoenix Urban Health Collective (PUHC). His favorite things include community building, radical hospitality, immigrant health work, and living in Central Phoenix (the best place to live in the world).
Imelda Ojeda, MSW, MPA: Vice President
Imelda Ojeda is a social worker, immigrant, and community servant with years of experience working in the social and behavioral health systems. Imelda was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and after completing high school decided to move to Arizona to pursue higher education. As a Social Worker and public servant, Imelda strives to continue fostering her passion and career in the public sector to address the unique needs of the Southwest population.
She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a double Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Administration from Arizona State University. Imelda currently works for a national children’s charity organization, is an instructor at ASU School of Social Work and the founder of a grassroots community space for social workers in Arizona (AZSWN). Imelda strives daily to give back to others and to pay forward all the opportunities she has been privileged with through volunteering, mentoring, and organizing social justice efforts in her community. She has been volunteering with PACH since late 2019, and joined the board in April of 2020.
Gina Toma: Secretary
Gina began her journey at PACH in January 2018 as an intake specialist assessing patients prior to being seen by their provider. She quickly became acclimated with the diversity within PACH and strived to become more involved in the community of volunteers. In December 2018, Gina joined the Board of Directors where she is honored to serve as Secretary. As a daughter of refugees, Gina is devoted to increasing access to healthcare by encouraging community involvement through education and collaboration. Gina is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science at Arizona State University and is employed as an anatomy laboratory instructor for the College of Health Solutions. In her future, Gina hopes to be a physician-scientist researching barriers within the healthcare system and providing clinical care to patients. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Treasurer: Lawrene “Jay” Minich
Jay has a degree in business and accounting After 13 years as the Manager of Technical Accounting for Illinois Tool Works, Jay walked away from the for-profit world to become a core staff at Andre House of Arizona. After Several years leading soup-lines, he signed on as the Andre House Director of Finance; a role in which he has served for more than six years.
Jay is passionate about economic justice, housing security, and the rights of people who are experiencing homelessness. He joined the PACH Board of Directors in August of 2019.
Dr. Uzma Jafri, MD: Director of Clinical Affairs
Dr. Uzma Jafri moved to Phoenix to train at Banner University Medical Center in 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 four and spends most of her time in this role. With her free time, she volunteers to serve refugees in crisis through grassroots social and medical organizations at home and abroad. Uzma joined the Board of Directors in January of 2018.
Karina Beas, Director of Volunteer Engagement
Karina joined the Board of Directors in 2018. Karina was born in San Diego California, and raised in Baja, Mexico. Karina’s father gave free dental care to many people experiencing homelessness around her community. Seeing how her father cared and served those most in need, Karina grew up admiring his altruistic soul and desiring to make him proud.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Karina found the opportunity to be involved with leaders at the Regional Center for Border Health at the border town of San Luis, Arizona. At that point, she discovered that providing healthcare for marginalized populations was her passion and mission in life. Karina is a proud mother who strives to be a role model for her daughter.
Nargish Patwoary: Board Member at Large
Born and raised in Arizona, Nargish is a student attending Arizona State University and is studying Biomedical Sciences in the pursuit of becoming a physician serving in either public or global health.
After being on the receiving end of horrible healthcare, Nargish hopes to be influential in challenging the current state of inequitable healthcare. As a child of immigrants with not a dollar to their name, she is incredibly passionate about social justice after witnessing and experiencing the hardships her family and other people in the community face. Persistent in dismantling the culture of apathy and institutionalized injustices,
Nargish has actively volunteered in clinics and organizations providing aid for individuals experiencing homelessness, refugees and immigrants. In school, she is involved in organizations and committees devoted to helping pre-health students navigate their journey into the health field, advocating for women to be socioeconomically empowered on campus and promoting inclusivity. Nargish joined the Board of Directors in July 2019.
Jessica Rubio, Director of Community Advocacy
Jessica was born and raised in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico. At the age of 14, she relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. Jessica became a neighborhood organizer in 2011. Over the years, Jessica has been involved in different roles in the electoral process. She has worked in national and local campaigns, as well as nonprofit organizations focused on creating a more just and equitable society.
Jessica graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Math and Business Administration. She has extensive experience in Nonprofit leadership, having worked with such organizations as HealthCare Rising, Center for Neighborhood Leadership, and Academic and Leadership Accelerator for Service (ALAS), Solidarity Strategies, and Mi Familia Vota.
Jessica believes that by expanding access to higher education, increasing the number of people civically engaged, and opening avenues for people of color to participate in the political process, we will form the foundation of personal success and community empowerment. Jessica joined the Board of Directors in July of 2019.
Kierra Washington, Director of Sustainability
Kierra joined our board in August of 2019. She holds a B.S in Biology and a M.S in Health Policy and Management from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California. She is also in progress of obtaining her Project Management Professional Certification.
In elementary school, she began volunteering in Long Term Healthcare Facilities, in High School she volunteered at Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center and Watts Women Health Clinic in South Central Los Angeles, and during undergrad she interned at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, CA where she managed 17 projects and gained hands-on clinical exposure in various departments.
Kierra currently works as a Program Manager and Consultant in the plasma resource industry.
Lily Koscielniak, Assistant Director of Fundraising and Sustainability
Lily Koscielniak became a Board Member at Large in 2020. During her time at PACH, she has had the honor of serving in the Community Outreach Working Group and as Assistant Director of Fundraising and Sustainability.
Lily attends Arizona State University, where she is pursuing a Biology degree. As a future physician assistant, she is passionate about bringing justice to healthcare, especially for medically marginalized communities. Lily has had varied experience in the medical field—volunteering in local hospitals, working as a medical assistant, and shadowing the healthcare system overseas. In her free time, Lily enjoys yoga and spending time with family. Lily is a native Arizonian who keeps close ties with her Polish roots.