Patricia M. Gross, President and Founding Member
Patricia has over 10 years of experience in International Public Health and Development. Patricia is an Independent International Development Consultant supporting nonprofits with grant management, capacity building, and project management. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali (2001-2003) and Peace Corps Response Volunteer in Guyana (2009-2010) where she specialized in Community Health and HIV/AIDS. Some of her professional interests include Reproductive Health, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Orphans and Vulnerable Children, International Social Work, and Recreation Therapy.
Patricia graduated from New Mexico State University in 2009 with a dual master’s degree in Public Health and Social Work. While at New Mexico State University, Patricia was the founder and President of the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Student Organization (RPCVSO) and she organized the first International Dinner, to support the Centro De Proteccion Mujer a Mujer Domestic violence shelter in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. This fundraiser was the beginnings of the first ISSF annual fundraiser.
Secretary, Founding Member
Paty, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) served in El Salvador with the Peace Corps (2007-2009). Following her service she was granted a Peace Corps Fellowship at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces and graduated with her Dual Masters of Public Health and Social Work in 2013. During her time at NMSU, she served as an officer with the RPCV student organization and worked alongside ISSF founding members raising funds and awareness for a domestic violence shelter in nearby Juarez, Mexico. She also spent time educating people throughout New Mexico about domestic violence in both English and Spanish.
Paty currently has a private practice and travels throughout the United States and Latin America sharing ways to reduce stress naturally as a stress release expert. She continues to use her skills in public health and social work with individual clients and group work.
Katherine Perez-Lockett, Treasurer
Katharine Perez-Lockett, MPH, has worked as a public health practitioner since 2008 after graduating with a Masters in Public Health from New Mexico State University, and current Treasurer for ISSF. Katharine was born in San Antonio, Texas and re-located as a child to California, where she completed high school and then attended Stanford University for her undergraduate degree in International Relations. A semester of overseas study in Italy and travel through Europe helped her to appreciate the wider world that existed and was the start of her global adventures. Katharine joined the Peace Corps in 2002 and served in Nicaragua until 2004 as a Health Extension volunteer in the northern, rural part of the country. She gained an interest in community health and decided to pursue a graduate degree in Public Health when she returned to the US. She landed in Las Cruces, New Mexico for her MPH and decided to stay to work in public health in the Office of Border Health for the New Mexico Department of Health afterwards. It was here (Las Cruces) that she was recruited to serve on the Board for ISSF, and continues to participate to this day; as she strongly feels domestic violence is a pressing public health issue that knows no borders. Other interests include Border and Binational Health on the US-Mexico border, epidemiology, health advocacy, disaster preparedness, running, trail running, eating New Mexico Green Chile, and raising her two sons. Recently, Katharine has returned to San Antonio, TX to join the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District’s Epidemiology program.
Heather Frankland, Member
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Anna Brunt, Member
Libby Reader, Member
Libby Reader is originally from Washington DC. She moved to Las Cruces after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the West Indies, St. Kitts and attended NMSU for Social Work & Public Health and graduated in 2010. She then went on to work as a Bereavement Counselor for Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, MD for 1 year. Missing the desert and community of Las Cruces, she returned and worked as a therapist on an Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) with Southwest Counseling Center for 1 year. She was then offered an unexpected opportunity with the Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (DHAPP) in San Diego, CA working in prevention, care & treatment of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan and Central Africa. She worked with DHAPP for about 5 years until her father became terminally ill. She resigned after his passing to deal with his estate and took some self healing time to travel for 5-6 months in Southeast Asia to regroup. She returned from Asia and moved to Albuquerque, NM to again work on an ACT team as a therapist and social worker. She is currently undergoing supervision for her LCSW and is very much enjoying her job, in a happy and fulfilling relationship and lives with her 7lbs, well behaved chihuahua, Jacques.