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ONDINE Rosenthal

Executive Director

Ondine has been part of Mujeres Aliadas since 2010 when she volunteered to assist in the production of a documentary film about obstetric violence and humanized child delivery, “Birth of a New Consciousness”. This was her first introduction to midwifery and from that moment on she’s been captivated by the project. She was born in Erongaricuaro, Michoacan and got a degree in Communication Sciences at the Vasco de Quiroga University in Morelia; she has a certificate in Community Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University and in Institutional Strengthening and Fund Procurement.  She has also worked as a documentarian, translator, management assistant, communications director, co-creator and director of the adolescent program. 


Director of the Midwifery School 

Ethnologist, Master in Social Anthropology and working on PhD in Sustainable Development Sciences. Iris has worked in Mexico and South America in various research projects such as teaching, management and development of community and sustainable development projects, cultural and social diagnoses, facilitating participatory workshops and evaluation of public policies. She has collaborated with governmental institutions, academics and civil society organizations, as well as with local indigenous community organizations in different regions of Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. She has taught classes from graduate studies to Day Care. She has been a teacher and pedagogical director at Waldorf schools, and as teacher trainer and workshop facilitator for Parents.

ELENA Pascual

Professional Midwife
Health Program Director

She became a Professional  Midwife at the Escuela de Parteras Profesionales de CASA (Professional Midwife School of CASA) in San Miguel Allende. She  ha complementado dichos conocimientos con aprendizajes adquiridos de múltiples parteras tradicionales. Es originaria del municipio de Las Margaritas, Chiapas. Es bilingüe, hablante de Chu’j. Especialista en la atención de mujeres en edad reproductiva, en el control prenatal, atención de parto y puerperio, así como en la impartición de clases de preparación para el parto a mujeres y familias. Como partera, cuenta con una basta experiencia, habiendo trabajado en la Secretaría de Salud de Guerrero, en Hospitales y Centros de Salud en Chiapas, en organizaciones de la sociedad civil en Guatemala y México y con mujeres en la comunidad. 


Director Community Program

Psychologist working on her Masters in Educational Psychology with Psychoanalytic approach. Anayuli is from Nurio, Michoacan, a Purhepecha Community and is bilingual. Her training has been in community intervention with young people and women in rural and indigenous settings, carrying out prevention strategies on issues such as gender violence and activities related to the revitalization of Purhepecha language. She has collaborated for six years in the Intercultural Indigenous University of Michoacan and with several other civil associations in Michoacan.


Professional Midwife

Adolescent Program Director

Daniela is from Patzcuaro, Michoacan. She graduated in 2014 as a Professional Midwife at Mujeres Aliacas A.C. and has been working in that institution since then as coordinator of the Adolescent Program, where she conducts participatory workshops and presentations regarding sexuality, sexual rights, human rights, among many others focused to the teenage populations.

DANIT Barajas

Professional Midwife

Danit is originally from the community of Santa Ana Chapitiro. She studied nursing and worked for several years at her local clinic with women, which aroused her interest in learning more about women's health and led her to learn from the traditional midwife in her community. In 2014, she began working with adolescents in her community, offering health and sexuality programs. She was part of the first generation of professional midwives of the Mujeres Aliadas School and since 2016 she is part of our team.


Community Program Coordinator

She is a born community leader and native to the indigenous community of Puacuaro Michoacan. Her mother language is Purepecha and she speaks Spanish fluently. She has held many high positions in the municipality of Erongaricuaro; some of which had never been led by a woman before. She was the first woman to be town councilor of the municipality. She has worked for over ten years as an activist inside the communities of the region. Margarita joined Mujeres Aliadas 2009. She has worked in the indigenous communities of the region as a community promoter and through the organizing and programing of sexual health and reproductive presentations, and translates as needed for those women who do not speak Spanish. 

Community Program Coordinator

Veronica has been part of Mujeres Aliadas from the very beginning, coordinating community presentations and conducting surveys as part of the health system diagnosis of the region. She is native of a marginalized neighborhood of Patzcuaro and, because of economic hardships, she had to abandon primary school. After much effort and hard work, she finally finished Junior High in 2013 and she is now continuing her studies. Veronica has become one of the leaders of the Community Program. She currently organizes and leads health workshops for women, working as assistant director for the Community Program.

Administrative Assistant

Liliana is from Erongaricuaro and holds a degree in Pedagogy and worked as a teacher. She’s also worked as a trainer for Sagarpa and as a craftswoman. Besides her administrative assistant responsibilities, she is a great promoter and driving force for professional midwifery in the region.

Professional Midwife

Social Network Manager

Daughter of indigenous parents from the community of Huecorio. She studied the career of General Nursing in 1990 and has work experience of 22 years. She is part of the first generation of the School of Professional Midwifery, in addition to being a collaborator of the same Association since 2012. She is currently in charge of social networks and workshop coordinator.


Director of Research and
project consultant

Born in Mexico City. She graduated from Medical school at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) in 2012, and performed her social service in the field of medical anthropology, doing community health, research, and teaching activities, as professor assistant. In 2013 she began working at Mujeres Aliadas, A.C., a Mexican not-for-profit organization offering sexual and reproductive health and educational services, as a general consultant in clinical, academic, and community programs, due to her interest in sexual and reproductive health, human rights, and qualified and respected obstetric health care. Currently, she is a masters degree candidate in medical anthropology, and her research results in reproductive health and maternal mortality have been presented at national and international conferences.

RICHARD Ferguson

Director of Financial and

Grants Management,

monitoring and evaluation

Co-Funder of Mujeres Aliadas, Board Member since 2010. Richard has a Masters Degree in Public Health, with over 30 years experience at the local, state, national and international levels.   Some of his professional experience includes:  Co-founder and director of planning, finance and grants for the Mexican NGO Mujeres Aliadas;  Director of Strategic Planning for Health Services in Cook County, Illinois; Chief, Health Research and Surveillance, Illinois Department of Public Health; and has worked as a successful independent contractor for 15 years in epidemiology, health care analytics, and systems analysis.  He has presented research results at over 30 conferences, published over 20 research papers, and produced a documentary on medical oppression of women in Michoacán, Mexico.
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