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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 Erongarícuaro, Michoacán 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. 

IRIS Meza

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.

AMALIA Cabrera

Professional Midwife
Health Program Director


Amalia was born in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato. She became a Professional  Midwife at the Escuela de Parteras Profesionales de CASA (Professional Midwife School of CASA) in San Miguel Allende. She is specialized in low risk deliveries, well-woman care and birth education classes. She worked in rural communities with traditional midwives, interacting and acquiring traditional midwifery wisdom with them.  Her social service work took place in Tamazunchale, in the Huasteca Potosina, as part of the federal program IMSS/Oportunidades (Mexican Social Service Institute/Opportunities Program).

ANAYULI Torres

Director Community Program


Psychologist working on her Masters in Educational Psychology with Psychoanalytic approach. Anayuli is from Nurio, Michoacán, a Purhépecha 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 

DANIELA Morales

Professional Midwife

Adolescent Program Director

Daniela is from Pátzcuaro, Michoacán. 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.

MARGARITA Ascencio

Community Program Coordinator

She is a born community leader and native to the indigenous community of Puácuaro Michoacán. Her mother language is Purépecha and she speaks Spanish fluently. She has held many high positions in the municipality of Erongarícuaro; 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. 

VERONICA Pureco
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 Pátzcuaro 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.

LILIANA Campos
Administrative Assistant


Liliana is from Erongarícuaro 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.

ANABEL Rosas
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.

BIANCA Vargas

Director of Research and
project consultant

Born in Mexico City. She graduated from Medical school at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (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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