Board of Directors

Ambassador Carmen Lomellin
Lomellin Global Partners
Arlington, VA

Education: BS, St. Joseph’s, Calumet College,
MBA – DePaul University, Chicago, ILL

Ambassador, White House Liaison, Private Industry Council

Ambassador Carmen Lomellin is a former U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) and the National Coordinator for the Presidential-level Summit of the Americas. Appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in November 2009, Ambassador Lomellin was responsible for advancing U.S. interests at the OAS and the Inter-American system as well as fostering regional cooperation and partnerships among OAS member states.

In addition to analyzing, recommending and authorizing over $23 million for OAS programmatic initiatives, Ambassador Lomellin spearheaded U.S. efforts to advocate for democracy and human rights in the Americas; strengthening financial and administrative processes with the OAS and other inter-American organizations; and doubling the financial support to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Prior to leading the U.S. Permanent Mission to the OAS, Ambassador Lomellin was the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) for the Organization of American States (OAS). She oversaw the activities of the Commission’s delegates representing the 34 democracies of the Western Hemisphere. During her tenure at the CIM, she introduced the issue of Trafficking in Person where it remains as a priority issue on the OAS agenda.

During the Clinton Administration, Ambassador Lomellin held the positions of White House Liaison for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Director of that agency’s Office of International Affairs.

Preceding her international and federal government professional experience, Ambassador Lomellin worked for the Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, as Director of the Private Industry Council of Chicago. Ambassador Lomellin has worked for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund where she was the Director of Leadership Development, and for Chicago United, a civic think tank, as Director of Economic Development. In addition, she has extensive experience in the private sector, working for the Chicago-based Inland Steel Company in various sales and marketing capacities.

Yamilé Molina, PhD, MS, MPH
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

Education: PhD, Psychology; MS, Psychology;
MPH, Epidemiology

Activist & Scholar

Dr. Molina serves as a scholar activist focused on promoting the voices and agency of marginalized and resilient populations, including Latinx and other communities of color, LGBTQ communities, and communities living with chronic conditions.

Since 2011, Dr. Molina and community partners have been successful in obtaining multiple competitive grants (>$730K), publishing more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, and 30 national conference presentations focused on health equity. Further, they are committed to the next diverse generation of scholar activists, having mentored over 30 undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, graduate, and medical students who identify as ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities.

An overarching theme in this work is recognizing and leveraging the assets of underserved individuals, social networks, and communities toward health equity, with a focus on breast cancer and HIV. Specifically, individuals do not represent only “data points” in scientific studies, but also have the potential to become messengers/interventionists that diffuse and act upon evidence.

Selected Awards
Recipient of National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 under 40 Leaders in Minority Health (2017); American Cancer Society’s Calle/Rodriguez Memorial Minority Travel Award (2018); University of Illinois Chicago Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latino Faculty Recognition Award (2019)




Teresa Niño
Communications Director
University Health System
San Antonio, TX

Education: Columbia College, BA, Television and Communications

Cancer Survivor, Journalist, Key Latina Opinion Leader

At the age of 15, Teresa Niño was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After surgery, radiation and 2 years of aggressive chemotherapy treatment at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s in Chicago, IL, she went into remission and has been in remission ever since. “Not that I’m grateful for the cancer,” says Teresa. “but, it humbled me, made me appreciate life, my family, friends and community – and taught me the importance of helping others in need.”

Teresa, a Mexican immigrant from Tampico, Tamaulipas, MX went on to become a news reporter for Spanish language television in Chicago where she was nominated twice for a Chicago Emmy, then went on to be Assistant Press Secretary to Chicago’s Mayor Daley – as well as serve in two Presidential Administrations in Washington, DC (Clinton 1993-1996; and Obama 2009-2017) – both times serving in leadership roles at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services where she led the Communications and Public Engagement teams during the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) implementation, advised the communications and legislative offices at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services during the DACA and DAPA rollouts, and then led the “If You See Something Say Something” national security campaign for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Teresa is now leading the electronic health records communications for University Health System – San Antonio’s Level 1 Trauma Center and also the county hospital. Teresa’s desire to serve on The Latino Cancer Institute board of directors is to help guide the organization towards better research, care, treatments and cures for Latinos with cancer.

“Throughout her career, Teresa has worked on high visibility national issues and has always found a way to make sure that the Latino voice is represented”, said TLCI founder, Ysabel Duron. “I have witnessed her navigate through DC’s complicated policies and politics and am pleased that she will help guide The Latino Cancer Institute.”

Selected Awards
Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition in Healthcare (2014) ; Latinas in Power presented by the Puerto Rican Chamber of South Florida (2013); Leadership Award presented by the National Organization for Mexican American Rights (2012); Hispanic Leadership Award presented by the National Hispanic Medical Association (2010); Leadership Award presented by the Adelante Leadership Institute (2007); “40 Under 40” Rising Stars presented by the San Antonio Business Journal (2002); “Super Mom” recognized by Latina Magazine (1995).

Vera Packard, MD
Executive Director
Lazarex Cancer Foundation
Danville, California

Education: Faculdade de Ciencias Medicas
De Pernambuco – Brazil – Medical Doctor

Breast Cancer Surgeon, Nonprofit Executive Leader

Dr. Vera Packard is originally from Brazil, where she earned her Medical Degree, and specialized in breast disease, particularly in breast cancer at Guys Hospital in London. In her home country, she worked in private practice in addition to the University Hospital for 20 years.

Vera has a deep commitment to women’s health issues which inspired her to found a non-profit organization devoted to breast cancer awareness in 1997 in Brazil.

Dr. Packard has over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit leadership. She is the former Executive Director for the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation where she led a talented, dedicated staff on a mission to improve the lives of breast cancer survivors in the San Francisco Bay Area. She joined Lazarex Cancer Foundation as its Executive Director in October of 2017 and is committed to its mission and success.

The Lazarex Foundation provides supporting services for late stage cancer patients to find and participate in clinical trials.

Vera believes in communities coming together to help each other. She has served as president of her former Rotary club in Brazil and was a leader in the medical community in Natal, Brazil. She is currently on the board member of Wardrobe for Opportunity, an organization that helps men and women find a job, keep a job and build a career.

Vera is excited to join The Latino Cancer Institute Board of Directors because, being a Latina, she deeply understands the cultural behavior of this community. She believes she can add value to this emerging organization with the combination of her experience as a doctor in Brazil and knowledge about the nonprofit sector in America she has acquired in the past 10 years.

Vera is married to Mark, and has a beautiful family. Their daughter Mac, and son Tiago, with his new wife Georgea, are all proud to call Northern California home.

Selected Awards
“Outstanding Business Woman” presented by the American Business Women’s Association Bay Area Council; “Ruby Award” presented by the Soroptimist 24-680 Club from Walnut Creek, CA; “1 of the 100 Women of Influence” presented by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.