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Spanish
According to the U.S. Census, the estimated number of Hispanics in the U.S. as of July 1, 2005 is 42.7 million. This figure means that the U.S. has the fifth largest Hispanic population worldwide (trailing Mexico, Colombia, Spain and Argentina).
Arabic
In December 2003, the U.S. Census bureau released data for the first time on the Arab population of the United States. The cities with largest Arab American populations are Los Angeles, Detroit, New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
French
The 2000 U.S. census estimates that 1.6 million Americans over the age of five speak French at home, making it the third most-spoken language in the country, behind English and Spanish.
Hindi
In 2006, of the 1,266,264 immigrants to the U.S. from all the countries, 58,072 were from India. Indians, along with other Asians, have one of the highest educational qualifications of all ethnic groups in the US with almost 67% of all Indians with a bachelor's or high degree.
Korean
Los Angeles, with its Koreatown district, is home to the largest population of Koreans outside of Asia. In a 2005 United States Census Bureau survey, an estimated 432,907 Koreans in the U.S. were native-born Americans, and 973,780 were foreign-born.
Russian
Russia covers about one-eighth of the world's land surface, making it the world's largest country. In the U.S., Russian is frequently spoken in areas of Alaska, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, San Francisco and New York City.
Somali
Between 1992 and 2005, 64,439 persons born in Somalia were admitted to the United States as refugees. Today, Minnesota has the highest population of Somalis in North America.
Amharic
Ethiopia is credited with being the origin of mankind after bones that date back 3.2 million years were discovered in eastern Ethiopia. U.S.-Ethiopian relations were established in 1903. The 2000 U.S. Census estimates the number of foreign-born Ethiopians in the U.S. at 69,530.
Chinese
Chinese people were some of the early immigrants to live in the U.S. They make up the largest Asian population in the U.S. today comprising of 1.2% of the whole population.
Vietnamese
There are over 988,000 foreign born from Vietnam in the U.S. Even though they represent the 5th largest immigrant group in the country, Vietnamese immigrants account for just over 3% of the total foreign-born population.
The Right People

Our dedicated staff works hard to fulfill NV AHEC's mission of increasing access to primary health care by recruiting, training and supporting providers. The people who make up the Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center are: 

Dallice M. Joyner,   H.Ed., M.Ed., Executive Director 

J. Dent Farr,   Director of Operations/Government Relations 

Adelya Carlson,   Director of Program Operations 

Cheryce Jones,   Executive Assistant/HR Manager 

Alex Suarez,   Business Development Manager 

Ines de Azcarate,   Interpreter Relations Manager 

Mayra R. Creed,   Language Access Services Manager/Interpreter Trainer (Peninsula Office) 

Claudia Falla,   Testing and Training Specialist 

DeLana Browning,   Quality Improvement Manager 

Fernando Parada,   Instructional Technology Support Specialist 

Julia Wills,   Database/Social Media Coordinator, Testing And Training Coordinator P/T  

Fatima Phillips,   Recruiter/Special Projects Coordinator 

Robert Corless,   Finance Assistant 

Valerie Makepeace,   Administrative scheduler 

Blanca Becerra,   Language Services Coordinator

Dallice M. Joyner, H.Ed., M.Ed.
Dallice Joyner brings to the Northern Virginia AHEC more than 20 years of public health, community engagement and administrative experience. Mrs. Joyner has an undergraduate degree in School and Community Health from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She received her Master's degree in Education with a Community Health concentration from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro. Prior to moving to Virginia in 2004, Mrs. Joyner worked as a regional health education consultant for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. 
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J. Dent Farr
Dent Farr is Director of Operations for the Northern Virginia AHEC and has been with the organization from its earliest days. Prior to working with NV AHEC, Mr. Farr had nearly 30 years of experience as a legislative and committee aide on Capitol Hill, Director of Government Relations for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Director of Operations for two national trade associations and Director of Political Affairs for another major national association. 
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Adelya Carlson
Adelya Carlson has been with the NV AHEC since 2006. She first started as the Director of Training Programs and in 2013 became the Director of Program Operations. Adelya monitors and analyzes operational aspects of NV AHEC’s programmatic services and is the chief advisor on strategic program operational issues and opportunities. Her experience covers 17 years, working in the government, academic and community settings as an adult educator, consultant and manager of programs. This work encompasses stints with the US State Department, George Mason University, and Northern Virginia Community College. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and Linguistics from Kazan State University, Russia. 
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Cheryce Jones
Cheryce Jones joined NV AHEC in June 2013. She is the Human Resources Coordinator and the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Cheryce’s day to day duties consist of working as part of an exceptional team and to ensure the daily business operations of NV AHEC. 
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Alejandro Suarez
Alejandro, Business Development Manager at NV AHEC, assists with strategy, generating revenue, identifying growth, improving customer experience, and building relationships with key organizations. He has represented the organization at events hosted by private, non-profit, local and
state organizations, including the White House. He studied Interpreting and Translating and Business Development at NVCC. Alejandro is a member of the Leadership Fairfax Emerging Leaders Institute Program, PHI THETA KAPPA International Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He served 12 years as a trained professional medical interpreter for organizations servicing Virginia and is a volunteer interpreter for the Arlington County Health Department. Back to top

Ines de Azcarate
Inés de Azcárate is the Interpreter Relations Manager for NVAHEC and has been with the organization since June 2012. She is native of both the United States and France and is also a French Medical and Community Interpreter for the NV AHEC. As the Interpreter Relations Manager, she oversees all aspects of the Interpretation Services for the organization and manages all aspects of interpreter activities.Prior to entering the field of interpreting and translating, Ines obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration in Paris and spent over 15 years in the luxury hospitality industry. She is also a volunteer interpreter and translator for Northern Virginia Family Services.
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Mayra Creed
Mayra Creed is currently assigned as the Language Access Services Manager/Interpreter Trainer for Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center (NV AHEC) Peninsula/Tidewater region. In this position Mayra directly coordinates language service access and interpreting availability and training for both health and community based facilities in the Tidewater Region, including area hospitals and health departments. Mayra is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and attended Thomas Nelson Community College, Christopher Newport University and Arundel Community College attaining her paralegal certification. Mayra is the current Chairperson of the City of Newport News Hispanic Advisory Council where she is actively engaged in local and statewide activities to enhance community involvement. 
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Claudia Falla
Claudia Falla is an adult educator and medical interpreter fluent in both English and Spanish. As the Testing and Training Specialist at the Northern Virginia AHEC, Claudia is involved in the design and instruction of various training programs for interpreters and health care practitioners as well as conducts and evaluates the Language Proficiency Examinations. With 9 years of experience instructing linguistic and cultural training programs for adults, including several years working as an ESL instructor in Lima, Peru, Claudia brings both insight and passion to the task of improving health outcomes for limited English proficient populations. She also acts as a volunteer interpreter for the American Red Cross. 
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DeLana Browning, Ph.D.
Lane Browning is the Quality Improvement Manager at Northern Virginia AHEC. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in German and International Studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Lane has over 14 years of experience as an Educator, Ethnographer, Researcher, Writer and Editor. In addition she has worked in the Administrative Offices of the Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital in multiple capacities, including a stint as the Medical Staff Coordinator. She is a fluent speaker of German. 
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Fernando Parada
Fernando Parada is the Instructional Technology Support Specialist at the Northern Virginia AHEC. He is responsible for providing support to the staff of NV AHEC by recommending technology-based solutions that improve the organization’s on-going operations, facilitate completion of projects, and support staff in teaching and research.
Originally from Ecuador, Mr. Parada speaks fluent Spanish and has 16 years of management experience in the banking and retail fields. He has also spent time working for other community based, minority focused non-profit organizations.  Back to top

Julia Wills
Julia Wills has more than 8 years’ experience in volunteer organizations and multicultural business environments providing administrative and facilitation services. She is Northern Virginia AHEC's Database/Social Media Coordinator and PT Testing and Training Coordinator. Julia helps produce content for the agency's newsletter. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology of Language Studies and is working on her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. 
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Fatima Phillips
Fatima Phillips is the Interpreter Recruiter/Special Projects Coordinator at NV AHEC, helping to recruit and screen potential interpreters, coordinating the multicultural youth health careers outreach program, Project Health 4 All (PH4A). Prior to NV AHEC, she worked extensively at sales and marketing with Federal, State and Local Governments with their purchasing contracts of networking equipment. This experience helps her to reach out to individuals and organizations to seek out and fill any potential needs that will be mutually beneficial. A native of Nicaragua, she speaks fluent Spanish.
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Robert Corless
Robert Corless is the Finance Assistant at Northern Virginia AHEC, where he interfaces with clients and employees regarding financial matters for the organization. He grew up in the New York City metropolitan area before relocating to Washington, DC where he earned a B.A. from George Washington University.
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Valerie Makepeace
Valerie Makepeace is a full-time administrative interpreter scheduler at Northern Virginia AHEC. Having lived in Spain for five years, Ms. Makepeace
is a competent Spanish speaker. Her professional experience includes 10 years as a small business owner and 8 years in photographic production and restoration. She has worked as an interpreter for the Court Ordered Community Service Project and Fairfax County Public Schools. Valerie has an associate degree in Spanish and English from United States International University and completed a Medical Assistant Certification program.  Back to top

Blanca Becerra
Blanca Becerra is the Language Services Coordinator for Northern Virginia AHEC. She started with NV AHEC as a Spanish medical interpreter in 2004. Blanca is responsible for coordinating translation requests, and is involved in creating various reports for the Language Services department, as well as serving as an interpreter scheduler. Prior work experience includes as a patient care assistant and retail customer service representative. Originally from Bolivia, Blanca has an associate’s degree in Applied Science for Nursing, and has completed certificate programs in Phlebotomy and as a Patient Care Assistant.
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