Board of Directors

President: Dr. Rocio Pereira, MD


As an immigrant, Dr. Rocio Pereira, MD is focused on the prevention and treatment of diabetes and obesity-related diseases in underserved communitites, particularly Latinos. Currenlty an Endocrinologist at Denver Health, Associate Professor at the Univeristy of Colorado.  She is the Director of the CREAndo Bienestar Diabetes Prevention Program implemented by VUELA (previously with CREA Results). Dr. Pereira has been a practicing clinician and researcher for over 15 years. 

Vice President: Lilia Cervantes, MD


Lilia Cervantes, MD is the Associate Professor with the Division of  General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado, Department of Medicine, Denver Health.  Dr. Cervantes’ personal reality as a first-generation, English-as-a-second-language Latina has directly informed her deep commitment to caring for the underserved.  Her research on End Stage Kidney Dialysis was highlighted in NPR and then in August 2018 when she was interview by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta.

Co-Treasurer: Lisa Zúñiga Ramírez


Elisa (“Lisa”) Zúñiga Ramírez is a Principal and Senior Portfolio Manager for Segall Bryant & Hamill who received her BSBA from the University of Colorado at Denver and her MBA from Regis University. Lisa has served on various Boards in a variety of sectors. A philanthropist and supporter of community organizations, Lisa received the 2016 “Unsung Heroine” award from the Latinas First Foundation for her work in the Latino community.

Co-Treasurer: Yoli Casas M.S.


ViVe Founder & Program Director Yoli Casas persued her coaching interests and received her Masters in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As founder of ViVe, she ensures the programming has a holistic approach and is culturally responsive.  Yoli's  focus is on helping people through life challenges through incorporation of athletics into their lifestyle with goal achievement and cultivating self-confidence.  Her work placed Yoli as the first Latina to publish Research on Cardiovascular health, aging, and habitual exercise in Latina Women. 

Co-Secretary: Maria Kneusel MSHCE, MSN, RN


Maria Kneusel is a Registered Nurse and is the Care Coordinator for the Integrative Medicine Clinic at Saint Anthony’s Hospital North. She's also didactic and clinical faculty at Platt College in Aurora where she teaches Public Health Nursing and Health Assessment. As faculty, Maria actively seeks to help nursing students connect with the Latino community and to learn about the health disparities encountered by this population. She actively volunteers with various organizations in the community and enjoys hiking the Colorado mountains and spending time with her family.

Secretary: Patricia Galetto de Winnica


Claudia “Patricia” Galetto de Winnica, is a Community Projects Coordinator at the Latino Research and Policy Center (LRPC), Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) at the University of Colorado Denver.  She engages academic and community members in collaborative work and in LRPC initiatives. She works closely with LRPC leadership to foster and develop community involvement.  Patricia has extensive experience managing and developing successful community health education and disease prevention programs in Latino communities.