Our People

Beth Pathak, Ph.D.

President  beth.pathak@wiise-usa.org

Beth Pathak is the founder, president, and chair of the board of WIISE. Dr. Pathak is a population health scientist who has spent 30 years conducting research on geographic, socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and gender disparities in public health. She is a passionate advocate for methodologically rigorous scholarship which seeks to uncover the power relations that perpetuate socioeconomic and health inequalities. She has published numerous scientific papers and seven monographs, including Parent and Child Post-Traumatic Stress After Hurricane Charley: The CHEER Study, and Heart Healthy and Stroke Free: A Social Environment Handbook. Dr. Pathak worked for several years in state government in North Carolina, and served on the faculties of West Virginia University and the University of South Florida. She is a past member of the United Faculty of Florida (affiliated with the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers.) Immediately prior to founding WIISE, Dr. Pathak completed a two-year visiting fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (National Center for Health Statistics). Dr. Pathak earned her B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University with a double major in biology and environmental science and her M.S.P.H. and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beth has lived and worked in Florida, New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Maryland.

Janelle Menard, Ph.D.

Vice President

Janelle Menard joined the staff of WIISE as vice president in 2018. Dr. Menard is an applied anthropologist with expertise in mixed research methods and community‐based participatory research strategies in social science and community health research. She has conducted ethnographic and population-based health research in the French Caribbean and among Latin American and Caribbean immigrant groups in the U.S. Her fieldwork experience and personal relationships with immigrant families in Florida have given her insight into the practical challenges that people face with regard to health and social well-being, many of which are rooted in the social environment. As such, Dr. Menard advocates for a progressive, socio-ecological research approach to understanding and addressing issues that disproportionately affect disenfranchised groups. Dr. Menard has received several teaching awards, assisted with curriculum design and instruction for cultural competence in oncology, and managed a federally funded campus‐community partnership to address cancer health disparities. She has published in peer‐reviewed journals with wide, transdisciplinary readership, and her research has informed the development of interventions that address health inequity in underserved populations. Dr. Menard earned her B.A. in French and B.S. in anthropology from Kansas State University, her M.A. in anthropology from the University of Alabama, and her M.P.H. in epidemiology and Ph.D. in applied anthropology from the University of South Florida. She completed postdoctoral training in chronic disease and cancer prevention and control at the University of Miami. Janelle has lived and worked in Kansas, Alabama, and Florida.

Rebecca Garcia, M.S.N., A.R.N.P.

Health Promotion Fellow

Rebecca Garcia joined the staff of WIISE as a health promotion fellow in 2018. Ms. Garcia is an advanced registered nurse practioner specializing in occupational medicine and endocrinology. Ms. Garcia earned her B.A. in English and Afro-American studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton, her B.S.N. from the University of New Mexico, and her M.S.N. from the University of Tampa. Rebecca has lived and worked in New York, New Mexico, and Florida.

Camila Ozores Silva, B.A.

Community Engagement Specialist

Camila Ozores Silva joined the staff of WIISE as a community engagement specialist in 2018. Ms. Ozores Silva is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida who is pursuing her M.S. in student affairs and higher education. She is passionate about creating transformational ruptures in systems of oppression with an intersectional and socially just lens. Ms. Ozores Silva is often found rallying for the causes she is an advocate and ally for, laughing loudly with friends, and studying student development theory. She is fueled by the empowering women in her life and by the reminder that there is always critical work to be done. Camila has lived and worked in Tampa, Florida and Fort Collins, Colorado where she studies at Colorado State University. Go Rams!

Nina Basu

Social Media Specialist

Nina Basu joined the staff of WIISE as a social media specialist in 2018. Ms. Basu’s passion for politics began in the classroom and has expanded to her community work. She volunteers regularly at Hungry Harvest, a nonprofit farmers aid group that redistributes locally grown food to food deserts in Baltimore. Fueled by recent immigration crackdowns, she has become a tutor for refugee students with Soccer Without Borders. She hopes to continue her spirit of civic engagement and commitment to social justice in her work with WIISE.  Ms. Basu is completing her Bachelor’s degree, majoring in anthropology and international studies, at Towson University. Nina has lived and worked in India, West Virginia, Florida, and Maryland.

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