AgriSafe's Latino Advisory Committee 

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Teresa Andrews, MS

Education and Outreach Specialist

Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at UC-Davis


Ms. Andrews has extensive experience working with cultural minorities, including developing educational materials and conducting training. She collaborated with the Division for the Application of Research Discoveries, NHLBI in the development of culturally sensitive materials on nutrition and physical activity to be used by community health workers to help people build skills to make practical, lasting changes to help fight disease.  

In her current role as outreach and educational specialist for the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, Ms. Andrews has forged collaborative links with Hispanic farm worker groups, growers, farm labor contractors, community organizations, employers, and insurance personnel. She has developed low-literacy educational materials and conducted training sessions in both English and Spanish for farm worker children, dairy workers, farmers, and others.

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Sebastian Galindo, PhD

Research Associate Professor

University of Florida Agricultural Education and Communication


Dr. Sebastian Galindo is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC) at the University of Florida. In addition to his roles with the department, Galindo also serves as faculty affiliate for the Food Systems Institute, Center for Public Issues Education (PIE Center) ,Florida Climate Institute, Florida Water Institute, Tropical Conservation and Development Program, Master of Sustainable Development Program, and leads the UF/IFAS Strategic Collaborative for Engagement and Evaluation (SCENE). Galindo earned his professional degree in Veterinary Medicine from Universidad Veracruzana in 2001. He then came to the University of Florida where he received his master’s degree studying Animal Sciences (2004) and later his Ph.D. from AEC (2009). 

Galindo currently focuses his research on the use of mixed methodologies for the evaluation of research, teaching and extension/outreach initiatives. He serves as Director of the Evaluation Program for the Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety and as Technical Monitoring and Evaluation Supervisor for the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems. He teaches graduate level courses on Program Evaluation, Qualitative Research, Mixed Methods, Statistical Thinking, and Methodology of Planned Change.

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Vanessa Galvan, CSP, AFIS

Corporate Agriculture Program Safety & Health Manager

Zenith Insurance Company


Vanessa Galvan is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) with 20 years of experience in industries including agriculture, food manufacturing, warehousing, construction, refrigeration, and port operations. She has developed and implemented safety culture initiatives at an international level, focusing specifically in areas of North and Latin America. The successful implementation of these initiatives resulted in impressive safety performance levels for various sites. Vanessa believes that simplifying the information in a way that resonates with populations at any level of the organization is the key to a successful safety program. A focus of her career has been to measure and analyze employee’s safe behavior and engagement. Safety culture transformation projects she has lead have resulted in innovative solutions to reducing the probability of risk as well as the severity of workplace injuries and illnesses. 

Vanessa is currently the Corporate Agriculture Program Safety & Health Manager for Zenith Insurance Company, a Workers Compensation carrier with leading expertise in Agriculture. Her primary role is to help advance the profitability of Ag-sector companies though S&H solutions. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.A. in International Relations and a B.S. in Economics. Prior to joining Zenith, Vanessa worked as Director of Human Resources for Bonipak /Betteravia Farms. Safety Director for Rancho Harvest, and Regional Safety & Security Manager for Chiquita Brands International. She currently volunteers as ASSP co-chair of the Hispanic Professionals (HSP) Interest Group representing the Bakersfield Chapter and as ASSP HSP Interest Group Chapter Liaison Chair where she guides other regional ASSP leaders in the successful implementation of HSP Interest Group Local Chapters.

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Corporate Senior Manager, Environmental Health & Safety

the Wonderful Company


A former farmworker of the California Central Valley, Mr. Perez is a Safety professional with a proven successful track record in the field of worker protection for over eighteen years. As a practitioner, Jose has served the workforce within Agriculture, Construction, Manufacturing, Mining, as well as Oil & Gas. As a member of the Wonderful Company’s Corporate Environmental Health and Safety department, Jose serves the Wonderful business units located in the US, Mexico and the FIJI Island, by ensuring regulatory compliance, implementing safety programs and policies, as well development of environmental, health and safety training material. Ultimately supporting the department’s mission to protect our organizations most valuable assets: Our People and the Environment in which we operate.  

With a sincere desire to “Give Back” to the profession, Jose serves as a member of executive boards and strategic committees for the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA), and the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM). In the community, Jose serves as a volunteer outreach trainer for the California Poison Control, Community Leader and Disaster Response member for the American Red Cross, and as a safety educator for students with the Progressive Agriculture Foundation. Jose is a proud father to three wonderful daughters, it is they who fuel his drive and passion.

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Athena K. Ramos, PhD, MBA, MS, CPM

Assistant Professor

University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health & Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health


Dr. Athena Ramos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and is affiliated with the Center for Reducing Health Dis­parities and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska. She leads a Latino outreach and engagement team and serves as principal investigator for a number of community-based health and social research and education initiatives in such areas as agricultural health and safety, immigrant integration, and community well-being. She is an experienced administrator, program manager, and researcher with proven ability to develop and implement social, health, and human service programs with culturally diverse populations. She has 20 years of experience in health promotion, strategic thinking, community development, and public relations. 

Ramos has a PhD in International Family & Community Studies from Clemson University and two Master’s degrees – one in Business Administration (MBA) and one in Urban Studies (MS) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Dr. Ramos is member of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA), AgriSafe Network, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, the National Hispanic Network to Reduce Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities, and Welcoming America. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Agricultural Safety & Health (ISASH) and Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim.