Our Team

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Biruktawit Bekele, LL.M.
Human Rights Clinic (HRC) Clinical Coordinator

Amy Berlin, MD
Consulting Psychiatrist

Sheila Bharat, MSW
Social Worker

Hunter Dalli
Data & Reporting Assistant

Bethlehem Desta
Human Rights Clinic Clinical Assistant

Eliza Hollingsworth
Human Rights Clinic (HRC) Clinical Assistant

Carly Hubbard
Data & Reporting Officer

Na Limopasmanee, MA, MEd, LMFT
Supervising Psychotherapist

Sandra Lopez, MA
Program Assistant

Jessica Lopez-Morales
Interpreter Program Manager

Penélope Mato Vilar, MA
Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Mary Mbugua, MA, MSW
African Communities Counselor

Mahima Muralidharan, Psy.D
Clinical Supervisor

Jean Pierre Ndagijimana, MA
African Communities Wellbeing Coordinator

Aron Oqubamichael, LLB
African Communities Wellbeing Coordinator

Gianina Pellegrini, Ph.D
Program Manager

Mariyam-Ifteam Rufael, MA
African Communities Clinical Manager

Celeste Sekigahama
Financial Officer

Leah Spelman, MPH
Executive Director

Annika Sridharan, MSW, Psy.D
Founder, Clinical and Training Director

Kissanet Taffere, MSW
Clinical Social Worker & African Communities Liaison

Tizita Tekletsadik, LLB, MA
African Communities Liaison

Leah Weinzimer, MSW
Clinical Manager


Our Global Healing and Human Rights clinical trainees join PTR with a strong commitment to human rights and social justice. They have a keen interest in providing trauma-informed, culturally aware and linguistically accessible mental health care for international survivors of human rights abuses, and contributing to the psychosocial well-being of refugee and asylum seeking populations. As a group they bring to PTR a rich diversity of languages, cultural backgrounds, and international and professional experiences.

Isabel Unanue, MPH, MA

Emma Liu

Monica Espinasse

Mina Dailami

Kalyani Akula

Faten Kamel
Arabic Interpreter

Hoi Lam Chung (Karena)
Cantonese, Mandarin Interpreter

Enieh Yazdanpanah
Farsi & Dari (Persian) Interpreter

French Interpreter

Issiaka Dembele
French Interpreter

Alta Bayanjargal
Mongolian Interpreter

Myriam Da Silva
French, Spanish, Portugese Interpreter

Robin Nazarian
Spanish, Portugese & French Interpreter

Cristina Ceballos
Spanish Interpreter

Dalia Lizbeth Nava Jacobo
Spanish Interpreter

Gisslle Perez-Leon
Spanish Interpreter

Joanna Oyarzabal
Spanish Interpreter

Yanett Kenney
Spanish Interpreter

Yolando Romo

Spanish Interpreter

Eugnia Arbol
Spanish Interpreter

Aidan Muñoz-Christian
Spanish Interpreter

Spanish Interpreter

Kisanet Tekie
Tigrinya, Italian Interpreter

Tsgereda A. Syoum
Tigrinya Interpreter

Joseph Asunka
Program Officer, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Gauri Bhardwaj
PTR Board Treasurer, Operations Manager, Toronado Capital Management

Candace Beck, JD, MA
Counsel at Tanenholz & Associates PLLC

Cathy Chen, MPH
PTR Board Co-Chair and Director
Medicare Strategy and Operations, Kaiser Permanente

Clemencia Herrera, MA
Creative Director, Moira Studio

Emerald Mann
Clinical Research Coordinator, UCSF Department of Neurology

Monika Parikh, MA, MPA
PTR Founder and Board Chair

Sita G. Patel, Ph.D
PTR Board Secretary
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University


Nahid Fattahi
Research Associate at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

Tara Ghassemikia
Strategy and Implementation Consultant

Caroline Powell Donelan
Partner, Labor & Employment, Blank Rome

Molly McCoy, Esq., MPH, JD
Chief Privacy Official and Privacy Counsel at Blue Shield

Gilbert Newman, Ph.D.
Dean and Director of Clinical Training, Wright Institute

Jonathan Rico
Software Engineer, Salesforce


Ope Peters
Attorney, Boornazian, Jenson & Garthe

Isabel “Izzy” Smith
Customer Success Manager, Everwise


Timmy Perez
Web Design Volunteer