Stakeholders in Translational Research (STAR) Ambassadors Program


The mission of the STAR Ambassadors Program is to promote bi-directional research and to continuously improve the community responsiveness of translational research though increasing the authentic engagement of our local and regional communities in the design and conduct of research that matters to communities and improves community health.

The STAR Ambassadors Program is composed of local community organization members and community leaders.


  • Dory Garcia

    • Executive Director, ARC XVI Fort Washington
    Dory Garcia
  • Jairo Guzman

    • President, Mexican Coalition for the Empowerment of Youth & Families, Inc.
    Jairo Guzman
  • Fern Hertzberg, MSW

    • Stakeholder Partner
    Fern Hertzberg, MSW
  • Maria Lizardo, LMSW

    • Executive Director, Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
    Maria Lizardo, LMSW
  • Evelyn Ortiz

    • Participant Ambassador, All of Us Participant Partners
    Evelyn Ortiz