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Pearl Aviles-Taub is President of TPDC and a survivor herself of Postpartum Depression. Pearl is an advocate for Perinatal and Postpartum support, and applies her passion in her work. Pearl works as a Perinatal and Postpartum Support Group Facilitator at TMC (for more information please refer to TPDC’s Help Link) Pearl also works for Child and Family Resources as a Bilingual Family Therapist in the Healthy Families Program and is a Friend to the League of Mexican American Women. She obtained her Masters Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 2012. When her three children allow her any spare time, she enjoys participating non competitively in various 5k events that support our community.
Carole Sheehan MA, RN is the founder of the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition (2005) and its immediate Past President. Now retired from nursing, Carole worked in the fields of maternal-child health and mental health for over 30 years. As a Co-coordinator for Postpartum Support International in Arizona, Carole continues to volunteer as a maternal mental health advocate and is currently working on the development of the PSI-AZ Chapter. She lives near Grand Canyon Village in northern AZ with her husband Mike, and is the proud mother of 4 and grandmother of 7.
Patricia Young is Treasurer of the TPDC. A resident of Tucson AZ since 1973, Patricia currently offers grant writing and other fund raising expertise to agencies in the greater Tucson area; providing support for current fund raising activities including oversight, coordination and evaluation of grant-funded projects, data collection and evaluation report preparation. She currently writes and monitors grants for The Symphony Women’s Assn. (TSWA-provides at-risk children with instrumental music lessons), Arizona Repertory Singers and the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition. Patricia also operates Desert Oasis, a bed & breakfast in Tucson, and travels frequently to see her four children and four grandchildren who live in San Diego, Houston and Portland OR. She is an active member of Altrusa International Inc. of Tucson, a service-focused volunteer organization, and serves as First Vice President of TSWA.
TJ Marsh is a Lactation Consultant and co-founder of Mama’s Latte, providing in-home breastfeeding support and education for mothers and babies struggling with breastfeeding. She has been a birth and postpartum doula working with women in their homes and place of birth to have a relaxed and fulfilling birth experience and to transition to life with a new baby. In this capacity she has seen first hand how Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders can impact women, babies and families and joined TPDC to reach out to organizations to bring awareness and screening for PMADs so that the women and families of the greater Tucson area need not suffer and can get the help they need. She lives in Tucson with her husband and has two lovely daughters.
Maria Jose Mojardin L. was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico and has lived in Tucson for more than 5 years. Currently she is a PhD candidate in the Program of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. Maria Jose has a 3 year old son. After delivering her son, Maria Jose experimented postpartum depression, but thanks to the help and support of a volunteering nurse at the Arizona Postpartum Depression Wellness Coalition (APWC) she could recover. Experimenting Postpartum Depression herself, Maria Jose decided to research this topic among Mexican women living in Tucson and also joined as a volunteer at the Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition (TPDC).
Espanol: María José Mojardín L. es originaria de Culiacan, Sinaloa, México y ha vivido en Tucson por más de 5 años. Actualmente es candidata a doctor en el programa de Estudios Mexico-Americanos por la Universidad de Arizona. María José tiene un hijo de 3 años. Después del parto de su hijo, María José experimentó depression posparto y gracias al apoyo y soporte de una enfermera voluntaria de la Arizona Postpartum Depression Wellness Coalition (APWC) ella pudo sobrepasar esa etapa. A partir de su propia experiencia María José decidió investigar sobre la depresión posparto en mujeres Mexicanas viviendo en Tucson y unirse como voluntaria del Tucson Postpartum Depression Coalition (TPDC).
Ximena Andrea Roco, moved to Tucson from La Serena, Chile 4 years ago. She obtained her License in Psychology from the University of Chile in 2011, and in 2013 obtained her title of Psychologist with Clinical Mention. The focus of her training was on the Psychodynamic approach. During the development of her professional practice, she acquired new knowledge in the Systemic-Dialogical approach, which allowed her a deeper understanding of the human experience. For Ximena, being a part of TPDC is a great opportunity, both in her personal and work environment. It has helped her deliver and learn new research. It encourages her to provide help to mothers and their families as well as providing important knowledge in health professionals. She hopes to contribute to the knowledge of this disorder which is unknown to many. In her spare time, Ximena enjoys collecting antiques and books, as well as weaving and patchwork. She loves the sea and her native land. Ximena has a 6 year old daughter who keeps her busy.
Espanol: Ximena Andrea Roco, proviene de la ciudad de La Serena, Chile. Se radicó en Tucson, Arizona, hace aproximadamente cuatro años atrás, por motivos laborales de su esposo. Ximena tiene una hija de seis años de edad, con la cual pasa gran parte de su tiempo. Ximena obtuvo el titulo de Licenciada en Psicología el año 2011 y posteriormente se graduó como Psicóloga con mención Clínica el año 2013. Durante su formación adquirió conocimientos principalmente en el enfoque Psicodinámico, sin embargo durante el desarrollo de su práctica profesional, adquirió nuevos conocimientos en el enfoque Sistémico-Dialógico, el cuál le permitió un acercamiento más profundo en el vivenciar humano. Para Ximena ser parte de TPPC representa una gran oportunidad, tanto en el ámbito personal como laboral. Entregar y aprender nuevos conocimientos, brindar ayuda a madres y sus familias, generar conocimientos en profesionales de la salud, hacen de este voluntariado un gran desafío, con el cual espera aportar con un grano de arena en este enfermedad tan frecuente, desconocida para algunos y poco validada como es la Depresión Post-Parto. Aparte de la Psicología, Ximena disfruta mucho el coleccionar antigüedades y libros. En su tiempo libre practica el arte del telar (weaving) y también patchwork. Ama el mar, en especial de su ciudad natal.