I have been working with SERI since 2008 as a Promotora, and I love working with the community on environmental health issues. I am currently the Program Manager for our home visit program. Each day I work with families to make their home environment safer and healthier. I also oversee our volunteer program and coordinate our Promotora Certificate Program. I have a Community Health Advisor Certificate from Pima Community College, in Tucson, AZ and a Business Administration Certificate and Accounting Certificate from the Instituto Tecnológico del Mar in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. I have an Urban Forestry Certificate from the Tucson Botanical Gardens and was trained on the installation of rainwater harvesting passive systems by Ethos Rainwater Harvesting.
I have being working with SERI since 2009 when I started as a volunteer. In 2010 I was hired as an Environmental Health Promotora. I enjoy helping our community, and with SERI I feel that everyday I’m making a difference to create a better community and a healthier environment for our future generations. I am currently the Program Manager for our rainwater harvesting program for low-income families and our Healthy Childcare Program. As the Program Manager for our rainwater harvesting program, I teach rainwater harvesting and tree care workshops, design rainwater harvesting systems with the family’s input, coordinates installation and organize staff and volunteers to install passive systems for low-income elderly. I have an Urban Forestry Certificate from the Tucson Botanical Gardens and was trained on the installation of rainwater harvesting passive systems by Ethos Rainwater Harvesting. I have a B.S. Degree in Marketing from the University of Arizona that will provide valuable in designing and promoting our new rainwater harvesting loan program for low-income families.
I am the SERI Climate Science Specialist. The Borderland Region consists of the Mexican and United States counties that are adjacent to the US-Mexican border. It includes the American cities of Tucson, Yuma, Las Cruces, San Diego and El Paso. The Borderland Region is being disproportionately affected by climate change because of poverty, different systems of government, and a rapidly increasing population,. Climate change is already occurring in Tucson, bringing higher temperatures and the risk of water scarcity in an already arid climate. SERI seeks to provide information for the mitigation of climate change, especially in the underserved community of south metropolitan Tucson. My collaboration with SERI began in 2008, when I was awarded a NASA Space Grant to study air pollution in south metropolitan Tucson. In response to controversy about a Tucson facility using the highly toxic beryllium metal, the Pima Department of Environmental Quality installed six metals monitors on the roofs of schools in the Sunnyside Unified School District. I analyzed the metals data, and through the SERI promotoras presented the results to the Tucson community. I am returning to SERI after a two year fellowship with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. With ARL, I used a geographic information system to verify the accuracy of weather forecasting. I have a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Arizona in Tucson, a BS in Chemistry from Northeastern Illinois, and a BS in Biology from De Paul University. Before returning to graduate school, I worked for ten years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as an atmospheric chemist. I also worked as the Landfill Specialist for the City of Janesville, Wisconsin and did consulting work for the Lake Michigan Air Directors' Consortium.
I am an Environmental Health Promotora. Prior to joining SERI, I worked for the Amphitheater School District. My work with the District began in 1992. My first position was working as a Special Education Assistant, followed by my classroom assistance as a Bilingual Aide. My final position was as a Student/Family Advocate that lasted 20 years.
Aviva came to SERI after fifteen years of living and working in Zion National Park. While there she worked on various projects such as sustainability outreach, youth outreach and education, vegetation management and wildlife monitoring. She earned a Bachelor's in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Master's in Agriculture from Iowa State University. She has a passion for community engagement and environmental stewardship. She has also been an organic farmer and operated her own small farm business and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for 6 years.