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Introducing Our Staff

The CCHCP team is staffed by a talented group of individuals. These individuals have constructed significant relationships with leaders and members of numerous communities within King County, Washington State, public agencies, and health care and social service institutions around the United States.


Ira SenGupta, M.A., Executive Director

Ira SenGupta, CCHCP’s Executive Director, has developed and conducted over 2,000 hours of trainings in cross cultural issues for health care providers in the past year alone. Ira’s skills are informed by her experience conducting cultural competency assessments of healthcare institutions and in facilitating and managing major cultural competency initiatives, coalitions, and training programs. A leader in her own community, Ira has extensive experience working with ethnically diverse communities, and has gained a deep understanding of community perspectives on health care.

She has lead several community-based research projects and was the principal investigator on developing a compendium of best practices for the CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services) standards for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health. She also served on the National Committee for Cultural Competence and the Committee for the Development of Cultural Competence Curriculum and Training Modules for Primary Care Physicians.

Ira’s research experience in cross-cultural issues and cultural competency in healthcare, and dynamic training and facilitation skills have made her a key resource for cultural competency training and assessment in healthcare settings nationally. She brings to her workshops a genuine enthusiasm for the subject, a wealth of stories and information, and an energetic style.


Ishani Ghosh, Operations Manager

Ishani Ghosh is our operations manager – she’s our door keeper, book keeper, telephone exchange and so much more! Honest, diligent and detail-oriented, Ishani keeps our office running smoothly.

Ishani Ghosh has experience as a travel agent, interpreter, and teacher.  She has served on the executive board of Uttoron, an organization dedicated to promoting the culture of Bengal, a state in India. Ishani is well-suited to work in an organization devoted to cross cultural understanding.  She has lived in two vastly different multicultural countries, India and the United States.


Tatiana Vizcaíno, M.A.Bridging the Gap Program Manager

Tatiana was born and raised in México City. Her formal education includes degrees in International Relations with a concentration on Global Cultures, a Comparative Literature Minor (ENG/SPAN) from the University of California at Davis, and a Master’s in English with an emphasis on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from CSU Stanislaus.

Tatiana is an experienced healthcare and community interpreter with an extensive background in psychiatric settings and is a bilingual trainer for the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). She has developed and co-authored interpreter training programs in California where she has worked towards innovative approaches to interpreter training and has piloted evidence-based language proficiency and interpreter readiness assessments.

Tatiana has been a featured speaker and trainer at several national and international conferences. She previously worked in Merced, California managing a comprehensive health and social justice initiative that supports language access, civic participation, and leadership development for marginalized populations in California’s Central Valley.


Aselefech Evans, Equity and Inclusion Program Coordinator

Aselefech Evans is our Program Coordinator for CCHCP’S Equity and Inclusion department. She assists our Program Manager with logistics for cultural competency training for health and social service organizations. Originally from Ethiopia, she arrived in the US at 6 years old along with her twin sister, to be adopted by a family in Maryland, where she grew up. Aselefech received her degree in Sociology from Bowie State University, and is the co-founder of Ethiopian Adoptees of the Diaspora. She has spoken on numerous panels about issues of race, identity, and heritage, as well as about growing up in an interracial family. Aselefech has also presented workshops and webinars for child welfare advocates, social workers, and adoption-related organizations. She has written for several publications and appeared on TV shows to discuss topics such as racial identity and international adoption policy. She devotes her advocacy toward family preservation efforts, as well as toward racial and economic justice.


 Catie Miller, M.A., General Program Coordinator and Curriculum Writer

As CCHCP’s General Program Coordinator and Curriculum Writer, Catie Miller works across all of CCHCP’s varied departments, from coordinating the Connecting to Care Patient Guide training to expanding the Bridging the Gap medical interpreter training curriculum. Catie was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She has a background working with diverse populations from around the world, with a special focus on South Asia where she has spent extensive time working, studying, and travelling. She is especially interested in creating educational opportunities that are both cross-cultural and mission driven. Catie comes to CCHCP with a background in developing curricula for cross-cultural English as a Second Language (ESL) environments. Catie holds a master’s in Social Science from the University of Chicago. Focusing on anthropology, she wrote her thesis on cross-cultural encounters in human rights work through the context domestic violence advocacy. Her research highlighted the challenges that are faced by organizations that promote universal rights while advocating for cultural relativism. In addition to working with CCHCP, Catie is involved in domestic abuse intervention and prevention efforts in the Seattle area.