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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 is the Executive Director and lead consultant of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program (CCHCP). Ira actively contributes to the field of culturally and linguistically appropriate services as a national trainer, researcher and facilitator of community conversations. An inspirational speaker and researcher, she brings to her work a genuine passion, an energetic style and applicable tools. Ira is multilingual and has deep roots in the communities accessing health and social services. Ira is a Fellow of the combined Leadership program of the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She has most recently served on two national committees on standards for training in the language access field. Most notably, Ira conducted three significant pieces of qualitative research that were both national and local in scope with the goal of examining the barriers our emerging communities face in accessing healthcare. As a principal investigator, Ira developed a national compendium of best practices for the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards established by the Office of Minority Health (OMH).

Contact: iras@xculture.org

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.

Contact: ishani@xculture.org

Tamas Farkas, Bridging the Gap Program Manager

Tamas Farkas is the Program Manager of the Bridging the Gap Program. Born in Budapest Hungary, Tamas moved to the United States in 1999. He attended the Metropolitan State University of Denver, spending one year abroad in Fribourg, Switzerland studying at the University of Fribourg. After graduating with a B.A. in German and French, he spent a year in San Juan, Puerto Rico learning Spanish. He worked as a medical interpreter before becoming the manager of the Interpreter Network of Spring Institute. He became a trainer for the Bridging the Gap program in 2016 and has been training Bridging the Gap since.

Davíd Alvarez, Equity and Inclusion Program Coordinator

David Alvarez is our Program Coordinator for CCHCP’S Equity and Inclusion department. He assists our Program Manager with logistics for cultural competency training for health and social service organizations. David graduated from the University of Washington in June 2018 with a BA in Communication and minored in both Diversity and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. David was heavily involved with research and teaching at the UW Center of Communication, Difference, and Equity and has additional teaching experience abroad.

Contact: david@xculture.org

 

Michaela Kiley, Language Access Program Coordinator

Michaela Kiley is our Program Coordinator for both of CCHCP’s language access programs: Bridging the Gap medical interpreting training and Connecting to Care: Patient Guide training. Michaela supports the Bridging the Gap Program Manager with program development, marketing, and outreach in coordination with our language access trainings. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and International Development Studies. Having worked as an English as a Second Language instructor in Vermont and South Korea, she is passionate about education and is excited to bring her experience in intercultural communication to this position

Contact: michaela@xculture.org