Bridging the Communications Gap for Immigrants and Refugees in Minnesota

ECHO Staff

Lillian McDonald

Executive Director, mcdonald@echominnesota.org / 651-789-4342

Lillian McDonald has been the Executive Director for Emergency and Community Health Outreach (ECHO) since 2004. Prior to working with ECHO, she coordinated risks and crisis communication response plans, media relations, internal and public relations work for as the Public Information Officer (PIO) for Saint Paul—Ramsey County Public Health. Lillian worked for over 20 years as a news reporter, producer and assignment editor for major market radio and television stations in the Midwest, including KARE-TV and FOX-9.  

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Efrén Maldonado

Community Outreach and Program Coordinator, maldonado@echominnesota.org / 651-789-4326

Efrén has spent over a decade advocating for the health and wellness of hard-to-reach populations through is work as a Dakota County Community Health Specialist, and through his work in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) prevention through Clearway and CLUES.   Efrén has a Masters of Education from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.   He has also served as a parent educator for Children’s Home Society and Family Services and many other organizations and as a School Based Services Coordinator at Minneapolis Public Schools.  Efrén’s familiarity with effective community messaging and outreach will help ECHO to intentionally engage with a variety of institutions, households, and communities.

Verónica Jaralambides

Project Coordinator, jaralambides@echominnesota.org

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Verónica lives in the Twin Cities and is a professional Marketing Consultant and Web Designer. Verónica also manages ECHO's various media projects.  Originally supporting ECHO's Spanish-language shows as a captioner and co-host, Verónica has continued to help ECHO maintain a steady presence in the community through its outreach and cultural awareness services.  “I believe everyone deserves healthy lives,” Verónica said. “It is important that everyone in our community receives information on health and safety topics, for we need healthy individuals to have a healthy community.” 

Thomas Tou Yang

Community Outreach

Thomas helps ECHO Minnesota to connect with limited English proficiency community members so they may become involved in ECHO's community engagement activities.  Thomas received a Bachelors degree from St. Mary's College and also works for the Statewide Tobacco Education and Engagement Project.

Kevin Dragseth

Associate Producer, associateproducer@echominnesota.org

Kevin Dragseth has worked in digital video, web and visual design for more than 15 years. He enjoys working in partnership with clients to shape and develop messages and media that enlighten, motivate, impact and connect with their audiences. A second-generation media producer, Kevin synthesizes his bold creative instincts with his ability to harness the power of technology, and grounds them both in a deep commitment to purposeful, meaningful human communication strategy. Kevin has a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College, where he studied history and philosophy. This appreciation for the human experience fits perfectly with his love of the technique and technology of storytelling through digital media.

ECHO Volunteer Interns

 

ECHO's work wouldn't be possible without the support of volunteer interns. ECHO brings on new interns in the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. To the left is a photo of ECHO Staff and 2012 Winter interns.
ECHO offers internships in three areas: Community Outreach, Development, and Communications. When internships are available, they will be posted on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Job Board here - keyword ECHO.

ECHO's work wouldn't be possible without the support of volunteer interns. ECHO brings on new interns in the Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. To the left is a photo of ECHO Staff and 2012 Winter interns.

ECHO offers internships in three areas: Community Outreach, Development, and Communications. When internships are available, they will be posted on the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Job Board here - keyword ECHO.