LALS Alumni News

Stephanie Leonard

Stephanie LeonardIn August 2013, I accepted an AmeriCorps position to serve Salud Family Health Centers in north-central Colorado.  This network of community health centers provides medical, dental and behavioral health services to all patients. While our patient base is diverse, we primarily serve the most under-resourced members of our communities as well as a large population of Latino patients (39,000 of our 79,000 total). My primary role is to serve as a Transitions of Care member for the clinic in Brighton, CO. We visit all patients that admit to the hospital as well as offer home visits to ensure that patients understand discharge procedures/medication usages, etc. These efforts have been proven to enhance continuity of care and cut back on hospital readmission rates, which equate to lower health care costs!

Apart from work, I'm living in Denver with another UofL alum. I'm already in love with Colorado and all it has to offer, particularly the mountains! With that said, I want it on the record that I'm actively recruiting UofL fans across the state. Once a CARD, always a CARD!


Patrick Ridge

Patrick RidgeAfter recently completing my first year at Arizona State University, I can confirm that I made the right decision! I feel extremely lucky to work with Dr. David William Foster and the other faculty here. It is hard to believe that I first met him at UofL during the Latino and Latin American Studies heritage lecture, where he spoke on Argentine Woman’s Photography in 2011.

At ASU, the department's Cultural Studies track fits right in with my research interests in Latin American Literature, Sport, and Film & Media studies. I have also had the opportunity to continue my study of Portuguese and Brazilian culture. As the chair of my PhD supervisory committee, Dr. Foster has encouraged me to incorporate my personal interests into my research. This year I have worked with Carlos Monsiváis’ chronicles on World Cup 86 and Lucha Libre in México and Enrique Medina’s Boom narratives over boxing in Argentina. I will be presenting my research on the infamous soccer hooligans of Corinthians, São Paulo’s most popular team, and their effects on Brazilian society at the Modern Languages Association convention in January 2014. I also plan on presenting a recent analysis over soccer youths in Latin American film at UofL’s “‘Reel’ Latin America” conference this October. This past February I participated in a panel over UofL’s “‘Reel’ Guate Film Festival” with Melissa Groenewold and Clare Gervasi at the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It has been a great year and I want to make sure to thank all of my past professors in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages at UofL. I feel like I was prepared for the program here and I received some excellent help and advice to get here. I look forward to being back soon!



Tyler McChane

Tyler McChaneAfter volunteering as an interpreter, I am now employed as the Volunteer Coordinator at the Family Community Clinic, a non-profit, free clinic that serves the medically uninsured with the help of volunteer physicians, nurses, pharmacists, interpreters, and receptionists. I contribute to this mission by recruiting, orienting, and supporting volunteers, coordinating the weekly schedule, maintaining and updating records and compliance requirements, and an assortment of other tasks that keep me very busy. Almost 60% of our patients are Hispanic, so I have put my language skills to good use, as well as the cultural understanding that I developed through my internship at BBBSKY and the LALS Panama Program. LALS was the perfect preparation for where I am now, so it’s great to see that the FCC is now itself an internship site. And we have been very pleased indeed with the wonderful interpreting interns that Dr. Buchanan has sent our way!
What I love about my work here is that when I look at where the clinic is now, I am proud of the work that we’ve done, but I also see a lot of potential for growth, thanks to the great facilities and enthusiastic volunteers that we have been blessed with. We are always trying to expand our capacity to serve, whether by increasing our hours of operation, adding to our scope of services, building partnerships, or improving the quality of care that we provide. My job is to facilitate this growth, and right from the start I was preparing a second weekly session. Beginning February 5th we will be opening our doors to patients every Tuesday evening from 5-9, in addition to our current hours on Saturdays from 8-noon. The Family Community Clinic is a very exciting project to be involved in, and if you or someone you know would like to join us, we would love to hear from you.  You can learn more at FamComClinic.org, or reach me at Tyler@FamComClinic.org or by phone at 384-8444.


Travis Wimsett

I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology & Psychology with my minor in Latin American Studies in August 2005.  During that month, I accepted a job teaching English as a Second Language for the Nelson County School District in Bardstown.  In the Fall of 2007, I returned to school at Indiana University-Bloomington.  I completed my Master's Degree in Education Policy Studies with an emphasis on International/Comparative Education.  I wrote my thesis on the Argentine decentralization process of education from a provincial perspective.  Upon completion of my degree at IU, I accepted a position as a Research Analyst at Vanderbilt University.  I am currently working on a team investigating the effectiveness of Pre-Kindergarten in the State of Tennessee.  My Latin American Studies training is certainly a key component of my job duties, as I am responsible for translating documents, recruiting Spanish-speaking parents into the study, and assessing Spanish-speaking children along the dimensions of the study.