Executive Officers

Carlos Marin, President pro tempore

Mr. Marin oversees UK’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program, which includes the Health Careers Pipeline Program, Community Faculty and Student Services. Mr. Marin also provides guidance and support to regional AHEC Center Directors. He also serves as the College of Medicine’s representative in areas of community and cultural engagement. He collaborates with College of Medicine faculty and staff to continue implementation of initiatives to increase representation of students and faculty from rural and minority populations and assist students and faculty in identifying opportunities for community engagement. Additionally, Mr. Marin chairs the Dean’s Diversity Advisory Committee.

Myrna Ray, Secretary pro tempore

Myrna has been working as a Spanish medical interpreter for 16 years at A.B. Chandler Hospital. She is a native of Mexico City, Mexico. Her background is in Biochemistry and Cell Biology; she has worked in research labs with anaerobic bacteria and kinetic and reaction mechanisms.

Directors

Heath Ray

Heath is the Program Coordinator for Refugee Services at Community Action of Southern Kentucky. After college graduation, he lived in East Africa for two years with the United States Peace Corps. During that time he learned Swahili which proved very helpful when returning to Bowling Green where many East African refugees are being resettled. Since 2009 he has become very involved with the refugee community offering assistance through multiple aspects of the resettlement process and language access.

Rania Belmadani

Dr. Rania Belmadani was born in Algeria, lived in Spain for more than 15 years, and now calls Lexington her home. She serves as a Language Access Specialist with GlobalLex. Rania is fluent in five languages – Arabic, French, Spanish, German and English. In addition, she holds multiple degrees from universities in both Algeria and Spain. She received her MBA from the National Business and Administration School (Algiers, Algeria), a Master’s Degree of Advanced Studies (Research Proficiency in Sociology), a Master’s Degree in International Development Cooperation, a PhD in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Social Mediation, all from the University of Valencia. When she is not working, Rania enjoys reading, swimming and hiking.

Sarah McClymonds

Sarah is the System Manager for Language Services at the University of Louisville Health coordinating the activity of staff and freelancer interpreters. She earned her BA in Spanish and International Studies from Miami University and her MA in Spanish (Hispanic Literature and Culture) from the University of Kentucky. Since 2013, she has held the Certified Healthcare Interpreter credential from CCHI. Before her current position at U of L Health, Sarah has worked as a Spanish medical interpreter, adjunct faculty member, lecturer at Indiana University Southeast and Clemson University, and director of the Clemson Language Immersion Program in Spanish.

Aly Cabrera