Executive Staff

Patricia Barceló-Sanders

Executive Director

Hailing from the rich tapestry of Guatemala, Patty’s journey to the United States in 1985 was one of survival and resilience, fleeing the ravages of war. With determination etched into her spirit, she embarked on a path defined by service and advocacy, leaving an indelible mark on communities far and wide.

Patty earned her law degree from the Universidad de España y México in 2022. Patty presently serves as the Program Coordinator, Sr. at the University of Arizona, overseeing critical care and surgical fellowships with precision and dedication. Beyond her professional sphere, Patty’s heart beats with a passion for community outreach. From orchestrating clothing drives for Casa de Los Niños and refugees at Owl & Panther to spearheading toothpaste and toothbrush campaigns for children in the Dominican Republic, her commitment to uplifting others knows no bounds.

Patty’s impact resonates far beyond her immediate circles. Her advocacy for refugees has earned her the esteemed Ben’s Bell award, a symbol of her unwavering dedication to those in need. She lends her expertise to organizations like Owl & Panther and the Tucson Museum of Art’s Kasser Family Wing Community Advisory Committee, shaping initiatives that empower and inspire.

In 2020, Patty’s tireless efforts were recognized with The University of Arizona’s Individual Award for Excellence, a testament to her boundless compassion and relentless pursuit of positive change. Hers is a story of resilience, compassion, and unwavering dedication—a beacon of hope in a world that thrives on kindness and service.

Bersabe Lopez

Operations Manager

Bersabe’s heart beats to the rhythm of Arizona, her home nestled in the picturesque town of Sahuarita, just south of Tucson, where pecan farming weaves through the fabric of the community. While her journey began with an Associates in Fashion Design and Merchandising, it was her sister’s path through medical school and residency that illuminated her true calling.

Captivated by the world of Graduate Medical Education & Undergraduate Medical Education, Bersabe discovered her passion. Today, as a lead coordinator at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson within the Department of Medicine, she brings a wealth of experience cultivated across various specialties, including Obstetrics and Gynecology, Allergy, Gastroenterology, and Nephrology.

Bersabe’s dedication to nurturing the next generation of medical professionals is unwavering. Whether she’s supporting residents or fellows, her commitment to their aspirations and their future impact on healthcare and the community remains resolute. Revered as a leader among her peers, Bersabe chairs an institutional Wellness Committee and spearheads conferences spanning the breadth of medical disciplines.

In 2023, Bersabe’s exceptional contributions earned her a nomination for the COM-T Lara Hanekamp Dedicated Staff of Excellence award, a testament to her tireless dedication and exemplary service. Outside of her professional pursuits, she finds joy in the rhythm of her feet hitting the pavement during runs, exploring new horizons through travel, and nurturing her soul through workshops focused on self-love and personal growth.

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