Gyl Wadge Switzer, MPA, MPH Executive Director
Gyl Switzer is a NOLA native who spent too much time in Texas before returning to the city she loves. Gyl has a Bachelors degree (English and Political Science) and a Masters in degree (Public Health) from Tulane University. In addition, Gyl has a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs. Prior to starting as Executive Director of Luke’s House, Gyl was the Executive Director of a nonprofit encouraging gun safety in Texas. Other experience included 10 years as a mental health advocate, work at state and local public health departments, civil rights investigator and other professional positions. Gyl is completely committed to social justice issues including healthcare for everyone.
Edith Romero, MHA Program Director
Originally from Honduras, Edith has a Masters in Health Care Management from UNO and is passionate about community health, reproductive justice and women's rights advocacy. Prior to her new role, Edith interned at Luke's House, where she co-led healthy cooking classes and connected patients to long-term care. Edith is also a co-leader of a research project on barriers to care in our Latinx community and was recently selected as a Youth Champion for Reproductive Justice by Rise Up, an organization of the Public Health Institute. Edith is excited to be a part of the tight-knit team at Luke’s House and to support various health education projects in our community.
Natalie Arias Community Health Worker
Natalie Arias is the Community Health Worker at Luke's House, and her position is made possible through Methodist Health System Foundation. She is passionate about working alongside our patients and making them feel comfortable and confident in seeking the care that they need. She is excited to work here and to help make our clinic a welcoming place for anyone who walks through our doors.
Crystal Roa Intern
Crystal, born and raised in New Orleans, is an intern at Luke's House. She is an undergraduate student, at Loyola University, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. She is excited for the opportunity to work here at Luke's house where she navigates patients, helps them to feel great about themselves, and make a change in their lives.
Walter Cruz Intern
Walter has been an intern at Luke’s House Clinic for a little over a year. He is an undergraduate student, at the University of New Orleans, majoring in Biology. His role at Luke’s House is to assist in health education, allowing our patients to learn and feel more comfortable in attending to their own health. He is excited to teach our patients how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Lizmari Alcántara, B.S. Intern
Lizmari was born and raised in Puerto Rico from Dominican descent. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences from LSU with plans of pursuing medicine in the future. When she moved to the US, she acknowledged the struggle some members of our community face when accessing medical services which motivated her to get involved to help close those gaps. She is excited to join Luke's House's team as our new Clinic Intern and assist our underrepresented members of the community towards accessible and long-term health care.