Meet the Staff
MAP is a place where people can be accepted for who they are. Our staff is composed of community health workers and educators who have training and certifications on various health-related topics. Our staff apply their unique understanding of the barriers, experiences, language, and culture of the Asian population to their jobs, which include:
- Bridging cultural gaps between individuals, communities, and health and human services
- Providing culturally appropriate health education and information
- Making sure that people get the services they need
- Providing direct services, including counseling and social support
- Advocating for individual and community needs
Andrea Machado grew up in Southern California and has a strong social welfare background working with diverse targeted populations. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with concentrations in social welfare, race, class, and gender from California State University of Fullerton and is currently the program manager for Asian Pride.
She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past seven years, including the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and Planned Parenthood. It was at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center that she founded and facilitated a health education intervention program for young women and transwomen. Her professional interests focus on human sexuality and the LGBT movement. She is a strong advocate of human rights and sexual health services being provided to all people of all backgrounds. She was honored with a proclamation from the city of West Hollywood for providing educational services and assistance to LGBTQ youth.
Outside of work, Andrea enjoys photography, interior design, and traveling to new places.
Senior Peer Coordinator
Theavin is a 21-year old Cambodian American, Senior Peer Coordinator at MAP for Health. He's been involved with MAP for the past three years. He hopes to enroll into Bunker Hill Community College to complete an associate's degree, transfer to a four year college, and achieve his aspirations in linguistics, translation, and interpretation. In the meantime, he's currently working as a barista at Starbucks.
During his time at MAP, Theavin has gained many skills and valuable knowledge - from creating presentations to running workshops and drop-in nights - he's become quite the coordinator.
Riot is a 19-year old Afro Latinx activist and educator. They have worked with several organizations such as the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, the Safe Schools program, GLSEN, Boston GLASS, and Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Youth Leadership Corps.
They enjoy planning events and creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth as well as attending protests, marches, rallies, and teaching workshops and educating through accessible platforms such as Facebook.
They are currently producing a documentary about LGBTQ+ youth and their struggles with housing instability.
Sami is an 18-year old Fashion Merchandising student originally hailing from Connecticut. Since coming to Boston she has worked closely with LGBTQ+ youth, particularly college students. She is the Co-President of her college's LGBTQ+ club, known as "Pride!" and has also interned with the New England LGBT Conference.
Sami particularly enjoys the media and organization side of being a Peer Coordinator. She is seldom seen without her Photoshop open and her color-coordinated notes in hand!
Aside from holding down three jobs, she is also a musician who mainly focuses on performing and digital composition.