Elaine Hernandez, Ph.D.

Elaine Hernandez is the Regional Director for Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) McAllen office. She is responsible for building sustainable public-private partnerships to address food insecurity at the border, especially in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Starr Counties. Elaine earned a BA degree in Spanish, MEd degree in Adult Education, MPH degree in Social and Behavioral Health, PhD in Higher Education, and is a PhD Candidate in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. She also has five teaching endorsements as a licensed teacher in Texas and has worked at the elementary, secondary, GED, continuing education, and post-secondary levels of education. Elaine also has 12 years of experience in international development in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, with a specialty in maternal and child health, and infectious disease prevention and control. She was a Rotary International Youth Exchange Student to Mexico in 1970-71, a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Guatemala in 2000, and Team Leader for a Rotary International Group Study Exchange program to India in 2002. She has received numerous awards for both her local and international community service.