Elaine Hernandez, Ph.D.

Elaine Hernandez is the Regional Director for Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) McAllen office. 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, and a PhD 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.