Jeannette was born in Guatemala and has lived in Salt Lake City for 22 years now. She works as a Community Wellness Coach for the Hispanic Healthcare Task Force, as a Community Health Worker and Outreach Specialist for Alliance Community Services and as a Community Liaison for Multicultural Counseling Center.
She studied Business Administration in Guatemala City. She is Certified Case Management and Health Coach from the University of Utah, Certified Peer Support Specialist by Utah State University, Certified Victim Assistance.
Advocate by the Office of Victims of Crime. Certified as a Sexual Assault Advocate by Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Graduated from Humanities course Westminster College, Humanities in Focus Filming and Westside Leadership. She is an active member of the Community working as a Promotora (Community Health Worker) for over 18 years and constantly learning new things in order to teach and train people around her. For her effort in 2016 she was honored with the Trailblazer Award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Utah. In 2013 she participated as a panelist in a TV show, 2014–2015 hosted a radio show “Voces de la Comunidad” and “Somos Utah” in 2016, both programs were dedicated to inform the Latin Community members about non-profit organizations, health and social resources available and community events. She is married to Oscar Villalta and has two sons Christopher and Derek. Her hobbies are reading philosophy and watching science documentaries.
Her volunteer work in non-profit organizations includes, among others:
- Community Health Workers certification with the Utah Health Department since 2012
- UPHA/CHW Section Chair 2015/2017
- PCORI Diabetes Co-leader Research Study University of Utah
- Safe Kids from Utah County Health Department Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST)
- HIV Prevention and Counseling program with the Utah Health Department
- NAMI Utah “National Alliance for Mental Illness” as a board member and F2F State Trainer.
She believes that we all have rights and we all deserve respect and opportunities regardless of our creed, sexual orientation, age, language or cultural values. Our community needs representation, guidance and support to be able to assist its residence to recognize that they are an essential part of this great society, which in many cases is completely different from their places of origin.