Goya Foods donates food to Venezuela
YVETTE CALDERON, M.D. JOHN L. KENDALL, M.D.
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Goya Foods, America’s largest Latino
food company, announces its commitment
to donate 200 metric tons of
food, equivalent to 440,000 pounds of
food, to the people of Venezuela.
In collaboration with the United
States government, Goya is working
to coordinate the delivery of the truckloads
of product from Goya’s Houston,
Texas facility to Colombia before entering
the border of Venezuela. “We
unite with our brothers and sisters in
Venezuela to bring nourishing food
during a time of desperate need,” said
Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods.
“I commend the support of the United
States and other countries, private and
public entities, and individuals who
are also working diligently to ensure
that the people of Venezuela receive
food, water, and aid.”
The donation of Goya Black Beans
(Caraotas Negras), a Venezuelan staple,
is part of Goya’s charitable arm,
Goya Gives, a global initiative committed
to promoting and supporting
the overall well-being of communities
through social responsibility, environmental
initiatives, and company
values. Goya supports over 300 organizations,
events, and scholarships
worldwide and has always played an
active role in providing food donations
during times of crisis in the United
States, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Mexico,
Haiti, Chile, Peru and El Salvador
For more information, visit, www.
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The Board of Directors of the
American Board of Emergency
recently elected two new members:
Yvette Calderon, M.D., and John L.
Dr. Calderon was nominated by the
Emergency Medicine community-atlarge,
and Dr. Kendall by the Society
for Academic Emergency Medicine
(SAEM). SAEM is an ABEM sponsor
Dr. Calderon is chair of the Department
of Emergency Medicine at
Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and Professor
of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn
School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She
has been an ABEM oral examiner since
2010, and an item (question) writer for
the Qualifying (written) exam since
2014. Dr. Calderon completed her Emergency
Medicine residency training at
the Jacobi Medical Center.
Dr. Kendall is Professor of Emergency
Medicine and vice chair of Education
in the Department of Emergency
Medicine, and Director of Ultrasound
Curriculum at University of Colorado
School of Medicine. He has been an
ABEM oral examiner since 2013, and
a senior case reviewer since 2015. He
also is a member of the MyEMCert
Advisory Panel, Case Development
Panel, and Modifi ed Singles Advisory
Panel, and was an item writer for the
Qualifying Examination. In 2016, he
was the recipient of a Lifetime Service
Award from the Ultrasound Section of
the American College of Emergency
Dr. Calderon and Dr. Kendall will
begin their terms as ABEM directors
at the close of the summer board meeting.
The ABEM Board of Directors is
comprised solely of volunteer, boardcertifi
ed, clinically active emergency
physicians who are actively participating
in ABEM Maintenance of Certifi -
cation, a program of continuous learning
and periodic assessment.
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