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Ms. Hughes’ history includes perspectives of volunteer, patient, activist, analyst, strategist and small business owner. She served a year of AmeriCorps/Vista at the Venice Family Clinic and worked there as an analyst for over eight years. Work focus included culturally appropriate, timely health care coverage and access; homeless populations and funding.
Networking with other communities provided Ms. Hughes opportunity to work with the: Wyden-Hatch Congressional Health Committee national appointee (1/14) representing California’s providers of primary, mental and dental health care for underserved populations and their clinics; National Association of Free Clinics - founding Board Member and instructor of Advocacy; California Women’s Foundation - Fellow - Women’s Policy Institute; Los Angeles County Community Clinic Association.
Therese Agnes worked at District Office of Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez as the Congresswoman’s Senior Representative with a focus in Health, women, aging, grants and other responsibilities.
Additional work and volunteer experiences include: Senate Summer Fellow in the Senate Health Education and Welfare Committee (Minority). This work entailed working to increase access to organ transplants, raising awareness of transplant shortages with Fortune 500 Companies on behalf of the Honorable E. M. Kennedy (D-MA); Appointed Chair of the Ventura County Grand Jury’s Health, Education and Welfare Committee; Conejo Valley Unified School District’s Chair – District Advisory Council; Newbury Park High – President - Parent-Teacher Association.; UCLA – Luskin School of Public Affairs - MA.
Currently Hughes is documenting through interviews and photographs the stories of 1,200 women who serve in defense of our nation from WWII – Present. The “Military Women: WWII to Present” Project includes the “In a Heart Beat” photography exhibit.
Hughes received the Patriotic Service Award from the Conejo Valley Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars for her work on women Veterans.