Share

PA IPM Expands Outreach to Latino Community with New Team Member

Posted: May 12, 2011

Maria Gorgo-Gourovitch will continue her work with the Spanish-speaking community in the Philadelphia as she joins the Pennsylvania IPM Program as its new Latino IPM Coordinator.

Working in the program’s Philadelphia School and Community IPM Partnership program, Gorgo-Gourovitch duties include translating program brochures and educational materials into Spanish and establishing a better Spanish language presence on the program’s web site. She is also presenting workshops and trainings on IPM practices and outreaching to the Latino communities in the southeast counties of Pennsylvania.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gorgo-Gourovitch has a BS in Agricultural Engineering and an MS in Animal Production from the Pontifical Argentine Catholic University.  She was an agricultural services coordinator with Inspectorate de Argentina S.A. (British Institution Group) before moving to Pennsylvania in 2000. She is a Spanish Instructor at Bucks County Community College and has worked as a Spanish translator and teacher for various organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is a Penn State Master Gardener with Bucks County Cooperative Extension and a member of Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and Newtown Elementary School Organic Vegetable Garden Committee. She enjoys gardening and horseback riding in her free time.

The Philadelphia School and Community Partnership (PSCIP) was developed nine years ago when PA IPM began looking for community-based solutions to manage pests effectively and safely in indoor environments. PSCIP members include community groups, schools and child development centers, tenant groups, environmental groups, health professionals, pest control professionals, university staff and city and state agencies. For more information on pests and pesticides and their effects on public health, visit web site http://extension.psu.edu/ipm/resources/urbanphilly.

The Pennsylvania IPM Program is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture aimed at promoting integrated pest management in both agricultural and urban settings. For more information, contact the program at (814) 865-2839, or Web site http://www.paipm.org.