President: Anne Peterson, MD, MPH

Anne Peterson, MD, MPH is Senior Vice President of Global Programs at Americares. She began as a missionary in Kenya and Zimbabwe, consulted on Neglected Tropical Diseases for CDC and WHO and then moved into policy/political positions, first as Health Commissioner for the State of Virginia and then as Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Global Health at USAID from 2001 to 2005. In that position, she oversaw all of USAID’s global health programs in maternal and child health, AIDS, family planning, NTDs, health systems and the launch of the Bush administration’s PEPFAR program. | eannepeterson [at]

Vice President: Doug Fountain, MPA

Doug Fountain serves as Vice President for Strategy and Impact for Medical Teams International. Before coming to Medical Teams International, Doug served on the executive staff at Uganda Christian University, where he began in 2004 as the head of the Department of Health Sciences and later served as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Development and External Relations as the university grew to five campuses and 12,000 students. He has helped several non-profit and government organizations develop strategic plans and performance measurement systems and consulted on national policy and program development. He is also a founding managing editor of the Christian Journal for Global Health. Doug holds an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Oregon. | dfountain [at]

 Secretary: David J. Olson

David J. Olson has more than 25 years of strategic communications, advocacy and nonprofit management experience in 40 countries on five continents. Currently, he manages his own global health communications and policy consulting firm, Olson Global Communications, with diverse non-profit and for-profit clients. After serving as a Peace Corps agricultural volunteer in Togo, he managed an agricultural program in Mali for Lutheran World Relief, then served as country representative for PSI for social marketing programs in Zambia, Bangladesh and Paraguay. David has lectured on social marketing and communications at many universities, including Harvard Business School, Yale University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a proponent of social media, blogging for the Huffington Post and Impatient Optimists. You can follow him on Twitter @davidjolson and get more information on his website. | olson.david.jule [at]

Treasurer: Amy Hewitt

Amy Hewitt is a Grant Writer and the Manager for the Lab-In- Suitcase® (LIS) Program with International Aid. The LIS brings accurate diagnostic testing to rural areas of the world, Amy oversees distribution, communications, grants and updates to the program. Previously, she served as Partner Development Manager for IA’s Medical Equipment Services. In these roles, Amy connects with mission-minded organizations working in global health development to assess and deliver appropriate and sustainable medical equipment to rural clinics and hospitals. Her interests are advocating for global health, gender equality, social justice and writing. | hewitta [at]

Members at Large

Bob Blees is with SIM USA. Bob joined SIM in 1980 as a Services Division mechanic and Services Division Director in Liberia. He later went on to serve as ELWA ministries manager overseeing its five divisions which included Services, Hospital, ELWA Academy, West Africa Christian High School, ELWA Broadcasting, Print Shop and Dental Clinic. For the past 25 years, Bob has served as Vice President of SIM USA, and has contributed to the management of SIM worldwide operations. | bob.blees [at]

Dennis Cherian, MD, MHA is a physician with a keen interest and specialization in alternative systems of medicine; he also has graduate degrees in public health administration and psychological counseling. Dennis currently the Senior Director of Health for World Vision U.S., where he has designed and implemented a broad range of public health programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East for 20 years. A native of India, he previously managed the Church of South India Mission Hospital. Dennis has also worked as a Public Health rep for the  New York State Department of Health. He serves on the board of the Core Group and is an Advisory Member of Social Behavior Change for Faith-Based Organizations and the Country Task Force for mPowering Frontline Health Workers. | dcherian [at]

Ronald Mataya, MD is an Associate Professor of Global Health at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health in Loma Linda, Calif., a Seventh-day Adventist academic institution. He also directs the Global Health and Maternal and Child Health program. Prior to joining Loma Linda University, he was Director of Health Programs at the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s head office in Silver Spring, Md. Ron is a native of Malawi and divides his time between teaching at Loma Linda University and at the University of Malawi College of Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. | rmataya [at]

Paul Mikov is Vice President for Institutional Partnerships at Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Political Science at Fordham University. In his CMMB role, Paul is responsible for advancing partnerships with leading foundations, corporations, academic entities, large health-care networks, and relevant UN and governmental agencies. He has most recently been Director of Development and a Visiting Scholar at the School of International and Public affairs at Columbia University in New York City. Prior to Columbia University, for about ten years, Paul held leadership roles at World Vision International, where he was the organization’s main UN Representative. He played a pivotal role in the preparation, mobilization of resources, and the successful launch of major global health campaigns, such as the Every Woman Every Child campaign. | pmikov [at]

Pamela Mukaire, DrPH served as Executive Director for Resources for Improving Birth Outcomes (RIBO) and as a faculty member for the MPH program at Liberty University. Her professional experiences and interests range from HIV prevention and treatment, reproductive health, and maternal and child health to chronic disease prevention both in US and global settings. Pamela completed her master’s in Public Health at the University of Wisconsin and received her DrPH in health promotion from School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, California, USA. She is currently working as a consultant on various global health projects and teaching public health courses at California Baptist University. | pmukaire [at]

Lance Pyler is the Medical Advisor for Disaster Response and Programs at Samaritan’s Purse. He received his undergraduate BS degree in physical therapy and postgraduate medical degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado. Lance was involved in post-war recovery in Kosovo, post-earthquake and cholera responses in Haiti, refugee camp work in South Sudan, and field hospital deployment after Typhoon Haiyan. He was honored corporately with the “Ebola Fighters” as Time Magazine’s 2014 Person of the Year. | lplyler [at]

Gordon Raley serves as CEO of the Family Service Foundation. Prior to that, he was the Director of Public Policy at FHI 360 from 2004 until November 2014. Before joining FHI 360, Gordon served as Vice President of Federal Relations and Membership Services at Mental Health America and was President and CEO of the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations. He has a master’s degree in Community Organization and Planning from Tulane University. | gordonaraley [at]

Rebecca Waugh MDiv, MIA serves as Senior Programs Advisor at IMA World Health. She has more than 25 years of program development and management experience in multi-cultural NGO/not-for- profit environments, including 15 years in the international development and human rights arena. Rebecca served as a Country Director for IMA’s work in South Sudan before her current position. She has a Master of Divinity in Theology and Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master’s Degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. | rebeccawaurebeccawaugh [at]

William Holbrook serves as CCIH Executive Director and is an Ex Officio member of the board. He has had an extensive career in the healthcare industry where he served as a hospital executive and cofounder of two companies. Bill began his career in the global health and development arena in 1993 when he began work with ADRA International as Director of the USAID-funded food umbrella in Sudan and went on to serve as Haiti Country Director from 1996 to 1999. His development career includes service at World Vision International, Mercy Corps, CHF International, and the International Relief & Development Organization.

Bill has led and managed multiple partners in large complex umbrella grants and developed systems for monitoring and evaluating program results and effectiveness. His cross-­cultural management experience includes significant tenures in Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean and the former Soviet Union. Bill also has emergency response and disaster mitigation experience in complex environments. | william.holbrook [at]

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