Josue Orellana, MD, MPH, was born in Bolivia. He is a physician, holds a Master of Public Health, and has developed a special interest in community health and international health. Dr. Orellana joined the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in 2002 and held various positions within the global ADRA network. Most recently he spent four years as ADRA Country Director in Mongolia, and three years as Country Director in Nepal. In 2018 he took the role of Director for Health, Nutrition & WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) at ADRA International.
Mary Beth Powers, MPH, is the CEO of CMMB (Catholic Medical Mission Board) which partners to provide community-based medical and health care to women and children in communities affected by poverty and poor health in parts of Zambia, Kenya, South Sudan, Peru, and Haiti. CMMB also receives and distributes pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to health system partners in more than 30 countries each year.
Gracia Violeta Ross is Programme Executive for EHAIA (Ecumenical HIV/AIDS Initiatives and Advocacy) at the World Council of Churches. Ross is a public speaker, writer and researcher on HIV, gender-based violence, and health and human rights. She also writes about her experience as a rape survivor and as a woman living with HIV. Ross has represented communities and NGOs from Bolivia and Latin America in several global bodies, including UNAIDS PCB, the Communities Delegation in UNITAID, the Developing Countries NGO Delegation to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Civil Society Advisory Group for UN Women in Latin America, and many others.
Rob Thames, FACHE, FHFMA, is the Director of Global Health Administration Partners (GHAP), the consulting arm of MN faith-based NGO Global Health Ministries (GHM). GHAP partners to improve health in 14 low-resource countries by helping to strengthen governance, leadership and financing, with emphasis on community-centered health. Prior to trading his career for a calling in global health, Rob led hospitals and health systems, most recently as CEO of Northern Arizona Healthcare, and served as a U.S. consultant. Rob earned his MHA, MBA and BS-Business degrees from the University of Minnesota and certifications from the SDG and Community Health Academies, World Bank and WHO.
Magdeline Aagard, MBA, RN, PHN, is a founding member of Global Health Administration Partners (GHAP), an arm of Global Health Ministries (GHM). She has volunteered on consulting engagements for GHAP in multiple countries including India, Tanzania, and South Sudan. These projects have included developing CHW programs, primary healthcare clinics, Cancer Care Center, nursing program upgrades, and many more. Dr. Aagard is fortunate that her full time job as a professor at Walden University is online, which allows her to pursue her mission and passion of volunteering in developing countries and work at the same time.
Shyamala Anand, MBBS, MS, is Senior Technical Advisor for NTDs at American Leprosy Missions and is based in India. She is a medical doctor with 35 years of experience in the NGO sector. After 25 years of working in mission hospitals in India, her interests turned to innovative grassroots level approaches to prevent and manage NTDs and NTD-related disability. She is currently involved in integrated, women-led, WASH and NTDs initiatives; home-based NTD-disability care; use of digital technology at the grassroots; and operational research to enable better and sustainable outcomes for people at their point of need.
Thacien Ndayisange is Project Coordinator of Family Planning (FP) and Health Projects at World Relief Burundi. He has worked for multiple local organizations and international organizations such as ABUBEF, Memisa Belgium, and Swiss TPH in Burundi. Ndayisenga has worked extensively for more than eight years in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. He earned his master’s degree in Project Management and bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences.
Dodanim Vasquez Campos, MD, MPH, is a doctor and surgeon, with a specialty in diagnostic imaging and a subspecialty in epidemiology from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala. He currently serves as the executive medical director of two private health institutions. He also volunteers with Mennonite churches in Guatemala, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a medical services advisor. Additionally, he serves as the Steering Committee Chair for the Global Anabaptist Health Network (GAHN).
Joyfrida Anindo, MA, is a program coordinator with ten years of experience, seven of those within Mennonite Central Committee Kenya/Tanzania. Joyfrida specializes in program coordination and project management and is responsible for the accompaniment of the Maternal and Child Health project being implemented by MCC Partner Kenya Mennonite Church: Center for Peace and nationhood in Mathare North, Nairobi County.
Henry Perry, MD, MPH, is Senior Associate in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has a long-standing interest in community health, community empowerment, equity, primary health care and community-based delivery of evidence-based interventions. His primary research interest concerns the impact of community-based primary health care programs on health improvement.