Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, MS, is ASF’s Executive Director. Prior to joining ASF, Stevens-Edouard served as Senior Director of Children’s Health Initiatives in the Medical Innovation and Leadership Division of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. For more than 13 years, she managed the company’s community outreach and grantmaking programs. In 1998, she created and developed Jump Up and Go!, Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s campaign promoting youth physical activity and healthy eating, which was awarded the 2004 Ellis Bonner Award for Excellence in Community Leadership. “Coming to ASF fulfills my commitment to ‘giving back’ and preparing the next generation of leaders to put service back into health,” says Stevens-Edouard. “I’m honored and humbled to join an organization with such tremendous and transformative impact.”
Jacqueline Haley is ASF’s Operations Manager. Prior to joining ASF Jackie served as Community Relation Manage for St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Jackie’s volunteer activities include serving as Executive Director for Greater Boston Sickle Cell Disease Association, Chair of the Jamaica Diaspora Northeast Advisory Board and member of the Hyde Park Main Streets Board of Directors. She was honored with Jamaica Consul General Heritage Award for Community Service. She is a graduate of Mico Teacher’s College, and holds a Masters of Management from Cambridge College
ALABAMA SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Kristin R. Boggs, directs the Alabama Schweitzer Fellows Program.
BAY AREA SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Dale Ogar directs the Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows Program. Ogar retired in 2006 after 40 years at the University of California, Berkeley, the last 27 of which were spent in the School of Public Health. She was one of the founders and continues to serve part-time as the Managing Editor of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter. When the Bay Area program was established in 2006, Ogar was asked to be its first Program Director. As a volunteer and Board member for other organizations, Dale has mentored many young adults who wish to assume leadership positions in the non-profit world. “Being involved with these young people who are so committed to serving their communities is probably the most rewarding thing I have ever done,” says Ogar. “My own mentor over the years was a very Schweitzer-like character who taught me that giving to others in need is the most noble of all activities. I am very excited about this program and its potential to grow and prosper in the San Francisco Bay Area.”
BOSTON SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Karen A. Spiller directs the Boston Schweitzer Program.
CHICAGO SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Before joining the Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellows program, Ray Wang worked for the Chicago/Cook County Community Health Council, a private/public partnership dedicated to improving public health and access to health care for underserved and low income residents throughout the city and suburbs. At the Council, Wang planned and organized health fairs, community outreach events and advocacy efforts. Wang also directed the operations of the Common Pantry, a volunteer-based emergency food program in a Chicago neighborhood serving 600-650 people per month. Wang holds a master of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has produced and exhibited films and videos. He taught video art in the Intermedia Arts Department at Mills College in Oakland, CA.
COLUMBUS-ATHENS SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Lorraine Silver Wallace, PhD directs the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program.
HOUSTON-GALVESTON SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Gabrielle Morrissey Hansen, PhD, is Director of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Houston-Galveston and is a well regarded international key opinion leader in the area of sexual health. Gabrielle earned her Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate in Health Science at Curtin University in Australia. Gabrielle has long been a passionate educator, holding academic teaching positions at three different universities in Australia and providing education and health project management at non-profit organizations and through her own consulting practice. Gabrielle believes in promoting positive change through education as well as through public messaging and has achieved this beyond the classroom in her media work through her own radio show, her nationally syndicated column in Australia, television appearances and in her three internationally published books. Gabrielle grew up living in various countries across Asia and continues to speak internationally on vital health and gender issues. Gabrielle believes deeply in the tremendous difference each single person can make in the world … and in doing something wonderful, as often as possible. She now calls Houston, and ASFHG, home.
LAMBARENE SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Ezra Barzilay, MD, directs the Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellows Program.
LOS ANGELES SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
John K. Su, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is the Program Director of the Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program and a clinical faculty member at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles in Family and Sports Medicine. He is a 1999-2000 Boston Schweitzer Fellow for Life. For his Fellowship project, he served as Executive Director of the Hepatitis B Boston Initiative. Su is an active volunteer with the UCLA Mobile Homeless Clinic in Santa Monica, California and carries on Dr. Schweitzer’s work by developing new Fellows for Life as Co-Director of the Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program.
Rebecca Bravo is the Program Coordinator of the Los Angeles Schweitzer Fellows Program.
NEW HAMPSHIRE/VERMONT SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Nancy Gabriel, Program directs the New Hampshire/Vermont Schweitzer Fellows Program.
NEW ORLEANS SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Sofia Curdumi Pendley, MPH is the Program Director for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship-New Orleans (ASF), having joined the team in 2014. Prior to joining ASF, Sofia worked in disaster resilience as Sr. Program Manager for Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA). Her work included managing international applied research programs funded by USAID, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Sofia also provided monitoring and evaluation expertise to post-disaster recovery programs following the Haiti 2010 Earthquake, the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike in South Louisiana. Sofia holds a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University and is working towards her PhD. She is fluent in both Spanish and French and speaks beginner-intermediate Mandarin.
NORTH CAROLINA SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Barbara Heffner joined the North Carolina Schweitzer Fellowship as Program Director in 2001. She holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech University and brings over 15 years experience as a marketing consultant.
PITTSBURGH SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Joan E. Haley, M.Ed. directs the Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program. Formerly, she served as the Clinical Director of Southwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center, where the Schweitzer Program is housed. As an adult educator, Haley has worked for 30 years in the service oriented non profit sector. She is the founder and former Executive Director of the Parenting & Life Skills Institute and a founder and Board member of North Hills Affordable Housing, transitional housing for homeless women and children. Haley worked for 12 years in community mental health where she was the Director of Consultation and Education. Haley has served as a Board of Directors member for several community organizations: Children’s Cancer Center, Hearth, Winchester Thurston School and SW PA AHEC. As a curriculum writer, Joan has published articles and manuals on group process and facilitating skills.
TULSA SCHWEITZER FELLOWS PROGRAM
Rachel Gold directs the Tulsa Schweitzer Fellows Program.