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Dr. Lise Johnosn, M.D.

Chair

Lise Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  Lise initially began working on children's health issues in Zambia with Communities Without Borders in 2011 in order to improve the health of the children they sponsor.  Lise completed her undergraduate education at Brown University and received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She did her residency training in pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital where she also served as chief resident. She worked as a primary pediatrician in the Boston area for eight years in both private practice and community clinic settings. She has been the Director of Well Newborn Nurseries at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston since 2001.  

Charlie Johnson, MBA

Treasurer

Charlie Johnson is a retired financial executive with over thirty years experience in senior financial and information technology positions in multi-national companies, most recently as Chief Financial Officer for Citigroup Global Transaction Services Fund Service Group.  He has an engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.  Charlie is currently a board member and consultant to Atlantic Fund Services in Portland, Maine; past president of the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, where he continues to serve as a trustee and treasurer; and a director of Forum Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to education and community development in rural Panama.

Jon Oxman, J.D.

Secretary

Jon Oxman is an attorney and managing Partner of Linnell, Choate and Webber, LLP, in Auburn, Maine where his practice concentrates on workers' compensation, health law, insurance law, and legal ethics. He is a member of the Human Ethics Committee of Central Maine Healthcare, comprising Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgeton Hospital, and Rumford Hospital. He serves as adjunct faculty, teaching medico-legal issues, in the Masters' program for Physician Assistants at the University of New England.  Jon received his B.A. from Tufts University and his law degree from Boston College Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He is Board Chair of Mechanics Savings Bank, a panel chair for the Maine Lawyers' Fee Arbitration Commission, and is on the Board of the University of Southern Maine Foundation.  He is a public member, representing Maine, on the accrediting Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  He is regional chair of the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program from Central and Western Maine, and is a member of the Tufts Alumni Council.

Carol Walker Aten

Portland Maine resident Carol Walker Aten has over twenty five years of practical and strategic experience. She manages Tegwe Consulting specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, governance and leadership coaching. Her professional experience includes non-profit management of small to mid-sized organizations including a museum, philanthropy initiative and community center. Carol has extensive leadership and volunteer experience serving as a family foundation trustee, a community bank corporator, chamber of commerce treasurer, non‐profit boards, service clubs, and municipal budget committees. A graduate of Leadership New Hampshire, Leadership Seacoast, and Leadership Maine. Carol received her MA from in Art History and Museum Studies, Boston University and a BFA from the University of Michigan.

 

Wendy Batson

Wendy is a development specialist with more than 30 years of experience planning and managing programs in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has worked for UNICEF and UNHRC focusing on humanitarian aid for war-devastated countries. Additionally, she had served in an executive capacity for both the Handicap International and Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.

Nathaniel Bowditch, MPA

Nate Bowditch is an international economic development practitioner with experience in Africa, Europe, Asia, Russia, and the US. He has specialized in early-stage organizational development—starting-up three American state and municipal development agencies and four international non-governmental economic development organizations on three continents. In the 1970s he served as City Planner and headed a downtown revitalization initiative in Lewiston, Maine's second largest city. In the 1980s, he organized and headed the Maine Development Foundation, a statewide public-private economic development partnership. Then he moved with his family to Sri Lanka to initiate a similar organization with that country's senior private and public sector leaders; and upon returning to Maine, became the first Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development. In the 1990s the Bowditch family moved to Ghana where Nate served as USAID Chief of Party and UNDP Chief Technical Adviser for a project that created a new West African tourist destination. More recently Nate managed a project in Liberia to create university Centers of Excellence in agriculture and engineering; led a team that created an economic growth strategy for the first planned Palestinian community of Rawabi; managed a technical assistance program for 56 municipalities in Macedonia; led economic growth strategy preparation for six regions in Jordan, Uganda, and Bulgaria; strengthened business associations in the Russian Far East; and evaluated small and medium enterprise development activities in Russia and Armenia.

Stephanie Dodson Cornell, MBA

Stephanie is a Managing Director at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, where she is responsible for identifying and supporting DRK Entrepreneurs.  She currently serves on the boards of DRK portfolio organizations IRAPKhyetiMerit AmericaSuyo, and  Tiny Totos Kenya.  She previously served on the boards of alumni organizations Catie’s Closet,  City Health WorksClean Energy TrustCrisis Text LineD-Rev,  Lava MaeUpstream, and Y2YPrior to joining DRK, Stephanie co-founded three social ventures: Strategic Grant Partners, a coalition of families that combines philanthropic investing and pro bono consulting to address issues for Massachusetts children in poverty; Project Healthy Children, which designs and implements food fortification programs in developing countries; and the Maranyundo Initiative, a boarding school for girls and teacher enrichment program in Rwanda. Stephanie has been an advisor and board member for several nonprofit and philanthropic organizations including Demand Abolition, Year Up, Partners in Health, WGBH, RefugePoint, Resurge, Share Our Strength and Amazon Conservation Team. Stephanie holds a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and an MBA from Stanford University.

Cara Endyke-Doran, MSN, MPH, RN

Cara Endyke-Doran is an advance practice nurse with 20 years of experience leading large integrated health projects focused on improving maternal, child, and adolescent health; protecting orphans and vulnerable children; and strengthening HIV prevention, care, and treatment services in sub-Saharan Africa. She has held long-tern assignments in Zambia, Mozambique and Nicaragua. She served as chief of party for USAID’s Youth Power Action in Mozambique as well as for USAID’s Local Partners Capacity Building Project in Zambia. Additionally, she served as the country program manager for the University of Maryland’s CDC-funded AIDSRelief project, also in Zambia. She currently works as the Principle Technical Advisor at  Management Sciences of Health (MSH) where she provides leadership and programmatic direction in the design and implementation of MSH’s global women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health (WCAH) programs. Cara holds a Master Science degree in Public Health and Nursing from John Hopkins University.

Deirdre Strachan, MPH DSc

Deirdre Strachan is a foundation executive and reproductive health specialist who has worked in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia with international non-profit health organizations. In the 1970s, she worked for 5 years in Nicaragua at the Central American Institute of Management with a Ford Foundation funded program on the management of family planning programs in Central America.  She then joined Pathfinder International for 14 years where she served at the Vice President responsible for the management of technical assistance, program operations and fundraising to support reproductive health programs in 25 countries.  She also taught a course on the management of community health programs at the Harvard School of Public Health.  She then worked for two years in Brazil as the country representative for the PROFIT program to increase private sector investment in family planning.  For the final 14 years of her career, she worked with Management Sciences for Health as the Director of the Reproductive Health Program and then on the Board.  She has a BA from Mount Holyoke College, an MSW from Boston University and an MPH/DSc from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Rev Frank Strasburger

Frank Strasburger has been involved with organizations serving Africa for over 25 years. During the late 1990’s, he was president of Medical Education for South African Blacks (MESAB), which funded bursaries for South Africans of color pursuing healthcare careers.  He was the founding president of Princeton in Africa, which annually offers 50 highly selective fellowships to recent college graduates enabling them to work with organizations all over the African continent.  Frank was Vice Chair of Healthy Learners from its inception until serving as chair from 2018 through 2019.   An Episcopal clergyman, he spent most of his priesthood in campus ministry and was the Episcopal chaplain at Princeton University for more than a decade. He retired in 2007 to Brunswick, ME, where, since 2014, he has led Healthy Masculinity at Bowdoin College, a group of male students exploring what it means to be a man.  A volunteer writing tutor for high school seniors, he is the author of Growing Up: Limiting Adolescence in a World Desperate for Adults.

Mary Ozerio Zulu, MD MSc.

Mary Ozerio Zulu is a medical practitioner and government official with a career spanning nearly 40 years in Zambia. Her areas of expertise include health management, medical practice, education and research. Mary served for four years in the 1990’s as Assistant Dean for the University of Zambia Medical School. She joined the Ministry of Health in the mid 2000’s as the Provincial Health Director for Lusaka Province. She was selected by the government in 2008 to serve as the Registrar for the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ). She held this role until retiring from the government in 2018. Mary holds a Medical Degree from the University of Zambia and a Master of Science in Medical Biochemistry from the University of Vermont. She currently works as a senior lecturer in Medical bio- chemistry at Lusaka’s Apex Medical University.