Board of Directors
Zoe Kopp, President
Dr. Zoe Kopp is originally from Tarrytown, NY. She has lived and worked throughout US, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. She received her PhD in Health Behavior from Union Institute and University (2007) and her Master of Public Health (1987) in epidemiology and evaluation from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. In 1981 she founded North Florida Women’s Health and Counseling in Tallahassee, Fl and was guest Lecturer at Florida State University. In 1987-1989, she was Clinical Services Officer for International Planned Parenthood Federation and led that organization’s development of clinical guidelines for reproductive health and quality of care initiatives. As Deputy Director for Primary Health Care for CARE International (1990 -1992) she guided health education programming and expanded HIV prevention activities in Asia and Africa. Dr. Kopp, as a consultant to US Agency for International Development programs, authored several texts on Women’s Health/Urology and helped to establish the continuing education department for the Indian Medical Association. Zoe is retired from Pfizer, where she was Senior Director of Outcomes Research, leading international research teams and studies (1996-2012). She, her husband and 2 cats currently reside in Vermont.
Sergio José García Hurtarte, CPA – Treasurer
Ellen Eiseman, MA
Ellen Eiseman is an international health and organization development specialist with more than 30 years of technical and supervisory experience focusing on effective management of health centers and hospitals, NGOs and free clinics, as well as project management in the USA, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Ellen had the good fortune of serving for three and a half years as chief of party for the USAID/Mozambique Fostering Optimization of Resources and Technical Excellence in Health project (FORTE Saúde) that strengthened the Ministry of Health’s service delivery capacity. Previously she served as deputy chief of party for USAID/Peru’s Project 2000 that improved the quality of maternal and child health services. Her development experience also includes two years as the health education, training, and social communications advisor for USAID/Ecuador’s Child Survival and Health project overseeing participant training and project training and communications. Formerly Chemonics Consortium IDIQ director for the USAID TASC2 global health sector project, Ellen provided management and technical direction. Additionally, she served as senior quality improvement advisor at Pathfinder International focusing on international family planning and reproductive health programs. A skilled manager, facilitator, and trainer, she strategically employs strong intercultural sensitivity and communication skills across audiences to reach win-win results. A native English, fluent Spanish, and proficient Portuguese speaker, Ellen originally hails from New York State and currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mary Almas, MSc
Mary Almas was born and grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she attended Kabul University’s Faculty of Engineering. She came to United State in 1979 to continue her education. She graduated from New York Institute of Technology majoring in computer science with a minor in mathematics. She received her master’s degree in applied mathematics with a concentration in statistics from Hunter College, The City University of New York. Since then she has been working as statistician in the health care industry. Mary Almas has over 25 years of experience in both the academic research and health care industries. She worked as a research associate at Mount Sinai Medical School Department of Biomathematics from 1985 to 1989. From 1989 to 1994 she worked at New York University Medical Center Brain Research Laboratory. Currently she is Director of Clinical Statistics at Pfizer Inc., where she has been working in major therapeutic areas such as cardiovascular and central nervous system research. Mary has co-authored several publications in peer reviewed journals in disease areas such hypertension, migraine, and epilepsy. Through GRACE Cares, she hopes to bring her own experience to educate women and girls in places where opportunity is limited.
Dean Gallea is a co-founding Board member of GRACE Cares. A test engineer with Consumer Reports since 1974, Dean has provided mentorship, technical expertise and capacity building to GRACE Cares projects for over a decade. Dean continues to lead annual service tours in the Dominican Republic with Project Hearts. He is passionate about the transformative effect of technology, arts, health and education for GRACE Cares’ community partners.
Lori Schreier, MA, JD
Lori Schreier resides in New Hampshire, where she is co-owner, farmer and business manager for Fertile Fields Farm, a diversified organic farm she started with her husband in 2004. She has served on the Board of Directors and various committees for the Brattleboro Area Farmer’s Market in Vermont where they market their produce. Lori received her B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York with a major in Political Science and a minor in Psychology, a J.D. from City University of New York Law School, and an M.A. in Social and Public Policy and Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies, from Duquesne University. She has served as Case Manager for the New York City Department for the Aging, Litigation Attorney for the New York City Department of Social Services, and Litigation Support Attorney for Family Advocates, a New York not for profit organization representing disabled children. Following her legal positions, Lori became Business Manager and then Community Program and Outreach Director for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, where her husband also worked as a teacher. Subsequently Lori served as a mediator and trainer with CDR Associates in Boulder, CO conducting training in mediation and conflict resolution skills, and facilitating workplace, neighborhood and labor management mediations and negotiations.
Sandy Wilcox, MPH
A graduate of American University and the UCLA, Sandy Wilcox has extensive global health and development experience. She has provided consulting services to US government agencies (including USAID and CDC) and contractors, universities, UN agencies and more than 10 non-governmental organizations in over 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Including serving in the Peace Corps, she has decades of experience working with many non-profits around the world, focusing in areas such as: reproductive health/ family planning, HIV/AIDS/STI, child survival, maternal health, MCH nutrition, Behavior Change Communication, Information, Education and Communications, counseling, anthropology, chronic diseases, institutional assessments, strengthening and development, health systems strengthening, program management analysis, strategic planning and operational planning. Originally hailing from Santa Barbara California, she currently resides in Maryland.
Project Director – Anel Adea, Baitoa, Santiago, DR
Project Director Emeritus – Ruben Ottenwalder, Baitoa, Santiago, DR
Project Coordinator – Zoe Kopp, PhD, Brattleboro, VT
Project Director – Namaya, Brattleboro, VT
Project Director – Afshan Nasseri
Medical Director – Dr. Afshin Nasseri – Medical Initiative
Mayan Traditional Medicine
Project Director – Anabella F. Perez Consuegra, M.D./MSC, Guatemala
Project Director – Gareth Roriston, Galana/Nairobi, Kenya
Kali to Kali
Project Director – Hason Kahn
Project Director – Erick Flores
Volunteers Past and Present
Grace Springer-Goldberg, Youth Director
Miriam Swartz, Youth Director
Lydia Smith, Project Director (Heart for Soles)
Jaclyn Giancola, Volunteer(Appleseed Health, Hearts DR)
Justin Bullard, MSc, BSN – Research & Support (Appleseed Health), Past Board Member
Vasudha Vats, MPH, Past Board Member
Jessica Boffa, Research Coordinator Fellow Fall 2011
Walter Osuna, Project Development Fellow Fall 2011
William Montalvo, Project Development Fellow
Kenneth Giancola, co-Founder, Director 2002-2011,Management Fellow Fall 2011
Allison Cardinal, Esq., Volunteer
Katy Clark, Development Coordinator, Hearts DR Summer 2011
Joe Busch, Development Coordinator, Hearts DR Summer 2011
Pippa Anderson, Lucknow – Former Board of Directors
Diane Schwartz, Lucknow – Former Board of Directors
Robert Muluh, Volunteer
Meghan McClain, Volunteer
Venkatasubbiah Rajaganapathy, Vellore, India, Project Director – TROLL Trust
Tami Evans, Indianapolis, IN, Project Coordinator – TROLL Trust
Opportunities are always available to volunteer, intern or lend your expertise!