OUR LEADERSHIP

HVO Board of Directors

The HVO Board of Directors provides essential guidance and oversight of the organization.

 

Peter Curran, MD, FACP

Peter Curran is an endocrinologist with interests in international health, public health, and health care delivery. Raised in Europe, he worked in Japan after college in the US before returning to the States for his medical training at Columbia and the University of Chicago. After a clinical career in Chicago and Idaho, the international bug bit him again, and he has volunteered in multiple sites overseas. With HVO, Dr. Curran has served in Uganda, Cambodia, and India, and has helped to set up the internal medicine program in Bhutan. He is currently working with HVO and Sihanouk Hospital in Cambodia on two clinical projects. He received the 2015 HVO Golden Apple Award for his leadership and work overseas. He is also on the board of the Wood River YMCA, the Sun Valley Institute for Resilience, and the US Ski and Snowboard Foundation.  He is president of the Peco Foundation which focuses on supporting projects in health care and athletics. In Idaho, he is interested in local food systems and is working to understand and improve nutritional health.

 

Susan Eitel, BScPT, MAEd

Sue Eitel is a rehabilitation specialist and the founder of Eitel Global, LLC, a consultancy service for proposal writing, program and country assessments, monitoring, and evaluation – all related to international disability and rehabilitation. Her extensive background includes serving as Senior Rehabilitation Advisor with USAID, as Country Director in Angola and Ethiopia for Humanity and Inclusion (formerly Handicap International), and as a physical therapist in Ethiopia, Romania, and Thailand. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand supporting Chiang Mai’s Physical Therapy Program. Sue is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and currently consults with the World Health Organization on efforts to integrate rehabilitation within health systems.

 

Ryan Fouss

Ryan Fouss is a television producer at National Geographic Channel, where he makes shows for Disney+ and Nat Geo WILD. He has managed global productions, directed renowned cinematographers, and developed award-winning digital series.

Ryan was born in a refugee camp in the Philippines, where his parents worked with Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian refugees who were emigrating to the United States. Ryan lived most of his life abroad, including Samoa, the Marshall Islands, where his father served as the Peace Corps Country Director, and later in Taiwan and China when his father was with the US Department of State.

After graduating from the University of Colorado with a major in International Affairs and Chinese Studies, Ryan served as a health communications Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Eswatini. After his service abroad, he was the videographer and multimedia specialist at Peace Corps headquarters, filming volunteers around the world to produce videos and documentaries.

Ryan believes in the power of media and technology to influence a positive change in the world and strives for a sustainable development model.

 

Maura J. Fulton

Maura Fulton brings a wealth of international experience in volunteer management, community development, and organizational development, having worked for a total of over 15 years with the Peace Corps in numerous capacities. She is currently senior advisor to the Director on strategy and organizational excellence, helping to shape the future of the agency in a post-pandemic world. Maura has also served in leadership capacities with the Peace Corps as country director in Myanmar and Georgia, director of programming and training in Thailand and Georgia, regional chief of programming and training, and Peace Corps Volunteer and trainer in the Federated States of Micronesia. Maura has held leadership positions with the U.S. African Development Foundation and the International Rescue Committee and has worked with governmental, non-governmental, and for profit clients across dozens of countries as an organizational development consultant. She was the national program director for City Year, an AmeriCorps program, and the first executive director of Encore Service Corps International, an NGO aimed at increasing volunteer opportunities for experienced professionals and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. Maura earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications and English from Towson University and a Master of Arts degree in International Development from Ohio University. She is a trainer and certified facilitator of numerous assessment tools.

 

Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD, FACOG

Dr. Thomas Gellhaus is a Professor emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, where he taught clinical skills for more than ten years, following 20 years working in private practice.   Dr. Gellhaus is the Past President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).  He has served ACOG and its members for more than 25 years in various positions.

Dr. Gellhaus’ interests are in the area of advocacy and healthcare policy for providers and patients.  He completed the McCain Fellowship, a month long in-depth experience in advocacy, at ACOG in Washington, D.C. in 1999.  In 2001, he was a Primary Care Policy Fellow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  He has remained active in advocacy and policy as a member of ACOG’s Government Affairs Committee and the Ob/Gyn Political Action Committee.   He also founded and endowed the Gellhaus Resident Advocacy Fellowship at ACOG allowing third or fourth year residents to gain further advocacy and health policy experience over a four-week resident elective rotation. He has received numerous teaching awards and honorary fellowships around the world.

Dr. Gellhaus has also been very active in leading groups on short-term medical and surgical projects for the last 20 years, and presenting his experiences throughout the United States.

 

Richard Henker, PhD, CRNA, FAAN

Dr. Henker is a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and a practicing nurse anesthetist at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Henker received his MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of Pittsburgh and his PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been a member of HVO since 2004 and received the HVO Golden Apple Award in 2009 for his work at Cambodia’s Angkor Hospital for Children. He has also served as a member of HVO’s nurse anesthesia committee and director for a number of HVO’s nurse anesthesia projects.

 

Lisa Huang, MBA, MS

Lisa Huang is Product Lead, Assistant Automation at Google, where she manages a team working on artificial intelligence and automation. Previously, she worked at Facebook building augmented reality products, and at Apple developing and launching systems for the iPhone. She has also worked as a private equity investor and as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company. Her work and her interest in travel have taken her to all the continents, except for Antarctica.

 

Nancy Kelly, MHS
Executive Director, Ex Officio

Nancy Kelly has been the Executive Director of Health Volunteers Overseas since it was founded in 1986. Prior to that time, she worked for the National Council for International Health and served as a maternal child health worker with the Peace Corps in the Republic of Korea. Ms. Kelly received her BA in Asian Studies from the University of Virginia. Upon completion of her Peace Corps service, she pursued graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health earning a Master of Health Science degree in maternal and child health.

In addition to her responsibilities at Health Volunteers Overseas, Ms. Kelly serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the US section of Humanity and Inclusion and Vice Chair of Global Impact’s Board of Directors. She also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Friends of Korea, a volunteer position.

In 1998, Ms. Kelly was inducted into Delta Omega (Alpha Chapter) Honorary Public Health Society in recognition of her role in the founding of Health Volunteers Overseas. In 2012, Ms. Kelly was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the International College of Dentists and awarded an honorary membership in the American Dental Association for her contributions to the advancement of dentistry in global health.  In 2021, MS. Kelly received the Deborah Harding Women of Achievement Award from the Women of Peace Corps Legacy.  This award honors Peace Corps women whose contributions have made a significant difference in the lives of women and girls in the world.

 

Gayle A. Lomax, MBA

Gayle Lomax is Senior Director, Marketing at the Association of American Medical Colleges with responsibility for firmwide business development, branding and marketing strategy.  She brings over 20 years of experience at Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial firms and government sponsored enterprises, driving strong financial performance, identifying new business opportunities and assessing profitability.  She has served in a number of senior roles in the financial services and healthcare industries leading the development of marketing strategy and advising senior leadership on economic and industry influences on business opportunities.

She serves her community through membership and leadership in a number of professional organizations and community boards, including the Delta Foundation Board, Women Business Leaders Foundation, Women in Finance & Housing, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Inc.

 

Pamela Ronka Maroulis, MPA, CFRE

Pam is a principal consultant with Accordant, where she assists health care clients in major gift cultivation, campaign management, board volunteer training, and in navigating the constant changes within the health care sector.  Pam received her Master of Public Administration degree with a nonprofit management certificate from George Mason University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.  Prior to becoming a consultant, she spent a decade raising support for several independent schools and Georgetown University and fifteen years between Inova Health System and MedStar Health.   She focuses on cultivating relationships and developing philanthropic partnerships among health care organizations and the community.

 

Stephanie Murphy, MPA, CPA

Stephanie Murphy is a Financial Planner with ClearLogic Financial in Reston, Virginia. Ms. Murphy holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University, where she was also awarded her BS in Accounting. From 2007 to 2018, Ms. Murphy served as the Chief Financial Officer for a national trade association.  From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Murphy was Chief Financial Officer for Global Impact, a federation of America’s leading humanitarian agencies. HVO is a member of Global Impact and participates in national, state, and local work-place giving campaigns through this strategic alliance. Prior to her tenure with Global Impact, Ms. Murphy served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for the National Parks Conservation Association and as the Director of Finance for the East Coast Migrant Head Start Project. She has also served as Audit Manager and Senior Accountant for a major public accounting firm.

 

Steve Schwartz

Steve Schwartz is Executive Director of AO North America, a nonprofit foundation whose purpose is to be a validated, credible resource for the continuous professional development of surgeons. Their mission is to promote excellence in patient care and patient outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. Mr. Schwartz is also President of GDS Consulting Services, LLC., specializing in professional medical education, marketing, and medical humanitarian initiatives. Mr. Schwartz has extensive experience in the medical device marketplace primarily as a result of his 32-year career with Synthes Inc, a leading international medical device company which specializes in the development, manufacturing, and marketing of instruments and implants for the surgical fixation, correction, and regeneration of the skeleton and its soft tissues. Mr. Schwartz worked in a variety of senior management positions within Synthes, including executive management of sales, executive management of professional education, and liaison with the AO Foundation (a worldwide nonprofit medical research and education organization). Mr. Schwartz has worked closely with many professional societies relating to orthopaedics, spine, and craniomaxillofacial surgery, and he currently serves on the Boards of several nonprofit and nongovernmental service organizations. Mr. Schwartz holds a degree in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

Carla Smith, MD, PhD
Chair

Dr. Carla Smith works as an orthopaedic trauma surgeon in Idaho and Oregon.  She enjoys teaching resident orthopedic trauma courses as well as “teaching the teachers” through professional coaching for instructors. Currently serving as faculty for both the AO and the Orthopedic Trauma Association, she has taught in many countries and is very encouraging of the new virtual education opportunities.  Her first trip to Bhutan as a trainee ignited a passion for international work that has included 15 trips to Nepal, as well as travel to Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, and the Philippines.  She is clinical faculty for the University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and is part of the executive committee for admissions for the UW medical school WWAMI program (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). She has worked locally with the Volunteers in Medicine, Project Access, and other organizations to reduce barriers to health care access and promote equity and diversity in medicine and society.

 

Vidya Swaminathan, PhD

Vidya Swaminathan is Vice President of Global Pharmaceutical Development and Operations at Bioxcel Therapeutics. Prior to joining Bioxcel, Vidya led Strategic Capabilities in Inhalation Product Development at AstraZeneca. Vidya has a 20+ year career in biopharmaceutical product development and commercialization during which she led the successful delivery of innovative drug products and technologies, and held roles of significant scope at GSK, Pfizer, and Bristol-Myers Squibb where she was the Head of Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center of excellence. Vidya received her PhD in Industrial and Physical Pharmacy from Purdue University.

Vidya volunteered with HVO as Pfizer Global Health Fellow in Uganda for 6 months in 2010 on a corporate responsibility assignment.  Her work in Uganda in the teaching and training of health care workers was recognized with HVO’s Golden Apple award on World Health Day in 2011.

 

James Tielsch, PhD

Dr. Tielsch is Professor and Chair in the Department of Global Health at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, where he also has an appointment as Program Director for the Global Health Epidemiology and Disease Control MPH program. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Tielsch has been working in the field of global health for more than 30 years, with particular focus on blindness prevention and maternal/child health. His areas of interest include micronutrient malnutrition, infectious disease, and environmental health. His interest in global health dates back to his service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea.

 

Maureen Zutz, MHA

Maureen Zutz served as Director of Development for Inova Health Foundation where she earned a reputation for achieving proven results in philanthropy. She brings knowledge and success in strategic planning, prospect identification, capital campaigns, and major gifts. She has extensive experience working with corporate and community leaders and helped secure seven figure gifts for health education.

Prior to her joining Inova, Ms. Zutz worked as a health care administrator, a nurse manager, and a critical care nurse. Ms. Zutz received her graduate degree in health services administration from the George Washington University and her nursing degree from Pace University in New York.

Updated January 2022

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