The HVO Board of Directors provides essential guidance and oversight of the organization.
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 also serves on the Board of Health in south-central Idaho. 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.
Sue Eitel is a rehabilitation specialist and the founder of Eitel Global, LLC, a consultancy service for proposal writing, program assessments, monitoring, and evaluation – all related to international disability programs. 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. In addition, she has piloted a small grants disability program in Uganda through Pact, and created amputee support networks in six mine-affected countries for the Landmine Survivors Network. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Maura Fulton brings a wealth of international experience in volunteering, training, and community development, having worked for a total of over 15 years with Peace Corps in numerous capacities. She is currently leading the strategic planning process for the agency and has served as senior advisor to the agency’s director, regional chief of programming and training, country director in Myanmar and Georgia, director of programming and training in Thailand and Georgia, 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.
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.
William Horton brings a wide-ranging background in all aspects of orthopaedics – clinical practice, academics and research, innovation of medical devices, and development of orthopaedic technology. He serves as Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Emory University’s Spine Center, as well as Executive Surgical Advisor for DePuy Synthes Spine and Johnson & Johnson Global Orthopedics. In addition, he is President of Global Spine Innovations, a consulting firm that evaluates orthopaedic medical device solutions, with a focus on spine applications. Dr. Horton has served in 68 visiting professorships, 57 of which were international, has lectured and written extensively on spine issues, and has served in numerous leadership positions in professional associations. He has also shared his orthopaedic surgical skills as an HVO volunteer.
Lisa Huang is a product lead at Facebook, where she manages a team working on artificial intelligence and augmented reality. Previously, she worked 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 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 on the Open Board of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics and is the Vice President of the Board of Friends of Korea.
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.
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.
After earning her diploma from St. Anne’s Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from Catholic University, and a MPH from the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Plotnick joined the Public Health Service in 1959. In that service, as a community health and maternal/child specialist, she held various national positions and accepted special international assignments with the World Health Organization. In 1992, the Surgeon General of the Public Health Service selected Rear Admiral Plotnick as the Chief Nurse Officer and Assistant Surgeon General. In her capacity as Chief Nurse, she was the principal advisor to the government on nursing affairs. Following her retirement as Assistant Surgeon General, Chief Nurse of the U.S. Public Health Service in 1996, she worked for 11 years as the Administrative Consultant to the New Jersey Collaborative Center for Nursing and as a part-time Visiting Professor at Rutgers College of Nursing.
Currently she is a consultant on African health affairs to the Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State. She has served as a founding member of the Health Committee for the International Rescue Committee since 1997 and served as chair of HVO’s Board of Directors from 2009 – 2012. She and Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN are co-authors of the book, Volunteering at Home and Abroad: The Essential Guide for Nurses.
Ms. Plotnick has received numerous awards and citations including the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award, the Surgeon General’s Medallion, and the Distinguished Service Medal. She has served as an international consultant in numerous countries and represented the United States on the Global Advisory Group on Nursing to the Director-General of the World Health Organization. In May 2010, she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for her work in global health.
Steve Schwartz is President of GDS Consulting Services, LLC., specializing in the areas of 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.
Dr. Carla Smith works as an orthopaedic trauma surgeon in Idaho, as well as in Minnesota and Washington. Her professional activities include teaching orthopaedic trauma internationally and in the US for the AO and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. 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 serves on the boards of two additional health care organizations that increase access and education for the underserved. She currently serves as clinical faculty for the University of Washington, Department of Orthopaedics and is involved in the admissions committee for the UW medical school WWAMI program (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). She has worked locally with the Volunteers in Medicine clinic and Project Access to reduce barriers to health care access.
Vidya Swaminathan, a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, served as a Pfizer Global Health Fellow with HVO’s program in Uganda in 2010. During her six months in Uganda, Dr. Swaminathan taught and worked with the Dean and faculty of the Department of Pharmacy at the School of Health Sciences at Makerere University. She focused on strengthening the academic capabilities and building the health research capacity of the department. Dr. Swaminathan received HVO’s 2011 Golden Apple award for the sustainable difference she made in pharmacy education and training at the University. She currently serves as Site Head for Inhalation Product Development with AstraZeneca in Sweden.
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 recently retired 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.