Advances in Global Health

by Non-Governmental Organizations

Pacific Lutheran University's Third International Symposium

February 21 and 22, 2008


Stephen Lewis
Stephen Lewis

“Time to Deliver: Winning the Battle Against Poverty and Disease in the Developing World”
Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Ballrooms C and D

Thursday, February 21, 2008
7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Keynote Address

Stephen Lewis is co-Director of AIDS-Free World, a new international AIDS advocacy organization, based in the United States ( He is also a Professor in Global Health, Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and he is a Senior Advisor to the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York.

Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, Stephen Lewis was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Lewis was an elected member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly from 1963 to1978.

Mr. Lewis is co-chair of the Leadership Programme Committee for the XVII International AIDS Conference, which will be held in Mexico City in August 2008. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

William Foege

“From Smallpox to HIV/AIDS: The Changing Face of Global Health”
University Center, Chris Knutzen Hall

Friday, February 22, 2008
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Plenary Address

Dr. William Foege advises the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ( on strategies that could be usefully pursued in global health. He has served in a variety of executive positions at the Carter Center (, and is senior investigator on child development at the Task Force for Child Survival and Development as well as Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health (

By writing and lecturing extensively, Foege continues to broaden public awareness of the issues of child survival and development, population, preventive medicine and public health leadership. In 1997 he was named Fellow of the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Foege helped form the Task Force for Child Survival in 1984 to accelerate childhood immunization. In the 1970s he worked in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox and served at director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

He is a 1957 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, received his medical degree from the University of Washington and his Master's in Public Health from Harvard University.

(See a U.S. News & World Report story on William Foege.)

Terry Adams

Terry Adams is an independent consultant and a director at A Child’s Right with more than 30 years of experience in the areas of combustion and chemical recovery. His broad international work, extensive technical and scientific knowledge regarding water purification techniques, and commitment to children's issues provide A Child’s Right with a grounded and pragmatic counsel for the technical side of our mission. His areas of expertise include energy efficiency and environmental compliance. He has extensive experience in North America, Scandinavia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and has authored two books, chapters in several other books and over seventy papers in his area of expertise.

Brad Berg

“Listen and Be Flexible: How to Make a Differnece in the World”, with Kathryn Morgan

Dr. Brad Berg is a full-time pediatrician in Mount Vernon, WA.  He started the nonprofit ‘Fight for the Children’ in July 2006, and to date they have two children’s clinics, one in Uganda and one in Kenya.  Fight for the Children is not only about tackling perfectly treatable ailments such as pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria that are everyday killing children in the villages in Kenya and Uganda. It is also about working with local health workers to promote public outreach to help parents and families understand the importance of seeking medical treatment before it is too late. Dr. Berg hopes eventually to expand Fight for the Children projects to include training centers for village health workers. Dr. Berg, like so many other aid workers, emphasizes the importance of not accepting horrible circumstances as unchangeable.

Steve Deem


Water 1st International: Steve Deem, P.E., International Programs

Steve Deem’s commitment to water supply issues in developing nations began in 1987 when he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Gorka District of Nepal helping local villagers to implement water supply and sanitation projects. Since then, he has worked in several countries addressing a variety of water and sanitation-related issues. After the first Gulf War, Steve worked for the International Rescue Committee in Kurdish refugee camps, developing and implementing environmental health programs, including water supply and solid waste management. He has also consulted with Northwest Medical Teams in Oaxaca, Mexico and led a USAID training course for water utility managers in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 1996, Steve initiated a Seattle-area volunteer group dedicated to funding water and sanitation projects in the developing world. Over a ten-year period, he led the group’s fundraising efforts to raise over $200,000 benefiting eleven communities in Honduras, Guatemala, and India. Since 1988, Steve has worked for the Washington State Department of Health, serving as an Environmental Health Engineer.

Zoey Dering

“A Workshop for Health Professional” with Carol Koller

Zoey Dering is a graduate of PLU School of Nursing (1993). She has served as a commissioned officer with the US Public Health Service. Ms. Dering participated as a volunteer with Project Hope aboard the USNS Mercy for the 2005 Tsunami Relief in Indonesia. Dering received her Masters Degree in Nursing Management in 2006 from the University of Phoenix and holds a technical teaching certificate in nursing. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses, and a member of the Puget Sound Nursing Informatics group in Seattle. She resides in Gig Harbor with her husband, Gary.

Joe DiCarlo

“Silent Disasters: From Darfur and Southern Sudan to Uganda and Haiti”

Joe DiCarlo is the Director of Emergency Relief at Medical Teams International.  In this position, he is responsible for the organization’s worldwide disaster response programs and has worked in such places as northern Uganda, Darfur, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq and the US states of Mississippi and Louisiana following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

Mr. DiCarlo has been involved in relief and development for more than 18 years. Before working at Medical Teams International, he was involved in an international Christian ministry living and working in Austria and the UK for over 14 years to provide support to local churches in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He initiated relief and development activities in several former communist countries as they transitioned to market economies in the early 1990s. This included health and business education/ and training in Moscow, Russia; Almaty, Kazakstan; and Kiev, Ukraine.

Brent Hample

“Indigenous Medicine and Modern Medicine: Are They Compatible? Examples from India”

Brent Hample was raised in Eugene, Oregon. One night in 1981, Brent was called in a dream to serve the poor of India. He visited India the first time in 1987, his first of ten visits. He has been involved with India Partners since its formation, and since 1994 has served as its CEO. Brent earned a B.A. in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University in 1986, and was a graduate student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Since 1981, Brent has served in leadership and Board positions for Christian and secular nonprofits in Oregon, Washington, California, and Minnesota.

Verónica Esteban Hernandez

“Tradition, Indigenous Medicine, and Global Health”

PROSA (Promotores de Salud en Defensa de la Vida del Pueblo)
PROSA is a non-profit health organization that provides grassroots, indigenous health care in remote areas of Oaxaca, Mexico.  While the central office has a clinic, the main focus of PROSA’s energy is on training health educators who visit rural communities, both treating health problems and training other community members to prevent and treat other health problems naturally.  In this manner, PROSA has organized seventeen different indigenous groups through over five hundred rural health providers in over one hundred and sixty locations throughout Oaxaca.  In addition, the central office has a complete inventory of herbal medicines and creams made entirely from native plants from the mountains of Oaxaca available for purchase.

Scott Jackson

“Global Health in the State of Washington”

Scott Jackson is vice president of the External Relations team at PATH, an international, nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. Jackson focuses on developing and strengthening relationships with global health partners and donors. His extensive background and knowledge come from more than 20 years of experience working internationally to develop and carry out a number of successful global health and development public-private initiatives. More Information:

Carol Koller

“A Workshop for Health Professionals” with Zoey Dering

A graduate of Washington State University with a B.A. in Social Work, Carol has 27 years of experience in fund raising and development leadership. She was founding Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House in Spokane, WA., Executive Director for Saint Luke's Memorial Hospital Foundation in Spokane, Executive Director of the Southwest Washington Medical Center Foundation in Vancouver, WA. Most recently before joining Medical Teams International in 2006, she was founding Director of Development for the Cancer Institute at Oregon Health and Science University.

Lindsay Leeder


Ms. Leeder is originally from Tacoma, WA, where she attended high school at Bellarmine Preparatory.  She graduated from Seattle University in 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts in Theology and a Bachelors of Science in General Science.  Following graduation, Lindsay joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and worked as a nursing assistant in an AIDS hospice in Houston, TX.  It was during this time that she became a Krista Colleague through the Krista Foundation. After completing her volunteer experience she moved to Los Angeles and continued to work as a nursing assistant, while discerning her future career in medicine. She returned to Seattle University, completed a Masters of Science in Nursing and was certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in 2007.  She continues to live Seattle and works as a family nurse practitioner in the city of Edmonds, remains a Krista Colleague, and is on the Board of Directors of the Krista Foundation.

Connie McCloud

“At One Time We Did Not Have Hospitals”

Connie McCloud has worked for the Puyallup Tribe and the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority for more than thirty years. She feels fortunate during this time to have had the opportunity to work in the medical clinic, field of mental health, and children’s services, and to have been a member of the Puyallup Tribal Council. In addition, Ms. McCloud has for more than fifteen years been the "Cultural Coordinator.” In this capacity she has helped her community have access to our Native Traditional healers, who have come here from across the country, and cultural activities. She continues to work toward integrating traditional healing and culture as healing and medicine for the Puyallup community.

Joyce Millen

“A Workshop for Students”

Joyce Millen is assistant professor of anthropology at Willamette University. She is a medical anthropologist who also holds degrees in international relations and public health. Prior to joining Willamette's faculty, she worked in health for several years in rural West Africa, and then went on to work for ten years at Partners In Health's Institute for Health and Social Justice in Boston, Massachusetts. She has conducted extensive research on ethnoepidemiology of infectious disease with particular focus on HIV/AIDS. She is co-editor of "Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor" and co-author of "Global AIDS: Myths and Facts." Her current research focuses on Africa's human resources for health crisis. Through her teaching, research and professional involvements, Joyce Millen aims to promote greater health equity and social justice. 

Also participating int the symposium are two students:

Jasmine Azpiri is a senior anthropology major at Willamette University. She has traveled and studied in Africa, most recently in South Africa in summer 2007. She is active in Willamette's Student Global AIDS Campaign as well as other justice-oriented  programs. She plans to continue her involvement in global health.

Elliot Williams is a senior special archeology major at Willamette University. He is a founding member of Willamette's Student Global AIDS Campaign and is currently the group's president. He has legislative experience and has worked extensively with student groups. He hopes to pursue his passion for health justice in graduate school and beyond.

Kathryn Morgan

“Listen and be Flexible: How to Make a Difference in the World”, with Brad Berg

Kathryn Morgan is the Executive Director of the Mt. Vernon, WA based NGO, Fight for the Children. FFTC was founded in 2006 by Dr. Brad Berg, a full-time pediatrician in Mt. Vernon, to provide medical services and care to children globally by supporting the communities in which they live to fulfill their specific health goals. Working with local healthcare providers, FFTC’s mission is “a world where no child shall suffer from a preventable, treatable or curable illness.” These goals are furthered by its clinics in East Africa that serve a region of over one million children and its commitment is to provide basic health care such as vaccines, examinations, and medicines to children around the world that do not have access to basic medical needs.

Raymond Noel

“The Tobago Health Promotion Clinic, a model for Health Promotion and HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment in Resource Limited Countries"

Raymond Noel, M.D. is the Medical Director of The Tobago Health Promotion Clinic, a pilot HIV-Chronic Disease Treatment Project in Scarborough, Tobago.  Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Noel was educated in the United States, where he received his Bachelor's Degree from Howard University in 1972. He graduated from SYNY Buffalo MD with Thesis Honors in 1976. His post graduate medical training was completed at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Arizona-Tucson. Dr Noel completed his Medical administrative training MPA at Valdosta State University of the University of Georgia, and since then he has been involved in HIV/AIDS Policy development, Care and Treatment at the Valdosta State Prison and Georgia area 8 Rhyan White Clinic as Medical Director.

David Olson

“Business Skills for Social Ills: Private Sector Solutions to Global Health Problems"

David J. Olson, Director of Public Affairs, Population Services International (PSI). He has been with PSI for 16 years. Since 2001, as director of Public Affairs, he oversees PSI's communication and governmental relations. For the first 10 years, he managed three very different PSI programs in Africa, Asia and South America: In 1992, he launched Zambia's first social marketing project in HIV prevention, a program that is now one of PSI's largest and most diverse, and played a key role in starting programs in Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. In Bangladesh, David advised the world's largest health social marketing program focusing on family planning and oral rehydration, a program now recognized as a major family planning success story. In Paraguay, he managed an adolescent reproductive health program and social marketing program. Prior to PSI, David founded an indigenous rural development movement for Lutheran World Relief in Mali and was a Peace Corps volunteer teaching agriculture in Togo. David started his career in print journalism and has a degree in Mass Communications. Il parle français, habla español y fala um pouco de português.

Edith Owen

“A Workshop for Community Members”

Edith Owen has worked on behalf of Pierce County families since 1988.  In January 1997, she became Program Coordinator of Pierce County Relatives Raising Children Program, Child & Family Guidance Center. She has an A. A. Degree in Mental Health from Pierce College, a B. A. Degree from Evergreen State College and holds a Certificate in Aging Studies from the University of Washington.  She has spoken to groups ranging from school classrooms to The United States Senate Select Committee on Aging regarding relative caregiver issues and concerns. Since 1993, she has worked with the Governor of Washington State in designating the third Wednesday in May as Relatives Raising Children Day in Washington State.

Marilyn Parsons

“From Washington to the World: New Solutions for Infectious Diseases"

With a focus on the cell biology of trypanosomes, Leishmania and Toxoplasma, Dr. Parsons is a Principal Investigator at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (SBRI), a non-profit organization focused solely on infectious disease discovery research. She has served as Associate Director of the Institute since 1988. Dr. Parsons was a member of the Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Study Section of National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1994-1998. Since 2002, she has served on the Malaria Drug Development Review Panel for the Military Infectious Disease Research Program. Dr. Parsons is also co-director of the Global Infectious Diseases Training Grant, which provides research and training opportunities in partnership between SBRI and the University of Washington, with Jawaharlal Nehru University and the International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in New Delhi, India.

Tom Paulson

“Global Health/Local News”

Tom Paulson has been a science and medical reporter for the Seattle Post Intelligencer since 1987. A Seattle area native and 1980 (chemistry) graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, he also has master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Tom is married with two grown children and, in addition to covering all aspects of science news, has for nearly a decade reported on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's rapidly expanding influence on the global health scene.

Anne Peterson

“The Impact of Malaria on Everyday Lives”

Dr. E Anne Peterson is a long time public health physician whose career has spanned the globe, from teaching “barefoot doctors” in rural African villages to the decision tables of Washington. For almost six years in sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya and Zimbabwe) she focused her expertise on community development, public health training and AIDS prevention. Dr. Peterson consulted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization in Haiti and Brazil and served for three years as the Health Commissioner for the State of Virginia.  Prior to joining World Vision, Dr Peterson was in charge of health programming at the USAID.  She led U.S. government’s international health policies and represented the US on boards such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), GAVI, Stop TB, and the Child Survival Partnership. Currently she is Director of the Center for Global Health within World Vision’s new strategy unit, IMS/ITT, guiding World Vision’s refocused and reinvigorated effort to improve the health and well-being of children.

Bobby Righi

“A Workshop for Community Members”

Bobby Righi, a retired community college teacher, and former Peace Corps Volunteer, is a founding member of GRACE (Grandmothers for Race and Class Equality) a small Seattle-based group of  women who meet regularly to learn and plan ways to work for the benefit of the youngest generation both here and in Africa.   Bobby was a founding member of Jubilee NW and has been an anti-debt activist for the past ten years.  She lives in Seattle.

Adam Smith

"U.S. Foreign Policy and the Eradication of Global Poverty"


Congressman Adam Smith has resided in the 9th District of Washington his entire life, growing up in SeaTac and currently living in Tacoma. Now in his 6th term in Congress, Adam has developed a reputation as a centrist legislator focused on practical problem-solving. He is a member of the House Armed Services Committee where he chairs the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities, and sits on the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces. Adam also serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee with seats on the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment and the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health.

Adam believes the United States must strengthen international partnerships to address issues such as global poverty. He supports a comprehensive foreign policy strategy that understands and respects other nations and encourages self-determination, democracy, human rights, economic development, and much greater access to education, health care, and jobs. In September of last year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Smith's Global Poverty Act of 2007, H.R. 1302. This bill would make it official U.S. policy to promote the reduction of global poverty, the elimination of extreme global poverty, the achievement of the U.N. Millennium Development Goal of cutting extreme global poverty in half by 2015, and establish a comprehensive strategy to reach this goal. The bill requires the President to develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to carry out this policy. He hopes to continue his work in this area as he believes that eliminating extreme poverty is a global security issue as well as moral and humanitarian imperative.

Michelle A. Williams

"At the Crossroads - Where Natural & Social Sciences Majors Join to Address Global Public Health Problems"

Michelle A. Williams is a tenured Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. She is also Co-Director of the Center for Perinatal Studies at Swedish Medical Center and Affiliate Investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Williams' major research interests and activities are women's reproductive health and child health. Her current activities include research and teaching collaborations with epidemiologists in Peru, Ecuador, Vietnam, Thailand, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and the Republic of Georgia. More Information:

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