Deborah Van Dyke, NP, MPH — President
Founder and Director, Global Health Media Project
Deborah Van Dyke is a family practice clinician, trainer, and humanitarian aid project coordinator. Since 1993 she has worked internationally—most often with MSF/Doctors Without Borders—in conflict and post-conflict settings in Asia and Africa. She has broad clinical expertise, rare frontline experience, a knack for distilling “need to know” information from complex concepts, and a deep commitment to making knowledge resources accessible to health workers in low-resource settings. Deb received her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Harvard and Nurse Practitioner (MSN) degree from Yale.
Ronald Koss — Vice President and Secretary
Executive Vice President, Nutricopia, Inc.
Ron Koss co-founded and worked with Earth’s Best Baby Foods—the first and largest organic baby food company in the United States—until 1995. Presently, he is working on nutritional products for a global relief aid project. A lifelong entrepreneur who has engaged in fundraising for both for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises, Ron is dedicated to innovation and socially responsible enterprises. An inventor with several patents to his credit and an author, Ron brings his years of entrepreneurial experience to GHMP.
Peter Cardellichio, PhD — Treasurer
Resource Economist, Independent Consultant
Peter Cardellichio founded his own company—Asia Forest Products Economics—to work on a variety of resource-related projects in developing countries. He worked for over 20 years analyzing international forest products markets, and has traveled extensively in Asia. Currently, Peter is an independent consultant working on projects that combine his interests in resources, the environment, economics, and international issues. After receiving his PhD in Forest Economics from Yale University, Peter worked as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in 1986–1989. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College.
Associate Director of Development, WaterAid America
Hallie Tamez has over 20 years experience in non-profit program design and management and in education as a teacher and supervisor of professional development. Prior to joining WaterAid America, she was the Executive Director at Next Generation Nepal. Hallie spent ten years as Senior Program Officer at The Philanthropic Initiative in Boston working extensively with corporations, private and family foundations, and individuals designing strategic initiatives and managing grants programs. From 1999-2008, Tamez led the design and management of multi-million dollar grants programs funded by various foundations and individuals.
Former Senior Staff: U.S. Congress, DoD, EPA; Independent Consultant
Carole Parker has over 30 years of experience working on environmental policy as a journalist, legislative staff, and political appointee at Department of Defense and Environmental Protection Agency. At DoD, Carole directed the Office of Pollution Prevention, a half-billion dollar program to manage and reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the military. Previously she served as Director of Communications & Outreach for DoD Environmental Security, EPA Congressional Liaison, and senior legislative staff. Carole has led strategic initiatives to ban smoking at the Pentagon, give communities a right-to-know about toxic chemicals, and to defend California’s climate change law. Currently, Carole independently consults to nonprofits, business and government.
Robyn Churchill, CNM, MSN
Senior Advisor, Maternal and Child Health, Clinton Health Access Initiative
Robyn Churchill is a Nurse-Midwife with over 20 years experience in US and Global Maternal Health. She has provided technical and implementation expertise on large projects in maternal and newborn health, including BetterBirth at Ariadne Labs and Harvard School of Public Health and Merck for Mothers’ Project iDeliver. She helped expand the largest midwifery service in New England, and has mentored midwives in the US, India, and sub-Saharan Africa to expand their leadership and management expertise. Robyn has held clinical appointments with Harvard Medical School, Yale School of Nursing, and BU Medical School.
Managing Partner, Aquarius Advisers LLC
Prior to his current work in consulting, Dave Copithorne served as CEO of Porter Novelli International, one of the world’s largest public relations firms with more than 1,500 employees and offices in 53 countries. In addition to work with global consumer, technology and health care companies and some of the world’s largest non-profit organizations, Porter Novelli pioneered the emerging field of social marketing through its award-winning work with the anti-tobacco Legacy Foundation’s “Truth” campaign and other work for the clients ranging from the U.S. Center for Disease Control to the American Cancer society. David graduated from Harvard College.
Helen Kellogg is a business leader with unique combination of brand, product and business development expertise. She currently consults for Keurig Green Mountain and has worked on a variety of marketing initiatives with leading lifestyle brands Timberland and Seventh Generation. Her diverse experience includes stewarding a global footwear business through record growth; initiating and launching new concepts; managing strategy, integration, and operations for multiple new businesses and brand management within the natural sector. Helen is passionate about working across sectors to achieve meaningful social change. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Management.