HVO welcomes two new members and new chair to the HVO Board of Directors.
Health Volunteers Overseas
Contact: Katie McMullen , Communications Manager
[Washington, DC - November 17, 2016]Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Eitel, PT, MAEd and James Tielsch, PhD to the HVO Board of Directors, and the appointment of Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW as Chair. Dr. Olsen replaces Richard Fisher, MD who has served so ably since 2012 and who will continue to serve as Chair Emeritus.
Ms. 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 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.

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.

"We are so pleased to welcome Ms. Eitel and Dr. Tielsch to the HVO Board of Directors," said Nancy A. Kelly, MHS, HVO Executive Director. "Their global experience and diverse understanding of the global health community will bring an important perspective to the HVO Board of Directors."

New HVO Board of Directors Chair, Dr. Olsen, is Visiting Professor, School of Social Work and Co-Director, Global Health Education Center at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. She focuses on developing global inter-professional education programs for health science students in dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work. Her most recent work is in connecting student global health education experiences to local health issues in Baltimore and Maryland. Before joining the University of Maryland faculty, Dr. Olsen served as Peace Corps Deputy Director and Acting Director 2001-2009. Her international experience began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia and Country Director in Togo. She has also held leadership positions with Youth for Understanding, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, and the Academy for Educational Development. Dr. Olsen served on HVO's Board of Directors from 1997 to 2001 and from 2009 to present.
"Dr. Fisher has provided essential guidance and leadership as HVO has worked toward this 30th year of operation, and we look forward to working with Dr. Olsen as we move into a new decade of HVO's work," said Ms. Kelly. "With her background in education and global development, Dr. Olsen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will serve HVO as we work toward growing the organization."
Health Volunteers Overseas is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve global health through education of the local health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO volunteers build local capacity by empowering local health care professionals with knowledge and skills to address the health care needs of their communities. HVO volunteers are trained professionals - physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists and others - willing to donate their time and expertise to work side-by-side with their colleagues overseas. Since 1986, HVO staff and volunteers have collaborated with a variety of health institutions to design, develop and implement each HVO project, working toward better patient care around the globe in trauma care, child and maternal health, essential surgery, cancer care, rehabilitation, and more. Visit  www.hvousa.org  to learn how you can become part of our global health community.
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