Our Global Experts help us lead the fight in Reducing Maternal and Infant Mortality and Empower women in villages around the world.They come from the private sector as well as academia.
We also have a team of mentors,who are available to do one and one mentoring with health care providers in our partner countries. We also share best practices via emails,Skype and conference calls.
Volunteers welcome .Please give 1-2 months to process your application.
Dr. Nahida Chakhtoura
Faculty and Curriculum Development
Dr. Chakhtoura is certified in obstetrics and gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a master’s in global health at Duke University. She specializes in general gynecology, with an emphasis on pre-invasive cervical cancer, HPV and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Chakhtoura has worked in Global Health in Haiti and D.R.Congo.
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Mr. Oxendine has been an investor, operator and lender in the broadcasting industry for over 25 years, with a primary focus upon investment in minority owned or controlled companies. In 1987 Mr. Oxendine formed Blackstar Communications, Inc. (“BCI”), and served as its Chairman, President and CEO. BCI acquired and operated commercial television stations WBSF, Melbourne, FL, KBSP, Salem, OR and WBSX, Ann Arbor, MI. The stations were originally affiliates of the Home Shopping Network, Inc. (“HSN”) and were subsequently converted to affiliates of USA Networks. In June 1995, Mr. Oxendine secured an equity investment by Fox Televisions Stations, Inc. (“Fox”) and formed Blackstar L.L.C. (“Blackstar”) with the support of Fox and HSN as a new holding company for BCI. In February 1996 Blackstar acquired KEVN-TV, Rapid City, SD, and KIVV-TV, Ch. 5, Lead-Deadwood, SD, which were then converted to Fox affiliates.
Dr. Yesim Darici received her Ph.D. in Physics from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1985. She worked at Amoco Research Center, Naperville, IL and at West Virginia University, Morgantown as a research associate before joining the Florida International University Physics Department in 1987. She is an experimental Solid State Physicist and her research interests are in SPR, nanotechnology and structural and electronic properties of complex materials. In 2011 she became the Director of Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and she is one of the co-PIs of NSF grant for the advancement of women faculty in STEM fields at FIU. She received two teaching awards one from the Florida International University Foundation in 1997 and one from Florida State University System. She served as the Elected Education Officer of National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP) and also served on the Committee on Minorities for the American Physical Society (APS). Currently she works with the South Florida community leaders for the empowerment of women and girls.
Dr. Carole Boyce Davies
Carole Boyce Davies is professor of English and Africana Studies at Cornell University. She has held distinguished professorships at a number of institutions, including the Herskovits Professor of African Studies and Professor of Comparative Literary Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Black Women, Writing and Identity: Migrations of the Subject (Routledge, 1994) and Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones (Duke University Press, 2008). In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Boyce-Davies has also published the following critical anthologies:Ngambika: Studies of Women in African Literature (Africa World Press, 1986); Out of the Kumbla. Caribbean Women and Literature (Africa World Press, 1990); and a two-volume collection of critical and creative writing entitled Moving Beyond Boundaries (New York University Press, 1995): International Dimensions of Black Women’s Writing (volume 1), and Black Women’s Diasporas (volume 2). She is co-editor with Ali Mazrui and Isidore Okpewho of The African Diaspora: African Origins and New World Identities (Indiana University Press, 1999) and Decolonizing the Academy: African Diaspora Studies (Africa World Press, 2003). She is general editor of a three-volume, The Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora (Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2008), and of Claudia Jones. Beyond Containment: Autobiography, Essays, Poetry (Banbury: Ayebia, 2011).
Marcia Narine is an Assistant Professor at St. Thomas University School of Law teaching, writing, and consulting on civil procedure, business associations, corporate governance, compliance, corporate social responsibility, ethics, human rights, and employment law. She has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Compliance Week, Politico, Agenda, and other publications.
Prior to joining St. Thomas, she taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Professor Narine also served as the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Vice President, Global Compliance and Business Standards and Chief Privacy Officer of Ryder, a Fortune 500 company. She oversaw the Company’s global compliance, ethics, privacy, government relations, environmental, Enterprise Risk Management, corporate responsibility, and labor and employment legal programs. Before joining Ryder, she worked for national law firms in NY and Miami.
In May 2011, Ms. Narine testified before Congress on the unintended impact of Dodd-Frank on corporate compliance programs. In 2012, she was appointed by the US Secretary of Labor to the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. In May 2014, she was sworn in as a commissioner on the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust.
Professor Narine earned her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science and psychology from Columbia University.
In the community, Ms. Narine is a member of Leadership Florida- Class XXVII, the Caribbean Bar Association, the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer’s Association, the Wilkie D. Ferguson Bar Association, and is a court-appointed guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children. She is also a founding board member of the Footprints Foundation, which is dedicated to improving infant and maternal health and education in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jamaica, Somaliland and Florida City. Finally, she is the proud mother of a young artist.
Dr. Jassett Maragh
COUNTRY DIRECTOR JAMAICA
Dr. Renee Allen
Born in Jamaica and raised in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Allen completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON Canada. She went on to complete a Master’s of Health Science Degree in Community Health and Epidemiology at University of Toronto and worked as a Health Analyst/Epidemiologist at a local health department in Brampton, ON Canada prior to matriculating at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine where she earned her medical degree. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and then became a faculty member at Morehouse School of Medicine for 4 years. More recently, Dr. Allen, a board-certified OBGYN is an OBGYN Hospitalist with Delphi of TEAMHealth practicing at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Dr. Allen has strong interests in physician education and is a physician trainer with a number of Georgia-based organizations, such as EPIC (Educating Physicians In the Community) and the National Center for Primary Care. She also has a special interest in health issues pertaining to her birth country and completed her first international medical mission in Jamaica, West Indies in October 2012 and a surgical mission to Honduras in November 2013.