Global Health Service Corps

Board of Trustees

  • Mr. John R. "Nick" Drexel
  • Ms. Charlene Engelhard
  • Dr. Paul Farmer
  • Dr. Vanessa Kerry
  • Mr. Joel Lamstein
  • Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan
  • Ms. Lisa Schwartz
  • Mr. Aaron Williams

Mr. John R. "Nick" Drexel

John R. Drexel IV (“Nick”) is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of HD1, LLC. The firm focuses on providing consulting and project management services to clients engaged in forestry, agriculture, sustainable energy and K-12 education. In addition, Mr. Drexel is Chairman of Sage 3, LLC, a family owned company providing investment and business services, primarily to several (unrelated) family offices and charitable trusts. He also serves on the Boards of several privately owned companies. Previously, Mr. Drexel was a Managing Director of Kidder, Peabody & Co., Inc. and President and CEO of its subsidiary, Kidder Peabody International Investments, Inc. He also was President of Concord International Investments, LP. His career in the financial services industry began at Fiduciary Trust Co., Inc. where he was an Investment Officer. Mr. Drexel also served on the staff of former Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI) for five years. Mr. Drexel currently serves on the Boards of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (an Incorporator), The Pilgrims (Executive Committee and President of its Foundation), The Atlantic Partnership (Director), The New Hudson Foundation (Trustee), The Pave the Way Foundation (Director), The Order of St. John of Jerusalem (as a Bailiff Grand Cross, and in its Priory in the US as Prior Emeritus and Life Governor).

Ms. Charlene Engelhard

Charlene Engelhard, a graduate of Harvard University in Visual Arts and Environmental Studies, is an artist who has used her talents and interest to provide therapy and healing to children and teens in conflict and resource poor settings. She has worked in countries worldwide including Indonesia, Panama, Haiti, Malawi and Mozambique. In 2005, in partnership with UNICEF she started Art-in-the-Bag (AIB). AIB is a psycho-social arts program, which helps children cope with natural disaster, war and displacement, as well as training teachers to provide and teach art therapy. In 2006, she expanded her work to begin the Healing and Education through the Arts (HEART) Program with Save the Children. HEART, piloted in Mozambique, West Bank/Gaza and El Salvador, works with children affected by conflict, violence, HIV/AIDS and poverty, encouraging them to use the arts to give voice to their trauma. Collaborating with local partners, the program both trains teachers in and provides art supplies to school programs. Already in Nepal, Haiti, Mozambique and Malawi, this year HEART will resume in the West Bank and Ethiopia. In addition to serving on the board of GHSC, Ms. Engelhard is a present board member of the Charles Engelhard Foundation and Refugees International.

Dr. Paul Farmer

Dr. Paul Farmer is a medical physician and anthropologist. He is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and the United Nations Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti, under Special Envoy Bill Clinton. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. Dr. Farmer is the recipient of numerous honors, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Vanessa Kerry

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc, is the CEO of Global Health Service Corps, a non-profit that partners with the Peace Corps to build capacity of developing country health systems by deploying health professionals as educators. She is also a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at the hospital’s Center for Global Health. Academically, she spearheads the program in Global Public Policy and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her interest focuses on investments in human resources for health and capacity-building to strengthen public sector health systems in resource poor settings. Her work has included the grassroots effort which led to the Global Health Service Corps, as well as looking at novel ways for U.S. foreign assistance to fund health efforts, which improve efficiency of aid delivery, develop capacity, and enhance national sovereignty. Her publications include “An International Service Corps for Health: A New Prescription for Diplomacy” in the New England Journal of Medicine and “…One for Doctors Too,” a New York Times opinion piece published in 2010. She graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and Harvard Medical School cum laude, completing her Internal Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her Master’s in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics and of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Mr. Joel Lamstein

Joel Lamstein founded John Snow, Inc. with his partner Norbert Hirschhorn, M.D. in 1978. He is the president of John Snow, Inc., and its nonprofit arm, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. He also serves as president of World Education, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, economic, and social development programs. In 1973, Joel co-founded Management Sciences for Health. Joel is a senior lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and a frequent lecturer on organizational strategy, nonprofit management, international development, and strategic management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 2009, Joel received the CEO Social Leadership Award, a program funded by the Lewis Family Foundation and given by the Boston Business Journal. In 2011, he was featured in the New York Times' The Boss profile. In addition to Global Health Service Corps, Joel serves on the board of Physicians for Human Rights and the advisory council of the Children's Health Fund in New York. He is also on the Dean's Advisory Boards at Boston University School of Public Health, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Joel served on the board of the Global Health Council from 2004 until 2012.

Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan

Dr. Mullan is the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and a Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He served 23 years in the United States Public Health Service starting as a physician in the National Health Service Corps and later as director of the program. He subsequently worked at the NIH, served on the staff of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, directed the Bureau of Health Professions, and attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. His research focuses on health workforce policy in the United States and globally. He has written widely for both professional and general audiences on medical and health policy topics. He is the senior editor of the Institute of Medicine 2005 report, Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to Human Resource Crisis in the HIV/AIDS and the principal investigator of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study. Dr. Mullan is the Founding President of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Ms. Lisa Schwartz

Lisa Schwartz is the founder and proprietor of Rainbeau Ridge in Bedford Hills, NY and is an accomplished cheesemaker, farmer and most recently, an author of Over the Rainbeau: Living the Dream of Sustainable Farming. Ms Schwartz is a frequent speaker on topics related to sustainable farming. Ms Schwartz has been honored as one of Westchester County’s 2012 Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs. She has also worked as a management consultant and holds a BA in economics from Wellesley College. Along with husband Mark Schwartz, she has been actively engaged philanthropically in global health care, in particular, funding HIV/AIDs research at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Mr. Aaron Williams

Mr. Williams recently completed a term of three years as Peace Corps Director. Prior to the joining the Peace Corps Director Williams spent more than 25 years in the design and implementation of worldwide assistance programs. As a senior manager at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he attained the rank of Career Minister in the US Senior Foreign Service, and as Executive Vice President at the International Youth Foundation, Mr. Williams established innovative public-private partnerships around the world. As USAID Mission Director in South Africa, Mr. Williams led a billion dollar foreign assistance program during President Nelson Mandela’s administration. In addition to his work in South Africa, he has extensive experience in the strategic design and management of assistance programs in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East; including long-term assignments in Honduras, Haiti, Costa Rica, and Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean islands region. In addition to his tenure with USAID, Mr. Williams served on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid at USAID. Mr. Williams was awarded the USAID Distinguished Career Service Award and the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service twice. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Ron Brown Scholar Program, the Board of Directors of CARE, and the Board of Directors of the National Peace Corps Association. Mr. Williams served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic (1967-70). Upon completing his service, he became the Coordinator of Minority Recruitment and Project Evaluation Officer for the Peace Corps in Chicago (1970-71).