Deane Marchbein, MD, President
Dr. Deane Marchbein joined MSF in 2006 to work as an anesthesiologist in MSF’s surgical program in Ivory Coast. She has worked as an anesthesiologist with MSF in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Libya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Syria, and Burundi, and as a medical doctor in Libya, Lebanon, and Guinea. She was formerly the business manager and chairperson of the anesthesia department as well as the director of the intensive care unit at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Dr. Marchbein now works for Massachusetts General Hospital and the Cambridge Health Alliance.
John Lawrence, Vice-President
John Lawrence, a native of Illinois, attended Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, then completed a family practice internship and worked as a general medical officer in Tuba City, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He later returned to residency and completed training in general surgery in Rochester, New York, and then pediatric surgery at St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia. For the past 20 years, he has been a practicing pediatric surgeon primarily in academic settings, and he is currently an associate professor of surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. Owing in part to a longstanding interest in global health, Lawrence has completed six missions with MSF since 2009 and has recently begun coursework for an MPH degree through The Bloomberg School of Public Health at John Hopkins University.
Gene Wolfson, Treasurer
Gene Wolfson is currently a partner at Catalyst Investors, where he manages investor relations and firm business development and serves as a member of the investment committee. He also served on the board for Catalyst portfolio company Advantage Business Media.
From 2006 to 2008 he was managing director at Citigroup, where he managed the micro-cap sales and trading desk and international broker/dealer relationships in addition to working on special projects related to investment opportunities and acquisitions. Gene has previously held management positions at TD Waterhouse Capital Markets, where he was president and founder; Allegiance Securities; TD Securities USA; and Gateway Capital Investment Group. He holds an MBA in finance from Pace University and a BS in marketing and management from Montclair State University.
David A. Shevlin, Esq., Secretary
David Shevlin is an attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he is a Partner and Head of the Firm’s Exempt Organizations Group. He advises a variety of international and domestic exempt organizations, including both private foundations and public charities. Shevlin also advises a number of endowed universities, foundations, hospitals, and cultural institutions with respect to the investment of their endowments. He regularly speaks and writes on topics of relevance to private foundations and public charities.
Nabil Al-Tikriti has worked with MSF since 1993 as a field administrator, logistician, context analyst, and deputy head of mission in Somalia, Albania, Iran, Turkey, Jordan, and Syria. An active member of the MSF-USA Association since its creation, he was first elected to the US Board of Directors in 2011. He has also served as a consultant and election monitor at a number of field locations in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
An expert on the modern Middle East, Iraq, and Turkey, Dr. Al-Tikriti is currently associate professor of Middle East history at the University of Mary Washington. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Arab studies from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a doctorate in Ottoman history from the University of Chicago. He has also studied at Bogaziçi Üniversitesi in Istanbul, the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad in Cairo, and the American University in Cairo. Dr. Al-Tikriti is the recipient of several grants and scholarships, including a Fulbright, a United States Institute of Peace fellowship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Research Institute in Turkey.
Suerie Moon is Special Advisor to the Dean and Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Associate Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Previously, she worked for MSF’s Access Campaign, and for MSF offices and missions in New York, Geneva, Paris, Goma (Democratic Republic of Congo), and Beijing. She has also been a policy consultant for MSF, Oxfam, UNITAID, and the World Health Organization. She received a BA in History from Yale University, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Kelly S. Grimshaw, RN MSN APRN CCRN
Kelly Grimshaw joined MSF in 1999, establishing a tuberculosis program in Turkmenistan. She has since worked as a Nurse Practitioner and Project Coordinator in China, Sierra Leone, Indonesia, and Zambia assisting those affected by civil and ethnic conflicts as well as the HIV pandemic. Kelly also provided further assistance and program oversite as Medical Coordinator in Angola, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria with responses to cholera, Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever, meningitis, and measles outbreaks. In the US she has volunteered her services to the MSF-USA's Speaker's Bureau throughout the country and Refugee Camp in the Heart of the City exhibits. She currently works in nursing education.
Kassia Echavarri-Queen began her field work with MSF in 2006 as a supply manager in Sierra Leone, having previously worked in marketing and strategy for technology companies, start-ups, and the Fritz Institute, which focuses on disaster response and recovery. In the years that followed, Kassia worked extensively in the field with MSF as program coordinator and head of mission in Guatemala, Kenya, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Syria. Her two most recent missions were an Ebola response program in Liberia and a project in Nepal following the earthquake there in April 2015. All told, Kassia has over 14 years of international program management experience. Now living in her native San Francisco, Kassia holds a BA in international relations from Alliant University and an MA in international economics and management from SDA Bocconi.
Ramin Asgary, MD, MPH
Ramin Asgary started with MSF in 1997. His global health experience is in the management of complex humanitarian emergencies and refugee health. He has worked in international health projects in the former Soviet states, Sudan, Liberia, Haiti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Argentina, and on the Kenya/Somalia border. Ramin has founded and directed clinics for refugees and asylum seekers; worked extensively in health and human rights advocacy; and developed training curricula in global health for medical students, residents, and public health students; in addition to publishing dozens of manuscripts on global health. He completed his residency in internal medicine and social medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a fellowship in preventive medicine and an MPH in community medicine at Mount Sinai/NYU, an MPH in refugee health at Columbia University, and a diploma in tropical medicine at Johns Hopkins University.
Jane Coyne recently returned to San Francisco after 9 years working with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors without Borders. In 2003, she chose to leave the corporate world and began working for MSF as a field logistician. She has since worked in Uganda, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan. Initially her work focused on logistics but eventually her role transitioned to project and program management. In July 2009, she was appointed as Program Manager for MSF France. She works with a team in Paris to manage operations in South Sudan, Sudan, Central African Republic, Kenya, and Georgia. She is a graduate of Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (’88) and received a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern (’96). She worked for 15 years in a variety of analytical and project management positions for both small and large manufacturing companies (HP, Nike, Dell, etc) with an emphasis on supply-chain optimization.
Mego Terzian, President, MSF France (Co-opted member)
Dr. Mego Terzian was recently elected as the President of MSF in France. Born in Lebanon, he earned his medical degree in pediatrics from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia in 1999. While still in medical school, he worked as a translator for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Nagorno-Karabakh, and from 1999-2002, he worked as an MSF field doctor in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Democratic Republic. In 2003, he became an emergency coordinator for MSF projects in Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Pakistan, Central African Republic, Jordan, as well as other countries. From 2007 until being elected President, he served first as Deputy and then as Director of MSF’s Emergency Programming at MSF in France.
Dr. Susan Shepherd
Dr. Susan Shepherd is a pediatrician who earned her medical degree at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and completed a residency in general pediatrics at the University of Chicago. When she joined MSF in 2003, she was practicing at the Butte Community Health Center in rural Montana. Dr. Shepherd has undertaken field assignments in Uganda, Chad, Niger, and Kenya. She became deeply involved in MSF’s work in combating childhood malnutrition; in this capacity she worked for MSF’s Access Campaign, was coordinator for the MSF Nutrition Working Group, and held a position in the MSF France Department of Operations. Since leaving MSF in 2013, Dr. Shepherd has worked with the World Food Program in Central African Republic and Cameroon. Currently she works for a small French medical NGO, the Alliance for International Medical Action, where she focuses on development of novel strategies to improve service delivery and quality of medical care provided to children in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Jean-Marie Kindermans, MD
Dr. Jean-Marie Kindermans first worked for MSF in Thailand in 1980, later going on to work in programs in Chad, Afghanistan, and other countries. A specialist in public health and tropical medicine, in 1984 Jean-Marie left MSF to become a consultant in public health, and in 1985 he became director of AEDES, the European Association for Development and Health. In 1995, Jean-Marie returned to MSF as Secretary General, managing the International Office for five years. Since 2000, he has worked for the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, been a member of the board of MSF Switzerland, was president of MSF Belgium from 2002 to 2010, and an IB member up to 2013. Today he works on malaria for various international organizations, and is a consultant in medical management of French hospitals. He currently leads the AEDES Foundation and lives in France. He was appointed to the Board of MSF-USA in September 2013.