Covid-19 has globally impacted health infrastructure and our efforts to combat other medical issues from women’s reproductive rights to the delivery of medical aid in the field. From considerations on global mental health to the role of humanitarian aid workers, our medical and health board assists us in analysing key trends in the sector with assistance from experts in the academic and health fields.
Medical & Health Programming Board
Professor Donald Donahue (Chair), Professor of Healthcare Administration and Global Health, University of Maryland
Dr. Attila Hertelendy, Professor in The International Executive Master's in Emergency and Disaster Management, Georgetown University
Seb Fouquet, Health and Resilience Team Leader, FCDO Somalia Humanitarian
Catherine Kirk, Executive Director, Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights, Pathfinder International
Elena Cherepanov, PhD, Psychologist, School of Psychology and Counseling, Cambridge College
Board Member's Profile
Professor Donald Donahue (Chair)
Professor of Healthcare Administration and Global Health, University of Maryland
Donald A. Donahue, DHEd, MBA, MSJ, FACHE, FRSPH, Lieutenant Colonel, MS, U.S. Army (Ret.) is professor of healthcare administration and global health with University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB). Don’s experience spans the military, government, and private sectors and focuses on healthcare operations, medical readiness, emergency preparedness, and bioterrorism. His work has included development of a medical intelligence course for a state department of health, creation of multiple undergraduate and graduate courses in healthcare administration and global health, evaluation of Veterans Affairs behavioral health residential treatment facilities, providing expert testimony on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and increasing access to healthcare and enhanced resiliency for vulnerable populations.
Dr. Donahue has a distinguished record of work in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response. His work has ranged from department-level leadership in some of the most medically needy neighborhoods in New York to national policy development to international initiatives to define and promote interdisciplinary disaster medicine and public health. (Then) Lieutenant Colonel Donahue was a primary planner for the Department of Defense anthrax, smallpox, and military vaccine programs, as well as for readiness and force health protection initiatives for the Reserve Components. Following the 2001 postal anthrax attacks, he was the principle instructor for the CDC Anthrax Vaccination Program, providing post exposure prophylaxis and treatment education to the Public Health Service response team and regional reference laboratories across the nation. His work has included designing, directing, and delivering education and training to military and civilian audiences in disaster preparedness and response, management of logistical support for the District of Columbia Strategic National Stockpile program, and analysis of legal sufficiency for non-pharmaceutical interventions (the CDC-ASTHO Social Distancing Law Project).
Dr. Donahue’s experience includes work in behavioral care, home health, lobbying and consulting, and hospital administration, including corporate consulting and departmental leadership in major urban medical centers. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Royal Society for Public Health, and the University of Pittsburgh Center for National Preparedness, a Senior Fellow with the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and executive director of the Potomac Institute’s Center for Health Policy & Preparedness. Professor Donahue serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine, American Association of Physician Specialists Foundation, and World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine. He is vice president of the Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health and editor-at-large for the Society’s journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Dr. Donahue is a Founding Director of the Commission Internationale de Médecine de Catastrophe/ International Commission on Disaster Medicine.
Previously, Professor Donahue was program chair for graduate healthcare administration and global health at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). He served as Deputy Surgeon (Policy and Fiscal Administration) for the Army Reserve, where he was responsible for strategic planning, program development, and funding for medical operations, medical and dental readiness, health policy, medical aspects of homeland security, and bioterrorism issues. Donahue received the 2014 American College of Healthcare Executives Regent for the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Award. Recognition for programs established by Dr. Donahue include the Vice President’s (Hammer) Award for Reinventing Government, the Department of Veterans Affairs Award for Contracting Excellence, and being named to Fast Company magazine's “Fast 50” recognizing innovators, entrepreneurs, and change agents. Other positions held by Dr. Donahue include managing partner for Diogenec Group, Senior Marketing Manager for Magellan Health Services, consultant and lobbyist for Jefferson Consulting Group, and emergency department administrator and corporate consultant for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Don serves on the speaker selection committee for the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects Summer Leadership Summit and with the medical theatre working group for the 2020 World Humanitarian Forum. He is a past Board Chair for Melwood, an $100 million p.a.
nonprofit serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the nation’s fourth largest AbilityOne program. Other professional activities include services as a peer reviewer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Professor Donahue’s educational credentials include a Doctor of Health Education from A.T. Still University, Master of Business Administration from Baruch College, Master of Jurisprudence (Health Law) from Seton Hall University, Bachelor of Science (Sociology and Political Science) from the University of the State of New York, and a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
Dr. Attila Hertelendy
Professor in The International Executive Master's in Emergency and Disaster Management, Georgetown University
Dr. Hertelendy has over 25 years leadership experience in emergency and disaster management. He has worked as a hospital administrator and executive in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Canada and the USA Dr. Hertelendy’s consultations to government and private industry have involved pandemic planning and response efforts related to H5N1, SARS, MERS and COVID 19 and Crisis Leadership training for executives. He is a frequent international keynote speaker on crisis leadership, global health security and humanitarian response and climate change
Dr. Hertelendy is the Director of Innovation and Technology, Associate Director of Research and a faculty member in the Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital.
Dr. Hertelendy is also an adjunct Professor at Georgetown University where he teaches Public Health and Humanitarian Response in the international Executive Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management program.
Dr. Hertelendy is the author of over 45 published articles, numerous book chapters, and is the Special Guest Editor for the Journal of Emergency Management, Co-Editor in Chief for International Journal of Emergency Services, Associate Editor for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and is on the editorial boards of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine.
She has over 20 years of experience in international health and women’s rights programming, with a specialization in sexual and reproductive health. She has overseen work in more than 40 countries in Africa and Asia, providing leadership in areas such as organizational design, innovative service delivery, health systems strengthening and social behavior change communications.
Catherine joins Pathfinder from Marie Stopes International, where she held a number of senior leadership roles during her 12 years. Among her key achievements, Catherine established and lead their Global Programs Division, and is recognized for designing and leading the DFID (now FDCO) flagship Safe Abortion Care Consortium, Prevention of Maternal Death Program, covering 20 countries in Africa and Asia over seven years. Catherine started with her work with MSI as Technical and Operation Director, Marie Stopes Sierra Leone, where she lead the team through an expansion which amounted to quality contraception and post-abortion care being available across the country. Additionally, Catherine has lived and worked in India, Kenya and Tanzania. She also worked for the National Social Marketing Association, UK and Population Services International. She has a Master’s in Public Health, and a Honors Degree in Philosophy and Theology.
Elena Cherepanov, PhD
Psychologist, School of Psychology and Counseling, Cambridge College
Elena Cherepanov, PhD is a psychologist with extensive experience working in the settings with complex needs. Her research and teaching interests mainly concern global and refugee mental health, integrated care, disaster response and community-based interventions. She has been teaching trauma courses since 2005 and currently with the school of psychology and counseling at Cambridge college in Boston.
Dr. Cherepanov volunteered with multiple humanitarian organizations such as MSF and Caritas International and UNICEF. She is the author of over 60 papers and books translated into different languages. She is the author of the book Ethics for Global Mental Health: From Good Intentions to Humanitarian Accountability (Routledge, 2018) where she defines GMH as a humanitarian discipline. Other relevant publications include a paper on Ethical dilemmas in GMH (British Journal of Psychiatry, 2019) and a chapter on Sexual gender-based violence as warfare in The handbook on Interpersonal Violence Across Life Span (Springers, 2019).
Global Head of Community Investment and Philanthropy, AstraZeneca
Helen is the Global Head of Community Investment and Philanthropy at AstraZeneca, one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies. Helen leads a $35 million global portfolio of strategic non-profit programming including the Young Health Programme and many humanitarian relief efforts. With more than two decades of experience in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and philanthropy, Helen has built award-winning partnerships that address issues affecting people in some of the most vulnerable communities around the world. For the past 10 years, she has focused this work on disease prevention and youth, empowering millions of young people with the knowledge and information to make healthy choices. She is a frequent speaker who galvanizes her audience into addressing complex social issues and driving meaningful change. In 2013, Helen developed a CSR course at Ryerson University and teaches as part of the Chang School of Continuing Education. She received her BA with Honours from the University of British Columbia and holds Executive Education certificates from The Carroll School of Management at Boston College, Yale University and the University of Melbourne in the fields of global health and corporate community involvement. Helen lives in Canada with her husband, two children and a dog.
Health and Resilience Team Leader, FCDO Somalia Humanitarian
As a Senior humanitarian advisor with over two decades of experience, Seb has designed, led and managed relief programmes in a number of conflict and natural disaster settings, working for both NGOs as well as DFID/FCDO.
Seb was one of the first in DFID/FCDO to introduce multi-year humanitarian programmes, the use of new technology in monitoring and evaluation and the introduction of progressive resilience focused humanitarian programming. Working on Somalia for over eight years, Seb has overseen FCDO’s transition from famine relief to more progressive humanitarian approaches, building better evidence and data to inform early warning systems and early action to more tailored risk financing.