Dr. Tom Kenyon will soon be returning to Project HOPE but in a different capacity...this time as President and CEO to succeed Dr. John Howe.
Dr. Kenyon is leaving a long and productive career with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after many years of international work in Africa, at the State Department, and for the last two years in Atlanta as Director of the Center for Global Health at the CDC.
Originally from Kirkwood, MO, Dr. Kenyon trained in pediatrics at the University of Arizona (Tuscon), joined HOPE for two years in Grenada (1985-1987) and then five years (1987-1992) in Swaziland and Malawi. He then completed a public health degree at the John Hopkins School of Public Health, was Director of Communicable Disease at the Chicago Department of Public Health, and in 1993 began his distinguished career with the CDC in its Epidemiologic Intelligence Service. He went on to serve for 21 years with the CDC as Country Director in Botswana, Namibia, and Ethiopia and with PEPFAR as the Deputy Principal Global AIDS Coordinator and Chief Medical Officer at the Department of State.
Tom and his wife, Sibo, have two grown children all of whom make Tuscon, AZ their home.
Association VP Debbie Reister and board member Irene Machado were at HOPE Center June 8-15 furthering their work on the Virtual Gallery which you may access by clicking on "For Alumni - Virtual Gallery" in the left-hand column of our web page. Alumni Histories Project material will be soon be in the gallery categorized by country. See the Related News section on the web page for Histories Project updates.
Brazilian administrative assistant and HOPE alumnus, Jorge Bezerra, MD, was appointed Chairman of the GI Department at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.
Former Director of Volunteer Operations at HOPE Center, Matt Peterson, has a new e-mail address. email@example.com.
2016 Alumni Reunion
The Alumni Board decided that the 2016 Reunion will be October 7-8 in Washington, DC chaired by Edie McKenna, Bob Morrow, M. D., and our liaison at HOPE Center, Brooke Herndon.
Dr. Naomi Nakashima, a Pediatrician who served in Tunisia, Maceio, and Ganado, TX passed away on May 16, 2015
Winston Rhodes, who served in Ecuador, Guinea, and Nicaragua passed away on April 27, 2015
Susan T. Kitchin, RN, who served in Natal, passed away on May 29, 2015
Contact Information for Alumni Association Staff Liaison
Ann MacGregor traveled with the SS HOPE from its launch in 1960. Throughout her six-year journey, she wrote letters to her mother that she later retrieved and made into a book entitled Letters of HOPE.