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Volunteers On Board Navy Ships this Summer

Continuing Promise 2015 kicked off in Belize in early April, and thus far the Comfort has visited 10 countries: Belize, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Columbia, Dominica, Dominican Republic and Honduras. As of September 1st, the ship is on its way to Haiti, where it will wrap up final medical engagements before heading to Cuba for a few rest days then returning to the US on Sept 24. To date, 62 volunteers have served on the Comfort, filling 101 positions on the ship and supporting Subject Matter Expert Exchanges and Community Health Engagements. This includes 18 alumni volunteers, with two serving on the SS HOPE! 

Pacific Partnership 2015 began in early June, with the Mercy stopping first in Fiji, followed by Papua New Guinea and the Philippines before culminating in Vietnam in late August. Twenty-eight volunteers contributed their time and expertise on the Mercy, including seven alumni volunteers with one from the original SS HOPE. Together, they filled 34 critical positions requested by the Navy and supported land-based activities as well as providing lifesaving services aboard the ship. 

In addition - one volunteer, served on the JHSV, Millinocket.

HOPE Names Alumnus as President and CEO

Dr. Tom Kenyon is returns to Project HOPE on September 14, 2015 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.

Virtual Gallery

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.

Alumni Notes

Brazilian administrative assistant and HOPE alumnus, Jorge Bezerra, MD, was appointed Chairman of the GI Department at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

2016 Alumni Reunion

The Alumni Board decided that the 2016 Reunion will be October 7-8 in Washington, D.C. chaired by Edie McKenna and Bob Morrow, M. D.

HOPE Remembers

  • Roberta Caffrey, RN, MSN (Grenada, Swaziland) - June 21, 2015
  • Kristen McNutt, Nutritionist (Natal) – June 30, 2015
  • Leslie Van Raalte, RN (Colombia) - August 1, 2015
  • Charles R. Sunderlin, Courier (HOPE Center) Aug. 31,2015

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Alumni Newsletter July 2015
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