Dr. Charles MacCormack is currently the Executive Chair of the Millennium Development Goal Health Alliance. He serves as Executive-in-Residence at Middlebury College, is the Senior Fellow for Private Development Assistance at InterAction and works with other international think tanks. Each of these activities advances knowledge and practice of the role of corporations, foundations, NGOs, universities, philanthropists and media in global health and development.
From 1993 through 2011, Dr. MacCormack was President of Save the Children, the world’s leading independent nonprofit organization serving children in need. With programs in the United States and more than 50 countries, an annual budget of over $550 million and more than 6,000 staff worldwide, Save the Children works to create lasting positive change in the lives of children in need through programs in health care and nutrition, education and economic opportunity. Save the Children also provides child-oriented humanitarian assistance during natural disasters, war and conflict. He also served on the Board of the International Save the Children Alliance, which currently programs more than $1.3 billion in over 120 countries.
Prior to his position at Save the Children, Dr. MacCormack was President of World Learning (formerly known as the Experiment in International Living) from 1977 to 1992. His first experience at Save the Children was as Vice President of Programs in the 1970s and for four years he worked as the Director of the Masters Degree Program in International Management at the School for International Training. Before that, he was a research fellow in foreign policy studies at The Brookings Institution. He earlier served as Assistant to the Dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University. Dr. MacCormack was an instructor of Latin American Politics at the University of New Hampshire Summer School and was a staff associate for the First National City Bank International Division in Caracas, Venezuela.
Dr. MacCormack served as Board Chair of InterAction, the national association of over 160 U.S. international humanitarian and development organizations from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the Board of World Learning and is a Founding Board Member of Malaria No More. While CEO of World Learning, he was Chair of the International Exchange Association, the national membership organization of America’s leading citizen exchange organizations. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Throughout his career, Dr. MacCormack has served in many consultative and official roles. He sat on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and the Food Security Advisory Committee, and was President of the Non-Governmental Committee on UNICEF. He was selected by the United Nations Secretary General to participate on the Founding Committee of the United Nations University and served as a member of the United States Delegation to the 1997 World Food Summit and the United States Delegation for the 2002 General Assembly Special Session on Children. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education by Middlebury College, and an honorary Doctor of Law by Clark University. He was made a member of the Grand Cordon of the Order of Al-Istiolal by former King Hussein of Jordan.
Dr. MacCormack received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. He participated in a special three-summer program at the Harvard Business School on the Leadership of Global Non-Profit Organizations.
Dr. MacCormack resides in Easton, Connecticut and Middlebury, Vermont. He is married to Susan Ross, Former President of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. They have two sons, Cameron and Fraser.
Dr. Johana “Jody” Kashiwa Brakeley, M.D., F.A.A.P. ’73
Dr. Johana “Jody” Kashiwa Brakeley is board certified in the pediatric subspecialty known as Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBPeds). Prior to specializing, she spent 25 years as a primary care pediatrician in Middlebury, Vermont. Dr. Brakeley currently has a private solo practice and is also a staff physician at the Child Development Clinic in Burlington. Her special interests are attention regulation issues (such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, behavioral challenges, temperament, executive skills, and general aspects of brain development. Her work focuses on children and families in which there are various differences in development and learning. She has a keen interest in collaborating with local and state partners to develop cohesive community systems of care that improve the lives of children and families.
Jennifer Foth is the Program Coordinator for the Global Vaccines team at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and is currently based in Kampala. Prior to joining CHAI, Jennifer was as a Global Health Corps Fellow with Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in Malawi, where she helped develop a community health worker supervision strategy and implement a new supply chain management system across three MVP sites in Malawi, Ghana, and Uganda. Prior to her work with MVP, Jennifer completed her Masters in Public Health with a focus in International and Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, where she organized and conducted a 500-household child health needs assessment for an OVC support non-profit working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Jennifer is an amateur photographer and blogger, avid runner, practicing yogi, and crossword puzzle fiend.
Site Coordinator, mothers2mothers
Queen Mda was pregnant with her second child in 2001 when she tested positive for HIV. At that time, the South African government was in denial about HIV and AIDS-related issues, and there was little information or medication available for those people infected with the virus. Queen was frightened that she and her baby would get sick. One of the first thoughts that came to her mind is that she should abort the pregnancy.
Fortunately for Queen, her health center was the location of mothers2mothers’ (m2m) first site, which had recently opened, and there she was supported throughout her pregnancy and after birth by other HIV-positive mothers called Mentor Mothers. They educated her on HIV and helped her seek medical treatment to protect her baby from infection. Her baby boy was born healthy and HIV free.
In 2003, Queen decided to become a Mentor Mother so that she could support women newly diagnosed with HIV who were as frightened and confused as she was two years earlier. She is now a Site Coordinator for m2m at the Groote Schuur and Tygerberg Hospital where she oversees six Mentor Mothers and day-to-day operations at the site. She and her team educate expectant mothers about the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) and maternal and child health, including nutrition, safe sex practices, HIV/AIDS treatment, best feeding options, reproductive health and family planning, grief counseling, and general health maintenance.
Throughout her career at m2m, Queen has been an advocate for women’s rights and she was among those who marched on parliament demanding that HIV medication be more widely available, which in now the case in South Africa. Additionally, she is a spokeswoman for m2m, providing community outreach on subjects including combating stigma and promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and testing.
Today, Queen’s son is eleven-years-old and is in 5th grade. She thanks mothers2mothers for keeping her and her son healthy and alive. Her dream is that every child born to a mother living with HIV has an opportunity to live a full life free from HIV, and for every HIV-positive mother to stay healthy so they can see their children grow.
Nozandulela “Nozi” Samela has worked as a Communications Associate for mothers2mothers (m2m) at the Head Office in Cape Town, South Africa, for almost three years, but she first met m2m long before that. Nozi was introduced to m2m in 2005, when she was diagnosed HIV positive while pregnant with her first child. As soon as she heard the test results, she thought her life was over and started planning for her and her baby’s funerals.
The nurse told her that she would bring her to the mothers2mothers’ room where there would be other HIV-positive women called Mentor Mother she could talk to. But when she walked into the room and saw it was full of healthy and happy women, Nozi thought she had been taken to the wrong place. As soon as Nozi learned that the Mentor Mothers were mothers living with HIV whose children were HIV free, she decided to keep coming back to the support groups and learn what she had to do to protect her baby from infection. As an m2m client, she participated in a programme to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child (PMTCT), and gave birth to a son who, much to Nozi’s relief, tested negative for HIV.
In 2005, Nozi was hired by m2m as a Mentor Mother, helping other HIV-positive mothers protect their babies from HIV infection and stay healthy. She was eventually promoted Site Coordinator of Site B in Khayelitsha, a township outside of Cape Town, where she oversaw five Mentor Mothers. Nozi and her team of Mentor Mothers provided essential health education and support to HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers. They educated expectant mothers about PMTCT and maternal and child health subjects including: nutrition, safe sex practices, HIV/AIDS treatment, best feeding options, reproductive health and family planning, grief counseling, and general health maintenance for mother and child.
Tragically, in 2009 her son passed away as a result of a car accident.
Nozi is now a proud mother of a two-year-old daughter who is HIV-negative. She is fluent in English and IsiXhosa and in her spare time is an active member of her church choir.