About Us: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
Officers
 
 

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Karine Duverger, Chief of Party / Health through Walls HAITI program

 

   

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John P. May, MD, FACP, is co-founder, President of the Board and Medical Director of Health through Walls.


Michelle Karshan is co-founder, Vice-President of the Board, and former HtW Coordinator in Haiti.


Mark Andrews M.Ed, is co-founder of Health through Walls and Secretary/Treasurer


Karine Duverger, Chief of Party and Coordinator for Health through Walls' Haiti program.

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Co-founder of Health through Walls, DR. JOHN P.MAY is Chief Medical Officer for Armor Correctional Health Services (www.armorcorrectional.com) of Miami, a provider of health care services in jails and prisons across the United States. Board certified in Internal Medicine, and credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Dr. May is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at NOVA Southeastern University College of Medicine in South Florida and Affiliated Professor, Office of Applied Health, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. He is a consultant for the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigating conditions of confinement. He is a past chair of the International Relations Committee of the American Correctional Association (www.aca.org), and currently a Board Member of the International Corrections and Prison Association (www.icpa.ca) and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of International Prisoner Health (Emerald Group Publishing). Some of his awards include the Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American College of Physicians in 1996 for innovative and effective approaches to healthcare delivery, the 2000 Broad Street Pump Award for Public Service from Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the 2005 Armond Start Award of Excellence from the Society of Correctional Physicians (www.corrdocs.org).

MARTY MUELLER retired from US Civil Service in 2008 after 36 years' service in Washington DC, West Africa and the Caribbean. His last two assignments were at the United States Embassy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he served as the Director of the Peace Corps program (2003-2005) and then as Deputy Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2005-2008), where he helped administer the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Mr. Mueller has a BA degree from Brown University and an MA degree from New York University. He currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida where he co-owns an architectural walking tour company. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Health through Walls, he is also on the Board of Directors of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Mr. Mueller is fluent in French.

NED HELTZER is a Pharmaceutical Principal Program Associate at Management Sciences for Health, a leading international organization dedicated to closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Previously, Mr. Heltzer served as Vice President for Pharmaceutical Services at Prison Health Services - a managed healthcare corporation holding comprehensive healthcare contracts with a multitude of city, county and state agencies. Prior to PHS, Mr. Heltzer served as Director of Pharmacy Services, Correctional Health Division, at Capstone Pharmacy Services, a firm providing institutional services to over 100 correctional institutions across the United States. Mr. Heltzer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Columbia University and a Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Minnesota.

ANA VIAMONTE ROS, M.D., M.P.H., is currently the Associate Dean for Women in Medicine and Science at the Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine where she continues to advance women's involvement and contributions to medicine at multiple levels.

Dr. Viamonte Ros was Florida's first State Surgeon General and the first woman and Cuban American to serve as head of the Florida department of Health from 2007-2011. Her primary responsibility was to oversee one of the U.S. most comprehensive, complex public healthcare systems, and Florida's largest single clinical enterprise. Charged by Florida's Governor, she acted as the state's leading advocate for wellness and disease prevention, achieving multiple victories in leading the state to higher levels of awareness and action on women's health issues.

Dr. Viamonte Ros earned her medical degree in 1983 from the University of Miami School of Medicine, graduating with several awards and honors. In 2005, Dr. Viamonte Ros received her Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she was the recipient of the Gareth Green Award for Excellence in Public Health, the highest student award. A dedicated community volunteer, she served in programs such as the Camillus House Homeless Initiative in Miami and the Brookside Community Health Center in Massachusetts. Dr. Viamonte Ros participated in several Health through Walls' medical missions in Haiti's national prisons. She has written several articles concerning HIV care, nursing, mental health and radiology and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

PIERRE DORSAINVIL, M.D., an internal medicine physician, is an expert in HIV/AIDS treatments, and founder of the Dorsainvil Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization started in 2001, dedicated to providing adequate healthcare to the residents of Haiti. Dr. Dorsainvil is the Medical Director for the Palm Beach County Correction system, Director of Lake Ida Medical Center, a private medical clinic in Delray Beach, and the Medical Director for Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in Palm Beach County. Despite his work in Florida and Haiti, Dr. Dorsainvil participates regularly in the Health through Walls medical missions in Haiti's national prisons.

Speaker, writer and outreach consultant Dr. ANGELA R. DEAL is the Vice President/COO of CHOICES Children and Families Foster Care Programs in Florida. Dr. Deal is the former executive director of several DJJ-funded programs and the recipient of several leadership awards. Dr. Deal is known for her innovative work in adapting business models, principles and practices to school and faith-based settings. A veteran group facilitator and organizer, she has facilitated and organized several conferences over the past ten years that have included strategic plan launches, strategic thinking sessions, vision casting, scenario building, core values identification workshops, goal setting sessions, and strategy sessions. Dr. Deal is a licensed and ordained minister at Abundant Life Christian Centre in Margate, Florida. She received her Doctor of Theology degree from Brewer Christian College. In addition to sitting on the Board of Health through Walls, Dr. Deal is also on the boards of Good Samaritan Humanitarian Outreach, CHOICES Children and Families Consortium, and Agape Schools, Inc.

JOHNNIE LAMBERT, RN, CLNC, LHRM, CCHP, is Vice-President of Policy & Accreditation at Armor Correctional Health Services, Inc. Lambert has been a practicing registered nurse for more than thirty-five years with extensive management and clinical expertise in mental health and acute care as well as in systems administration, system startup, quality assurance and policy and procedure implementation. Lambert, a Certified Correctional Healthcare Professional has devoted the past fourteen years to health care operations and administration, both in jails and prisons and is a member of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Lambert has experience in monitoring and evaluation of prison and jail health care systems, medical record review and analysis, contract monitoring, education and training of staff in legal aspects of care, and accreditation preparation and contract review.

Co-founder of Health through Walls, MARK C. ANDREWS graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Masters in Education in the fields of Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling. Andrews worked for several years as a counselor with foster children and troubled youth. His main focus has been the study of the prevention of recidivism and promotion of rehabilitation in a counseling setting. His interest in prisoner welfare led him in 2005 to co-found Health through Walls, Inc., and serve as the Secretary/Treasurer as the organization has grown.

MICHELLE KARSHAN, co-founder and Vice President, served as HtW's Haiti Coordinator (2009-2011) tasked with implementing and managing HtW's large-scale health program in the penitentiary and conducting medical exams in other national prisons. Following 3 1/2 years of her own radio show in New York focused on Haiti, Ms. Karshan served for 9 years as the Foreign Press Liaison for Presidents Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Rene Preval based in Haiti's National Palace. Ms. Karshan, a paralegal and counselor, has a long history of working in various organizations serving adults and adolescents (and their families) in conflict with the law -- both in prisons and in the community. In 1996 Ms. Karshan founded Alternative Chance, a reentry/advocacy program for criminal deportees in Haiti and continues as its director. From 2008-2009, she was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Karshan served as a patient advocate for Planned Parenthood and worked as a Health Care Program Planner in Quality Assurance at a large NYC hospital.

KARINE DUVERGER is currently the Chief of Party of Health through Walls in Haiti, acts as the direct liaison between HtW and USAID/Haiti. She has served as the coordinator for HtW's Haiti program since 2011. Mrs. Duverger has more than 20 years of experience in Planning, Training, Coordination of Programs/Projects and Monitoring and Supervision and is recognized by several partners for her ability to make adjustments to work flow processes and work team composition. Mrs. Duverger served as Program Director at a Head Start program, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Also, Duverger served as a Program Administrator for a battered women's shelter at Christian Community Services Agency. Mrs. Duverger graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Social Work.