Our Board of Directors helps the Kwah Dao staff to make major decisions regarding collaborations with other NGOs, new program initiatives, and fundraising. Members of the board share with us their goal to develop the organization, as well as their efforts to help us garner the resources, funds, and people needed to accomplish our work. They also share their expertise in a wide range of issues, especially those concerning participatory development, Burmese and Shan culture, the Thai context, public health and education, and refugees.
Beth Charpentier is a second-year student at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where she focuses on community-based child survival programs in conflict and emergency settings. Beth began working with ethnic groups from Burma in 2005 while teaching English in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2009, she moved to the Thai/Burma border, where she worked on community-based child survival and malaria control programs serving displaced populations in Eastern Burma. After returning to New York, she worked as the coordinator for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Human Rights Clinic, and in 2011 she began her studies at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. She continues to volunteer with resettled refugees and Burmese human rights groups in New York. Following the completion of her degree in May 2013, she plans to continue working at the intersection of health and human rights, both globally and locally.
Yao He – Secretary
Yao He is a senior health project officer at Save the Children China Program. She works closely with health care providers, community members, and different levels of government to improve maternal and newborn health in rural, ethnic areas in Southwest China. She received her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management at Columbia University.
Peter Muennig – Vice President
Peter is one of the founders of Kwah Dao. He is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He received his MD at the University of California-San Diego and his Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University. His research focuses on the health implications of non-medical social investments (especially education), primarily using cost-effectivenees and burden of disease analysis. His work has led to policy changes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Canada, Immigration Canada and in the states of Minnesota and California. It has been published in leading journals and has been discussed in the NYTimes and on CNN, NPR and BBC.
David Rosenthal – President
David Rosenthal, Ph.D., is the Faculty Director of the Full Time and Executive Management Programs in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Mailman School of Public Health as well as an Associate Professor in Family and Community Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center. He is a Family Therapist who also has done research on a wide variety of issues including drug use, family issues and public health. He has also served on a number of community boards, including Clowns Without Borders and Iowa City Hospice.
Lori Suzanne Schomp
Lori is an MPH Epidemiology candidate at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health. Because of her public health training and community service, her approach to health encompasses our built and social environment and the systematic and generational inequalities that shape risk factors and opportunities for health. Lori has worked for NYC’s safety net hospital system, Health + Hospitals. Prior to discovering her passion for public health, she worked in public finance investment banking and for Moody’s Investors Service as a not-for-profit credit analyst. Lori also holds an MPA in Public and Non-Profit Management, Public Finance, from NYU Wagner School of Public Service. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. Lori is excited to serve Kwah Dao’s children and strengthen our global community.
Tierney is in her second year of law school at the University of Colorado. She received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies-International Education from Bates College and her M.A. in International Education Development from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She joined the Board of Directors after working for Kwah Dao for four years – first as an curriculum development intern with the After-School Program, then as the Director of Development, and most recently as the School Director of the Banyan Center. Tierney is the co-founder and co-president of the Immigration Law and Policy Society at Colorado Law and works part time for an asylum law firm in Boulder. Following her graduation from law school, she hopes to continue working in immigration law and support those trying to navigate the complex and evolving legal field.