The BHA Board of Directors consists of six volunteers. Several have experience in global health and all are working to help St. Albert’s Mission Hospital.
Darrell E. Ward, MS, is Associate Director for Cancer Communications at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute
Darrell is a science and medical writer for Ohio State’s cancer program. He worked for the program from 1990-2000 and from 2003 to the present. From 2001-2003, he wrote about cancer research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. In 2000, he spent six months in Southern Africa as a Fulbright Scholar learning how Africans were coping with the AIDS epidemic at the grassroots level. He spent two months each in Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. During his time in Zimbabwe, he spent several weeks at St. Albert’s Mission Hospital and came to greatly admire the dedication, resourcefulness and sacrifice of the women doctors and staff as they struggled to provide care in a collapsing economy. He remained in touch with the doctors and gave talks about the hospital to medical students, civic groups and others to raise awareness. He has returned to the hospital six times since, and his admiration for the hospital’s physicians and staff continues. In 2009, he and a group of friends, which includes the current board, started Better Healthcare for Africa, a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to supporting St. Albert’s Mission Hospital and other worthy efforts that are working to reduce suffering from disease and injury in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenneth W. Schafermeyer, PhD, Professor and Director, Office of International Programs at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Ken makes arrangements for pharmacy students to participate in international service learning programs and clinical rotations in international sites such as South Africa, Swaziland, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. He has participated in or led over 20 Global Village Missions to help build houses in developing countries for Habitat for Humanity International.
Pamela Potter, administrative director for the Health Sciences Center for Global Health at The Ohio State University.
Pam provides oversight of the daily administration and operation of Ohio State’s Center for Global Health. She is also the assistant director of the Office of Global Health Education in the College of Medicine. Prior to her role at Ohio State, she served as the Chief of Staff to the Executive Dean for the Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Susan Ramsey, Retired Fiscal Officer for the Department of Pathology, Ohio State University Medical Center
Susan duties and responsibilities as a fiscal officer included providing daily oversight on how the funds are spent and managed. This oversight included ensuring funds are budgeted, where appropriate, that they are spent according to fiscal policy, that funds are spent in alignment with the account purpose, that processes and controls are in place, that assets are safeguarded, that transactions are recorded and reported properly, that I reconciled on a monthly basis, and that either the expenditures are in conformity with the budget, or appropriate budget changes have been made to reflect a change in the original budget.
Janet Stucky Smith, Assistant Director, Institute for Japanese Studies at The Ohio State University
Janet coordinates internship programs with Ohio and Japan; study abroad programs for students from Japan to study in Ohio to learn about language and culture; and is spearheading the creation of an Ohio-Japan Alumni Network for graduates of any Japan-related program at any Ohio school (K-12 or university) to serve as mentors for each other and for students studying Japanese.
Barbara Ward, is a senior mortgage research representative for J.P. Morgan Chase
Barbara’s work experience includes providing bookkeeping and clerical support for a business that included two hotels, a restaurant and a ranch; providing clerical support at two law firms, a specialty foods business, and a private marine research laboratory. She has bicycled through Europe and traveled to Botswana, where she visited a poor community in Francistown.