Paul Farmer, MD, PhD
Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He is Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the U.S. and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.
Dr. Farmer holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he is the Kolokotrones University Professor and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; he is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. Additionally, Dr. Farmer serves as the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti.
Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award from the American Medical Association, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and, with his PIH colleagues, the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ is a true visionary. She was headmistress at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart and worked on Beni Sami in Haiti. Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ holds a BA cum laude in English and History from Manhattanville College and an Interdisciplinary Masters from the University of Chicago. She has taught at a variety of Sacred Heart schools in the United States and served as Head of School at Forest Ridge in Bellevue, Washington (1990-1998) and at Carrollton in Miami, Florida (1998-2015). She served the Advisory Council for Anytime, Anywhere Learning, a learning with laptops program sponsored by Microsoft. Having served on several Boards of Trustees within the Network, Sr. Cooke also was a member of the Sacred Heart Commission on Goals, the Network Board, the Northwest Association of Independent Schools and the Florida Council of Independent Schools. Suzanne is currently the Head of the Conference of Sacred Heart Education. She was a delegate to the General Chapter of the Society of the Sacred Heart in 2016.
Head Master – Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
Olen received a BA in Government and Spanish from Colby College, holds a Masters in Human Development from Salve Regina University, and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Columbia University. He has won numerous honors, among them a Klingenstein Fellowship, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society at Columbia, Sigma Delta Pi (National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society), and a Walker Scholarship to study the Church and Social Change in Mexico. Prior to his appointment as Head Master of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, he held numerous positions as a teacher and administrator at all boys, all girls, and co-ed schools. Olen was the Founding Headmaster of Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart. He was Head of the Upper School at The International School of Prague, Czech Republic, Head of School at St. Scholastica Academy in Colorado, Dean of Students at Portsmouth Abbey School and Fountain Valley School, teacher and coach at Delbarton School, Bishop Feehan H.S., and Salve Regina University. Olen is fluent in Spanish and Czech, enjoys the arts and sports. He and his wife, Kim, have three children – two sons and a daughter. Kim works in the Library at Carrollton. His daughter, Nina, is a junior at Barnard College. Jan and Evan are members of the first two graduating classes of Princeton Academy. Jan works as an IT director in Boulder, CO, and Evan, a clinical psychologist, works for the Peddie School of NJ.
Abbey Gardner currently serves as Senior Adviser on Aid Delivery for Dr. Paul Farmer’s Aid Delivery Support Initiative. She leads this New York-based office that operates in partnership with the United Nations. Prior to her current role, Ms. Gardner worked for the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti as Senior Adviser to Dr. Paul Farmer in his role as Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti.
Ms. Gardner previously served as Executive Director of the Baltic-American Partnership Fund, where she established and managed all facets of a $15 million 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation jointly funded by USAID and George Soros’ Open Society Institute aimed at strengthening civil society in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Ms. Gardner also served as the Regional Director for Russia at the Open Society Institute. She worked to develop and oversee a broad portfolio of development programs with an annual budget of $100 million. Earlier in her career, she held the position of Deputy Director of the International Science Foundation, a Soros funded initiative to support basic science researchers in the former Soviet Union with a budget of $100 million under the leadership of the Chairman of the Board Nobel Laureate James Watson. Ms. Gardner has an undergraduate degree in Russian Studies from Amherst College and a masters degree in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University. She was the co-editor of Paul Farmer’s book, Haiti After the Earthquake which was published in June 2011.
Jonny Dorsey serves as Director of Innovation and Policy at the Emerson Collective, a social good organization committed to education, immigration reform, the environment, and other social justice initiatives. Immediately before joining the Emerson Collective, Jonny served as a White House Fellow at the Department of Education, where he worked in the Secretary’s Office on special projects and strategic partnerships. Jonny is a serial social entrepreneur: he co-founded FACE AIDS, a nonprofit that mobilized students in the fight for global health equity that was acquired by Partners In Health, and Global Health Corps, which recruits and places emerging global leaders with high-impact non-profits to build health systems around the world. Jonny has been recognized for his work with an Echoing Green Fellowship, Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur award, and the Next Generation Award from the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He serves as a Trustee of Partners In Health and a Board Member of Plus1. He has a BA in Human Biology and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was President of the Student Body and won the Deans’ Award for Academic Achievement. He also has an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he was a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. He graduated from Sacred Heath Preparatory in Atherton California.
Catherine Mas is a doctoral candidate in the Program for the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University. Her research and teaching focuses on the interplay of medicine and society in the Americas. She is particularly interested in the history of global health, the shifting boundaries between medicine and religion, and the politics of healing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her current research project focuses on the medical landscape of Miami in the late twentieth century, where ideas and practices regarding health both shaped and were shaped by a fluctuating social and political order. The project seeks to understand the people, ideas, and structures that played a role in bridging the gaps between the medical institution and the city’s diverse patient population.
Catherine is an alumnae of Carrollton’s Class of 2008.
Chief of Staff to Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners In Health, Harvard Medical School
Katie Kralievits, born and raised in Miami, Florida, attended Ransom Everglades School (’09) and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. In 2014, she also earned a Master of Science degree in Global Health from Notre Dame.
After graduate school, Katie moved to Lusaka, Zambia for a year to work with Catholic Relief Services as a Global Health Research Associate to support an ongoing health systems strengthening initiative across the country. During that time, she was also working with the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School to support the publication of the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.
In April 2015, Katie joined Partners In Health as a Research Assistant to Dr. Paul Farmer and now manages his team at Harvard Medical School. She continues support Dr. Farmer’s research and writing projects, including his forthcoming book about the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Toni Eyssallenne received her MD and Ph.D. in Pathology in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY in 2006 and 2004, respectively. She graduated from the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida in 2010 as chief resident. Immediately upon graduation, Dr. Eyssallenne was recruited to be the Chief Medical Officer of a 50-bed trauma/critical care hospital in Port au Prince, Haiti in partnership with the non-governmental organization Project Medishare (PM). In 2011, she was hired as faculty for both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics departments at the University of Miami and was appointed associate program director of the combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program where she also started and directs their Global Health Track. In July 2012, she published a perspective article in NEJM focused on critical care medicine in a resource-poor setting. In the fall of 2013, she started a pediatric residency program in Haiti, focused on evidence-based and critical care medicine. In Spring 2014 she stepped down as CMO and became PM’s medical education consultant in order to focus on capacity building through medical education in Haiti. She received an appointment as an adjunct professor in the school of public health at UM teaching global health to MPH candidates in the summer of 2014. She is currently the Program Director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida and is the Intensive Care Unit director for Partners in Health in Mirebalais, Haiti where she started and structured their ICU in April 2015, advises and provides care for critically ill adult and pediatric patients, and facilitates local training through strategic academic partnerships.
Miriam Harmatz, Co-Executive Director of Florida Health Justice Project
Miriam Harmatz, Co-Executive Director of One of Florida’s leading Medicaid advocates, Miriam is a former senior health law attorney at Florida Legal Services and adjunct professor in the Health Law Clinic at Florida International University College of Law. As a young child with a health issue, Miriam learned that everyone must have insurance and that healthcare is a human right. She wrote her senior college thesis on why Congress failed to pass a national health insurance bill in 1974, and as a legal services attorney for 30 years she focused on ensuring access to healthcare for her clients.
Miriam has been lead counsel on multiple federal court cases resulting in statewide relief for Medicaid beneficiaries. These successful outcomes, including federal court cases of first impression and with national import, are the result of highly collaborative work with national experts, Florida legal aid lawyers and pro bono attorneys. On a local level, Miriam led collaborative efforts that improved access and transparency at Miami-Dade County’s publicly funded hospital. This work includes administrative complaints successfully challenging outpatient and inpatient admission deposit policies, discrimination against foreign-born county residents, and violations of consumer protections provided under the ACA, the first complaint of its kind in the nation.
Because Florida has not yet expanded Medicaid under the ACA, Miriam has focused on outreach and education detailing the tremendous human and economic benefits of extending coverage and the adverse impacts in failing to do so. And since the 2016 election, she has been part of the massive advocacy effort devoted to defending the ACA and Medicaid.
Patricia Farrell Burns
Patricia Farrell Burns is currently the Executive Director of Mary’s Meals USA, Mary’s Meals is an International charity that feeds 1.25 million children daily in their place of education. They serve meals in 15 of the world’s poorest countries. Mary’s Meals recently served their Billionth meal to a school child in India. Ms. Burns, a native of New York City, studied Biology and Economics at Boston College. She worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for many years with companies such as Glaxo Wellcome and Novartis, She led a team that introduced HPV testing to the United States with Digene and worked in the Medical vertical at American Express. Her older daughter Claire graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart 91st Street in ‘2012 and her younger daughter Elizabeth will graduate in June of 2018.
Diane Driscoll, Head of Communications, Mary’s Meals
Diane held roles at Procter & Gamble, Advertising Age, Nielsen, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter where she created custom partnership programs with a social responsibility component. More recently, she was VP, Strategic Alliances at WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, which included expanding their National Hospital Alliance network that features support groups for women living with and at risk for heart disease. Diane is a graduate of Boston College, Carroll School of Management Honors Program and graduated from Sacred Heart Greenwich.