Debra Abraham, MSN, RN University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Hospital Albert Schweitzer)

Ms. Abraham has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing since 1998.  She also served as the Associate Director of the Brunner Health Care Lab from 2004 until December 2007.  Her clinical experience is primarily in adult health.  In addition to providing bedside care, she has served as a clinical manager, director of nursing services for a home health care agency, and coordinator of professional development.

In 2002, Debbie first traveled to Hopital Albert Schweitzer, Deschapelles, Haiti to teach CPR and provide management training for nurse managers and has continued to return once or twice a year since then.  In April she plans to spend one month at HAS.  Over the years, she has provided professional development classes, for all hospital staff, on topics ranging from shock to pediatric first aid as well as provide direct patient care in the hospital and community settings.

It is her belief that the art of nursing is truly a global practice and can only be enhanced through collegial collaboration and exploration.  Email:

Samantha Beers, Esq., EPA

After graduating from Boalt Hall, Ms. Beers worked for a short time for the California Department of Fair Employment and in Sacramento, California.  In 1991 she accepted a position as an assistant regional counsel in the Region 3 office of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  In 1997 she became the Director of the Office of Enforcement Compliance and Environmental Justice.  The Region III Office of Enforcement, Compliance and Environmental Justice (OECEJ) serves as the focal point for conducting and coordinating enforcement policy, national guidance and compliance assurance; regional and state enforcement planning; training; developing regional multi-media enforcement actions; screening and coordinating civil enforcement cases; providing technical support; and providing direct field work to support the region’s enforcement and compliance programs, data management and reporting functions.  Additionally, she is responsible  for ensuring that all aspects of Regional operations, procedures and activities address environmental justice concerns.  Additionally, in 2002 she served as the co-chair of the environmental transition team for the governor elect, the honorable Ed Rendell.  Email:

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Robert Collins, DMD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Robert J. "Skip" Collins is Director, Division of Community Oral Health and Office of International Relations at the School of Dental Medicine.  From 1995-2006, he served as Deputy Executive Director of the International and America Associations for Dental Research, nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting oral health of the public through oral health research, and as Interim Executive Director for the Associations from June 2002 to April 2003.

From 1991-95, he served as Chief Dental Officer for U.S. Public Health Service, appointed by former Surgeon General Antonia C. Novello to the PHS rank of Assistant Surgeon General.  He retired from the PHS Commissioned Corps in July, 1995.  Dr. Collins served in a variety of clinical and administrative assignments in New Mexico, North Dakota, Montana, Arizona, California, and Maryland with the Indian Health Service over his twenty-four year career with Commissioned Corps and received numerous awards.  He received an AB in Biology from St. Anselm College in 1967; DMD in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University in 1980.

Dr. Collins is a member of many professional organizations and a Diplomat of the American Board of Dental Public Health.  His professional interests are in health services research and prevention.  Email:

Stephen Gluckman, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Botswana)

Dr. Stephen Gluckman is Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He has been in the practice of both General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases for over 30 years.

Dr. Gluckman has had a particular interest in International Medicine and has provided care and taught in many countries in a number of difference capacities.  He has worked and taught at mission hospitals in Liberia and India.  He has taught, and evaluated HIV and other public health programs for CARE international in Afghanistan, Haiti and Tanzania.  He has taught for Health Volunteers Overseas in Kenya and Uganda.  He has taught HIV care in China at the request of the Chinese Medical Association.  For the past seven years he has been working in Botswana helping the government to organize ad implement a national HIV treatment and prevention program. In addition, he has established an International Medicine elective for the University of Pennsylvania medical residents and medical students, is actively involved in the development of a medical school in Botswana and has been one of the authors of the first Medicine internship and residency program of Botswana.  This program started in August 2007 and is highly successful.  In addition to his appointments at the University of Pennsylvania he is Visiting Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Botswana.  Email:

Richard Guerrant, MD, Director, Center for Global Health, University of Virginia School of Medicine

Dr. Guerrant has worked in the Congo, Bangladesh, and Brazil and has his B.S. from Davidson College, his M.D. from the University of Virginia, and his residency in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical Service/Boston City Hospital. He has held fellowships in Infectious Diseases at NIH, Johns Hopkins, and UVa. Recently elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and appointed to its Board on Global Health, Dr. Guerrant edits the major 2-volume textbook on Tropical Infectious Diseases, among 5 other books, and is author of over 430 scientific articles and reviews. His work is focused on the recognition, diagnosis, pathogenesis, impact, and treatment of enteric infections. With colleagues in Brazil, Dr. Guerrant’s research documents the effects of and potential solutions for diarrhea and enteric parasitic infections on the long-term physical and cognitive development in malnourished children and on anti-HIV drug absorption and resistance in patients with AIDS. As past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Dr. Guerrant is an outspoken voice for the urgency of global health. He has launched a model new Trans-University Center for Global Health and is working to develop a Network of these Centers at top institutions across the US and abroad.

Steve Larson, MD, Assistant Dean, The Center for Global Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Stanley Laskowski, Philadelphia Global Water Initiative

Mr. Laskowski has been a senior executive, leader, teacher, scientist, advisor, and mentor during his career in environmental protection. Currently he is a lecturer/advisor at the University of Pennsylvania [PENN]. At PENN he develops and teaches environmental management and policy courses and advises students and professors in many Departments (e.g., environmental science, business, law, and medicine). His areas of special interest include US and global environmental management, environmental policy, and issues related to the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation. He has been and continues to be active in support of various non-for-profit organizations. In 2006, Mr. Laskowski, with other environmental leaders, founded the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative, a Regional organization dedicated to help provide basic water and sanitation services to everyone in the world. He is currently involved in establishing the International Environmental Management Institute at PENN. This business-oriented Institute will have hubs around the world, conduct cutting-edge research and provide training for the business and environmental leaders of tomorrow.

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Shannon Márquez, MEng, PhD, Temple University College of Health Professions MPH Program

Dr. Shannon Márquez is an Associate Professor of Public Health and the new Director of the Master of Public Health Program in the Department of Public Health at the Temple University College of Health Professions. She earned her PhD in environmental health sciences from The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health, a master’s in environmental engineering from Texas A&M University, and a BS from Prairie View A&M University in Texas.

Prior to joining Temple University, she was on the faculty in Environmental and Occupational Health, the Center for Infectious Diseases, and the program in Global Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health; and previously served as Assistant Dean for Diversity at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, as well as Deputy Director of the Center for International Rural and Environmental Health, and the Director of Community Outreach & Education for the NIH-NIEHS funded Center of Excellence at The University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Her research focus is in global health and development, safe water issues, agricultural health, human rights and environmental justice. In addition to her current role training students in public health practice at Temple, she participates in a number of international and environmental health training initiatives in West Africa and the US, and holds international academic appointments on The University of The Gambia Faculty of Medicine and at The Gambia College School of Public Health in West Africa where she previously directed a rigorous research, exchange, and training program (from 2000-2005) funded by the US Department of State, the NIH Fogarty International Center, and Pioneer Foundation—for health sciences, medicine, and nursing students from US institutions who traveled abroad to complete fieldwork and clinical rotations in international health; and public health officers and physicians from West Africa who traveled to the US for short-term, intermediate, and graduate level training at US schools of public health. She has been invited to lecture on topics related to her research and training activities at institutions and conferences worldwide, including Senegal, The Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, the US and Sweden.

Currently, her research is on the development of risk assessment and GIS models to evaluate sanitary risk factors and water related diseases; the implementation of household-based water treatment and safe storage schemes in sub-Saharan Africa; partnerships for community-driven health research to address environmental justice in underserved communities; and access to water and sanitation, and environmental improvements of the SAFE Strategy to eliminate trachoma disease—one of the world’s leading causes of preventable blindness, that persists where people live in poverty with crowded living conditions and where the basic infrastructure for water, sanitation, and waste disposal is lacking.  Email:

Marjorie Muecke, RN, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Global Health Affairs

Dr. Marjorie Muecke is Assistant Dean, Global Health Affairs, and Associate Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Prior to joining Penn faculty, she was Professor in the University of Washington School of Nursing, served on the International Health Program faculty, and was Director (2000-4) of the Southeast Asia Center and Studies Program at the Jackson School of International Studies. She was Program Officer in Reproductive Health for the Ford Foundation, New York 1993-8.  She is P.I. of the ChiangMai Family Health Research Project, a long-term ethnographic birth cohort study, begun in 1973, of urban youth and their families. in Thailand’s period of policy-driven “development” and efforts to improve reproductive health.  Dr. Muecke is fluent in spoken, reading and written Thai, and reads Spanish and German.  Email:

Neal Nathanson, MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine The Center for Global Health

Giang Nguyen, MD, MPH

Dr. Nguyen’s research focus is in Asian immigrant health, cancer control, health communication, and language access.  Dealing with global health issues through local immigrant communities, his community engagement work has included outreach to Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian refugees, health fairs, immunization clinics, cancer education workshops, advocacy, HIV/AIDS, and LGBT issues.  He is a member of the regional American Cancer Society Asian Advisory Council and serves on the Boards of ASIAC (AIDS Services in Asian Communities) and SEAMAAC (Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition). Clinically trained in family medicine, Dr. Nguyen also sees adult and pediatric patients in the primary care setting and provides education to medical students and family medicine residents.  Dr. Nguyen is a faculty member at Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, where he chairs the MD-MPH Advisory Committee. He also is a Senior Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Email:

Sarah Paoletti, Esq., University of Pennsylvania Law School

Sarah Paoletti is a Clinical Supervisor and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she directs the Transnational Legal Clinic, in which her students represent individuals seeking asylum or other forms of immigration relief and also engage in range of international human rights cases and projects, both local and abroad.  From 2003-2006, she was a Practitioner-in-Residence in the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the Washington College of Law American University, where she also taught a seminar on the labor and employment rights of immigrant workers. Her areas of expertise include international human rights, immigrant and migrant rights, asylum law, and labor and employment.  She has presented on the intersection of these topics before Committees of the United Nations, the Organization of American States and at different conferences.  Prior to joining the faculty at American University, she was a staff attorney at Friends of Farmworkers, Inc.  Email:

Stephen Sammut, University of Pennsylvania Wharton

Stephen M. Sammut is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Wharton Health Care Systems and Lecturer, Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs. Outside of Wharton, Mr. Sammut is Venture Partner, Burrill & Company, a merchant bank and venture capital fund focused on the life sciences. His role there is general management of overseas venture capital funds, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East.

Mr. Sammut teaches HCMG 868: The Role of the Private Sector in Global Health, MGMT 809: Private Equity in Emerging Markets and MGMT 804: Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management. His other academic activity includes research on that is studying the capacity of developing countries in developing indigenous pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. The project is funded by the Gates Foundation.  He also studies FDA drug development optimization and international harmonization. He is faculty advisor for Wharton Healthcare International Volunteers, a student group that supports care management needs at clinics in several developing countries.  Email:

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Anthony Sauder, PE, PG (Engineers Without Borders)

TonySauder is a registered professional engineer and geologist with over twenty years experience in water resources, hydrogeology, and environmental engineering. His experience includes ten years working overseason projects involving water supply andsustainable developmentin Chad, Sudan, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Belize. In his water supply and community development work, Mr. Sauder has sought to communicate the benefits of improved water sources and sanitation on health. As a Senior Engineer/Hydrogeologist at Pennoni Associates, Inc., Mr. Sauder shares from his experiences through teaching Hydrology at UPenn and serving as a professional mentor and lecturer in sustainable development to the UPenn Engineers without Borders water projects in Honduras and Cameroon.  Email:

David Spiegel, MD, CHOP (WHO)

Dr. David Spiegel attended Duke University for college, medical school, and orthopaedic surgical residency.  He then completed both a research and clinical fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  He works as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and is an Assistance Professor ay University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He serves as a Consultant in Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Hospital & Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children in Banepa, Nepal.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Committee in Children's Orthopaedics in Underdeveloped Regions of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and is on the Board of Orthopaedics Overseas, Global-HELP, and the Ponseti International Association.  He has received the President's Call to Service Award, for 4000 hours of community service, by the Presidents Council on Service and Civic Participation.  He is also an advisor to the World Health Organization.  Email:

Hong Truong, University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, PENN Engineers Without Borders

Hong Truong is a senior in the Vagelos Scholars Program in Molecular and Life Sciences, pursuing a B.A. in Biochemistry and M.S. in Chemistry.  Her interest in global health began with her involvement with the Penn chapter of Engineers without Borders.  She has led water projects in Honduras and Cameroon, where the objective is to provide adequate safe water supply for rural communities to meet their basic needs.  It is through these projects that she recognizes the important link between water, sanitation and health.  In the spring of 2007, she spent a semester abroad with the Penn-Botswana program.  She worked with physicians and medical students on the medical wards in the Princess Marina Hospital in Gabarone, the capital of Botswana.  She also participated in a clinical research project on the quality of tuberculosis and cryptomeningitis diagnoses and treatment.  Email:

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