Advisory Council

Keith Bowen Education and Training Specialist,
Stanford University
Mark Elinson Los Angeles Unified School District
Thomas Fox Chairman, EMLA Philanthropies Services, U.S.
Sharon Frey Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Barry Hart Winston & Strawn LLP
Peter Hero The Hero Group
Daniel Johnson VITA, General Electric
Eric K. Noji, MD Noji Global Health & Security
Pamela M. Ogor, D.O. Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group
Alexander Shakow, PhD Professional Advisor
Molly Tschang Executive/Leadership Team Coach Principal,
Abella Consulting


Keith Bowen
Education and Training Specialist, Stanford University

Keith Bowen focuses on innovative use of media and technology in human capacity building, with special interest in the fields of international conflict resolution, relief, and development. He has written and produced over twenty-five documentaries, interactive media programs, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). He has also managed education and training programs and served as a live trainer in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Rwanda, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

His work in media includes The Last Days of Apartheid, a 2-part documentary series produced in South Africa, and The Torn Iron Curtain, a 4-part documentary series produced in Central and Eastern Europe. Distributed by Discovery Communications, both series have earned several national awards. For the United States Institute of Peace, Bowen produced the Iraq Experience, a lessons-learned program featuring on-camera interviews with U.S. and Iraqi government leaders, along with a range of academics and practitioners serving in the field.

He also launched the Institute’s Online Academy, writing and producing innovative courses in Conflict Analysis, Negotiation and Conflict Management, and Interfaith Conflict Resolution. These courses have been incorporated into the curriculum at the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and numerous universities in the United States. They’ve also been translated into Arabic, Farsi, and Spanish, and completed by tens of thousands of students and practitioners overseas.

For Relief International, Bowen served as Director of Training, where he managed the development of Continuing Medical Education courses in disaster preparedness and emergency response, as well as training of the organization’s staff at headquarters and in the field. Bowen’s work has earned several national and international distinctions, including awards from CINE, the Columbus International Film Festival, the U.S. Distance Learning Association, Technology and Learning Magazine, the National Educational Media Network, the Communicator Awards, the Omni Intermedia Awards, the Aurora Awards, the Aegis Awards, and the Telly Awards.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, a Master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh, and is currently at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University focusing on the application of design and technology to education and training.

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Mark Elinson
Los Angeles Unified School District

Mark Elinson joined Relief International’s Advisory Council in 2011. He is a retired teacher who taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 36 years. He currently serves on the executive board of the Southern California Social Science Association and is a trustee of the Perryman Fund for the Social Sciences. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Elinson helped develop the curriculum at the James Monroe High School Law and Government Magnet. During this time, he involved his students in a campaign to get LAUSD to stop buying products made by children. As a result of the students’ efforts, every LAUSD contract now includes a clause requiring the contract to be voided if a company is found to use child labor.

Additionally, Mr. Elinson worked as a service learning facilitator for LAUSD from 2006 to 2009, and has written some 80 service learning projects that are on the District’s website. Beyond these endeavors, he has also been a curriculum consultant and workshop leader for the International Institute at UCLA, the Go for Broke Foundation, the Japanese American National Museum, the Center for History Education in the Schools, and the Middle Eastern American Resources Online.

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Thomas Fox
Chairman, ELMA Philanthropies Services, U.S.

Since early 2001, Thomas Fox has been an independent consultant with several international consulting firms, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private foundations. His most important current and ongoing involvement is advising the donor and chairing the board of the program arm of a new and quite substantial foundation addressing issues that affect poor children and youth in Africa. Mr. Fox is also an adjunct professor for World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute – a Masters-level course on sustainable development. He is quite active as a volunteer, including on several NGO governing boards. Management and governance of non-profit organizations remains an interest and specialty.

Prior to these semi-retirement years, Thomas Fox was Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a Presidential appointment that he held from December 1997 until January 2001. With a career spanning more than forty years in international development, he has specialized in public-private (including non-profit) partnerships in the international development arena. Mr. Fox held senior management and leadership positions with the US Peace Corps, Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA), USAID (1978-82, and 1997-2001), the Council on Foundations, and the World Resources Institute. Before first going off to Africa with the Peace Corps staff in 1965, he was a secondary school teacher and coach for four years.

Mr. Fox grew up in Massachusetts and was educated at Phillips Academy, Andover and Williams College.

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Sharon Frey
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Sharon Frey, who joined Relief International’s Advisory Council in 2011, is a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where she has practiced and taught for over 20 years.

Dr. Frey is the Clinical Director for the Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development and has expertise in epidemiology and immunology, particularly with small pox, HIV, hepatitis,  pandemic H1N1, herpes and salmonella.  Shewas a member of the Department of Health and Human Services, serving on the NIH’s Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council since 2006 - 2010. Similarly, her research and vested interest in bioterrorism garnered her experience as the past chair of the Saint Loius University Hospital’s Emergency Management Committee and a participant at the Department of Defense’s Science Board Task Force on Defense Against Biological Weapons Conference in 2000.  Dr. Frey has served as an NIH reviewer of site applications for HIV vaccine efficacy and HIV pathogenesis research in women contracts.

Locally, within Saint Louis, Dr. Frey has served on committees focused on infection control, regional bioterrorism, biomedical ethics, hepatitis A, and international internal medicine.  She was also the chair of the Saint Louis University Hospital Emergency Management Committee from 2002-2007.  Dr. Frey served as a board member (steering committee) of the Saint Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center from 1995-2001.  Dr. Frey showed continued interest in public health by volunteering at clinics for disenfranchised adults and children, namely the Open Door Clinic and the Vietnamese Clinics in the St. Louis area. Dr. Frey has contributed to over 70 research articles published in journals such as Vaccine, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal of Investigative Medicine, AIDS, and the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. She is a member of the American Medical Association, Physicians for Human Rights and Physicians for Social Responsibility, among other medical associations.  Dr. Frey received a B.S. from West Virginia University (magna cum laude), and an M.D. from Marshall University School of Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at SUNY Syracuse and completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Saint Louis University. She has served on Relief International’s Advisory Board since 2011.

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Barry Hart
Winston & Strawn LLP

Barry Hart is a partner in the Tax Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. office of Winston & Strawn. An important part of his tax practice includes the representation of U.S. and foreign multinational corporations and tax-exempt organizations. Mr. Hart's tax practice involving U.S. and foreign multinational corporations, tax-exempt organizations and high net worth individuals has spanned thirty (30) years, and includes: (i) personal and corporate tax planning, (ii) Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") audit defense, (iii) tax planning for reorganizations of multi-entity groups including for-profit and non-profit affiliates, including transfer pricing with respect to transactions among members of such groups, and (iv) IRS determination and private letter rulings practice before the IRS National Office.

Mr. Hart is a member in good standing of the District of Columbia bar, and the American Bar Association, Section on Taxation. He has been a lecturer at the NHLA Taxation Program, the World Trade Institute, Georgetown University (Graduate Tax Program), the International Law Institute, and the International Development Law Organization. He also is a member of the Board of Advisors, Journal of Tax-Exempt Organizations. Mr. Hart's pro bono activities include representation of the International Development Law Organization, Orphan Foundation of America, the KIMA Charter School, and Relief International.

Mr. Hart's clients include National Geographic Society, Citigroup Foundation, The Nobel Foundation, Koc University (Istanbul, Turkey), Federation of Tax Administrators, North American Securities Administrators Association, ACCION International, Carnegie Mellon University, the Sempra Energy Foundation, Capital One Foundation, O.I.P.C-Interpol and New York Stock Exchange Group.

Mr. Hart received his BA from Dartmouth College in 1970, a JD from George Washington University’s National Law Center in 1973; and an LLM in Taxation from New York University in 1976. He is married and has three children.

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Peter Hero
The Hero Group

Peter Hero is currently the Founder and Principal of The Hero Group, a consulting firm which works with high net worth individuals and global nonprofits to build effective, high impact philanthropy.

Formerly he was Vice President for Development and Institute Relations at Caltech. Prior to this he was Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. From 1989 to 2007 he was the President and CEO of Community Foundation Silicon Valley (CFSV). In that time he grew total CFSV endowed assets from $8 million to over $1.2 billion.

Prior to this position, Peter was President of the Maine College of Art, a 4-year college of art and design. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University School of Business, a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) and M.A. (With Distinction) in Art History from Williams College, and (Honorary) Doctor of Laws from the Maine College of Art.

Fortune Magazine, in an extensive article on CFSV, noted that, “It is Peter Hero, more than anyone else, who has shown Silicon Valley how to give…by channeling the area’s distinctive culture into an unusual brand of charity: demanding, ambitious, self-conscious, creative, even risky – everything you’d expect from Silicon Valley.”

Peter is the Founding Chairman of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Foundation and currently sits on the Boards of Directors of Sesame Workshop, the Skoll Foundation, and Great NonProfits.

His most recent book, Local Mission, Global Vision: Community Foundations in the 21st Century, was published by the Foundation Center in New York in October, 2008, and has been translated into four languages.

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Daniel Johnson
VITA, General Electric

Daniel Johnson is co-founder of VITA, an organization dedicated to providing technical assistance information to people in the Third World. Mr. Johnson has remained an active director of VITA through the decades and helped lead the organization through its mergers with both Enterprise Works and with Relief International (2009). 

Mr. Johnson, an electrical engineer by trade, spent the majority of his career with General Electric (GE) in Schenectady, NY. Mr. Johnson supervised GE’s Creative Engineering program which trained young engineering graduates on the process of invention for GE. He joined GE’s General Engineering Laboratory, now the Research Lab, and among other developments, invented a linear optical digital transducer and electronics for an early weather satellite. Mr. Johnson established and managed the Controls Development Laboratory within GE’s Gas Turbine department. He co-invented the first GE solid-state turbine control; pioneered a triple redundant control that virtually eliminated all turbine outages caused by the control system; and co-invented the combustion monitor that was GE’s first industrial microcomputer application. These controls were extended to steam turbines and combined cycle plants. Mr. Johnson obtained 8 patents.

Mr. Johnson has received numerous awards for his technical contributions, including the prestigious Arthur M. Bueche Award (1982), GE Edison Engineering Award for Industrial and Power Systems Division (in both 1985 and 1994), and the GE Invention-Fulcrum of Progress Award.

Mr. Johnson wrote and edited the Village Technology Handbook, now regarded as a classic and translated into many languages. He was recognized for his work with VITA with the Gerald L. Phillippe Award, GE’s highest international award for community service.

Mr. Johnson graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in controls. He served briefly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

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Eric K. Noji, MD
Noji Global Health & Security

Dr. Eric K. Noji is a physician trained in Emergency Medicine, Epidemiology and Tropical diseases. He retired in 2007 after a distinguished twenty year career in public health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Before joining the CDC in 1988, Dr. Noji was a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an Attending Emergency Physician at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is an adviser or board member of several major corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government advisory councils and commissions. 

At Johns Hopkins and the CDC, Dr. Noji acquired extensive experience in responding to natural, technological and industrial disasters, bioterrorism, violent civil conflict, epidemics, wars and other humanitarian crises. From 1996-2001, the CDC assigned Noji to the World Health Organization's Department of Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Geneva, Switzerland where he served as Director of Global Health Intelligence for Emergencies. As director, Dr. Noji was responsible for monitoring the health of refugees and other forcibly displaced populations around the world, including the early warning of pandemic avian and swine flu, among many other diseases of catastrophic life-threatening potential.  
A prolific writer, Dr. Noji is the author and co-author of over 250 scientific articles and publications.  In 2005, he was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science for pioneering work in establishing much of the scientific basis for the public health response to natural disasters, refugee crises, technological emergencies and the development of medical biodefense countermeasures. 
A native of Hawaii, Dr. Noji is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford. He completed his medical studies, graduate work and residency training at the University of Rochester, the University of Chicago and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene & Public Health.  He currently lives in Washington D.C. where he continues to regularly advise senior government officials, international organizations, foundations, NGO's and corporations on humanitarian trends and enterprise crisis management strategy.

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Pamela M. Ogor, D.O.
Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group

Dr. Pamela Ogor joined Relief International’s Advisory Council in 2011. She has served as a member of Relief International’s Rapid Emergency Deployment (RED) team since 2005, when she was one of the first responders to the Pakistan earthquake and, more recently, worked with the RED team during the Haiti earthquake relief efforts in 2010.

Dr. Pamela Ogor is a board-certified family physician employed by Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she has practiced medicine for over 20 years. In addition to having a large clinical practice focused on the prevention and management of chronic disease, Dr. Ogor has participated in numerous international disaster relief efforts—pursuing her passion for providing healthcare to vulnerable communities in the world’s most underdeveloped countries.

Beyond her clinical expertise and international relief experience, Dr. Ogor has worked with numerous non-profits and NGOs, and was on the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southeastern Wisconsin from 1995 to 2008, acting as one of their medical advisors. She is also a founding board member of SowHope, an NGO whose mission is to inspire women around the world by promoting wellness, education and economic opportunities. In addition, Dr. Ogor has volunteered her medical expertise to the International Medical Alliance (IMA), which treats chronic and infectious diseases throughout the world. Through IMA, she has travelled annually to western Kenya to assist in the eradication of Filariasis, as debilitating parasitic disease which results in extensive morbidity. Dr. Ogor also volunteered with IMA in New Orleans for several years on a quarterly basis following Hurricane Katrina, treating uninsured and indigent survivors.

Dr. Ogor received her Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and her medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her medical relief and volunteer efforts have taken her to over 30 countries around the world. 

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Alexander Shakow, PhD
Professional Advisor

Alexander Shakow had a distinguished career at the World Bank where he held various senior positions from 1981-2002, including Director of External Affairs and Executive Secretary of the Bank/Fund Development Committee. Since 2002, he has been an independent consultant for a number of international agencies such as UNICEF, FAO, and the Global Fund against AIDS, TB and Malaria as well as the World Bank and IMF. From 1968-1981, at the United States Agency for International Development, he was, inter alia, Assistant Administrator for Program and Policy; Director, Office of Development Planning, Asia Bureau; and Director of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore Affairs. He was also a senior official of the United States Peace Corps from 1963-1967, including Director for Indonesia and Director of Volunteer Training.

He received his PhD from the University of London/London School of Economics in 1962 and his undergraduate degree with honors from Swarthmore College in 1958. Mr. Shakow is listed in Who’s Who in America. He was for many years a member of the Board of Trustees of EnterpriseWorks/VITA (which recently merged with Relief International) and of the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex, England).

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Molly Tschang
Executive/Leadership Team Coach
Principal, Abella Consulting

Molly Tschang wants to live in a world where we win as one.

Molly guides executive management to get the most from themselves and their people to achieve exceptional results.  She coaches senior executives to lead as a cohesive unit, committed to each other’s success as much as their own.  Results have been tangible and compelling: improved profitability, stronger executive performance and empowered workforce.  Leaders have honed relational skills, gained self- and team-awareness and understanding.

What inspired Molly to start her own venture was the “insanity” she observed: organizations of all sizes getting in their own way, unintentionally, making work more difficult and resulting in underperformance. She was moved to combat such dysfunction, not only wasted time, undue expense and foregone revenue, but also employee illness/turnover, stress, low morale, fear and lack of trust.  She dedicated herself to helping management capitalize on their human assets.

Molly brings 25+ years of experience, including Cisco, U.S. Filter, Deloitte and IBM. Having integrated 80+ acquisitions from 10-person start-ups to 2,000-person divisions acquired for $19M to $6.9B, she has coached executives to sustain excellence during significant transitions. As management and consultant, she’s operated in diverse contexts and people dynamics:

  • Entrepreneurial, high growth M&A: listed U.S. Filter on NYSE (Vice President)
  • Global NGO: secured $41M Microsoft grant for NetHope, 1st technology consortium of leading NGOs; rural development/Africa, S. Asia (Executive Director)
  • Partnership: management consulting/Deloitte (Senior Consultant)
  • Fortune 500: sales & marketing/IBM; consulting, management/Cisco; production/DuPont

Molly is ORSC-certified (Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching), and holds an MBA from UCLA, focus on entrepreneurship, and a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University.  She also serves on the Board of Advisors of Global Tolerance, supports Community Solutions in ending homelessness and the NYU Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship.

When Molly is not helping leaders to powerfully win as one, you can find her on the tennis court, teaching yoga or cooking.

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