|Chip Levengood||Board Chairperson, Relief International|
|Beverly Armstrong||Independent Consultant|
|Dan Bader||Bader Philanthropies|
|Amanda Barnes||Oxford Global Media|
|Eden Collinsworth||Collinsworth & Associates|
|President & CEO of ETS CRESCITZ|
|Debra Davis||Women in the Informal Economy Globalising and Organizing (WIEGO)|
|Dana Freyer||Global Partnership for Afghanistan|
|Ellen Frost||East West Center and National Defense University|
|Julia Guth||The Oxford Club|
Treasurer, Relief International
International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc.
|Dave Hardman||Warburg Pincus LLC, Goddard Investment Group|
International Center for Civil Society Law
|Philippe Oberlin||Former Chief of Surgery, Villeneuve Saint Georges' Hospital|
Chip Levengood built his career in banking, spending the first half in commercial banking, operations management and systems development and devoting the second half to investment banking. He retired from the Madrid office of JP Morgan in 2000. He previously worked in and has lived and worked extensively in Latin America and Europe, including Sao Paolo, Brussels and Madrid.
Upon graduating from Yale University with a BA in political philosophy, Chip joined the Peace Corps. He was sent to Costa Rica to work as a rural community development volunteer, an experience that was to be a formative influence in his life. After returning to the US to continue his education, he earned an MBA at Columbia University in international finance.
Chip served on the board of EnterpriseWorks/VITA at the time of its merger with Relief International in 2009. He was then elected chairperson of Relief International in 2012. In addition to his long service with RI, EWV and VITA, Chip has dedicated his time to two organizations with the mission of improving access to the vote for U.S. citizens overseas. He served as a former chair of the board of the nonpartisan U.S. Vote Foundation and continues his involvement with this organization as a board member. He is also the treasurer of the board of Operation BRAVO. More recently, he has joined the Board of Directors of the National Peace Corps Association, the voice of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, which works to advance the Peace Corps’ objectives of international service ad to support the budget for diplomacy and foreign assistance.
Chip remains connected to his alma mater through his role as Co-President of the Yale Club of Spain, managing interviews for undergraduate applicants on the Iberian Peninsula. He is married with two sons and three grandchildren and splits his residence between Madrid and Philadelphia.
Beverly Morris Armstrong is an independent consultant focused on strategy, governance, international operations, accounting and finance. She is a nationally-recognized expert in grants & contracts, reporting, compliance, governance, process improvement and foreign operations. She has served in executive financial and operational positions at organizations as varied as the American Bar Association, PBS, Pathfinder International, the American Cultural Center in Baghdad, International Relief and Development, the Atlantic Council and the Pacific/Asian American Mental Health Research Center at the University of Illinois. She has extensive experience in leading Finance, Treasury, HR, IT, Legal, Administration, and Compliance functions in both nonprofit and for profit entities. Beverly has served on advisory committees to Guidestar, InterAction, and InsideNGO. She has taught strategic management seminars and international compliance training in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She serves on the Boards of the Grameen Foundation US and Relief International/Relief International UK.
Beverly holds an AB in Political Science from the University of Chicago, a MS in Accountancy from DePaul University, and has been certified in leading and teaching Process Improvement by the Juran Institute.
Beverly lives with her husband, James, a Mesopotamian Archaeologist, and two teenaged daughters in Arlington, Virginia.
Daniel J. Bader is President/CEO of Bader Philanthropies, Inc., a Milwaukee-based global foundation committed to investing in communities in Milwaukee and around the world. Bader Philanthropies has made over $265 million in grants to nonprofit organizations working on a range issues across the world. In 2000, the Foundation was among the first foundations in Wisconsin to make program related investments which now exceed $16.5 million.
Bader serves on several local and national boards and committees. Bader’s board appointments include: Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development, Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Rogers Behavioral Health System and SALS Houses. In addition, Bader is a frequent speaker on subjects affecting philanthropy, including program related investments. He shared the Foundation's unique approach and the importance of education in a 2016 interview with PASS, LLC.
Among his private sector directorships, Bader is a director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc., a Milwaukee-based private equity firm that invests in mature businesses in low-to-moderate income communities. Bader has also served as a director of a number of emerging technology and life science firms, and he is currently a director of Materia, Inc., a Pasadena, California-based advanced catalyst company.
Bader holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2006, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of life in the city. He lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin with his wife and has three children.
Amanda Barnes is a consultant specializing in strategic communication at Oxford Global Media where she develops media and stakeholder engagement strategies for international NGOs, UN agencies and other non-profit organizations. Amanda's experience spans marketing, media relations, digital communications and advocacy.
Amanda has traveled widely across Africa and Asia, helping local NGOs and community groups develop their communications skills, advocate for change, and enhance their engagement with donors and other stakeholders. In the U.K. she focuses on changing the way global poverty is represented to northern audiences and finding new ways to amplify voices from marginalized communities.
Before becoming a consultant Amanda held a variety of senior NGO posts with strategic responsibilities at Plan International, Amnesty, Help the Aged/HelpAge and Save the Children.
Eden Collinsworth is a former media executive and business consultant with a diverse background in international and emerging markets, and with 35 years of leadership in the private and public sectors. She was the president and publisher of Arbor House Book Publishing Company before co-founding the Los Angeles-based monthly lifestyle magazine, Buzz, in 1991. Five years later, Buzz was nominated for a National Magazine Award. The magazine enjoyed partnerships with National Public Radio, Paramount Studios and CBS-TV, and launched spin-offs such as Buzz Weekly, Buzz Online and Buzz books, a St. Martin’s Press imprint. Cap Cities/ABC bought Buzz, Inc. in 1999, after which Collinsworth became vice president and director of cross media business development at Hearst Corporation.
She has also served as vice president, chief-of-staff at The EastWest Institute, a global think tank. In 2011—upon writing a bestselling book in China for Chinese businessmen on Western deportment—she launched Collinsworth & Associates, a Beijing-based consulting company that specialized in intercultural communication.
She is the author of a novel, It Might Have Been What He Said; a memoir, I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson; and, most recently, a nonfiction book, Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex, and Business.
Stéphane Crescitz joined the Relief International Board of Directors in January 2019 when the French NGO where he is Chairperson, MRCA, joined the RI alliance and was renamed MRCA/Relief International-France.
Stéphane is President & CEO of ETS CRESCITZ, an independent family company working in professional electrical installations in France. Previously, he worked as a strategy consultant for an international firm.
He became involved with MRCA (Medical Refresher Courses for Afghans) in 1990 when he served as Country Director for its program in Pakistan as part of his French national service. In this role he managed a teaching surgical hospital in Peshawar that served the Afghan war wounded and refugees. Since that time, Stéphane stayed involved with the organization as a member of the Board, helping to secure its NGO status in France and playing a large role in developing new programs in Afghanistan, including the launch of reconstructive surgery and teaching hospitals, programs to train midwives, doctors and nurses, and development of public health programs in many remote Afghan provinces.
Stéphane holds a Master degree in economics and management from Paris Dauphine University. He lives in Paris.
Debra Marie Davis is a highly rated financial advisor specializing in institutional processes and performance. A former partner at Deloitte, Debra hails from Washington, D.C. but makes her home in London, where she has lived and worked for more than two decades. Debra is skilled in the financial and operational issues of international businesses, as well as in mergers and acquisitions.
Debra mentors young U.K. entrepreneurs through the Enterprise Programme of the Prince’s Trust. She sits on the board of Women in the Informal Economy Globalising and Organizing (WIEGO), a Harvard University-based network dedicated to securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women. Debra also sits on the board of The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and has long experience with other non-governmental organizations and socially conscious endeavors
Debra is a cum laude graduate of Baylor University and earned a Master of Business Administration at the University of Texas. She also holds a Diplôme de Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu.
Debra brings to RI her deep experience in finance and audit, as well as her creativity and expertise in negotiating stakeholder interests and regulatory frameworks. Debra joined the Relief International board of directors in 2017.
Dana H. Freyer is a lawyer and consultant to non-profit corporations on ethics and compliance. She also serves as a neutral international arbitrator.
From 2002-2016 she was Chair of the Board of Directors of Global Partnership for Afghanistan (GPFA), a U.S. nonprofit organization that she co-founded in 2002. GPFA worked with rural Afghan women and men to build farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods and restore the environment.
Dana was recognized by former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative for GPFA’s groundbreaking work in lifting Afghan families out of poverty. She was awarded a 2010 Purpose Prize for her role in restoring Afghan farmers’ livelihoods. The Purpose Prize recognizes innovators age 60 and over who are solving the world's most pressing problems. She also received the prestigious Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University. The award is given to individuals and/or organizations dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. She was awarded the Harriet Buescher Lawrence Prize from Connecticut College, which recognizes outstanding contributions to society by an alumna, and delivered the keynote address at Connecticut College’s alumni reunion on the subject: “Crossing Boundaries, Moving Mountains: How Individuals Are Changing the World.”
Ms. Freyer retired in 2009 after more than 30 years with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where she was a partner and head of the Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Compliance Program practice groups.
She is a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council.
Ellen Frost is a Senior Advisor and Fellow at the East-West Center and a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University's Institute of National Strategic Studies, both in Washington, DC. Her most recent book is Asia's New Regionalism.
Frost served in the U.S. government as Counselor to the U.S. Trade Representative (1993-95), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic and Technology Affairs (1977-81), various positions in the Treasury Department (1974-77) and the State Department (1963), and Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Senate (1972-74). During the 1980s she worked for two multinational corporations. In addition to her most recent book, she is the author of For Richer, For Poorer: The New US-Japan Relationship (1987) and Transatlantic Trade: A Strategic Agenda (1997), co-editor of The Global Century: Globalization and National Security (2001), and author of numerous articles and chapters. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the U.S. committee of CSCAP (Council on Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific), and the Public Diplomacy Council.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in l945, Frost received a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University, where she specialized in the politics and foreign policy of China; an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; and a B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College, where she majored in international relations.
John Gage is now a partner with KPCB, with a primary focus on Greentech. John was formerly the Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office for Sun Microsystems, an international information technology company based in California. He was one of the founders of Sun, in 1982, when a group of students and professors from Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley joined to create open systems in hardware and software. He has served on the Boards of Trustees of the United States National Library of Medicine, FermiLabs, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, NetDay, Schools Online, United States National Research Council, the Internet Society (ISOC) and other scientific and educational groups. Mr. Gage serves on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security, the Board of Advisors of the United States Institute of Peace, the National Academy of Sciences, and the International Advisory Board of the Malaysian Multimedia Corridor.
Julia Guth is the Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Oxford Club, a private international network of investors and entrepreneurs dedicated to helping members grow and protect their wealth.
She’s led the organization since its founding in Baltimore, Md., more than 26 years ago. Julia is also the founder of Investment U, the educational arm of The Oxford Club. With more than 150,000 members in 152 countries, The Oxford Club offers a multifaceted investment philosophy and the ability to share timely ideas through investment-focused publications.
In the course of growing this large and dynamic online investment education network, Julia developed substantial expertise in business and team management, online marketing and copywriting/editorial publishing. She applies these talents and skills on behalf of Relief International’s mission.
Julia holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Masters of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is also the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Roberto Clemente Health Clinic in Nicaragua. She joined the board of Relief International in 2017.
Steve Hansch joined the Board of Relief International in 1998 and has been involved in its growth and mergers including Schools Online, EnterpriseWorks and Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA). He currently services as RI’s Treasurer as well as Chairman of the Finance & Operations Committee. He has spent time with Relief International in field programs in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Darfur, Kosovo, Albania, Somalia, Azerbaijan, Haiti, Ghana and Iraq/Jordan. He has helped with RI proposal design and trained RI staff both through field programs, headquarters events and as part of the repeat RI/Kaiser Permanente continuing-medical-education (CME credit) training workshops for medical professionals interested in working in emergencies. During his tenure at RI, the organization has grown from $3 million in annual revenue to over $100 million.
He has spent the last 35 years working with international aid agencies in humanitarian assistance, including fundraising, evaluation, lessons-sharing, standards-setting, training and governance.
Mr. Hansch currently serves as the Director of Organization Development, Technical Assistance and Training at International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), where he has led its efforts in measuring humanitarian assistance in several monitoring projects as well as evaluations, and in resilience metrics. In recent years, he has conducted evaluations related to Ebola, Ethiopia, Yemen and the DRC. For IBTCI, he has been recently leading a team examining the US tuberculosis portfolio and strategy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Much of his career has been around the disaster work of OFDA, the refugee work of UNHCR and food aid with Food for Peace.
He has done field work in a range of crises, beginning with the IRC in eastern Sudan during the Ethiopian famine where he was lead nutritionist for Ethiopian refugee camps. As an epidemiologist, he's collected data in over 100 refugee camps, and a dozen wars, including Somalia, Rwanda, Kosovo, DRC, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Darfur. Traveling in the field as much as possible, he has worked with a variety non-governmental organizations and serves on several other nonprofit boards, including Partners for Development, Trees for the Future, DARA, the Center for Peacebuilding International, and the G4 Alliance.
In addition to his other accolades, Mr. Hansch has been an instructor in humanitarian aid starting at Stanford University in 1977 and continuing today at Johns Hopkins, Columbia and George Washington schools of public health, and for the last sixteen years at American University and GW graduate schools. Since 2001 he has been a Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for the Study of International Migration and a founding and current member of Johns Hopkins’ Center of Humanitarian Health. At Georgetown he taught advanced semester courses about humanitarian aid in the School of Foreign Affairs as well as at the Business School. He has also lectured at George Mason and Middlebury Universities. Currently he is teaching an online graduate course for students around the world, at the GW Milliken Institute School of Public Health about humanitarian relief.
A graduate of Stanford University, he received his Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology from Boston University.
Dave is a managing director focused on real estate investment at Warburg Pincus LLC, a global private equity firm. He is also Vice Chairman of Goddard Investment Group, a real estate investment firm. Earlier in his career, Dave spent 25 years at Morgan Stanley where he started and ran the Asia real estate principal investing business. He later served as the company’s U.S. Head of Real Estate Investing.
Dave also is a director of The Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation, which supports basic science research striving for the advancement of a healthy and sustainable future for humans. He was a member of the board of directors and interim chief operating officer at Global Partnership for Afghanistan, a U.S. nonprofit organization that worked with rural Afghan women and men to build farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods and restore the environment. He served in the U.S. Army and participated in Operation New Life, which cared for more than 110,000 of the first wave of Vietnamese refugees to the United States.
Dave earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the United States Military Academy and is a graduate of Harvard Business School. He has five children and one granddaughter. He resides in Connecticut.
Leon ("Lee") E. Irish is President of the International Center for Civil Society Law. His principal current activities are teaching comparative not-for-profit law and human rights, providing technical assistance to developing and transition countries on laws affecting civil society, and publishing a monthly newsletter and quarterly journal through www.iccsl.org. Previously he was a senior partner at Caplin & Drysdale and Jones Day.
Before founding the International Center for Civil Society Law, Dr. Irish co-founded the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, where he served as Chairman or President from 1994-2002. Dr. Irish is a member of the District of Columbia and Supreme Court bars and has been an officer or director of many professional and voluntary organizations, as well as an adjunct or visiting professor at a number of top law schools in the US and Europe. For USAID, UNDP, the World Bank, and others, Dr. Irish has provided technical assistance in over 45 countries around the world for the creation and improvement of laws affecting civil society and citizen rights.
Dr. Irish is a member of the College of Tax Counsel, the American Counsel of Employee Benefits Counsel, the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the American Association of International Law, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Byron White of the United States Supreme Court, and for over thirty years he was a member of the Advisory Board of the BNA Pension Reporter. He is listed in Who's Who and Who's Who in America.
Lee was born in Superior, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. in history from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and his D. Phil. (Oxon) in law and legal philosophy at Oxford University.
Philippe Oberlin joined the Relief International Board of Directors in January 2019 when the French NGO, MRCA, joined the RI alliance and was renamed MRCA/Relief International-France.
A physician specializing in digestive surgery and surgical oncology, Philippe is a graduate of the Paris Necker School of Medicine and completed part of his residency as a Clinical and Research Fellow in Boston, Massachusetts. Philippe has spent the past thirty years as a surgeon operating in hospitals across the greater Paris area. He also worked for the Department of Evaluation and Statistics of the French Health Ministry from 2000 to 2018.
Philippe joined MRCA’s Board in 2004, serving as Medical Advisor, and became Vice President of the organization in 2009. He has advised medical staff working in its health centers and hospitals, providing advanced training to doctors, nurses, midwives, and community health workers in several provinces across Afghanistan. Prior to joining MRCA’s board, he worked as an auditor for its hospitals in Kabul and Charikar.
He lives in Paris with his wife who is a pediatric oncologist.
Irene Wurtzel is a playwright, and teacher of playwriting. She is a winner of the Margo Jones Playwriting award, the Jane Chambers award for outstanding woman playwright, and a Cine award for a documentary film on the history of the American labor movement. Four plays, co-written with Charlotte Anker, have appeared on and off-Broadway, in regional theater and in England. In The Mood was produced at Olney Theater in September 2006.
Currently Ms. Wurtzel serves on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund and the board of Shenandoah University. For five years she was chairman of the board of Enterprise Works/VITA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate poverty in the Third World by working with small producers to create profitable and environmentally sustainable businesses.
In the past, she served on the Board of Arena Stage Theater J and was former chairman of the board of the Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia, a commission aimed at preventing domestic violence and child abuse in Virginia. During the Clinton presidency, she was appointed to the President's Commission on The Celebration of Women in American History.