Founder and Director, Joanne Jorissen Chiwaula obtained an A.B. from Brown University in International Development and then studied at the University of California at San Francisco to become a Certified-Nurse Midwife and Women’s Nurse Practitioner. Awed by birth, inspired by women’s strength, and deeply disturbed by both the prolific grief and resounding silence regarding maternal and infant mortality, Joanne is driven by a desire to serve women who often find quality care in scarce supply. She is committed to efforts making birth and childhood safe and joyous experiences for poor women and their families.
Treasurer, Genevieve Grabman is a public health lawyer with expertise in maternal and child health policy and programming. She has a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University. From 1996 to 1998, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan where she worked at the United Nations Children’s Fund on health and human rights programs. Following her Peace Corps service, Ms. Grabman was the Kyrgyzstan country manager for a health sector reform project supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank. She later was a human rights consultant with the POLICY Project, a USAID reproductive health and HIV/AIDS initiative, and a legislative and policy associate at the Center for Health and Gender Equity and the Global Health Council.
Julia Betts is a corporate communications manager at National Instruments (NI), which sells tools to scientists and engineers in more than 90 countries around the world. Julia holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from the University of Texas at Austin. She has more than a decade of expertise in public relations, including messaging development and reputation management. She manages NI’s internal and external communications to key stakeholders, including: press, employees, and financial investors. Julia is a mother to one amazing little boy and her personal experience in pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond sparked a strong interest in working with organizations to improve health and wellness for mothers and babies, particularly in resource poor places around the globe.
Board Chair, Kimberley Chastain, ARNP, is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s in Nursing from the University of California at San Francisco. For the past 10 years, her clinical practice has focused on Women’s Health, Family Planning, and Reproductive Care. During that time, she has traveled extensively and volunteered her services in Northern India, Guatemala and alongside our own nursing staff in Malawi. As a health care provider, Kimberley is able to understand the medical needs of the women, children and families we serve as well as the obstacles and challenges faced by our Malawian nurses.
Secretary, Apur Shah is a product management leader at PayPal, the global standard for electronic payments and commerce. Prior to PayPal, he worked for organizations focused on early childhood education and healthcare. His background is in strategic planning, business development, product development and marketing. Apur holds a BA in International Economic Development from Brown University and is a proud father of two boys.