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    Contacts in emergency response, medical aid, disaster preparedness, infectious disease, medicine in developing countries and more.
    Michael J. Nyenhuis, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Michael J. Nyenhuis

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Disaster response and recovery
    • Global health programs in low-resource settings
    • Corporate partnerships
    • Nonprofit management and accountability
    • Fundraising
    • Strategic planning

    Committed to improving global health, Michael leads an international aid organization improving access to care in more than 90 countries.

    The leading nonprofit for delivering donated medicines and relief supplies, AmeriCares saves lives and improves the health of people suffering in the wake of natural disasters, political conflict and everyday emergencies caused by devastating poverty. He has oversight of all AmeriCares health programs worldwide, including the AmeriCares offices in India, Liberia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Tanzania, as well the AmeriCares clinics in the United States and El Salvador.

    Michael came to AmeriCares in 2014 with a deep understanding of global health issues having spent nearly two decades with global nonprofit MAP International. During his 19 years at MAP – the last 14 as CEO – Nyenhuis spearheaded the growth of the Georgia-based charity, increasing its annual revenues from $100 million to $400 million and expanding its health programs to include field offices in 10 countries.

    Michael began his career as a journalist and spent nine years as a reporter and editor for The Florida Times-Union, where his reporting took him to South America, Europe and the Middle East. Over the years, his work has brought him to more than 40 countries, including Argentina, Cuba, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Liberia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Uganda and Ukraine.

    A Minnesota native, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.

    Michael has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including NPR, Reuters, USA TODAY, the Hartford Courant, WCBS 880, WABC-TV New York, and he has been a guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

    Dr. Julie Varughese, Medical Officer

    Dr. Julie Varughese

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Infectious disease
    • Controlling disease outbreaks in challenging settings – Ebola, cholera, etc.
    • Medical needs of disaster survivors
    • Health worker safety in the developing world
    • Short-term medical missions – improving impact and sustainability

    As AmeriCares medical officer, Dr. Julie Varughese is responsible for increasing access to quality medicine for low-income patients in more than 90 countries. She shapes health programs to enhance patient care, provides medical oversight and reviews offers of donated products from over 200 pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, ensuring the contributed items are used safely and effectively by AmeriCares health care partners around the globe. The world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicines and supplies, AmeriCares delivers more than $500 million in quality medical products annually for patients in need.

    Julie also oversees AmeriCares Medical Outreach program, which supplies medical products to U.S.-based health care professionals traveling overseas to provide primary care services and surgeries for patients in desperate need. One of AmeriCares longest standing programs, it supplies medicines for more than 1,000 medical mission trips annually and offers educational and training resources for medical volunteers.

    Since joining AmeriCares in 2015, Julie’s work has taken her to Cambodia, El Salvador, Haiti, India and Tanzania, where she led a cholera treatment and prevention training program for local health workers.

    Julie is board certified in infectious disease, internal medicine and pediatrics. She was previously a Clinical Infectious Disease Attending at Norwalk Medical Group and Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, and worked in Norwalk Community Health Center’s HIV clinic. Julie also participated in medical missions to India and South Africa, researched breastfeeding practices and infant health in Ecuador, and worked in primary care and school-based health education in Guatemala prior to joining AmeriCares.

    Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and a medical degree from Rush University in Chicago, Ill., where she completed her residency training. She also completed an infectious disease fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.

    Kate Dischino, Director, Emergency Programs

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Emergency management
    • Disaster recovery programs, including health systems recovery
    • Immediate and long-term needs of disaster survivors
    • Relief efforts after tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters

    As director of emergency programs, Kate oversees AmeriCares responses to domestic and international emergencies. She is often deployed to disaster zones on a moment’s notice to lead field teams, coordinate aid deliveries and implement emergency programs that meet survivors’ health needs.

    Since joining AmeriCares in 2012, Kate has been on the frontlines of dozens of emergencies including Hurricane Sandy (2012), the 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013) and the Nepal earthquake (2015). A certified emergency manager, she plays a pivotal role in the design of AmeriCares emergency programs including a psychosocial workshop for frontline health workers responding to emergencies and a training program for pediatricians treating children affected by disasters. In 2015, Kate oversaw the creation of AmeriCares first disaster preparedness guide for free and charitable clinics to help ensure safety net health facilities can continue operating during emergencies.

    Kate’s disaster response work with AmeriCares has taken her to Fiji, Mexico, Nepal, the Philippines, Saipan, Vanuatu, and all across the United States.

    A leader in the emergency response field, Kate currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters where she is a member of the Executive Committee and chairman of the Disaster Health Committee. She also participated in the development of the 2014 National Health Security Preparedness Index as a subject matter expert.

    Prior to joining AmeriCares, Kate served as the associate director of Save the Children’s Domestic Emergencies Unit where she built partnerships and strengthened the emergency management program. She earned a master’s degree in international administration from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Spanish from Muhlenberg College.

    Kate has been interviewed by MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, WNPR, WTIC (Radio), The (Stamford) Advocate, The Oklahoman, WTNH-TV ABC New Haven and WVIT-TV NBC Connecticut.

    Karen Gottlieb, Executive Director, AmeriCares Free Clinics

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    Karen Gottlieb, Executive Director, AmeriCares Free Clinics

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Health care for the uninsured
    • Affordable Care Act and the uninsured
    • Free clinic management and best practices
    • Community engagement and volunteerism

    Karen Gottlieb is an expert on health care services for the uninsured. As the executive director of Connecticut’s largest free clinic program and a board member of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, she can speak to the issue of health care reform on both a national and a local level.

    Karen joined AmeriCares in 1994 and started the organization’s first free clinic in Norwalk, Connecticut, to meet the growing health care needs of the working poor. She was named executive director in 1996. Under her leadership, AmeriCares opened three more clinics in Bridgeport, Danbury and Stamford, Connecticut. To date, the program has provided more than 26,000 patients with $65 million in free medical services.

    Karen oversees and directs all activities of the four AmeriCares clinics, including program development, recruitment of staff and nearly 300 volunteers, training, community awareness and fundraising. She also develops the strategic vision and plan for overall growth and development for AmeriCares Free Clinics. Prior to joining AmeriCares, Karen served as a critical care instructor, established and directed a multidisciplinary cardiac rehabilitation program and started a cardiac rehabilitation association for the state of Connecticut.

    Karen earned a nursing degree from Russell Sage College as well as a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.

    Karen has been interviewed by CNN, Fox News, The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal, among many other media outlets.

    Dr. E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH SVP, Global Programs

    Dr. E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH
    Dr. E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH Peterson

    Dr. E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, directs the delivery of more than $500 million in medical aid and relief supplies to more than 90 countries each year. Anne oversees AmeriCares Emergency Response, U.S. Medical Assistance and Medical Outreach programs as well as all other ongoing global health programs.

    Anne has deep experience in all facets of global health, including domestic and international health policy, clinical care, administration and disaster response. As assistant administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Health Bureau, Anne oversaw of all of USAID’s programs in maternal and child health, AIDS, family planning, neglected tropical diseases and health systems.

    Anne has also worked as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, public health program director for the Ponce School of Medicine & Health Services in Puerto Rico, a research professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and spent nearly six years in Sub-Saharan Africa working on community development, public health training and AIDS prevention programs. Anne has served on a number of international boards of directors, including the Global Fund (GFATM), GAVI, Stop TB, and the Child Survival Partnership.

    Anne earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Washington and her medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn. She completed her master’s degree in public health and preventive medicine residency at Emory University in Atlanta.

    Garrett Ingoglia, VP Emergency Response

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    Garrett Ingoglia

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Emergency response
    • Disaster preparedness and risk reduction
    • Disaster recovery programs, including health systems recovery
    • Immediate and long-term needs of disaster survivors
    • Relief efforts after tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters

    Garrett oversees AmeriCares response to earthquakes, floods, famines, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other humanitarian crises worldwide. He deploys emergency response teams for both international and domestic emergencies, coordinates large-scale deliveries of medicines and relief supplies for disaster survivors, develops and implements health-sector recovery initiatives and designs disaster preparedness programs.

    Garrett has overseen AmeriCares responses to dozens of emergencies including the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Syrian refugee crisis, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and deadly cholera outbreaks in Somalia and Sierra Leone. In the United States, Garrett’s team of emergency response experts responds to tornados, wildfires, hurricanes and major floods. In 2012, he launched AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Program, which provided assistance to hundreds of thousands of survivors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

    Over the years, Garrett’s work with AmeriCares has taken him to El Salvador, India, Liberia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sierra Leone and the Philippines.

    Garrett came to AmeriCares in 2011 after more than a decade in the field of emergency preparedness, response and recovery. His experience includes managing the delivery of disaster grants to New York City after the 9/11 attacks, assessing FEMA and HUD recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina, and designing emergency response plans for the city and county of San Francisco. Garrett earned a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Williams College.

    Garrett has been interviewed by CNN, USA Today, Time, The Los Angeles Times, Sky News, WCBS Radio, NPR and The WPIX Morning News, among other media outlets.

  • Media Advisory Committee

    Our Media Advisory Committee of media professionals generously volunteer their time to provide AmeriCares with ongoing review and recommendations to help the organization effectively advocate on behalf of its mission to help more people around the world live longer, healthier lives.

    Keith McAllister, Chair
    Partner
    Accelent


    Alisa Bowen
    General Manager
    Wall Street Journal Digital Network

    Chris Cramer
    Editor at Large
    Thomson Reuters

    Colin Kinsella
    CEO
    Mindshare North America

    Steve Rubel
    Chief Content Strategist
    Edelman

    Frank Sesno
    Director, School of Media and Public Affairs
    George Washington University

    Megan Shattuck
    Client Partner
    Korn/Ferry International

    Tunku Varadarajan
    Writer-at-Large, Daily Beast
    Former Editor, Newsweek

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  • What is AmeriCares?

    AmeriCares saves lives and builds healthier futures for people in crisis in the United States and around the world. Since it was established in 1979, AmeriCares has distributed more than $12 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries.

    What does AmeriCares do?  

    We deliver medical aid and support ongoing health programs, such as bringing nutritional supplements to hungry children or providing crucial aid to fight deadly cholera. In the United States, we supply aid to 400 clinics serving the uninsured or underinsured and operate four free clinics in Connecticut. During emergencies, our teams are among the first to respond with medicines and medical assistance. After major disasters, AmeriCares stays to help rebuild communities and restore health services.

    How is AmeriCares funded?  

    We are privately funded through the generosity of financial donors, and also receive vital in-kind support from pharmaceutical and health care companies.

    How can I help?  

    Take action to improve health and save lives today. AmeriCares relies on your support to help others.
    Donate now
    through our website, americares.org, or send a contribution to:

    AmeriCares
    88 Hamilton Avenue
    Stamford, CT 06902

    You can connect with us on Facebook at americares.org/facebook and Twitter at americares.org/twitter

    We also rely on the assistance of a wonderful team of volunteers at our Connecticut headquarters and free clinics (we cannot accept volunteers for relief work in the field). Learn more about our volunteer opportunities: americares.org/aboutus/jobs

    Where does AmeriCares work?   

    We work in dozens of countries around the world, improving health care in areas of desperate need. We also help those without access to health care here at home. AmeriCares has offices in El Salvador, Haiti, India, Sri Lanka and Japan in addition to our global headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.

    What sets AmeriCares apart? 

    We are an efficient, accountable and highly respected global health organization. We earn top marks for transparency from nonprofit rating site Charity Navigator and receive donations from many of the largest and most respected health care organizations in the world. Because we use contributions in tandem with high-value donated pharmaceuticals, each donation gets leveraged many times over. We leverage every dollar donated to deliver $20 in aid. More than 97 percent of all donations directly improve the health of people in need.

    What employment opportunities are available?  

    Please visit americares.org/jobs for information about career and internship opportunities with AmeriCares.

    Who should members of the press contact?

    Members of the press with inquiries should contact Communications Manager Donna Porstner at 203.658.9579 or dporstner@americares.org