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Areas of Expertise:
- Access to medicines and health care services during disasters
- The importance of medical aid deliveries in the developing world
- AmeriCares aid deliveries to more than 3,000 health care facilities in the U.S. and abroad
Michael J. Nyenhuis joined AmeriCares in 2014 as its President and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he leads a global organization with partners in 90 countries and an annual budget of approximately $500 million. He oversees offices in the U.S., India, Haiti, Japan, Sri Lanka, along with a network of free health clinics in AmeriCares home state of Connecticut and the AmeriCares Family Clinic in El Salvador. Previously, Nyenhuis was with global nonprofit MAP International since 1995, serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2014. A native of Minnesota, Nyenhuis holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.
Areas of Expertise:
- Health care reform and the uninsured
- Health care needs of the uninsured
- Free clinic management and best practices
- Community engagement and volunteerism
- Partnerships to provide for the uninsured
Karen Gottlieb is an expert on the health care crisis in the United States and free clinics serving 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 two additional clinics in Connecticut – one in Danbury and another in Bridgeport. To date, the program has provided more than 20,000 patients with $44 million worth of high-quality medical care.
Karen oversees and directs all activities of the three clinics, including program development, recruitment of staff and more than 200 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.
She earned a nursing degree from Russell Sage College as well as a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University. Karen has appeared on CNN, Fox News, News 12 Connecticut, WTNH – TV in New Haven, Connecticut, WSHU radio in Fairfield, Connecticut and WLAD Radio in Danbury. She has also been interviewed by The Associated Press, the Hartford Courant, The Connecticut Post, The (Danbury) News-Times, The (Norwalk) Hour, and The (Stamford) Advocate.
Areas of Expertise:
- Delivery of emergency medical aid and relief supplies in response to natural disasters, civil conflict and disease outbreaks around the world and in the United States
- Immediate and long-term needs of disaster survivors
- Disaster preparedness planning and best practices
- Aid efforts in the U.S. after tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters
Garrett oversees AmeriCares response to more than two dozen earthquakes, floods, famines, hurricanes and other humanitarian crises every year. He deploys emergency response teams into the field in response to both international and domestic emergencies, coordinates large-scale deliveries of medicines and relief supplies to disaster survivors and implements disaster preparedness initiatives.
His team recently responded to the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region of Africa, coordinated aid shipments for Syrian refugees seeking shelter in Jordan and provided medical aid for deadly cholera outbreaks in Somalia and Sierra Leone. In addition, Garrett’s team of relief workers distributes aid for emergencies such as wildfires, hurricanes and massive floods in the United States. In 2012, he oversaw AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy relief program, assisting hundreds of thousands of survivors in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He also launched AmeriCares first Disaster Recovery Grant Program in 2011, awarding $600,000 in funding to help more than 62,000 people recover and prepare for future emergencies.
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, evaluating FEMA recovery efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, 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 Sky News, WCBS Radio in New York and New England Cable News, among other media outlets.
Areas of Expertise:
- Aid deliveries during disasters
- Long and short-term needs of disaster survivors
- Long-term recovery and humanitarian relief
- Disaster aid delivery and coordination in complex emergencies
Rachel Granger oversees AmeriCares long-term responses to all major disasters including the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. She is an expert in developing multi-year aid progams for survivors left homeless and in need of medical care.
Rachel was among the first relief workers on the ground in Sri Lanka in the days after the Boxing Day tsunami, coordinating emergency airlifts for survivors in the region. In the years following, she spearheaded the distribution of $50 million in aid, including rebuilding hospitals and schools. In 2010, Rachel headed one of the first teams of relief workers to arrive in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake. One year later, she was designing AmeriCares long-term recovery plan for survivors of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan – a plan that includes mental health and counseling services, rebuilding dental clinics and restoring hope for survivors.
Rachel has slept on airport runways awaiting the arrival of critical aid and relief supplies in the immediate aftermath of disasters, and has overseen aid distributions to hospitals and clinics treating the injured. She has also designed comprehensive, multi-year recovery programs that care for the unmet medical and mental health needs of disaster survivors.
As vice president of Post-Emergency Programs, Rachel oversees AmeriCares field offices in Sendai, Japan, Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Colombo, Sri Lanka. She also oversees the AmeriCares India team based in Mumbai. Since joining AmeriCares in 1996, she has traveled to dozens of countries including Bolivia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Niger, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on International Development from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
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AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $11 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries.
We deliver medical aid and support ongoing health programs, such as bringing nutritional supplements to hungry children or providing medicines to combat disease outbreaks. In the United States, we supply aid to 400 clinics serving the uninsured or underinsured and operate three free clinics in Connecticut. During emergencies, our teams are among the first to respond with medicines and relief supplies. After major disasters, AmeriCares stays to help rebuild communities and restore health services.
We are privately funded through the generosity of financial donors, and also receive vital in-kind support from pharmaceutical and health care companies.
Take action to improve health and save lives today. AmeriCares relies on your support to help others.
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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.
We work in more than 90 countries around the world, improving health care in areas of desperate need. We also help those without access to health care here at home in the U.S. by supplying medical aid to more than 400 clinics serving the poor and uninsured.
Where do you have offices?
Our global headquarters is in Stamford, Connecticut. We also have offices in Haiti, India, Sri Lanka and Japan and a clinic in El Salvador. We operate four AmeriCares Free Clinics in our home state of Connecticut.
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.
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