Marty Dewees is Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Vermont Department of Social Work. Marty received a master’s degree in counseling in 1974 and completed a master’s degree in social work in 1985 from Adelphi University’s Vermont-based program. She became a staff social worker at Vermont State Hospital in 1985 and stayed until 1988 when she became clinical supervisor for Spectrum, Inc., a youth agency in Burlington, VT. Beginning her doctoral studies at SUNY Albany in 1990, she returned to the State Hospital to be Chief of Social Work Services for the following five years. When she completed her PhD she joined the University of Vermont faculty in the Department of Social Work. Her scholarly interests remain closely related to mental health, disability practice, global human rights, contemporary theory, and the interface of the mental health system and the domestic and sexual violence system. At UVM she taught generalist practice, mental health, assessment, and interdisciplinary practice. She is author of varied book reviews, book chapters, juried journal articles, and Contemporary Social Work Practice, published in 2006, a textbook designed for senior undergraduate and first-year graduate students in clinical practice. She lives in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont with her husband and frequently receives her four children, their spouses, and her five grandchildren. Marty is currently serving as Treasurer of the Board of Directors.
Justine Fonte, M.Ed, MPH, is the Director of Health & Wellness at The Dalton School, a K-12 independent school in Manhattan and is also a Consultant and Speaker in social justice-based health education across the United States. A math teacher by trade, she remotely managed an after school reading and math Learning Center in her father’s hometown province of Romblon, Philippines since 2009. After her teaching experience in math, Justine pursued a career path in public health after witnessing the direct effects of health disparities impacting students’ academic achievement in her middle school classrooms. Passionate about sexual and reproductive health in the Philippines, Justine worked with the Philippine Center for Population & Development evaluating the Department of Education’s Adolescent Reproductive Health curriculum as a visiting researcher at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati. Justine is also the co-producer of Raised Pinay, with fellow board member, Rachelle Peraz Ocampo, showcasing the narratives of Filipina women in New York City.
Sabrina Hermosilla, MIA, MPH, MS, is currently pursuing her PhD in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University focusing on research methodologies in complex emergency situations. Her international experience began during elementary school when she studied abroad in Germany. During her studies at Colgate University in International Relations she had the opportunity to live and study in China, Russia, and Nepal. After completing her BA studies she went on to serve with AmeriCorps in the South Bronx, New York as a high school English as a Second Language Program Coordinator and Teacher, successfully creating and ensuring the sustainability of the entire English as a Second Language program for immigrant students in the school. In 2003, Sabrina returned to Chile to complete the requirements for her dual citizenship and gain more formal international program evaluation experience working with physically and mentally challenged children homes. Her most recent studies at Columbia University (MIA, MPH) have cemented her dedication to working with underserved populations around the world, work that she continued through her research interests and programmatic work as Assistant Director of the Columbia University International Family AIDS Program.
Suneeta Kaimal is the Chief Operating Officer of the Natural Resource Governance Institute, an independent, non-profit policy organization helps that people to realize the benefits of their countries’ endowments of oil, gas and minerals. Suneeta is responsible for strategic planning and institutional growth and development. Suneeta is also civil society co-chair of the Open Government Partnership, working to advance transparency, accountability and citizen participation globally and a member of the Global Steering Committee of Publish What You Pay, helping to bolster the civil society movement on natural resource governance. Suneeta holds a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, where she was a Hart Leadership Fellow.
Keefe Murren is a filmmaker and digital media professional specializing in messaging, content creation and online product development. As a filmmaker, Keefe has produced and directed two feature documentaries televised nationally in the United States. iThemba|Hope (2005) is a film about the incredible work of young activists in Durban South Africa fighting to gain access to HIV/AIDS treatment for all South Africans. August in the Empire State (2006) is a film about economic human rights and economic inequality in the United States. Both films had their premiere on Sundance Channel, a cable channel founded by the actor and activist Robert Redford. Keefe’s relationship with Sundance Channel continued with his work as director of the Digital Media Department where he developed online video delivery products, publications and led their digital marketing and social media content strategies. Keefe subsequently left Sundance Channel to join UNICEF’s communication department to manage their online content strategy and production.
Keefe has also worked as the Coordinator of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York and London and acted as a mentor to young filmmakers in underserved communities in New York City through Reel Works Teen Filmmaking program. Keefe currently works as an independent consultant in digital product development, content creation and strategic communication.
Rachelle Ocampo, Ed.M., is a Program Director of the Community Service Plan under the Section on Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use at NYU Langone Medical Center. Rachelle partners with community based organizations to develop and implement programs to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke in public and private housing units and to increase access to evidence-based smoking cessation treatments in Chinatown and the Lower East Side. Concurrent to her role as a Project Director at NYULMC, she is currently a Board Member of Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro), a community development 501c3 focused on improving efficiencies within the Pilipino-American student and young professional network.
She is also a Lead Co-Host for the TV talk show Makilala TV, a Co-Director of External Affairs for Filipino American Young Leaders Program (FYLPro), and Health Resource Guide (HRG) Coordinator for National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum- NYC Chapter (NAPAWF*NYC). Rachelle earned an Ed.M in Science and the Public at SUNY University at Buffalo and graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration.
Stefanie K. Schmidt, JD, is the VP of Legal and Compliance at DemystData, a software company with teams in New York, London and Hong Kong. Prior to joining DemystData, she was a senior associate in the Business Finance & Restructuring Group at the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. At Weil, she provided pro bono services to incarcerated mothers on Rikers Island and advised unaccompanied minors in their immigration proceedings through the non-profit organization Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). In law school, Stefanie was a member of the New York International Law Review, Moot Court Honor Society, and studied International Human Rights. She also spent a semester during law school working at the United Nations in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations where she drafted the UN protocol for reporting incidents of sexual abuse and exploitation of women and children by UN Peacekeepers. Stefanie has a B.A, cum laude, from Middlebury College in French and Political Science, with a minor in German, and spent time studying abroad at L’Université de Paris, La Sorbonne, in Paris and the Freie Universität in Berlin. She received her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. Stefanie is currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors.