2022- 2023 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Adriana comes to Malaria Partners International from District 5320, where she has served as District Governor Partner, Ray Sanford, 2016-17, worked on the Grants Committee, served on the Leadership team and chaired the 2019 District Conference. She has attended International Assembly and the Zone Institute for the past several years. This year, Adriana serves as part of the Governor Elect and Governor Nominee administration/training team and the International Rotary Peace Conference Committee. As a 6-year member of the Rotary Club of Long Beach, Adriana chaired the Large Club Conference this past February, where she invited Malaria Partners International to do a keynote presentation. It was there that Philip Welkoff invited the Large Clubs of Rotary to join in the initiative to fight Malaria and announced the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation dollar match. Adriana is committed to continue to build strong strategic partnerships and raising funds and awareness in order to ensure the highest leverage can be attained in the malaria drive to zero in mortality and morbidity.
Frank is Global Lead for Learning Program Management at Amazon Web Services in Seattle, where he leads a worldwide team managing strategic programs in learning and development for AWS data center professionals. His professional expertise is in business development, product marketing, and project management; he holds an Agile Certified Practitioner qualification from the Project Management Institute, and a Certified Scrum Product Owner qualification from the Scrum Alliance. He is passionate about planetary health, “the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which it depends”; to explore this interest he completed a BS in environmental science, and is currently enrolled in the master of public health (MPH) program at the University of Edinburgh, from which he holds a Postgraduate Certificate in that discipline.
Sarah joined the Malaria Partners International Board after visiting Soroti and the Katakwi District in Uganda in 2017. She has been an active member of Seattle #4 Rotary since 2011. When not practicing law in Seattle, she enjoys traveling, spending time with Rotary members, reading, quilting, and corresponding with her new Ugandan friends.
Steven C. Shepelwich is a Senior Community Development Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Oklahoma City Branch. Steven leads the Bank’s efforts to promote economic development and fair and impartial access to financial services in Oklahoma’s low- to moderate-income communities. In this role, Steven led research and outreach initiatives on the District’s unbanked market, innovations in consumer financial services, asset-based approaches to rural development, and workforce development strategies. Steven co-authored Engaging Workforce Development: A Framework for Meeting CRA Obligations. Previously, Steven worked with national organizations on expanding the roles of financial institutions in low-income communities, including leading banks and credit unions, microenterprise funds, and affordable housing loan funds. Steven began his career by working internationally with microfinance, rural development, and refugee programs in Kenya, Burundi, and India for over six years. Steven is a member of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City where he leads the World Service Committee. Steven also chairs Rotary District 5750 Global Grants Committee and is past chair of the District’s Peace Fellowships Committee. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Steven holds a B.B.A in Marketing from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Maureen Brotherton is a co-founder of Teens In Public Service (1997) and worked as its Founding Executive Director for over a decade. She continues to serve on the TIPS’ Board of Directors. Maureen currently sits on Seattle University’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors of Common Threads Project. After her initial trip in 2005 with fellow Rotarians to Ethiopia to participate in the annual efforts to eradicate polio, she has continued involvement both there and in Northern Uganda. She is a past board member of the Achon Uganda Children’s Fund which supports Kristina Health Centre in Northern Uganda. Past service includes President of Seattle Rotary Service Foundation Board and continued membership in Seattle IV Rotary since she joined in 1999. Maureen holds a BA in Society and Justice, from University of Washington and a Master’s in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University. Maureen and her husband, Joe, are the proprietors of Doe Bay Resort & Retreat located on Orcas Island.
James R. Moore
Jim Moore has been a member of the Rotary Club of Seattle for 20 years. He served as D5030 International Service Chair for three years, followed by District Global Grant Coordinator 2015 -2017. Jim was a founding board member and Vice Chair of Malaria Partners International and focuses on international partnerships and Rotarian efforts against malaria in Zambia. Jim’s international development interest began with 3 years of Peace Corps service in Nepal. Subsequently, he led multi-cultural project teams in 20 different countries of Asia and Africa, focusing on water, agriculture and infrastructure development. A 2009 recipient of Rotary International’s “Service Above Self” award for his international work, Jim was also a founding board member and board chair of Seattle NGO, Water 1st International. In private business, he is a former CFO and COO of small and medium scale manufacturing companies, worked in venture capital and currently serves on the boards of two private companies. Jim earned a BA degree in engineering and applied physics, an MBA and a Master in Regional Planning degree from Harvard University. To avoid an empty nest, Jim and his wife, Kristi, have hosted 30 international students in their home over the past 15 years.
Marketing Committee Chair
Stacey Ogle is the President of Cole Graphic Solutions, Inc., a commercial screen print and digital print manufacturer of durable decals, signage, overlays, and other forms of custom graphics. Stacey and her husband/partner, Ed Ogle, have owned and operated the business for 30 years with the partnership of their skilled and dedicated team. Stacey has been a member of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 since 1990 and has been honored to serve as club Secretary, and Board Member several times as well as chairing and participating in several committees. Her current commitment is to the World Community Service committee which is where she learned of Malaria Partners International. Stacey traveled with Rotary to India in 2015 to visit Tacoma #8’s water projects and to participate in polio vaccinations and anticipates future travel to areas impacted by malaria. She has served as a board member for a number of Tacoma based non-profits and enjoys time with her family, church, skiing and enjoying a great community of friends.
Dr. Bill Hammond
Dr. William P. Hammond, is Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Hematology and Medical Oncology, at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Bill is a board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Hammond serves as Secretary of the Board of Malaria Partners International. He began his board service at MPI in 2018, and is passionately interested in developing new approaches to the control of malaria
Bill Feldt’s 30+ years as a Rotarian, the last 19 as a member of the Rotary Club of Federal Way Washington, has enabled him to focus on his passion for international service. He is a founding member of Malaria Partners International. Bill has driven Rotary Global Grants, for clean water and sanitation and/or malaria prevention, in Namibia, Ghana, Nicaragua, Bolivia and several in Zambia. In 2020, Bill led his Rotary club in receiving Rotary International’s first Programs of Scale Grant, “Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia”, which begins implementation in 2021. Bill and his wife, Rotarian Karen Feldt, enjoy great friendships with Rotarians from around the world and work with Zambian Rotarians to eliminate malaria.
Dr. Dan Perlman
My interactions with various Malaria Partners International members on several projects in the past year give me confidence that I can add innovative ideas and energy to help in the global elimination of malaria. I recently retired from my medical career and live in Aspen, Colorado. As a volunteer I participated in the October 2019 trip to the Copperbelt in Zambia, where I got a real flavor for the work Malaria Partners International is conducting currently.
I have had a lifetime connection with Africa, and worked on various tropical medicine programs. My training includes more than 30 years of experience in infectious diseases management and public health. I have enjoyed working at all segments of the healthcare system; from policy creation to executive healthcare leadership to opinion leader to innovator to direct patient care. I have served on the board of directors for multiple programs. My career was supported by my family and friends and 3 degrees (MD, MBA and MPH).
Dr. Robert Porter
Dr. Porter is a member of the Rotary Club of Aspen and serves on their World Community Services Committee. He received a M.D. degree from the University of Toronto and holds the academic appointment of Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and is dedicated to prevention of disease such as malaria in developing countries. Since July 2010, he has served as Chief Medical Director of ExamWorks, the world’s largest independent medical examination company and is nationally recognized as a leading authority on evidence-based medicine. When not working, he and his wife Linda enjoy Aspen activities such as skiing, cycling, hiking and the Music Festival.
A lifelong Oklahoman who has lived and traveled extensively around the world, Clayton brings more than 40 years of servant-leadership to the Malaria Partners International Board. He worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for 5 Members of Congress before spending more than 15 years in Corporate Management for McDonald’s Corp, Phillips Petroleum and Coastal Energy. Clayton founded the Taylor Group lobbying firm in Oklahoma City in 1994 and now jointly manages the Oklahoma Lobby Group with his oldest son Clay, focusing on Oklahoma legislation, regulations and election campaigns.
In 2010 he was elected Centennial President of Oklahoma City Rotary Club 29, perennially one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the world. Through Rotary, Clayton has been involved in project work in Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Kenya, Zambia, Latvia, Germany and Poland. He currently serves as Chairman of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals. Clayton’s wife Marnie serves as President and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits. Their younger son Clark lives and works in Crested Butte, Colorado. All of the Taylor’s are generous with their volunteer time and resources.
Dr. Wendy Todaro Thanassi
Dr. Thanassi hails from Seattle and the Lakeside School. She was a Biology and African studies major at Yale, went to Stanford Medical School on a Swahili scholarship, and worked in East Africa, Thailand, Papua New Guinea and South Africa on rotavirus and tuberculosis. She worked intimately around- and has always been interested in- malaria and tropical diseases, and Africa is her first and truest love.
Her VA career focus has been tuberculosis diagnostics and the medical, operational and financial considerations of mass testing programs. As such, Dr. Thanassi participates with and leads national experts from the CDC, major academic centers and lung associations to write national tuberculosis testing policy and guidance for the US’s 18M healthcare workers. She remains Stanford affiliated faculty and is a Senior Fellow in the Global Health institute. She would be honored to resume malarial disease work and to contribute to Malaria Partners Internationals wonderful mission.
An educator for over 35 years, Mike has spent most of his professional life teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to students ranging from sixth graders to adults. Mike brings international experience to the MPI board, having lived and worked in Japan, Germany and Austria. A Rotarian since 1984, Mike has been a member of several Rotary clubs and is currently the President-elect of the Rotary Club of Federal Way, the international sponsor of Rotary’s first “Program of Scale”, Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia. Mike is an outdoor aficionado and spends much of his free time hiking Washington’s mountains, gorges and high deserts. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in German with a minor in Biology, a master’s degree in ESL, and an MBA.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to play a role in implementing our Program of Scale Grant and proud to contribute to the goal of significantly reducing the terrible impact of malaria on children, young mothers and everyone else in Zambia and beyond.”
Marsha is a trusted, accomplished leader who applies her collaborative skills in mobilizing actions and resources for working groups and service organizations e.g. Washington Global Health Alliance and various immigrant communities in the Pacific Northwest. Currently, Marsha is a Senior Solution Manager on contract at Microsoft. Her prior professional background focused on management consulting with Accenture for Microsoft as well as Nordstrom and several other major companies in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a Bsc degree in Business Administration. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, gardening in her backyard and community gardens, live music events and spending time with her two children.
Sala spent much of her professional career creating or managing affordable housing, including 14 years at the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. She served in the Peace Corps in Ghana in 1998-2000 and Ghana became her second home. In Ghana she has worked with health care providers and educators. In 2014 she co-founded a nonprofit, Grow Foundation for Ghana, and has been returning to Ghana for 2-4 months each year since 2013. Recipients of assistance from Grow Ghana include a college and a clinic of integrative medicine, a secondary school and art teachers in Kumasi. Sala has a passion for bringing better health to all people of Ghana and is looking forward to working with Malaria Partners International to eradicate or curtail malaria. Her desire to do this comes from face-to-face experience with friends and patients who she personally knows suffering from malaria. Sala was a member of Ballard Rotary in 2013- 2017 is now a member of University District Rotary. During a recent trip to Ghana she engaged with 5 Rotary clubs to bring them into this life changing initiative.
Drake Zimmerman of the Normal Rotary Club, District 6490 started The Malaria Project on 1 July 1993
when he saw a new medicine that cures malaria, artemisinin. He soon visited Rotary Foundation’s Polio
leaders, USAID in Washington and WHO’s Malaria unit in Geneva.
Drake cofounded the Rotarian Action Group on Malaria now RAM-Global as Vice Chair/Liaison with AMP
and other groups. AMP just celebrated the 2 Billionth net, November 2019. Drake joined Seattle-Based Rotarian Malaria Partners RMP board mid-2019, after helping the Rotarian Action Group restage. Together RMP and RAM-Global plan to “take malaria Rotary-wide, from
Grassroots to Grasstops” by expand membership and participation.
Drake’s 26 year commitment continues with a vision for MalariaPLUS – using the data systems for
malaria control to provide social networks and infrastructure to systematically provide deworming,
micronutrients, safe water/sanitation and education for all. Drake says Rotarians’ legacy of help with
Malaria control goes far beyond malaria.