OUR BOARDS

About Our Boards

International Samaritan currently has three boards, one for each continent that we operate in. We do this because we believe that the individuals from the areas we work in have the most important voice in what efforts need to be done to improve the quality of life in their region.

Interested in joining one of our boards? Check our Team Page for any board openings.

AFRICA

Tsion Firew, M.D.

Tsion Firew, M.D.

Advisory Committee Member

About

Dr. Tsion Firew is an assistant professor at Columbia University Department of Medicine. She is emergency medicine physician in New York. Dr. Tsion is currently serving as a special advisor to the Minister of Health in Ethiopia.

Mahlet Fitsum

Mahlet Fitsum

Advisory Committee Member

About

Ms. Mahlet Fitsum is human rights lawyer and attorney at law. She is a researcher, trainer and women’s rights advocate. Mahlet represents Private Sectors, Government organizations, Non-Government Organizations as well as International Institutions.

Suleiman Shifaw

Suleiman Shifaw

Advisory Committee Member

About

Suleiman Shifaw is the co-founder of Felek notebooks. Felek combines traditional artisanship with contemporary ecofriendly designs. Felek is making efforts to put a dent in illiteracy and to increase the reach of education in disenfranchised sectors of the population. They do so by following a business model that promises to cover the cost of one student’s exercise book supply for an entire school year for every notebook purchase.

Ephrem Tekle Lemango

Ephrem Tekle Lemango

Advisory Committee Member

About

Dr. Ephrem Tekle Lemango is the job commissioner of the Commission for Job Creation for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Commissioner Ephrem has worked as the director of Maternal and Child Health Directorate under the Ministry of Health and he also served the International Institute for Primary Health Care – Ethiopia as Executive director before assuming his current position.

Yared Tewolde

Yared Tewolde

Advisory Committee Member

About

Yared Tewolde is owner of Naytra logistics P.L.C. His company handles customs clearing, port handing, and freight forwarding and transportation services in Ethiopia. Yared works with various national and international companies.

Birikit Tiruneh

Birikit Tiruneh

Advisory Committee Member

About

Mrs. Birikit Tiruneh is the founding director of Women’s Health Association of Ethiopia, a grassroots knowledge-building organization that focuses on training women in life skills as well as health matters. Women’s Health works across nine regions in Ethiopia seeking economic empowerment through investing in marginalized women’s group businesses.

CENTRAL AMERICA

Francisco Baltazar

Francisco Baltazar

Board Member

Milthon Barrera

Milthon Barrera

Board Member

Angelica Cancinos

Angelica Cancinos

Board Member

Edgar Lojotz

Edgar Lojotz

Board Member

Miguel Lopez Itzep

Miguel Lopez Itzep

Board Member

Andrew Pawuk

Andrew Pawuk

Board Member

NORTH AMERICA

J. Michael Bernard

J. Michael Bernard

Board Member

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Fr. Brian Lehane, S.J.

Fr. Brian Lehane, S.J.

Board Member

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Christopher Lindsey

Christopher Lindsey

Board Member

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Fr. Thomas Pipp, S.J.

Fr. Thomas Pipp, S.J.

Board Member

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Joe Rideout

Joe Rideout

Board Member

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Scott Savage

Scott Savage

Board Member

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Truman Timmis

Truman Timmis

Board Member

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Dan Weingartz

Dan Weingartz

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BOARD EMERITUS

Clay Mathile

Clay Mathile

Board Member Emeritus

Karen Pulte

Karen Pulte

Board Member Emeritus

Duane Stranahan, Jr.

Duane Stranahan, Jr.

Board Member Emeritus

John & Joan Vatterott

John & Joan Vatterott

Board Member Emeritus

About Us

International Samaritan is a nonprofit organization with the designation 501(c)(3). Our headquarters is located in Ann Arbor Michigan.

info@intsam.org

(734) 222-0701

803 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

M-F: 9am-5pm, S-S: Closed

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