Albert J. Kaneb, Co-Chair, is a resident of Weston, Massachusetts and a Cornell ’60 graduate and Trustee Emeritus. His business interest in the past 28 years has been Barnstable Broadcasting, a family owned group of radio stations in mid-sized markets. His primary charitable activity is supporting community-based direct service projects, which treat individuals in poverty who suffer from AIDS, malaria, TB and other treatable diseases in resource-poor settings. Other interests include prison reform and social justice. He is a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of Partners in Health, which provides direct medical support to people in Haiti, Rwanda, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru and Russia. Al and his wife of 52 years, Diane, have 4 children and 18 grandchildren.
Karen Keating Ansara and her husband Jim make grants to end global poverty from the Ansara Family Fund at the Boston Foundation. After the 2010 earthquake they co-founded the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, now led by an Advisory Council of Haitian Americans and experts in international development. Karen chairs the Steering Committee of New England International Donors (NEID), serves on the Board of Trustees of Partners in Health in Boston, the Board of Directors of MicroCredit Enterprises in California, and two boards north of Boston. Karen is a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America and serves on the Steering Committee of the Opportunity Collaboration, a four-day business retreat for funders and practitioners ending global poverty. Karen holds a B.A. in Political Science from Wellesley College, a M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School, and is a graduate of The Philanthropy Workshop West in the Bay Area. Karen and Jim are parents of five children ages 16-21 in Essex, MA.
J. Theodore Chery was the Director of Constituent Services and International Affairs for the former Massachusetts Senator Linda Dorcena Forry. This makes Theodore the primary contact for all constituent communication including liaising with state, local, and federal offices; working with neighborhood organizations and coordinating town hall meetings. Theodore has a long history of public service and community involvement, particularly in the Haitian community in the United States. He has served as the Community Services Representative for Mayor Henrietta Davis in Cambridge, MA and as the Program Coordinator for Suffolk University’s Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership. He holds Masters degrees in Public Administration and Political Science/International Relations, and a BS in Human Services and Non-Profit Management.
Herby Duverné is Principal and CEO of Taino Consulting Group (2012 to present), a Boston-based risk management firm which focuses on cyber and physical security solutions. Mr. Duverné has served as the Deputy Director of Aviation Security (2006-2011) and Director of Emergency Management (2011-2012) for the Massachusetts Port Authority, which oversees Logan International Airport. From 2001 to 2006, Mr. Duverné was the Regional Security Manager for State Street Corporation and the Founder and President of the security management-consulting firm DSES. He graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Citizen Academy in 2012 and earned a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Northeastern University. Ever mindful of the challenges he faced when he first came to the U.S., Mr. Duverné gives back to his community by serving on Somerville’s Anti-Gang Board and its Human Rights Commission, the Haitian Coalition of Somerville, the Board of Directors for the Children’s Trust Fund, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Massachusetts and the Advisory Board for the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation. His awards include Northeastern University’s Medallion Award, the YMCA Black Achievers Award, and the State Street William S. Edgerly Community Service Award.
Fran Quigley is a clinical professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he directs the Health and Human Rights Clinic. Students in the Health and Human Rights Clinic advocate for the rights of the poor, with a special focus on representing low-wage workers. He is the author of Walking Together, Walking Far: How a U.S. and African Medical School Partnership Is Winning the Fight against HIV/AIDS (Indiana University Press, 2009) and How Human Rights Can Build Haiti: The Lawyers, the Activists, and the Grassroots Movement (Vanderbilt University Press, forthcoming 2014), which profiles the work of IJDH and BAI. Fran has served as the executive director of ACLU of Indiana and as a public defender and civil rights attorney. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife Ellen and their three children, Sam, Katie, and Jack.
Mary H. White, M.D. is an infectious diseases physician who conducts medical evaluations of persons seeking asylum in the United States for persecution or torture in their home country at the Global Health Program of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. She has joined advocacy groups at the Department of Homeland Security to improve health conditions and standards in U.S. detention centers, and she has delivered medical care in Haiti.