Officers, Executive Committee

Maureen Black, PhD.


Pamela Johnson, PhD.

Vice Chair

William B. Greenough, III M.D.


John S. Graham, Ph.D., M.B.A., DABT


Board of Directors

Maureen Black, PhD.

blackProfessor, University of Maryland
School of Medicine

Dr. Maureen Black is the John A. Scholl Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also has appointments as Professor in the Center for Human Nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Dr. Black, a pediatric psychologist, is the author of more than 150 publications related to children’s health and development. She received a B.A. in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Emory University. She is the director of the Growth and Nutrition clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic that provides services to children with growth and feeding problems, and she conducts intervention trials related to children’s nutrition and development.

Dr. Black has lived and worked in Bangladesh and Peru with her family. Her husband is Dr. Robert Black, also, at Johns Hopkins, and they have two daughters.

Rita Colwell, PH.D., D.SC.

colwell3Professor, University of Maryland
Biotechnology Institute

Dr. Rita Colwell is Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology at theUniversity of Maryland and Professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Colwell is a nationally respected scientist and educator and is the author or co-author of 16 books and more than 600 scientific publications. She received a B.S. in Bacteriology and an M.S. in Genetics from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington.

She lives with her husband in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Rita Colwell served as Director of the National Science Foundation from 1998 -2004 and was President of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, 1991-1998. She was a member of the National Science Board from 1984 to 1990.

She has served as President of the American Society for Microbiology, International Union of Microbiological Societies, Sigma Xi National Science Honorary Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Washington Academy of Sciences. She has also served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology. She is the recipient of 35 Honorary Doctor of Science degrees, including Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland); Purdue University, University of Surrey (England), and University of Bergen (Norway) and recipient of the Medal of Distinction, (Queensland, Australia) and University of Qingdao, Peoples Republic of China. Dr. Colwell is a member of federal and state agency advisory committees and boards.

Dr. Colwell has held many advisory positions in the U.S. Government, non-profit science policy organizations, and private foundations, as well as in the international scientific research community. She produced the award-winning film, Invisible Seas, and has served on editorial boards of numerous scientific journals.

Dr. Colwell is an honorary member of the microbiological societies of the UK, France, Israel, Bangladesh, and the U.S. and has held several honorary professorships, including the University of Queensland, Australia. A geological site in Antarctica, Colwell Massif, has been named in recognition of her work in the polar regions.

Dr. Colwell is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences.

Christine M. George, PhD

georgeAssistant Professor, Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Christine M. George, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health, Program in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public, Baltimore.

Dr. George received a BS in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from Columbia University. Her primary research goal is to develop effective safe drinking water interventions that: (1) build local capacity at the community level; (2) are in low cost; and (3) can be easily integrated into existing national health systems.

Dr. George held a Fullbright Fellowship in Bangladesh and has earned several awards for her work. She lives in Baltimore.

John S. Graham, Ph.D., M.B.A., DABT


Dr. Graham is a toxicologist with both laboratory research and executive management experience. He has conducted research on wound healing of burns induced by the blistering chemical warfare agent sulfur mustard, authored or co-authored numerous publications and book chapters, and given numerous platform presentations at national and international conferences. From 1980 to 2013 he held positions at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD), where he served as a research biologist, research program manager, and Director of Research. He was an adjunct faculty member in the Division of Nursing, Allied Health & Sciences at Harford Community College (Bel Air, MD) from 2002-2005. Since 2013 he has been the Director, Office of Research, Center for Veterinary Medicine, US Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Graham received a B.S. degree in biological sciences from Drexel University in 1979, a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2001, an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix’s College of Graduate Business and Management in 2009, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.


William B. Greenough, III M.D.

greenoughProfessor of Medicine and International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. William Greenough helped found Child Health Foundation in 1985. He had worked for a decade in Bangladesh and realized how important it was to have an organization in the United States that focused on effective and inexpensive measures that prevent or cure common illnesses.

Dr. Greenough is Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine/Gerontology at Bayview Medical Center.

He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and worked for several years in the U.S Public Health Service before going to Bangladesh.

Bucky lives in Baltimore with his wife Quaneta and has five children and several grandchildren.

Anwar Huq, PhD

huqProfessor, University of Maryland
Maryland Pathogen Research Institute

Anwar Huq, PhD is a Professor at the Maryland Pathogen Research Institute, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland at College Park, Maryland.

Dr. Huq received a BS in Zoology and an MS in Marine Zoology from the University of Karachi, and Ph. D in Microbiology from the University of Maryland.

Prior to joining the UMD, Dr. Huq served as the Head of Microbiology Branch at ICDDR,B, Bangladesh. He has done extensive research on cholera and other enteric diseases and published over 200 papers during the past 40 years.

Dr. Huq lives with his wife Dr. Shameem Huq in Silver Spring, Maryland; they have two grown sons.

Pamela Johnson, PhD.

johnsonExecutive Vice President

In 2001, Pamela Johnson co-founded and is now Executive Vice President of Voxiva, a social venture using information technology to support public health and safety in the developing world. She also invented an application of voice-based technology to support global disease surveillance and case management for chronic disease.

Dr. Johnson received her PhD in medical anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Not without some notoriety, she was once research assistant to Dr. Margaret Mead and has photos published in the National Geographic magazine.

Having coordinated AID’s global Child Survival Fund program with grants for such programs in 50 countries and a budget that grew from $25 million to $150 million annually, Pamela comes to us well versed in children’s global health.

Susan Lisovicz

lisovicz-400x600_cVisiting Professor, Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism

Susan Lisovicz is a journalist, educator and communications consultant. She is best known for her daily CNN reports from Wall Street, which spanned the boom to 9/11 to the worst financial crisis since the Depression. Her work at CNBC included reporting from South Africa on the eve of Nelson Mandela’s election. Susan received a rare byline in the Washington Post as a reporter for The Associated Press.

Susan is a visiting professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Her work with students includes a six-minute piece on the PBS NewsHour. She has taken students from William Paterson’s Costakos School of Business to Omaha for lunch and Q&A with Warren Buffett.

Her communications clients have included UPS, Brown-Forman, Aegis Capital and the Council for Economic Education. She is a former president of the New York Financial Writers Association. She has done volunteer work at a hospital in Bangladesh, served as a volunteer camp counselor at Hole in the Wall Gang and is on the board of the Hoboken Community Center.


David A. Sack, M.D.

sackdProfessor, Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. David A. Sack is a professor in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins since 1976. From October 1999 until June 2007, he was the Executive Director of the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B), Dhaka, Bangladesh. After June 2007, he returned to Baltimore to resume his faculty position, and join the Child Health Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Sack attended Lewis and Clark College (Portland, Oregon) and completed medical school at the University of Oregon in 1968. This was followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa, interspersed with two years as a general physician on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in eastern Montana. Dr. Sack completed formal training as an infectious disease fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1975 and has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins since then.

Dr. Sack has published over 270 papers and chapters in medical textbooks and continues his interest in new developments to improve the health of people living in poor countries.

He and his wife, Jean, live in Fallston, Maryland: they have two children and three grandchildren.

Bonita Stanton, M.D.

Bonnie Stanton IIVice Dean of Research, Wayne State University

Dr. Stanton graduated from Wellesley College and Yale University School of Medicine. She did her pediatric residency training at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Ohio and her infectious disease fellowship at Yale. For five years she served as director of the Urban Volunteer Program in Dhaka, Bangladesh, directed toward the health of Bangladeshis living in the slums, and as the World Bank Maternal Child Health specialist.

In 1988, she became the chief of the Division of General Pediatrics/Associate Chair at the University of Maryland. During the 12 years they were in Maryland, she and her family spent a 6-month sabbatical in Cairo, Egypt, where she worked with USAID on a healthy mother and child project. A few years after returning to the U. S., she served as department chair of pediatrics for 12 years (first at West Virginia University and then Wayne State University) and has been in her current role since 2011.




Nand Wadhwani

wadhwaniFounding Trustee
The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust

Nand is a Founding Trustee of The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust and lives in Hong Kong.

For more than a decade Nand has been building a network of more than 20 websites that offer the knowledge mothers and fathers, teachers and students, doctors and village health workers, community leaders and the public need to know to keep children healthy, with a strong focus on promoting breastfeeding, safe motherhood & newborn health, preventing and treating diarrhoea, and improving water, sanitation and hygiene practices particularly in India where 20% of the world’s maternal and child deaths are concentrated and 40% of the world’s stunted children live.

Nand, a health education industry veteran, is presently implementing HealthPhone™ which offers access to a growing library of over 2,500 short educational health and nutrition videos, audio and text messages, in more than 75 languages and suitable for people who can’t read. The videos are pre-loaded on a microSD memory card and inserted into mobile phones. HealthPhone™ works with many partners in collating this vast library of health videos sourced from a variety of organizations and the work has been recognized with the 2013 Katerva People’s Choice Award.

Nand is a passionate advocate for the power of knowledge to educate, motivate, empower and inspire communities and particularly women to improve health practices for the benefit of children. He serves on the International Advisory Council of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and on the Steering Group of Healthcare Information For All (HIFA).

Child Health Foundation Staff, Assistants & Volunteers

Jonathan Sack

Director of Administration

Jo Sack

Director of Public Relations

Past Directors and Directors Emeriti

Leonard D. Andrew
Geoffrey Arrowsmith
M. R. Bashir
Mayra Bavinic, Ph.D.
Anne Bruchesi
Charles C. J. Carpenter, M.D.
Richard Cash, M.D.
John Costello
Joseph Deltito
Hugh Downs
Harold Fleming
Barry C. Gaberman
Lauren Harrison-White
Norbert Hirschhorn M.D.
Hazle Jeffries Shorter, M.D.

Norge Jerome, Ph.D.
Irene A. Jilson, Ph.D.
Beth Lamont
Ronald E. LaPorte, M.D.
Erik Lensch
Alex Lilavois
Shirley Lindenbaum
Eric Marler
Robert Northrup M.D.
Geoffrey Place
Charlene Riikonen
Adaline Satterwaite, M.D.
Bonita Stanton, M.D.
Kate Wachsmuth

We especially honor our founding Directors who have died:

James Bausch
David E. Bell
Katherine Elliott, M.D.
Ambassador Jean Gerard
Shevlin Gerard

William T. Mashler
Clifford A. Pease, M.D.
David Rogers, M.D.
Omond Solandt