Jennifer Schechter – Executive Director
Andrew Lopez – Program Director
Andrew received his BA in Economics in 2008 and Masters in Social Work in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis. Andrew served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Kadjaloua, Togo from 2009 to 2011. As a national coordinator of peer educator trainings modeled from American-style summer camps, he collaborated with Togolese counterparts to select, train and support camp counselors and campers. He also facilitated the creation of a rural network of microfinance institutions that provides access to credit, savings, and training to its members in northern Togo. He is overjoyed to be back in Togo as Hope Through Health’s on-the-ground representative.
Kevin Fiori Jr.- Associate Director & Co-Founder
Kevin Fiori, Jr. received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a Certificate in International Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2003 after earning undergraduate degrees from the University of California at San Diego. From 2003-2007 he served as a Community Health Specialist Volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Kara, Togo. During his service, he co-founded Hope Through Health and served as director for the Community-Directed HIV Initiative. He completed an MD degree in 2012 at the University of Washington and is currently a resident in Social Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York.
Dawn Fiori – Financial Director
Dawn Fiori has been an active member in community and social organizations for over 25 years. She was an elected member of the Medway School Committee for 9 years, where she was Vice-chair for 3 years. For years Dawn was an appointed member of theMedway Finance Committee, where she was the liaison to several town boards. After fifteen years in retail management and loss prevention, Dawn switched careers and for the last 7 years has been employed as an office administrator for R.P. Marzilli & Company. Dawn still lives in her hometown of Medway, Massachusetts, where she raised her 2 daughters, Shannon and Erin. She is also a very young grandmother of five. Along with her nephews, Thomas and Kevin Fiori, and her sister, Susan Hafford, Dawn is one of the founders of Hope Through Health. It is her wish and dream that HTH continues to grow and receive support so that every child in Togo can have a healthy mother to help them reach adulthood and that every mother, even those that are HIV positive, can become a very young grandmother.
Patrick Aylward – Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
Patrick joined Hope Through Health (HTH) as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2005. After earning an MSE and BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, Patrick spent four years at Intel Corporation where he worked as an engineer on manufacturing, capacity planning, factory construction, and project management. As HTH Field Director in Kara, Patrick is currently working to improve the management systems, record keeping, and procurement of pharmaceuticals. The work at HTH allows him to combine his engineering and business background with his interest in public health and public policy.
Kelly Lue joined Hope Through Health in January of 2013 as the organization’s first Development and Program Associate. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts and Science (majoring in Biology and minoring in History and Spanish) from McGill University in December of 2012, Kelly returned to her hometown of New York City. After summers of various internships, including a rewarding experience with the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT), Kelly found that her passion lay in global public health. She will be attending New York University in the fall to earn her Master’s in Public Health, with a concentration in Community & International Health. Kelly is thrilled to be part of the HTH team as the organization continues to grow and expand its services in Togo.
Ali will be entering her senior year at Muhlenberg College in the fall and is currently majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Health. After working extensively with various public health organizations, she has decided her ultimate goal is to work in global health, and hopes to earn a masters degree in Public Health within a few years of graduating college. She is particularly interested in access to and availability of women’s health services worldwide. Because of her love for both psychology and public health she is especially excited to be interning with Hope Through Health, and helping them to improve the lives of others.
Julia Ben-Asher – Communications Associate
Julia attends Lafayette College, double majoring in Psychology and Anthropology & Sociology with a minor in Health Care and Society. She became interested in health while working at a children’s orphanage / hospital in Romania and went on to be a sleep-away camp counselor to children with HIV, cancer and sickle cell anemia for the two summers following. At college, Julia runs a volunteer program at a local homeless shelter and coordinates community-oriented projects and events. She is also an editor of the weekly newspaper and does public relations for several campus organizations. This Spring, Julia studied abroad with a comparative global health program in India, Argentina and South Africa.
Mark Kennel – Field Liaison, Monitoring and Evaluation
Nicole Kennell – Field Liaison, Education and Training
Mark and Nicole Kennell originally moved to Kara, Togo in 2000 and began working with Hope Through Health in 2008. Mark facilitates communication between AED Kara and the satellite clinics and assists with the development of HIV/AIDS awareness programs in outlying villages. Nicole works with the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) program to help staff monitor and increase protocol adherence. Together they conduct monthly Professional Development Workshops for the staff at AED. They have two daughters, Maddie age 12, and Michal age 10, who both love growing up in Africa.
Global Tax Help
HTH would like to recognize Ebon Ameen, CPA of Global Tax Help for his invaluable pro-bono accounting support.