About Us


The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is led by a Board of Directors comprised of health experts, business leaders and academics with expertise in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Board Members supervise, direct and control the affairs and property of the Foundation and perform other duties as described in the bylaws or assigned from time to time by the Board of Directors. Each Director of the Board signs a conflict of interest statement and agrees to abide by PAHEF’s conflict of interest policy, as well as Standard Board Member Duties which include Duty of Care, Loyalty and Obedience. Board Members serve for three years, except for ex-officio members who serve at the pleasure of the PAHO Director and the PAHEF President and CEO.  Currently, the PAHEF Board is seeking individuals who have experience in fundraising, marketing and communications and legal oversight.  To learn more about the board member and committee member nomination process or to complete an application, please contact Elly Brtva, Interim President and CEO, Chief Philanthropy Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Board of Directors

Vice-Chair of the Board

Harold Hamana, MA
Managing Director
Regional Practice Lead, Health
Edelman Latin America
Miami, FL




David Aiken
Principal (Partner)
VentureCount, LLC
Arlington, VA



Interim President and CEO

Eleanor “Elly” Brtva, MPH, CFRE
Interim President and CEO, Chief Philanthropy Officer
Pan American Health and Education Foundation
Washington, DC





Simone Acha
Vice President, Enterprise Technology Solutions
Electronic Computing Services (ECS) Federal, Inc.
Alexandria, VA




Marcos Espinal, MD, Dr.Ph, MPH
Director, Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis
Washington, DC



Maria Claudia García, MPA
CEO, Opening Consulting
Bogota, Colombia




Luis Jauregui, MD
Head Division of Infectious Diseases
Medical Director Infection Control and Prevention
Medical Director Clinical Research
Associate Director Medical Education
Mercy Saint Vincent Medical Center
Toledo, OH



José F. Parodi, MD, MPH
Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Public Health
Director of the Research Center of Aging of de Faculty of Human Medicine
Universidad de San Martin de Porres
Lima, Peru



Daniel Walter
Director, Department of Planning and Budget
Pan American Health Organization
Washington, DC




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