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12.10 2019

VillageReach Board Members on the Move

VillageReach is pleased to announce three new board members: Dr. Iyabo Tinubu-Karch, Dr.Vivien Tsu and Stephan Coonrod, J.D.

We also want to thank our outgoing directors who join our prestigious emeritus circle and remain as advisors to the organization: Sir Michael Free, O.B.E., Kari Glover and Laura Herman. We thank them for their invaluable leadership and contributions to VillageReach during their tenure as directors. We want to especially acknowledge the long-time commitment of Sir Michael Free who was instrumental in the founding of VillageReach 20 years ago and has been an advisor and director ever since.

Dr. Iyabo Tinubu-Karch is a practicing physician with more than two decades as a hospitalist and has special interest in post-acute and long term care, minority geriatric populations, complex care management and innovative solutions in transitions of care. She is also a consultant physician in health systems improvement at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria.

She previously served as Associate Chief of Staff for Hospital Operations, Section Chief of Hospital Medicine and Attending Physician, Emergency Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs. An entrepreneur at heart, Dr. Tinubu-Karch recently started a company to meet the comprehensive needs of home-bound patients.

Dr. Tinubu-Karch currently serves on the Board of Governors of Sidra Medicine in Qatar. She has previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Women’s Foundation, the World Affairs Council, the Childhaven Board of Trustees, the Swedish Medical Foundation Board and was co-chair of the Summit Club at Swedish Medical Center.

Dr. Vivien Tsu joins the board with a breadth of experience, which includes serving as the Associate Director of PATH’s Reproductive Health Global Program and Director of its Cervical Cancer Prevention project. In her 37-year career at PATH she led a variety of innovative studies, including evaluating new technologies and approaches for public health interventions related to the health of women and children.

Her work in gynecologic cancers has spanned more than 20 years over this same period, starting with breakthrough studies to validate new screening methods for cervical cancer where complex diagnostic services are not feasible.

Dr. Tsu began her research work in breast cancer in Ukraine nearly 15 years ago. She also spent a year in Zimbabwe as a Fulbright Fellow conducting research on maternal health and obstetric complications. She is currently Clinical Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, serves on the Board of Terrewode Women’s Fund and is a member of the Independent Review Committee for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

Stephan Coonrod, J.D. expands his relationship with VillageReach having long been a strong supporter of our work through pro-bono legal services; we are happy that he has taken on this commitment.

He is a partner at K&L Gates and has long-standing experience in domestic and international business practice. He continues to be engaged in general corporate matters for the firm’s clients. Apart from his professional expertise in the United States, Mr. Coonrod has spent two years in Japan working with a law firm handling international transactions.

Mr. Coonrod maintains an impressive list of accolades, which includes consistently making the Super Lawyers list from 2003-2019 and “Best Lawyers in America” from 2006-2020. He serves or has served on the boards of ArtsFund, SummerSearch Seattle, Association for Corporate Growth and the French American Chamber of Commerce.

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