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Who We Are
Our Vision is a borderless world where communities collaborate towards better health for all. Global is local and local is global.
Virginia Rowthorn, Executive Director ▾
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Virginia Rowthorn, JD, LLM (Global Health Law) is executive director of University of Maryland, Baltimore's Center for Global Education Initiatives and an adjunct professor in the Law & Health Care Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. In her role as executive director, she manages the interprofessional activities of the campuswide center that focus on community-engaged research and service projects in international and U.S. settings.
Rowthorn was managing director of the Law & Health Care Program for 10 years and served as co-director of the Center for Education Initiatives for three years before becoming executive director. Rowthorn teaches the Health Law Practice Workshop at the law school and Global Health Law for the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School. She has led national workshops and written articles and book chapters on legal barriers to reverse innovation and bi-directional learning as well as on topics relating to global education such as competencies, service learning, and program development. Rowthorn is on the Board of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and an ex officio member of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. Rowthorn is the lead on the Maryland Carey Law collaboration with Chancellor College Faculty of Law in Malawi.
Before joining Maryland Carey Law in 2006, she was an attorney in the Legislative Division of the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an associate at the law firm of DLA Piper. In addition, Rowthorn spent several years as a legislative assistant for the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and two years as a health educator in the Marshall Islands as a Peace Corps volunteer. Rowthorn is an Honors graduate of Maryland Carey Law and completed her LLM in Global Health Law at Georgetown Law Center.
Lori Edwards, Senior Director ▾
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Lori Edwards, DrPH, MPH, RN, PHCNS-BC is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in the Department of Family Community Health and the Director of Global Occupational Health in the Office of Global Health. She is certified as a clinical specialist in Public Health Nursing. For the past 25 years, Dr. Edwards has worked in local Baltimore communities and developed and directed numerous community-based intervention projects. She also works in global health and has developed programs internationally. Dr. Edwards conducts community-based participatory research and recently focused on the promotion of occupational health and safety with Vietnamese nail salon workers. Before joining the University of Maryland, she directed the Community Outreach Program and the Returned Peace Corps Fellows Program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for 20 years. She recently completed a faculty fellowship in service learning and has developed service-learning courses and practicum experiences locally and internationally. She also serves as president of the board for a local community agency, the Julie Community Center. Dr. Edwards received her BSN from the University of Maryland and her MPH and DrPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Edwards has received numerous awards in her career. In 2014, she received the National Outstanding Faculty Award from the American Association of Community Health Nurse Educators.
Bonnie Bissonette, Director ▾
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Bonnie Bissonette, MA, EdD, has been the director of the Student Center for Global Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore since March 2012. She works to strengthen international opportunities for students at all seven schools at the university by working collaboratively with faculty and staff. Bonnie works to develop processes and procedures, appropriate safety and security mechanisms, and other logistics relevant to student international experiences.
Before coming to UMB, Bonnie was the associate dean of Business and International Education at North Central Technical College in Wausau, Wis., for 10 years, and prior to that, a U.S. foreign service officer (management), serving for 13 years at U.S. embassies in England, Madagascar, Mauritius, Eritrea, and Qatar. Bonnie served on the board of directors of NAFSA-Association of International Educators (2008-2011) and is a frequent presenter on international education leadership topics. At present, Bonnie is serving as a public member of the governing body of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). She received her BA at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.; her MA at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and her EdD at the University of Minnesota.
Heidi Fancher, Program Manager ▾
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Heidi Fancher, MPH, is program manager at the Center for Global Education Initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She works with faculty and their international collaborators to develop research and service opportunities for students to have a mutually impactful project experience overseas. Before coming to CGEI, Heidi worked for more than eight years in research administration and grants management at the University of California, San Francisco and in the UM School of Medicine's Division for Malaria Research. She has served as a member of the Global Health Interprofessional Council since 2012 and brings insight from her international experience working in Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer and on clinical research studies conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Malawi. She received her BS in Civil Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of California, Berkeley.