Board of Directors
Patricia C. Williams, MS, FACHE: Founder and President
Patricia Williams is Founder and President of both Global Health Charities and Global Health Services Network (GHSN), a U.S. health services management firm. Her 28+ years of consulting and management experience includes hospital projects in more than 30 countries. For 18 years, Ms. Williams served as an executive at the non-profit international division of one of the largest health systems in the U.S. She has extensive experience in private and public sector healthcare planning and operations. Born and raised in Asia, Latin America and Europe, her personal healthcare experiences drive her passion for efficient, high quality, and compassionate care. Ms. Williams speaks five languages and is a frequent international speaker on hospital management.
Earl Bridges, MIBS: Vice-Chairman
Earl Bridges is a “Philanthropologist”, technology entrepreneur and filmmaker who specializes in global nonprofit and corporate social responsibility initiatives. He is the host of the television show, Good All Over as well as the podcast, Philanthropology.
He loves to “geek out” on technology, and visual story-telling for social good. Earl speaks 5 languages and grew up in Asia where he travelled extensively.
Susan McAdams: Executive Director and Board Secretary
Susan McAdams is a marketing professional whose 27 years span marketing, advertising, sales, project management and strategic counseling to both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She has worked with both large and small advertising agencies and media companies, including BBDO Detroit, Ross Roy, and Clear Channel. Susan has a passion for humanitarian issues and has volunteered with literary and social service organizations such as 826 Michigan and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, as well as South Oakland (Homeless) Shelter in Michigan. Her specialties include: communications and marketing plans, strategy and brand awareness, community outreach, identification of funding resources and grant writing.
Sandra Bruce, MBA, FACHE
Sandra Bruce has more than 35 years of experience in health care leadership. She has served as President and CEO of several large hospitals and health systems, including the largest health system in Illinois with more than 22,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 150 locations encompassing 12 hospitals and numerous other health related organizations.
An influential health care leader and a strong advocate for improving access to care for all, Ms. Bruce was named one of the nation’s 2011 Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. In 2009, she was appointed to the Commission on a High Performance Health System (The Commonwealth Fund) to help shape health reform in the United States. She has also served as past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States which encompasses over 700 hospitals.
Denise Dorigo Jones, MA
Denise Dorigo Jones is a dynamic leader with a successful history of driving change through developing and implementing innovative HR and Labor Relations initiatives for U.S., Japanese and Mexican owned companies. Ms. Dorigo Jones is skilled at partnering with leadership teams to proactively solve problems and improve performance. She offers broad experience and a consistent record of delivering creative global solutions to achieve business results. She is currently Director of Human Resources for the U.S. and Canada at Nemak, a Tier 1 automotive supplier with over 20,000 employees across 14 countries generating $4.3 billion in annual revenue. Her specialties include: human resources talent and organizational development, labor relations, project planning, program management and budgeting, performance and process improvement, efficiency, and change management.
Angela Lee AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, EDAC
Angela Lee is responsible for the overall performance and strategic direction of HKS inc. in Asia Pacific. With over 25 years of healthcare planning experience, she has been an integral part of the design and planning of over 1.1 million square meters of healthcare projects worldwide. These LEED and JCI accredited medical projects have ranged in size from 1,400 to 325,000 square meters with bed counts from 30 to 1,650 beds. Lee’s projects have been honored with design awards from both the AIA and Modern Healthcare. She has been recognized in publications such as Healthcare Design, Health Facilities Management, Healthcare Design Ideas and Medical Construction and Design. Her specialties include healthcare facility and design, program management, and in-depth knowledge of the Asia Pacific region and she is a frequent international speaker on healthcare design.
Dr. Okey Nwanyanwu, Ph.D.
Dr. Nwanyanwu joined CDC Nigeria as the Country Director in 2010. He brings to GHC his extensive international experience substantiated by his previous positions as CDC Country Director for Guyana and South Africa as well as former roles as USAID Country Chief of Health, Population and Nutrition in Mozambique and Senior Advisor for Global HIV/AIDS in Guyana. He is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of public health, epidemiology, malaria control, and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment. Dr. Okey Nwanyanwu holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Texas, School of Public Health. His specialties include: public health issues and management, knowledge of West Africa/Nigeria, infectious disease assessment and management. Dr. Nwanyanwu speaks four languages fluently and has over 100 scientific publications.
Dr. Christopher Shoemaker, Ph.D.
Dr. Shoemaker serves as Vice President for Strategy at CEVA and is responsible for the long term development of the company’s programs for peace building, democracy transition and support to national security establishments in the United States and abroad. Prior to this, he was Director, Force Integration, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina where he was responsible for the development of the most senior political leaders and institutions. For more than 20 years, he served in the United States Army, traveling to many countries in leadership roles. He later moved to Washington to serve on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Dr. Shoemaker has served as staff of the National Security Council at the White House where he served both Presidents Carter and Reagan as an advisor on defense and Middle East policy. In addition, he has been the Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Chief of Staff of the Army and warplans officer for General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. Dr. Shoemaker serves as a member on the Council for Foreign Relations, has authored several books, and received numerous awards and commendations. His specialties include foreign policy and relations, international security as well as strategic planning and leadership.