Burkitt's Lymphoma Fund for Africa
Burkitt's Lymphoma Fund for Africa is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, which funds programs designed to diagnose and treat BL patients in east Africa. In cooperation with US and African partners, BLFA also works to insure that patients and their families receive social, economic, and logistical support needed to help them complete treatment successfully.
BLFA (previously Burkitt's Lymphoma Kenya Fund) was incorporated in January 2010 as a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of Washington with headquarters in Seattle. It is registered with the Secretary of State of Washington as a charitable organization, and has been certified as a nonprofit Sec. 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the US Internal Revenue Service.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Miriam Sevy, President. Miriam holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and has been President of Leora Consulting Group since 1999. She has served as a financial advisor to over 70 non-profit and local government organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Miriam currently serves as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair for Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle; and has taught Finance at Seattle University and Pacific Lutheran University.
Ned Palmer, Secretary and Treasurer. Ned holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. Over the last 25 years he has served in various leadership positions as a director of nonprofit organizations, including the Woodland Park Zoological Society, Helpline House of Bainbridge Island and Housing Resources Board. Mr. Palmer retired in 2007 as a Senior Vice President of Bank of America where he specialized in municipal finance.
Ayo Ajayi, MD, MPH, Director. Dr. Ajayi leads strategy development and implementation for PATH country programs in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining PATH in 2008, Dr. Ajayi worked for 16 years with the Population Council, serving as regional director for sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, he was Africa regional vice president for Pathfinder International, served as a government health officer in Nigeria, and taught at Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Ajayi has served on numerous occasions as technical advisor and program evaluator for the US Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, and several other United Nations agencies and private foundations. Dr. Ajayi served as a board member for the Africa Health and Population Research Center, which he helped establish, and as chair of the advisory committee on access for the International Partnership for Microbicides.
Adina Almo, Director. Adina received her BA from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1998. She continued on at the Jewish Theological Seminary and received her MA in Jewish Education in 1999. Adina taught first and second grade Judaic and General Studies at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, she married Jack Almo and moved from New York City to Seattle. From 2002 to 2004, Adina taught second grade Judaic Studies at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. Since 2005, Adina has worked in her home raising her two children-- Emma, 5 and Isaac, 3. Diagnosed herself with cancer at age 11, Adina describes her interest in joining the Burkitt's Lymphoma Kenya Fund Board: "As a survivor, I am determined to help children with cancer all over the world defeat their illness and live their lives to the fullest. Joining BLKF will help me achieve this goal."
Henry Burkitt, Director. Henry is a London-based professional lobbyist and government affairs specialist, with a primary focus on healthcare and life sciences. His clients have included a number of pharmaceutical companies, health charities and UK National Health Service bodies. He is currently responsible for managing the primary care and oncology government affairs portfolios for Pfizer in the UK. He has previously served as Head of Government Affairs and Policy for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in the UK, as an account manager for a major UK communications company, and as a Parliamentary Researcher for two Members of Parliament. Henry is the great nephew of Denis Burkitt, the physician who identified and first documented the incidence of Burkitt's lymphoma.
Margaret Larson, Director. Margaret is a 30-year veteran of broadcast journalism, most notably as a foreign correspondent at NBC News, news anchor on the Today Show, and correspondent at Dateline NBC. As a video producer and communications strategist, she has consulted for World Vision, Mercy Corps, Global Partnerships, the Opus Foundation, and PATH, among others. Her journalism and humanitarian work has taken her to overseas emergencies ranging from the South Asian tsunami and the Kosovo refugee crisis to the Afghan/Pakistan border and the Iraq war. Margaret has won four Emmys, a national Society of Professional Journalist award, two Clarions, and been named "Best Voice for Humanitarianism" by the Seattle Weekly newspaper. In addition to her nonprofit work, Margaret recently returned to the broadcast world and hosts a daily one-hour talk show on KING-TV in Seattle.
Paula McGee, Director. Paula holds the position of corporate securities paralegal at Nordstrom. She has spent the past 25 years working in the regulatory compliance field, specifically for public corporations. She has also been corporate secretary and been actively involved with corporate boards. Paula's work experience has been focused on regulatory compliance for public companies - especially SEC compliance. In this capacity she managed projects with serious deadlines, wrote and edited reporting documents (particularly with an eye to making the information accessible and understandable by the public).." Paula has been a consultant for a local non-profit, volunteered with the Girl Scouts, been a foster parent and provided volunteer care for the elderly.
Adam Morrow, MPH, Director. Adam is currently studying medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He previously served as a Policy Director with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, focusing on ways to improve overall access to health care, and formerly as a Program Manager in Regional Emergency Planning with the New York City Office of Emergency Management. Adam also has worked with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department and as a Research Associate with the City of Hope Cancer Research Center (Duarte, CA). Adam holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy from Columbia University.
Erica Sessle, MPhil, MPH, Director. Erica is the Managing Director of the Uganda Program on Cancer and Infectious Diseases (UPCID) and is based in Seattle at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute. Erica is a graduate of the University of Toronto and University of Cambridge, and has an MPH in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University.
Thor Tyson, Director. Thor is a student at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He holds a Masters Degree from the University of Washington and has served on numerous boards and grant committees in the Seattle area, including Social Venture Partners, the Social Justice Fund and Groundswell Northwest.
P.O. Box 20521
Seattle WA 98102 USA