Staff

 
Bonnie Ruder, PhD
Bonnie Ruder, PhD

Executive Director After working as a midwife in the US for over 15 years, Bonnie and her family moved to Soroti, Uganda to conduct research with TERREWODE in 2011. The experience led Bonnie to dedicate her life’s work to improving maternal health and ending obstetric fistula. In 2014, she co-founded Terrewode Women’s Fund and currently serves as the Executive Director. Bonnie holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology and a MPH from Oregon State University.

Stacie Dixon
Stacie Dixon

Administrative Assistant After being a long-time supporter of Terrewode Women’s Fund, Stacie became the Administrative Assistant in 2019. With a background in event planning and communications, Stacie is completing a Masters in Communications from Webster University in St. Louis. Stacie also serves as co-president of Rockwood REAL, a school-based equity group, and served on the board of GIFT, a nonprofit dedicated to the well-being of families with infants in the NICU.

Board of Directors

 
Carolyn Anderman, PhD
Carolyn Anderman, PhD

Board President Carolyn is an epidemiologist who has worked on maternal health issues in the US and internationally. She studied pregnancy outcomes and carried out program evaluation at Group Health Cooperative’s Center for Health Studies, and served as Director of International Programs for One By One, a US-based NGO dedicated to the treatment and prevention of obstetric fistula. Carolyn holds an MPH from Yale and a PhD in epidemiology from University of Washington.

Vivien Tsu, PhD
Vivien Tsu, PhD

Vice President Vivien is a Clinical Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington. She retired in 2018 from PATH, a global health NGO, after 37 years devoted to women and child health issues. She holds an MA in African History from UC Berkeley, an MPH from UCLA, and a PhD in epidemiology from the UW. She has worked in multiple countries in Africa and Asia, including Uganda, and spent a year in Zimbabwe doing research on obstetric complications.

Connie DiMarco, MD
Connie DiMarco, MD

Treasurer Connie is an obstetrician and gynecologist, as well as an urologist. She specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. Her professional understanding of obstetric fistula underlies her compassion for women who suffer from it. She is a graduate of St. Louis University Health Sciences Center, and has a Master’s Degree, Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Mayo School of Medicine.

Annika Van Gilder
Annika Van Gilder

Secretary Annika is a public health professional and organizer in the global health equity movement. Her professional experience is with mission-oriented organizations that are driven by the belief that quality healthcare is a human right. After volunteering for TWF for many years, she is humbled to join the Board and continue supporting efforts to improve access to and quality of women's healthcare in Uganda. Annika currently manages operations and physician recruitment at Arc Health.

John Agaba
John Agaba

Director John Agaba is the President/CEO of Kitara Enterprises, Inc. He headed the United States Ambassadors Security detail from 1992 – 1998 at the United States Embassy in Kampala and previously worked in the President’s Office. He is the current President of the Pacific Northwestern Ugandan American Association (PNUAA) based in Seattle, Washington.

Thomas Bascom, MD
Thomas Bascom, MD

Director Tom has a broad practice in general and vascular surgery with a special interest in Colon and Rectal Surgery. He and his father John Bascom, MD, PhD have been pioneers in pilonidal surgery techniques. Together, they offer innovative solutions for failed or recurrent pilonidal problems. His professional experience brings an understanding of the emotional and physical needs of women with fistula. Dr. Bascom is a graduate of the Medical School at the University of Washington.

Kate Dandel
Kate Dandel

Director Kate Dandel is a filmmaker and marketing consultant. She is passionate for causes that support the health and dignity of women and children. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and an MPA with a focus on Nonprofit Management from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. Among other works, is her documentary feature GOLD BALLS: Inside the World of Ultra Senior Tennis.

Lynne Dobson
Lynne Dobson

Director Lynne pursues her passion for humanitarian photography through philanthropic and advocacy efforts to support the people of Africa. Since 2008, she has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations in Uganda. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Lynne and her husband actively support nonprofits in Texas through their own Tejemos Foundation, which focuses on education, healthcare, the musical arts, social justice, civil rights and environmental preservation.

Claire Dugan
Claire Dugan

Communications Claire's passion for women's health issues was developed by her time spent conducting development based field research among local communities in India, Tanzania, Turkey, Mexico, and New Zealand during her undergraduate career at Fordham University. She helped kick off UFF while in graduate school for Business Management at Seattle Pacific University. Claire currently works at Microsoft on the Field Performance Data Management team.

Sohier Elneil, MD
Sohier Elneil, MD

TERREWODE Liason Dr. Suzy Elneil is a consultant in urogynaecology and uroneurology at the University College London Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She is a member of the International Continence Society and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO). She chairs the Board of Trustees of FORWARD (Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development) which is committed to safeguarding the rights of African women.

Audrey Garrett, MD
Audrey Garrett, MD

Director Audrey Garrett, MD, MPH, is a gynecologic oncologist in Eugene, Oregon whose interest in international women’s health started with a combined major in East Asian Studies and premed at Yale. A strong advocate for improved reproductive health care, she has worked in China, Bangladesh, South Africa, and Guatemala. Each country has challenges with women’s health, but linking those challenges is the common thread of reproductive health—from child marriages, fistulas to cancer.

Sharon Howe
Sharon Howe

Director Sharon co-founded Terrewode Women's Fund in 2014. For over 20 years, she directed donor relations and fundraising programs for The Fistula Foundation, Americans for UNFPA (the United Nations Population Fund), and other nonprofit organizations. During those years, she saw the plight of women and girls suffering under the weight of fistula. The empowering, holistic approach developed by TERREWODE stood out among all organizations offering medical care to women.

Julie Tempest
Julie Tempest

Julie is the co-owner of Mathnasium of Northwest Seattle and former Advancement Director of One By One, funding the treatment of obstetric fistula and safe motherhood initiatives in East Africa. Julie is passionate about empowering individuals through health and education. She holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a BA in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College. She's served on the boards of One By One, Pacific Crest School, and PCC Community Markets.

 

Board of Advisors

Monica Stephenson
Monica Stephenson

Board of Advisors Monica Stephenson is an entrepreneur and writer living in Seattle. Monica is a jewelry expert, editor and published author who writes about fine artisan jewelry at www.idazzle.com. She and her family are supporters of women’s health initiatives, particularly global and reproductive health. She is passionate about Africa and the challenges that people, especially women, face as part of their daily existence.

Dian Johnson Harrison
Dian Johnson Harrison

Board of Advisors Dian joins our Board of Advisors with decades of experience in organizational development, governance and fundraising. She has worked with numerous organizations dedicated to ensuring access to reproductive health care that is safe and available to all. Dian holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in Social Work Planning, Administration and Policy from Western Michigan University.

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Gordon Perkin

We deeply miss Gordon Perkin, a founding board member who passed away in 2020. His dedication to Terrewode Women’s Fund and improving maternal health globally will continue on through our work.

We created a fund to honor Gordon's legacy.

Partners

Collaboration and partnership are two keys to the success and sustainability of our work. Our partners and sponsors provide essential support to the health care of women in Uganda.  

 
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