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For Immediate Release
Health Volunteers Overseas
Contact: Katie McMullen
Phone: 202-296-0928 ext 125

HVO Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors

[Washington, DC - November 24, 2014] Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Helen Cherrett, MA and Richard Henker, PhD, RN, CRNA, FAAN to the HVO Board of Directors.

Ms. Cherrett is the current Director for the American Dental Association's (ADA) Center for International Development and Affairs. She received a Master of Arts in History, with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Diversity from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also received a diploma in teaching English as a foreign language. Ms. Cherrett has been with the ADA for 25 years, spearheading their work in international development. She has served as staff liaison to HVO since the ADA became a sponsor of the organization in 1990.

Dr. Henker is a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing and a practicing nurse anesthetist at UPMC-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Henker received his MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from the University of Pittsburgh and his PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been a member of HVO since 2004 and received the HVO Golden Apple Award in 2009 for his work at Cambodia's Angkor Hospital for Children. He has also served as a member of HVO's nurse anesthesia committee and director for a number of HVO's nurse anesthesia projects.

"I am pleased to welcome Ms. Cherrett and Dr. Henker to the HVO Board of Directors," said Dr. Richard Fisher, HVO's Board Chair. "With their unique understanding and perspective, they will each be a great addition to the HVO Board and global health community. I look forward to working with them to expand HVO's reach in the coming years."


Health Volunteers Overseas is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care through the education, training and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. HVO volunteers build local capacity by providing health care workers with the knowledge and skills they need to address the health care needs of their communities. HVO volunteers are trained health care professionals - physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists and others - willing to donate their time and expertise to work side-by-side with their colleagues overseas. Since 1986, HVO staff and volunteers have collaborated with a variety of health institutions to design, develop and implement each HVO project, working toward better patient care around the globe in trauma care, child and maternal health, essential surgery, cancer care, rehabilitation, oral health and more. Visit to learn how you can help.




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