Faculty, Staff, and Board
Start your medical career with some of the nations top faculty.
The Global Public Service Academies were founded on the principle
that high school students can make a difference in the world.
The GPSA experience is not just another camp. Our high school students work with faculty from some of the best universities in the world. GPSA faculty holds positions at Duke University.
Dr.Robert Allen Malkin PE, Phd
Dr. Robert Malkin PE, Phd is the director of Duke University- Engineering World Health and a Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Malkin is the Director of the Global Public Service Academies. Previously, Dr. Malkin was the Herbert Herff Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The Joint Biomedical Program at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee and The University of Tennessee. Before moving to Tennessee,Dr. Malkin was a professor of Electrical Engineering at The City College of New York and a member of the graduate faculty at The City University of New York and a research associate at Columbia University. Dr. Malkin received his MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Duke University in 1991 and 1993, respectively. Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Malkin taught English in Thailand, worked at EM Microelectronics in Switzerland designing integrated circuits, worked for Cordis Corporation designing pacemakers and worked for Sarns Incorporated designing heart lung machines. Dr Malkin received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Michigan in 1984. Dr. Malkin is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Malkin serves as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization’s Advisory Group on Healthcare Technology,Advisory Group on Innovative Technologies and serves on the World Health Organization’s subcommittee on medical equipment donations.
Soumyadipta Acharya, MD, MSE, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Acharya is the Graduate Program Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design (CBID) and an Assistant Research Professor in of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the chief architect of a new graduate program in bioengineering innovation and design. He also runs a program in global medical technology innovation, which focuses on developing appropriate healthcare technologies for public health interventions worldwide. He has been involved in the invention and early stage development of several diagnostic and therapeutic technologies aimed at reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality in developing countries. Several of these innovations have received funding from USAID and other agencies and are in preliminary field studies in South Asia and East Africa. In recognition of his contributions to medical technology innovation, entrepreneurship and education Dr. Acharya received the Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award (2011) from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), USA. He is also the recipient of the NASA Tech Briefs Award (2006) and the NASA Space Act Board Award (2008) in recognition of his work on human physiological signal analysis.
Lennert Rohde sees his position as a GPSA recruiter as a once in a lifetime opportunity that combines his professional experience with his passion for different cultures and languages. Born in Belgium and
raised in Holland, Lennert graduated from the Hogeschool van Utrecht in 2001 with a degree in Communications Management. After college, Lennert worked in Holland for six years as a recruiter and consultant for an employment agency. He moved to Guatemala in 2007, first working as the coordinator of an NGO until 2009, and later teaching English at a university and at a US Department of State micro scholarship program for teenagers.
Senior Recruiting Coordinator
Mavreen is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2004. Shortly thereafter, she obtained a Master degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. Before joining GPSA for Health, Ms. Masere worked as an International Exchange Coordinator. She’s excited to join the GPSA team and help students make a difference and explore the fascinating world around them.
Senior Medical Fellow
Alexa graduated from the University of North Carolina in May 2015 with a BS in Biology, a BA in Global Studies with a concentration in Health and Environment in Latin America, and a minor in Chemistry. During her time at UNC, Alexa was head of the Advocacy Committee of Timmy Global Health, an organization that works to provide quality health care services to the poor and underserved in communities around the world, whose ultimate goal is to offer solutions to the complex health challenges they face in a sustainable and achievable manner. Alexa spent time in Tena, Ecuador last summer working in clinics around the Napo province as an interpreter, medical scribe, and assistant in triage and the pharmacy. Alexa was a staff writer for UNC’s undergraduate medical journal, Corpore Sano, a member of the Red Cross, a tutor for high school students, and is currently becoming certified in Emergency Management Training (EMT). She has spent time living in Chile and Ecuador and is passionate about travel, painting, cooking, and exploring the incredible world around her.
Senior Medical Fellow
Molly graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Duke University in May of 2015. While at Duke, Molly served as the Program Director for Project Search, a pre-orientation program to introduce incoming freshmen to undergraduate research. Molly also shared her love for science with 4th-6th grade girls as the After School Program Director for Females Excelling More in Math Engineering and Science (FEMMES). In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, hiking, and spending time with friends, all of which she was able to do while teaching English and hygiene education to young children in Peru. She has also volunteered in the ChildLife playroom at Duke Hospital for four years!
McKenna graduated with a BA in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University in May of 2016. At Hopkins, she was involved in the executive board for the Global Medical Brigades chapter, whose goal is to provide medical clinics to rural areas of Honduras. Tierney also volunteered at the Johns Hopkins Children Hospital in the pediatric emergency department. In her free time she enjoys playing lacrosse, reading and traveling with friends.
Alice graduated from Duke University in May 2015 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and minors in Chemistry and Biology. While at Duke, Huang participated in DukeEngage Uganda, a civic engagement program based in the village of Kaihura in Uganda.
Outside of her medical interests, she has served as an Executive Board Member of the Duke Chamber Players and Secretary, then President of the Duke Symphony Orchestra. Alice is currently serving as a WorldTeach volunteer in Chuuk, Micronesia, teaching high school mathematics and volunteering at the Chuuk State Hospital in her spare time.
After GPSA and prior to medical school matriculation, she will be attending Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health for a Master of Public Health. In her free time, Alice enjoys wandering through museums, reading fantasy and regency novels, playing the violin and piano, drawing and photography,.
Karen was born and raised in Guatemala. She earned a Bachelor´s degree in Archaeology in Guatemala City. Thanks to her career she was able to live and work in some of the most remote areas of this country. After some years of working as an archaeologist she decided to pursue a Master´s degree in Anthropology at the University of Florida. There, she was able to continue her
education and to live and experience American culture first-hand. Afterwards she moved to Switzerland, where she learned French, took demography courses in the University of Geneva, and volunteered as conference assistant for the United Nations. Karen now lives in Totonicapán, a small town near Xela, and is committed to working with rural communities. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her husband and two kids, cooking, and reading contemporary literature!
Blanche graduated cum laude from the University of Oregon with a degree in Biological Anthropology. During her time at the university, Blanche studied factors that contribute to health and education disparities for Latino families living in Western Oregon. Blanche has a wide breadth of experience in coordinating health fairs and community events. In 2014, she co-founded and coordinated Festival Latino, the largest Latino cultural celebration in Lane County, Oregon. She has over three years’ experience working and volunteering for a nonprofit health clinic serving low-income and homeless residents, where she also received training in crisis counseling. In her free time, Blanche enjoys cooking, hiking, and traveling as much as possible.
Assistant Regional Manager for Operations
Vanessa is from Montreal, Canada. After completing work on her bachelor’s degree in psychology and occupational therapy in 2008, she worked for five years as an occupational therapist, specializing in orthopaedic rehabilitation and dementia care. Vanessa then traveled and worked in South and Central America for two years, where she learned Spanish and gained an appreciation for working in multi-cultural environments. In June of 2016, she completed an MSc in Public Health at McGill University, where she developed a particular interest for global health issues affecting maternal and child health and vulnerable populations. As part of her master’s practicum, she worked with the World Bank Group in Lima Peru under the National HIV Allocation Efficiency Analysis Program. Her project focused on HIV prevention policy for indigenous communities of the Peruvian Amazon. Vanessa now lives in Xela, Guatemala, and is works with GPSA and the Ministry of Health in Quetzaltenango to improve health in the communities in the area.
Assistant Regional Manager for Admissions
Gabriela was born and raised on the outskirts of Guatemala city. Through a scholarship, she moved to the United States to attend college. She studied Communication Studies and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Gabriela also worked as an assistant at the Center for International Education at the university and served as a liaison between the Guatemalan immigrant community and the Knoxville’s health department. She has been back in Guatemala since 2013, growing organic vegetables, raising a child, and facilitating workshops and traveling programs for North American students. Gabriela believes in solidarity and cooperation. Thus, she is happy to support GPSA as the Assistant Country Manager and Trip Director.
The Global Public Service Academy is proud to work with outstanding faculty from these institutions.
The GPSA Advisory Board
- Rose Burdon, Alumna Parent
- Xingyuan “Kate” Fang, Alumna
- Robert Gotwals, Chemistry Instructor, North Carolina School of Science and Math
- Robert Malkin, PhD, Professor of the Practice of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
- Wais and Laura Nasser, Alumni Parents
- Sonya Querido, Alumna Parent
- Tom Williams, Education Alliances