Timmy Global Health Names New Executive Director

Timmy Global Health Names New Executive Director
September 21, 2016 Colin

Indianapolis based Timmy Global Health (Timmy) today announced Kristina Graff as its next Executive Director. The announcement comes the day before the annual Timmy Global Health Student Conference in Nashville, IN, where Graff will make her first appearance as the incoming Executive Director.

“Kristina Graff has the passion, commitment and experience to lead Timmy Global Health into the future,” said Dr. Chuck Dietzen, founder and interim Executive Director. “Kristina understands that global health is more than just improving health outcomes, it is about compassionately serving others.”

“As we anticipate celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of Timmy Global Health next year, I am excited to transition leadership of Timmy to Kristina. I look forward to introducing her at our student conference this weekend and to our loyal volunteers and donors over the coming months,” continued Dietzen. Graff is expected to start in November.

“I am thrilled to join the Timmy Global Health team, and I am excited to advance its mission of greater health equity leveraging by my experiences in global health service delivery, policy and education. I look forward to collaborating with students, volunteers and international partners in a shared vision of a world in which each person’s health and wellbeing matter,” said Graff.

A seasoned global health professional, Graff is Director of Global Health Programs at PrincetonUniversity’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she is responsible for managing several global health research and teaching initiatives. Prior to joiningPrinceton, Graff worked on local and international women’s health programs at the New YorkCity Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, EngenderHealth and Women’s Dignity.

Dedicated personally and professionally to global health, Graff has published and lectured on various topics. In addition, she has served as a member of the advisory panel for Caring Crowd,a crowd-‐‐funding platform for global public health.Graff holds an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. inSpanish and Psychology from Duke University. She has done fieldwork in the U.S., LatinAmerica, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa, and she is fluent in Spanish. Graff and her husband have two children and will relocate to Indianapolis.

The annual Timmy Global Health student conference brings more than 100 college students from the 41 Timmy college chapters around the country to learn about global health advocacy and service. Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include Judith Lasker, author of “Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering” and Anielka Olson,co-producer of the documentary, Poverty Inc.

About Timmy Global Health
Timmy Global Health expands access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. To achieve this goal, Timmy sends medical service teams to support the work of international partner organizations, channels financial, medical, and human resources to community based health and development projects in the developing world, and empowers students to fundraise, advocate and serve in an effort to fight health disparities at home and abroad.

Since its founding in 1997, Timmy has been motivated and driven by one simple vision: All people, regardless of who they are, what resources they have, and where they live, should have access to quality healthcare.

Timmy Global Health currently supports public health, medical and development projects in theDominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Nigeria. Timmy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its founding on March 10, 2017, at the ConradHotel in downtown Indianapolis. For information about sponsorship opportunities or tickets, please contact Zach Bowman at zach@timmyglobalhealth.org or 317-920-1822 ext. 7.