Mental and Public Health Specialist
Richard Pulice is an experienced motivational speaker, trainer, teacher and researcher, who focuses on issues related to social justice and equity for persons with disabilities He presently serves as a Professor of Public Health at Regis College ( Weston, MA ) , and is a Professor Emeritus in Social Work and Public Health at the College of Saint Rose ( Albany, NY ). While at Saint Rose, he was the founding Director of The Institute for Community Research and Training and the Coordinator of the Public Health Program. In 2019, Dr. Pulice was appointed as a Permanent Visiting Professor of Social Science, Psychology and Public Health at the University of Kisubi in Entebbe, Uganda.
Health Economist and Medical Student
Former Commissioner of Mental Health in New York State
James Stone grew up in Syracuse, NY and graduated from Syracuse University (B.A., MSW). He was employed by Onondaga County (NY) as a Child Care Worker, then Deputy Director of Detention Care (3 years); the NYS Divsion for Youth (now Office of Children and Family Services), (last position: Superintendent of Industry Training School) for 14 years; by Livingston County, NY as Director of Mental Health Services (1 year); by the NYS Office of Mental Health as Chief of Mental Health Treatment Service (8 years); and Monroe County, NY as Director of Mental Health and Community Services (8 years), and as NYS Commissioner of Mental Health (8 years.) He ended his career with the federal government an Director of Behavioral Health for the Indian Health Service.
Director of Refugee Advocacy for Development
Johnpaul Agaba is the founding Director of Refugee Advocacy for Development. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Higher Educational leadership at Regis College where he doubles as an Adjunct lecturer and Graduate assistant to the Director of Regis College North. He holds an MPH, a Bachelor of Laws and BA in Economics, Gender & Development. He is an experienced leader in Global Community Resource Development and Legal Aid for displaced and under-served populations.
Colleen Flynn Thapalia, a native of Albany, NY, has professional background in intercultural communication and management in higher education and international organizations. She currently leads the graduate marketing, recruitment and admission team at Clarkson University, including international admission. Colleen has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from NYU and an MS in Communication from Cornell University. She has extensive experience working in Nepal, where she led study abroad programs for the School for International Training and ran a non-profit called Educate the Children, which provides opportunities to children and their communities. Her intercultural journey began with service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burundi and United Nations Volunteer in Nepal.
Clinical Trial Manager
Nour is an experienced teacher and researcher who focuses on health-related subjects including preventive nutrition and public health. She was selected for participation in the Community Solutions Program, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the United States Department of State and implemented by IREX. Nour holds a Master of Science in Regulatory and Clinical Research Management, a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. Nour is currently a Clinical Trial Manager in an international Medical Technology Company.
Engineer and Fulbright Scholar
Benard is a Fulbrighter from Uganda and currently pursuing PhD in Energy Engineering (Renewable Energy Concentration) at University of Massachusetts Lowell. His current research focuses on applications of solar and plasma for chemical synthesis. He is passionate about the utilization of renewable energy in increasing access to electricity particularly in rural areas of developing countries and mitigating climate change and its adverse effects. Benard holds Msc. Physics and Bachelor of Science Education (Physical) from Makerere University and Gulu University respectively. He formerly worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Department of Physics, Gulu University. Benard is also Co-founder of SunTel Holdings Limited, a company which provides solar energy systems and IT solutions in Northern Uganda On the other hand, Benard is also interested in social development. Having lived all his entire childhood in war, Benard is an integral part those who advocate for the livelihood recovery of Northern Uganda. He has been undertaking inspirational talks to children and students; and engaging the community on “what next after the war”. He dreams to make world attain “happy equilibrium”, a better place for everyone!