Laura Gilmour is the Founder and President of HUB Worldwide. She holds an MBA and Global Health certification from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Her successful 20-year career in healthcare software sales working for eFileshare, SCI Solutions, Craneware, and Experian Health gave her the practical insight and tools she needed to pursue her passion. With HUB she addresses the twofold challenge of what to do with surplus medical supplies and how to limit unhealthy dumping into landfills. Her other passions include cycling, reading and spending time with her wife and two grown sons.
Elizabeth Elliott PhD holds a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University. Combined with her BSN and MSN in Nursing, she works as an applied sociologist in the field of international health care development with a focus on refugees. Whether teaching at universities or working in the field with international NGOs, she advocates for sustainable development, which includes animal rights, environmental rights, and indigenous peoples’ rights and sovereignty.
Nancy Dinsmore MSN, PNP is a tenured professor At Ohlone College. She is the faculty of reference for mental health, and teaches medical/surgical nursing courses. She received her MSN from the University of California, San Francisco and is a Nurse Practitioner. Her travels took her from the job of a cruise ship nurse, to post earthquake Haiti, Armenia and the Middle East. She administered multi-disciplinary health projects with international staff in high risk settings providing care to extremely vulnerable populations.
Brit Blalock is a communications and branding expert with more than 10 years of experience with various nonprofit, for profit, and educational organizations. She received a BA in literature from Samford University followed by her master’s degree in creative writing from New York University. A community activist and organizer, she leads two Birmingham-based LGBTQ organizations and volunteers regularly for many other causes.
Oye Akisanya is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. She earned her BSN and MSN from JSU and earned her Ph.D. in Health Education/Promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her clinical experience includes acute care, primary care, long-term care, and public health nursing. Her research interest includes care of the college populations and health education/promotion across the lifespan.
Kit Deason is an IT Department Manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of AL, where she had worked for 27 years. She is an active member at Baptist Church of the Covenant where she teaches children and is involved in several committees. She also serves on the board of Better Basics, Inc.
Sibylle Christensen holds an MPH, MSPH, and a DrPH. She is the Chief Operations Officer, One Heart Worldwide. She is a perinatal epidemiologist with over 30 years of experience developing and implementing international capacity building programs. Born and raised in the DRC, she has previous work experience in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa Central and North America. She has been a key player in the development and scale up of the One Heart Worldwide maternal and newborn health programs in Tibet , Mexico and Nepal (www.oneheartworldwide.org).
A graduate of the University of Alabama and Vanderbilt Law School, Jim is currently an attorney for the City of Birmingham with over twenty-eight years of experience as an attorney.
Jean Ann Larson
Jean Ann Larson is the chief leadership development officer for the University of Alabama-Birmingham Health System and School of Medicine. She has over 25 years’ experience as a senior leader, organizational and leadership development expert and process improvement consultant. She holds a doctorate in organizational change from Pepperdine University and an MBA in international management from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management and a BS in industrial engineering from Wichita State University.
Mario Obstbaum DVM is a veterinarian and independent business owner. He has over 30 years of experience treating small animals, including dogs, cats, birds, and some exotics like lizards. He is a graduate, with honors, in Microbiology from University of Florida College of Agriculture. He completed his DVM at the College of Veterinary Medicine at The University of Florida. He is an advocate for the One Health Initiative which seeks to collaborate and coordinate biological science research toward better treatments and outcome for both human and animal communities.
Shelby May is a Program Manager in the department of the Office of Interprofessional Simulation at the University Hospital the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has managed projects on space simulation design, logistical planning, implementation strategies, data collection for the hospital. As an expert on simulation, equipment, and process she brings a forward-looking expertise to the use of medical surplus supplies and their use for best practices. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with Bachelors and Master’s Degrees. She is specialized in health care simulation.