Sacred Valley Health Board Bios
Keri Baker, Co-Founder and Executive Director, MSc, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Keri was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Central Washington University with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. She received a one-year research assistantship in Human Osteology, and then completed her Master’s degree in Forensic Archeology and Crime Scene Investigation from the University of Bradford in England. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Rochester in New York. She then completed the Global Health Effectiveness Program at Harvard in July 2012. In 2015 Keri obtained her Master’s of Nursing from Georgetown University and board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In 2016, Keri was selected to join the Carilion Clinic Emergency Medicine Fellowship program. Keri is passionate about global health and working with rural underserved populations. She co-founded Awamaki Health and the mobile health clinic. In her spare time, Keri is an outdoor enthusiast; she enjoys running, hiking, and cycling. She also is an avid traveler who has visited all seven continents and more than fifty countries.
Mark Willcox, Co-Founder and Board Secretary
Mark is a Washington State native who did his undergraduate studies at Creighton University. He went on to attend Medical school, residency, and chief residency at Georgetown University, where he worked with a Creighton University health worker program in the Dominican Republic. In August 2011, he moved to Peru to work with the local government clinic, deliver primary care to the rural communities, and most importantly, start a health worker training program. He returned to the University of Washington for Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology fellowships, and is now a practicing Electrophysiologist in Anchorage, AK. He remains involved in the leadership of Sacred Valley Health. In his free time he likes hiking, camping, and home-brewing.
Emily Groves, Co-Founder and Board Chair
Emily spent the last few years as the Annual Giving Director at Town Hall Seattle and as the Development Director of the Economic Opportunity Institute in Seattle. Prior to her 2012 move to Seattle, she lived in Ollantaytambo, Peru, where she spent her time as a grants and strategic planning consultant for the NGO Awamaki — and ended her year as a co-founder of Sacred Valley Health. Before living in Peru, Emily worked for four years as Manager of Special Projects in the Center on Children and Families at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Emily also spent a year working in Germany as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient, and worked in New York City for Playwrights Horizons and The Fresh Air Fund. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, cooking, weaving, running half marathons, being a professional mentor to refugees, and finding creative ways to entertain a toddler. She has an honors degree in English from Lafayette College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.
Sarah FitzGerald, Co-Founder and Board Treasurer
Sarah FitzGerald began her career in equity research and later became a high school teacher. Her volunteer work with non-profits led to a growing interest in healthcare in the developing world. As a trustee of two small foundations, she also gained experience assessing non-profit effectiveness from a funder’s perspective. Sarah met Dr. Willcox on a bus in Peru in 2011, and offered to help out with the initiative that later became SVH. After working full time for SVH during its initial 1.5 years of existence, Sarah joined Village Health Works, which runs a clinic and array of health-supporting services in Burundi, as its Chief Operating Officer. She remains an enthusiastic and committed SVH trustee. Sarah graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1999 and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2009.
Kennedy Leavens, SVH Board Member and President, Awamaki
Kennedy moved to Ollantaytambo in 2007 to volunteer for four months. She never really left. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she first visited Ollantaytambo in 2001 on a high school service trip. The trip inspired her interest in Latin America and international development, and set her path to Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and then back to Ollantaytambo where she eventually founded the non-profit Awamaki. Once upon a time, Keri Baker led Awamaki’s health program, and Kennedy was immensely proud and excited when Keri proposed spinning off the program into what became Sacred Valley Health. Kennedy holds a Masters in Public Administration and non-profit management from the University of Washington. She now splits her time between Ollantaytambo and Olympia, Washington. In her free time, she likes to hike, ski, harvest shellfish, cook, and pester her husband to get a dog.
Matthew Fuller, Board Member
Matthew Fuller, a native Iowan, graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2006 with a BA in History and went on to medical school at the University of Iowa, graduating in 2010. After graduation, he completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah in 2013, and went on to complete a Global Health Fellowship in 2014 with projects in Peru and South East Asia focusing on capacity building, trauma training of lay providers and Emergency Medicine education. Since 2014, he has continued field work in Peru and Vietnam, and remains on faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah as well as the Director of Global Health for the Division. Since 2014, he has collaborated with Sacred Valley Health to incorporate trauma triage training as a component of their provider training program and feels privileged to join the Board of Directors for SVH in 2017. When able to escape the office, Matt enjoys traveling abroad with his family, ski touring, and fly fishing from his home base in Salt Lake.
Alfred Papali, Board Member
Alfred Papali, MD,CM is an assistant professor, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and affiliate faculty, Institute for Global Health, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore. His primary research interest involves the treatment of critical illness and in low-middle income countries with a focus on Haiti. In addition to his clinical, research and educational activities in Baltimore, he is an active participant in several national and international professional global health committees and volunteers for the Physician for Human Rights Asylum Network.