President of the Board | Consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Francis was born in Tema, Ghana and moved to the USA in 2009 for college. He graduated from DePauw University with a major in Biochemistry and received his Ph.D in Biological Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In college, Francis served as the Public Relations Officer for the International Students Association, as a class senator for the DePauw Student Government, and as a mentor and tutor for local high school students. In 2013, Francis traveled to Rukungiri, Uganda with the Harvard University Global Hunger Initiative where he served as a Global Health Intern as part of the initiatives to end childhood malnutrition, by training nurses and nursing students on the World Health Organization protocol for diagnosing and treating malnutrition. At the end of this experience, Francis traveled north to visit with Social Promise partner organizations, Lacor Hospital and St. Jude Children’s Home, in Gulu, Uganda.
Secretary of the Board | Individual Giving Manager at College Track Colorado
Ethan Kirkwood works in development at College Track, a nonprofit organization that empowers students from underserved communities to earn a college degree.
He previously worked for City Year Denver moving from his first role as an AmeriCorps Member, to a Team Leader, an Impact Manager, and finally as the Sr. Individual Giving Manager. Ethan received his Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication Studies from from Ohio University and earned a certificate from The Global Leadership Center, a two-year international consulting program. In his free time, Ethan enjoys all that Colorado has to offer with his wife and two dogs. He enjoys hiking 14er’s, camping in Buena Vista and skiing the incredible mountains. He joined the Board of Social Promise in 2019.
Medical Student at Indiana University School of Medicine
Mary Ann Etling is a medical student at the Indiana University School of Medicine. After graduating from DePauw University with degrees in global health and biochemistry, she was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship to conduct research in affiliation with St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor in Gulu, Uganda. While living at Lacor Hospital for nine months, Mary Ann studying the impact of disability on families and evaluated programs designed to empower these families. Her interest in this field arose from her own experience in a family impacted by disability. She joined the Board of Social Promise in 2019.
Pro Bono Manager at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Monica Fennell is the Pro Bono Manager at the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels. In this role, she develops and manages opportunities for attorneys to volunteer to provide legal services to disadvantaged and underserved persons. She previously served as executive director of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission and as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow, assigned to the Administrative Office of the U. S. Courts. Monica was the past recipient of the Indiana Bar Foundation Randall T. Shepard Pro Bono Award, the Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law Distinguished Barrister Award, and was presented by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. with the Justice Thomas Clark Award for Excellence in Service as Supreme Court Fellow. She graduated cum laude from Williams College and earned her J.D. from Georgetown University. She in engaged in a number of volunteer activities within the state of Indiana and joined the Board of Social Promise in 2019.
Treasurer of the Board
Sarah is co-founder of Social Promise and inspires and implements much of our work in the New York area. In addition to her work with Social Promise, Sarah is a member the New York Junior League, the Central Park Conservancy Women’s Committee, and the Day Care Council of New York. Her expertise in education, literacy, and working with children with special needs is particularly important in our work with our partners who focus on education and the development of children. Sarah received her B.S. in Childhood and Special Education from New York University and her M.A. as a Literacy Specialist from Columbia University.
Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase
Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at DePauw University | Co-Founder and Executive Director of Social Promise
Sharon’s commitment to Social Promise and the people it serves runs deep. Since her first trip to Gulu, Uganda in 2000 she has returned several times – and each time found herself more motivated by the variety of needs in the communities of Uganda and more inspired by the actions and devotion of the people there. Sharon brings a strong background in global health issues to Social Promise. She is currently Professor of Biochemistry and co-Director of the Global Health Program at DePauw University in Indiana. Sharon received her undergraduate degree from Williams College, her Ph.D. from Duke University, and her post-doctoral fellowship training in the Viral Special Pathogens Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Former Secretary of the Board
Carolyn brings a wealth of experience working with and supporting children living with a wide variety of special needs. In her day job, Carolyn is a special education teacher in Connecticut, but her commitment to helping others does not stop there. She has a long-standing partnership with the Cradle of Love Baby Home in Tanzania where she has volunteered multiple times, helping to care for and teach the children there. Carolyn also uses her creative talents to serve others from her home in the U.S. She is an integral part of all our initiatives in the greater New York Tri-State region. Carolyn received her undergraduate degree in Childhood and Special Education from New York University and her Master’s degree in Health and Behavior Studies from Columbia University.
Former President of the Board
Max’s first trip to Uganda in 2011 inspired him in his service to the children of Consolation Home at St. Jude Children’s Home in particular. This focus for his work with Social Promise fits naturally with other service work Max has been engaged in over the years, including volunteer work with Best Buddies International and Timmy Global Health, the latter of which included serving in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador. Max has a professional interest in health and nutrition sciences, which fits well with the needs of the partners and populations served by Social Promise in Uganda. Max received his undergraduate degree in Biology from DePauw University. He completed a master’s degree in Nutrition Science at Colorado State University and is currently in medical school at Midwestern University in Arizona.