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.
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.
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.
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 is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine pursuing a Ph.D in Biological Chemistry. While in DePauw, Francis served as the Public Relations Officer for the International Students Association and we are excited that he will be using his experiences to promote events and activities organized by Social Promise. He also served as a class senator on the DePauw Student Government. While at DePauw, not only did he mentor and tutor high school students in the Greencastle area, but was actively involved in Science outreach programs. In 2013, Francis volunteered with our partners after his service trip in Rukungiri with the Harvard University Global Hunger Initiative. He worked as a Global Health Intern in Rukungiri 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.
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.