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About Dr. Rick Hodes
Dr. Rick Hodes, JDC’s Medical Director in Ethiopia, is a graduate of the University of Rochester Medical School and trained in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. During more than 20 years with JDC, he has provided and supervised medical care for victims of famine, war, and disease outbreaks in Kosovo, Rwanda, Zaire (Congo), Tanzania, Albania, and Somalia. Dr. Hodes is currently an attending physician at the Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa’s Mission), concentrating on heart and spine disease as well as cancer. Dr. Hodes was inducted into the Medical Mission Hall of Fame in 2006, and the following year was selected as a “CNN Hero” in the “Championing Children” category. He is the subject of the book, This is a Soul by Marilyn Berger, as well as the Sue Cohn Rockefeller short documentary, Making the Crooked Straight.
About Will Recant, PhDWill Recant is the Assistant Executive Vice-President of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, specializing in JDC’s international development and disaster relief programs. He has briefed and worked with U.S. Government agencies and Congressional members on issues specific to rescue and relief; and Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) on program coordination, partnership development, and cooperation. Recant has traveled overseas to coordinate and evaluate existing and potential JDC programs in over 30 countries, where he has also acted as JDC’s intermediary to embassies and officials. He has helped provide disaster assistance to the Tsunami-affected countries, Kosovo, Africa, and Haiti. Recant holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University.