Board Members

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Dr. Akwi W. Asombang

President

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Dr. Sula Mazimba

Vice President

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Mrs. Millie Tutlam

Treasurer

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Dr. Kelechi Loynd

Fundraising Chair

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Mrs. Chidi Onyia

Board Member

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Dr. Nhial Tutlam

Board Member

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Dr. Seth Bloom

Board Member

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Dr. Mwela N. Asombang

Board Member

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Dr. Erika Chowa

Board Member

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Dr. Wilfred W. Asombang

Advisor

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Dr. Margaret-Mary Wilson

Advisor

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Dr. Nancy Kasongo

Board Member

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Akwi W. Asombang MD MPH,

Co-Founder and Board President

 

Dr Akwi W. Asombang is a gastroenterologist at Brown Physicians Incorporated (BPI) and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a clinician educator and Co-Director of International Programs in Gastroenterology at BPI-Division of Gastroenterology. She completed her advanced endoscopy fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medicine Center (BIDMC), Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her gastroenterology fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri and a Fogarty International Clinical Research

fellowship. Her Fogarty International-NIH sponsored research focused on gastric cancer in Zambia. Prior to her fellowships she completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri and her MPH at Saint Louis University School of Public Health. She is a graduate of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India. Her other professional interests are endoscopy, physician education/training and global health. Her travels around the world, upbringing, and interaction with various populations led her to form this organization to tackle the problems faced by most of the African communities. She strongly believes that as an individual we have a duty to one another, we each have the ability to change one life for the better and with this organization hopes to touch an infinite number of lives.

 
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Sula Mazimba, MD MPH,

Co-Founder and Board Vice President

 

Dr Sula Mazimba is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at The University of Virginia, Virginia, USA. He is a cardiologist with a keen interest in pulmonary vascular disease, mechanical circulatory support and heart transplantation. He completed his cardiology fellowship at the Kettering Medical Center/Dayton Veteran Affairs Center; and an advanced heart failure, heart transplant and pulmonary vascular disease fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research is focused on understanding the determinants of disease progression in cardiac diseases.

Prior to his fellowship he completed an internal medicine residency at the Kettering Medical Center/Wright State University, and his MPH at the Wright State Boonshoft School of Public Health. He is a graduate of the University of Zambia, School of Medicine, Lusaka, Zambia. He is also passionate about global health and access to quality cardiovascular care for all people. He has been involved in multiple international medical missions providing medical care to underprivileged populations in Africa. He was involved in medical education as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. He strongly believes that we are all called to make a positive change in the world around us.

 
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Millie Tutlam,

Treasurer

 

Millie is POHER's treasurer. She brings her tax expertise to POHER. 

She is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Missouri. She specializes in taxation in St. Louis, Missouri. Millie obtained her Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky and a Master of Accounting degree from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.There are many ways that we can serve the less fortunate in the society. Millie believes that service to humanity is an effective way of reaching out and giving back to the society. She embodies the phrase, "to whom much is given, much is expected". 

Millie Co-founded Rehema Education Fund, nonprofit that pays tuition for Kenyan children in high school and University/College. She currently volunteers as book-keeper for St. Louis County Police Athletic League and Amazing Grace at Logan Place. Her past volunteer activities include work with United Way GenNext, Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, and AnnonyArts.

 
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Kelechi J Loynd, MD,

Fundraising Chair

 

Dr. Kelechi Loynd is a graduate of Xavier University of LA, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and completed her residency and fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine. She has enjoyed working with children, adolescents, and adults in various sectors. She is board certified in general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. She has special interest in mindfulness, biological psychiatry, and advocacy for mental health education and awareness. She believes  that we are each called to  be the healing hands and feet of God in this world.

 
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Chidi Onyia,

Board Member

 

Mrs Chidi Onyia is an Information Technology professional. She is a graduate of Saint Louis University, Missouri, and Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. She resides in Columbus, Ohio with her family.

 
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Nhial Tutlam MPH PhD,

Board Member

 

Dr Nhial Tutlam is currently the manager of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Program as well as the Project Director of the OMH funded Project RESTORE in the Division of Health Promotion and Public Health Research at St. Louis County Department of Public Health. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Tennessee State University, master’s in public health (MPH) and PhD in public health with epidemiology concentration from Saint Louis University School of Public Health

 
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Dr Seth Bloom, MD PhD,

Board Member

 

Dr Seth M Bloom is an Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Physician, Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and post-doctoral fellow at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his Infectious Diseases fellowship in the combined Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital program. He earned a BA in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2004, performing his undergraduate thesis work on influenza virus.

He continued at Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine for his MD/PhD training and Internal Medicine residency, focusing his research on the role of commensal intestinal bacteria in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease. His current research involves understanding interactions between bacterial microbiota and mucosal lymphocytes in the female genital tract, with a focus on how these interactions may influence risk of primary HIV infection

 
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Mwela Asombang, MD,

Board Member

 

Dr Mwela N Asombang is a pediatrician at Sunset Community Health Center and is affiliated with Yuma Regional Medical Center, Arizona, USA.  She graduated from the Kasturba Medical College in Manipal India and completed her pediatric residency at Cardinal Glennon Childrens Medical Center, St Louis University School of Medicine, St Louis USA.

 
 
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Phindile Erika Chowa, MD,

Board Member

 

Dr Phindile Erika Chowa is an Emergency Medicine Physician currently practicing in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is Swazi-Zambian American with expertise in conducting research in sub-Saharan African and emergency medicine training.   She attended the University of Pittsburgh for Medical School and Harvard University for Emergency Medicine Residency training.  Her interests are in women’s health, healthcare disparities as well as Global Health.  Her passion includes improving emergency care systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

She has worked in Ghana implementing the South African triage system and in Rwanda where she taught emergency medical resident’s point-of-care ultrasound for trauma patients.  She also spent numerous hours at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia where she evaluated hypertension in women of childbearing age.  She currently is an Assistant Professor at Emory University where she enjoys teaching residents, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants emergency medicine.  In her free time she cohosts the Podcast “Hey Doc, Lets Chat!”  where she discusses health care issues as they pertain to women of color.

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Dr Wilfred W. Asombang

PhD (Econs), MSc (Agecon), MBA (Mgmt) & B. Com (Hons) Advanced Accounting & Auditing

POHER Board Member, Consultant & Advisor, since 2006.

Currently resident in Lusaka, Zambia, as a self-employed consultant, Wilfred W. Asombang, has since 2006 been serving POHER on results-based consultancy and leadership programs in all areas of the NGO’s motto of “ Helping People to Help Themselves and Help Others”.  In reverse chronological order, Dr Asombang’s academic qualifications include  PhD (Econs) University of Wales, U.K; MSc (Agecon) and  MBA University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA

plus internship at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)/World Bank, Washington D.C, and B. Com (Hons) Advanced Accountancy and Auditing University of Poona, India; 

His professional employment includes services as Chief Administrative officer (CAO) of the African Mission in Sudan (AMIS); CAO of the African Union Peace Building Mission in Burundi; Acting Director of the UNECA East Africa Center for Economic Development, Kigali, Rwanda. CAO United Nations Office in Burundi; Chief Civilian Personal officer (CCPO), United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in East Timor, CCPO United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) including arranging for peacekeeping negotiations in Moscow, Russia. United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) at which services included positions as Economic Affairs Officer, Chief Recruitment Officer; Chief Personal Officer and assignment to UNHQ New York for peacekeeping orientation mentorship prior to UN Peacekeeping  Elections Observer in South Africa from UNHQs New York; and from 1979-1989,  Dr Asombang was a Senior Lecturer  Economics  and Business Management at the United Nations Institute for Namibia (UNIN), Lusaka, Zambia where his UN career started. He was also UNIN’s  SWAPO Consultant and Adviser on post political independence socio-economic development policies and implementation strategies and resources mobilization. As a Consultant and Adviser on social and economic development issues, including healthcare, he attended conferences not only in African countries but also in all the five continents. His numerous publications on socio-economic growth and development issues could be accessed in UN and University libraries to-date.

We are delighted that  POHER Board of Management has not only one of the most  qualified and experienced Pan-Africanist but also a Globalist Consultant and Advisor.  Wilfred W. Asombang(PhD) could be reached via E-mail address: asombangwilfred@yahoo.co.uk / phone +260979140311

 
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Margaret-Mary Wilson MD, MBA, MRCP

Advisor

 

Dr Margaret-Mary Wilson is the Chief Medical Officer & Senior Vice President, UnitedHealthcare Global. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, Dr Wilson was an associate professor of Internal and Geriatric Medicine at St. Louis University, Missouri, where she also served as director of Geriatric Ambulatory Services and director of the Ortho-Geriatric Service. Her experience also includes direct patient care, medical education, patient safety, quality improvement, risk management, and utilization management in a variety of health care settings in Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Healthcare Quality Management, and completed a Clinical Cardiology fellowship at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in Hammersmith Hospital, U.K. Dr Wilson is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom and a fellow of the American Institute of Healthcare Quality, the American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review Physicians, and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. Dr Wilson holds a Master in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare Management.
Dr Wilson has received numerous awards in medicine, including UnitedHealth Group’s inaugural Sages Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award, the Kathy Humphrey Award for Excellence in the promotion of cultural diversity in medical education, the St. Louis University William Osler Teaching Award for excellence in clinical teaching, the Gladney Diversity Award for outstanding performance as a medical educator, and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Award. She received a 2019 Business of Pride award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and was named a 2018 “Woman Worth Watching” by Diversity Journal. Margaret-Mary has published more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and textbooks

(reference https://apps.einstein.br/forumqualidadeseguranca/english/modal/margaret-mary-wilson.html)

 
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Dr Nancy Kasongo MD

Board Member

 

Dr Nancy Kasongo graduated top of her class at the Copperbelt university school of medicine in Zambia in April 2020. She begun her journey as a POHER scholar in August 2019. While in medical school, she received multiple awards including travel scholarships to the youth fellowship camp- South Korea and the Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) 2019. She also received the  international research elective MU-Zambia award- an award to spend 2-3 months at the university of Missouri (MU) school of medicine learning about research in 2017. 

Dr Kasongo has been actively involved in research, she served as co-chair of the first POHER-YES Zambia-CBUSOM Mentorship and medical research symposium. She also served as a research assistant for a project evaluating esophageal cancer in Zambia, a Co Principle Investigator (co-PI) on a study evaluating incidence of acute kidney injury in the emergency department at Ndola teaching hospital, Zambia and a PI on a study evaluating factors associated with cervical cancer at Kitwe teaching Hospital, Zambia. Dr Kasongo has co authored one manuscript accepted for publication in the Medical Journal of Zambia, she has presented at three conferences including the world congress of internal medicine 2018- Cape Town, African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer 2019- Maputo and WLGH 2019- Kigali.  Dr Kasongo was also appointed as a peer reviewer in 2020 with the Zed Research Journal- a company providing research consultancy services as well as software development for educational institutions. She is also a member of the international student surgical network (INCISION) Zambia (Advocacy Team).