BOARD MEMBERS

Meet The Team

Founder and President of the Board

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Elizabeth McLellan, RN, MSN, MPH

Elizabeth McLellan received her degrees from American University, Northeastern University, the University of Southern Maine, and Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health. McLellan has spent her career working as a leader in nursing and healthcare administration. In recognition of her leadership, compassion, and service, McLellan has received numerous awards including the Hanley Center Leadership and Humanitarian Relief Award in 2010, the Red Cross Real Hero Award in 2011, the Outstanding Non-Profit Award in 2012, and the Northeastern University Social Impact Award in 2014.

elizabeth@partnersforworldhealth.org

Director of Operations

Julie Forsyth, 
MBA

A Portland native, Julie lived “away” for 30 years, returning two years ago.  She received her MBA from Boston University and her BA from Harvard College.  She lives in Portland with her husband, Matthew, and their two children. Julie comes to Partners for World Health with more than twenty-five years of experience developing, marketing, running and optimizing brands for a wide variety of companies, and contributing to the communities in which she has lived.

julie@partnersforworldhealth.org

Volunteer Coordinator 

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Kelsey McSweeney

Kelsey made the move to Portland in the Fall of 2017.  After earning her BA from Providence College, she spent several years living and working in Boston.  Kelsey comes to PWH with a background in merchandising and sales, as well as a passion for working with people.

kelsey@partnersforworldhealth.org

Meet The Team

Operations Coordinator

Founder and CEO

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Elizabeth McLellan, RN, MSN, MPH

Elizabeth McLellan received her degrees from American University, Northeastern University, the University of Southern Maine, and Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health. McLellan has spent her career working as a leader in nursing and healthcare administration. In recognition of her leadership, compassion, and service, McLellan has received numerous awards including the Hanley Center Leadership and Humanitarian Relief Award in 2010, the Red Cross Real Hero Award in 2011, the Outstanding Non-Profit Award in 2012, and the Northeastern University Social Impact Award in 2014.

elizabeth@partnersforworldhealth.org

Chief Operating Officer

Julie Forsyth, 
MBA

A Portland native, Julie lived “away” for 30 years, returning two years ago.  She received her MBA from Boston University and her BA from Harvard College.  She lives in Portland with her husband, Matthew, and their two children. Julie comes to Partners for World Health with more than twenty-five years of experience developing, marketing, running and optimizing brands for a wide variety of companies, and contributing to the communities in which she has lived.

julie@partnersforworldhealth.org

Volunteer Coordinator 

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Kali Focht

As a native Vermonter, Kali's sense of community is what propelled her to pursue the nonprofit world. With a background in events, and frontline customer service experience, she is ready to take on Portland with her husband and dogs in tow. With skills that come from working alongside people, Kali aims to bring her knowledge to Partners with goals to grow the volunteer team. 

kali@partnersforworldhealth.org

bio med advisor

Marie Keller, RN

Marie has been a nurse for 49 years. She graduated from the University of New England located in Southern Maine when it was still known as Westbrook College.

 

She spent most of her nursing career in PACU and home-health. Today she can be found helping others who are going on medical missions and supplying SIM labs with medical equipment.

marie@partnersforworldhealth.org

Director
of
Development
and
Communications

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Paul Golding

Paul Golding was born and educated in the UK and has spent the last thirty years in the US working in Development and Communications in Higher Education, Public Health and Social Services .

paul@partnersforworldhealth.org

Operations Manager

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Laura Garlo

A Massachusetts native, Laura has been happily living in Portland for over 5 years now. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Accounting & Finance degree from Bentley University and a Master of Science, Global Studies & International Relations degree from Northeastern University. Laura brings a background in intercultural exchange, non-profit/social enterprise management and global public health administration to PWH.

 

She is a humanitarian by nature and strives to embody global citizenship in all parts of life. 

laura@partnersforworldhealth.org

Bookkeeper

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Bobbi Fraser

Bobbi joined the team in March of 2022

I am 63 and live in South Portland.  I love animals, to walk, sew and crochet blankets.  I have worked for big corporations as well as small companies from being bookkeeper to HR Director and Controller.  My career has mostly been doing accounting, something I love.  I hope to be with PWH for a very long time.

bobbi@partnersforworldhealth.org

Bio Med Engineer

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James Siulinski

Jim is a Maine native who has retired from a career in semiconductor product development.  His lifelong interest in technology has led him through many areas of engineering including software and hardware development and worldwide product support.  He is currently reinventing himself as a biomedical engineer at PWH.  Jim is also an avid hiker, woodworker and photographer. 

jim@partnersforworldhealth.org

Medical Supply Program Coordinator

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Laura Darnell

 

With experience in disability advocacy and care, Laura brings a passion for accessibility for all to her position as Medical Supply Coordinator at PWH. She is excited to play a role in distributing medical supplies and equipment to those in need in the local community and beyond. 

 

A Massachusetts native, Laura recently moved to Portland after over a decade in San Diego, California. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling with her partner Cindy. She looks forward to becoming a part of the PWH community, and Portland as a whole.

ldarnell@partnersforworldhealth.org

medicalsupplies@partnersforworldhealth.org

Operations
Coordinator

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Alex Clary

Alex, a Maine native from the Portland area, has been helping out PWH for many years now both as a volunteer when the organization had just begun, to completing an internship with PWH in 2021. He brings experience in the humanitarian sector working within refugee camp contexts around Greece, France, and Malta during the European Migration Crisis and is a recent graduate of the International Humanitarian Action Master’s program from the University of Groningen (NL) and the University of Malta.

 

Alex is passionate about working with the humanitarian sector and especially interested in issues related to migration and access to health care. With PWH, Alex hopes to help make an impact in these areas through his time here.

 

 

alex@partnersforworldhealth.org 

Third Party Reseller Coordinator

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Pearl McNeil

I learned of PWH in 2009 when a friend in the medical field told me about the Blue Wrap Project. I loved everything about PWH but could not volunteer because I didn't have a car and there were no bus stops nearby.

 

I held this place in my heart for 10 years until we finally got a car in 2019. One of the first things I did was to sign up for volunteer training. Now, 3 years later, I have decided to expand my scope and take on the job of Third Party Resale Coordinator.

 

I look forward to learning about a whole different part of PWH that I never knew of before. Besides being at PWH I love to go beachcombing, explore this great state of ours, hello those in need and create a wide spectrum of art. I live in Augusta with my wife, Patty, and our little snugglebug kitty named Junipurr.

 

 

pearl@partnersforworldhealth.org