Lee Crawford is the Division Chief for the General Counsel Division of the City of Austin Law Department. Lee is an accomplished senior attorney and manager with a record of significant achievement as in-house counsel in both the public and private sectors. With his years of experience, Lee is guiding the growth of One Good Turn.
ST. MICHAEL'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
THE REV. JOHN NEWTON
John Newton is a father, priest, author, and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (BBA). In 2008 John graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood at All Saints Episcopal Church in January of 2009, where he served for almost three years as the University of Texas Campus Missioner. In February of 2011, John began working as a Canon on Bishop Andy Doyle’s staff, a position he held for just over seven years. In March of 2018, John began a new post as the rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Austin, TX. John is the author of three books: New Clothes: Putting on Christ and Finding Ourselves (2014), Falling into Grace: Exploring our Inner Life with God (2016), and Reckless Love: the Scandal of Grace in a Performance-Driven World. John is married to his best friend Emily and the two of them reside in Austin with their daughters, Annie and K.K., and their golden retriever, June. When not working or with family, John enjoys running, hiking, eating Mexican food, and rooting for the Texas Longhorn football team.
RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
JOSEPH V. MESSER, MD
Dr. Messer is Professor of Medicine and former Director of the Section of Cardiology at
Rush University Medical Center. He is a member of the Consulting Staff, NorthShore
University HealthSystem and Senior Clinician Educator, Pritzker School of Medicine,
University of Chicago. Dr. Messer graduated from Harvard’s College, Medical School,
Residency and Cardiology Fellowship programs. He served in the Air Force as Officer-
in-Charge of the Cardiopulmonary Measurements Unit, Aerospace Medical Research
Laboratories. He has been active in many national and international organizations,
serving as Chairman of the Board of the American College of Cardiology, Chairman of
Heartbeat International Foundation, member of the Advisory Board of Cardiovascular
Credentialing International, and service on multiple organizations devoted to
development of guidelines, performance improvement, and graduate medical education
including membership on the Board of Trustees of Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospital.
He is a Master of the American College of Cardiology, and a Fellow of the American
College of Physicians, the American Heart Association, the American College of Chest
Physicians and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.
MANNE FAMILY FOUNDATION
Fern Lentini has spent the majority of her professional business career in marketing and sales management. She served as National Director of Marketing and Sales at the 7th largest National Accounting firm before moving on to Vice President of Marketing and Sales at the AMA, emphasizing strategic growth and brand management. She earned a bachelor of science in marketing and supervision from Purdue University. Her volunteer activities have included Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and Almost Home Kids, a care facility for recuperating children, and other management boards. With her husband, she co-manages the Manne Family Foundation and the grant process focused on women's and children’s needs. She enjoys mentoring young women on their personal and business growth to become “the best they can be."
WORLD DREAM FOUNDATION
A prolific entrepreneur, advocate, traveler and philanthropist, Julia Folk has dedicated herself to improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people after seeing their plight first hand. She founded the World Dream Foundation to address issues of poverty and, under Ms. Folk’s leadership, WDF has expanded its programming in health, education and human rights from Cambodia to other parts of Asia, Africa, and even the U.S. Ms. Folk is driven by the belief that a simple act of courage, compassion, and love can change the world. At WDF, she leads a team of committed change-makers that is working to ease poverty, suffering, and injustice, and empower the most disadvantaged populations, one community at a time. Originally from Ukraine, she got her first job as a kindergarten teacher when she was 18 and has been committed to building a better world for future generations ever since. In 2009, Ms. Folk moved to the U.S. on her own, where she set out to connect people to better lives. Julia Folk completed her B.A. in Philology, speaks six languages, has a special interest in neuroscience and aviation. She currently lives in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
DAVID DIEHL, PHD
David Diehl is an associate professor of program planning and evaluation at the University of Florida. He was formerly the Director of Evaluation Initiatives for Family Support America and a Research Associate and Associate Director of the Center for Practical Evaluation at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute. He received his doctorate from Cornell University in Human Development, with a dissertation addressing the implementation and evaluation of a Head Start reading project. David has research interests in the areas of child welfare and evaluation research and he has expertise in participatory evaluation, community planning, child development, early intervention, survey development, foster care, and youth assets. He has led evaluation initiatives in a diversity of areas, including international development, nutrition, agriculture, climate change, financial education, and parenting.
Selina Serna serves as the Executive Director of Project Schoolhouse, where she brings a graceful yet firm, quiet accountability. Serving on the board since 2013 when a trip to Nicaragua inspired her to become involved, she has been increasingly engaged until taking over the Executive Director role in 2019. Formerly a long-time team member of Whole Foods Market, Selina knows the importance of balancing social good with successful business models. Selina has served as Financial Controller for Whole Foods’s UK expansion, Assistant Controller for US Southwest Region and, most recently, Sr. Coordinator for Growth and Business Development until leaving in 2019 to focus full time on Project Schoolhouse. Selina is a graduate of Rice University with a degree in Economics.
OUR MEDICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL.
ARI MINTZ, MD
RADIOLOGY, ADVOCATE-AURORA TRINITY HOSPITAL
Ari Mintz, MD, is a Diagnostic Radiology specialist in Chicago, Illinois. He attended and graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1986. Dr. Mintz has over 34 years of experience in Radiology. He is affiliated with many hospitals including Advocate Christ Hospital & Medical Center, Advocate South Suburban Hospital, Advocate Trinity Hospital, Loretto Hospital. Dr. Mintz is also a talented musician and you can often find him playing bass guitar with his band, Vat of Chocolate.
ABAWI SAKHER, MD
GENERAL MEDICINE, MERCY CLINIC OF ZARQA, JORDAN
Abawi Sakher, MD is a Doctor at the Mother of Mercy Clinic in Zarqa, Jordan where he provides health care for refugees from Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. Dr. Sakher has worked at Mercy Clinic since 2012. In September 2018, he worked alongside the One Good Turn team during our project in Zarqa and now advises the team on a variety of medical issues.
KENDRICK KAHLER, MD
FAMILY PRACTICE, GILEAD'S HOPE MEDICAL MISSION, CAMBODIA
Kendrick Kahler, MD is a board-certified family physician and has served as a missionary
teaching physician in Cambodia for the past 20 years. He graduated from the University of
Texas Medical Branch in 1993, and the Christus-Spohn Family Medicine Residency Program in
Corpus Christi, Texas in 1996. He later graduated from the Mahidol School of Tropical Medicine
in Bangkok, Thailand in 2004 and became certified in the American Society of Tropical Medicine
and Hygiene. Kendrick met Dr. Ann Messer while both were serving in Cambodia and shares her same
vision of teaching compassionate, quality, evidence-based medicine to interested young
physicians in developing countries.
DAVID HINES, MD
INFECTIOUS DISEASE, ADVOCATE HEALTH
Dr. David Hines is an infectious disease specialist in Wilmette, Illinois and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago and Advocate Christ Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Born in Chicago, Dr. Hines is the eldest of 7 children, 4 of whom became doctors like their father. Dr. Hines and his wife Nancy have three children and live in Oak Park, IL.
THERESA SPALDING, MD
FAMILY PRACTICE, SUPERIOR HEALTH
Theresa Spalding, MD is a board-certified family physician. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed her residency and a fellowship in family medicine at the University of Alabama in Hunstville. She has a broad range of experience in the medical field including at the City of Austin/Travis County Health Department, Austin Regional Clinic, and the University of Texas at Austin. Recently, she's served as the Medical Director for the Texas medical Health Partnership and as the Medical Director for Superior Health. She has worked with One Good Turn on a variety of projects including developing medical protocols for health workers in Kenya.