Board of Directors
Co-Founder, Executive Director
Hannah Akre co-founded Gloves Go Global in 2012 and spearheaded the organization’s transition to Health Goes Global in 2018. She has served as Director of the organization since inception. Her unwavering passion for global health and preventative medicine has taken her on missions to Kenya, Haiti, Costa Rica, Panama, and Guyana. She appreciates the richness of culture while traveling and aims to embrace local norms in conjunction with preventative health implementation. She enjoys cycling and gardening, as well as refinishing old furniture. Hannah has obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Molecular Biology from Colgate University, a Masters of Medical Science from the University of Vermont, and now attends the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine where she is a “Care for the Underserved” Scholar. She has a particular interest in practicing medicine in resource limited and underserved communities where she can also be close to the outdoors.
Chief Financial Officer
Betsy joined Health Goes Global in July 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry at Williams College, Betsy earned a Master of Science in Accounting/Master of Business Administration at the D'Amore-Mckim School of Business at Northeastern University. As a certified public accountant, Betsy gained six-and-a-half years of experience working in audit services, public and private industry accounting. Betsy is thrilled to have the opportunity to use her accounting experience to promote preventative health around the world. Betsy hopes to impact medicine in the future by decreasing health disparities for minority populations. She earned a Master of Medical Science from the University of Vermont and hopes to gain acceptance to medical school shortly. In her free time, Betsy enjoys a variety of fitness classes and spending time with her dog, Harper.
director of public relations
As an individual with a wide array of interests, Ethan has united his passions for science, medicine, and travel, pursuing active roles within the global health sector. Ethan has worked on a research team in the Department of Infectious Disease at Loyola University’s Medical Center and has served as a medical volunteer in Panama for Floating Doctors. He was a contributing journalist for various global organizations, contenting his writing on raising awareness regarding public health concerns both foreign and domestic. His latest venture is centered around water purification, establishing a formal partnership between Mountain Safety Research and Health Goes Global in 2018. Together they have begun implementing MSR’s SE200 Community Chlorine Maker in rural communities throughout Central and South America.
Ethan obtained his master’s in Medical Science from the University of Vermont in 2018. He is currently finishing his studies at NOVA Southeastern University, trying his best to survive the Floridian drivers on his morning bike commutes, and return to the fertile coast of Maine to practice medicine as a Physician Assistant. He intends to cultivate a lifestyle that allows him a high level of health care responsibility, trust, and autonomy as he continues his global health initiatives.
chairperson of the board of directors
Alexandra is a Senior Product Manager on Amazon's Private Brands team with extensive experience in consumer brands, having recently helped launch Amazon’s first private label skin care line, Belei Beauty, in March of this year. Previously, as a Vendor Manager for AmazonFresh, she partnered with dairy, deli and artisan cheese vendors to optimize their sales through product and marketing strategies on Amazon.com. Alexandra also leads the Amazon Private Brands B2B strategy for consumables, developing the roadmap for direct to business sales, marketing, and supply chain. She recently became a limited partner (i.e. core investor) in SpringTide Ventures, a Venture Capital firm with a mission to invest in healthcare startups with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning. She is excited to use her supply chain and product background to scale Health Goes Global's mission of preventative healthcare.
Co-founder, director of development
Geneva began her journey as an international humanitarian at a young age, building houses in Mexico, organizing sports leagues for the deaf in Argentina, teaching Spanish at an international humanitarian aviation organization, Wings of Hope, and translating with the same organization in the Ecuadorian Amazon. She routinely volunteered with orphanages, medical clinics, and a crisis pregnancy center in Kenya. After graduating from Duke University, she moved to Spain and began teaching at the American School of Madrid. Her passion for helping others and her hobby of photography evolved into working with the World Health Organization’s vaccination initiatives throughout Asia and the Pacific. She moved to Geneva Switzerland, where she published photography for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Mines Victims Unit, of her work in Cambodia, and later held multiple exhibitions in Mexico City.
She returned to the United States in 2008 to complete the post baccalaureate program in pre-medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, where she began collecting unused laboratory gloves from students, and later coordinating university wide collections. Through her partnership with the clinics in Kenya, as well as with Wings of Hope, she connected the surplus of gloves, which would otherwise be trashed, with a great need. Her goal was to protect healthcare workers and patients alike by eliminating hand to hand contraction of diseases, using free channels of distribution of gloves that would otherwise go to waste. Pairing surplus with need to prevent disease was the founding principle of Gloves Go Global, which would later evolve into Health Goes Global to encompass various other preventative health initiatives.
She later attended veterinary school at Saint Georges University, where she spearheaded rabies awareness campaigns, and was elected to serve with One Health One Medicine, an integration of human medicine and veterinary health initiatives throughout the Island chain in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It was there that she met her husband, and she now resides in San Diego with their three children and two dogs. She is a full time mom, while continuing to volunteer in the area with an organization that helps single parents navigate raising children with special needs, as well as serving on the board of Health Goes Global.