Board Members


David Francis

David Francis is the founder and CEO of Ozanam Strategic Insights. From 2014 to 2017, he was a senior reporter at Foreign Policy where he covered international economics and trade. A winner of numerous awards and fellowships, David  has reported on militant movements in Nigeria, Islamic terrorism in Kenya, European politics from Berlin, the war on drugs in Mexico, and the war in Afghanistan. His work has appeared in Slate, the Christian Science Monitor, Financial Times Germany, Sports Illustrated, and the Atlantic, among other outlets. He has an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, a graduate degree from Georgetown, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. David is also a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A native of Pittsburgh, David lives with his wife and daughter in Chapel Hill.


George Eke is a multi- professional who possesses diverse experiences in social work, law and special education; dedicated and compassionate, to the overall service to humanity. George has provided a myriad of support to the downtrodden, the poor and less privileged in the society through various government and non-governmental organizations in Nigeria and the United States.

Julie Arnheim

Julie Arnheim is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and holds two Masters degrees. The First is in Leadership and Organizational Transformation and an MBA. With all her degrees earned at Chatham University, a historical women’s college that is now co-ed, Julie understands the need to support women with microeconomic training and also how Maternal and Child health is not just a family issue but one which impacts the economic health of the region, state and country. Julie is honored to be part of the Board and helping to lead us with fundraising ideas as well as implementation of expanding our fundraising goals for building the hospital and education center eventually!

Dr. Braxter

Dr Betty Braxter head shot and BIO for Zita project.Betty J. Braxter, PhD, CNM, RN is the Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program, and Associate t Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing. She works with undergraduate and second degree students in the maternal-child course.  She also works with graduate students in the midwifery program at the School of Nursing. She teaches a nurse-midwife global and community didactic course and clinical practicum. She has served on dissertation committees and capstone projects targeting tobacco use, high risk prenatal care (e.g., gestational diabetes), and community engagement.As a certified nurse-midwife, she has managed care of women across the lifespan. Clinical activities have also required her to provide care to women experiencing postpartum depression and other mental health disorders.Her research interests target tobacco use inclusive of electronic cigarettes among childbearing age women. Her academic preparation has allowed her to conduct and direct quantitative analyses as well as qualitative analyses (i.e., content analysis). She has also been trained in a qualitative data collection method known as focus group. Her clinical expertise, research interest, and academic preparation are well aligned with the aims of the female veteran mental health first aid project.

Dorretta Lemon

She is a registered nurse with numerous years of experience especially in the area of pediatric and women’s health. She is a board member of the March of Dimes in Pittsburgh area which is one of the biggest non profit organisation groups taking care of premature children. Doretta is a strong member of her church and plays important role in assisting family re-unions.

Lucinda Swearingen

Lucinda Swearingen graduated from Carlow University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has worked for the past several years as a public health nurse in the Maternal Child Health Department of Allegheny County. She visits with first-time moms and their babies through the Nurse-Family Partnership program. She is also trained as a certified lactation counselor which helps her provide breastfeeding support to families. She met Zita when they started working together with Nurse-Family Partnership. She has been involved with Zita’s Healthy Beginnings from the start and has been honored to watch it grow over the years.

Evelyn Ugochi

Evelyn Ugochi Anyarogbu, hails from Aboh Uzoagba in lkeduru Local Government of lmo State, Nigerian. Studied at lmo State University Owerri (lmsu). Diploma in lnternational Relations in affiliation with Nigeria, US and Canada. Former sister of the Franciscan Handmaid’s of the Most Pure heart of New York. Lives in Lawrenceville Georgia. Working with one the companies here in Georgia. Passionate in the service of humanities …the poor, the underprivileged, especially the helpless kids and the widows in our societies regardless of race, ethnicity color, language or perhaps the societal values. As the love of God does not discriminate. Am a lover of prayer, singing, traveling reading and as well observing my moment of solitude.


Dr. Korie

A humble leader who loves God and has great passion in serving people. He is a medical doctor in Nigeria and a pediatrician, he works at the federal medical center, Umuahia, Abia State. He loves to work and help the vulnerable population in Nigeria. He is the medical director of Zita’s healthy Beginnings. His hobbies include reading, singing and traveling.

Rev. Fr. Kingsley Onyekuru

He is a Redemptorist Priest. A humble leader who loves God and has great passion in serving people.


Gloria Cyprian-Iwuagwu (FCA) is the fifth child of late Nze Godfrey and Lolo Irene Edomobi of Ihitte/Uboma local government area of Imo State, Nigeria. Married to late Mr. Cyprian Ebere Iwuagwu. She is blessed with three lovely children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Masters degree…

Dr. Kingsley Chijioke Okeke

Dr Kingsley Chijioke OKEKE hails from Umuawuchi in Ihitte/Uboma Local Government Area of IMO State. Studied Zoology from University of Nigeria Nsukka before proceeding to study Medicine and Surgery from University of Nigeria Enugu Campus. Presently working at the Community Medicine department of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital as a Public Health Physician. I presently holds the Membership Certificate of the West African College of Physician in Community Health. Have also done a lot of WHO certificate Courses on Immunization. Also holds and executive certificate course on Health management and health systems from Ebonyi State University. Enjoys a lot of humanitarian services and have carried out so many health missionary outreaches in many rural communities of the Country.

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