GSC International Board of Directors
Rick Lathrop -
GSC International President; GSC Founder, Executive Director, & Cambodia Program Director
Prior to forming Global Service Corps (GSC), Rick had experience as a high school teacher, a Navy Officer, a print advertising account representative, a nonprofit administrator, and an adult holistic educator and leadership trainer. Rick's graduate studies were part of the Human and Organization Development Ph.D. program at The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. At Fielding, Rick became interested in global studies, particularly in the area of sustainable development, and discovered that there were few educational programs available for adults to gain firsthand experience in the field of international development. With the assistance of a small startup grant from Fielding, he began the development of a program of short-term, "mini Peace Corps" types of experiences to provide Fielding students and others international grass roots exposure to global issues. The concept soon expanded to include participation of adults from all walks of life interested in this kind of experience. Rick continued developing the GSC program part time while completing his studies, and finished his Masters degree in Organization Development in August of 1994. He has been working full time on this endeavor since that time.
Maxine Lathrop -
GSC International Secretary/Treasurer; GSC Associate Director, Administration & Cambodia Program Director
Following four years studying liberal arts at California State University-Fullerton, Maxine worked in the food service industry that lead to a career including menu design, consulting, event planning, cooking for internationally known leaders and managing the food service operation at a wellness conference center on an organic farm. From 1992 to 2006, Maxine embarked on a property management career that included managing a 73-unit property in San Francisco. During this time she also acted as a consultant and supporter of Global Service Corps and became a full-time GSC staff member in 2007.
Don Bushnell, PhD
GSC International Board Member
Don is the founding dean of the School of Human & Organizational Development (HOD), Fielding Graduate University, has been mentoring faculty for many years, and is a co-creator of the Center for Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector. He is now a distinguished faculty emeritus and an active contributor to Fielding’s Institute for Social Innovation. Don was a founding GSC Advisory Board member in 1993 and has since served on the GSC Tanzania Board of Trustees as well as the GSC International Board of Directors. Don has been a trusted mentor and advisor throughout the Global Service Corps history.
Dr. Deborah Wafer MD, MPH
GSC International Board Member
Deborah has devoted her life to addressing global health issues including women's health, nutrition, care of HIV patients, and the provision of low-risk obstetrical care. In addition to building a successful family medical practice, Deborah has worked and traveled extensively throughout Africa. She has also traveled to Haiti, China, Brazil, Senegal, Cuba, and Ivory Coast. Deborah first joined GSC in December, 2005 as the SOS Program Coordinator Fellow. Following her stint as the SOS Program Coordinator Fellow, Dr. Wafer remained with GSC in Tanzania until mid-2007 acting as the SOS Program Director.
GSC Advisory Board
Annie Ellicott -
President of LeapUp Marketing Solutions
Annie Ellicott is President of LeapUp Marketing Solutions, a marketing strategy and services consultancy which helps consumer branded businesses in travel, retail and consumer services develop effective and affordable online and offline marketing strategies. Annie’s background includes over twenty years of experience developing consumer marketing and business strategies including brand launches and turnarounds across entertainment, media, apparel and health service categories. Her tenures at both fortune 500 and startups have involved senior level roles in marketing, sales planning and merchandising at the Walt Disney Company, Levi Strauss & Company and Women.com (now iVillage). Annie holds a BA degree in Economics from Princeton University and an Masters of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. In addition to being on the Board of Advisors for GSC, Annie serves on the Board of Larkin Street Youth Services is an avid Class V rafter, horseback rider and photographer.
Joseph Hafey -
President Emeritus of Public Health Institute (PHI)
Mr. Hafey took this position after serving as PHI’s President and C.E.O. for the past twenty years. Under Mr. Hafey’s direction, PHI has grown into an organization with over $80 million in annual revenue, 600 employees, 20 centers and over 250 distinct projects. PHI works in partnership with the State and local public health agencies, foundations, provider groups, community-based organizations, and scientists to implement a variety of specialized programs that include research, training, technical assistance, media and public health advocacy, program design, evaluation, and public policy development. PHI has a growing international health portfolio including the Global Health Fellows Program and International Family Planning Leadership Program. PHI also serves as a program office for five major foundations. Additionally, PHI is an incubator for start-up non profits in public health. Mr. Hafey holds a Master of Public Administration degree from U.C.L.A. and has served as a lecturer at U.C.L.A., U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard University.
Sistie Moffitt came to Global Service Corps in 2005 with a diverse resume of both professional and academic experience. After successfully raising a family of three children, went back to school and received her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from the School for International Training in Vermont. This led to teaching posts in both Costa Rica and South Africa. This was followed up by a teaching stint at U.C. Berkeley Extension English Language Program. Prior to her TESOL experience, Sistie worked in television production in NYC for the CBS Television Network working on well known programs including 'The Ed Sullivan Show'. An avid traveler and photographer, also plays the clarinet and baritone saxophone in The Redwood Wind Quartet and community and swing bands in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sistie served as an SOS Fellow Intern with GSC in 2004-2005 in Tanzania.