International Board of Directors

Composed of leaders from within the Partners’ network as well as the wider international development community, our Board of Directors exercises overall responsibility for the policies, programs and direction of Partners of the Americas. The board is designed to reflect the geographic diversity of our network and the broad range of community development issues that we address through solution-driven projects, with all members having a strong and demonstrated commitment to Partners’ mission and values.


Ms. Karen Graham, Chair (Oregon Partners)
Mr. Harry Wing, Vice Chair (Peru Partners)
Mr. Erik A. Brand, Treasurer (Minnesota Partners)
Mr. Wayne Chance, Secretary (Trinidad & Tobago Chapter)
Dr. Erwin Rafael Bogado Soler (Paraguay Partners)
Dr. Sam Drew (South Carolina Partners)
Dr. Gary L. Heusel (Nebraska Partners)
Mr. Jorge Alberto Londoño Mejia (Antioquia, Colombia Partners)
Lic. Victoriano Navarro Casillas (Jalisco, MX Partners)
Mr. Jose Márcio Soares de Barros (Espirito Santo, Brazil Partners)
Mr. Christian E. Stalberg (North Carolina Partners)
Dr. Francis Wardle (Colorado Partners)
Dr. Paula Laschober (Washington state)
Denise M. Decker, PhD (Washington DC, and Virginia Chapter)​
Dr. Carol P. Fimmen (Texas Chapter)
 Ms. Heather Martinez Lezcano (Student Chapter)
Ashish J. Abraham, MD, MBA (Strategic Consultant)

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The International Board meets quarterly with each member serving on a minimum of two committees. Traditionally, one-third of the International Board’s members are elected each year for a three-year term of office. Please login or join PartnersConnect to learn more about this process.