MARIA KERSANACH works as a Digital Strategist at Sírio-Libanes Hospital in Brazil, where she supports the monitoring and evaluation of more than 20 Ministry of Health programs throughout the country. She is also the co-founder of Pager, a marketplace for physicians. Previously, Ms. Kersanach worked as a business designer in a venture builder managing the health tech portfolio focusing in low-income communities and has experience researching AI, computer simulation, and tissue bioprinting applied to healthcare. Maria holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil) and is completing a master's in public health at Emory University (Georgia, US)
PETER SEVERIN has been the President of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) since 2019 after being first elected to the Board in 2010 and as Vice President in 2015.
He was the Commissioner, Corrective Services New South Wales, Australia since September 2012 and retired in August 2021. Prior to this appointment Peter was the Chief Executive of the Department for Correctional Services in South Australia from July 2003 and worked with the Department of Corrective Services in Queensland, Australia for almost 15 years, his last position was Deputy Director-General. Peter started his corrections career in Germany in 1980.
New South Wales is one of eight States and Territories in Australia and Corrective Services New South Wales has responsibility for prisons and community corrections. It is the largest Australian corrections jurisdiction.Peter has a strong background in corrections operation, in particular offender management and intervention. He has extensive experience in prison management and policy formulation. Peter also presided over significant prison infrastructure design, construction and commissioning and has particular expertise in the development of service standards for the delivery of correctional services by the non-government and private sector and contract management. Peter holds a Masters of Public Administration and Bachelor of Social Work degree.
IVAN CALDER is the Chief Executive Officer for Health through Walls and the Chair of the ICPA Health Care Network Group. Ivan has a nursing degree, masters in addiction psychiatry, masters in business administration, and amongst other roles, has served as a Corrections Officer for the United Nations, Program Director, Prison Governor, and Assistant Commissioner for justice administration in Australia, and Head of Healthcare for the National Health Services across 20 prison locations in the United Kingdom. Ivan has direct experience in healthcare and management within prison environments, and multi-jurisdictional correctional administration capabilities. Central themes running through his career include a commitment to public service, the pursuit of continuous improvement, and a love of working in partnership with stakeholders (especially experts by experience) to achieve the best outcomes for vulnerable populations.
JOHN P. MAY, MD, FACP, co-founder, President and Medical Director of Health through Walls, is Chief Medical Officer for Centurion LLC, a provider of health care services in jails and prisons across the United States. He is the former Chief Medical Officer for Armor Correctional Health Services. Board certified in Internal Medicine, and credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Dr. May is also a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine at NOVA Southeastern University, College of Medicine Dr. Kiran C Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine in South Florida and Affiliated Professor, Office of Applied Health, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. He is a past consultant for the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division investigating conditions of confinement. Dr. May is Chair of the International Corrections Committee of the American Correctional Association and Board Member of the International Corrections and Prisons Association - North America Chapter, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of International Prisoner Health (Emerald Group Publishing). Some of his awards include the Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American College of Physicians in 1996 for innovative and effective approaches to healthcare delivery, the 2000 Broad Street Pump Award for Public Service from Physicians for Social Responsibility, the 2005 Armond Start Award of Excellence from the American Academy of Correctional Physicians and the 2017 Dr. Thomas A Dooley Award of Service from the University of Notre Dame.
NED HELTZER is a Pharmaceutical Principal Program Associate at Management Sciences for Health, a leading international organization dedicated to closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Previously, Mr. Heltzer served as Vice President for Pharmaceutical Services at Prison Health Services - a managed healthcare corporation holding comprehensive healthcare contracts with a multitude of city, county and state agencies. Prior to PHS, Mr. Heltzer served as Director of Pharmacy Services, Correctional Health Division, at Capstone Pharmacy Services, a firm providing institutional services to over 100 correctional institutions across the United States. Mr. Heltzer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Columbia University and a Master of Science degree in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Minnesota.
ANA VIAMONTE ROS, M.D., M.P.H., is currently the Associate Dean for Women in Medicine and Science at the Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine where she continues to advance women's involvement and contributions to medicine at multiple levels.
Dr. Viamonte Ros was Florida's first State Surgeon General and the first woman and Cuban American to serve as head of the Florida department of Health from 2007-2011. Her primary responsibility was to oversee one of the U.S. most comprehensive, complex public healthcare systems, and Florida's largest single clinical enterprise. Charged by Florida's Governor, she acted as the state's leading advocate for wellness and disease prevention, achieving multiple victories in leading the state to higher levels of awareness and action on women's health issues.
Dr. Viamonte Ros earned her medical degree in 1983 from the University of Miami School of Medicine, graduating with several awards and honors. In 2005, Dr. Viamonte Ros received her Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she was the recipient of the Gareth Green Award for Excellence in Public Health, the highest student award. A dedicated community volunteer, she served in programs such as the Camillus House Homeless Initiative in Miami and the Brookside Community Health Center in Massachusetts. Dr. Viamonte Ros participated in several Health through Walls' medical missions in Haiti's national prisons. She has written several articles concerning HIV care, nursing, mental health and radiology and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Nova Southeastern University and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
PEDRO DAS NEVES is VP for Operational Strategy of Health through Walls.
He is the CEO of IPS Innovative Prison Systems - a research and consulting firm specialised in justice and correctional Services - and executive director of ICJS Innovative Criminal Justice Systems Inc.
He is also board director of ICPA, the International Prisons and Corrections Association; board member of the BSAFE LAB Law Enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Lab of UBI University; chairing the board of the non-profit EaSI, the European Association for Social Innovation. He is a member of the European Commission ('DG JUST') group of experts on European Judicial Training; board advisor at the Connecting Hearts Foundation for the Children of Inmates and member of the expert working Group on Technologies for Prisoner Rehabilitation, United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).
Pedro is a founder and embassador of the All4Integrity NGO. Was VP of APROXIMAR NGO and of the ethics and certification council of the Portuguese Association of Investment, Innovation, Technology and Management Professionals.
Pedro holds a Sociology degree from UBI and a MA from the College of Europe in Bruges, and has other learning experiences in international universities. Has worked on public administration reform for 20 years and on Criminal Justice Innovation Systems in different countries. Has participated in multiple justice reform workgroups and is a member of a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime teams in Central Asia and the Middle East. In LATAM, Pedro worked with the InterAmerican Development Bank (BID) in several corrections and citizen security projects in more than 10 countries.
He is the founder and editor of JUSTICE TRENDS, a magazine on innovation and best practices in prison and probation systems. In 2017 he was awarded the ICPA Correctional Excellence Award.
Pedro has been invited as a guest observer to European Commission, Council of Europe and EUROPRIS meetings and as a speaker in several international events organised by the Council of Europe, EUROPRIS, ICPA (International Corrections and Prisons Association), EPEA (European Prison Education Association), COMJIB (Conference of Ministers of the Justice of the Ibero-American countries), the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Commission and governments from the different Member States.
He recently participated as a speaker at the 2022 edition of TEDx Lisboa.
PIERRE DORSAINVIL, M.D., an internal medicine physician, is an expert in HIV/AIDS treatments, and founder of the Dorsainvil Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization started in 2001, dedicated to providing adequate healthcare to the residents of Haiti. Dr. Dorsainvil is the Medical Director for the Palm Beach County Correction system, Director of Lake Ida Medical Center, a private medical clinic in Delray Beach, and the Medical Director for Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in Palm Beach County. Despite his work in Florida and Haiti, Dr. Dorsainvil participates regularly in the Health through Walls medical missions in Haiti's national prisons.
JOHNNIE LAMBERT, RN, CLNC, LHRM, CCHP, is Vice-President of Policy & Accreditation at Armor Correctional Health Services, Inc. Lambert has been a practicing registered nurse for more than thirty-five years with extensive management and clinical expertise in mental health and acute care as well as in systems administration, system startup, quality assurance and policy and procedure implementation. Lambert, a Certified Correctional Healthcare Professional has devoted the past fourteen years to health care operations and administration, both in jails and prisons and is a member of the Academy of Correctional Health Professionals. As a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, Lambert has experience in monitoring and evaluation of prison and jail health care systems, medical record review and analysis, contract monitoring, education and training of staff in legal aspects of care, and accreditation preparation and contract review.
Co-founder of Health through Walls, MARK C. ANDREWS graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Masters in Education in the fields of Mental Health Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling. Andrews worked for several years as a counselor with foster children and troubled youth. His main focus has been the study of the prevention of recidivism and promotion of rehabilitation in a counseling setting. His interest in prisoner welfare led him in 2005 to co-found Health through Walls, Inc., and serve as the Secretary/Treasurer as the organization has grown.
KARINE DUVERGER is currently the Chief of Party of Health through Walls in Haiti, acts as the direct liaison between HtW and USAID/Haiti. She has served as the coordinator for HtW's Haiti program since 2011. Mrs. Duverger has more than 20 years of experience in Planning, Training, Coordination of Programs/Projects and Monitoring and Supervision and is recognized by several partners for her ability to make adjustments to work flow processes and work team composition. Mrs. Duverger served as Program Director at a Head Start program, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Also, Duverger served as a Program Administrator for a battered women's shelter at Christian Community Services Agency. Mrs. Duverger graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Social Work.
GREGORY ULLMAN is an attorney specializing in commercial transactions. He was a partner in the law firm of Chadbourne & Parke where he handled the financing of infrastructure projects in the U.S. and overseas, and where he opened and managed the firm's office in New Delhi, India. He has also owned and managed a successful medical equipment business. Among other civic activities, he was elected to and served on the city council for Miami Shores Village. He has handled pro bono legal cases in the areas of victim's rights, employment rights, and the rights of recipients of federal disability benefits. Previously, he served on the boards of the Elder Services Resource Network and the Sunshine Community Foundation, where he was its president. He graduated from the University of Florida and Columbia University School of Law. Recently he returned to Columbia University where he is studying to receive a master's degree in Human Rights Studies. He shares his time between New York and South Florida.
SYLVESTER TERHEMEN UHAA is the Founder and Executive Director of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE-Nigeria). Prior to founding CURE-Nigeria, he was the Project Director at Prisoners' Rehabilitation and Human Rights Center. Sylvester has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe and two masters in International Human Rights Law and Governance and Human Rights, from the University of Oxford, UK and Leuphana University of Luneburg, Germany, respectively, and was a human rights visiting scholar/advocate at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Mr. Uhaa, has served on many committees in Nigeria and internationally, including the Presidential and Inter-Ministerial Committee on Prison Decongestion and Reforms, International CURE Advisory Board, Technical Committee for the Assessment of Juveniles for Amnesty by the Presidential Committee on Prison Reforms and Decongestion, Technical Committee of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestions to Review the Borstal Institutions and Remand Centers Act LFN, 2004, as well as a member of the Expert Committee to Draft Adjudication Guidelines on Child Offenders for Courts in the Federal Capital Territory, amongst others. He has served as a consultant to the National Human Rights Commission, National Committee Against Torture, and as an Expert Advisor to MW Solicitors, UK. He has spoken at many international and national conferences. Sylvester has a firm and solid commitment to the protection of the rights of people in prison, including the right to health and access to rehabilitation and reintegration programmes so that people in prison can turn their lives around when they leave prison, and has worked hard to protect and defend these rights and bring about justice reforms in Nigeria and globally. He is told that he has a good sense of humour and often laughs at himself.