Hamlin Fistula USA is excited to announce two new board members!

HFUSA recently added two exceptional individuals to our board of directors. We’d like you to meet them:

HFUSA Board member, Steve Sockolov

HFUSA Board member, Steve Sockolov

Steve Sockolov is a retired director of marketing and engineering from Analog Devices, Inc.  During his time as director, his team grew the business to become the world leader in a major market.  He is most proud of developing young engineers and providing opportunities for women engineers.  The percentage of women electrical engineers in the United States is about 12 percent; the groups he managed consistently had two times that many.

Throughout his career, Steve contributed a significant amount of time and resources to causes including environmental protection and conservation, global health, and anti-drunk driving campaigns. He has been a loyal supporter of and volunteer for Hamlin Fistula USA for several years. Now that he is retired, he is excited to contribute more of his time and expertise to HFUSA.

Steve is excited to join the board: “It’s great to work in an organization with such dedicated volunteers. We all believe that eradicating fistula in Ethiopia within a decade is a real possibility. In addition to helping women regain their health and the ability to again become self-sustaining members of their communities, HFUSA also trains women as midwives. The ability to see such direct results for the donations and efforts is incredibly rewarding.”

Sarah Ames is an attorney and partner at Quarles & Brady LLP in Chicago where she provides legal services to multi-national clients with regard to corporate, commercial, employment, and immigration matters.

Sarah’s connection to Ethiopia began with marathon running.  She is an avid runner and has long admired Ethiopians for their achievements in the sport. Sarah has been a generous donor to HFUSA for two years, and recently traveled to the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa with her mother. They had the opportunity to meet Dr. Catherine Hamlin, patients, and staff, an experience Sarah describes as “very touching and at times heart-wrenching but also very inspirational.  It was encouraging to see the very specific results that raising awareness and funds can bring. Patients are lovingly cared for with a holistic approach and  great compassion in an environment that allows body and soul to heal.”

HFUSA Board Member Sarah Ames (back row, center) and her mother Gudrun Adelhelm visit the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa.

HFUSA Board Member Sarah Ames (back row, center) and her mother Gudrun Adelhelm visit the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa.

Sarah is also a high achiever and has run four marathons on all each of the seven continents, including Antarctica, as well as a marathon at the geographic North Pole.  In January 2016, Sarah plans to run the World Marathon Challenge, which entails running seven marathons, on all seven continents, in seven days.  She is planning to use this opportunity to raise funds for Hamlin Fistula, so stay tuned for more information on how you can be involved later this year. 

We’d also like to send out a special thank you to long-time board member Abaynesh Asrat, who has decided to step down to pursue other volunteer opportunities.  Thank you Abaynesh for your dedicated service!