Board Officers

Nancy A. Kelly, President
Ms. Kelly has been the executive director of Health Volunteers Overseas since it was founded in 1986. Previously, she worked for the National Council for International Health (now known as the Global Health Council) and she served as a maternal-child health worker with the U.S. Peace Corps in Korea. Ms. Kelly received her bachelor's degree in Asian studies from the University of Virginia and a Master of Health Science degree in maternal and child health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In addition to her board service with Handicap International, Ms. Kelly serves as the Vice Chair of Global Impact’s Board of Directors. She also serves on the Open Board of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics and is the President of Friends of Korea.

In 1998 Ms. Kelly was inducted into Delta Omega (Alpha Chapter) Honorary Public Health Society in recognition of her role in the founding of Health Volunteers Overseas. In 2012, Ms. Kelly was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the International College of Dentists and awarded an honorary membership in the American Dental Association for her contributions to the advancement of dentistry in global health. Board service since 2009

Christine Kanuch, Treasurer
Ms. Kanuch is vice president of finance at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she is responsible for leading and managing the financial operations of the Chamber and each of its affiliated organizations. Kanuch designs and implements internal controls and financial systems to improve the accuracy and timeliness of reporting, analysis, and transaction processing. She also partners with managers throughout the organization to develop and support business solutions to streamline operations and improve financial results. Over the last ten years, the Chamber's budget grew to $270 million, up from $130 million.

Previously, Kanuch was controller at the American Trucking Associations from 1991-1999. She spent the first five years of her career in the audit practice of Ernst and Young. Board service since 2013

John Lancaster, Secretary
Mr. Lancaster is a recognized leader in the disability rights movement in the United States and has been an advocate for persons with disabilities for more than 20 years. Trained in law, he brings expertise and experience to disability issues; nongovernmental organization governance and management; resource development; program development and management; international and U.S. disability law; and policy, public relations and resource development to the Handicap International Federation.

He is the former executive director of The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), a national consortium of independent living organizations based in Washington, D.C.  During the Clinton administration, he served as director of the President's Commission on Disabilities, and in December 2010, President Obama appointed him to the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace. He spent four years in Vietnam helping the National Parliament develop laws to protect persons with disabilities. In September 2009, he was elected to serve as the first treasurer of the Handicap International Federation Board of Trustees.

In July 2012, Mr. Lancaster testified to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read his testimony here.    Board service since 2006

Elizabeth MacNairn, Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer
Ms. MacNairn is the Executive Director of Handicap International U.S. She has two decades of experience in international development and humanitarian relief program management, communications, fundraising and teaching/training. She has worked with non-governmental organizations and educational institutions based both in the United States and abroad. She currently serves on the Board of InterAction.

Previously, MacNairn worked with AMIDEAST in Washington, D.C., and in Cairo, Egypt, and with Catholic Relief Services in Morocco. She worked with Health Volunteers Overseas for four years and, in 2006, joined ResCare International as Haiti Program Coordinator, managing a job creation project. She joined the Handicap International U.S. staff in 2008 and has served as Executive Director since June 2011.

Board Members

Philippe Chabasse
Dr. Chabasse co-founded Handicap International's French national association and served as its co-director for 20 years. He has more than 25 years of experience in developing and implementing programs for persons with disabilities in post-conflict and low-income countries and was instrumental in the international campaign to ban landmines. He began his career in international humanitarian work in the early 1980s, when he joined Doctors Without Borders, serving first as a physician in Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Poland, and then as program director in Thailand. In 1983, he joined with two other French doctors to create Handicap International. He established and ran the Paris representation office of Handicap International, developing and managing its relations with the French and European authorities and nongovernmental organization networks. He also served as a desk officer for programs in Pakistan, the Philippines, Colombia, Ecuador, Chad, Romania and Thailand.

In 1992, he attended the founding meeting of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and served as a member of its Coordination Committee. In the years leading up to the signing and ratification of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, Dr. Chabasse oversaw the political aspects of the national and international lobbying campaign for Handicap International, which resulted in France signing and ratifying the Treaty in 1998. Dr. Chabasse also serves on Handicap International’s Federal Board. Board service since 2006

Rosalind Grigsby
Ms. Grigsby has many years of experience working with nongovernmental organizations in the fields of international development and education. She lived in Indonesia and Sri Lanka, where she specialized in community development and the informal economy. She has coordinated grant projects in the non-profit sector and conducted research on related issues. Board Service since 2006

Jeff Meer
Jeff Meer is the Special Advisor for Global Health Policy and Development at the Public Health Institute, where he works to build PHI’s global health practice and conducts the organization's global health advocacy in Washington. Before joining PHI, Mr. Meer worked for Planned Parenthood of America as Director of International Advocacy. He also led external relations for the global nonprofit CHF International (now known as Global Communities).

As Executive Director of the U.S. Association for UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Meer was responsible for all fundraising, program, advocacy and administrative functions. At the UN Foundation, he was the founding program officer for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, where he helped to develop the organization's signature program in mapping landmines. Previously, Mr. Meer had been a career Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State, where he served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. He has worked and traveled extensively, and held U.S. Diplomatic and Consular postings in China and Germany. In addition to English, Mr. Meer speaks French, German and Cantonese Chinese. Board service since 2013

Jacques Tassi (Chairman of the Handicap International Federation Board)
Mr. Tassi is a graduate of the College Ecole Supérieure de Commerce and he is a certified public accountant. He served for 22 years at Ernst & Young as a partner, then as the deputy-managing partner for France. After leaving Ernst & Young in 1999, he created Afternext, a start-up in Marseille, France, which became a financial company. In 2003, he co-founded Les Entreprises Humaines, which brings together companies committed to an ethical approach to economic activity that seeks to place people at the heart of their work.

In 1999, he joined Handicap International's Board of Trustees, where he served first as treasurer and then, in 2006, as chairman. In 2009, he was appointed the first chairman of the board of the newly launched Handicap International Federation. He lives in Clansayes, France, where he produces honey and other lavender products as a hobby. Board service since 2010

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