Meet the Board - American Fund for Charities

Mary White - President

Mary T. White is Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the Boonshoft School of Medicine
in Dayton, Ohio.   Her teaching and research interests include ethical issues in public and global
health, research ethics, genetic testing and counseling, and long-term care.   Her interests in
global health have taken her to medical schools in Uganda and Ethiopia where she has both
taught and conducted research.  She currently serves on the boards of several human service
and development organizations in her community and internationally.  

Mary received her Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College,  M.Div.  from Harvard Divinity School,
and Ph.D. in Medical Humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch.  She loves to travel,
climb mountains, and play her violin


Andrew Tomkins

After qualifying in medicine and postgraduate training in London, Andrew worked in a new
medical school in Nigeria where he established research and management programmes
among malnourished children. Subsequent research training in Nutrition at the London School of
Hygiene and Tropical Medicine enabled him to establish applied research and training projects with
the MRC and national universities in Africa, where he has lived or stayed for over 15 years. He set up
the Centre for International Child Health, a research and teaching department at the Institute of
Child Health, London and now works  at the Institute for Global Health (, and
remains a technical advisor to WHO, UNICEF, DFID, international development agencies, and national
governments in developing countries.  He currently works with Tearfund, UK and DFID on child and
maternal health and nutrition programmes in Nigeria and Zambia. Andrew is married to Celia, has 3
children and 3 grandchildren, enjoys family life, sailing and joining in activities in his local church and
community in rural Dorset, UK

Beatrice Chaytor - Treasurer

Beatrice Chaytor is an international commercial lawyer, who has over 20 years experience
in advising companies, organisations and governments worldwide. She has specialised
in providing advice and support to governments in their engagement with regional and
international trade law and policy processes such as the World Trade Organisation.
She holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of East Anglia and an LLM from University
College, University of London. Beatrice worked for nine years as Senior Lawyer, and then
Programme Director, at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD)
in London, building capacity among developing country negotiators at the World Trade
Organisation (WTO). For four years between 2004 and 2008, Beatrice was a Senior Trade
Policy Adviser to the Minister of Trade and Industry in Sierra Leone, on assignment by the
Commonwealth Secretariat. Beatrice has worked with the International Lawyers and Economists
against Poverty (ILEAP) in providing capacity building support to developing country negotiators in
respect of the Economic Partnership Agreements and in the WTO.  Beatrice is called to the Bar in both
England and Wales and in Sierra Leone, and she now runs her own law practice, Chariot Eight, in
Sierra Leone, as Managing Partner.  Since 2007, Beatrice has sat on the Board of trapca, one of the
leading trade policy educational institutions in the world.

Nicholas Clifford

Nicholas Clifford was born near Philadelphia, received a B.A. from Princeton University and
(after a few years in the Navy), his doctorate from Harvard. A historian primarily of modern
China, besides his teaching, he spent eight years as provost of Middlebury College. He
has also been a board member of several different kinds of organizations, including a
medical center, a small museum, a journal of opinion published in New York, and both
Middlebury and Connecticut Colleges. He has lived in Vermont for fifty years, where he and his
wife Deborah raised four daughters. Of the several books which he has published, most of
them scholarly, one of which was written with his wife, who was also a writer and historian.


Florence Walusimbi

Florence spent over 15 years with non-government organizations involved in international relief and development.
Fluent in French, Florence worked primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Florence has extensive experience writing,
reviewing and managing grants from bi-lateral (USAID, CDC, DFID, KfW) organizations. Florence’s interests
include infectious disease prevention, maternal and child health, and organizational development and
capacity-building of the non-government sector.

Florence received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, Master’s degree in
International Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and
Master’s degree in Public Health from Wright State University. Originally from Uganda, Florence enjoys
frequent trips to visit family and friends. Florence currently resides with her husband and two young
daughters in Ohio.

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