Nancy Kelly - Board Vice Chair
Executive Director, Health Volunteers Overseas, Inc.
Nancy Kelly has been the Executive Director of Health Volunteers Overseas since it was founded in 1986. Prior to that time, she worked for the National Council for International Health (now known as the Global Health Council) and served as a maternal child health worker with the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Korea.
Kelly is a frequent speaker at meetings of professional associations on topics related to volunteer preparation, effective cross cultural communication, the role of education in capacity building and leadership in a cross cultural context. She has also written numerous articles on developing programs that effectively utilize the skills and expertise of volunteer short-term health care professionals and how to identify an appropriate volunteer placement.
In 1998, Kelly was inducted into the Alpha Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society in recognition of her role in the founding of Health Volunteers Overseas. In 2012, 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.
Kelly received her Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies from the University of Virginia. Upon completion of her Peace Corps service, she pursued graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, earning a Master of Health Science degree in maternal and child health.
In addition to her responsibilities as Vice Chair of Global Impact’s Board of Directors, Kelly serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the U.S. section of Handicap International. She also serves on the open board of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics and is the President of the Board of Friends of Korea.