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Development with Dignity:
A Human-Centered Approach to Progress

February 24–25, 2017

The 9th Annual Human Development Conference
University of Notre Dame

Committee Bios

Daniel KendallDaniel Kendall - Cochair

Daniel Kendall is a senior neuroscience major with a minor in international development studies from Point Pleasant, New Jersey. His research interests focus on global healthcare policy, more specifically on the strengthening of healthcare systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. This past summer he designed and implemented a research project on medical brain drain in Kampala, Uganda. Last year Daniel was a member of the HDC Liaisons Committee.

Eryan GwinEryan Gwin - Cochair

Eryan Gwin is a fifth-year architecture major and international development studies minor from Irvine, California. Her interests revolve around understanding and designing sustainable cities, in particular, how to create urban environments that best serve the communities that inhabit them. She spent the last summer in Lima, Peru, researching the effects of industrial zoning on real and perceived economic opportunities. 

John HaleyJohn Haley - Video Committee Chair

John Haley is a junior film and international peace studies major from North Mankato, Minnesota. His interests include media advocacy and climate change adaptation strategies. He spent the past summer working on a documentary examining the impact of oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.

Sam LucasSam Lucas - Abstract Committee Cochair

Sam Lucas is a senior science preprofessional major and international development studies minor interested in global health and public health policy. He also is involved in the Kellogg Institute as an International Scholar, through which he has researched access to healthcare in rural Mexico and southern Malawi. As a junior, Sam served as a member of the HDC Abstracts Committee, and he is excited to return as the cochair for the same committee this year. 

Zachary SpahrZachary Spahr - Abstract Committee Cochair

Zach Spahr is a junior international economics and political science major from McLean, Virginia. His interest in development lies in how education and political institutions can help improve living conditions for people in poverty.  Last year, Zach worked as a member of the HDC Abstracts Committee, which he cochairs this year.

Megan PogueMegan Pogue - Logistics Committee Cochair

Megan Pogue is a senior biological sciences major from Centennial, Colorado.  She is interested in children’s rights and children’s health, with a primary focus on ways to prevent and treat child abuse. Megan has spent time working both domestically and internationally with maltreated children and hopes to continue working towards the development of ways to protect these vulnerable members of our communities. She was involved in the HDC Communications Committee last year and is looking forward to having a more hands-on role at the conference this year as a cochair of the Logistics Committee.

King FokKing Fok - Logistics Committee Cochair

King Fok is a junior sociology and prehealth major from Hong Kong. His research interests include amputees and prosthesis care in healthcare systems domestically and internationally, spending the past summer researching rehabilitative services in Ghana. He has been involved with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies since freshman year as a member of the International Scholar Program, Kellogg Student Program Advisory Board, and International Development Studies Minor. He has served on the Human Development Conference committees for Abstracts (2014-2015) and  Communications (2015-2016).

Abigail MidligeAbigail Midlige - Liaisons Committee Cochair

Abbie Midlige is a junior biology major and international development studies minor from Bernardsville, New Jersey. Her development interests are global health and public policy, specifically maternal health and high fertility rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is Abbie’s second year working with the HDC, having served as the chair of the Photo Contest Committee last year.

Tommy EmmetTommy Emmet - Liaisons Committee Cochair

Tommy Emmet is a junior neuroscience and behavior major and international development studies minor from Grapevine, Texas. He is interested in health systems development, specifically in West Africa. He has worked in an eye clinic in Sierra Leone, completed a clinical internship at the Volta Regional Hospital in Ghana, and studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Previously, he has worked on the Abstracts Committee for the HDC. 

Matthew WeyenbergMatthew Weyenberg - Marketing and Communications Committee Cochair

Matt Weyenberg is a senior science preprofessional major and international development studies minor from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. He is very interested in global health and underserved populations and has spent the past two summers in Uganda, as well as a semester in Puebla, Mexico. His research this past summer focused on experiences with sickle cell disease at a sub-clinic of Uganda’s largest public hospital.

Sheryl CherianSheryl Cherian - Marketing and Communications Committee Cochair

Sheryl Cherian is a senior neuroscience and behavior major and poverty studies minor from Lincolnwood, Illinois. Her time abroad has influenced her interests in the social determinants of health, with particular interest in mental health and resilience promotion in the context of human development initiatives in under-resourced areas both domestically and internationally.  She spent this past summer in India researching the factors that contribute to the high female adolescent suicide rate in the relatively socially developed state of Kerala. Last year, Sheryl was a member of the Liaison Committee.

Sarah FracciSarah Fracci - Photography Contest Cochair

Sarah Fracci is a senior majoring in biological sciences with minors in international development studies and poverty studies from Cleveland, Ohio. Sarah holds a strong passion for understanding global health issues and pursuing possible solutions in order to bring health and well-being to all, with particular interest in the growing incidence of cancers in developing nations. Her research seeks to understand how accompaniment, both between individuals and between supporting organizations, may fit into a possible solution. This past summer Sarah worked in Kampala, Uganda, with the Uganda Cancer Institute on a project investigating the role of accompaniment on the reduction of stigmatization felt by women battling breast cancer.

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