Board Members

Shirley Bejarano, Director of Education and Prevention Department at the AIDS Center of Queens County (ACQC), New York (Vice-president)

Shirley Bejarano MS, MPH, CPH has worked in the HIV/AIDS field for over 12 years providing direct services and managing prevention programs to diverse populations in Florida and New York City. She has also conducted qualitative research in Ecuador with the Andean Indigenous communities on HIV/AIDS and Syndemic Theory surrounding substance abuse, nutrition, and intimate partner violence. She brings experience as a co-founder of the Global Health Next Generation Network, a platform for young professionals that facilitates the transition from academia to professional careers in global health by networking and promoting interdisciplinary work. Additionally, she serves as a Technical Officer for External Affairs and Peer Advisor for MultiPOD Mentoring- a multi-country global health mentorship program. Shirley Bejarano volunteers serves as a Project Associate for Women in Global Health- a non-profit that works towards bring gender equality to the global health leadership through policy and advocacy work.

Đào LU, Terán E, Bejarano S, Hernandez I, Reina Ortiz M, Chee V, Flores M, Izurieta R, Baldwin J, Martinez-Tyson D. (2019). Risk and resiliency: the syndemic nature of HIV/AIDS in the indigenous highland communities of Ecuador. Public Health. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2019.02.021.

Holly Keenan, Assistant Technical Director, DNEG, Canada (Secretariat)

Holly works as an assistant technical director at DNEG, an Academy Award-winning visual effects and post production company. She brings together her background in computer science and physics with her passion for filmmaking, learning languages, and speaking them. Prior to DNEG, Holly spent multiple years writing about how to learn foreign languages as well as working as a translator in a variety of contexts including a Canadian non-profit (First Peoples Innovation Centre) that fosters and supports social and technological innovation by and with Indigenous peoples of Canada. She worked for the #1 language-learning blog in the world, Fluent in 3 Months, where she wrote and ghostwrote educational articles about language learning and cultural immersion, and was the lead production assistant for all stages of video production for the website’s official YouTube channel, including script writing, directing, and editing.


Dr. Philip McNab, Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Public Health, Maryland (Treasurer)

Phil works within Health, Behavior and Society Department at Johns Hopkins University. His background includes Public Health Education and Bio-cultural Medical Anthropology with primary interests in the implications of direct engagement in the food system. His recent research employed participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and media content analysis to explore three dimensions of volunteering at farms in Maryland: the reasons people volunteer, what volunteers’ experiences are, and the consequences of volunteering.

Palmer, A., Santo, R., Berlin, L., Bonanno, A., Clancy, K., Giesecke, C., Hinrichs, C.C., Lee, R., McNab, P. and Rocker, S., 2017. Between global and local: Exploring regional food systems from the perspectives of four communities in the US Northeast. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development7(4), pp.187-205.

Poulsen, M.N., McNab, P.R., Clayton, M.L. and Neff, R.A., 2015. A systematic review of urban agriculture and food security impacts in low-income countries. Food Policy55, pp.131-146.

Tyler, S., Corvin, J., McNab, P., Fishleder, S., Blunt, H. and VandeWeerd, C., 2014. “You Can’t Get a Side of Willpower”: Nutritional Supports and Barriers in The Villages, Florida. Journal of nutrition in gerontology and geriatrics33(2), pp.108-125.

Past Board Members

Former President, Dr. David Fazzino, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania

David is a cultural anthropologist trained in law, sustainable agriculture, conservation, and complementary and alternative medicine. He has practical experience in soil science, agroecology, and backcountry trail systems and management, community sustainability, and food systems and security. He examines law and policy around property issues with emphasis on food systems including intellectual property rights, farmers’ rights versus breeders’ rights, genetically modified organisms, and historic preservation. His geographical areas of expertise include Federated States of Micronesia and North America. He is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Fazzino, D.V., 2010. Whose Food Security-Confronting Expanding Commodity Production and the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics. Drake J. Agric. L.15, p.393.

Fazzino, D.V. and Loring, P.A., 2009. From crisis to cumulative effects: Food security challenges in Alaska. Napa Bulletin32(1), pp.152-177.

Fazzino, D.V., 2008. Traditional Food Security: Tohono O’odham Traditional Foods in Transition (Doctoral dissertation, University of Florida).

Fazzino, D., 2003. The Meaning and Relevance of Food Security in the Context of Current Globalization Trends. J. Land Use & Envtl. L.19, p.435.