Genevieve Reid, MD

Executive Director, Volunteer

Genevieve Ried, MD, has practiced full scope family medicine and obstetrics in rural areas of the United States for 16 years.

Her interest in improving care in the developing world has been inspired by the safe childbirth experiences we can provide to mothers and babies in the rural United States. She has worked in Nicaragua, Pakistan, Morocco, Peru and Bolivia. In 2010, she founded GMEF.

Sabrina Lee

Board Member

Sabrina has worked as a business consultant, helping companies and non-profits create marketing plans, recruit and control spending.

Sabrina’s volunteer experience includes working at the Jane Hull House in Chicago providing job search assistance to women in transition seeking employment, and also teaching creative movement classes for homeless women.

Now a documentarian creating socially conscious films, Sabrina is thrilled to be working on the Global Midwife Education Foundation board. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a BA in Political Science, a degree for which she is still seeking some practical application.

Betsy Baur

Board Member

Betsy Baur has worked with nonprofits for 20 years and is passionate about women’s health. After life-threatening difficulties in childbirth, she realizes the need for all women to have access to medical care for labor and delivery.

Betsy received her education in Colorado and at Dartmouth College and now lives in Helena with her husband Andy and her daughter Caroline.

Francisca Escalante

Program Administrator, Bolivia

Francisca Escalante grew up in mining villages in Southern Bolivia. She attended primary school until age 12, when she entered the work force, ironing and later working as a manager at a governmental child care center.

She lost one baby in infancy and raised three children as a single mother. Francisca has thrived in her role as Program Administer for GMEF where she manages all in-country projects.

Gustavo Velasquez

Director of Environmental Health, Ministry of Health, Bolivia

Gustavo Velasquez grew up and attended high school in Tupiza where he began working for the Ministry of Health as an ambulance driver.

Gustavo returned to pursue Public Health training 15 years ago, and since then has been working for the Ministry of Health Environmental Health Department to improve water quality and sanitation and help control infectious diseases.

Gustavo raised 2 children in Tupiza, both of whom are now in college. Along with serving as a Ministry of Health employee, Gustavo is essential in his collaboration with GMEF on water and bathroom projects in Bolivia with his invaluable local knowledge and understanding of these community’s needs.

Cara McNeely

Board Member

Cara McNeely is a new board member and will be sharing her bio with you shortly!