Meet The Board

Dr. Anteneh Roba

MD - IFA Co-Founder, President and Board Member

Currently a part-time certified emergency-room physician since 1988.  My first initiation in to the world of compassion and suffering started in 2003 when I returned to my motherland, Ethiopia. There, I saw babies dying of diseases that were treatable and preventable. I saw animals being needlessly tortured, as they are elsewhere. I saw homeless little…

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Seble Nebiyeloul

M.H.A. - IFA Co-Founder and Country Director

Coming from a Third World country, I am sensitive to the plight of poor people. My concern over high child mortality rates and the burden of disease due to preventable causes led me to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Allied Health with a minor in psychology and then a Master of Science degree…

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Melanie Blake

IFA Board Member

As an immigrant from South Africa, I have experienced my own hardships in life and know what it is like to lack basic necessities. Therefore I am very much aware that one person or organization can change a person’s life forever. My goal in life is to make a difference and spread compassion around the…

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Anuj A. Shah, Ph.D

IFA Board Member

From a very early age, I have been interested in social justice movements and other organized efforts to remedy suffering and injustice against the oppressed, including the suffering of animals. My experience has shown me how desperate is the plight of many of my fellow human beings, so I am glad to have the opportunity…

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Sefanit Fassil

Board Member

I grew up in Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States of America where I finished my training as a pediatrician at the University of North Carolina. I live with my husband and our three young children in Bowie, Maryland. While working in Annapolis, Maryland, I became a child medical examiner and child advocate for…

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Tesfaye Mekonnen, M.D

Honorary Board Member

From the time I studied medicine at the Higher Institute of Medical Science in, Cuba, I thought only of dedicating myself to improving medical care in places which are in dire need of improvements. I obtained my medical degree in 1988, and specialized in anesthesiologist in 1996. In 2003, I joined WHO supporting the Ethiopian…

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