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Global Doctors for Choice’s Coordinating Team supports its work across our action centers and coordinates opportunities to collaborate with other international, regional, and national medical, advocacy, academic, and research organizations. Our staff include:
Dick van der Tak, Executive Director, started with Global Doctors for Choice in January 2015. In 2014, he worked as the Chief Executive Officer of PT Foundation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and worked for six months as acting Chief Executive for AIDS Concern in Hong Kong. From 2010-2012, Dick was the Director, Finance & Operations with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Regional Office for East South East Asia & Oceania Region (ESEAOR) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he was the country focal point in support of the IPPF member associations in Mongolia, Philippines, North-Korea and Malaysia. Dick also coordinated the Sexual & Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Crises (SPRINT) project with IPPF ESEAOR.
Before joining IPPF, he worked for more than 16 years for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). From 2003-2010 he was the Executive Director of MSF Hong Kong, MSF’s hub in the Asia region. In the 1990’s he worked for MSF in Burundi, Zaire, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and China, and from 2000-2003 as Humanitarian Affairs Advisor with MSF’s Operational Center in Amsterdam. Dick started his career in the corporate banking section with Bank Mees & Hope in Amsterdam and as a management consultant with Krauthammer International. He has a Masters’ degree is social-economic law with the University of Groningen in The Netherlands.
Beth Felker, MA, Program Manager, has spent her career investing in and supporting health promotion initiatives for youth and families. With over 10 years advocating for underserved population’s health, including international and reproductive health, Beth offers significant experience in strategic direction, program development, innovative collaborative initiatives, and philanthropic ventures. Drawing on her studies and work in a variety of medical and public health programs and experience living in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, and Argentina and working in Belize, Costa Rica, and Colombia, Beth has a deep, abiding passion for cultivating sustainable changes in underserved population’s health and quality of life.
Prior to joining GDC, Beth served as Executive Director for SpineHope, an international pediatric nonprofit that provided spine surgeries for children in Latin America. She was responsible for their strategic leadership, administrative management, fundraising, and collaborative partnership program development. Beth holds a B.A. double major in psychology and intercultural communications from Southwestern University and a M.A. in sustainable international development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.