DEBORAH GIST – THE COMMISSIONER OF RIDE

Deborah A. Gist, who taught and served directly in schools for more than a decade early in her career, began her service as the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education on July 1, 2009.Previously, she served as State Superintendent of Education in the District of Columbia, beginning in June 2007. As the first state superintendent of education in the District, she was responsible for transitioning all state-level education functions to the newly formed office of the state superintendent of education and for putting into effect the accountability systems of the federal No Child Left Behind education law.

As state superintendent of education, Gist created new, progressive educator-certification polices for teachers and school administrators, allowing school districts and nonprofit organizations to apply to certify educators, and she enacted new standards for teacher-preparation programs to improve quality, expand opportunity, and encourage innovation. Gist worked with the first state board of education in the District to transition its role to that of a policy-setting body during its first year of existence, and she developed many important state-level education policies, including standards for health and physical education, world languages, arts education, and early-childhood learning.

Before taking on the role as State Superintendent, Gist served for three years as the state education officer in the District. In that role, she restored the confidence of Congress in the Tuition Assistance Grants program, resulting in a federal funding increase of more than 100 percent for a program that now serves more than 5,000 college students in the District each year. She also oversaw dramatic improvements in much-maligned child-nutrition programs in the District, including the Summer Food Service program, which was subsequently named the best-performing summer-food program in America for four consecutive years.

Gist began her career in education 21 years ago, as a teacher in the Ft. Worth, Texas, elementary schools, where she focused on literacy education and applied learning. She later taught in Tampa, Florida, where she founded and directed a center on environmental education and later conceived, designed, and initiated Hillsborough Reads, which served families in 108 elementary schools in Hillsborough County. She won “Teacher of the Year” honors at her schools in both Ft. Worth and Tampa.

In addition to spending 10 years serving directly in schools, Gist was a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. She advised the secretary and deputy secretary on top issues, analyzed proposed policy initiatives, and conducted research and feasibility studies. Gist also served as the marketing and development director of the Discovery Creek Children’s Museum, in Washington, and she later worked for the Office of the Mayor, in Washington, as the executive director of the office on volunteerism and service programs, Serve DC. While in Washington, Gist served as a volunteer mentor and a board member for Mentors, Inc.

Gist earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, where she was also selected as a Kennedy Fellow and received the Littauer Fellowship for academic excellence and community service. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in early-childhood education from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Arts in elementary education, with an emphasis in curriculum, from the University of South Florida. Gist became a certified public manager, following successful completion of a joint program with the District of Columbia government and the George Washington University. In 2008, she completed a fellowship with the Broad Academy for Superintendents, which prepares talented leaders to take on executive leadership roles in urban education.

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RAHUL SINGH – FOUNDER OF GLOBAL MEDIC

A shining example of this selfless effort is Rahul Singh, a paramedic from Toronto, who founded GlobalMedic in 1998, providing disaster relief in the immediate aftermath of catastrophes using volunteer professional emergency workers. Singh and his group of volunteers wasted no time in arriving in Port-au-Prince and setting about providing clean drinking water and medical aid wherever it was needed. Over an eight-week period, his team distributed 2.4 million gal. of clean water, while GlobalMedic’s two inflatable field hospitals brought medical assistance to more than 7,000 people. They also trained a local team of Haitians to take over the work, and right now that is just what they are doing. By providing these three essentials: medical aid, water and training, they have left a lasting contribution to a grateful Haitian population.

Rahul Singh founded the David McAntony Gibson Foundation (DMGF) in 1998 to honour the memory of his best friend who tragically lost his life on February 7, 1998. In just 10 years, Singh’s tireless efforts have resulted in a globally recognized, innovative and efficient organization. He has also personally led over 25 GlobalMedic missions around the world and is the charity’s Executive Director.

Singh has been a professional emergency worker since 1988. Currently he serves the citizens of Toronto as a frontline Paramedic. Combining a passion for humanitarian assistance from a frontline emergency perspective, Singh created GlobalMedic’s unique operational mandate of providing disaster relief in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe with professional emergency workers. Singh has received the Indo-Canadian Commerce’s 2006 Humanitarian of the Year Award and received multiple letters of commendation from the likes of former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Toronto Mayor David Miller, and Federal Member of Parliament Jim Karygiannis. Singh has also won the James Allen Award from Toronto EMS in 2004 and an award from the Toronto Paramedic Association for Humanitarian Efforts in 2005.

Disaster zones to which GlobalMedic has deployed or delivered aid:

EARTHQUAKES

  • Haiti 2010
  • Indonesia 2009
  • Pakistan – November 2008
  • China – May 2008
  • Indonesia – March 2007
  • Peru – August 2007
  • Indonesia – September 2007
  • Indonesia – May 2006
  • Pakistan – November 2005
  • Iran – February 2004

FLOODS

  • Brazil – November 2008
  • Guatemala – November 2008
  • Honduras – November 2008
  • Mexico – November 2007
  • Kenya – September 2007
  • Bangladesh – August 2007
  • Sudan – August 2007
  • Pakistan – July 2007
  • Indonesia – February 2007
  • Somalia – February 2007
  • Somalia – December 2006
  • Guyana – January 2005

CYCLONES

  • Myanmar – Cyclone Nargis – May 2008
  • Bangladesh – Cyclone Sidr – November 2007 Hurricanes
  • Haiti – Hurricane Ike – September 2008
  • Dominican Rep. – Hurricane Noel – November 2007
  • Guatemala – Hurricane Stan – October 2005
  • Grenada – Hurricane Ivan – September 2004

TSUNAMI

  • Solomon Islands – April 2007
  • Sri Lanka – Boxing Day Tsunami – December 2004

TYPHOON

  • Philippines – Typhoon Ketsana – September 2009
  • Philippines – Typhoon Durian – September 2006

CONFLICT/COMPLEX EMERGENCY

  • Pakistan 2009
  • SriLanka 2009
  • Gaza – January 2009
  • DR Congo – November 2008
  • Sri Lanka – March 2007
  • Lebanon – September 2006

EPIDEMIC

  • Zimbabwe – Cholera Outbreak – December 2008

LANDSLIDES

  • Philippines – February 2006

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