Dr. Rick Hodes serves as Director of JDC's Medical Programs in Ethiopia. Since 1990, he has overseen the medical care for immigrants to Israel from Ethiopia and has managed 2 medical clinics, providing treatment, immunization, nutritional support, family planning, and community health for tens of thousands of immigrants. Dr. Hodes also participated in Operation Solomon in 1991, the historic airlift over 14,000 Ethiopians to Israel in 48 hours.
As part of JDC's non-sectarian work in Ethiopia, Dr. Hodes is an attending physician at Mother Teresa's Mission, working with people suffering from heart disease, diseases of the spine, and cancer. He also manages programs which ensure Ethiopians receive vital heart and spine surgeries in Ghana and India. In addition to his duties in Ethiopia, Dr. Hodes was in charge of the health of 50,000 refugees from Rwanda who had fled to Zaire while working in Kibumba Refugee Camp. On behalf of JDC, he has also worked with Kosovo refugees in Albania and Zairean refugees in Tanzania. Dr. Hodes has also lent his medical expertise to Swedish Red Cross in Eritrea and the U.S. Peace Corps in Ethiopia. Dr. Hodes was inducted into the Medical Mission Hall of Fame in Ohio in 2006, and in 2007, CNN selected him as one of its "CNN Heroes" in the "Championing Children" category. In 2008, the American College of Physicians awarded him the rare title of "Mastership," in recognition of "exceedingly stellar career accomplishments." A graduate of the University of Rochester Medical School who has trained in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Hodes lectures extensively around the world and has published many articles. He holds an academic appointment at University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, was a Fulbright Lecturer in Medicine at the Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), and has an honorary Doctorate in Science (DSc) from Middlebury College. Dr. Hodes lives in Addis Ababa.
Source: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) www.jdc.org
Susan Cohn Rockefeller is a documentary filmmaker whose projects have won top awards at many film festivals across the United States and around the world. Her recent efforts include producing and directing HBO documentary, " Making the Crooked Straight " (www.makingthecrookedstraight.org) which is receiving a "Christopher Award" in May, 2011. Susan also co-produced the internationally- acclaimed, "A Sea Change" (www.aseachange.net). She is currently on the festival circuit for " Striking a Chord " (strikingachordthemovie.com), and in production on a film on mermaids. Susan has written several career-oriented books, including the ground-breaking Green At Work that helped usher environmentally-friendly jobs into nontraditional arenas such as art, architecture, marketing, finance and more. When she's not busy designing jewelry, Susan sits on the board of Oceana (www.oceana.org) as well as the Global Leadership Council for NRDC. She is also a member of the program committee for The Stone Barns for Sustainable Agriculture. Susan is married and lives with her husband and their four children in New York City. Rockefeller holds a BA from Hampshire College and a MA in education from NYU. The HBO debut of 'Making the Crooked Straight' coincides with the publication of the HarperCollins book "This Is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes," by Marilyn Berger.