AFFIRM (Adult Fellowship for Integrating Responsible Mentors) is a three- year leadership development program targeting men ages 25 to 35 from around the world . In its second term, ten men have demonstrated dedication and leadership within their local community to improve the lives of those with a bleeding disorder (see list below).
Twice a year, the men in AFFIRM are introduced to key stakeholders to help better understand how the community functions, and provides services to those affected by a bleeding disorder; while at the same time learning about and enhancing their own leadership skills, The information and resources obtained in training are then taken back to their local chapters, foundations, and national member organizations as helpful tools in developing their own programming germane to the needs of their communities. In the next several editions of Dateline you will learn about some of their experiences as they travel and meet different leaders of the bleeding disorders community!
Arnoud, The NetherlandsOccupation: Manager LogisticsInvolvement:Board member in The Netherlands Hemophilia Society
Lino, SwitzerlandOccupation: National Social Security SpecialistInvolvement: Board member of the Swiss Hemophilia Society
Predrag, SerbiaOccupation: Student of International PoliticsInvolvement: Past board member of Steering Hemophilia Society and current volunteer program coordinator
Harry, Louisiana聽Occupation: AttorneyInvolvement: Member of local hemophilia chapter
Adam, ConnecticutOccupation: Human Resources ManagerInvolvement: Former Board Member: National Hemophilia Foundation and Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, camp counselor at Camp Bold Eagle
Brent, IllinoisOccupation: Staff Attorney at the Domestic Violence Legal ClinicInvolvement: Past Member of NYLI, camp counselor, board member of the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
Guillermo, ColoradoOccupation: Dual major in International Business and Marketing; minor in SpanishInvolvement: NHF Cultural Diverse Working Group, past board member of the Colorado Chapter of NHF
Christopher, TexasOccupation: Social Studies Teacher (AP Psychology and World History)Involvement: Camp Counselor with Camp Ailihpomeh for 16 Years
Karl, New ZealandOccupation: Store Manager, Dulux GroupInvolvement: Previous board member of Haemophilia Foundation of New Zealand, founder of New Zealand National Youth Committee, chair of Southern Chapter of Haemophilia Foundation of New Zealand
Chris, ColoradoOccupation: Community Advocate鈥擱eliance Factor of America; Owner鈥擪arma SnowSportsInvolvement: Save One Life Board Member, Kenya Twinning Programming Volunteer, Former President of the Colorado Chapter of NHF
聽*AFFIRM faculty are Ed Kuebler, LCSW; Jim Munn, RN, MS; Madeline Cantini, RN; and Sharon Funk, PT, DPT.
**Previous members of AFFIRM include: Oscar Fonseca, Brian 聽Heinrich, Allan Kucab, Joshua Lunior, Ben Markl, Lew Parker, 聽Rich Pezzillo, Spencer Straub, Bobby Tran, MD.聽
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