Contact Us: 301-865-9302
LifeRise AIDS Resources PO Box 306
Frederick, MD 21705-0306 USA
LifeRise® AIDS Resources, Inc.
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Contact Us: 301-865-9302
LifeRise AIDS Resources PO Box 306
Frederick, MD 21705-0306 USA
LifeRise® AIDS Resources, Inc.

Leadership

dedicated governance

Board of Directors | Executive Director

Board of Directors

LifeRise AIDS Resources has a voluntary board of directors dedicated to the cause of HIV/AIDS. Board directors provide vision, strategic leadership, oversight, and legal backing. They ensure the public’s interest is served in line with our nonprofit 501(c)(3) status. Our board operates according to John Carver’s policy governance model.

Board Directors

  • Carolyn Klaus, MD, is a founding board director and Chair of the LifeRise board. She is the Executive Director of Hope In View
    (
    www.hopeinview.org), an international development ministry serving in Ethiopia.
  • Karen Herrera, RN, MSN is a missionary serving with HealthCare Ministries
    (
    www.healthcareministries.org). She has a masters in Community Health Nursing International Perspective.
  • Allison Ruark, PhD in international health, lives in South Africa. She researches and consults on social and cultural aspects of holistic health (www.allisonruarkconsulting.org).
  • Dr. Cynthia Calla is a founding board director (see below, Executive Director).

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Executive Director

Cynthia Calla, MD, MPH

Cynthia Calla, MD, MPH is the founder and Executive Director of LifeRise AIDS Resources. She has over 25 years of domestic and international health and development experience, working cross-culturally with the poor in underserved areas of the US and overseas. 

Calling to HIV/AIDS

A missionary doctor since 1993, Dr. Calla was serving in general health ministry when she saw first-hand the desperate need of AIDS patients in Africa. In response to this burden, she founded LifeRise AIDS Resources in 2006.

Training and Experience

Cynthia served in Cambodia for 2 years and then worldwide with HealthCare Ministries until she founded LifeRise. She is board certified in the medical specialties of Family Practice and also Public Health and Preventive Medicine.  She has a masters of public health in international health, as well as a diploma in tropical medicine. She received AIDS training in the US, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Cynthia is a licensed minister and endorsed healthcare chaplain with the Assemblies of God.

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