Following a successful thirteen-year career in Human Resources and four years as a stay-at-home mom, Brooke’s eyes were opened to the suffering and injustice that afflict her brothers and sisters around the world. This occurred in June of 2010 after reading The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns, and Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The plight of women and girls suffering under the weight of fistula captured her heart. As a result, she co-founded a volunteer group in October of 2010, which led to the founding of Hope for Our Sisters, Inc. in January of 2012. She wants to see those with fistula fully healed, and to see this hope-destroying condition eradicated.
In addition to her work with Hope for Our Sisters, she founded Gathering for Hope in 2010 and leads the Lexington, MA chapter. Gathering for Hope is an organization that equips and mobilizes women to serve according to their individual calling. She is driven by her hope that women and girls around the world will one day be fully cherished and valued as God intended. Brooke lives in the Boston area with her husband and two young children.
Jean Campbell is a registered nurse with 13 years of experience working in health care in Africa, first as a nurse at a bush mission hospital in Sierra Leone and then as a full-time volunteer with the medical charity Mercy Ships. Although she first learned about fistula in the late 1980s, it was during preparation for the return of Mercy Ships to Sierra Leone in 2003 that she began exploring the challenges and needs of women living with fistula. With Jean as the Operating Room Supervisor, Mercy Ships added fistula repairs to the types of surgeries performed on board the ship serving West Africa, provided training for surgeons, and also assisted with the development of a fistula center in Aberdeen, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Jean has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Worldwide Fistula Fund. Since 2008, Jean been a nurse manager in critical care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, but still holds a burden for the women living with fistula and longs to see hope fulfilled for more of these women.
Jean became involved with Hope for Our Sisters after hearing the co-founders share their passion for women living under the weight of fistula. She brings her strong medical background to the Board, as well as experience with women suffering from fistula.
Tim Sulahian serves as the Treasurer of Hope for Our Sisters and as a member of its Board of Directors. He was first exposed to fistula during conversations with his wife, Brooke, while she was reading Half the Sky. His involvement in Hope for Our Sisters is in response to God’s love for each of His children and His command to care for the most vulnerable of them. Tim is blessed and honored to be able to play a role in the restoration of the lives of these women, who suffer from fistula simply because they are poor.
Tim is a graduate of Calvin College, holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from Dartmouth College and received his postdoctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is currently employed as a Scientist at Cell Signaling Technology, a world leader in the production of high quality antibodies for use in scientific research.
Iris Y. M. Leung
After extensive experience in commerce, Iris, a professional accountant, is working in the education sector. She learned of Hope for Our Sisters during a 2013 Bible study when HFOS’s work was shared. She was encouraged and motivated by the mission to promote women to follow God’s calling to the fullest and was moved to support the fistula repair work. In 2014, after carefully waiting for God’s guidance, she agreed to provide administrative support for the team. She is thrilled to be a part of this team, making a difference for women suffering from fistula.