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CFHI’s New Board Members Bring International Education and Cross-Cultural Effectiveness Expertise

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With their professional backgrounds in technology and education, Ted and Cynthia make exceptional new additions to CFHI’s Board of Directors.

Child Family Health International (CFHI), a non-profit organization providing community-based Global Health Education Programs for students and institutions, welcomes Cynthia Toms and Ted Dale to its Board of Directors. Cynthia brings international education leadership and a career dedicated to understanding the community impacts of sending students from the US and other wealthy countries to communities in impoverished areas. Ted Dale, co-founder of Aperian Global, is a recognized leader in cross-cultural effectiveness—a key output of CFHI’s programs.

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan for 20 years, Ted Dale has overseen the development of Aperian’s online learning tools utilized by many Fortune 500 companies. Reflecting on his election to CFHI’s board and alignment with the organization, Ted explains, "The global and intercultural background is very similar to my own and the mission of CFHI itself is very unique to me." Along with his technological background, Ted's specialties include intercultural training, consulting, web tool design and development. Ted will provide technological advances that will be able to assist the organization in providing curriculum and resources to further CFHI’s comprehensive pre-departure training.

Cynthia Toms is currently the Director of Global Education and an Assistant Professor at Westmont College. Having lived and taught in China and South Africa, Cynthia holds an extensive cross-cultural background as a professor and program director. What attracted Cynthia to CFHI was the organization’s unique asset-based approach and the community impact its international volunteers are able to leave behind. "CFHI speaks truths between international volunteers and global health," she explains. As the newest addition to CFHI's Board of Directors, Cynthia will provide insight into the practical academic applications of CFHI's over 30 Global Health Education Programs.

With their professional backgrounds in technology and education, Ted and Cynthia make exceptional new additions to CFHI’s Board of Directors.


Founded in 1992, CFHI ( is a non-government organization (NGO) operating at the grassroots level to provide transformative global health education experiences and community empowerment in underserved communities around the world. CFHI offers 30+ Global Health Education Programs designed to broaden students' perspectives about global health - as well as a variety of community health initiatives and projects - in developing countries including Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Argentina, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana and the Philippines. More than 8,000 students have participated in CFHI programs to date. CFHI has been granted Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

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Lauren Talamo
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