Board of Directors

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Bahia Mitchell is the Acting Director for Human Resources for the Afghanistan and Pakistan Strategic Partnership Office at the Department of State where she has been serving since 2008 tasked with the expeditious deployment of expert civilians to Iraq and Afghanistan to help rebuild the two countries, maintain an effective diplomatic presence and prevent them from becoming safe havens for terrorists.Previously, Dr. Mitchell served as the Health Officer for the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel where she established the Health Services Center in 1993, recruited, selected and trained the health care providers needed to provide health and emergency care for the staff members and dependents from over 85 countries as well for visitors needing emergency assistance.

Dr. Mitchell holds a doctorate in the medical sciences from the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center, she worked first as a research scientist at Abbott Laboratories, and then at Searle Laboratories where she was Director of Medical Regulatory Affairs before moving overseas.

Donald Streets is the Secretary of the SolHEALTH Board of Directors. Currently retired after more than four decades of service at all levels of education, in teaching, administrative and senior leadership capacities. He has worked at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and universities, both within and outside of the United States. Dr. Streets is a SolHEALTH Founding Board Member.


Dr. Streets received his Bachelor Degree from Indiana University, his Master of Science in School Administration from Notre Dame University and his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts. 

David Rutstein is the Founder and Executive Director of SolHEALTH.  He is also the President of the SolHEALTH Board of Directors. As a senior health executive, public health expert and clinician, he has created and led innovative clinical, administrative, management, emergency response and executive level teams and organizations during a 30 year career. Prior to founding SolHEALTH, Dr. Rutstein was the Vice President for Medical Affairs for United Family Healthcare in China.  A retired United States Public Health Service Rear Admiral, he served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States until 2011.

Dr. Rutstein received his Medical Degree from Brown University and his Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. His Family Medicine residency was completed at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, maintains current medical licenses in California, Maine and Beijing and has received numerous honors and awards from both the public and private sectors. 

William Liu (刘维宁) is the Professor of Space Physics, National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Yangtze Chair Professor, College of Electronic and Information Sciences, Wuhan University. He is a Special National Expert advising the Chinese Government on space science and international cooperation. In 1995 Professor Liu joined the Canadian Space Agency to manage its programs in solar-terrestrial sciences.  He was a founding member and then Chair of International Living with a Star, an interagency program coordinating more than $5 billion space assets in operation or development. In 2012, Professor Liu was recruited by the Chinese Government and appointed as Chief Scientist of the Kuafu Project, a three-satellite mission studying the physics of how solar energy eruptions develop into “space weather” in the Earth environment. Professor Liu is also the Founder of three companies and is particularly skilled in bridging the gap between cutting-edge research and the market. 


Professor Liu obtained his undergraduate degree from Wuhan University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Space Physics and Astronomy, Rice University.

Zhenyao Wang is Dean of the China Global Philanthropy Institute. Prior to his current position, Dean Wang worked for twenty three years in the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China, as the Director-General of the Department of Disaster and Social Relief, and Department of Social Welfare and Philanthropy Promotion. Considered the 'Father of Philanthropy in China' Dean Wang is a frequent national and international speaker and advisor regarding the creation of a culture of philanthropy. He is also a professor of philanthropy at Beijing Normal University. Dean Wang is a SolHEALTH Founding Board Member.

Richard Carmona is the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. After completing his statutory 4-year term he was named to the position of vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, the United States' leading health and wellness company, and was named president of the Canyon Ranch Institute Board of Directors. Canyon Ranch Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, catalyzes the possibility of optimal health for all people by translating the best practices of Canyon Ranch and its partners to help educate, inspire, and empower every person to prevent disease and choose a life of wellness.  Dr. Carmona is a SolHEALTH Founding Board Member.


Dr. Carmona received his Medical Degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed a National Institutes of Health-sponsored fellowship in trauma, burns, and critical care. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona. Dr. Carmona has received many prestigious recognitions, serves on numerous boards, holds several academic appointments and provides leadership to public and private organizations. 

Grant Kvalheim is the Treasurer of the SolHEALTH Board of Directors. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Athene USA, and from 2011 to 2015 he served as the President of Athene Holding Ltd.  He has also held the Chief Financial Officer position at Athene Holding Ltd. As Athene's CEO, Mr. Kvalheim is responsible for the oversight of its U.S. operating companies. Prior to joining Athene, Mr. Kvalheim was a senior executive of Barclays Capital (“Barclays”) from early 2001 to the end of 2007, becoming Co-President in September 2005.  Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Kvalheim held senior executive positions in the investment banks of Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Kvalheim is a SolHEALTH Founding Board Member.


Mr. Kvalheim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Chicago. He served on the board of directors of the Permal Silk Road Fund from June 2008 to November 2012. He currently serves on the advisory board of Independence Equity. 

Barbara Bowman is one of three faculty founders of Erikson Institute, the premier independent institution of higher education committed to ensuring that all children have equitable opportunities to realize their potential, where she is currently the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development. She served as president of the Institute from 1994 to 2001 and as interim president of external affairs from June to December 2013. She is an authority on early education, a national advocate for improved and expanded training for practitioners who teach and care for young children, and a pioneer in building knowledge and understanding of the issues of access and equity for minority children. Among the honors she has received are the Voices for Illinois’ Children Start Early Award; Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children Outstanding Service to Children Award; Harold W. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education; and the National Black Child Development Institute Leadership Award.


​Professor Bowman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College and her Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Chicago. 

Michael O’Leary is Senior Infectious Diseases Advisor in the Office of Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Hanoi, Vietnam. Previously, he served as WHO Representative in China (2009-2013) and Cambodia (2005-2009). Dr. O'Leary's 30 year career in Asia and the Pacific has focused on infectious disease epidemiology; the management of programs in non-communicable diseases; in health systems and services; and in partnerships and inter-country initiatives in global health, with partners in and outside of government. Dr. O'Leary is a SolHEALTH Founding Board Member.


Dr. O'Leary received his Medical Degree from the University of Minnesota. His Internal medicine residency was completed at the University of Hawaii, where he also was awarded his Master of Public Health degree. In addition, Dr. O'Leary is an adjunct faculty member of the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, Bangkok and a retired U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officer.