Founder & CEO
As a high school student, Samy Awwad found himself with the vision for this organization through accumulated geography knowledge, as well as the urgent need for higher vaccination rates in his area. As someone passionate in STEM, Awwad identified a major dearth of proper immunization education in Humboldt County and hopes to tackle this through ImmuniGlobal workshops, campaigns, and worldwide outreach.
For three years straight (2017, 2018, and 2019), Samy has placed in the nation's top 100 geography students at the U.S. Geography Olympiad National Championships in Washington D.C.
Alison Hodges, M.Ed.
Strategic Operations Advisor
Alison Hodges is the Program Director at Academy of the Redwoods, Early College High School. Graduating from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Social Science Teaching Credential, Hodges also holds a Master's Degree from Kansas State University. Before becoming Program Director in 2019, Hodges worked as the main Foundations teacher and academic advisor at Academy of the Redwoods.
Prior to working at AR, Hodges worked as a research assistant at the Altruistic Personality and Prosocial Behavior Institute and coordinated a high school peer education program.
Amy Rock, PH.D.
Head GIS Analyst
Amy Rock is a community geographer who has worked with cities large and small. An avid proponent of community leadership, she encourages her students to become engaged in their communities and think critically about spatial politics, community development and the role of nonprofit organizations in our society.
A firm believer in using her powers for good, Dr. Rock’s research interests include using GIS to examine economic relationships, community needs and improving effectiveness of philanthropic and nonprofit programs. A past director of the Appalachian Leadership Academy, she has experienced firsthand how collaboration is fostered by an understanding of the ways in which geography connects us all.
NURSING & MEDICAL ADVISORS
Joan Edelstein, MSN, DrPH, RN
Joan Edelstein is a long-term supporter for initiatives regarding childhood immunization. As a Professor of Nursing at University of California, San Francisco, Edelstein is committed to improving the standing of schoolchildren subject to communities with anti-vaccination populations and ideology. We're happy to have her on the ImmuniGlobal team.