About Us

The NGO Health Committee, Inc. is an international nonprofit 501(c)(3), nonpolitical, nonsectarian consortium of health professionals and other individuals who volunteer their expertise towards special United Nations goals regarding health and health care globally.

Executive Board

Robin Toft Klar

Robin Toft Klar, DNSc, RN
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Robin Toft Klar is a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Meyers. Her clinical, teaching, and research career has focused on health promotion from a community/population perspective using an ecologic framework. Dr. Toft Klar’s global work started with research and clinical practice both in Ghana and with Ghanaian immigrants in Worcester, MA. This work has involved relationship and capacity building to improve the health of women both in Ghana and Worcester, MA.

Marie McGillicuddy

Vice Chairperson
Marie McGillicuddy, RN, PhD

Marie is a retired Professor of Nursing who taught primarily at CUNY. Her specialty is Psychiatric Nursing. She received her BSN at Cornell University – New York Hospital School of Nursing, an MA from Teachers College at Columbia University and a PhD from New York University. Marie has served one term as Vice-Chairperson of NGO Health Committee.

Robert G. Berkowitz

Robert G. Berkowitz, BS, DC
International Federation of Chiropractors and Organizations

Bob is a practicing Chiropractor in Highland Park, New Jersey. In addition, he is on the faculty of Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in Spartanburg, SC and Rutgers University. He received a BS from Rutgers and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Sherman College. He has been the Treasurer of the New Jersey Chiropractic Society for several years. Bob has served one term as Treasurer of the NGO Health Committee.

Carole Baraldi

Recording Secretary
Carole A. Baraldi, BSN, MS, EdD, ANP

Dr. Baraldi is certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She is a disability rights advocate and co-developed a funded model to increase cancer screening for women with physical disabilities, currently practiced in Columbia University Hospital and Health and Hospitals Corporation. Dr. Baraldi participated in a governmental delegation to promote science education for women in the Czech Republic and Hungary. In Vietnam she worked with government officials and health care professionals in assessing services and advising health policies for individuals with disabilities. She is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Mercy College.

Carol Jaffarian

Corresponding Secretary
Carol A. Jaffarian, MS, ANP-BC

Carol earned her BSN degree from Northeastern University and MS degree from Boston University. She is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and a faculty member of the Graduate School of Nursing of the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on HIV Prevention and Treatment to multiple conferences of medical and health professionals as well as to lay audiences. Carol co-chaired the National Institutes of Health/AIDS Clinical Trails Group, Women and IV Drug User Subcommittee. Carol served as Corresponding Secretary of the HIV/AIDS NGO at the UN.

Beatrice Goodwin
Immediate Past Chairperson
Beatrice Goodwin, RN, PhD
New York University College of Nursing
Paula Dunn Tropello

Paula Dunn Tropello, MS, EdD, CRNP

Paula is Dean of the Spiro School of Nursing of Wagner College on Staten Island. She holds a Wharton Business School Certificate in Executive Leadership. Dr. Tropello is a Family Nurse practitioner with a part-time practice. In addition to her role as Dean, she teaches global health courses in the Wagner College doctoral program and is a member of the Medical Reserve Corps. She has served in Uganda and continues work with students in several Caribbean countries. She is mass care certified and served in Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina in that capacity.

Terri Lipman

Terri H. Lipman, PhD, CRNP, FAAN

Terri is Professor of Pediatric Nursing and Assistant Dean for Community Engagement at the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as faculty in the Center for Health Equity Research, and associated faculty in the Center for Public Health Initiatives. Dr. Lipman’s research relates to pediatric growth disorders and racial disparities in children with endocrine disorders. She has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and monographs. She maintains clinical practice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


Deborah Harris-Cobbinah


Website Development
Michael Hill


Flyer Design
Ned Semoff

Our Mission Statement

Promote global cooperation on health issues congruent with principles and concerns of the UN and best practices in health care.

Provide a forum for the exchange of information on global health concerns, policies, services and research.

Facilitate network building with all sectors at all levels regarding health.

Collaborate with UN departments, bodies, organizations and agencies to promote improved health and well being of all people.

Convene meetings for the purpose of education and the exchange of views on issues concerned with health.


Become a Member

NGO Health Committee members are individuals and representatives of organizations from anywhere in the world who offer their special skills and have unique qualities and energies enabling the achievements of our special goals.



Partner With Us

If you or your organization would like to partner with us in developing panels, forums, conferences or any other event to inform or educate the local and international community, contact us.