Annie Elble

Annie Elble is the academic liaison, assistant director of nutrition and public health program development and evaluation, and volunteer coordinator for Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach. She graduated from Purdue University with a bachelors of science in Biomedical Engineering and also holds a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Foods and Nutrition from the same university. During her graduate career she designed an international service-learning opportunity that is now a registered course at Purdue University called Global Perspectives in Health (GPH). Annie organized the first GPH trip in December 2008 and took a team of 14 health promotion undergraduate students to South Africa and Swaziland for a hands-on public health experience. After graduation, she lived in Swaziland and worked with Baylor College of Medicine in Mbabane to develop a breast-feeding protocol for women with HIV that effectively reduces the mother to child transmission of the disease. She also volunteered at an HIV orphanage and a rural secondary school during her stay in Mbabane. In Annie’s current job, she writes grants, recruits and manages volunteers, creates and evaluates innovative health and nutrition programs to benefit the orphans of sub-Saharan Africa, and is currently in the process of designing a VolunTourism Program and a Student Service-Learning Program. She lives with her grandmother, cat Chloe, and dog Tylie-Jo. When not working, she enjoys volunteering for the Make-a-Wish foundation, traveling, watching movies, exercising, and spending time with friends and family. Annie can be reached at annieelble@savingorphans.com.