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Hepatitis Foundation International Appoints
Local Healthcare Executive to Key Position

SILVER SPRING, MD, June 25, 2013 – Hepatitis International Foundation (HFI) appoints Ivonne Perlaza Fuller as Executive Vice President on the verge of the its 20th year anniversary reflecting its continued evolution and growth as it embarks on its next phase of development as an organization. 

Ivonne Perlaza Fuller brings extensive experience in healthcare as an entrepreneur and in corporate relations, busi­ness development, fundraising and policy both nationally and internationally to HFI.  During her career, she has served as CEO of Think Out The Box Company, LLC, Co- Founder and Board Chair, Third Millennium Health COOP of DC, an Assistant Professor in the Allied Health Sciences Department at Howard University, chosen as a Fellow with the Harvard University Policy Institute and has consulted on Capi­tol Hill as a Senior Policy Fellow.  She has also held the position of Associate Executive Director with the National Medical Association.

“The Hepatitis Foundation International is in an enviable position to capitalize on the strength and experience of a highly capable leader like Ms. Fuller to support the further development of our organization,” said CEO, Thelma King Thiel.  “This change will have a positive impact on our long-term plans for continued growth, greater productivity and expansion in the coming years.” said Thiel.

Ms. Fuller’s accomplishments include, being honored as a Community Leader in Who’s Who of Washington, DC 2010.  Ms. Fuller’s work comprised of extensive articles and publications has been published in peer-reviewed journals both in the U.S. and internationally.  She has appeared on local radio on a broad range of health and social issues and launched seven viable companies across different industries.  Her academic background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, concentration International Business and Spanish Studies and a Master’s Degree in Public Health Administration.

Ms. Fuller looks forward to the challenge and stated, “Public health has been my passion and I look forward to bringing my experience to HFI.” “HFI has been a stalwart in public health and as the Foundation embarks on the next 20 years, I look forward to contributing to its rich legacy.”

Hepatitis Foundation International is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1994 dedicated to promoting liver wellness and reducing the incidence of preventable liver-related chronic diseases and lifestyles that negatively impact the liver including; obesity, diabetes, hepatitis, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease and fatty/liver cancer.  The Foundation reaches millions of patients and health care professionals through its programs, viral hepatitis summits, website, resources and Hepfi Patient Hotline annually.