Lull Appointed to Global Volunteers Board of Directors
Dr. Melinda Lull was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Global Volunteers, a nonprofit organization that connects volunteers to meaningful service opportunities around the world.
As associate professor in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Lull will join 12 others from across the country as a member of the Board. Board members represent professionals from a variety of disciplines, including business, law, academia, and medicine, among others. She will serve one-year renewable terms.
Lull’s main focus will be chairing the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Committee and the Ipalamwa Health Clinic Advisory Board. RCP is a comprehensive development program in Tanzania that aims to help children reach their potential through community education, health care, community development projects, and home visits. Global Volunteers works hand-in-hand with community members in the development and running of the program.
Lull started volunteering with Global Volunteers in 2014, on a service trip with pharmacy students to the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. Since then, she has travelled on five service trips with students, three to Montana, one to Tanzania, and one to Peru. Her work with Global Volunteers expanded in 2015, when she was asked to join the RCP Committee, where she helped develop educational materials and research protocols. In 2017, after Global Volunteers secured funding to build a health clinic in Ipalamwa, Tanzania, as part of the RCP program, she was asked to chair the advisory board for the clinic.
“Our advisory board has been working around-the-clock to purchase and get donations of medical equipment and supplies for the clinic, which plans to open in August,” she said, noting that a group of School of Pharmacy faculty and students will be there to help set up the clinic prior to its opening. “Now that I am on the Board of Directors, my work with both the clinic and the RCP program will continue and focus on leading the committees and improving and tracking the RCP program, with possible expansion of the concept to other Global Volunteers program locations.”