Global Citizen Awardees

The GAIA Global Citizen Award recognizes exceptional individuals and institutions who have made extraordinary contributions to GAIA and global efforts to reduce glaring health disparities. Past honorees are trustees, volunteers, supporters and inspirational figures, including, by year:


Institutional award: Gruber Family Foundation, founding supporter of GAIA's Nursing Scholar Program.


Individual award: Laurie Hunter, GAIA Trustee and Ambassador extraordinaire

Individual award: Michael Lockhart, GAIA Advisor, Supporter and former Trustee

Institutional award: HRH Foundation (Hagey Family), Dedicated supporters since 2005

Institutional award: Trinity Church Princeton, key supporter in the delivery of healthcare services and efforts to empower communities.


Individual award: Dr. Bill Rankin, GAIA Co-Founder and President Emeritus, and Dr. Sally Rankin, Co-Investigator on GAIA’s USAID funded project to build nursing capacity in Malawi.

Individual award: The Reverend Canon David Walton Miller, long-time partner to GAIA. The Miller Endowment for Outreach at St. Matthew’s International focus is on GAIA, Malawi.


Individual award, in memoriam: Dinny Joffe, GAIA Trustee 2008-2014

Individual award: Bob McCaskill, GAIA Trustee and Board Finance Chair, 2010-2017

Institutional award: The Miner Foundation and Justine Miner, key supporter of the nursing program and mobile clinics

Institutional award: The Hamels Foundation, long-time partner to GAIA in education and health initiatives. With “feet on the ground” help and a vested partnership from GAIA, The Hamels Foundation developed, constructed and continues to maintain a primary school (grades 1-8) in rural southern Malawi.


Individual award: Dr. Jay Levy, GAIA Medical Advisory Board member and co-discoverer of the HIV virus


Individual award: Marty Arscott, GAIA Board Chair, 2010-2015

Individual award: Agnes Grohs, GAIA Trustee 2009-2014

Institutional award: The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, founder and key supporter of the mobile health clinic program

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