Esperança welcomes new board member David Schlinkert

David Schlinkert (submitted photo)

Esperança, a Phoenix-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve health and restore hope both locally and globally, announced David Schlinkert as its newest volunteer on the board of directors.

Mr. Schlinkert, who joined the board in October, will primarily focus on strengthening the organization’s evidence-based programs through further research, planning and evaluation. He will also work to foster individual empowerment and help share Esperança’s stories and successes, according to a press release.

“Esperança’s domestic and international investments in surgical missions, public health and economic development initiatives, provide opportunities for people to overcome challenges and become everything they can be,” said Mr. Schlinkert in a prepared statement.

“Esperança has the power to change lives and generate hope for people in need — I think very highly of this organization and am honored to be joining their team.”

Mr. Schlinkert, who is currently a policy analyst for Morrison Institute of Public Policy at Arizona State University, graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 2007 with a minor in anthropology. He later earned his Master of Public Administration in 2016, with a concentration in nonprofit leadership and management. Most recently, Mr. Schlinkert is working towards a Ph.D. in Transborder Studies, focusing on migration, trade, development, and health and human services.

“We have a very committed and dedicated group of volunteer board members,” said Jeri Royce, executive director of Esperança, in a prepared statement. “David’s knowledge and expertise will be a welcome addition to our organization.”

An avid traveler, Mr. Schlinkert spent 18 months backpacking from Argentina to Arizona by bus, while learning Spanish and volunteering in low-income and disaster relief settings, the press release stated. He also taught himself to sail and lived on a boat in the Caribbean for six months.

Mr. Schlinkert now resides in Scottsdale with his wife and travel companion, Meagan.

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