Dr. Ellen Hickey is a speech-language pathologist and academic who developed a passion for global health issues over the past decade.  She has spent time in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, and Belize, training local educators and health care workers to work with persons with communication disabilities, largely from cerebral palsy and other neurological problems.  While doing this work, she has become interested more broadly in issues of persons with disabilities in the Global South, models of community-based rehabilitation, and the impact of having a child with a disability on mothers.  With better access to maternal health care, nutrition and other preventative measures, many of these disabilities would be preventable.  Ellen has also developed an interest in ethical issues in “voluntourism” and medical tourism and is particularly concerned with developing ways to ensure that volunteer activities are culturally appropriate, empowering, and sustainable.