Susan Mackay - Co-founder, Chair

Susan Mackay qualified with a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa. She worked as a researcher for the African Studies Institute at Wits and later became Director of Strategic Planning and Research for J. Walter Thompson and then for KMP-Compton (the Saatchi and Saatchi advertising agency). She is now a self employed artist in Hershey, PA. Susan has been involved with NOAH since its inception working both to raise funds and awareness in the US.

Duncan Mackay - Co-founder, Director

Duncan Mackay graduated from Duke University in 2007 with a BS in Psychology and Neuroscience. He then worked for two years as an associate consultant for Bain & Company, a strategy / management consulting firm. After a year of research, traveling, and volunteering around the world, Duncan enrolled in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Duncan has also been working with NOAH since its inception. He received a Presidential Research Fellowship from Duke in 2005 to conduct a developmental research study to evaluate the physical, educational, and emotional outcomes of children in communities being helped by NOAH and in communities which had not yet received formal help.

Dr. Bette Korber - Director

Dr. Bette Korber is an internationally renowned HIV/AIDS scientist and committed NOAH donor. Dr. Korber is an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute and a laboratory fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where the primary focus of her work is to help design an HIV vaccine. She obtained a Ph.D. in Immunology from Caltech in 1988 and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in retrovirology at Harvard University before joining the Theoretical Biology group at Los Alamos. She has led an HIV sequence and immunology database project at Los Alamos for the last 15 years. In 2004, Dr. Korber was awarded the coveted Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for her exceptional contribution to the life sciences. Having received this award, Dr. Korber donated the prize money to one of NOAH’s “Arks” to build an entire community resource center.

Lesley Jacobs - Secretary

Lesley Jacobs is a South African ex-patriot living in Connecticut. Lesley has an understanding of the problems being faced in South Africa with the devastation wreaked by HIV/AIDS, which has resulted in an estimated 2.5 million South African orphans. She has a proven history as a dynamic organizer and philanthropist and is central to the fundraising efforts of Friends of NOAH.