Upcoming Projects in South Africa

With the logistical and network support of Former United States Ambassador to South Africa and Earthwalkers Advisory Board Member Eric M. Bost, in March 2013, Earthwalkers will make stops in Johannesburg and Cape town in order to donate shoes to orphanages and schools in South Africa. In March 2013, Earthwalkers will also donate shoes in the United States to family crisis centers and homeless shelters. 

Upcoming Projects in India

One of the founding philosophies of Earthwalkers Charities is to provide consistent, annual support to every child who receives a pair of shoes from our organization in every country we have donated in so far. So, beginning out annual cycle again, Earthwalkers will repeat and expand our donation from March 2012 in March 2013, when we will donate close to 2,000 shoes across four different cities in India.

Eric M. Bost, former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, now serves as Vice President for Global Initiatives at the Texas A&M University. Prior to his position with Texas A&M, Ambassador Bost served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of South Africa from July 2006 through January 2009, under George W. Bush. 

Ambassador Bost provided leadership to one of the largest U.S. Embassies in the world. He supervised a staff of over 1,000 from 26 agencies including the FBI, Commerce, Agriculture, ASAID, Secret Service, CDC, Treasury, and State Department.

Prior to his appointment as U.S. ambassador, Ambassador Bost served as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services (FNCS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2001 to 2006. Before his appointment to that position, Ambassador Bost served as Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Department of Human Services (DHS) from August 1997 to June 2001. 

A native of Concord, North Carolina, Ambassador Bost holds a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. degree in Special Education from the University of South Florida. 

Dr. Chavda began his medical career in the U.S. as a post-doctoral fellow in Internal Medicine at the MD. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas in 1983. He was also a pathology resident at St. Louis Medical Center, and a resident in Internal Medicine at Duke University/Creighton University in 1995, and he became a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon in 1998. Dr. Chavda founded Texas Bone & Joint Center in 1999.

Throughout his career Dr. Chavda has published numerous articles for journals, three chapters for books, and is a reviewer for the ‘Orthopedic and Sports’ section of a few major medical journals. He is a fellow member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, and a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also a member of many medical professional organizations including the Texas Orthopedic Association, and the Tarrant County Medical Society.

Dr. Chavda is interested in general orthopedics including trauma, hand injuries, sports injuries, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, joint replacement, cervical spine injuries, and lubar spine injuries. Dr. Chavda also excels in managing effectively any work-related or occupational injuries.

Dr. Don Ozumba is a board certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. He is a native of Nigeria who completed primary and secondary school in Houston, Texas where he was active in the Nigerian community. He graduated with honors from Bellaire High School and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity University with a major in Biology. While at Trinity University, he competed in varsity basketball and track earning All-conference honors. Dr. Ozumba completed medical school and orthopedic surgery residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. After residency, Dr. Ozumba completed additional Fellowship training in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Duke University.

Dr. Ozumba is the founder and CEO of OSM Orthopedics, a private orthopedic practice with locations in Dallas, Rockwall, and McKinney. He specializes in sports medicine, minimally invasive arthroscopy, joint reconstruction, joint replacement, and general orthopedics. He has served as a team doctor for Duke University and the Dallas Desperados Arena Football Team. He currently serves as an orthopedic consultant for several area collegiate and high school sports teams. Through his practice and network of physicians and surgeons, Dr. Ozumba provides surgical consultation and specialty care for international patients.

Dr. Ozumba serves as an orthopedic industry consultant through which he provides instructional education and training to other surgeons, students and healthcare providers. He is the founder and CEO of Rapha Medical Mission Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve access to healthcare in Nigeria. Dr. Ozumba endeavors to develop a state-of-the-art specialty hospital program in Nigeria that will facilitate domestic access to contemporary, innovative orthopedic services.

Raised in Mexico City, Jeanie Laube attended school in Mexico through her high school. Having graduated from The University of Kansas with a B.S. in Spanish and Education, she moved on to earn her Masters Degree from Texas A&M in Spanish Literature. A high school teacher for 40 years, she has taught in Kansas, Oklahoma, Philippines, Wisconsin, and Texas Public Schools. For the last 25 years, she has taught at The Hockaday School and St. Mark’s. She taught Spanish and ran the Community Service Program for both schools. Jeanie retired in August 2011. 

Jeanie is affiliated with a number of boards across the city and country, including the Global Rust Initiative (Cornell University), The Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Jubilee Center Board, Dallas Women’s Foundation Board, and the Letot Board. She now keeps busy with her board responsibilities, tutoring in the inner city, keeping up with her Hockaday and St. Mark’s kids, playing with her grandchildren, and traveling with her husband.