Beyond Boulders has been quiet from Wednesday until now — but for good reason. Over the past several days, the directors of our U.S. and Lambarene Fellows programs convened for an annual retreat — three days of reflection and discussion on how (and why) we do what we do, and on how we can take active, strategic steps towards doing it better.

As a relative newcomer to ASF (I came on board as communications specialist in April), it was exhilarating and humbling to finally meet these extraordinary people — whose exhaustive, on-the-ground commitment to eliminating health inequalities and developing leaders in service is touching lives across the country and the world.

For the rest of the afternoon, I’ll be recounting a few of this gathering’s standout moments. In the meantime, click here and scroll past “National Staff” to get acquainted with our program directors.