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Communities Without Borders is a non-governmental organization established as a corporation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Not-for-profit 501c3 designation was established in December of 2004. You can reach us from our contact page.

Board of Directors

Richard Bail, M.D., M.P.H., Founder

RICHARD BAIL, MD, MPH founded Communities Without Borders in the year 2000 after extensive work as a consultant in Zambia for UNAIDS to estimate the costs of the Zambian National HIV/AIDS Programme. Dr. Bail has been an active member of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Physicians for Human Rights. In 1985 he was co-founder of Trust Through Health, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the purpose of Soviet-American co-operation to improve health in developing countries. From 1991-1993 Dr. Bail worked for the World Health Organization in the African Regional Office as Health Strategy Coordinator. During that time he traveled widely in Africa and consulted on health policy. He has served as consultant to UNICEF, the World Bank, the United States Agency for International Development and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is also a founding member of the Watertown Youth Coalition.

Dr. Bail is board certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Dartmouth Medical School, and the Harvard Medical School. He received his MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1989. He served as Chief Resident at the Boston City Hospital. He is a graduate of the Center for Community Responsive Care Program in preventive medicine. Subsequently he became a faculty member at the CCRC and taught applied epidemiology and community health. He has been a faculty member at the Harvard Medical School in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention since 1970, teaching primary care, clinical epidemiology and community health. He has been an adjunct professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, teaching health policy of developing countries. From 1983-1987 he was Chairman of the Physicians Council at the Harvard Community Health Plan. He is currently practicing community oriented primary care at the Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates health center in Watertown, Massachusetts and at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center.

Cherie Noe, President

CHERIE NOE, MD, MPH, joined the board of CWB in November of 2010. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston University, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and then a fellowship in Geriatrics at Boston Medical Center. She currently works at Mount Auburn Hospital where she is the Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Director of the Geriatric Housecalls Program at Mount Auburn Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Both Dr. Noe and her husband have long had an interest in international health and she has been an active supporter of CWB for over 5 years, first through First Baptist Church in Lexington and more recently at First Parish Church. She first visited Zambia in 2005 with her husband and returned with her daughter in the summer of 2009. She lives in Lexington with her husband and three children.

Anne Gatewood, Clerk

ANNE GATEWOOD is the Clerk of Communities Without Borders. Anne received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Dickinson College and her master’s in social work from the Catholic University. She has over 10 years experience in program development and evaluation, community collaboration and outreach, and strategic planning. Anne has been an active supporter of CWB for several years through the Union Church in Waban. She traveled to Zambia with her 11 year old daughter in the summer of 2011. She lives in Newton with her husband and two daughters.

Alvin Jacobson

ALVIN JACOBSON is a member of board of Communities Without Borders and serves as our primary liaison to our host communities in Africa. He is an active member of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he chairs the Social Action Committee. He is also a long-time member of Amnesty International where he is actively involved in human rights issues.

Al is the founder of Hartwell Associates, Inc., a management consulting company located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hartwell specializes in assisting firms in business development, and knowledge economics, particularly in the financial services industry. Work recently completed by Hartwell Associates involved an engagement by the Corporacíon Andina de Fomento (CAF) in Latin America. Prior to founding Hartwell Associates, Al worked at Bank of Boston, Abt Associates, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a PhD. and MA in Sociology from Cornell University, and a MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His publications have appeared in a number of business, trade and academic journals.

Al lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife. He has three children and a grandson.

Peter Smith

PETER  SMITH is on the board of Communities Without Borders. He has led two trips of service volunteers to Zambia for Communities Without Borders.  He is Co-chair of the Coalition for a Strong United Nations and a member of their board of directors.  He is on the Advisory Council of the United Nations Association of Greater Boston and served as a Delegate to the National Summit on Africa in Washington, D.C. 

Peter has been active with the First Unitarian Society in Newton having served for three years as Co-chair of the Social Action Committee and three years on the Board of Trustees.  He is the Massachusetts Bay District Envoy to the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office for the 55 churches in the Greater Boston area and served as Chair of the nominating committee for the UU UNO board of directors for three years. 

He was active in his neighborhood association and is the Past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Decade Coalition/Newton, a grassroots environmental group.  He is a member of the national core group for 20/20 Vision in the Fourth Congressional District in Massachusetts, a national environmental and peace legislative lobbying organization. 

He has been active with the Architects for Social Responsibility Committee of the Boston Society of Architects.  He has attended the United Nations Habitat for Humanity Conference in Istanbul in 1996 representing the Boston Society of Architects.  He was active with Beyond War, and served on the Bioregional Council of the Foundation for Global Community and on the Administrative Team for Peace Child Boston.

Amy Archibald


AMY ARCHIBALD started traveling with Communities Without Borders during the summer of 2009. She is a first grade teacher in the Billerica Public Schools and has taught for six years. Amy received her undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Coastal Carolina University and her master's degree in special education from American International College. She has a passion for reading and is currently working towards a reading specialist degree from UMASS Lowell. In her free time, Amy enjoys playing in a co-ed soccer league and running. She is an active member of her church and serves as a member of the Board of Christian Education. As a board member, Amy is excited to advance the education of the orphans and vulnerable children that CWB supports.


Other Important People

Amy Breiting, Bookkeeper

AMY BREITING is our bookkeeper and was a librarian for about 35 years, first working with children and later with college students at Northeastern University. During that time she volunteered with a several nonprofits serving children and women. Most recently she was treasurer for Empower Dalit Women of Nepal, organizing their bookkeeping, financial reports, and compliance. She visited women’s groups in Nepal supported by EDWON and was inspired by their optimism and inventiveness. These low caste Nepali women understand the power of education for themselves and their children.

She is a member of First Parish UU in Lexington, MA, where she is actively involved, currently on the Space Planning Committee. There she has led the annual fall auction and annual spring fundraiser many times. She also makes benefit quilts with the Rising Star Quilters Guild.