The Hello’s of the Howell Foundation: Meet Carol Tuggey

Carol Tuggey - Howell Foundation Board MemberThe Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research warmly welcomes Carol Tuggey as its new Board Vice-Chair.  She brings many years of experience in the area of non-profit board management, and was instrumental in supporting the creation of the Doris A. Howell Foundation through Soroptimist International of La Jolla back in 1995.

Kathleen Franklin, who will be stepping down as Co-Chair, will continue to serve on the Board of Directors in support of the initiatives of the Foundation.  “I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the opportunity I had serve as Co-Chair for the Foundation.  During my transition year, I will be working closely with the Executive Committee to ensure that we highlight the importance of women’s health research and promoting our guiding principle of “keeping the women we love healthy”, comments Kathleen “I am looking forward to working towards a successful succession plan for our organization and especially working with Carol during 2019”

Kathleen Franklin has been very involved in the development and implementation of policy.  Her long time tenure at the Howell Foundation is very valuable, and we will continue to benefit from her experience.  We are also very excited and looking forward to the exchange of ideas with Carol, who is not new to the organization’s work in advancing women’s health research.

Carol Tuggey has been part of the Board since 2010, and was instrumental in setting up the Howell Foundation in 1995.  “In my business career, as the former CEO of Tuggey Interior Design, the visual was always important, even central, to the completion of a successful project”, comments Carol.   Carolyn Northrup, Communications Chair for the Foundation comments:  “We are at a crucial point at the Foundation, and having a good eye for design translates into making sure that all the elements in the revision of our plans, in the ideation of our campaigns, in the events we plan have that balance that allows to communicate the importance of women’s health research. By keeping those who really new Dr. Howell’s principle of ‘Keeping  the Women we Love Healthy’ close to us,  we can make sure that those who come after us can ensure her legacy keeps on living for years to come.”

I am pleased to have the chance to work with the Howell Foundation and encourage all of  our worldwide friends and neighbors to become better informed on the need for women’s health research and be able to thrive.

From Carol Tuggey:

“My background is not in science but in the world of business and design. I come to the Board of the Howell Foundation seeing what I have always thought was important: the chance to help us all to increase our awareness and education on the way to healthy and lifelong empowerment.

I met Dr. Doris Howell while she was teaching and leading at the UCSD School of Medicine.  She was an incredible woman with foresight and warmth and caring.  I was impressed with her courage and accomplishments in a time that women did not have much support in professions.  She had pioneered the hospice movement and also led young doctors to see themselves in terms of their patients and also as a part of their communities.  She encouraged me to put myself into her scientific world with a community emphasis, to work with others to bring health issues out of a classroom and lab and into the workplace and the public discussion.

I was a Past President of Soroptimist International of La Jolla, the local part of a global organization of business and professional women.  I encouraged Doris to join us in a community service campaign.  That grew into many projects and finally into the creation of The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research in 1995.  Although I have not been in every battle, I feel that the effort to start the foundation and to help it grow in the community is one of the things of which I am most proud.

Now that I am working on the development and growth of the Howell Foundation, I see that our visual education is a part of our whole education as healthy people.  We must see what is happening around us and also see the opportunities that we have to make things better.  Since there has been an emphasis on women’s health, there has been much more research that uses female subjects and seeks to investigate how women and girls are affected by conditions both good and bad.  When our foundation offers undergraduate students the financial opportunity to do research, we encourage both scientists and women in general to benefit.  When scholars are involved in publishing the work of their lab, they gain experience and also show the accomplishment of the research goal.  The community benefits. We all benefit.

Our Community Engagement Initiatives and Nursing Grants similarly act in the community as ways to make us aware of issues and possible treatments that were not studied in the same way in the past.  We are reminded that women everywhere have many of the same difficulties, and that they are not limited to women.  Outreach into the community is important as we seek to encourage healthy lives and healthy opportunities.”

Welcome on Board (pun intended!) We at the Foundation are privileged to have you.


About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:

For the past 24 years, The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research has been dedicated to keeping to women we love healthy by making a long-term, positive impact on women’s health.  To date, it is the premier organization advancing women’s health research and education.

The organization does so by funding scholarships to students researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, and researchers to convey timely information on topics relevant to women’s health, and by funding research initiatives that improve the health of under-served women and increase awareness and advocacy in the community; bringing women’s health research to a full cycle.

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