President and Founder of The Mother’s Monument Project.
Matt has been conducting research on the status of women since 2002. While doing research on sex-ratios as part of his master’s thesis, he discovered that even with all the devastation caused by war, the ratio of women to men remained stable. Exploring this puzzle, Matt discovered that over time and across cultures, more women have died giving birth than soldiers have died in war. That realization was the beginning of A Mother’s Monument. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University.
Nationally acknowledged and commissioned, Jacki remains true to her purpose in life of representing the power of women worldwide. Her artwork honors and illustrates the dignity of womanhood as she portrays women’s contributions to their cultures and societies. Through donations of Jacki’s paintings and sculptures, several hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to help women throughout the world with microcredit loans and access to health care. As a professional sculptor, painter and multimedia artist, she continues to work to develop her skills and collaborate with other talented artists in various fields. Jacki has recently been selected as the sculptress for the Mother’s Monument, a humbling honor. Portraying maternal mortality is a heartbreaking but much needed endeavor. Jacki has been recognized with many national and state awards for art, humanitarian work and leadership. As the 2011 Oregon Mother of the Year, she was able to bring awareness of the role of mothers in society.
Strategy & Operations
Darwin was first introduced to the global issue of maternal mortality while engaging with Merck’s Office of Corporate Philanthropy in a role that led to the establishment of Merck’s “signature” initiative, Merck for Mothers. This initiative involves a 10-year, $500 million commitment to creating a world where no woman has to die giving life. This partnership led to another initiative called the Richard T. Clark Fellowship for World Health. This global program leverages the skills and talents of Merck employees to build and support humanitarian organizations’ efforts to answer the health needs of the undeserved.
During 2013, Darwin was selected to participate in this new fellowship program. While working with Physicians for Peace, Darwin was introduced to the Mother’s Monument project. Within days of returning home from his fellowship assignment, he and Matt were able to meet in person and Darwin joined the team to provide strategic and tactical support for the project. He is grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing people involved with this project and is excited to see the monument begin to take shape.
Monument Set Designer
Stephen is passionate about visual storytelling, narrative design and creating art. He is currently a freelance designer and art director in the film industry and has worked on projects such as the the upcoming movies: Tomorrowland, Star Trek 3 and Pixels, as well as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Star Trek Into Darkness and Saving Mr. Banks. He primarily works on feature films but he is also involved with television, commercials and theme park design projects. A few of his other clients include ABC, Fox, HBO, Apple, The Olympics, Ford Motor Company and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Stephen assisted in the development of Sneak on the Lot, an online program dedicated to teaching filmmaking to students and teachers, and continues to instruct Production Design classes in yearly workshops.
Stephen grew up in the western United States and in South America. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife, two daughters and pet bulldog. Their family also fosters children in need.
Stephen is honored to be able to contribute and collaborate with this talented and committed team on such an impactful project as the Mother’s Monument.
Chief Field Investigator
Julianne lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she is conducting research for a Ph.D. on changing Ethiopian birth practices. She also works as a Senior Research Associate at Anthrologica, a consultancy group which works to improve global health practices through community-based research and policy revision. Julianne holds a master’s degree from Oxford University and is a passionate advocate for women’s rights to safe reproductive and maternal health care, having worked at UNICEF and other non-governmental organizations in over a dozen countries, including Brazil, Mozambique, and Niger.
Aimee discovered her interest in the status of women during her undergraduate degree, where she began researching women’s health and rights as a research assistant with the WomanStats Project. It was during her time at WomanStats that she learned of Matt’s idea for The Mother’s Monument and has become passionate about making it a reality. This passion grew after she received an unexpected C-section for obstructed labor that saved both her life and that of her daughter. Aimee holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and has had the opportunity to live and study in Peru and Israel. She has worked with a series of nonprofit and intergovernmental organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank, and her other interests include singing, hiking, and competitive wildfowl wood carving. She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband and daughter.