Kimbi Hagen, VDC Goddess
- Dr. Kimbi Hagen - Director/Goddess
- Ms. Jane Lawson - Assoc. Director
- Ms. Judy Catasein - Registrar
- Gen. George Washington, Ret.
* In 1777 General Washington turned the tide of the American Revolution by having his entire army (then wintering at Valley Forge) secretly variolated against smallpox, a scourge that John Adams had two years earlier bemoaned as "...ten times worse than the British, Canadian, and Indians together."
The fear of smallpox was so great during the Revolution that Gen. Washington found it almost impossible to recruit new soldiers, directly engage the (rumored to be infectious) enemy, or force his troops to enter British-held towns where smallpox epidemics were raging.
The variolation at Valley Forge had to be done in secret because soldiers were incapacitated (read: utterly defenseless) for awhile after innoculation and the British forces, had they found out, could have simply marched in and captured the entire American army in one fell swoop, with little resistance.
The gamble worked though and the rest, as they say, is history.
- Dr. Rafi Ahmed
Director, Emory Vaccine Center
Professor (Microbiology & Immunology) and
- Mr. C. Michael Cassidy
President & CEO, Georgia Research Alliance
- Dr. Eric Hunter
Co-Director, Center for AIDS Research at Emory
Professor (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine), Emory School of Medicine
- Dr. Harriet Robinson
Executive Vice President, GeoVax
- Dr. David Stephens
Executive Associate Dean for Research, Emory University
Professor (Medicine) & Division Chair (Infectious Disease), School of Medicine