Dr. Dyer is an expert in 501(c)(3) organizations. She has successfully led small to midsize nonprofits, built and managed effective boards of directors and volunteer programs. Her ability to develop strategic alliances that advance mission and meet corporate, foundation and funders’ priorities has been a hallmark of her career.
Previously, she served as President and CEO of National Medical Fellowships, Inc. (NMF) from 2006 – 2020. NMF is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to building the next generation of healthcare leaders. Among the signature programs developed under her leadership were, the Primary Care Leadership Program and the Global Health Fellows, funded by the GE Foundation. She also initiated the 75-year-old organization’s Alumni Council which supported five Champions of Health Awards events, raising more than $1.5 million annually. For 7 years, with a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, she provided technical assistance to the Fund for War Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda and successfully secured its NGO status in Uganda.
As Executive Director of the American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF), Dr. Dyer was the US Representative of the European School of Oncology (2001- 2006). At that time, she grew AICF’s free mammogram program to be the largest in the country. The Global Oncology Fellowship program thrived with the recruitment of an active and engaged Scientific Advisory Board. As with NMF, Dr. Dyer successfully guided the organizations to meet or exceed audit, Guide Star and Better Business Bureau standards.
Prior positions have included: Director of Public Affairs for Empire Blue Cross/Director of the Health Services Research Fund; Executive Director of the NYC March of Dimes; External Affairs Advisor to the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities; Senior Advisor External Affairs, Columbia Cornell Cares and Assistant Professor and Member of the Graduate Faculty at Rutgers University.
As President of Consulstart Inc. (a biomedical consulting company) and as CEO of Global Health Disparities Institute, Inc (GHRI), I’ve known Dr. Esther Dyer for nearly a decade. She has worked with me as an advisor on several domestic and international initiatives. She always amazes me with her nonprofit insight and unique techniques to solving problems. She consistently finds ways to create strategic alliances and success. She never refuses you when you ask her for help. I’ve known her to be an energetic and effective board member and CEO. Besides being a great partner to work with, Dr. Dyer is a leader who is able to present creative solutions to complex problems. She is a really extraordinary person.
Dr. John Ruffin, President and Chief Executive Officer Global Health Disparities Institute, Inc. Founding Director (Ret.) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health
Dr. Dyer is the author of three monographs, over 25 articles and has been the editor of two journals: New York Medical College Health Sciences Journal and US Asia. She is an accomplished public speaker at academic and professional meetings in the US and globally.
She has a Doctorate in Library Science, Columbia University, a Certificado del Curso Medio, Universidad de Salamanca; Master’s in Information Policy, Rockefeller College, SUNY Albany, named Distinguished Alumna, and a Bachelors in Secondary Education, SUNY, New Paltz.
Other affiliations include the American Library Association (Life Member); American Society for Clinical Oncology Life Member (ASCO); Emy and Emil Herzfeld Foundation. Board Member; Global Health Disparities Institute, Advisory Board Member; Health Career Connections Advisory Board Member; Lower Westside Home Health Agency, Board Member; National Medical Association, Member; and The National Arts Club, Life Member and former Chair, Education Committee.
An avid traveler, Dr. Dyer is a member of the Lansdowne Club, London, UK and the Traveler’s Century Club. A Life Member of the Circumnavigators Club, she was International President (2010-2012) and is currently a Board Member of the Circumnavigators Club Foundation.
Dr. Dyer is also the Founder & Proprietor of ArtEgg Studios (artegg.com), a multi-use commercial building in New Orleans. She is based in New Orleans, New York and Las Vegas.