Current Spafford Endowed Chair

Dr. Jane Dyer and Dr. Aster Tecle will serve consecutive two-year and one-year terms (respectively) as the Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair. They will be joined by Dr. Keri Gibson as a co-researcher on their project.

Dr. Jane Dyer – 2014-2016
JaneDyerDr. Dyer is an assistant professor in the University of Utah College of Nursing, specializing in nurse-midwifery, women’s health, health disparities and immigrant and refugee health, among other areas. She has provided hands-on pregnancy care with immigrant and refugee women, led community programs and organizations that address the needs of women and families, and has established a program of research focusing on the health care disparities of Utah women. Dr. Dyer earned master’s degrees in nurse midwifery and business administration, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing, from the University of Utah.


Dr. Aster Tecle – 2016-2017
AsterTecleDr. Tecle, a native of Eritrea, is an assistant professor in the University of Utah College of Social Work with research interests focusing on immigrants and refugees, displacements and global justice. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Utah Refugee Women’s Reproductive Health and Utah Refugee Women’s Initiative programs, and has helped develop workshops and information sessions for refugee women on women’s health topics. Dr. Tecle earned a master’s degree in sustainable international development from Brandeis University, followed by a master’s degree in social work and a doctoral degree in social welfare from the University of Washington.

Dr. Keri Gibson
KeriGibsonDr. Gibson is adjunct faculty and an attending physician at the University of Utah Redwood Health Center, where she provides care to newly-arrived refugee and permanently resettled patients from all over the world. Her ability to speak words and phrases in most of the languages spoken by her patients is part of the reason she has become the provider of choice for many of Salt Lake City’s African-born refugee women. After two years in the Peace Corps in Mali, Dr. Gibson graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed a residency with the University of Utah Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.