Richmond, VA – Today, World Pediatric Project (WPP) announces the appointment of Gail Howerton as its new Vice President for Finance and Administration, effective December 28th, 2021.

Howerton comes to WPP from the Weinstein Jewish Community Center and the Richmond Jewish Foundation, where she served as CFO. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Finance for ImmunArray USA, an international medical device company with offices in the United States and Israel. Before joining ImmunArray, Howerton had her own accounting consulting firm for 14 years.

“As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Pediatric Project, we look forward to Gail bringing her more than 30 years of expertise in finance and accounting to World Pediatric Project,” said Vafa Akhavan, WPP’s CEO. “Her deep knowledge of management, strategic planning, financial reporting, and analysis will be a huge asset to WPP as we continue to build toward our vision of every child having access to advanced pediatric healthcare wherever they may live.”

Howerton received her BS degree in business administration from Bloomsberg University of Pennsylvania and her master of taxation from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Howerton succeeds Ruth Houck, who is retiring from WPP after 10 years of outstanding service. “Ruth’s leadership in the organization, particularly through coming out of the challenging times faced by the Covid pandemic, has been a critical capacity in advancing the service provided to the children,” said Akhavan.

About World Pediatric Project

World Pediatric Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization celebrating 20 years of healing critically ill children and advancing pediatric healthcare in the world. Since 2001, WPP has sent pediatric diagnostic and surgical teams to low-resource countries in the Caribbean and Central America and has provided children with access to critical care through hospitals in the United States and international partners, mobilizing more than $160 million in services through in-kind contributions and supply donations to reach more than 15,000 children. Learn more at