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Dupont Park Member Joins Adventist HealthCare Board of Trustees

Story by Danielle Lewald
Published 10/11/2011

Rockville, Md.-based Adventist HealthCare, an entity of the Columbia Union Conference, recently welcomed Avis E. Buchanan as a new member of the organization’s board of trustees for a three-year term. Buchanan serves as director of the Public Defender Service (PDS) for the District of Columbia, which works to provide the best criminal defense representation for those who cannot afford an attorney.

Buchanan continues to serve the community as a defender of civil rights and a litigator. She began her career at PDS as a staff attorney doing criminal defense work for almost seven years. She then joined the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, holding several positions from staff attorney to director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Project and director of Litigation.

“With her deep commitment to [Seventh-day] Adventist values and long-time service to enhancing the lives of the underserved, Ms. Buchanan will make a valuable addition to the board,” says William G. “Bill” Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.

Further cultivating her passion for improving the lives of the underserved, Buchanan returned to PDS as the deputy director in 2002, and was appointed as the director two years later.

“I look forward to helping Adventist HealthCare as it works to fulfill its mission to ‘demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing,’” Buchanan says.

She has been a member of the Allegheny East Conference’s Dupont Park church in Washington, D.C., for 38 years. By joining the board, she also looks forward to serving the Adventist community in a new capacity.

Buchanan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish with high honors from Michigan State University and earned her law degree at Harvard Law School (Mass.). She has been an active resident of the Washington, D.C., community for a total of 33 years.