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MAKERS Showcases Artist, Health-Care Advocate

Aug 1, 2012

The growing gallery of groundbreaking role models now features more than 115 profiles, with more stories added each week. Debuting this week: an artist and an advocate for health care for the poor.

An artist and business owner, Julie Rofman is a Venice-based painter, sculptor, and jewelry designer whose colorful beadwork bracelets have sold online and in more than 100 stores worldwide. Inspired by Native American bead weaving and Bauhaus designs, she works with artisans in Guatemala to create her trademark handwoven cuffs with a modern twist. She holds a master of fine arts from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor of fine arts from Tulane University.

Ophelia Dahl is an American health-care advocate who has fought for the rights of the poor and sick for more than 20 years. The daughter of two accomplished parents, author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal, Dahl was raised in a unique environment of creativity and exploration. As a teenager, she travelled to Haiti to volunteer at Eye Care Haiti, where she met her business partner Paul Farmer. As Executive Director of Partners in Health, a non-profit organization that advocates for health care in developing nations, Dahl has led projects in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Russia, the urban U.S., Rwanda, Lesotho and Malawi. In 2011, both Dahl and Farmer were named as two of three Bostonians of the Year by the Boston Globe in recognition of their efforts after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

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