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Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

Noteworthy : Hansen worked with the nonprofit Brother's Brother Foundation in the North Side to arrange shipment of much-needed mattresses, hospital beds and refurbished stainless-steel operating tables to three rural clinics operated by religious groups in Tanzania, Africa. The supplies were sent Oct. 12. The journey will take about two months.

Age : 59.

Residence : Beaver.

Occupation : Assistant professor in Duquesne University's department of occupational therapy.

Background : Hansen and others from the department of occupational therapy traveled to Tanzania in the summer to conduct a "service-learning research trip." Hansen has researched occupational therapy in the country throughout her career. She conducted a medical needs assessment for the government, hospitals and health centers and clinics.

Education : Hansen earned a doctorate in professional educational leadership at Duquesne University; a master's degree in administrative leadership and adult education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and a bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee.

Quote : "When I returned, I presented the assessment to the Brother's Brother Foundation, which followed up by securing donations of the items and organizing their transport to Tanzania."

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