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Charlene Boothe Riikonen

Charlene Boothe Riikonen, American international health administrator.


  • Riikonen, Charlene Boothe was born on June 10, 1942 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of John Edward and Frances Elizabeth (Jett) Boothe.

  • Education

    • Associate of Arts with high honors, Howard Community College, 1977. Bachelor magna cum laude, University Maryland, 1979.


    • Assistant director university relations, alumni director University Maryland, Catonsville, 1977-1981, associate director university relations and development College Park, 1982-1983. Senior development officer International Center Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1984-1986. Executive vice president Child Health Foundation (formerly International Child Health Foundation), Columbia, Maryland, 1985-1997.

      President Cera Products, LL., Jessup, since 1997, managing director, Chief Executive Officer. Consultant to organize symposium oral rehydration therapy National Council International Health, Washington, 1987. Organizer international symposium on food-based oral rehydration therapy Aga Khan University, Pakistan, 1989.

      Organizer consensus conference cereal-based oral rehydration therapy, Columbia, Maryland, 1993.


    • Author: (training manual) Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Diarrhea with Oral Rehydration Therapy, Nutrition and Breastfeeding, 1992. Editor proceedings Oral Rehydration Therapy Symposia, 1987, 89, 93, 94. Editor Child Health News, since 1993.

      Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Public affairs chairman United Way, Washington Capital Area, Prince Georges County, 1981-1983. Vice president Waterfowl Association. President Windstream Association, 1988-1989.

    Vice president Waterfowl Terrace Association, since 1994. Member public relations committee Maryland, Delaware Cable television Association, Baltimore, 1981-1983. Member American Public Health Association (international maternal-child health committee), American Association of University Women, National Council International Health Association, University Maryland Baltimore County Alumni Association (board directors 1979-1983), Women's International Public Health Network.

    Clubs: Columbia Association Athletic (Maryland) (captain women's traveling racquetball team 1979-1983).



    Racquetball, windsurfing, skiing, painting.


    • Married Esko Riikonen, 1989. Children: Cynthia Lee, Anthony John, Jennifer Elizabeth.
    • father: John Edward Boothe
    • mother: Frances Elizabeth (Jett) Boothe
    • spouse: Esko Riikonen
    • children: Cynthia Lee Riikonen
    • Anthony John Riikonen
    • Jennifer Elizabeth Riikonen
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