Fellows


Aaron Gale

Country:US
Title:Project Manager
Partner:Vecna Cares
I am motivated by the belief that, whatever our background, it is our imperative to create a healthier and more just world than that which we came into.
Aaron is from Los Angeles, California. He received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences at Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, he helped plan service-learning trips for the Alternative Student Breaks student group and participated in a summer internship in environmental health research. After college, Aaron worked at a clean-tech startup in Tel Aviv. He returned to the US to work as a research fellow at the California Institute of Technology where he focused on nanoparticle-based cancer therapeutics and published his findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Prior to joining GHC, Aaron completed his Masters in Global Medicine at the University of Southern California. In his free time, Aaron enjoys hiking, yoga, running, and spending time with friends and family.

Aasit Nanavati

Country:Uganda
Title:M & E Associate
Partner:Management Sciences for Health¸ USAID
Community is the foundation to creating a change in the inequalities plauging our society; through community we will create a force against the challenges facing our world today.
Aasit is from Mount Laurel, New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate degree in Public Health at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate, he traveled to rural Guatemala to work on an infrastructure development project to build a kitchen that today, serves nearly 350 children. He also traveled to Costa Rica where he spent time learning about the various health care delivery mechanisms in place. Additionally, Aasit spent time with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, first as part of their Division of Acute Communicable Diseases, and later in their Division of Epidemiology. Aasit went on to earn his Master's degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where he wrote a final paper on the perceptions of individual participation in HIV clinical trials and created perceptual maps detailing the change in behavior. After completing his Master’s degree, Aasit moved to Mumbai, India to work on prevention of violence against women and children with an organization based in Dharavi, one of the largest slums in South-East Asia. In his spare time, Aasit enjoys traveling, relaxing with friends, and cheering on the Philadelphia E.A.G.L.E.S!!

Alida Sandra Ingabire

Country:Burundi
Title:Marketing and Communications
Partner:Population Services International ‹PSI›
I believe global health equity will be achievable if we bring our different strengths together, and I intend to do my share to realize this goal.
Alida was born and raised in Burundi. Her interest in addressing social inequalities led her to Malawi, where she worked with Makupo Development Group on HIV prevention for women and girls. Alida later moved to Sherbrooke, Canada to attend Bishop’s University, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology and International Relations. While in college, Alida served as president of the university’s Caribbean and African Students’ Association, a leadership position that afforded her opportunits to speak at conferences on global inequity. After graduating, Alida moved to Ottawa to work on a project with the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. In her free time, Alida is a dance teacher and choreographer for a local traditional Burundian dance troupe.

Allan Kabunga

Country:Uganda
Title:Health Outreach Fellow
Partner:Mpoma Community HIV ⁄ AIDS Initiative
Community and family are the basic units where participatory development begins.
Allan is from Mukono district in Uganda. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Health from International Health Sciences University in Kampala, Uganda. After completing his undergraduate studies, Allan joined the Kasenge Riverford Organic Center, an NGO that is dedicated to developing a sustainable organic agriculture in local Mukono, where he manages the organization’s welfare program. In addition, Allan works with other community-based organizations such as Send a Cow Uganda and Restless Development. Previously, he interned with the Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital as an internal clinical officer and with the Buganda Health Professionals Association as a Clinical Officer in the rural Buganda region of Uganda. He remains an active member of the International Health Sciences University’s Rotaract club and loves sports and African music.

Amritpal Sandhu

Country:Uganda
Title:Communications Fellow
Partner:ACODEV
As a nurse and journalist, meeting people who trust me enough to share their stories help humble, ground, and motivate me everyday.
Amber is from Los Angeles, California. She completed her undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University, where she majored in Journalism and has also worked as a licensed vocational nurse for the past eight years. After graduating from college, Amber traveled to Kenya where she volunteered at a hospital and worked in the medical ward, as well as the HIV and TB clinic. She also traveled to northwest Kenya as part of a humanitarian mission to provide food and medical care to the Turkana people affected by drought, and also provide medical care to the people of the Gioto Garbage Slum in Nakuru. Amber’s writing has been featured in various publications about social justice issues facing the Indian community. She also likes to volunteer with her local Red Cross chapter whenever she can.

Amy McDonough

Country:Uganda
Title:Grants Officer
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
I am motivated by the hope, positivity and determination that I have seen in communities gravely affected by health inequities. This energy and spirit inspires me to be a part of the global effort to end these disparities.
Amy is from Brookline, Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, majoring in Diplomacy and World Affairs. She spent a semester studying community health and social policy in Durban, South Africa, and volunteered to teach health workshops in Kigali, Rwanda. Amy also interned with the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, the International Rescue Committee, and was co-president of the Students for Barack Obama club on her campus. She moved to Washington, DC after graduation and joined John Snow, Inc. as a Program Coordinator on the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program where she helped to the develop immunization programs in sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia. She then took a position with the Open Society Foundations as a Program Assistant on their advocacy team, where she worked on public health and human rights issues. Amy loves yoga, baking, and cheering on the Red Sox!

Anna Katie Savage

Country:US
Title:Program Implementation Fellow
Partner:Children’s Health Fund
Health is holistic, and being healthy requires physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs being met; a community is crucial by linking a group of people to a network of resources providing holistic support to it's members in each of these areas.
Katie Savage is from the small town of Commerce, Georgia. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion from Clemson University, followed by her MPH with a Certificate in Global Health from the University of Georgia. During her academic tenure, Katie worked closely with local communities to conduct a variety of public health activities in partnership with organizations such as the American Red Cross, the HIV/AIDS Specialty Care Clinic, and the Jackson County Family Connection. Prior to joining GHC, she spent three months in Croatia establishing an international collaboration between the University of Georgia and the University of Zagreb and also conducted a pilot research study using data from the Croatia National Psychosis Registry.

Ayokunle Abogan

Country:US
Title:Health Policy Fellow
Partner:City of Newark· Department of Child and Family Well-Being
I am passionate about how best to address the imbalance connected to health-care access, adequate health coverage and health financing opportunities in low resource settings.
Ayokunle "Ayo" was born and raised in Nigeria. In 2013, Ayo received a Master’s degree in Public Affairs with a certificate in Health and Health Policy from Princeton University. His passion for international development, stem from early childhood experiences watching his mother, a midwife, provide pre and post-natal care and education to pregnant women in rural villages. Ayo received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Public Policy from Hobart College. After college, he worked at Princeton and then for Goldman Sachs in the asset management division. In 2010, he moved back to Nigeria to work with one of the southern state governments. Ayo also volunteered as a data analyst for the Clinton Health Access Initiative to support the national and provincial South African Departments of Health in their Malaria elimination efforts. Ayo enjoys many passtime activities, including wine tasting, cooking, and traveling.

Ben Haggai Onyango

Country:US
Title:Program Officer
Partner:Last Mile Health
Health equity means that every person counts.
Ben is from Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining GHC, Ben completed his degree at Catholic University of Eastern Africa, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. For the past seven years he worked for the NGO Carolina for Kibera, located in one of the largest urban informal settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa. Ben worked on major initiatives with the organization, including incorporating sexual and reproductive health into the HIV/AIDS services, establishing an under-five nutrition center, and setting up three community health units in areas of limited access to healthcare. He also worked with the Planned Parenthood Global Youth Peer Provider program, introducing the program in East Africa and contributing to the development of the program’s Replication Manual as well as acting as a senior trainer for the East Africa program. In addition to his work, Ben has run the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon four times, to raise funds for eye care.

Benon Mugulusi

Country:Uganda
Title:Partnership and Fundraising Fellow
Partner:ACODEV
Community offers me a belonging, a home and hope for the future. It is the cornerstone of my own existence and longevity, and I would love to maintain a peaceful and healthy community as a an avenue of opportunity for everyone to work hard to meet their own aspirations.
Benon lived in Swaziland and South Africa for almost ten years, and eventually settled in Kampala, Uganda in 1999. He completed his Bachelors of Science in Actuarial Science at the Makerere University. During his time at university, he worked as a Data and Research Analyst with SASAKAWA Global 2000, a locally based NGO in that aims to empower communities through sustainable agricultural projects. Since completing his studies, Benon worked at the Uganda Securities Exchange as a Securities Central Depository Clerk, and later, at SimbaNET Ltd., as a Sales Account Manager, where he was responsible for developing their Corporate Clients Network. He loves reading general knowledge books and loves sports with particular inclination to soccer, rugby and formula1.

Betel Ezaz

Country:Malawi
Title:Partnership Officer
Partner:Riders for Health
A true community is one that works to better itself, not out of obligation but of a sincere expectation of sustainable progress.
Although Betel grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, she is originally from the East African country, Eritrea. She attended college at Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in International and Area Studies as well as Public Health. Looking to continue her undergraduate work in diversity and advocacy, Betel joined the Missouri Democratic Party as a Lead Field Organizer for the Coordinated Re-election Campaign for Senator Claire McCaskill, managing voter outreach and education in North St. Louis County. Before joining GHC, Betel worked between the St. Louis-based headquarters and Malawi field office of Project Peanut Butter, a malnutrition intervention and research organization, as a Field Research Manager. Betel helped implement a new study on moderate malnutrition and coordinate logistics for feeding clinics in Southern Malawi. She is excited to return to Malawi and explore other parts of Southern Africa, meet new people, and find new music along the way!

Bowie Daniel Hall

Country:Uganda
Title:Program Manager
Partner:Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability¸ USAID
I am motivated by the opportunity to learn new skills and share them to help others.
Danny grew up in Minnesota. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in International Political Economy, before beginning a career in finance with Corporate Financial Advisors, HSBC, and Citibank. Danny enlisted in the US Army Reserve on his seventeenth birthday and has served a number of roles through the military; most recently, he completed training as a civil affairs specialist and health care specialist (combat medic). He has volunteered with several service projects as a member of Rotary International. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in international law from the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. As an avid traveler, Danny has visited over 60 countries! He enjoys writing music, studying languages, weightlifting, skiing, and sailing, and is also interested in architecture, sustainable agriculture, and biochemistry.

Brian Ssennoga

Country:Uganda
Title:Communications and Documentation Officer
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
I have the desire to be an excellent innovator in order to get rid of social injustices, to be a part of new solutions to old problems, to connect, to learn, and to share.
Brian is from Kampala, Uganda. He completed his undergraduate degree at Makerere University, majoring in Computer Science, and his postgraduate studies at Amity University in India, majoring in Information Technology. Brian is passionate about Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and is particularly interested in its intersection with healthcare. Previously, he worked with Watoto Child Care Ministries and various African projects for AED-Satellife's Center for Health and Information Technology, for which he received an award for his work in strengthening health information systems in Uganda. Prior to joining GHC, Brian worked at the International Health Sciences University in Kampala, where he provided ICT support to staff and students. He is a strong advocate for Free and Open Source Software, has worked with the local Linux User Community, and has served on the FOSSFA Council and Executive. Brian is an avid social media enthusiast; he regularly blogs and spends time volunteering with the Media Department at his local church. In his free time, he likes to cook meals for his family and play guitar at his local church.

Casey Kilburn

Country:US
Title:Program Manager
Partner:The Grassroot Project
I believe in the power of being part of a global community that shares a common desire and passion for equality in health care as a most basic and essential human right.
Casey is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management and a minor in Social Work and Nonprofit Studies from North Carolina State University. As an undergraduate, Casey studied abroad at The University of Ghana and played on the NCSU Women’s Varsity soccer team. She spent the year prior to her GHC fellowship in Lusaka, Zambia as a Monitoring & Evaluation intern for Grassroot Soccer, a nonprofit organization that uses soccer and sport-based curriculum to teach kids about HIV/AIDS and life skills. While in Zambia, Casey took part in a 300+ mile charity bike ride to raise awareness and money for HIV-related initiatives in Zambia. Casey is an avid soccer player, enjoys cooking (and eating!), painting, yoga, and anything outdoors.

Cassandra Gallese

Country:Uganda
Title:Policy Officer
Partner:Action Africa Help
I believe health is a human right, and health equity means realizing that right for all of us, regardless of the circumstances into which we were born.
Cassandra grew up in Southington, Connecticut, but has called New York City home for the last eight years. She studied Biology and Anthropology at the University of Chicago. Upon graduating, she joined AmeriCorps, serving at a large community health center in the South Bronx where she stayed for four years. While with AmeriCorps, she coordinated a school-based health education program and provided grant writing and communications services for the organization's development office. While serving with AmeriCorps, she also completed her Master's in Public Health at Columbia University. After completing her graduate degree, Cassandra worked on refugee resettlement in Kenya and on the national expansion of HIV/AIDS services in Ethiopia. Upon returning to the States, she joined amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, where she oversaw communications for the organization's TREAT Asia program. In her free time, Cassandra can be found at samba class or introducing friends to the joys of shiro at her favorite Ethiopian restaurant.

Charlotte Bourdillon

Country:Rwanda
Title:Maternal and Child Health Fellow
Partner:The Access Project
I believe in and am passionate about the capacity for interdisciplinary collaboration and preexisting community strengths that can lay the groundwork for creative, evidence-based solutions to intransigent public health problems.
Charlotte is from Indianapolis, Indiana. She majored in Community Health and International Relations at Tufts University. While in school, she collaborated on a variety of immigrant and refugee outreach projects, in addition to participating in international fieldwork that included assessing water and sanitation development projects in Nepal, interning with an indigenous Chilean women's weaving cooperative, and conducting focus group research for a student maternal health initiative in Balan, Haiti. Additionally, Charlotte interned at Physicians for Human Rights, where she contributed background research for a report on human rights violations in Burma. After graduating, Charlotte participated in a fellowship with the Kakeyna Center for Excellence (KCE), where she managed in-country operations for an anti-FGM and anti-early marriage project and their flagship girls’ boarding school in rural Kenya. Before joining GHC, she completed a post-baccalaureate premedical program at American University in Washington, D.C. In addition to her studies at American University, Charlotte volunteered with the Mary's Center to launch a Centering Pregnancy prenatal program for immigrant women. Charlotte loves a good culinary adventure and learning new languages.

Chelsea Ducharme

Country:Uganda
Title:Fundraising Manager
Partner:ACODEV
The notion of a global community is important to me because I believe we are all innately interconnected and responsible for the wellbeing of each other; we are one world.
Before joining GHC, Chelsea was a member of the Strategic Analysis & Partnerships team in the Washington, DC offices of FHI 360, an international development NGO focusing on sustainable, integrated approaches to improving lives around the world. There, she developed organizational partnerships and supported country strategic planning activities. Pursuing her interest in infectious and neglected tropical diseases, Chelsea earned both an Bachelor of Science in Biology and MPH in Global Health at The George Washington University. She has lived in Belgium, Martinique and Dominica, where she supported the development of a pilot surveillance system for emerging infectious diseases in the Caribbean. Previously, Chelsea interned on the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation Public Affairs team, worked for an AmeriCorps teaching program, and volunteered for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) online hotline. As a US-Canadian dual citizen, she grew up not far from the border in Essex Junction, Vermont, and loves cooking, traveling, and being outdoors.

Chrispine Ungapembe

Country:Malawi
Title:Partnership Officer
Partner:Riders for Health
Everyone, regardless of status, sex, ethnic differences, but not limited by age, has a right to health education, health facilities and health personnel.
Chrispine completed his undergraduate studies in Agriculture and Food Security at Natural Resources College in Malawi and went on to acquire a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Administration from Exploits University. While in school, Chrispine worked with Micro Enterprise Development Program in Hope Missions as an agriculture and food security program coordinator and then as Deputy Project Director. Chrispine is also a radio producer and host for Trans World Radio and in his spare time he is a songwriter, poet, and small-time guitar player, and the lead-singer in a church band.

Christina Allain

Country:Malawi
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Clinton Health Access Initiative
Community is important because connectedness through relationships to others gives strength, support, joy and overall meaning to life.
Christina grew up in Berkley, Massachusetts, and has lived in Boston for the last 10 years. Christina completed a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in French from Boston University followed by an MPH in International Health from their school of Public Health. While pursuing her MPH part-time, Christina also worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a clinical researcher, first at Novartis for cardiovascular and metabolism indications and then at Epizyme for genetically-defined cancers. In addition to her public health coursework, Christina volunteered as an English teacher in Ayutthaya, Thailand, as a 50 States Access and Opportunity Project intern at the Abortion Access Project in Cambridge, and as a community volunteer supporting clients with health and welfare needs at the Codman Square Community Health Center in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. Christina loves competitive ultimate Frisbee, reading, digital photography, and outdoor activities like mountain climbing and cycling.

Christina Roberts

Country:Rwanda
Title:M&E Specialist
Partner:Rwanada Ministry of Health
I choose to pursue work that engages in eliminating global health disparities and GHC provides an opportunity for me to affect that change.
Christina grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland. As an undergraduate student at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, Christina conducted biomedical research in infectious disease. She was the first undergraduate student selected to be a part of a health international training program as a Tropical Disease Health Research Intern with whom she traveled to Ghana where she researched cerebral malaria. After graduating from Spelman, Christina earned her Master’s Degree in Public Health with a core discipline in Epidemiology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree, she was chosen as an ORISE fellow for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, serving as a Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst for the Division of Viral Hepatitis. Christina also participated in domestic, community based projects to increase health awareness, promote healthy lifestyles among students and local residents, and improve accessibility to healthcare for low income communities. When she is not working, Christina enjoys music festivals, suspense novels and spending time with family and friends.

Christine Kaleeba

Country:Uganda
Title:Advocacy and Communications Officer
Partner:Baylor - Uganda
The actions of one can only go so far; a community acting together is more likely to have a more sustainable impact.
Christine spent much of her childhood in Uganda, but has also lived and studied in Kenya, England, France and Switzerland. Prior to joining GHC, Christine worked for Total E&P in Uganda, a major international oil and gas exploration company, where she worked as a project coordinator. Christine completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations at the Geneva School of International Relations and Diplomacy. While in school, Christine worked with the HIV Code of Good Practice initiative at the International Federation of the Red Cross in Geneva as a Communications Assistant. She also worked with Chanel SA in Paris as a Press Relations assistant and with the Executive for the African Medical and Research Foundation in London as a Communications and Programmes Assistant. Christine was inspired to work in global health by her mother, who has been an HIV/AIDS activist for many years.

Colin Gerber

Country:Rwanda
Title:Research and M&E Officer
Partner:Partners In Health
I am motivated to do today what yesterday seemed impossible and tomorrow will seem trivial.
Colin is from Boulder, Colorado. He received his bachelor’s degree in International Affairs at the University of Colorado and during college, spent a semester in Mali studying rural empowerment through land management. He received his MPH in Community Health Promotion from the University of Minnesota. During his graduate studies, Colin volunteered with the Uganda Village Project on rural health improvement projects for safe drinking water and sanitation in Iganga District, Uganda. He also led a small group of American high school students on a cultural exchange and service-learning trip in Ghana as part of The Experiment in International Living. Before GHC, Colin worked as a Quality Analyst for a group of clinics, primarily serving uninsured patients in northern Minneapolis. Colin loves learning new languages, and speaks French and English fluently.

Daisy Nakasi

Country:Uganda
Title:M&E Officer
Partner:Reach Out Mbuya
Community is important to me because it helps societies create solutions, provide security and reveal dedications.
Daisy is from Mukono, Uganda. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Makerere University, with a focus on Development Economics. While at university, she interned with the Rukungiri district’s local water department to develop a more efficient and effective data management system. After graduating, she proceeded to join World Vision Uganda’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene project, as part of their monitoring and evaluation team that aimed to improve community access to safe water, improve the functionality of sanitation facilities, and to promote good hygiene. Daisy completed her Master’s degree in Economic Policy and Planning and is a member of the Uganda Statistical Society. When she has free time, Daisy enjoys watching movies, traveling, and meeting new people.

Dan Aceda

Country:US
Title:Project Manager
Partner:Vecna Cares
I am excited to work on something bigger than me and something that I didn't start.
Dan “Chizi,” was raised in Nairobi, Kenya. Dan grew up as an actor and songwriter, where he won two Kisima Awards in 2008 for his song Shamba La Wanyama, for Best Urban Male Artist and Songwriter of The Year. In July 2010, Dan released his second album Benganology just two days after the defense of his undergraduate thesis at the University of Nairobi. Previously, Dan was the Project manager at the Nairobi Chapel Events secretariat before moving on to be a radio producer and presenter at Baraka FM. He also worked as a copywriter for the PEPFAR behavioral change video game and as an architect before starting his own media production company called The African Bonfire.

Danielle Payne

Country:Malawi
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Lighthouse Trust
As part of a team, although my role may seem small, I am motivated knowing my teammates are always depending on me to do my part.
Danielle grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her undergraduate studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. While in college, she studied abroad in China and the Dominican Republic and served as president of the Georgetown University Step Team. After graduating, Danielle worked as a Program Officer at a non-profit organization focused on international economic development. Danielle completed her Master’s in International Health and Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. During her graduate studies, she interned in the southern province of Zambia on Monitoring and Evaluation activities for a PMTCT program. She also worked as a Research Assistant at Boston Medical Center and a Data Analysis intern at the Institute for Community Health. Danielle enjoys cooking and sharing food experiments with her roommates.

Delanie Ricketts

Country:Uganda
Title:Distance Learning Fellow
Partner:Infectious Disease Institute
The best way to constructively contribute to communities suffering from inadequate health services is to learn from their culture, their organizations, and their best practices.
Delanie is from Salinas, California and graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice. During her studies, Delanie traveled to Israel to volunteer for Windows: Channels for Communication, a non-profit based in Tel Aviv that works with Israeli and Palestinian youth to produce a Hebrew-Arabic Magazine. Additionally, Delanie interned at the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC. Prior to joining GHC, Delanie worked for Magoosh, a startup that offers online test-prep services to students all over the world. Delanie has been playing the oboe and English horn for ten years and played for the University Symphony Orchestra at UC Berkeley.

Diallo Afadhali

Country:Malawi
Title:Supply Chain Analyst
Partner:Clinton Health Access Initiative
I am a health care passionate and want to contribute to caring for others and the common good.
Diallo is from Rwanda. While in pharmacy school, he served as the president of the Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students’ Association and chairperson of the African Regional Office for the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation. In these positions, Diallo had the opportunity to represent Rwandan pharmacy students at international pharmacy conferences in Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He also played a leading role in organizing the 2012 Central African Regional Symposium on drug abuse eradication based in Rwanda. Previously, Diallo worked as the International Relations Officer for the Rwanda Village Concept Project, a project that focuses on promoting public health, finding ways to help communities increase profitability and productivity, raising awareness on HIV/AIDS and malaria, and promoting social justice. He was also founder and president of the Rwanda Youth Health Association.

Edward Otim

Country:Uganda
Title:Program Manager
Partner:Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability¸ USAID
I am motivated to fight for the good of all and I hope to see each and every person experience the world as a better place to live.
Edward comes from the Soroti district of Eastern Uganda. He completed his undergraduate studies at Makerere University with a concentration in Conservation Biology. While at university, he worked closely with the National Association of Professional Environmentalists to advocate for Uganda’s environmental protection. Additionally, Edward worked as project coordinator with Africare Uganda, where he successfully implemented four projects: the Uganda/USAID PL480 Title II multi-year assistance program that spanned eight districts in Teso-sub region; the WFP Purchase for Progress program that covered four districts in Teso-Sub region; the Safe Drinking Water for Uganda project funded by Proctor & Gamble; and the Improved Access to Community Nutrition and Health project funded by UPS.

Elizabeth Agi

Country:US
Title:Policy Assistant
Partner:Single Stop
Being healthy -- in all its myriad forms and meanings -- should be a basic right of humanity, not something that only those with money or power can access.
Elizabeth “Liz” was born and raised in Alaska. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Alaska Anchorage, where she led the campus’ only student feminist organization. After college, she worked as a direct services advocate in a domestic violence shelter and conducted legislation analysis for the first health policy journal in Alaska. She went on to pursue her master’s degree in Urban Policy Analysis at the New School, where she worked on evaluating the comprehensive sex education curricula for the National Institute of Reproductive Health, and researched how to effectively use information and communication technologies to promote gender equality for UN Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development. Before joining GHC, Liz worked as research analyst for Alaska Medicaid. In her downtime, she can be found getting lost in a bookstore or trying out a new recipe.

Eric Manasse Muvandimwe

Country:Rwanda
Title:Management Fellow
Partner:The Access Project
There is nothing good and durable that I can achieve without community.
Eric is from Rwanda. He completed his undergraduate degree at Kigali Health Institute in Environmental Health Sciences in the department of Community Health Development. While in school, Eric worked with the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Program and conducted research on harvesting, appreciation and use of rainwater. Since completing his studies, Eric worked as Environmental Health Officer at Mareba and Bethsaida Health Centers, where he participated in implementing Community Health Worker programs. In his free time, Eric is involved in Christian student movements, serving as the national coordinator of University Bible Groups.

Erin Keating

Country:Uganda
Title:Fundraising and Development Officer
Partner:Kyetume CBHC
I am motivated by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" I believe every day is an opportunity to answer that question by serving those in our global community.
Erin Keating is from Chicago, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she majored in African Language and Literature, and International Studies with a minor in African Studies. While in school, Erin participated in an abroad program split between Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland and Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland; and another program at the University of Ghana- Legon, where Erin volunteered at a local development agency, assisting with initiatives in the migrant slums. During her time at UW Madison, Erin also participated in various service projects working with vulnerable populations in New Orleans, Rwanda and Nicaragua and served as a Director and Executive Board Member for an organization dedicated to supporting children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Erin spent the last two years in San Diego, California working in the Development Department of Invisible Children, an organization dedicated to ending the use of child soldiers and permanently dismantling the LRA, now active throughout Central Africa. At Invisible Children, Erin has been involved with everything from corporate partnerships to fundraising to stewardship, and also assisted with donor relations during the height of the Kony 2012 campaign. When Erin isn't cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers, she can be found running, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, or generally just enjoying the California sun.

Esnatt Gondwe

Country:Malawi
Title:Partnership Officer
Partner:Malawi Ministry of Health
I believe there is still a lot to be done to improve the standard of living and health care in my community and I want to join a community that shares my passion and that can equip me to make a difference.
Esnatt is from Malawi. She received her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Arts and humanities at the University Of Malawi, Chancellor College, majoring in English Literature and minoring in History and Classics. Esnatt co- founded and coordinated a student-run organization in her second year of college called Stimulus, which works to educate, inspire and empower children in the rural areas of her community. After graduating from college, Esnatt conceptualized the “BE THE CURE” campaign for cancer awareness and fund-raising and was part of the organizing committee for the nationwide cancer day commemoration activities.

Evelyn Ninsiima

Country:Uganda
Title:Health System Quality Improvement Coordinator: HIV/AIDS and TB Intervention
Partner:Millennium Villages
The desire to contribute and participate in making a positive change gives me satisfaction.
Evelyn is from Uganda. She is a practicing midwife and trained at the Kabale school midwifery program. She completed her undergraduate studies in Community Health at Uganda Christian University, Mukonn. She previously worked with GTZ in a refugee settlement, where she helped mothers effectively utilize health services for better pregnancy outcomes and helped local youth access and benefit from an expanded immunization program. Prior to joining GHC, Evelyn worked at Bwindi hospital, where she initiated a Preventing-Mother-to-Child-Transmission of HIV program that saw a significant number of mothers living with HIV give birth to children free of HIV.

Frank Atukunda

Country:Uganda
Title:District Computerization Associate
Partner:ASSIST
Community is where I live, it's in the community that my children will grow, go to school and attain health care. A well established community breeds a great nation.
Frank was born in the Rukungiri district and grew up in the Kabale district in Uganda. During his Senior Six vacation, he teamed up with other youth to form the Kabale Youth Humanitarian Association, where he worked to mobilize local Kabale youth to reach a greater level of humanitarian awareness and participation in their own communities. Frank went on to complete his undergraduate degree in Information Technology at Makerere University Kampala. While at university, he participated in a civil-servant leadership course under the Compassion International Leadership Development Program, expanding upon his own leadership experience as a founding member of the KYHA. Prior to joining GHC, Frank worked at Ubongosoft Ltd. as an Analyst Programmer.

Fred Chitalu

Country:Zambia
Title:Senior M&E Specialist
Partner:Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia
Social equity is my everyday motivation. I take each day as my opportunity to contribute in any possible way to cause social justice, especially making the voices of marginalized groups in the society be heard and acted upon.
Fred grew up in Kitwe, Zambia. He received his undergraduate degree in agroforestry at Copperbelt University in Zambia, served as Secretary General for the Association of Visiting Secretaries, was a projects coordinator for the Natural Resource and Environmental Society, and was a member of the Student Council. While in school, Fred founded the Natubombe Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Ltd., the first ever cooperative in his community. Fred also completed a graduate certificate in monitoring and evaluation at University of Zambia in 2012. Prior to joining GHC, he worked at World Vision on their Sustainability Through Economic Strengthening, Prevention, and Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children initiative.

Happy Zulu

Country:Zambia
Title:Senior Research Associate
Partner:Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development
Community it is a source of inspiration and knowledge, provides solace, and it is a vehicle beyond immediate family through which one can express and share good and bad moments in life.
Happy is from Chipata District in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Driven by his interest in promoting health and well being, Happy pursued a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Zambia (UNZA). During his studies, Happy was elected president of the UNZA Psychology Association and was also a part of the UNZA Council of Halls Representatives. He received a NORAD scholarship for his work in the brain-behaviour relationship. He went on to complete a Master’s of Science in Clinical Neuropsychology at UNZA where he was granted the Young Scholars’ Award. Prior to joining Global Health Corps, Happy was a lecturer at the Cavendish University in Zambia. In addition to his work, Happy also enjoys reading, traveling, and playing games, including soccer, chess, scrabble, and table tennis.

Hazel Namadingo

Country:Malawi
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Community is an entity that has shaped me to be who I am today and continues to inspire me to be more.
Hazel is from Balaka, south of Malawi. She has a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College and a certificate in Bioethics and Research Ethics from CEBESA, College of Medicine. She majored in Sociology during her undergraduate training because she wanted to understand more about communities and people living in them so that she could contribute in finding ways of making people's lives better. After finishing college Hazel went to Balaka her home town where she started working as a Personnel and Data Coordinator for Tsogolo la Thanzi Research Study, a Penn State University longitudinal study looking at ‘How young adults navigate reproduction in an AIDS epidemic’. While working at TLT Hazel also had a chance to coordinate a qualitative study looking at ‘Young adult’s response to ART’. She also collaborated with researchers from Colorado University on publishing a paper in the journal of AIDS CARE on HIV Treatment Optimism and it's predictors among young adults in Southern Africa. In her recent job, Hazel was working as a social science consultant in an organization undertaking water, sanitation and environment related projects. Hazel is currently living in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi and she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Herve DeBarego

Country:Rwanda
Title:Pharmacy Supply Chain Analyst
Partner:Partners In Health
Doing something that makes someone healthy, happy and inspired is the pulse of my daily life.
Hervé is from Kigali, Rwanda. Prior to joining GHC, Hervé worked at the Rubavu District Pharmacy and the community pharmacy in Kigali. He studied pharmacy at the National University of Rwanda, where he also participated in the Academy for Leadership in Competitiveness and Prosperity, a program that helps young professionals to develop excellent leadership skills and expand their capacity to implement competitive strategies for prosperity. Additionally, Hervé volunteered with the Imbuto Foundation’s Rwanda Speaks Mentorship program, which provides secondary students with the tools and skills to become responsible adults. His pastimes include business development, cooking, graphic designing and Internet surfing.

Isabel Kumwembe

Country:Malawi
Title:Communications and Documentation Coordinator
Partner:AGHC
I am motivated by faith: the knowledge that I have the ability to positively impact the world if I just believe in myself.
Isabel is from Lilongwe, Malawi. She completed her undergraduate studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, where she majored in sociology. While in school, she was the President of the Sociology Society. During her senior year, Isabel founded Chanco: Project Rejuvenation, a student driven initiative aimed at rehabilitating dilapidated infrastructure at Chancellor College. Through this initiative, classrooms were re-painted, re-tiled, attained new white-boards, wall clocks, lecture stands and given a new look in line with modern classroom requirements. In her spare time, Isabel enjoys soccer, basketball, jogging, and playing the guitar.

James Legerme

Country:Burundi
Title:Marketing and Communications Fellow
Partner:Population Services International ‹PSI›
I believe in providing good health resources and care to all walks of life, regardless of one's socioeconomic background.
James Legerme was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication at the University of Central Florida. James served in the Peace Corps as a Rural Health Educator in Morocco where he trained over 80 professional and non-professional health workers to enhance their capacity to deliver effective preventive health education in rural areas. In addition, James was a member of the Peace Corps Morocco’s AIDS Committee and in his second year was elected Chairperson of the Committee. As Chairperson, James built and maintained relationships between the Committee and local and international HIV/AIDS NGOs. Born to immigrant parents from the island country of Haiti, James is interested in going to work in Haiti in the future.

Jane Olszewski

Country:Uganda
Title:Food Security Fellow
Partner:Mpoma Community HIV ⁄ AIDS Initiative
I am motivated daily by the knowledge that unequal and unjust distributions of wealth and resources are the norm worldwide, and that I can play at least some part in combatting that reality.
Jane was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she spent the past 3 years working as an urban farmer for Grow Pittsburgh, a non-profit whose mission is to demonstrate, teach, and promote sustainable agriculture in an urban environment. As manager of the non-profit’s greenhouse and Shiloh Farm, Jane instituted a low-income Community Supported Agriculture program that allowed local community members to purchase their farm’s produce using their Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Since 2010, Jane served as Vice President of the board for Allegheny CleanWays, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering communities in the Pittsburgh region to stand together and eradicating the illegal dumping by local industries. She also volunteers with HandsOn Tech, an organization that provides free tech support to nonprofits. Jane received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University where she majored in International Relations with a concentration in African Regional Studies. In her free time, Jane enjoys biking, baking, and gardening.

Jean Baptiste Hategekimana

Country:Rwanda
Title:Agriculture Associate
Partner:Gardens for Health International
Community is important because when it is healthy it can be wealthy, which is the primary concern of heading to sustainable development.
Jean Baptiste Hategekimana is from Kaniga-Gicumbi-Northern Province/Rwanda. He completed his undergraduate studies at National University of Rwanda, majoring in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. While at National University of Rwanda, he founded the National University of Rwanda Agribusiness Students Association, a group that helps connect students with internship opportunities. Jean Baptiste holds a Master's degree in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice, an international program at the School of Oriental and African Studies/Center for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP) of University of London under the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. He is the founding member of Companiones Vulneris Association, a youth-led organization that provides care to vulnerable peoples in the Gicumbi District. After graduating, Jean Baptiste worked with DOT-Rwanda as a business and entrepreneurship skills trainer, coach, action-researcher and facilitator. He also worked with ROAP as a training manager and researcher. Prior to GHC, he worked for Frontiers Adventures Great Lakes Ltd as a farm manager, business skills facilitator and mentor. Previously, he was also involved in starting a fruit and vegetable production venture called Kizinga Farm Ltd, which specialized in Tamarillo production and vegetables.

Jean Claude Muhire

Country:Rwanda
Title:Community Mobilizer
Partner:Health Poverty Action
Community helps to connect people with diverse backgrounds to achieve common goals.
Claude is from Nyagatare district in Rwanda. He received his undergraduate degree in Fundamental and Computational Physics from the National University of Rwanda (NUR). While at university, Claude served as the Faculty Representative for the Faculty of Science and he represented his faculty in the NUR academic senate. He also took on a leadership role in the expansion of the NUR Unity and Reconciliation Club at Rwandan high schools. Claude has volunteered in several public campaigns, including campaigns relating to family planning and anti-corruption. Upon graduating, Claude worked as Facilitator Corps Manager in charge of designing, implementing, and managing social impact projects with Spark Microgrants, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting poor rural communities in Rwanda and Uganda.

Jean Luc Ugirashebuja

Country:Rwanda
Title:Maternal and Child Health Fellow
Partner:The Access Project
Community service is important to me because it provides me with eye-opening experiences while benefitting many people. Knowing that a great impact can be made on others lives, through simple actions, makes the work worthwhile.
Jean Luc grew up in Kigali, Rwanda. He completed his MD in Medicine and Surgery from the National University of Rwanda and prior to joining GHC, worked as a General Practitioner at Kigeme Hospital. In 2011-2012, Jean Luc served as the Central Africa Regional Focal Point for the Global Youth Coalition on AIDS and also collaborated with the Red-Nike and King Baudouin Foundation to start the Girls Football Against AIDS Project. Previously, Jean Luc conducted a one-month Community Medicine and Public Health Program at the Child Family Health International in India and also started a mobile voluntary counseling and testing project in rural Rwanda.

Jean Paul Sebuhayi Uwase

Country:Rwanda
Title:Design Fellow
Partner:MASS Design Group
I believe that my hand must serve the people around me.
Jean Paul is from the Karongi district in Rwanda. He studied architecture at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. As an undergraduate, Jean Paul interned at MASS Design Group, where he worked on the Butaro Hospital and Nyanza Maternity projects, designing structures that facilitate the healing process. Jean Paul is interested in exploring new architectural designs that will help the community live healthy and comfortable lives.

Jenna Marie Mellor

Country:US
Title:Health Fellow
Partner:Covenant House International
I believe in the idea that "it takes a village"- for everything from raising our children to making the changes we want to see in the world; there is power and accountability to one another when we work together, however messy and difficult that might be, as communities.
Jenna recently returned from a year of living and working with her partner, a proud Cochabambino, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Before her time in South America, Jenna ran the flagship Outreach Program at HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive), where she managed a team of over 75 volunteers to provide a diverse range of services including HIV testing, counseling, condom distribution, and syringe exchange. She joined HIPS after working at Safe Horizon in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office as a case manager for domestic violence survivors. Jenna is a sex-positive leader and oral historian, who as an undergraduate at Harvard founded the high-impact Female Orgasm Seminar and chaired the Radcliffe Union of Students, a feminist organization devoted to activism and the arts. She has led menstruation workshops for Boston-area teenagers, taught literacy courses to migrant farm workers in New Jersey, and conducted original research into the history of involuntary sterilization in the United States. No matter where Jenna is in the world, she always reps the big hair and bodacious ways of her beloved hometown, Atlantic City.

Jeremiah J. Mwiinga

Country:Zambia
Title:Call Center Software Engineer
Partner:CHAMP
Community is important to me because it gives me a platform to be able to serve and deliver the best that I can through my abilities, skills, and expertise so that I can, in one way or the other, play a critical role. In a community, everybody has a special and unique skill and talent and I am able to learn from others.
Jeremiah is from Livingstone, Zambia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Object Oriented Software Engineering from The Copperbelt University. During his studies, Jeremiah worked with Missions Outreach to collect and distribute clothing, food and other items to widows, orphans, vulnerable children, and physically disabled persons in Zambia, Malawi and Botswana. He also worked as a Lecturer at the Victoria Falls University of Technology, and additionally acted as an advisor for undergraduate student projects involving computer networking, database technologies and information systems. Jeremiah not only hopes to impact communities with his expertise in information systems, but also with his appreciation of the arts, such as dancing, poetry, and music.

Joan Nakirya Wakida

Country:Uganda
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Infectious Disease Institute
Community offers a sense of belonging to its members, an opportunity for one to grow, an environment to mentor and be mentored, a place where diversity is nurtured and celebrated, and a platform upon which we can make a noble contribution in the lives of other people.
Joan is from eastern Uganda. She completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology at Makerere University. As an undergraduate, she completed a research project on the impact of local women gift giving associations upon the welfare of women in peri-urban communities. Additionally, she volunteered with the Uganda Village Project, mobilizing communities to adopt safe water hygiene and seek fistulae repair services. She also volunteered with Butabika Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Unit. Joan completed her Masters’ degree in Population and Reproductive Health at Makerere University, during which she worked as a consultant with the Program for Accessible Communication and Education, and interned with the Ministry of Health (R H Division). Before joining GHC, she worked with the Uganda Health Marketing Group under their Monitoring and Evaluation Department. Joan founded a local community engagement youth group in East Kampala and hopes to continue engaging communities to discuss positive changes towards their welfare.

John Joseph Lawrence

Country:Zambia
Title:Senior Research Associate
Partner:Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development
No individual is as effective on their own as they could be when plugged into a larger movement that is working towards a common goal.
Joseph is originally from Atlanta, GA. He received his undergraduate degree Biological Sciences from the University of Georgia and his Master’s degree in Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and a Certificate in Global Health from the University of Pittsburgh. While an undergraduate, Joseph conducted research with the Southern Center for Communication Health and Poverty. During his time in Pittsburgh, he worked at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion at the Pittsburgh VA on several studies including the Veterans Aging Cohort Study, investigating the link between HIV and cardiovascular disease. Since 2007, Joseph has been traveling to Zambia with the group Zambia Medical Mission, conducting mobile medical clinics in remote areas of the Southern Province. As a part of his graduate studies, he also completed an internship with Namwianga Radio in Zambia, evaluating the effectiveness of the station’s health communications messages. Before joining GHC, he regularly volunteered on the production team at NorthBridge Community Church.

Jonathan Cali

Country:US
Title:Social Protection and Health Fellow
Partner:Inter-American Development Bank
No one is capable of addressing the world's most pressing health issues alone.
Jon is from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining GHC, Jon was an intern in the policy group of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT. Jonathan completed a Master’s degree in International Development from the London School of Economics where he conducted research on the future of the Millennium Development Goals as an intern at Voluntary Service Overseas, a London-based international development NGO. Previously, Jon spent a year volunteering with Rostro de Cristo in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he worked at a leprosy clinic and ran an after-school program for children in an impoverished urban community. He received his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Boston College and spent a semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During college, he was a volunteer English tutor for young immigrants in the Boston area and participated in a service-learning trip to the US-Mexico border.

Jose Carlos Gutierrez

Country:US
Title:Social Protection and Health Fellow
Partner:Inter-American Development Bank
Equity is justice; with the right policies we can ensure that no one is denied the right to health.
Jose is from South Texas and spent much of his time growing up in nearby Monterrey, Mexico. He received his B.A. in History from Yale University, and he spent his junior year abroad in several areas throughout Mexico, doing research for the Oportunidades Program and volunteering with community organizations. Jose received his Master’s degree in Health Systems from Johns Hopkins, where he focused primarily on health finance and economics. In the past year, Jose interned at USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC, where he helped rollout a new financial monitoring tool for PEPFAR programs, and at Catholic Relief Services in Sierra Leone, he helped in the coordination and implementation of a national malaria survey. In his spare time, Jose enjoys watching and playing soccer.

Joya Taft-Dick

Country:US
Title:Communication and Youth Advocacy Officer
Partner:Together for Girls
The communities we are raised in shape us, the communities we work in teach and support us, and the communities we create can inspire us.
Joya is originally from Springfield, Vermont, however, as the daughter of UN employee she grew up overseas. She received her Bachelors’ Degree from Middlebury College, where she double-majored in Religion and French. After graduating, Joya spent a year in Sri Lanka working for a local women’s rights organization, followed by a public health organization. She then moved to Washington D.C to work for a Congressional Commission examining sexual violence in prisons and jails. Following her work on the Hill, Joya earned a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, studying human security with a focus on gender-based violence. Prior to joining GHC, Joya worked as a Gender Specialist on an agriculture project in Ghana, a contributing writer for PolicyMic, and trained to be a volunteer at the DC Rape Crisis Center.

Kai Cowger

Country:Uganda
Title:Health System Quality Improvement Coordinator
Partner:Millennium Villages
No man is an island. I understand that although the strength of a single person can have indelible impacts upon others, the power of a community, each person relying upon and strengthening the others, can be the most influential force for good.
Kai is originally from Takasaki, Japan. He completed his undergraduate studies at Macalester College, majoring in Biology with a focus in global health. While in college, he founded the Macalester Global Health Organization, a student-led group that works to build awareness, organize speakers, and facilitate action surrounding pertinent development and global health issues. During his studies, he traveled to India to work with Vanchit Vikas, where he developed innovative solutions to facilitate more efficient distribution of HIV/AIDS treatment and to build case studies of sex workers living with HIV in Pune, India. He has also interned at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, investigating the spatial epidemiological distribution of cervical cancer among high-risk women in the United States, as well as with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Vaccine Preventable Disease Unit, supporting the data management and investigation of the 2012 pertussis outbreak. Kai enjoys running marathons, traveling, playing water polo, and challenging anyone, anytime, in his favorite game, chess!

Katherine Williams

Country:Uganda
Title:Quality Assurance Fellow
Partner:Reach Out Mbuya
We will realize health equity when every person has the opportunity to seek and to really find appropriate and adequate care, while being treated with dignity and value.
Katherine grew up in Marietta, Georgia. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia and two master’s degrees in Public Health and Social Work, with a focus in Global Health from Washington University in St. Louis. Throughout graduate school, Katherine worked as a research assistant to a cancer epidemiologist, contributing to the creation and management of an international web-based rare disease registry. She also worked with World Vision’s Health & HIV team in Washington, D.C., and the Himalayan Family Healthcare Project in St. Louis, Missouri. She also collaborated with a network of churches and professionals to design an evaluation platform for a school feeding program in Congo and traveled to Kinshasa to implement the assessment. Katherine has finished four half-marathons, loves early mornings (with coffee), and always enjoys being outdoors.

Kaylyn Koberna

Country:Malawi
Title:Partnership Officer
Partner:Malawi Ministry of Health
I believe in the adage, "If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk with others".
Kaylyn graduated from George Washington University's Elliott School with a major in International Affairs, a double concentration in International Development and African Studies, and a minor in Spanish. While in college, Kaylyn studied health and community development in Nairobi, Kenya, where she designed and executed a month-long study of treatment for cerebral palsy in public schools. She interned with the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capitol Area's Refugee Resettlement Division and Women Thrive Worldwide, a non-profit group that advocates providing economic opportunities to women through United States foreign assistance. She also interned with the Results for Development Institute, where she helped document the impact of a 5-year grant that supported health systems strengthening across several developing countries’ Ministries of Health. Before joining GHC, Kaylyn worked as a Program Associate for Aspen Global Health and Development, where she worked on programs such as initiatives focused on achieving universal access to reproductive health services, promoting the economic potential of the artisan sector, and strengthening food security through improved governance and leadership.

Kelly Imathiu Kanando Muteti

Country:US
Title:Health Fellow
Partner:Covenant House International
Community is the starting point of collective synergies. Through community we achieve and sustain a much greater impact.
Kelly is from Nairobi, Kenya. He completed both his undergraduate degree in Environmental Health and his MPH specializing in epidemiology and disease control, at Moi University Eldoret. In 2011, Kelly worked with UHAI, the East African Sexual Health Rights Initiative, as a Programmes and Grants assistant, supporting the growth and development of the LGBTI and sex worker organization throughout East Africa. Prior to joining GHC, Kelly worked with the Hivos Foundation as the Junior Programme Officer supporting women’s rights, sexual reproductive health rights, equality and non-discrimination of LGBT persons, and good governance organizations in East Africa. Kelly enjoys debates and dialogues around sexual diversity, pre-colonial sexuality, and diverse cultures.

Kelsey Nagel

Country:Malawi
Title:Operations and Program Coordinator
Partner:Partners In Health
I am motivated every day by the idea that one person can create a more just world, even if only for a small number of people.
Kelsey is from Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Development and African Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Kelsey discovered her passion for public health while volunteering for an HIV/AIDS casework organization during her senior year in college. She went on to work for Management Sciences for Health as a Program Coordinator, providing support for public health programs in Africa and the Middle East. Kelsey completed her graduate degree in Gender, Globalization and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. During her studies, she interned at the United Nations Development Programme, where she conducted research on the gender outcomes of UNDP projects.

Kelvine Muhire Ngerero

Country:Rwanda
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Rwanada Ministry of Health
I believe in equal health care access to all without discrimination in race, gender, age and any other socially constructed differences in human race.
Kelivine is from Rwanda. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Kigali Independent University in Rwanda and a graduate degree in Academic English Studies from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Kelvine worked with the Rwanda Biomedical Center and the World Health Organization vaccination program through the Rwanda Ministry of Health. She also worked as a consultant for the organization Girl Hub, in charge of research, mobilization, and evaluation. Kelvine speaks many languages, including French, Kiswahili, and Kinyarwanda. She enjoys are traveling and meeting new people.

Kiera Kenney

Country:Zambia
Title:Community Learning Operations Officer
Partner:CHAMP
I am motivated by a vision of what can be and an unwavering commitment to social justice.
Kiera is from North Brunswick, New Jersey. In May, 2013, she received a master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. During her graduate studies, Kiera co-founded and was president of Students for International Social Work, which advocated for more internationally focused coursework and resources. She was awarded the Ruth E. Smalley award in International Social Welfare for her commitment to the international and cultural dimensions of social work practice. Kiera also interned with Philadelphia FIGHT, a comprehensive HIV/AIDS service organization in Philadelphia, where she helped co-facilitate a trauma-informed healing group for HIV-positive women and was project manager of an event for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In 2012, Kiera traveled with a group of students to Kolkata, India where she interviewed sex workers living with HIV who were part of the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a sex worker's collective in the Sonagachi red light district. During her undergraduate education at Rutgers University, Kiera studied abroad at the University of Queensland in Australia, and was also part of the Douglass College's Human Rights House, where she traveled to Romania to study Children's Rights and to better understand the application of the Human Rights framework to practice.

Kondwani Mmanga

Country:Malawi
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Dignitas International
Community brings together diverse characteristics and backgrounds that are linked through social ties and common perspectives, which provides a platform for sharing which is a means to address issues holistically.
Kondwani is from Balaka district in Southern Malawi. He worked in the Malawi Ministry of Health for eight years, where he was responsible for planning, implementing, and managing disease prevention, control and health promotion projects. Kondwani was honored with the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases award for his work, which led to the integration of hygiene kits with antenatal care in Malawi. He received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Health from the University of Malawi, the Polytechnic in 2010, and holds a diploma in Environmental Health from the Malawi College of Health Sciences. During his off-hours, Kondwani likes to watch movies and play video games.

Krystal Rampalli

Country:Zambia
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Partner:Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia
No matter where you are, there always seems to be some place where you can find a community to belong to, whether it is based on common interests, aspects of identity, or simply by virtue of location. Community gives you the ability to belong somewhere - where people will support you and accept you for who you are.
Krystal is originally from Orland Park, IL. She received a Master’s in Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. While pursuing her MPH, Krystal organized a public health service trip to San Francisco, where she arranged for students to meet with various governmental and non-governmental organizations working in the health sector. Prior to joining GHC, Krystal worked at a contract research organization in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where she helped to facilitate clinical trials for medical devices. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology. Prior to her graduate studies, Krystal worked in research and development for a large biotechnology company. In addition to her work, Krystal enjoys outdoor activities such as biking and skating, as well as cooking, traveling, and playing board games.

Kudakwashe Dube

Country:US
Title:Program and Policy Officer
Partner:Together for Girls
My greatest motivation is to work with multidisciplinary teams, stakeholders and communities on improving policies and programs that have a profound effect on health, reducing inequities and addressing global threats that transcend boundaries.
Kudakwashe is from Zimbabwe. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Promotion at the University of Zimbabwe. After graduating, he joined the Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention and Support Organization where he helped implement policies and programs on HIV/AIDS care and treatment, prevention, and support. He also worked with Young Africa Zimbabwe, which focuses on the development of underprivileged youth, and with Concern Worldwide on women and girls empowerment programs. Kudakwashe received his MPH in Global Health from Thamassat University’s School of Global Health Studies in Thailand. While at Thamassat, Kudakwashe helped respond to the 2012 torrential flooding emergency, providing aid to flood victims through distribution and provision of temporary shelters. Prior to joining GHC, Kudakwashe interned with the Asian Disaster Prepared Center’s Public Health in Emergencies program, where he worked to address the continuing and emerging challenges in the management of health emergencies.

Ladislas Hibusu

Country:Zambia
Title:Senior M&E Specialist
Partner:Afya Mzuri
A community can attain unimaginable project results and it is a community that can help one rise up in any endeavour of life - be it political, personal development or any other - because we are interdependent.
Ladislas is from Monze, Zambia. He received a degree in Library and Information Studies and Demography from the University of Zambia. As an undergraduate, he was the Secretary General of the Population Studies Association and took on a leading role in providing the training for the SPSS statistics program, and tackling population and health concerns in communities. He was also a member of the university’s HIV Response Team, tasked with promoting countrywide awareness. Ladislas won three international essay competitions, the Africa Japan essay contest in 2006, the International Telecommunications Union in 2008, and the YF speaker at the World ITU telecoms in Geneva, Switzerland in 2009. Additionally, he pioneered the annual Zambia Inter Secondary Schools National ICT tele-quiz. After graduating, Ladislas went on to work with various organizations including African Height as a statistician and World Vision as a trainer and consultant in data collection and analysis. Before joining GHC, he worked as a librarian and guidance and counseling officer for the Christian Alliance for Children in Zambia, a non-profit focused on orphans and vulnerable children.

Lambert Mugabo

Country:Rwanda
Title:Research and M&E Officer
Partner:Partners In Health
Health equity for me means availability of and access to health care services for all people without distinction.
Lambert Mugabo is from Rwanda. He went to the National University of Rwanda and received a bachelor’s degree of Applied Statistics. After completing his studies, Lambert started the Reach Up! program through ten month internship with Digital Opportunity Trust Rwanda. During the internship he held trainings in Information and Communication Technology, business, and life skills, and coached participants. In 2012, Lambert participated in the Turikumwe! Program, a human rights program for young leaders organized by Global Youth Connect in collaboration with INARA Legal Aid Services, to enable cross culture exchange between Rwandans, Americans and Canadians. In 2009, Lambert participated in a one week National Community Service Camp held in Gisagara district where he helped build a house for a homeless family, planted trees for environmental preservation, and held a workshop on HIV/AIDS.

Laura Cedro

Country:Rwanda
Title:Pharmacy Supply Chain Analyst
Partner:Partners In Health
Community creates a synergistic collective of information, motivation, and support that pushes a team to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Laura is originally from Depew, NY. She graduated from Northeastern University with a Doctor of Pharmacy. While at Northeastern, she co-captained the university's women's ultimate Frisbee team, competing in two National Championships with the team. Off the field, she and her teammates worked with youth in the Boston Public School system to teach teamwork and sportsmanship skills and empower girls through sport. Following her degree, Laura worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as an oncology research pharmacist where she developed process improvement tools to increase patient safety. Laura completed her Master’s of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, concentrating in Health and Social Behavior and focusing much of her work on addressing health care access issues for under-served populations in Boston. Laura additionally has an extensive karaoke repertoire, and is a champion of innovation on the dance floor.

Lillian Nakisozi

Country:Uganda
Title:Health Administrator
Partner:Kyetume CBHC
I believe that health equity is realizing that everyone is important.
Lillian is from Kampala, Uganda. She is a trained Orthopedic Officer, and received her training in the management of fractures, dislocations, and other orthopedic conditions at Mulago Paramedical Training and worked as an Orthopedic Officer with SAS clinic. She decided to go back to school to receive her Bachelor’s of Health Services Management at the Islamic University in Uganda and upon graduating, returned to the SAS clinic, to take on the role as Clinic Manager. Prior to joining GHC, Lillian was pursuing her MPH degree at Uganda Christian University.

Lindsey Kinsinger

Country:Malawi
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Dignitas International
Community is what makes us feel supported and confident, and makes us feel that we can all work together to make positive change in our society.
Lindsey grew up in Reno, Nevada with four siblings. She graduated from University of California, Davis in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Engineering. During her final year at Davis, Lindsey worked with the biotech company, Genentech. Upon graduating, she moved to South Africa to volunteer with the Biomedical Engineering lab at the University of Cape Town. Her work with the University of Cape Town led to her placement with the Foundation for Alcohol Related Research (FARR) in De Aar, South Africa, where she helped to create a computerized data management system to track and monitor the program's progress. Her work at FARR inspired her apply for a graduate degree at Boston University, where she is working towards a Master’s in Public Health, focused on monitoring and evaluation. Upon completing her fellowship with GHC, she will return to Boston to complete her master’s degree. Lindsey loves the mountains, skiing and camping with family and friends.

Lonjezo Sithole

Country:Malawi
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Lighthouse Trust
I believe everyone must have an opportunity to live a long and healthy life, regardless of their background in society.
Lonjezo is from Zomba district in Malawi. He majored in Economics, with a minor in Sociology, at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. Lonjezo was President of Chancellor College Students Union. Towards the end of his undergraduate studies, Lonjezo was named "Outstanding Defender of Academic Freedom" by Chancellor College Academic Staff Union during the inaugural Academic Freedom Symposium and was named "Leader of Our Time" by the college's graduating class of '12. Following his graduation, Lonjezo joined the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation in Lilongwe as a Project Officer, where he worked on implementing a project aimed at protecting rights of sexual minorities and mainstreaming their issues into the national HIV/AIDS response. Prior to joining GHC, Lonjezo was promoted to Project Coordinator and was assigned to manage a project on gender equality and women empowerment in the northern border district of Karonga.

Lorraine Kabunga

Country:Uganda
Title:Access to Medicine Analyst
Partner:Clinton Health Access Initiative
Community brings a sense of connectedness and leads to formation of social networks that are later helpful in an individual's life. No man is an Island.
Lorraine is a Pharmacist from Kampala, Uganda. She completed her undergraduate studies at Mbarara University of Science and Technology. While in college, she conducted a study on the perceptions of pharmacy users to pharmaceutical care; the study highlighted the need for improving the pharmaceutical care package by provision of patient information to clients in sampled pharmacies in the town of Ntinda. Lorraine completed a yearlong internship with Mulago Hospital in 2012. During her internship, she helped improve the availability of medicines at user wards by timely replenishment of stock levels to avoid stock outs of vital medicines. Prior to joining GHC, she worked at the Infectious Diseases Institute in the Pharmacy Department Outreach Programme as a logistics officer and also worked part-time providing pharmaceutical care to clients at Kadic Hospital.

Maria Aldana

Country:US
Title:Mobile Services Program Coordinator
Partner:HIPS
I am motivated to find hope in our humanity; although we are capable of evil, we are so much more capable of doing good.
Majo is from Guatemala. She completed her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. While at university, she co-founded M.U.J.E.R.ES, a student group dedicated to empowering female students by providing them with a space to teach themselves about sexual education and sexual rights. Majo received her Master’s degree in International Development with a Certificate in Global Health Affairs at the University of Denver. During her studies, she traveled to Guatemala to work on sexual education for adolescents at Population Council, and subsequently traveled to Delhi, India with the Jaishankar Memorial Centre for a maternal health monitoring and evaluation system linked to community mapping. Majo’s hobbies include music, photography, and basketball.

Marian Brown

Country:Malawi
Title:M&E Coordinator
Partner:AGHC
To me, equality means that every person has access to education, health care, and the social and psychological services required in order to have an equitable opportunity to succeed as an individual, in the context of his or her community, and in the global community at large.
Marian grew up in New York. She majored in Studio Art and minored in Education at Colorado College. During her studies, Marian investigated how communities can build supportive practices through the arts by studying leadership and learning styles and how they can catalyze social change while striving to achieve social equity. She then moved to Boston to pursue her Master’s in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on Arts in Education. While in school, she worked at arts programs such as VSA Massachusetts and Project Zero as an arts-based Research Assistant. After completing her graduate studies, Marian worked as the Associate Director for the Boston-based non-profit, ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s, and as a Research Associate for the Hearthstone Research Division. An active studio artist, Marian utilizes handmade paper to investigate art for catharsis and community building. Her work has been shown in galleries across the nation and internationally.

Marie Amelie Ntigulirwa

Country:Rwanda
Title:Design Fellow
Partner:MASS Design Group
Each day is a new day, a new start and new things to discover.
Amelie is from Rwanda. She studied architecture at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. As an architect, Amelie oversaw the rehabilitation of local hospitals, including the Kanombe military, Kibagabaga, and Muhima. She also interned at MASS design group, where she researched the post-occupancy air quality and infection control at the Butaro Hospital. Previously, Amelia interned at the office of the First Lady of Rwanda where she was involved in different initiatives, including mother2mother and mutuelle de sante. In her free time, Amelie enjoys reading and listening to music.

Mathias Mulumba

Country:Uganda
Title:M & E Associate
Partner:Management Sciences for Health¸ USAID
I want to assume responsibility for this world and to change and shape its future.
Mathias is from Uganda. He received his Masters of Economic Policy and Planning from Makerere University. Prior to joining GHC, he worked with AH Consulting, taking part in project planning and design, research, policy development, socio-economic consultations, and monitoring and evaluation. He participated in the 2013 Global Enterprise Experience, a three week programme run by Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand to help participants develop skills in global leadership and cross cultural management and to use business to create a better world. Previously, Mathias received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Makerere University. While attending university, he also worked as a researcher for Good Earth Trust, a UK-based charity organization promoting sustainable and low cost housing technologies in Sub Saharan Africa. Mathias participated in the Munster University International Model United Nation under the theme “Scarcity as a Challenge to Development and Human security”. He was also a research assistant on a collaborative team of researchers from the School of Economics at the University of Nottingham in the UK and from University of Stellenbosch in South Africa that conducted a survey on the NGO sector in Uganda.

Meagan Hawes

Country:Rwanda
Title:Strategy and Evaluation Specialist
Partner:Health Poverty Action
I am dedicated to improving access to health care and excited to grow into part of a community who cares about the same.
Meagan completed her undergraduate studies in Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Throughout college, she volunteered as an outdoors instructor, leading backpacking and canoeing trips throughout the mid-Atlantic. After taking a Wilderness First Responder course in backcountry rescue, Meagan grew interested in emergency medicine and joined the Hopkins Emergency Response Unit as a responder to collegiate medical emergencies and also worked as a summer intern for the Baltimore City Health Department.

Meghan Wareham

Country:Uganda
Title:Access to Medicine Analyst
Partner:Clinton Health Access Initiative
I am motivated by my belief in the potential for market-facing solutions to mitigate social inequities and passion for learning about history and other cultures.
Meghan is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, where she majored in Post-colonial History and Literature and minored in French. Meghan focused her coursework on Francophone Africa and South Asia; she is particularly interested in the ways in which the legacies of colonial rule and decolonization continue to inform the world, and wrote her senior thesis on the role of the Algerian War in French-Algerian identity politics. At Harvard, Meghan was a member of the Varsity Sailing team and was twice named an All-American Crew. Prior to joining GHC, Meghan worked as an Associate at Civitas Group, a consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. In her free time, Meghan loves to sail, learn new languages, cook, and read.

Melissa Mazzeo

Country:Uganda
Title:Resource Mobilization Officer
Partner:Baylor - Uganda
I am motivated by the fact that millions of people, by factors outside of their control, are prevented from attaining full, productive, and healthy lives. I want to work to bring down the barriers that keep people from living the lives they deserve.
Melissa is from Boston, Massachusetts. Before becoming a GHC fellow, she spent three years working in the Individual Development department at Partners In Health, an international health organization that provides healthcare to the poor in ten countries worldwide. At PIH, she wrote grant proposals and reports and worked closely with the organization’s individual supporters. In addition, Melissa volunteered as an Adult Literacy Tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts. Melissa graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in Communication and International Studies. While in college, she also volunteered as an International Assistant, serving as a mentor to international and exchange students. Additionally, she worked as the Program Assistant to the L.L.M. program for international lawyers at Boston College Law School and spent a semester abroad at Venice International University in Venice, Italy. In her free time, Melissa enjoys literature, food, traveling, secondhand shopping, and photography.

Michaela Kupfer

Country:Rwanda
Title:M&E Coordinator
Partner:Gardens for Health International
I am motivated every single day by the belief that that we can and we must rectify injustices in health.
Michaela is from Yonkers, New York. She received her bachelor’s in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. As an undergraduate, Michaela was actively involved in the student group GlobeMed, a global health equity organization that creates long-term partnerships between university chapters and grassroots organizations around the world. Additionally, Michaela studied Health and Human Rights in India, interned with Partner In Health’s Policy and Advocacy team in Boston, and completed a thesis on the economic, political, and social systems that produce inequitable access to healthy food in St. Louis, Missouri. Since graduating, Michaela worked with Project Muso, a community-based organization targeting poverty and its effects in Yirimaddjo, Mali, to support the expansion of their community health worker program. Michaela is passionate about exploring new places, experiencing music, and journaling.

Michele Sahabo

Country:Burundi
Title:Design and Construction Fellow
Partner:Cries of a Child
I believe everyone should have a fair and equal opportunity to recieve the best healthcare, regardless of their ethnicity, social class, age, or sex.
Michèle is from Bujumbura, Burundi, where she was the first ever female highway site engineer working for The Project of Rehabilitation of Roads and Infrastructure. She attended the University of Bradford where she earned a degree in Civil and Structural Engineering. After graduating, Michèle worked at Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering, where she participated in major sustainable highway and street lighting projects for local UK councils. During this time, she was also studying for her Master’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Greenwich, specializing in Highway Engineering and Water/Wastewater and Environmental Engineering. It wasn’t long before Michèle turned her attention back to her home country of Burundi, where she felt her skills could have a greater social impact. In 2011, Michèle returned to Burundi, emboldened to inspire more women to become engineers.

Molly Lauria

Country:Rwanda
Title:Management Fellow
Partner:The Access Project
Within each community is the power to collectively make change happen.
Molly grew up in Norwell, Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate studies at Connecticut College, double majoring in French and International Relations with a concentration in Africa, Gender and Human Rights. While at Connecticut College, she completed a three-year interdisciplinary certificate program examining the impact of international laws related to gender in Rwanda. As a part of her studies, she spent three months in Rwanda working with the United Nations Population Fund. Prior to joining GHC, Molly worked with the West African non-profit, Project Muso Ladamunen in Mali, assisting in programmatic implementation and design along with data management and collection for programs in non-formal education and microfinance. Since completing her studies, Molly has additionally worked for a broad-based dental public health coalition in Massachusetts seeking to increase access and use of oral health services and evidence-based programs and as a research assistant at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine for a study regarding the oral health in underserved nursing home populations. Molly enjoys traveling and swimming and is excited to return to Rwanda to work with the Access Project.

Morgan Garcia

Country:Uganda
Title:Quality Assurance Fellow
Partner:Reproductive Health Uganda
For me, health equity is an active concept: in order for all individuals to have the opportunity for good health and fulfilling lives, those of us with privilege must seek out and eliminate barriers that prevent others from accessing equal services and resources.
Morgan is a North Carolina native, but spent the first 2 years of her life in Sudan with her parents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communication and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating, she worked in Uganda as a magazine journalist and a volunteer writer for Meeting Point International, an HIV/AIDS organization. She returned to the US to work as an advocate for Spanish-speaking families with children with disabilities. Morgan received a Master’s degree in International Health from Oregon State University, during which she spent six months interning with Partners In Health as a Tuberculosis Program Assistant in Pisco, Peru. After earning her Master’s degree, she remained in Oregon, working in sexual violence response and advocacy, before returning to Africa, where she spent nine months in remote areas of South Sudan with the Carter Center’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program. Morgan is a runner and enjoys Bikram Yoga whenever she has the opportunity.

Natalia Espejo

Country:Zambia
Title:Marketing and Business Development Specialist
Partner:Afya Mzuri
Persistent inequality and poor health outcomes in the presence of viable solutions frustrate me; every day I am motivated to make this a problem of the past.
Natalia Espejo is originally from Lima, Peru, but spent her formative years in Fargo, North Dakota. She completed her undergraduate studies at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, double majoring in Political Science and International Studies. Natalia received her Masters in Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. During her graduate studies, she conducted fieldwork in Kampala, Uganda, assisting a local NGO with the implementation of its HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Before joining GHC, Natalia worked in Minneapolis, Minnesota as the Project Manager of two CDC-grants that support public health activities in Afghanistan and Tanzania.

Nicolas Rivard

Country:Rwanda
Title:Design Fellow
Partner:MASS Design Group
I would like to build something that lasts longer than I do.
Nicolas is a native Texan, born in Plano and raised in San Antonio. He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Texas in Austin and during his studies, traveled to Western Mexico to build adobe homes for indigenous mothers. Nicolas attended the Harvard University Graduate School of Design to study urban design. His research focused on the intersection of art, craft, and design, with a specific interest in an in-depth understanding of materiality and its contribution to a better-constructed environment. Nicolas currently focuses his time and energy on exploring the notion of architecture as a tool for public health in the Texas-Mexico borderlands. He has a special affinity for buildings made of dirt, and is also an avid cook.

Nobel Cubahiro

Country:Burundi
Title:Pharmacy Supply Chain Management Fellow
Partner:LifeNet International
I am passionate about making a positive impact in the health of my community.
Nobel is from Bujumbura, Burundi. His dream growing up was to become a healthcare professional and improve the health of his community. This goal led him to pursue a pharmacy degree at the National University of Rwanda. While in school, Nobel served as president and national student council representative of the Christian Pharmacist Fellowship International. Upon completing his degree, Nobel worked for Leo Burundi as a customer care representative and John Snow Inc., assisting with the annual physical inventory of public health commodities in Rwanda. Before joining GHC, Nobel completed an internship at Huye District Pharmacy. In his downtime, he plays guitar and football and also enjoys reading.

Odina Salihbaeva

Country:US
Title:Program Manager
Partner:The Grassroot Project
Community not only establishes and influences social dynamics but also creates a sense of belonging and always has room for improvement.
Odina is from Uzbekistan. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, focusing on International Relations for both degrees. After completing her studies, Odina worked for the United Nations in Uzbekistan focusing on programs for youth development, reproductive health/reproductive rights, HIV prevention, and gender equality projects. During the year prior to her GHC fellowship, Odina served as international UN volunteer in Ukraine, coordinating a project that leveraged sports as a catalyst to involve young people in community development.

Pamella Ndakengurutse

Country:Burundi
Title:Pharmacy Supply Chain Manager
Partner:ANSS
What motivates me every day is knowing that I have given nothing to be on this earth, therefore I have to use what I have received from God to help others in need in any and every way possible. I also know that I am able to do many good things for my fellow in this world.
Pamella is from Bujumbura, Burundi. Prior to starting her GHC fellowship, Pamella worked as a pharmacist focused on marketing and promotion at a wholesale pharmacy. In 2012, she completed her undergraduate degree in pharmacy at the National University of Rwanda. While at university, Pamella worked with a variety of different youth organization programs focused on targeting HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. Outside of work, she enjoys playing basketball and soccer.

Peter Pindani

Country:Malawi
Title:Operations and Program Coordinator
Partner:Partners In Health
I am an agent of change who believes that health is a birth right for all.
Peter is from Malawi. Prior to his GHC fellowship, Peter was the District Youth Officer for Lilongwe Urban in the Ministry of Youth and Sports, where he was responsible for developing, planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating youth programs focused on health and youth economic empowerment. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. After graduating, he worked as a customer services consultant at Malawi Savings Bank in Blantyre and also handled the office budgets for the Malawian Ministry. Peter’s passion for sport comes to life both on and off the field as an active member of Malawi’s top soccer league, the Silver Strikers FCs, as well as through his continual work with the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Peter Wampaalu Balyawula

Country:Uganda
Title:Program Manager
Partner:ACODEV
I need to advocate for the vulnerable class of people to ensuring their rights are not violated. Through advocacy, community sensitization and fundraising, I want to see health equity to be realized for all people regardless of their personal background and status.
Peter graduated from Makerere University Kampala-Uganda, where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. During his time at university, he was the organizing secretary for the College of Health Sciences’ efforts to advocate for and provide support to the vulnerable patients at Mulago Hospital through fundraising with the Gift Goes On program. Additionally, Peter led a team to enhance the well being of malnourished children in Tente Village of Kayunga District by preparing nutritious food (Ekitobero) using locally grown produce. Towards the end of his studies, he interned as a nurse with Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. Prior to joining GHC, Peter worked at the Kampala International University-Western Campus (KIU-WC) as a teaching assistant for Maternal and Child Health and Health Service Management, and at Kayunga Hospital as a nursing officer graduate in the children's ward. During his time at KIU-WC, he advocated for increasing the number of seats in the classroom and improving Internet access on campus.

Priyanka Patel

Country:Zambia
Title:Finance Specialist
Partner:Afya Mzuri
Community is best described by the African proverb: I am because we are.
Priyanka Patel is from Lusaka, Zambia. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University with a major in Biology and a minor in Economics. During her undergraduate studies, Priyanka was a member of GlobeMed and also interned with Safe Kids USA to gain experience in the field. She later went to work with Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia. Priyanka completed her Master’s of Science in Global Health and Development at the University College of London and prior to joining GHC, managed a charity called Out to Africa. She enjoys dancing and is a Zumba instructor.

Rahul Kulkarni

Country:Uganda
Title:Medicine Quality and Use Associate
Partner:ASSIST
Community is connection; it is the bonds between people that make life so special.
Rahul is from Bridgewater, New Jersey. While working at a hospital in Pune, India, he discovered first-hard troubling realities of the healthcare system in the developing world, which inspired him to pursue public health. He went on to get his bachelor’s degree in Community Health at Tufts University. During his studies, he also worked with different campaigns in Washington, DC to help focus national healthcare objectives. Rahul completed his MPH at Tufts Medical, where he evaluated a harm reduction pilot hosted by the Office of HIV/AIDS as his final project. Following graduation, Rahul worked at GBCHealth, a global health non-profit focused on mobilizing the private sector to create sustainable partnerships. Prior to joining GHC, he completed a yearlong placement as a Princeton Fellow working with the UN World Food Program in Ecuador, where he aided in resource mobilization and project monitoring. When not wearing a tie, Rahul can most likely be found rocking out with his band playing guitar, struggling on a yoga mat, or backpacking through new adventures.

Regina Yang

Country:Rwanda
Title:Design Fellow
Partner:MASS Design Group
I seek to bring wholeness and shalom to an unjust, broken world.
Regina has lived in Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, but feels at home just about anywhere. She studied Civil Engineering and Architecture at Princeton University and received her Master's in Urban Planning at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Regina has experience in project monitoring and evaluation, low-income housing development and management, and energy efficiency and affordability policy programming from her work in Shanghai, Princeton, Croix-des-Bouquets, and Boston. Her Master's thesis discussed patterns of pre and post-disaster settlements in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. Regina loves playing soccer, watching movies, and taking long walks on the beach.

Samantha White

Country:Malawi
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Strong communities are the foundations that support the growth and development of successful health interventions.
Samantha grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Elon University. During college, she traveled with a documentary filmmaking team to Namibia to assist in interviewing orphans for a series about HIV/AIDS. This experience sparked her interest in global health and equity issues and she went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Public Health from George Washington University. As part of her graduate studies, she worked in Mumbai, India, where she created educational materials for the Impact India Foundation to educate young girls in rural Maharashtra on preventing anemia. Additionally, Sam worked as the research and training coordinator for the International Women’s Media Foundation, supporting projects throughout Africa that trained journalists on topics such as leadership, HIV reporting, and the role of women in agriculture. Prior to joining GHC, she was a consultant for Save the Children where she helped coordinate the Global Newborn Health Conference. Sam also loves to cook...and eat!

Sarah Faith Kaingo

Country:Uganda
Title:Finance Administrator/Manager
Partner:Reproductive Health Uganda
I am motivated each and every day when I have a positive impact on the people in my life.
Sarah is from Lugazi, Uganda. She received her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from Makerere University Business School. Prior to joining GHC, she worked as an accountant with the Uganda Christian University and Utrade Company Ltd. She was also involved with Help Our Poor and Elderly, King’s College Budo, where she worked to provide logistical support for the organization and to promote its fundraising initiatives to gather essential necessities for needy families.

Siobhan Kelley

Country:US
Title:Development & Advocacy Coordinator
Partner:Last Mile Health
I am motivated by the tension between the world as I see it, and the world I want to see.
Siobhan is originally from Williston, Vermont. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development & Social Change at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. She spent a semester in Windhoek, Namibia where she interned at Namibia Women’s Health Network. She also founded the Conflict-Free Clark University campaign on her campus, which aimed to bring awareness to the connection between electronics and the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This resulted in Clark University passing the first conflict-free purchasing policy in the nation in Fall 2011. After graduating, Siobhan spent the summer at Partners In Health as the community engagement intern, where she facilitated the creation of PIH Engage, a community organizing initiative to empower local communities through meaningful action to impact PIH’s work abroad. She recently completed her Master of Arts in International Development & Social Change at Clark University. For her master’s degree, she wrote her thesis on her experiences as an activist and her analysis of the dominant narratives in Western advocacy campaigns on the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Stephanie Ahn

Country:Zambia
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, every day is a new opportunity "...to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, [and] to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
Stephanie is from Pasadena, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Political Economy from the University of California Berkeley and her Masters of Public Health from the University of Washington. Stephanie was a Fulbright Fellow in South Korea, researching disability rights legislation and autism awareness while also helping with the first-ever prevalence study of autism in Korea. Subsequently, she joined the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington as a post-bachelor fellow where she worked on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010. Prior to GHC, Stephanie worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where she assisted with the monitoring of strategic initiatives of the Neglected Infectious Diseases team. Stephanie enjoys traveling, learning new languages, and cooking (and of course, eating!).

Stephen Hicks

Country:US
Title:Education and Supportive Services Program Coordinator
Partner:HIPS
I am a product of a community, and that community instilled within me a drive and determination. I feel it only right to continue a tradition of service to validate the past and solidify the future.
Stephen Hicks is from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in Mass Communications and minor in Political Science and African-American Studies. While in college, Stephen participated in research that investigated health disparities of African-Americans and socioeconomic determinants of American political capital. He worked as an opinion writer for his college newspaper, The Commonwealth Times, and as a beat reporter for several small-town newspapers throughout Virginia. Stephen was also the founding vice president of the Student Hip-Hop Organization, which brought students together to perform community service through cultural and artistic expression. Stephen went on to earn his MPH at George Mason University, where he served as a research assistant assessing women’s cardiovascular health and condom-use among marginalized populations in the U.S. Before his GHC fellowship, Stephen was a testing coordinator at FAHASS, a non-profit aimed at providing client services for persons living with HIV as well as prevention tools to the public. At FAHASS, he focused on expanding HIV testing and condom distribution throughout Northwest Virginia. Stephen enjoys listening to music, record collecting, and weightlifting.

Stephen Wynn

Country:Burundi
Title:Procurement and Logistics Fellow
Partner:ANSS
I believe that community fosters growth, presents challenges and brings together ideas to overcome those challenges.
Steve grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor's degree in Economics before moving to South Korea to teach English for what he thought would be a year. But, after falling in love with Korea, Steve began an intensive study of the Korean language and took a job working for Samsung Heavy Industries, the world's largest shipbuilder located in Seoul. He worked in the company’s Asian Supply Chain department, providing customer support in Singapore, and manufacturer support in Vietnam, Bangladesh, and China. Four years later, Steve left Korea and spent six months traveling in India and Nepal, volunteering for a youth organization in Delhi and walking the Annapurna circuit. Steve moved back to the United States to get a Master’s of Public Administration with a focus in International Development from the University of Oregon and prior to starting with GHC, Steve developed the supply chain system for Ninkasi, a startup brewery in Eugene, Oregon. In his spare time, Steve likes to play soccer, run and travel.

Swathi Manchikanti

Country:Zambia
Title:Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist
Partner:Afya Mzuri
While we can individually strive to gain wealth, health, and education, we cannot aim to get far without having an encouraging social network that supports your goals and in turn, is supported by them. Community has to come together to pool its individual talents, skills, and resources to collectively bring about a better tomorrow.
Swathi is from Edison, New Jersey and attended New Jersey Institute of Technology for her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences. She interned with Amnesty International USA prior to receiving her Master’s in Public Health in International Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. During her graduate studies, Swathi traveled to Jordan to work on an education and health improvement project in Jordanian public schools. Swathi enjoyed being an active member in Baltimore, and was a tutor with the Refugee Youth Project.

Taiki Endo

Country:US
Title:Program Assistant
Partner:Single Stop
Witnessing inequalities throughout my life from Kenya to Vietnam has motivated me to collaborate with others to take on new challenges that contribute towards social change.
Taiki is a Japanese national who was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. Taiki graduated from the University of Sussex in the UK with a dual degree in Anthropology and French, and did a year abroad on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Upon graduating in 2010, he interned at the Regional Secretariat of the pan-African organization Forum for African Women Educationalists, assisting in promoting and advocating for girls’ education in Africa. He went on to work for Hue Help, a children-focused organization in central Vietnam, where he initiated and coordinated formal monitoring and evaluation activities on a drowning prevention program in rural, flood-prone areas and also worked on an education program for children living in social support centers.

Tal Ben-Jaaqov

Country:Burundi
Title:Management and Consulting Fellow
Partner:LifeNet International
I see health as the underlying condition for any form of human prosperity and strive to learn from and collaborate with like minded professionals in the campaign to make health care universally accessible.
Tal is from Haifa, Israel. During his time at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tal obtained his undergraduate degree in Sociology, Anthropology and Generative Linguistics, and his Master’s degree in International Community Development. While pursuing his graduate studies, Tal spent four months in Burundi as an economic development intern with the local NGO, Village Health Works. His work focused on the promotion of a network of women’s cooperatives in addition to other income generating activities and capacity building initiatives. After finishing school, Tal worked as a personal educational instructor for adults with autism and spent a year as an intern with MQG, an Israeli NGO focused on battling corruption. Tal is driven by his social interest in workers’ rights, and he is an active member of Power to the Workers, a democratic workers union that focuses on the most exploited and underprivileged sectors of Israeli society. He has a knack for languages and can speak French, Tamil and classical Tibetan.

Tara Daniel

Country:US
Title:Public Policy Fellow
Partner:City of Newark· Department of Child and Family Well-Being
Knowing that a single process or system works as it was designed is incredibly motivating-- proof that we can passionately and deliberately engage with our world to understand how to create change that serves our needs and expresses our values.
A Tennessee native, Tara earned a Bachelor's from Rhodes College, majoring in Biology and pursuing coursework in International Studies and Economics. During college, Tara served as Student Trustee to the BACCHUS Network, the largest active student organization in higher education. While earning a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology and a Master’s of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, Tara coordinated courses for international conservation practitioners as an intern with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, consulted for Defenders of Wildlife and the Golden Lion Tamarin Association, and designed and taught an undergraduate course on an integrated understanding of environmental sustainability. Prior to joining GHC, Tara led Tennessee’s Medicaid implementation of the federal program promoting the meaningful use of electronic health records. In her free time, you can find Tara hiking, reading, and dancing.

Thandiwe Ngoma

Country:Zambia
Title:M&E Fellow
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
I believe change begins at the community level.
Thandiwe is from Lusaka, Zambia. Her love of science and desire to make a positive difference in people’s lives naturally led her to pursue a degree in the biological sciences at the University of Zambia, where she majored in Microbiology. Following graduation, Thandiwe remained engaged with her university, serving as a tutor for the biological sciences department, and also taught a parasitology class at Evelyn Hone College. Thandiwe returned to school to obtain her MPH while subsequently interning at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. In her spare time, Thandiwe volunteers her time with a local youth literacy program called Read to Spell, an organization that she founded with the goal to improve literacy among children attending community schools in Lusaka. Thandiwe also enjoys cooking and gardening.

Trinitas Mhango

Country:Malawi
Title:Project Officer
Partner:Girls Empowerment Network
I am determined to work in a health frontline organization and compelled to reach out to many destitute girls, young women and secluded males in HIV and reproductive health.
Trinitas is from Blantyre, Malawi. She completed her undergraduate studies in 2009 at University of Malawi, Chancellor College, majoring in English literature and minoring in drama. During her studies, Trinitas traveled to many parts of rural Malawi as a social work intern with the Creative Centre for Community Mobilization, working to mobilize rural communities around education for young girls, and advocating for women's rights. Trinitas was also a social worker at Cee and Cee Consultancy and Story Workshop, working in rural villages to mobilize for positive social change around HIV prevention, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, water sanitation, malaria prevention and food security and nutrition. Before joining GHC, she worked with the US Peace Corps as a seasonal language and culture facilitator.

Valerie Denis

Country:Malawi
Title:Project Officer
Partner:Girls Empowerment Network
It is humbling to see the positive changes that occur when disempowered individuals are given access to basic resources and opportunities that can help them gain control over their own health and lives.
Valerie is originally from Bethesda, Maryland but has lived in Washington D.C. for the past two and a half years. In 2006, she graduated from McGill University where she majored in English and Psychology. In 2008, she earned her Master of Science from King’s College London in Philosophy of Mental Disorders. After completing her studies, Valerie worked as a research analyst for Adjuvant Global Advisors, a commercial strategy and business development consulting firm focused on biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device markets. During that time, she volunteered at her local crisis center, providing telephone support and suicide intervention to persons experiencing acute psychiatric crises. More recently, Valerie worked as a mental health counselor at Fellowship Health Resources, a nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency that provides clinical, community, and supportive services to individuals with mental illness. Valerie enjoys globetrotting, frolicking outside, reading, writing, theater, and dissecting the human psyche. She is very excited to join the GHC community, gain experience in global health, and embark on new adventures in Malawi.

Virginia Roncaglione

Country:US
Title:Quality Improvement and Research Fellow
Partner:Children’s Health Fund
Health equity is the cornerstone of a fair, inclusive society, where all individuals have access to equal opportunities.
Virginia grew up Milan, Italy. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in South Asian Studies from the London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, she interned at an HIV/STD prevention and care program for female sex workers in India. Virginia completed her Master’s in Global Health Science at the University of Oxford. During her graduate program, Virginia interned with Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs – Global Health Action in Tanzania, where she helped implement a project on HIV/TB community care. Prior to her GHC fellowship, Virginia worked as a mobile clinic project manager and researcher for Emergency – Programma Italia, a national project aimed at improving healthcare access for migrants and other vulnerable groups in Italy.

Yvonne Chow

Country:Burundi
Title:Project Management Fellow
Partner:Cries of a Child
I am a fellow because I want to extend compassion, love, and hope to others.
Yvonne is from Southern California. Prior to her GHC fellowship, Yvonne worked at the National Institutes of Health promoting research in nutrition. As the US point of contact for nomination applications to the Federal Dietary Reference Intakes review, she helped establish the managing protocols for nominations. She co-authored a systematic review of community engagement strategies for health promotion with a team from NIH and CDC. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego, followed by a Master’s in Public Policy from American University. Like a true Southern Californian, in her downtime, Yvonne likes to surf and snowboard.

Zeno Masereka

Country:Uganda
Title:Health Officer
Partner:Action Africa Help
I believe in fair and impartial accessibility of health services to every citizen in a community.
Zeno is from Uganda. Prior to joining GHC, we worked with the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS, a US based HIV/AIDS activist organization working with young people all over the world to prevent and control the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Previously, he volunteered as a project leader with the Open Society Foundation’s Youth Action Fund, a youth initiative dedicated to empowering young people and moving them to be agents of change in their communities. He was also a Millennium Development Goals Advocate with Youth Action for Change and volunteered as a Village Health Team trainer and pediatric care support officer with Allied Initiatives for Community Development (AFICOD-Uganda). Zeno decided to pursue a medical degree so that he could acquire the necessary disease control and prevention competencies to change the tide and burden of preventable diseases in my community.
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