Fellows


Ab Eceku

Country:Uganda
Title:Gender Mainstreaming Fellow
Partner:Baylor - Uganda
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I believe in health equality and social justice, a belief that is achievable and includes gender mainstreaming in health equity initiatives.
Abraham Eceku is from the Amuria District, Eastern Uganda. He founded the Teso Professionals Alliance, a group that brings together graduates from different institutions of higher learning in Uganda to take initiative in civic and micro finance education aimed at poverty alleviation and health equity in Teso. Abraham was also a coordinator of Community Based Services in Ngora District Government. While there, he recognized a lack of gender mainstreaming in health as well as in community development practice, and this observation led him to pursue a master’s degree in gender and international relations at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom in 2014. Abraham completed his undergraduate degree in development studies at Uganda Christian University in 2010. Most recently, he has been active in gender mainstreaming work and community engagement with the aim of improving the health and livelihoods of the poor in the Ngora District.

Allie Iaccarino

Country:Rwanda
Title:Design Fellow
Partner:MASS Design Group
A shared investment in and with others will generate new opportunities and lasting change.
Allie Iaccarino grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Virginia where she received her bachelor’s degree in architecture and urban planning. While in her undergraduate career, Allie spent two years designing educational facilities in Granada, Nicaragua, which inspired her thesis on the design of socially and climatically responsive housing for the Yarmouk District of Damascus, Syria. In addition to her studies, Allie has interned with several non-profits, including Madison House and Big Siblings, and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, practicing yoga, running marathons and spending time with her three sisters.

Alexis Barnes

Country:Zambia
Title:Advocacy and Communications Officer
Partner:Akros
I am motivated by the belief that global innovations are happening now. I am motivated by the youth and passionate people that strive to change their world. It pushes me to do the same.
Alexis Barnes is from New York City, NY. She studied journalism at Howard University where she also worked with Amnesty International Human Rights Education Service Corps. There, she taught high school students critical thinking skills and addressed human rights issues on a local, national and international scale. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Alexis free-lanced and taught in South Korea, after which she went on to receive a master’s degree with a concentration in international reporting from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. During this time, she studied water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in developing countries and traveled to Haiti where she researched alternative sanitation methods and their benefits to public health and the environment. Before joining GHC, Alexis free-lanced for various publications focusing on social issues, business and emerging technology in Africa and global development. When not working, she enjoys swimming, reading and traveling.

Alice Bayingana

Country:Rwanda
Title:Research Fellow
Partner:Partners In Health
I am a GHC fellow because I believe it is about time we put young people at the front lines of the fight for global health equity.
Alice Bayingana hails from Kigali, Rwanda. As an undergraduate at Machester University in Indiana majoring in bio-chemistry, she interned with the Health Development Initiative, a local Rwandan NGO. She credits this experience as the beginning of her love for public health work. After graduating from Manchester University, Alice returned home to Rwanda to work with Rwanda’s Biomedical Center’s HIV and STI division’s monitoring and evaluation department. Alice enjoys reading, coffee, music, and a good hike every once in a while. She is also very excited to climb Mt. Nyiragongo in Rwanda before the end of 2016.

Alphonse Nshimyiryo

Country:Rwanda
Title:Nutrition Program Monitoring & Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Rwanda Ministry of Health
I believe that health is a human right and am committed to contributing to global health equity struggle.
Alphonse Nshimyiryo was born in Rwanda. Before joining GHC, Alphonse’s work focused on the strategic use of data for global health work. He developed data collection tools and trained data collectors on proper protocol to ensure quality data results while working for Partners in Health Rwanda. Alphonse conducted data quality checks and analyses and drafted reports for evidence-based decisions. He also assisted in the preparation for multiple conference abstracts including health economic costing, cancer care training programs, use of Electronic Medical Record data for HIV patient monitoring, clinical decision-making and quality improvement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in applied statistics from the National University of Rwanda.

Amy Blauman

Country:Rwanda
Title:Fundraising and Communications Fellow
Partner:Young Women’s Christian Association of Rwanda
I am passionate about achieving global health equity and believe that the mission, goals and program design of the GHC fellowship program serve as an excellent opportunity to do just that.
Amy Blauman grew up in Wenatchee, Washington. She has spent the last six years living outside the United States studying, teaching and volunteering in parts of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. In December, Amy completed her Master of Public Health and spent the final semester of her graduate studies working in Rwanda with DelAguaHealth, Rwanda’s Tubeho Neza health campaign. She completed her bachelor’s degree in global studies and French language and literature at Pacific Lutheran University. Amy spent a semester studying abroad during her undergraduate years in Geneva, Switzerland where she studied public health and development at the School of International Training.

Andrea Koris

Country:Uganda
Title:Operations and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Partner:SOUL Foundation
I am motivated by my desire to be a part of the evolution of humanity. Human history is fraught with violence and injustice, most markedly so in the past several centuries. However, I believe that humanity is coming to a point where we are able to look critically at the systems we have created, and begin to envision more just ways of being. I want to be a part of the continual growth of humanity by helping to create a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.
Andrea Koris grew up in northern Massachusetts and The Hague, Netherlands. She came back to the United States for college and pursued a degree in comparative religion and peace and conflict studies at College of the Holy Cross. While in college, Andrea spent a year abroad in Lima, Peru as well as some time in El Salvador, studying the effects of political violence and racial exclusion on women’s health in post-conflict societies. After graduating, she served as an asylum intake officer for Central American refugee children, and a monitoring and evaluation specialist for women’s empowerment and sexual violence prevention programs in the Middle East. In 2014, Andrea was inspired to train as a birth doula due to her work in gender justice women’s health and psychosocial programming. She has been working with refugee, immigrant, teenage, low-income and gender non-conforming mothers ever since. Prior to joining GHC, Andrea lived in Washington DC and was working in program development for a national refugee resettlement organization. She loves to rock climb, hike and scuba dive whenever possible. She is an avid yogi and poet and lover of all things nature.

Andrew Opio

Country:Uganda
Title:Program Officer
Partner:Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment
Health equity means that everyone irrespective of sex, color, race, gender, ability and other social, economic and political status and affiliations has equal access to, control and ownership of health services and interventions within their locality.
Andrew Opio is from the Kole District in Uganda. Before joining GHC, he volunteered with the Most at Risk Population Initiative (MARPI) project at Mulago National Referral Hospital in Uganda where he provided HIV/AIDS and STI counseling and guidance services to sex workers, uniformed personnel, fish folks, truckers, LGBTI individuals and intravenous drug users in and around Kampala City. Andrew has also worked for World Vision International Uganda as a Child Sponsorship and Development Assistant and point person for its Citizen Voice and Action project. This project was a community led demand approach for improvement and accountability in government health and primary education service provision in Aboke sub-county, Kole District. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in adult and community education (BACE), majoring in research, from Kyambogo University, Uganda. He enjoys volunteering in his community to support health and economic empowerment.

Ann Duong

Country:Rwanda
Title:IT Systems Liaison
Partner:The Ihangane Project
Access to quality health care and treatment should be a human right regardless of socioeconomic status, gender and race.
Ann Duong was born and raised in Zeeland, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, majoring in economics of health and development. This individualized concentration allowed Ann to focus her studies on the combination of economics, anthropology and public health. While at the University of Michigan, she founded the organization Breastfeeding Across Michigan, which is a group that promotes breastfeeding and creates lactation-friendly spaces. She also developed a related mobile application. During her studies, Ann traveled to Vietnam where she worked on projects including developing a retrospective study comparing the quality and care of doctors and hospitals in Vietnam and constructing a proposal for the use of Mobile Health programs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS individuals. Prior to joining GHC, Ann worked as an IT Consultant for ICF International where she supported the development and implementation of technological tools for health-oriented organizations.

Anne Heerdegen

Country:US
Title:Community Health Fellow
Partner:Boston Public Health Commission
Being a Global Health Corps fellow provides me with an invaluable skillset and a global network. The intentional focus on leadership development prepares me to contribute positively to the future of global healthcare, which I am so passionate about.
Anne Christine Ingeborg Heerdegen was born and raised in Denmark. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Copenhagen in 2011. During her studies, Anne traveled to India where she interned for an organization focusing on primary prevention of diabetes within the country. She returned to the University of Copenhagen to pursue a Master of Public Health, which she completed in 2014. While in graduate school, Anne spent one semester studying global health in Australia. She also worked for the NGO DIGNITY, where she assisted in research focused on torture and torture sequelae. In addition to her studies, Anne devoted her time to volunteering with the Red Cross Youth and the Society Against Female Genital Mutilation, and being a central team coordinator in the recently established Global Health Next Generation Network. Since graduating in 2014, Anne has worked at the Danish Cancer Society in the Documentation and Quality department focusing on how to improve the quality of cancer care.

Anne Marie Collins

Country:US
Title:Program Officer
Partner:Last Mile Health
My decision to be a GHC fellow came from a realization that one person can affect the world we live in, and that improving global healthcare is not the sole responsibility of governments, international bodies, NGOs and citizens of those countries affected. Rather, real change necessitates the actions of a global civil society to stop needless human suffering and to impact the world for greater good.
Anne Marie Collins is from Glasgow, Scotland. She has most recently worked with UN Women as an intern and then as a consultant on projects in two conflict zones focusing on reducing gender-based violence. Anne Marie attended the University of Strathclyde for her undergraduate studies where she majored in Latin American studies and human resources management. From there she went on to work on a range of NGO projects in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Spain. Anne Marie pursued a master’s degree in international humanitarian action. She studied in both Germany and the Netherlands and completed her thesis research project on sexual violence in Columbia. She has worked in Malaysia on HIV education, in Spain as a Spanish Red Cross project assistant and in Washington DC as an intern with the Inter-American Development Bank. She also spent time with Amnesty International, the British Red Cross and a grassroots organization in Spain campaigning against unjust cuts to health and education programs.

Ann Chauma

Country:US
Title:Malaria Program Officer
Partner:GBCHealth
I get motivated everyday knowing that I can influence changes in the health and general well-being of somebody
Annie Chauma is from Lilongwe, Malawi. Annie chose medicine as her course of study because she wanted to do something that would allow her to give back to her community. After graduating from college, she interned for a year and a half with a hospital and then moved on to work as a district medical officer in the public health sector. This position sparked Annie’s interest in community health, health equity, access to healthcare and health promotion issues. She received her bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi.

Ashley Kallarakal

Country:Rwanda
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Program Associate
Partner:Health Builders
Health equity means that each individual has the potential, ability, and means to prioritize his or her health.
Ashley Kallarakal was born in Ashburn, Virginia. She recently earned her Master of Public Health from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. While completing her master’s degree, Ashley helped manage an impact evaluation with World Vision in Kigali, Rwanda. Most recently, she has worked at GRM Futures Group as a Research Associate, primarily focusing on the USAID-funded Health Policy Project (HPP). In her role, she provided technical support to the health financing and costing team. Ashley completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College, majoring in biochemistry and minoring in international studies. Her spare time consists of teaching Doonya classes, spending time with her friends and family, and cheering on her beloved Washington DC sports teams.

Bernard Kamfosi

Country:Malawi
Title:IT Networking and Medical Informatics Coordinator
Partner:Partners In Health
I believe that every individual has the right to receive good medical care and live a healthy and long life regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.
Bernard Kamfosi is from Kankhomba, Malawi. He attended the National College of Information Technology at Greenwich University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business information technology. While working toward his degree, Bernard worked as a Senior Software Developer for a Tanzanian based company. In this role, he was the lead developer of the Hospital Management Information System (HMIS), which is currently being used in Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Prior to joining GHC, Bernard worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres as Mobile Health Activity Manager.

Brian O'Donnell

Country:Zambia
Title:Health Informatics Officer
Partner:Akros
When the benefits of medical research are accessible to the needy, and not just the resourceful, we will recognize progress in health equity.
Brian O’Donnell hails from Vienna, Virginia. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in cultural studies and government with a focus on foreign aid systems at the College of William and Mary. Brian also spent a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa to further his research and studies. After graduating, he began working as an AidData Project Manager, leading data collection projects ranging from biodiversity conservation to global nutrition, while also prototyping a web-based methodology to track Chinese development finance in Africa. Brian went on to receive his master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas-Austin where he examined the information policies that influence bureaucratic decisions. During his graduate studies, he interviewed donor officials on aid management in Kathmandu, designed a randomized survey on interpretation of Uganda health maps and interned with USAID’s Africa Bureau in Washington DC. His interests include ICT4D, PGIS, the USMNT, acronyms, breakfast tacos and relaxing.

Brynn Kolada

Country:Malawi
Title:Project Officer
Partner:mothers2mothers
To me, health equity means closing the gaps in healthcare access produced by structural factors but it also means working at the human level and understanding the unique needs of communities around the world in order to address them with tailored responses.
Brynn Kolada was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Most recently, Brynn worked with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in the new business development department. In this role, she secured funding for HIV/AIDS and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Brynn attended the University of Michigan where she studied global health and medical anthropology while also volunteering with the HIV/AIDS Resource Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she interned with women’s health advocacy organizations that focused on expansion of access to family planning and sexual and reproductive health services here in the United States and around the world. In her free time, Brynn can be found running, playing soccer and co-hosting a podcast about sports and gender.

Carly Hubbard

Country:US
Title:Development Coordinator
Partner:Last Mile Health
Not only does community provide a sense of belonging and a basis of support, but it also serves as an incubator for individuals to share their stories, ideas, and insights in a capacity that allows for growth and positive change in ways otherwise unimaginable.
Carly Hubbard is from Redlands, California. While an undergraduate, she studied development and social change in Nepal, piloted an Art for Healing program paired with English lessons for at-risk women in Bangladesh and assisted in the coordination of a team of diverse young professionals providing guidance and technical expertise to local entrepreneurs in Bali, Indonesia. Carly completed a bachelor’s degree in international and area studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She also interned with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations in Washington DC where she provided outreach strategy and support in securing new funders. Most recently, Carly relocated to Wisconsin where she has been working to provide organizational assistance to the Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Network at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has enjoyed being on a team working to provide a structure for the statewide obesity movement across diverse partners in government, academics, communities, advocates and funders. In her free time, Carly loves to explore the outdoors, cook for friends and family and enjoy the people around her.

Catherine Amulen

Country:Uganda
Title:Program Coordinator
Partner:Clinton Health Access Initiative
Community is important to me because its the first beneficiary of any change that any one could ever thing about. That means that any plans for change can not be planned unless there is a community in need or in want and therefore every thing starts and ends with the community.
Catherine Amulen is from the Soroti district in Uganda. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Kyambogo University where she studied human nutrition and dietetics. After graduating, Catherine used her nutrition expertise to support undernourished individuals, especially children, by creating modified recipes for healthy meals using locally available foods in the communities. She then went on to receive a degree in project planning and management from Uganda Management Institute. Since 2013, Catherine has been working with the Uganda Heath Marketing Group on health marketing as well as working with the Good Life Network franchise.

Charles Rominiyi

Country:US
Title:Program Manager: School Programs
Partner:The Grassroot Project
A community provides guidance, builds character, and supplies comfort to its members. Community is an integral component to reaching health equity around the world.
Charles Rominiyi is from Portsmouth, VA, but currently lives in Washington DC. Prior to joining GHC, Charles completed a year of service working as a Youth Health Educator for Metro Teen AIDS with the AIDS United AmeriCorps program. He provided HIV/STI testing and risk-reduction counseling to youth in the DC area. Charles received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Old Dominion University and a Master of Health Sciences in health education from Western Carolina University. While in graduate school, he was a coordinator in the student recreation center. He worked to bring creative recreational programming to the Western Carolina University campus. Charles is a certified Health Fitness Specialist and he enjoys helping people optimize their health through functional exercise and nutritional counseling. He loves playing basketball, biking and fishing in his spare time.

Chase Brightwell

Country:US
Title:Development and Communication Fellow
Partner:Gardens for Health International
The fight for health equity sounds a call that I simply can't ignore. I stand in solidarity with communities working to improve the health of every citizen, and I am excited to hone my skills with GHC to continue this lifelong fight.
Chase Brightwell was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of Richmond where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare & Society and Journalism in 2015. Chase’s undergraduate thesis discussed the public health implications of climate change in urban informal settlements, with an emphasis on community-based sanitation resilience strategies. He spent a semester studying abroad with the International Honors Program in India, Vietnam and South Africa, comparing healthcare systems and researching cross-cultural projects. In 2014, Chase worked in the communications department at World Pediatric Project, a Richmond-based NGO that provides critical care to children from Central America and the Caribbean. The following summer, Chase interned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia researching environmental health disparities and standing in solidarity with communities facing environmental injustices. Chase is a frequent volunteer and trained vocalist who enjoys spending time outdoors and pursuing a variety of creative projects involving the visual and performing arts.

Chomba Zenegeya

Country:Malawi
Title:Evidence to Programs Officer
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
We are all connected; it is this connection that enables me to recognize the needs of others, and motivates me to look at what makes others look away. If we are all committed, we can uplift the under-served of our communities and create a world where no child, mother or family goes without access to healthcare
Chomba Zenegeya is originally from Zambia, but now lives in Lilongwe, Malawi. She received her undergraduate degree from Chancellor College, University of Malawi and is currently completing her Master of Public Health. While at Chancellor College, Chomba was a member of a peer educator association that provides education and mentoring on HIV/AIDS in an effort to promote health-enhancing behavior. She was part of the team that started a collaborative partnership between University of California, Los Angeles and University of Malawi. Chomba also served as student representative at leadership and health consultations in South Korea and Jamaica and has worked on various health-research projects as a research assistant and program analyst.

Claire McDonell

Country:US
Title:Family Wellness Center Coordinator
Partner:Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark
A community is a dynamic network with the ability to adapt and grow when the individuals that hold it together recognize its presence and inherent strength.
Claire McDonell is from Sebastopol, California. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis majoring in biological sciences with an emphasis on human physiology and exercise. Claire was a Student Health Educator on campus working to develop programs and resources to foster holistic health in the college community. She also served on the board of the Willow Clinic, a free medical and psychiatric clinic in the Sacramento Salvation Army homeless shelter. Claire was responsible for coordinating volunteer trainings, managing clinical supplies, working with a team to develop presentations and materials to help patients understand their condition and coordinating free mobile mammography events and health fairs for homeless veterans. While in college, Claire interned with Child Family Health International in La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia focusing on child and adolescent health. She also volunteered at a local orphanage. In her free time, Claire enjoys guiding kayaking trips, playing volleyball and making lattes.

Connor Schultz

Country:Malawi
Title:Evidence to Programs Officer
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Everyday I am motivated by the potential to enact change. We cannot be complacent in a world that lacks justice.
Connor Schultz was born in Portland, Connecticut. He completed his undergraduate degree at New York University in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study where he focused his work on the intersections of global health, social justice and post-colonial studies. While at New York University, Connor traveled to Accra, Ghana working in the Emergency Unit of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Here, he assisted in the development, monitoring and analysis of a population-specific triage system. Additionally, Connor worked closely with clinical staff and hospital personnel to develop strategies for comprehensive tuberculosis screenings. Prior to GHC, he worked for the New York City Department of Health on HIV research and outreach in high-risk communities. During his free time, Connor enjoys reading, traveling, biking and collecting records.

Corinne Carland

Country:US
Title:Program Manager
Partner:Vecna Cares
Why do I exist except if not to do as much good as possible in the amount of time given to me?
Corinne Carland hails from a small town in Maine. She moved to Boston, Massachusetts for college where she attended MIT, studying chemical-biological engineering and continued on for her master’s degree in technology and policy. Corrine’s graduate research was funded through a grant from USAID and focused on understanding private sector supply chains in the developing world. She traveled to Uganda to study the scale up of malaria rapid diagnostic testing kits. In addition to public health research, she has conducted research on cancer biology, working in labs in the U.S. and Asia. In her spare time she enjoys reading and traveling to new places with friends.

Daniel Dut Athian

Country:US
Title:Program Manager
Partner:Vecna Cares
No one can be everything and teamwork can make almost every expertise available. In a community, better results are realized in most cases if members contribute adequately. "Many heads are better than one." I believe in teamwork.
Daniel Dut Athian was born in Aweil, South Sudan. In 2013, he was a part of the team that developed an Android mobile app that won first runner-up in the Community Innovation Awards hosted by Orange Telecom. Daniel completed his undergraduate degree in public health at International Health Sciences University, Uganda. He then went on to work for Orange Uganda Ltd. in the marketing department, followed by MultiPath as a mobile software developer prior to joining GHC. Daniel is passionate about technology geared towards healthcare and has developed several more android apps currently available on Google Play. He enjoys board games, especially chess and ludo, sightseeing, Taekwondo and venturing into new technologies.

Daniel Kagabo Maniraho

Country:Rwanda
Title:Program Coordinator
Partner:Gardens for Health International
Waking up everyday knowing my contribution as a public health practitioner and team-player, helps improve a child's health in the society and increased the likelihood of the children to grow and thrive.
Daniel Kagabo Maniraho grew up in Kigali, Rwanda. He completed his undergraduate studies at the National University of Rwanda where he majored in clinical pharmacy. Under the Rwanda Pharmacy Student Association, Daniel participated in campaigns to educate the public on prevention measures of communicable diseases such as Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. After completing his undergraduate degree, he went on to volunteer in a refugee camp working with some of the most vulnerable families and later participated in a research study led by Columbia University on community-based child protection mechanisms in a refugee context. Daniel’s passion for maternal and child health led him to attend Jomo Kenyatta University and receive a Master of Public Health. As a graduate student, he worked in rural areas of Rwanda to coordinate a Verbal and Social Autopsy study on child survival with Partners in Health.

David Balikitenda

Country:Uganda
Title:Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning Fellow
Partner:ACODEV
I am motivated by the new challenges that arise from day to day since challenges are opportunities in disguise.
David Balikitenda is from Kampala, Uganda. He completed his undergraduate degree in business statistics from the Makerere University, Kampala School of Statistics and Applied Economics. While in school, David received training in monitoring and evaluation as well as data collection and management through an internship at the Kaberamaido district local government. He has also worked with organizations including the World Food Program during the rapid food assessment through the ministry of disaster preparedness and the office of the prime minister. After completing his degree in 2010, David served as a Quality Assurance Officer at Topline Investment; he then went on to join GB Consulting Associates. David has also received training in monitoring and evaluations specifically in baseline surveys, consumer perception surveys, performance surveys, midterm and final evaluations and database development.

Diana Ankunda

Country:Uganda
Title:Knowledge Management, Communications and External Relations Officer
Partner:Jhpiego
I'm motivated to use good relationships to innovate and improve health outcomes for under-served communities.
Diana Ankunda is from Kampala, Uganda. She has a dual honors degree from Keele University in international business and media, and communications and culture. At Keele University, Diana developed her understanding of the loopholes in social justice that impassioned her to blog stories for underrepresented groups of society. After completing her degree, she went on to work with various organizations including Uganda Health Marketing Group, The New Vision Publishing Group and The Knowledge Management Company. Diana has used her influence online to connect with like-minded social justice advocates on social media to campaign for the health rights of marginalized members of society. She has also volunteered at public-private partnerships taking HIV and malaria testing services to underserved communities within Kampala. Diana loves adventure and spending time by the River Nile Falls.

Dinnah Nabwire

Country:US
Title:Research and Policy Analysis Fellow
Partner:Marie Stopes International
A village member once called me to her home to talk to her daughter about how to stay in school and be like me-- I had just completed my undergraduate degree and it did not seem like that big to me then but I was changed completely after. Since then, everyday I want to be better informed, empowered, and established as a flag for the girl child's equal ability and achievement in my village and beyond.
Dinnah Nabwire was born in Lumino, Uganda. Dinnah has previously worked as the Policy and Advocacy Officer for the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD), and served as Project Officer and Program Assistant in ACORD’s Uganda Country Program. She is passionate about issues including gender and women’s rights, child and maternal health promotion, peace building and transitional justice. She supports these matters through her work with organizations such as Uganda’s Ministry of Gender’s Gender-Based Violence Reference Group, the Maputo Protocol Coalition and the Core CSO Reference Group on Post 2015 Development Agenda where she was chairperson for the Media and Advocacy Group on behalf of ACORD. Dinnah is proficient in English and has working knowledge of Swahili, Luganda and Samia. She also has various trainings in human rights, gender, monitoring and evaluation and HIV/AIDS mainstreaming and has volunteered with the Friends of Christ Revival Ministry where she worked on community health promotion, HIV/AIDS care and case work management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration from the Uganda Christian University in Mukono as well as a master’s degree in education, gender and international development from the University of London.

Doris Osei-Afriyie

Country:Zambia
Title:Senior Research Associate
Partner:Zambia Ministry of Health
I motivated by knowing that I was put on Earth for a purpose and it doesn't matter what I am doing, I have to put 100% of myself into it.
Doris Osei-Afriyie grew up in Ghana, but has lived in New York and Chicago for the past thirteen years. Prior to joining GHC, she worked at United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries where she provided monitoring and evaluation support for a maternal and child health pilot project in Nigeria and Haiti. Doris received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in sociomedical sciences and global health. During graduate school, she spent six months abroad in rural Ghana to conduct a study to understand healthcare seeking behavior for emergency care. Doris also worked with the Global Research Analytics for Population Health Project at Columbia University to assess the effectiveness of primary health interventions in the United States and globally. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago in comparative human development and has worked with Breast Cancer International, an NGO based in Ghana where she collaborated with policy makers and community leaders to advocate for breast cancer awareness in health policies. Doris enjoys reading and discovering new cuisines.

Effie-Ann Forson

Country:Zambia
Title:Program Officer
Partner:Zambia Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance
The absence of systematic health injustice, which allows for the attainment of quality health despite ones socioeconomic status, is when one can truly claim health equity.
Effie-Ann Forson was born in Los Angeles, California, but has most recently lived in New York City. She completed her master’s degree in public health at the City University of New York at Hunter College. Her research focused on examining the economic relationship between government funded programs and their impact on food insecurity in vulnerable populations. While living in New York, Effie-Ann worked closely with emergency feeding programs at the Food Bank for NYC to implement sustainable approaches to better serve and deliver resources to food-insecure communities. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of California, Davis majoring in nutrition science, where she also worked at a student-run free healthcare clinic delivering primary care to the underserved African-American population. In 2013, Effie-Ann co-founded a toxin-free vegan based nail polish line that contributes to health and educational efforts in the Volta Region of Ghana. In her free time, she most enjoys thrift shopping and traveling.

Elizabeth Wetzel

Country:Malawi
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Dignitas International
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I aim to ease the burden of disease and strive for global health equity in a program that shares my vision that health is a human right.
Elizabeth Wetzel is from Dayton, Ohio. She attended the University of Dayton where she majored in biology and minored in social work. In her time at the University of Dayton, Elizabeth was a student leader in the human rights organization Face Aids, which sparked her interest in global health equity. After graduation, Elizabeth traveled to Malawi where she spent six weeks studying the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Elizabeth continued her education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, with a focus on global health epidemiology. During graduate school, she traveled to Hat Yai, Thailand to study breast cancer disparities and completed her capstone project on breast cancer survival outcomes in Songkhla, Thailand. Elizabeth loves to travel and spend time with friends and family.

Elizabeth Zoe Kroessler

Country:Uganda
Title:Fundraising and Communications Fellow
Partner:ACODEV
Health equity is equal quality of treatments regardless of socioeconomic status or location. By addressing and correcting disparities we can bring quality health care, education and support to all in need.
Zoe Kroessler is originally from New York City, but calls New Jersey home. Before joining GHC, she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Refugee and Immigrant Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. While an undergraduate at the University of Utah, Zoe traveled to Bolivia with the Hinckley Institute where she worked with the Alma de los Andes NGO, a group that empowers women through financial literacy, healthcare and childcare. She holds a degree in international studies with a focus on language and culture and a triple minor in anthropology, French and political science. Zoe is passionate about human rights and community development and enjoys playing tennis, hiking, cooking and volunteering within the community.

Elly Kabalisa

Country:Rwanda
Title:Program Development Fellow
Partner:Young Women’s Christian Association of Rwanda
My country Rwanda and its people, fell flat on the ground, stood-up on their feet and aimed for the stars and I want to play my part.
Elly Kabalisa was raised in Rwanda but was born in Uganda. Since 2011, he has been actively involved with the Rwanda Association for Family Welfare (ARBEF), first as a volunteer and most recently as a project coordinator and member of the Board of Directors. While attending the National University of Rwanda, where he earned a law degree with honors, he joined the IPPF’s youth branch, the Youth Action Movement (YAM), and was eventually elected as the national Chairperson. The Youth Action Movement is a group committed to empowering youth to be equal partners in programmatic decision making and resource allocation. In his role as national chairperson, Elly was actively involved in developing and implementing projects with the goal of improving access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services in Rwanda. In his free time, he loves reading, spending time with friends, and meeting new people.

Emily Ausubel

Country:Uganda
Title:Fundraising/Resource Mobilization Fellow
Partner:Baylor - Uganda
I want to be surrounded by people who have similar priorities but are from diverse backgrounds and will challenge me to approach my work from new angles, build my skills in and knowledge about international health, and nurture my ever-growing understanding of our shared humanity.
Emily Ausubel hails from Newton, Massachusetts. Since graduating, Emily has worked at Management Sciences for Health where she has assisted developing over 25 proposals for projects focused on HIV/AIDS, TB, OVC, maternal and child health, nutrition and health systems strengthening in countries throughout Africa and Latin America. She also works closely with Management Sciences for Health’s Technical Leads on gender and fragile states. Emily serves on the Board of Directors for Thinking Beyond Borders, a gap year program she participated in between high school and college. She received her bachelor’s degree in government and legal studies with a concentration in comparative politics from Bowdoin College, focusing her studies on international development, law, human rights and gender studies. Emily’s honors thesis looked at the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process of former combatants in Sierra Leone and Liberia. In her free time, Emily volunteers at her local food pantry and community center, is an avid photographer and loves to cook, read, listen to music and sing.

Morgan Clark-Youngblood

Country:US
Title:Global Program Associate
Partner:Planned Parenthood Global
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I believe that my generation can greatly reduce the social and health disparities of our communities.
Emily Morgan Clark-Youngblood originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia. After multiple chronic illnesses impacted both Morgan and her family while in high school, she began to fully understand how health can influence every aspect of a person’s life. These experiences influenced her to pursue a degree in public health at the George Washington University. After two years at George Washington University, Morgan took a hiatus from her studies and moved to Honduras to work on a public health project with a grassroots youth-led NGO. She later went on to complete her Master of Public Health from George Washington University after developing her passion for community development through strengthening women and adolescents’ access to reproductive services and community violence prevention. Morgan began working with Population Services International in Honduras on projects aiming to improve access to reproductive health education and community violence prevention for youth. Upon leaving Honduras, she worked with the United Nations’ World Food Program in Quito, Ecuador on a program promoting food and nutrition security among the Columbian refugee population. Morgan loves to try (almost) everything, especially if it involves food, coffee or an outdoor adventure.

Erica Ciaraldi

Country:US
Title:Global Fund Private Sector Delegation Program Officer
Partner:GBCHealth
GHC offers a unique and valuable opportunity to be part of a global community of multidisciplinary, like minded young leaders who are all working together to create meaningful change by breaking down the social and structural barriers that result in such unjust health disparities around the world.
Erica Ciaraldi grew up in San Diego, California. Most recently, she completed a public health fellowship with the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), a local NGO in Lusaka, Zambia where she strengthened government ownership of HIV-related health service delivery in public clinics. Erica majored in global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her Master of Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. While in graduate school, she worked as a research assistant on studies examining the impact of different measures of women’s empowerment on various reproductive health outcomes. Erica also worked with the Population Council on an acceptability study for the introduction of a new contraceptive to meet the needs of breast-feeding women. After graduating from graduate school, she moved to Washington DC to work as a Technical Advisor for Gender in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. Erica enjoys soccer, cheese and traveling.

Evariste Manirumva

Country:Rwanda
Title:Pharmacy Program Officer
Partner:Partners In Health
As a GHC fellow, I am proud to be part of this community of emerging leaders who share the common commitment of struggling for health Equity and Social justice among the people around the world.
Evariste Manirumva was born in Ngoma, an Eastern province of Rwanda. He has always dreamed of becoming a healthcare provider and majored in pharmacy at the University of Rwanda. While in his undergraduate career, Evariste was an active member of the Rwanda Pharmacy Students’ Association. He also received a degree in theology and religious education from CSR Bible School in Huye. In June 2014, Evariste joined the research team at Partners in Health, Rwanda where he worked on operational research for healthcare, particularly Early Childhood Development. He also completed an online certificate course in Global Public Health from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network in collaboration with Public Health Foundation India (SDSN/PHFI). Prior to joining GHC, Evariste worked as the managing pharmacist of a pharmaceutical company in Kigali.

Fabrice Mukunzi

Country:Rwanda
Title:Business Administration Systems Liaison
Partner:The Ihangane Project
I am global health corps fellow to be trained with the aim of becoming a future leader with a global positive impact in the world of tomorrow.
Fabrice Mukunzi is originally from Kigali, Rwanda. In 2014, he received his Master of Science in software engineering from Annamalai University in India. While there, he joined the Mediators of Christ Ministry, a group that assists students in learning about the Bible and its message, and went on to become one of the leaders of the ministry. After completing his degree, Mukuzi returned to Rwanda where he founded Ihuriro Innovators and Investors Company, LTD. This company encourages young graduates to become innovators and create new businesses that are then funded by investors in the company. Mukunzi is also an entrepreneur and opened his own gospel shop.

Farnaz Malik

Country:US
Title:Advocacy and Policy Associate
Partner:Housing Works
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I strive to give a voice to the voiceless. All individuals deserve the right to healthcare, and I believe it is my duty to advocate for them.
Farnaz Malik grew up in Yorba Linda, California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in integrative biology and minoring in global poverty and practice. While at Berkeley, Farnaz volunteered at the Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center, which provides resources for homeless women and children in the Bay Area. She is a recent graduate of the department of epidemiology at the University Of Michigan School of Public Health where she received her Master of Public Health and a certificate in global health. During her graduate studies, Farnaz traveled to Managua, Nicaragua for a summer internship to work on a study assessing the healthcare needs of Nicaraguan children. She is passionate about using research and advocacy to bridge the healthcare gap for economically disadvantaged populations. In her free time, Farnaz enjoys running, traveling, cooking up new recipes and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Iradukunda

Country:Rwanda
Title:Maternal Health Program Associate
Partner:Health Builders
I am a Global Health Corps fellow, because I am passionate about contributing toward the access of quality health care.
Favorite Iradukunda is from Kigali, Rwanda. She worked with many Rwandan organizations including Rwanda Education Assistance Program (REAP), Sustainable Health Enterprise (SHE) and various Rwandan hospitals while still in her undergraduate career. After her graduation from Kigali Health Institute, where she majored in general nursing, Favorite went on to be an Assistant at the University of Rwanda in the hopes of transforming healthcare through education. She is currently working towards her Master of Science in nursing, focusing on adult education and research, at the University of Cape Town. Favorite is also working on a research project on Evidence-Based Practices in Rwanda.

Feng Chen

Country:US
Title:Data and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Single Stop
Where is life, there is hope. What we need to do is to take action and turn the hope into reality.
Feng Chen grew up in Hangzhou, China. She completed her graduate studies at Cornell University, majoring in public administration. While at Cornell, Feng worked on an international capstone project and designed a strategic establishment plan for the Center for Regional Development at Universidad Catolica de San Pablo in Arequipa, Peru. After her graduation, she was responsible for program monitoring and evaluation at Horton’s Kids, a non-profit which helps underprivileged children located in Anacostia, Washington DC. Before attending Cornell, Feng studied public administration at Hangzhou University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted research on domestic economic and social development, and also worked with a number of organizations in the public sector. Feng interned with the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs in Beijing, where she raised awareness of environmental issues by collecting pollution data and showing the results on an e-map.

Francine Irakoze

Country:Rwanda
Title:Operations Fellow
Partner:Health Builders
Community is where we take the time to develop strong relationships, learn from each other, support each other and work together towards a common goal.
Francine Irakoze was born in Burundi, but grew up in many countries including the United States, Belgium, Japan, Germany and Ethiopia. She completed her undergraduate studies in biology at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Francine continued her education in Canada where she received a Master of Global Health with a specialization in health management. For the past three years, she has worked for McKesson Canada, a private healthcare company, and held many roles including Team Leader Program Coordinator and Interim Program Manager. Francine has also volunteered with a wide range of health-focused organizations such as SickKids International, Aphasia Center and Habitat for Humanity. She speaks French, English and Kirundi and enjoys spending her free time, hiking, biking and jogging.

Gift Nwanne

Country:US
Title:Health Fellow
Partner:Covenant House International
When the work i do every day affects the life of the people around me and makes them smile, it gives me fulfillment.
Gift Nwanne is from Imo State, South Eastern Nigeria. In 2014, he won the “Outstanding Field Research Officer” award from the Inspire Moment Research Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria. Gift has worked extensively with the Institute of Human Virology as a Research and Program Officer where he facilitated trainings for project staff and assisted in the development of curriculum for the trainings. He was also involved in ethically enrolling research subjects, collecting data and auditing site activities with respect to study protocol for the first implementation research on “the impact of mother mentors on HIV positive pregnant women in north central Nigeria.” Gift spent time as a volunteer with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) where he trained over forty secondary school students on adolescent and reproductive health education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Abuja. Gift is particularly passionate about public health and health policy.

Gloria Oweta

Country:Uganda
Title:Food Security Officer
Partner:Development in Gardening
Community matters to me because life is not complete without those around us.
Gloria Oweta is originally from Lira District, Uganda. Gloria has been actively involved with small scale famers working with the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) as well as a researcher for the National Crop Resource Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge. She also recently volunteered for a women’s group in Lira District, where she worked with women-headed households who were food insecure and were interested in growing QPM maize and rice to improve household food and income. The group used a rotational labor approach to expand their production and group marketing to lobby for the best prices for their production. In her undergraduate career, she studied animal science at Makerere University and recently completed her master’s degree in sustainable agriculture and food security.

Humphrey Mulemba

Country:Zambia
Title:Resource Mobilization Officer
Partner:Zambia Civil Society Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance
Hope - that the best of my todays will be the worst of my tomorrows.
Humphrey Mulemba was born in Zambia, but has lived in England and South Africa as well. Since 2010, Humphrey has served as the Director of Corporate Strategy for United Machining Works Ltd., an engineering company in Zambia. He also works as a Research and Policy Consultant for Civil Society of Poverty Reduction and sits as Board Chairman of Restless Development, an NGO that primarily focuses on youth education, health and entrepreneurship. He attended the University of Witwatersrand and graduated with a double major in political science and economic studies in 2007. While at University, Humphrey founded and organized projects under the first Africa Chapter for Oikos International, a Swiss-based youth sustainable development organization. After graduating, he joined the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, where he served as Program Officer and Program Manager in the Debt, Aid & Trade Program, which focused on education, research and advocacy.

Ijeoma Mba

Country:Uganda
Title:Program Officer
Partner:Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I believe interdisciplinary cooperation and dynamic interventions can help achieve global health equity.
Ijeoma Mba is from Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining GHC, she worked in Nigeria on a UKAID and West African NGO Network project, which served as one of the most dynamic citizen engagement platforms promoting free and fair elections in Nigeria. Additionally, she has worked on advocacy projects for government transparency and public debate of candidates running for elected office in Nigeria. Ijeoma has held various roles as a project manager and community organizer, mobilizing communities around health and economic well-being. She has a Master of Science in Social Administration, Community and Social Development from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of West Georgia. Ijeoma loves to spend her free time traveling, meeting new people and exploring global health initiatives.

Immi Nadaph

Country:US
Title:Program Manager: Student Athlete Development
Partner:The Grassroot Project
Equity means justice. Health equity to me is the principle that motivates efforts to eliminate disparities in health between groups of people irrespective of who they are or where they come from.
Imran Nadaph hails from Pune, India. He completed his undergraduate studies at Pune University majoring in cost and works accounting. While at Pune University, Imran played cricket professionally, representing his university, district and country in regional and national tournaments. After completing his post-graduate diploma in banking and finance in 2009, Imran traveled to the United Kingdom where he volunteered with Global Xchange, a British Council Initiative. In this role, he helped launch a program that uses sports as a means to recruit individuals with no qualifications or employment training to work in office administration and community activities in London. Imran is certified in the Sciences and Technology of Coaching by AISTS Academy (Lausanne, Switzerland) and is an AIFF certified football (soccer) instructor in India. Before joining GHC, he worked with SE TransStadia Pvt. Ltd. as Manager of coaching operations. Imran was in charge of strategic planning to establish a financially stable football club in Gujarat, India while also managing the ground implementation and maintenance of the delivery of quality sports education programs in schools.

Irene Nakakande

Country:Uganda
Title:Program Manager
Partner:Set Her Free
Every day I am motivated by engaging in an activity that can create a positive change in the lives of marginalized people.
Irene Nakakande was born in Kampala, Uganda. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Makerere University. She was inspired to study education because of her drive to work with young people. Irene was a teacher at the Bwaise Parents High School until 2010 and then went on to work with Somero Uganda, an organization that empowers young women, where she facilitated a number of trainings including HIV/AIDS prevention, peer education, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, financial literacy, savings and loans education and leadership trainings. In addition, she volunteered to plan and facilitate literacy classes focusing on history and entrepreneurship for young people who did not attend school. Irene is a great supporter of a program that ensures young pregnant mothers can continue their education through classes in their community. Before joining GHC, she was an E-based facilitator of sexual education for out-of-school youth in Kawempe division.

Jaimee Swift

Country:US
Title:Communications and Youth Advocacy Officer
Partner:Together for Girls
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I desire to serve, learn and align myself with others who have the mindset to advocate on behalf of those who are in desperate need of health equity; irrespective of demographic or geographic location.
Jaimee Swift is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She attended Temple University where she majored in communications and was editor-in-chief of Temple University’s branch of Her Campus, a nationally recognized online magazine for young women. Jaimee received her master’s degree in political science from Howard University, during which she served as a teaching assistant and held internships at the White House and CNN. She also worked as Vice President of Howard University’s Graduate Political Science Association. Jaimee is a lover of travel, Mexican food and all things Bruce Lee.

Jamee Kuznicki

Country:Malawi
Title:Program Officer
Partner:Save the Children
Health equity means that all people-- regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, or other defining characteristics-- can fulfill their basic human right to health, reaching their highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
Jamee Kuznicki was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As an intern in Nairobi, Kenya, she organized a grassroots NGO called Lisha Mtoto Initiative, which provides preschool education to underserved children in the Kibera slum. Jamee completed her undergraduate degree at Gettysburg College where she majored in economics and French. She returned to Pittsburgh to pursue a Master of International Development from the University of Pittsburgh with a focus on civil society and NGO management. Upon completing her graduate degree, Jamee moved to Washington DC where she worked with the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition at PATH. In this role, she administered a small-grants program, supported donor reporting, and coordinated several working groups focused on critical supplies-related issues. In her free time, Jamee enjoys volunteering at the local Humane Society, learning new yoga poses and cheering on her Pittsburgh sports teams.

James Cauthen

Country:Rwanda
Title:Pharmacy Program Officer
Partner:Partners In Health
I am motivated by a desire to help people in a way that empowers them and gives them the capability and capacity to take control of their own individual destinies.
James Cauthen was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Recently, James has primarily worked in community and hospital pharmacies in various capacities. Prior to joining GHC, he was a senior pharmacy technician specialist for the Specialty Pharmacy at Vanderbilt University Medical Clinic. James worked directly with clinical staff and patients in the Pediatric Endocrinology clinic where his primary responsibilities included researching and obtaining foundation assistance to help patients pay for their medications. James completed his undergraduate degree in liberal studies with concentrations in biology, psychology and civil and urban planning at Middle Tennessee State University.

Jasmine Burton

Country:Zambia
Title:Design Specialist
Partner:Population Services International
I am motivated to use the skills that I have, the empathy that I continue to develop, and opportunities that I have been blessed with to act as a catalyst and mouthpiece for justice particularly as it relates to marginalized communities.
Jasmine Burton was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2014, her senior design team won the Georgia Tech InVenture Prize competition for their design of an inexpensive mobile toilet. Before graduating from Georgia Tech’s Industrial Design Program, she participated in Georgia Tech Women’s Leadership Conference, the CDC’s Summer Public Health Scholars Program, Humanity in Action Fellowship and Industrial Design studio classes emphasizing ethnography. She hopes to improve women’s health via redesigning water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure. Jasmine also founded a social start-up organization, Wish for WASH, to bring innovation to sanitation.

Jena Nyangu

Country:Zambia
Title:Project Manager for Community
Partner:Akros
I am motivated knowing that change begins with me, being an achiever, finding solutions, serving others and putting a smile on people's faces.
Jenala Nyangu is from Lusaka, Zambia. Jenala has interned with both governmental and non-governmental organizations focusing on topics including water supply and sanitation, health promotion and communicable and non-communicable diseases. She has worked as a social and environmental consultant for Devotion Trust Fund in water, sanitation and hygiene issues affecting the urban poor. Prior to becoming a GHC Fellow, Jenala was a public health and clinical medicine lecturer at City University College of Science and Technology. She received a Bachelor of Science in environmental health from the University of Zambia and received additional academic qualifications in monitoring and evaluation and project management. She enjoys singing, volunteering in the community and fundraising.

Jillian Dunning

Country:Rwanda
Title:Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality Officer
Partner:Partners In Health
A community that all works towards a common goal is incredibly important to me; it becomes a source of strength and inspiration in challenging times.
Jillian Dunning is from Somerville, Massachusetts. Prior to joining GHC, she lived in Washington DC where she worked with the analytics team at Population Services International. Jillian received her master’s degree in Public Health from George Washington University in global health epidemiology. She was awarded distinction for her thesis work modeling the impact of various control measures on the Ebola outbreak Liberia in 2014. Jillian has worked in a wide range of countries, most notably in Switzerland where she completed a project categorizing global transmission zones in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s influenza team. She has also worked in Rwanda, where she traveled to rural health clinics and completed an end-line evaluation of a grant to improve the availability of necessary medicines and commodities for community health. Jillian completed her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she majored in culture and politics.

John Lichenya

Country:Malawi
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Dignitas International
The community is important because I work with and on their behalf to initiate change in those areas, a partnership without which any program fails.
John Lichenya currently lives in Malawi. He has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector including serving as the Director of Programs at the Rural Development Initiative. In this role, John coordinated various projects including the Msamala Orphans and Vulnerable Children Support Project and the Msamala Climate Change Adaptation Project, which involved outreach, securing stakeholder involvement and program implementation and evaluation. He also worked as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at GOAL Malawi where he designed multiple data collection tools as well as databases for storing and summarizing data. While at GOAL Malawi, John also monitored the activities of the Irish Aid Program Funding (IAPF) with programs focusing on HIV, nutrition, hygiene, water, village savings and loans, conservation agriculture and disaster risk reduction. John has also conducted research as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Fountain of Love.

John Ngoma

Country:Zambia
Title:Associate Technical Advisor
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Enjoying good health is a fundamental right for every person living on this planet.
John Reuben Ngoma was born in Solwezi, Zambia. John was a part of a team that completed a gender mainstreaming project at Copperbelt University that utilized data to ensure that gender equality was considered in enrollment at various schools. Prior to becoming a GHC Fellow, he was a lecturer at MTTI and a managing director for Mucheni Zambia Ltd. In 2012, he graduated from Copperbelt University with a degree in agroforestry. John loves to meet new people and discuss new ideas about topics he is passionate about.

John Spangler

Country:Uganda
Title:Knowledge Management, Communications and External Relations Officer
Partner:Jhpiego
Communities come in many shapes and sizes, but regardless of their formation, their power to bring change is always greater than any individual can hope to achieve.
John Spangler grew up on an organic vegetable farm in West Virginia. Since 2011, he has worked in the Office of Global Affairs at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Here, John founded ONE HHS, an LGBT employee resource group, and supported global health policy portfolios including human rights and LGBT health. He completed his bachelor’s degree at George Washington University where he studied international affairs and co-founded the Food Justice Alliance and GroW Community Garden. During this time, John interned with the Rural Development program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and also studied abroad in southern India. After graduation, he returned to India to continue his Tamil language studies. Prior to joining GHC, he served on the United States delegation to the 68th World Health Assembly. John volunteers with nutrition support programs and tests recipes for his cookbooks.

Joselyne Kirungi

Country:Uganda
Title:Management Consultant Fellow
Partner:LifeNet International
A community challenges my fundamental beliefs and makes me realize just how similar all human beings are. It is an eye-opening experience that provides me a rewarding sense of pride through simple participatory actions which benefit many people and make life worth living.
Joselyne Kirungi was born and raised in Fort-Portal, Uganda. She recently graduated with a master’s degree in international management from the University of Trento in Italy. Prior to this, Joselyne worked as an Operations Assistant at McLeod Russel, where she gained interest in management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Makerere University with a focus on the challenges of planning for vulnerable groups. Upon graduating from Makerere University, Joselyne was actively involved in community work with German Development Service (DED) in Nangwe/Mugungu villages of Busia-Uganda. She has also worked for AOT Consulting and Firex Italia in research-related roles. During her free time, Joselyne enjoys reading and doing charity and computer work.

Joviah Tuhaise

Country:Uganda
Title:Data Quality and Use Fellow
Partner:IntraHealth International
Deriving insight from data is not about getting an answer, it is about uncovering "truth" that lies hidden beneath the surface. My real motivator is being able to use my creativity and ingenuity to solve hard problems in the community and constantly indulge in my curiosity.
Joviah Tuhaise was born in Fort Portal, Uganda. She was a member of the Al and Data Science research group of Makerere University that designed a mobile crop surveillance system for the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) Uganda, where she assisted the team in research and data formatting. Prior to GHC, she was a tutorial assistant at Uganda Technology & Management University where she specialized in taking students through the practical aspects of data mining, data analyses and machine learning. Joviah has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science from Makerere University. Her master’s thesis focused on the automation of symptom measurement of cassava brown streak disease. As a result of this research, she proposed a new system to the NaCRRI to automatically assign scores to necrotized cassava tubers. Joviah has also spent time visiting rural primary school students in Western Uganda and supporting them with scholastic materials under the Tusome Project. She enjoys cooking, jogging and watching movies.

Juliet Nandawula

Country:Uganda
Title:Quality Assurance Coordinator
Partner:Mengo Hospital
Community is very important in coming up with health interventions that are accessible to all people in terms of cultural acceptability, economic affordability, and geographical reach as well as feedback. This goes a long way in improving the health status of the people and patient satisfaction.
Juliet Nandawula was born in Kampala, Uganda. She completed her undergraduate studies in nursing and received her master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics from Makerere University. While in graduate school, she wanted to better understand the distribution and determinants of health related states and use that knowledge to control disease and improve the health of the population. Her particular interest focused on tuberculosis control. Juliet worked at Mulago Hospital as an intern nurse for one year and then moved on to China-Uganda Friendship Hospital as a nursing officer for two years. She finds the most joy watching former patients walk out of the hospital healthy and happy.

Kaila Clarke

Country:Uganda
Title:Business Entrepreneurship Coordinator
Partner:Spark MicroGrants
I am motivated by my compassion for others and my desire to use my relative privilege to give back to those who were born into more challenging circumstances.
Kaila Clarke is originally from the metro-Detroit area in Michigan. After completing her undergraduate education, Kaila spent two years in Senegal conducting research on reproductive health for Population Council before joining myArgo, a start-up social enterprise. At myArgo, she led the management of the Senegal pilot and gained experience in program management, monitoring and evaluation, training and communications. Prior to joining GHC, Kaila worked as the Program Officer for Bikes for the World, a DC-area non-profit that supports development projects overseas through shipments of used bicycles and parts. In this role, she identified new partners, developed monitoring and evaluation methods, coordinated logistics and increased partner feedback. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University where she majored in International Relations and French. Kaila is passionate about community-driven approaches to sustainable development and enjoys being immersed into new cultures.

Kaitlyn Maloney

Country:Uganda
Title:Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Fellow
Partner:IntraHealth International
I am motivated by collaborative discussions that lead to creative solutions for challenges, big and small.
Kaitlyn Maloney is originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2013, she has worked at Uganda Village Project in Iganga, Uganda where she manages program work and monitoring and evaluation efforts. Kaitlyn completed her undergraduate studies at Truman State University, majoring in public health. She went on to study at the James P. Grant School of Public Health in Bangladesh and received her master’s degree in public health, focusing on monitoring and evaluation, from George Washington University. After completing her studies, Kaitlyn coordinated fieldwork and data management for a large quantitative research project on a conditional cash transfer program in Zomba, Malawi with George Washington University and the World Bank.

Kalin Werner

Country:Zambia
Title:Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Officer
Partner:Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia
Every day I am motivated by the narratives of the most vulnerable and marginalized, the potential value and goodness of human beings, and the belief that one day social norms will recognize the relevance of the common human needs of other as equally important as our own.
Kalin Werner was born and raised in California’s bay area. Since 2014, she has worked as a Public Health Associate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, driving programming in chronic disease and maternal and child health at the Lee County Health Department. Kalin received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles where she majored in geography and environmental health and minored in public health, global studies and Spanish. While at UCLA, she was a campaign coordinator and grassroots onsite work intern for GlobeMed. During this time, Kalin traveled to Uganda where she worked with chapter partner organization, The Nwoya Youth Center, to launch a micro financing initiative for young mothers based on goat rearing. Prior to joining GHC, she spent six months in Malaysia working to provide mental health services to refugees in Kuala Lumpur. Kalin enjoys spending her time hiking to new elevations, supporting Manchester United and finding the perfect cream cheese bagel.

Kari Schantz

Country:US
Title:Social Protection and Health Fellow
Partner:Inter-American Development Bank
Health equity means everyone having the opportunity to achieve their full health potential. Health equity is achieved by eliminating health disparities due to gender, race, socioeconomic status, nationality, or any other socially determined positions or circumstances.
Karolina Schantz was born in Champaign, Illinois. She recently received her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan. During that time, Karolina also worked on projects in the fields of mental health and chronic disease, including helping to implement and evaluate mobile health programs for diabetes, hypertension and depression management at low resource health centers in La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia. She completed a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and psychology at Northwestern University. While at Northwestern, Karolina focused on the issues of national identity and immigration in Latin America and conducted ethnographic research in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Following her undergraduate studies, she worked for two years as an English teacher in Bogota, Colombia before returning to the United States.

Katie Beck

Country:Rwanda
Title:Nutritional Technical Support Fellow
Partner:Partners In Health
I am motivated by the potential that both empathy and compassion can have in developing determination, driving action and creating meaningful, sustainable change.
Kathryn (Katie) Beck grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. She majored in nutrition and food studies at New York University and during that time studied abroad in Ghana and participated in a nutrition assessment of a local village with students at the University of Ghana-Legon. After graduating from New York University, Katie went on to complete a Dietetic Internship and became a Registered Dietician. She worked as a Clinical Dietitian and later as a Clinical Nutrition Manager where she counseled patients on how to use nutrition to prevent and treat disease. Katie pursued a Master of Public Health, concentrating on global health, at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Her practicum was with Soft Power Health in Uganda where she evaluated the organization’s malnutrition outreach program. Prior to joining GHC, Katie interned with Health Equity Initiative, a New York-based NGO. She enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with her family and is currently learning French.

Kenya Murray

Country:Zambia
Title:Senior Research Associate
Partner:Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I believe in the collective abilities held within myself and others to sow seeds of transformation in deprived, marginalized areas of life.
Kenya Murray was born in Metcalfe, Mississippi. Prior to joining GHC, she worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a CDC/CSTE Fellow where she conducted infectious disease outbreak investigations, established disease surveillance systems and conducted research to understand how risk factors related to several communicable diseases were distributed. Kenya completed her undergraduate studies at Mississippi State University and earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology at the University of Georgia. While in graduate school, she interned at Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) within the Office of Health Equity where she implemented and managed the agency’s first data collection system for minority health activities focused on reducing disparities and improving health equity. After completing her graduate studies, Kenya worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she developed metrics to measure population health and developed epidemiological tools and resources to assist state and local health departments complete the Affordable Care Act mandated Community Health Needs Assessments. She recently traveled to a rural community in Jamaica to complete a social service project, in which she lived amongst the villagers of Canaan to learn about sustainable agriculture, community farming and alternative medicine.

Keoshia Banks

Country:US
Title:Program Implementation Fellow
Partner:Childrens Health Fund
Health equity means eliminating health disparities and understanding that everyone deserves a shot at living a healthy life.
Keoshia Banks was born in Saginaw, Michigan, but raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Wanting to remain close to home, she attended the University of Michigan where she majored in psychology. Keoshia chose to study psychology because she knew it would allow her to better understand the human mind and behaviors. After completing her undergraduate degree, she completed a year of service with City Year AmeriCorps Little Rock/North Little Rock. As an AmeriCorps member, Keoshia mentored and tutored eighth grade students, helping them to become proficient in math and English. Upon finishing her work with City Year, she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to pursue a Master of Public Health at Drexel University concentrating in community health and prevention.

Kim Morgan

Country:Malawi
Title:Project Officer
Partner:VillageReach
I believe as a global community we all have a lot to learn from one another, and a lot of good to bestow if we can listen, learn and be compassionate to one another
Kim Morgan hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While receiving her Master of Public Health from Boston University, Kim traveled to Ethiopia where she worked with Wide Horizons for Children to test a mobile data collection application in the northern town of Adwa. She received her undergraduate degree at Penn State University, majoring in health, policy and administration and minoring in psychology. At Penn State, Kim was an active volunteer for the university’s annual dance marathon to raise funds to support the fight against pediatric cancer. Since graduating from Boston University, Kim has been working for John Snow, Inc. with the company’s internal resource center for research, monitoring and evaluation. She has lived in Washington DC since the spring of 2014 and in her spare time enjoys running, painting and spending time with friends.

Lara Heskestad

Country:Rwanda
Title:Communications Fellow
Partner:Health Builders
To me, health equity means equal access to quality healthcare for every person, no matter where they live or what kind of background they come from.
Lara Heskestad is from Carmel, New York. She attended Drew University where she studied psychology and French. After graduating, Lara moved to Honduras to work with various orphanages around the country. She then traveled to France to pursue a master’s degree in Global Communications and Development from the American University of Paris. There, Lara had the opportunity to travel to southern India and work with a grassroots NGO focused on gender equality in the region. As a project consultant, she assisted in drafting a proposal for a grant offered by the United Nations’ Initiative to End Violence against Women and also constructed a new website for the organization. Lara later traveled to Tunis to work at the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) where she focused on promoting the visibility of the center’s gender-oriented projects in the Arab region. She enjoys spending her spare time running, hiking and catching up on the latest foreign films.

Laura Bishop

Country:US
Title:Donor Relations Manager
Partner:Housing Works
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I believe that good health is a fundamental right and that young people are determined, resilient, and capable of working together to create remarkable change. I want to be a part of that movement.
Laura Bishop is from Melbourne, Australia. Since completing her undergraduate degree, she has been the National Manager of the Ethiopiaid Australia Foundation where she raises funds in Australia for reproductive health and girls empowerment projects in Ethiopia. Laura attended RMIT University, majoring in international law. During her studies, she volunteered for World Vision and interned at the United Nations Association of Australia. She spent her final undergraduate semester abroad in South Africa where she assisted with asylum seeker deportation cases and worked with incarcerated teenage boys. Laura is an active volunteer at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, lobbying the federal government for legislative change in regards to mandatory detention. She is completing her graduate diploma in human rights law at the University of Melbourne.

Lena Derisavifard

Country:Uganda
Title:E-Health Coordinator
Partner:Clinton Health Access Initiative
Health equity means recognizing that there is a great deal of work that needs to be done in the public health space.
Lena Derisavifard was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas where she studied math and engineering. In college, Lena worked for the Women and Gender Studies Department, which sparked her interest in advocating for social change. Prior to joining GHC, she worked at Goldman Sachs where she focused on data analytics and operations. While at Goldman Sachs, Lena was also on the committee for the LGBT network and was an active member of the Women’s Network. She has lived in Salt Lake City, Utah for the past three years and spends her free time volunteering for the Utah AIDS Foundation administering free HIV/AIDS tests. When not hiking, camping or skiing, Lena can be found at her favorite bakery drinking lots of coffee.

Lindiwe Bandazi

Country:Malawi
Title:Advocacy Officer
Partner:Save the Children
I am a believer in health equity and that the delivery of quality health services and the promotion of health is essential everywhere.
Lindiwe Bandazi was born in Blantyre, Malawi. She graduated from the University of Malawi in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and media studies. Prior to graduating, she interned for Zodiak Broadcasting Radio Station as a reporter where she gained hands-on experience in the Malawi media industry. Lindiwe joined the Malawi Institute of Journalism, a private journalism college, as a Journalism Tutor and Course Coordinator. She taught news writing, photojournalism and communication skills to aspiring journalists. In 2014, Lindiwe produced a wide range of impact-based media and marketing content for the organization including videos, photos and feature stories. She enjoys spending her free time cooking and traveling.

Lindsey Evans

Country:US
Title:Policy and Research Fellow
Partner:Single Stop
To me, health equity means inclusion--creating sustainable pathways for all members to share equally in that society.
Lindsey Evans is a Flint, Michigan native. From 2007-2009, Lindsey served as a Community Health Development Worker for the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, West Africa. In her role, she conducted community outreach and needs assessments, as well as collaborated with village health management committees on health education activities, community-based projects and grant and proposal writing. Lindsey has experience working on qualitative and quantitative public health research studies in both domestic and international settings. Prior to joining GHC, she was employed as a Health Promotion Specialist for the Fairfax County Health Department in Virginia. She received a Master of Public Health and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 2012.

Lorenzo Nshizirungu

Country:Rwanda
Title:Design Fellow
Partner:MASS Design Group
I learn and get inspired by sharing my life and experiences with the community.
Lorenzo Nshizirungu was born and raised in Kigali, Rwanda. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Rwanda. Lorenzo’s community had a strong connection to music and because of this he had a great interest in incorporating music into his work. His specific interest is understanding the architecture of music. His thesis project was aimed at designing a music school to provide equal education to talented youth. He has traveled extensively to Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, as well as Zanzibar, where his third and fourth year studio projects were based. Lorenzo enjoys singing, playing guitar, and acrobatic sports.

Lorraine Poncet

Country:US
Title:Evaluation and Client Care Coordinator
Partner:HIPS
Individuals and the community are so intricate that when I work for the community's well-being I work for my well-being.
Lorraine Poncet was born in Lyon, France. She studied political science at the Political Science Institute of Lyon and also spent time in Beijing where she learned Chinese. Lorraine interned with the HIV/AIDS team in the United Nations Development Program office in Beijing where she was able to write on the HIV/AIDS epidemic occurring in China. She then moved to Taiwan to study at the National Yang Ming University of Taipei where she received a Master of Public Health. Her graduate work focused on social factors associated with contraception use of immigrant women in France. Lorraine returned to France and worked for an NGO and organized sexual health prevention workshops for socially vulnerable immigrant women. She then joined the Gender and Sexual Health team in the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. In this position, she analyzed data and wrote scientific articles on social disparities in cervical cancer screenings and HPV vaccines. Lorraine also spent time volunteering in outreach prevention programs with homeless people and sex workers. In her spare time, she loves to read, swim, do yoga, cook and spend time with family and friends.

Lucky Gondwe

Country:Malawi
Title:Social Marketing Specialist
Partner:Banja La Mtsogolo
What motivates me is the prospect of growing to a new level of understanding of myself and the world around me so I can better fulfill my goal of making a positive difference in society.
Lucky Gondwe is from Lilongwe, Malawi. She attended Chancellor College, University of Malawi where she majored in philosophy and minored in psychology and classics. In her second year at Chancellor College, Lucky co-founded and managed a student-run community-based volunteer organization, Stimulus, which provides social development and early childhood development services. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree, she coordinated Be the Cure, a national awareness campaign that works with private and public stakeholders to raise funds for marginalized cancer victims and increase awareness of the disease. Lucky has previously worked as a Client Service Manager for EXP, an international marketing agency. She also volunteered with a youth-focused HIV/AIDS prevention agency in South Africa called Love Life. Before joining GHC, Lucky volunteered as a communications officer at Dignitas International.

Lusubiro Mwamsamali

Country:Malawi
Title:Project Officer
Partner:VillageReach
Community is like family as it nurtures us to grow and helps us to reach our full potential in all dimensions of life, since no man is an island.
Lusubiro Mwamsamali was born in Karonga, in the north of Malawi. She holds a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the University of Malawi. During her undergraduate training, she supported the establishment of Medical Outreach Mission, an organization that engages students and alumni from the medical school in medical outreach programs in rural areas. After receiving her degree in 2014, Lusubiro began working at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital Pharmacy.

Madeline Moore

Country:Uganda
Title:Health Program Associate
Partner:The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
No one's life should be overwhelmed by a constant struggle for basic human necessities.
Madeline Moore grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Spanish from Arizona State University in 2010, she became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia. While in Zambia, Madeline lived and worked in a small rural village to design and implement community-based health programming. Upon returning, she chose to continue her education in anthropology at the graduate level because of anthropology’s emphasis on developing community-level understandings of social issues. Madeline received her master’s degree from the University of British Columbia in 2015, with her master’s thesis based on fieldwork conducted in a First Nations community in British Columbia. Her thesis looked at the ways in which cultural tourism can be used to combat the history of oppression and violence that currently impacts the lives of many Native Canadians. Prior to joining GHC, Madeline lived in Vancouver, British Columbia where she enjoyed exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Maeve Anne Halpin

Country:US
Title:Global Communications Fellow
Partner:IntraHealth International
This fellowship will be a launch pad for my career in global health. It allows me to further my skills set while developing professionally in the global health sector.
Maeve Anne Halpin is originally from Ireland, but has spent time throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. For the past year, she has worked for the United Nations Development Program Cambodia in the United Nations Volunteer field unit as a communications and youth outreach specialist. Maeve Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She received her master’s degree in Africa and International Development through the University Of Edinburgh, Scotland. Maeve Anne also spent a year studying political science in France at the Sciences Politiques Grenoble (IEP). She loves to travel and is excited to explore the United States.

Maggie Phiri

Country:Malawi
Title:Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Partner:Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education
I am a GHC fellow in order to learn, apply, and impact global change.
Maggie Phiri currently lives in Malawi. She is an African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD) Fellow and was named one of the Top 25 young African women leaders with potential and determination to lead change by MILEAD. Maggie has interned with United Nations Women on a gender and agricultural project. She has also served as a Gender and Climate Change Intern at GOAL Malawi, where she led the Neno district research team on a USAID-funded gender and climate change research project. Maggie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture genetics and biotechnology from Alexandria University in Egypt. Prior to joining GHC, she completed her master’s degree in rural development and natural resources management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Sweden.

Maiden Mahowe

Country:Malawi
Title:Project Officer
Partner:mothers2mothers
I believe that for a country to develop, it has to start with the community. In terms of health issues, I believe that in order to deal with health problems, the community must always be involved.
Maiden Mahowe is a nurse from Lilongwe, Malawi. In 2015, she received Best Nurse of the Year award from the National Organization for Nurses and Midwives in Malawi. She attended Mzuzu University where she studied nursing and midwifery. Maiden has worked as a nursing officer at Zomba Central Hospital where she was the chairperson of the Zomba Hospital support group, which aims to ensure the welfare of staff and their families at the hospital. She is particularly interested in reproductive, maternal and newborn health and frequently gives career talks to young women on remaining in school and continuting their education.

Marcia Trindade

Country:US
Title:Policy and Programs Officer
Partner:Together for Girls
Knowing that I have one life to live, I strive to make the most out of it and in doing so striving for greatness in all that I do!
Marcia Christine Trindade is from Lilongwe, Malawi. She completed her undergraduate studies at Monash University in South Africa where she received a Bachelor of Arts with specialization in International Studies and Communications. While at Monash, Marcia was involved in various professional memberships, including the Monash Volunteer Program, and contributed significantly to the work being done in and around underprivileged communities. Since completing her studies in 2014, she has returned to Malawi and worked with various non-profit organizations including the United Nations Women Malawi. As a Program Management Intern, she focused on issues of gender-based violence in Malawi and she helped implement a self-defense training course for young women. Outside of work, Marcia plays for a social league basketball team, which is focused on helping underprivileged women by providing them with hope and using sport as a tool for a brighter future.

Mariam Azam

Country:Malawi
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Emmanuel International
What motivates me everyday is the desire to continually grow and learn, the desire to continually receive love from the world and give it back.
Mariam Azam currently lives in New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Benedictine University. Before attending Columbia University where Mariam received a Master of Public Health, she worked as the administrator for a free health clinic on the south side of Chicago. While in graduate school, Mariam’s practicum focused on her work in South Africa with the Aurum Institute where she developed a recruitment system targeting women from local antenatal clinics for an HIV study. Mariam also evaluated an intervention aimed at improving the clinical treatment of sexual assault victims for the International Rescue Committee and volunteered as a Rape Crisis Advocate at Bellevue Hospital. After completing her master’s degree in 2011, she worked for New York City’s healthcare system improving primary care performance, with her most recent leadership position at Harlem Hospital.

Marie-Helene Rousseau

Country:US
Title:Program Amplification Fellow
Partner:GE Foundation
A community is one of the most powerful forces for collective change. Fostering community can start small - even the simplest acts of kindness can create connections. Creating opportunities for empathy within and across communities empowers individuals to work together to find solutions that have benefits for everyone.
Marie-Helene Rousseau was born in Jordan and has lived in Tunisia, Bangladesh, Morocco, Italy, Egypt, Virginia and New York. Since graduating from New York University in 2009 with an undergraduate degree in comparative literature and journalism, she has worked to combine her love of writing with a fervent interest in humanitarian issues. While in New York, Marie-Helene worked as a Communications Intern at the Women’s Refugee Commission and a Social Media Coordinator at the Global Partnership for Afghanistan. Prior to joining GHC, she was the Web Editor and Associate Social Media Manager for ArtPrivee.com, a database of international art foundations and museums worldwide. Marie-Helene also worked as an Editorial Associate at Karen Gantz Literacy Management, a New York-based literacy agency.

Marielle Schweickart

Country:US
Title:Communications and Development Fellow
Partner:Marie Stopes International
I am motivated by the stories of individuals who face impenetrable barriers to accessing healthcare and of women who lack the freedom to choose what is right for their body. I am motivated by the growth and learning that comes with every new day and the people that inspire me to continually strive to be a change-maker.
Marielle Schweickart is originally from the suburbs of Seattle, Washington. After graduating from Rice University, she accepted a Princeton in Africa Fellowship with Sanergy, a social enterprise that franchises hygienic toilets in Nairobi’s slums. During her two years in Kenya, Marielle launched Sanergy’s Kiva.org program and ran research, knowledge management and partnership-building projects to increase organizational efficiency. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rice University, majoring in history and minoring in poverty, social justice and human capabilities. While at Rice, Marielle built rainwater-harvesting systems in Lesotho, researched family planning in Tanzania and studied northern European healthcare in Denmark. Prior to joining GHC, Marielle worked to bring philanthropists together in funding strategic, innovative and effective solutions to end homelessness in America. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with NARAL Pro-Choice America, listening to podcasts, learning Spanish and cheering on the Seattle Seahawks.

Mary Ajwang

Country:Uganda
Title:Program Coordinator — Mother Baby Friendly Hospitals
Partner:Save the Mothers
As a clinician, health equity speaks to my own county's health system that is broken and cannot provide for every single person a deserving and free good quality health service; it speaks to the discrimination that I have seen and felt where health facilities do not offer services to critically ill patients who badly need them because they cannot afford it. Health equity tells me that it is my role to let everyone come together and strive for what is their birth right - the right to achieve the highest level of health.
Mary Ajwang is from the Oyam District of Northern Uganda. After graduating with a nursing degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Mary completed a clinical internship program in Kristianstad Central Hospital, Sweden. There, she received training in pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology and general medicine. While working at her internship, she was exposed to the great differences between health care systems in Sweden and Uganda and was driven to help mend that problem. Once Mary returned from Sweden, she worked as a pediatric ward nurse in a government aided Lira Region referral hospital. In her time there, she obtained extensive clinical and health promotion experience. This experience benefited her greatly when she went on to pursue her Master of Public Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, United Kingdom. Mary also volunteered with UNICEF-UK while in Glasgow. She loves reading, traveling, meeting new people and playing team medic for a local basketball team in Kampala.

Megan Knox

Country:Uganda
Title:Research Coordinator
Partner:Mengo Hospital
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I deeply desire to use my passions and talents to help achieve health equity, an integral component to improved conditions worldwide.
Megan Knox was born and raised in East Grand Forks, Minnesota and currently lives in Washington DC. While an undergraduate, Megan was part of a research team working to develop a vaccine for intestinal parasitic infections. She and her research team later traveled to Bangladesh to conduct research concerning the risk factors of infection, which inspired her to study global health. She completed her undergraduate studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, majoring in biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine studies. Megan received her master’s degree in public health from Des Moines University, during which time she conducted follow up research in Bangladesh, as well as an internship in St. Lucia. Since completing her studies in 2013, she has worked in healthcare and completed several additional internships in the public health field.

Mehreen Shahid

Country:US
Title:Health Transformation Evaluation Associate
Partner:Clinton Health Matters Initiative
Working in the development sector I am motivated by the fact that there is immense potential to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the underprivileged through empowerment and mobilization, and I have the opportunity to channel my skills, effort, and commitment to this cause.
Mehreen Shahid is from Lahore, Pakistan. While pursuing a Master in Public Policy from the University of Oxford, she developed an interest in healthcare policy from her time studying different countries’ healthcare systems. She traveled to Uganda and South Africa to research and analyze the impact of domestic and international scientific capacity building initiatives on African scientists. Mehreen has also worked as a management consultant, designing and conducting soft skills training programs for public and private sector corporations within Pakistan. Prior to GHC, she worked as a research associate at the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan where she designed and implemented vocational training programs for small scale farmers and rural women in the Punjab province. Mehreen has been actively engaged in Pakistan’s development sector through poverty alleviation and disaster relief management projects. She completed her undergraduate studies at Lahore University of Management Science, majoring in accounting and finance. She enjoys playing cricket and football and is very interested in politics.

Mike Doogan

Country:US
Title:Wellness Program Manager
Partner:Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I strongly believe that anyone regardless of age, gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity or financial background has the right to access quality health care.
Michael (Mike) Doogan is from Cardiff, United Kingdom. He received his bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 2012 and a master’s degree in nutrition, physical activity and public health from the University of Bristol in 2014. Michael chose to pursue a master’s degree in public health as he became interested in lifestyle choices that relate to overall health and wellbeing. For his master’s dissertation, he researched the significance of the social environment of students on their physical activity levels. He was able to discover new insights into the university experience and how it shaped behaviors that influence activity levels. Since graduating, Michael has worked on a public health team that focuses on nutrition and health inequality. He has created health education resources and a health promotion program that are accessible to the public and health care professionals to utilize when working with patients at risk of malnutrition. Michael enjoys sailing, karate and kickboxing.

Minju Zukowski

Country:Malawi
Title:Social Marketing Specialist
Partner:Banja La Mtsogolo
What motivates me every day is the fact that I have another day to be grateful to live, so why not try my best to make a difference.
Minju Zukowski currently lives in Maryland. He recently finished a year of service with City Year Washington DC, where he served in a second grade classroom at Kimball Elementary. Minju completed his undergraduate studies at Towson University where he majored in Marketing. He co­founded a program titled 50/50, which was a basketball and life skills program for the children at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. Through 50/50, the organization was able to bring 15 children from the program to go on their first college tour at Towson University. It also distributed over 850 books to each of the Boys and Girls Clubs as a part of their book fair initiative to increase literacy and a love of reading for the children in the program. In his spare time, Minju enjoys reading and playing basketball and football.

Mimi Frisch

Country:Rwanda
Title:Nutrition Program Monitoring & Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Rwanda Ministry of Health
I am motivated by the inherent good in our world, and the idea that together, we can leverage that force to improve the wellbeing of all.
Miriam (Mimi) Frisch is originally from Buffalo, New York. She has been actively involved in the health field since high school when she was a part of Catalyst Foundation, an NGO in Vietnam where she worked extensively in Vietnamese communities doing field health assessments, assisting with grant writing, fundraising and data analysis. Mimi is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in international and area studies focused on global health and urban studies with a minor in economics. During her time at the University of Pittsburgh, she focused on the role of societal factors and their impacts on health and disease. Mimi spent four months in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she conducted research on poverty risk factors during a dengue fever outbreak. She also served as president of Challah for Hunger, a student-run organization that bakes Jewish bread to advocate and fundraise for local and international organizations addressing food disparities. Mimi spends her free time cooking, eating, and running.

Mazie Mtambalika

Country:Malawi
Title:Partnership and Programs Officer
Partner:Malawi Ministry of Health
What motivates me everyday is the realization that everyone has a purpose and a role to play, and a responsibility in life to create a better world for all. It starts with me.
Mlezi Maziko (Mazie) Mtambalika was born in Lilongwe, Malawi. She studied business management at Exploits University. During her studies, Mlezi worked for the Center for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education as a project assistant where she worked with youth who were neglected by their family and guardians. She assisted in developing young people’s vocational skills and training them on business management to economically empower them to be positive contributions to their communities. Mlezi also participated in and carried out several assessments on service delivery of government and non-government projects which looked at the quality of services and the level of community satisfaction on such services. She completed her studies in 2014 and was working for Concern Worldwide before joining GHC. Mlezi enjoys dancing, interacting with people and fashion design.

Molly Brune

Country:Uganda
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:LifeNet International
Our communities shape who we are and who we become, and everything is motivated by community in one way or another.
Molly Brune is from the suburbs of Washington DC. After completing her undergraduate education, she spent two years working on impact evaluations at the organization Social Impact, an international development consulting company. While at Social Impact, she assisted in program management, evaluation design, data collection and data analysis for several evaluations across sectors and regions, although her primary focus was early education. During her undergraduate career, Molly studied abroad in Uganda for a semester, where she did research on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’s (UNHCR) decision-making processes in the Great Lakes region of Africa. She studied political science at the University of Maryland, where she also minored in statistics and geographic information science (GIS) with the hope of evaluating international aid effectiveness. In her free time, Molly volunteers as a data analyst for the intra-partner violence court watch project run by DC Safe, a Washington DC NGO. She also enjoys reading, trying new sports and doodling in the margins of her notebook.

Molly MacInnes

Country:US
Title:Health Fellow
Partner:Covenant House International
No person's potential should be determined, dictated, or limited by a lack of healthcare access.
Molly MacInnes grew up in Chicago, Illinois. Before joining GHC, she worked in a community school and health clinic in Thailand to understand the importance of health in relation to education. Molly majored in integrative physiology and neuroscience at Colorado University, Boulder where she was co-director of campaigns for her campus chapter of GlobeMed. As co-director of campaigns, she worked to provide latrines, cook stoves, school stipends and women’s income generation options in rural Nepal. Molly also founded a non-profit, Steps for Doug, dedicated to improving the quality of life for ALS patients and their families through educational scholarships, patient grants and research funding at the University of Chicago. After graduating, she moved to Detroit to become an Anatomy and Physiology Teacher through Teach for America. In this role she encouraged her students to become socially conscious and advocate for their city, their health and their future. While teaching, she earned her master’s in teaching from Oakland University.

Mwamba Mwenge

Country:Zambia
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Partner:Planned Parenthood Association of Zambia
Community is important to me because it allocates social values which shape people individually and impacts their future forever.
Mwamba Mwenge is from Zambia and currently lives in Lusaka City. He completed his undergraduate degree in public administration and minored in development studies at the University of Zambia. During his second year of college, Mwamba joined Serenity Harm Reduction Program Zambia (SHARPZ) as a Data Entry Clerk and Mental Health Assessor. The project he worked on tested the effectiveness of psychosocial counseling (PC) and TFCBT in reducing HIV high risk behaviors among adolescents. Mwamba has since developed interest in monitoring and evaluation of mental health interventions, especially among adolescents.

Mulimba Mutinta

Country:Zambia
Title:Health Informatics Officer
Partner:Akros
I am what I am because of the positive influence my community has had on my life and would want to give back through my skills, knowledge and experiences. Gratitude is the best attitude.
Mwamulimba Mutinta was born in Lusaka, Zambia. His enthusiasm for technology inspired him to study computer science at Copperbelt University in Zambia. While in college, Mwamulimba served as the Electoral Commission Secretary of the Copperbelt University Computer Society (CUCS). He was also very involved in the Catholic Students Community (CASC) where he assisted with fundraising ventures including “fun night” ticket selling and collecting clothing donations for members of the Kitwe community. Since completing his degree in 2013, Mwamulimba has been working at Necor Zambia, a renowned ICT company, as an engineer. He enjoys spending his free time listening to music, playing electronic games and watching soccer, cartoons and movies.

Mwansa Mushota

Country:Zambia
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Support Officer
Partner:Copperbelt Health Education Project
I am motivated by the desire to make a positive impact to everyone that is next to me.
Mwansa Mary Mushota is from Ndola, Zambia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Zambia in Lusaka where she majored in demography and development studies. While in college, Mwansa interned on a project focused on HIV/AIDS work, where she helped the project acquire the necessary supplies and resources to help sustain a long-term community project. She then went on to work as a research assistant for a project evaluating HIV and family planning service modeling projects where she worked directly on data collection. Mwansa is a member of the Rotary Club working to restore a mental health ward and a skill lab for a school for people with disabilities. In her free time, she enjoys camping, baking and swimming.

Mwiche Siame

Country:Zambia
Title:Senior Research Associate
Partner:Zambia Ministry of Health
Community is important as it provides a support system and sense of belonging and security for individuals with vested interests and is the foundation for a stable society.
Mwiche Siame grew up in the small town of Kitwe, Zambia. While in high school, she had a great passion for biology that was fostered by teachers who encouraged Mwiche to join the Junior Engineers, Technicians and Scientists Club. She participated in innovative science projects related to community development, such as solar electrification for rural communities. Mwiche went on to study biology at the University of Zambia, becoming actively involved in the AB (abstain, be faithful) club, which focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention. In this club, she and other college students traveled to primary and secondary schools to give lectures and mentor students about the risks of HIV/AIDS. In 2008, Mwiche completed her Bachelor of Science degree and went on to work for Macha Research Trust, which is a non-profit organization with the mission of improving healthcare through research. In 2011, she continued her education at the graduate level, pursuing a degree in epidemiology with her thesis research focusing on prevention and treatment of risk factors of malaria in pregnant women. Mwiche enjoys reading, learning new languages, dancing and aerobics.

Mzondiwawo Ziba

Country:Malawi
Title:Community Nutrition Support Fellow
Partner:Clinton Development Initiative
To me, health equity means promoting the realization of citizen's rights to access health services and information for the betterment of their lives. It includes building the capacity of the community to demand for health services and deal with health issues that are rampant in their societies for such as malnutrition. The main emphasis is promoting means and ways of eliminating avoidable inequalities in health service delivery and care systems.
Mzondi Ziba is originally from the Ngoni Tribe in Mzimba, Malawi. He received a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and food science from the University of Malawi. While at university, he worked with the school to pilot a Monitoring and Evaluation course for nutrition majors. Mzondi has worked with MAICC, a local Malawi organization that promotes improved livelihood, health and nutritional wellbeing for individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. He initiated and implemented a nutrition project that resulted in nutrition behavior change among the target community. Prior to joining GHC, Mzondi received his master’s degree in human nutrition from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi.

Nancy Barry

Country:Malawi
Title:Organizational Development and Fundraising Fellow
Partner:Art and Global Health Center
Community is the result of humans' most basic need-- to feel connected to others. Through this connection, people can work together to address the problems in this world too large for any one individual. Only through community can we feel connected to this world and change it for the better.
Nancy Barry is a native of Austin, Texas. She discovered her passion for global health while working for Circle of Health International, a non-profit organization that provides reproductive healthcare to women and babies displaced by conflict or natural disaster. As Director of Operations, she led a Middle Eastern delegation of healthcare professionals that provided health services to refugees in Jordan and Israel. Nancy received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs, with a focus on conflict resolution and African studies from George Washington University. While an undergraduate, Nancy studied abroad in Northern Uganda and Senegal and conducted research in Rwanda on post-conflict speech and media. She has also interned with Human Rights Watch, where she researched and documented human rights violations in West Africa. Nancy spends her free time traveling, reading and eating queso at her favorite Tex-Mex restaurant in Austin, Texas.

Nancy Sibo

Country:Rwanda
Title:Food Security and Livelihoods Program Fellow
Partner:Partners In Health
I do believe that doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment and that Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Nancy Sibo is from Rwanda. In 2014, Nancy was awarded Ms. Geek Rwanda 2014 for her development of the application Mobile Cow, an app to help farmers better manage their cattle for better production. She also founded Effect Initiative, which is a program that aims to empower farmers to integrate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into their farm management to increase productivity and income level, as well as applying and promoting the Girl Effect approach for sustainable development. Nancy frequently travels to rural communities in southern and eastern Rwanda, teaching rural farmers techniques to improve their agricultural productivity and reduce poverty and malnutrition in rural areas. She completed her undergraduate studies in animal production at the University of Rwanda.

Nandi Bwanali

Country:Malawi
Title:Public Relations and Program Documentation Coordinator
Partner:Partners In Health
I believe in the great power and synergy working together can bring, and within a community this can be easily harnessed as there is already a great sense of togetherness. This makes the achievement of goals feasible.
Nandi Bwanali hails from Lilongwe, Malawi. She completed her undergraduate studies in education at the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic. After graduation, Nandi went on to pursue further degrees in marketing at the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London. While completing her marketing degree, she interned with the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA). In this role, Nandi assisted in the monitoring and evaluation of the program, which was designed to equip orphaned and vulnerable youth with skills and entrepreneurial knowledge. Nandi has also worked for the British Council Malawi as the Customer Service and Communications Lead and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. In these roles she created opportunities for disabled youth to work within the organization and coordinated a project that offered young African women from five different countries an opportunity to share their views on gender equality. Nandi devotes her free time to writing, reading and traveling.

Lulu Chizuni

Country:Zambia
Title:Senior Research Associate
Partner:Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development
My son is my motivation. I want to leave a legacy for him that you can make a difference in the world no matter how small.
Nellisiwe Chizuni is from Lusaka, Zambia. She attended the University of Zambia where she pursued a degree in microbiology. In her last year of college, Nellisiwe and other microbiology students formed the first ever Microbiology Association at the University of Zambia. After graduating, she went on to work for Konkola Copper Mines as a process associate and later as a human resource officer for training and development. Before leaving the company to pursue a Master of Public Health, she was assigned the role of human resource project coordinator. While completing her master’s thesis research, Nellisiwe became a member of the Zambian-Canadian research team and has participated in a number of research studies on human resources for health in Africa. She enjoys singing and has been a member of her current singing group for ten years now.

Nicholas Ssenabulya

Country:US
Title:Finance and Operations Fellow
Partner:Gardens for Health International
I wish to join a team of liked minded professionals working towards health equity and improving the living conditions of the less advantaged members of our society especially people at the grassroots.
Nicholas Ssenabulya is from Kampala, Uganda. Nicholas has over five years of experience in various financial and accounting roles within the finance and NGO sectors. He began his professional career as a finance officer with Ecobank Uganda Limited and later joined Medical Access Uganda Limited as an accountant. While working with Multitech Business School, Nicholas was a part of the team that designed training materials for the Cross Roads Project, a DFID funded project that was intended to enhance the financial management skills for road contractors and consultants in the country. He has been an active member of Bugala Study Center in Kampala, Uganda, which is a local NGO that aims to form competent students and professionals through character development and education. He completed his undergraduate studies at Uganda Martyrs University and graduated with a bachelor’s in business administration and management.

Nico Rosemberg

Country:US
Title:Social Protection and Health Fellow
Partner:Inter-American Development Bank
I am motivated by the empowerment of vulnerable groups and their protection of their rights, as well as the satisfaction of their basic needs.
Nicolas Rosemberg is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. During his graduate studies he traveled to Nepal, Zambia and Tanzania to work with GIZ, a German-based organization working toward sustainable development. In this organization, Nicolas supported the development of national health financing strategies and national health insurance schemes. He also conducted a baseline study on the computerization of rural hospitals in Tanzania. He completed his undergraduate studies at University of Buenos Aires, majoring in economics. Nicolas received his master’s degree in public policy at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany where he founded the Latin American Public Policy Network. In addition to his studies, Nicolas worked at Scenarium Group GmbH as a Policy Consultant. He enjoys running short marathons, practicing yoga and discovering the city of Berlin with his bike.

Patrice Hagenimana

Country:Rwanda
Title:Community Health and Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Partner:AEE Rwanda
For me I think health equity means the efforts to ensure that all people have full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to lead healthy lives.
Patrice Hagenimana is from the Northern region of Rwanda. While completing his undergraduate studies in applied statistics at the National University of Rwanda, Patrice started his own company, Statisticians Consultancy Group, with the aim of assisting Rwandan researchers apply strong statistical techniques to their research. He has also worked at Iron Group Consultancy Company and strengthened the monitoring and evaluation department since his graduation.

Pia Marcus

Country:US
Title:Volunteer & Community Outreach Coordinator
Partner:HIPS
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I believe in confronting global disparities as a collective to create a more just and equitable world.
Pia Marcus is from New York City. While in college, Pia was an active member of GlobeMed, a student-run non-profit organization that partners with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of people living in poverty. For her senior honors thesis, she researched the cross-cultural phenomenology of childbirth, exploring the social and shared reality of lived experiences through the female body. Since completing her degree in 2013, Pia has been working at Gardens for International Health in Rwanda as the Program Associate. She completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in international studies and minoring in public health. She loves traveling, cooking, live music and dance.

Pilirani Banda

Country:Malawi
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Emmanuel International
Everyday I am motivated by the pangs that underprivileged and underserved people go through. I, therefore always endeavor to provide interventions and initiatives that will see such populations enjoy a fair share of the world's resources so that they can live happy lives. Their smiles are my utmost joy.
Pilirani Banda is from Zomba, Malawi. He is a co-founder at Wiseman Consultancy Firm, which offers technical support in the areas of innovative entrepreneurship, strategic leadership and staff development, project design and funding proposal development. Pilirani also helped establish the Center for Free Market Enterprise (CFME) where he works as a Program Director. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree focusing on statistics and demography from the University of Malawi. Prior to becoming a GHC Fellow, Pilirani worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Dignitas International.

Precious Mutoru

Country:Uganda
Title:IT and Communications Specialist
Partner:SOUL Foundation
I am a Global Health Corps Fellow because I am a leader who is ready to learn, with zeal to serve the community and a commitment to social justice and health equity.
Precious Mutoru was born and raised in Masindi, Uganda. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Makerere University. Precious is interested in technology and how it can best be integrated in different sectors to improve service delivery, particularly in the health sector. This topic was the focus of her final year project where she studied a working application for hospital appointments, referral and records management. Precious went on to join Neptune Financial Software as a technical trainee and later as an Associate Business consultant. In this position, she spearheaded various system project implementations and supported and trained clients in the use of different systems. As a program officer, she planned and organized company activities, including skills training, team building, retreat parties and community outreach programs. Precious has a passion to serve her community, which drives her to constantly be on the lookout for ways to be involved and support change.

Prithi Chandra

Country:US
Title:Health Transformation Program Associate
Partner:Clinton Health Matters Initiative
I am a GHC fellow because I am energized by being a part of a community of minds with shared values and a shared vision of a future of health equity. I feel that being a GHC fellow brings this future within closer reach as it creates an environment for shared learning among my peers that leverages each of our individual strengths and knowledge to have a greater impact on the challenges we're hoping to solve for our local, national, and global communities.
Prithi Chandra is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since completing her studies in 2011, she has worked at a boutique consulting firm, providing strategic planning and resource development to Philadelphia-area nonprofits and government agencies. Prithi has worked with her team to develop Philadelphia’s Shared Prosperity Plan, which has created routes to address economic inequality citywide, successfully pursued a multi-million dollar grant from the CDC to fund breast cancer support programming for young women in the region and developed strategies to address poverty, empower the community and attract investment to Philadelphia’s federally-designated Promise Zone. As an undergraduate at New York University, she majored in history and minored in Spanish. While at NYU, Prithi worked at NYU’s archives, which specialized in leftist and labor movements. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at Books through Bars in West Philadelphia, a grassroots program providing books to prisoners.

Queen Alike

Country:Rwanda
Title:Community Health and Nutrition Program Officer
Partner:AEE Rwanda
I aspire to serve others through mobilizing and empowering communities to create meaningful, sustainable social change.
Queen Alike was born and raised in Maryland. Before joining GHC, she served as a Public Health Specialist at the National Library of Medicine. In this role, Queen developed high-quality environmental health animations for adolescents. Queen has also interned with a Detroit-based Women, Infant and Children (WIC) clinic, where she coordinated grocery store tours for WIC clients. She has also completed research in Accra, Ghana on nutrition transition as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. She attended the University of Maryland where she studied community health. In her spare time, Queen enjoys running, sewing and reading.

Rachel Bridge

Country:Uganda
Title:Partnerships and Fundraising Coordinator
Partner:Uganda Village Project
I am constantly inspired by the resilience, vibrancy, compassion, and humility of the communities and people in my life. My conviction to affect positive change is grounded in my identity and an awareness of how I can leverage my positions of power to empower and serve the people and communities I care about.
Rachel Bridge was born and raised in Westborough, Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, receiving a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and African & African American studies. While in college, Rachel developed her passion for global health and community engagement through her work with the Danforth Scholars, Civic Scholars, Medicine & Society Programs, and GlobeMed. She served as the GlobeMed Co-President of her university’s chapter and spent a summer interning with GlobeMed’s partner organization, Uganda Development and Health Associates, to address gaps in youth sexual health education and child malnutrition in Iganga, Uganda. Rachel also interned with Partners in Health to expand the right to health movement through empowering grassroots community organizers. She was also a founding member of Washington University in St. Louis’ Student Group on Race Relations and actively worked on organizing and protesting for racial justice. Rachel is an avid tea drinker, and dog lover, who enjoys spending her free time being outdoors, reading, and exploring new places.

Rachel Erickson

Country:Malawi
Title:Operations and Program Coordinator
Partner:Partners In Health
Community is why real change happens. Together we are stronger than we ever are alone.
Rachel Erickson is originally from St. Cloud, Minnesota. Since 2014, Rachel has been working as an Operations Assistant with Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC), one of the largest providers of social services to the homeless population in West Los Angeles. Rachel completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles where she majored in global health and minored in psychology. While at University of Southern California, she traveled to Lima, Peru and central Ghana working to administer basic healthcare and public health education through mobile clinics. Rachel has interned with the USC Institute for Global Health and has also worked with various globally focused non-profit organizations. She is an avid hiker and enjoys spending her free time exploring the outdoors.

Rachel Glogowski

Country:US
Title:Health Equity Communications Fellow
Partner:Boston Public Health Commission
Health equity will only be achieved when all people are ensured equal access to a healthy lifestyle - whether they live across town, across the country, or across the globe.
Rachel Glogowski was born in Connecticut. She attended Villanova University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science and the humanities. While at Villanova, Rachel was exposed to the public health field while completing global health and development coursework in rural Rajasthan, India. After graduating, she returned to India as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a public school in the heart of Calcutta. Rachel stayed in India, helping to manage a fair trade and youth development initiative at the grassroots level in rural Southern India as a Field Fellow with the Profugo Development Initiatives. Upon returning to the United States, she worked as a Communications and Development Intern with Youth Journalism International.

Rachel Howard

Country:Malawi
Title:Partnership and Programs Officer
Partner:Malawi Ministry of Health
I am motivated by the endless possibilities that each day brings.
Rachel Howard was born and raised in Burlington, Vermont. Prior to joining GHC, Rachel was working with a French NGO providing emergency assistance to the Syrian Crisis in Jordan. Her main role focused on project development in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps. Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies and public health from American University’s School of International Service. While at American University, she spent a summer abroad in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she was exposed to many of the obstacles women face while trying to gain access to reproductive health services. After this experience, Rachel pursued a master’s degree in reproductive and sexual health research at the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine. Her studies focused on the differences in provisions of contraception and other reproductive health services in conflict settings. Rachel can frequently be found with a camera in hand, doing yoga or telling everyone how great Vermont really is.

Reena Gupta

Country:Zambia
Title:Advocacy Support Officer
Partner:Copperbelt Health Education Project
I strive to be a healthy role model for girls everywhere so that they understand their beauty stems from strength, intelligence, and self-care, not weight and make-up.
Reena Gupta is originally from Belmont, North Carolina. Reena has served as a board member and chapter president for the organization Healthy Girls Save the World, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing holistic health programming to middle school girls through promotion of healthy bodies, minds and relationships. She also traveled to Honduras to teach English and computer literacy courses and studied abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a degree in public policy and minors in Spanish and women and gender studies. Reena enjoys dancing, photography and new experiences.

Rina Asemamaw

Country:Malawi
Title:Socioeconomic Determinants Coordinator
Partner:Partners In Health
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I believe everybody is entitled to the opportunity to better their lives and that of their families. Without access to healthcare, their opportunities are severely diminished.
Rina Asemamaw was born in Ethiopia and raised in the United States. She completed her bachelor’s degree in economics at Northeastern University where she worked in both the non-profit and corporate sectors. She continued her education at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she received her master’s degree in international health policy and economics. Rina’s dissertation focused on the impact of single motherhood on child health in Ethiopia. Prior to GHC, she worked as a health markets analyst for the business development and strategy team at Optum International in London. She is currently applying for Ph.D programs in Health Policy and Economics.

Ruby Reed

Country:Malawi
Title:Communications and Advocacy Officer
Partner:Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education
I'm a Global Health Corps Fellow not just to be of service in whatever way I can, but to find out how much I do not know about the world, "service", global health, and myself. I want to figure out how to be more effective -- both as an individual, and also through what career I would be most effective in affecting social change and find the most enjoyment.
Ruby Reed hails from Greenville, North Carolina. Most recently, she has worked with the Pan American Health Organization working to improve communication and researching and creating educational initiatives focused on mental health and gender-based violence. Ruby earned her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and global health from Duke University where she also minored in biology and was a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar. While at Duke, she directed a community service organization, established an intercollegiate social justice initiative and co-founded an online mental health resource. Ruby helped research and create community-based health interventions in the U.S., India, Nicaragua and Ecuador on topics including gender-based violence, immigrant rights and mental, cardiovascular and reproductive health. Her thesis examined transactional sexual behaviors in South Africa across race, gender and sexuality. Post-graduation, Ruby has conducted research in diverse fields including autism, healthcare access in U.S. Hispanic populations and family health in Liberia.

Ruth Kugumikiriza

Country:Uganda
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Partner:Uganda Village Project
I am motivated when I see that the results of my effort or work in a day have been fruitful. This happens especially if I have been faced with an unseen challenge and then I overcome it my way.
Ruth Kugumikiriza is from Uganda. She has a deep passion for community involvement and education, which has driven her studies and work. Ruth has experience in various research skills including program planning, implementation, evaluation and systematic analysis of various data. She developed these skills while working as a research assistant at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the National Agricultural Livestock Resource Research Institute. While at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Ruth was involved in the evaluation of the role of neighborhood environment in the reduction of cardiovascular disease in the elderly population of South-Port. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Makerere University and her master’s degree in environmental and public health from the University of Salford. Ruth is a people-person who enjoys adventure, meeting new people and giving back to her community.

Lute M'kala

Country:Zambia
Title:Communications Specialist
Partner:Population Services International
I want to be the change I want to see in the world.
Ruth (Lute) M’kala was born in Mufulira, Zambia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Namibia where she majored in media studies and political science with the hopes of combining these two ideas to benefit the lives of those around her. In her final year of college, Ruth interned with the Events and Advertising Coordinator at the University of Namibia’s Communications and Marketing Department and developed an interest in the field of advertising and events. Prior to joining GHC, she worked as an Events Coordinator and Public Relations Officer at Triumphant College.

Sandra Danso-Bamfo

Country:US
Title:Program Implementation Fellow
Partner:GE Foundation
Knowing that I can make a difference as an individual, but together we can make an even bigger difference and all it takes is for one person to take the first step towards collaboration
Sandra Danso-Bamfo is from Accra, Ghana. She recently received her Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where she worked on improving compliance with the WHO surgical safety checklist for her practicum. Sandra graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School prior to receiving her master’s degree where she was an active member of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association. While working as a physician, her interest in health disparities and the social determinants of health grew and she decided to pursue a master of public health to gain more insights into the field and gain additional health skills. Sandra’s clinical interests include surgery, reproductive, maternal and child health. She loves Zumba, ice cream and cats.

Sara Adelman

Country:Zambia
Title:Strategic Information and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Health equity means putting social justice at the heart of healthcare. It dictates that a health system acknowledges and addresses systematic inequalities and responds to the needs of all.
Sara Adelman grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley where she majored in international development studies with a focus in social geography and public health. While at Berkeley, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, spent a summer in northwest Tanzania working on nutrition research and helped initiate an emergency Medbikes program for tackling maternal mortality. For the last three years, Sara was based in Washington DC working for a global health non-profit, the American International Health Alliance. As Senior Program Associate, her portfolio included the management of PEPFAR-funded programs in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Ethiopia, focusing on improving the human resources for health. This has sparked her passion for innovative approaches to supporting health workers and strengthening health systems. Sara loves travel, nature and tea — especially all together.

Scott Weathers

Country:US
Title:Global Policy Fellow
Partner:IntraHealth International
Health equity is a means to distribute well-being and happiness evenly, especially within historically marginalized countries and communities.
Scott Weathers is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While in college, Scott worked at the Center for Global Development, co-authoring an article on Health Systems Strengthening at the Global Fund. He also examined gender and geographic disparities in academic publishing during a research project at American University. In his final semester of college, Scott helped implement deworming and education scholarship programs in Nairobi, Kenya through the program Carolina for Kenya. Before joining GHC, he embarked on a backpacking trip through Tanzania, Ethiopia, Turkey, Israel, India and Thailand. He completed his undergraduate studies in Public Health at American University in Washington DC.

Sophia Boehm

Country:Uganda
Title:Partnership Development, Fundraising and Communications Officer
Partner:Set Her Free
Global health disparities are complex, arising from the intersection of many confounding variables. It seems only logical that mitigating these enormous challenges takes not one great idea but many from a collective of like-minded but diverse professionals.
Sophie Boehm is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Before becoming a GHC Fellow, she worked for Ubuntu Education Fund, a South African nonprofit that empowers vulnerable families with the comprehensive support they need to break the cycle of poverty. Sophie served as Assistant to the CEO, Writing Coordinator and Literacy Project Manager during her three years with the organization. She also interned at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the district office of United States Congressman, Bart Gordon. Sophie graduated summa cum laude from Hamilton College in New York, where she majored in world politics and minored in sociology. In her spare time, Sophie is an avid traveler, somewhat capable film photographer, running enthusiast and novice tri-athlete.

Stephanie Parker

Country:Rwanda
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Gardens for Health International
We are nothing by ourselves; only through collaboration can we accomplish truly great things.
Stephanie Parker is originally from southern California. She has previously worked for USAID as a program specialist where she was responsible for budgeting, strategic planning, reporting and procurement. While working for USAID, Stephanie earned her master’s degree in International Development Studies from George Washington University. She focused her studies on rural community development in Africa and conducted a research project on market-based approaches to agricultural development specifically in Uganda and Tanzania. Stephanie has also worked for the QED Group coordinating and managing various development projects as well for a small consulting firm. She completed her undergraduate degree in economics and literature at Claremont McKenna College. Stephanie can frequently be found reading novels, playing volleyball, and exploring cities by foot.

Stephen Christopher Vincent

Country:Uganda
Title:Food Security Officer
Partner:Development in Gardening
I am motivated by relationships, challenges, love, the drive to succeed, the fear of failure and the chance to transform every experience into an opportunity to learn, grow and become my best possible self.
Stephen Christopher Vincent is from Salt Lake City, Utah. He studied English literature and German at the University of Utah. During this time, Chris also spent a year abroad at the University of Heidelberg in Germany where he developed his passion for international relations. After working with at-risk youth in a wilderness therapy program and teaching English in Spain, he completed his master’s degree in international development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Chris focused on food security and agricultural development while also gaining experience in urban agriculture through work as a farmer at DeLaney Community Farm with the Denver Urban Gardens. Aside from volunteering at a local food bank, Chris is an avid hiker and camper who enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains and the red rock deserts of the southwestern United States.

Susan Kabasinguzi

Country:Uganda
Title:Health Education Associate
Partner:The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
To me, health equity means that all human beings have a right to be mentally, physically, socially healthy irrespective of their race, age, color, gender, ethnicity, religious backgrounds and social status in their community.
Susan Kabasinguzi is from Kabarole District in Uganda. Susan has contributed greatly on projects with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, CARE International, Uganda Management Institute, Fort Portal Municipal Council and Oxfam as a research assistant. She completed her undergraduate education at Makerere University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in community psychology. She chose to study psychology to better understand people’s behavior in relation to their community. During her studies, Susan traveled to Rwanda to assess the impact of the Rwandan genocide on the people of Nyamata. She also worked to mobilize the youth of Kabarole District, Lira to plant pumpkins on a large scale to improve income for the local people and work to eradicate poverty and hunger. Some of her many hobbies include reading, baking, cooking, traveling and playing sports.

Stukie Situmbeko

Country:US
Title:Global Program Associate
Partner:Planned Parenthood Global
I am a Global Health Corps fellow because I strongly believe that in order to move the needle on health disparities, we need to act together. As the movement for health equity gathers momentum, every human being's inalienable right to health is affirmed and upheld.
Suwilanji (Stukie) Situmbeko was born in Lusaka, Zambia. He holds a medical degree from the University of Constantine and an MBA from the Paris Graduate School of Management. Suwilanji pursued a degree in medicine because of his passion to alleviate suffering and improve health outcomes. During his time in medical school, he was involved with the International Federation of Medical Students Association and also attended the 15th International Peer Education Training held in Hammamet, Tunisia. Suwilanji completed a medical clerkship in cardiology in Tunisia and cardiac-thoracic imagery in Belgium.

Taylor Hendricks

Country:Uganda
Title:Fundraising and Development Officer
Partner:Save the Mothers
Community is a shared commitment to something greater than oneself. I find community to be so integral in helping to reflect, challenge and shape my values and beliefs.
Taylor Hendricks grew up in the small town of Lambertville, New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate degree in international studies and sociology at Ramapo College of New Jersey. During her sophomore year, Taylor spent a semester studying social issues and development in southern India, which inspired her to continue pursuing opportunities to work and serve in under-resourced communities in the U.S. and abroad. She has since volunteered in Ghana, Nicaragua and Haiti, worked with West African immigrants in Harlem and interned at Doctors without Borders. Before completing her graduate studies in social policy at the University of Pennsylvania, Taylor served in Americorps’ Philadelphia Health Corps program for a year as a maternal and child health advocate. For the past three years, she has worked at a national nonprofit health policy resource center dedicated to improving health care for low-income Americans. Taylor is a certified yoga teacher, extreme Bollywood fan and lover of cooking, music, dancing and travel.

Tessa Acker

Country:Malawi
Title:Community Nutrition Support Fellow
Partner:Clinton Development Initiative
As a Global Health Corps fellow, I will have access to quality training and a diverse network of people and organizations to develop as a leader in the global health and nutrition field, to continue to help secure access to adequate and nourishing food for vulnerable populations.
Tessa Acker grew up in Columbus, Ohio. She studied dietetics at Ohio State University where she established the Global Nutrition Club to raise awareness and funds for global health issues. Tessa pursued a master’s degree in public health nutrition coupled with a registered dietitian license at the University of Minnesota. Her master’s thesis project was with a local NGO in rural Tanzania, where she investigated the causes of child malnutrition and created nutrition education radio spots to address the identified issues. Following her graduation, Tessa interned with the Food and Agriculture Organization in Lima, Peru, after which she received a nutrition consultancy position with the World Food Program in Lima, Peru. Tessa loves to exercise, cook, eat good food and travel.

Thoko Kachimera

Country:Malawi
Title:Communications Fellow
Partner:Art and Global Health Center
I wish to join hands and work with talented people in sharing our capabilities, passions, and time towards health equity, and to be rewarded in knowledge that we positively impacted our communities.
Thokozani Kachimera was born in Lilongwe, Malawi. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, media and writing from the University of Cape Town. While working as a manager in the hospitality industry, Thokozani founded Maid of Malawi, a training initiative that empowers economically disadvantaged women by teaching them employable domestic skills and Basic English. At the University of Cape Town she worked with the Educational Development Center on an interactive Radio Instruction Program which involved creating educational programs for radio in the hopes of reaching primary school students in classrooms across the country. Thokozani was a member of the Rural Women’s Assembly movement, which facilitates exchanges and creates linkages between South Africa and South America to strengthen rural women’s movements. In her spare time, Thokozani enjoys reading and outdoor activities.

Tinotenda Muchena

Country:US
Title:Monitoring, Research & Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Childrens Health Fund
The world is increasingly becoming interconnected and many health issues have both local impacts and global implications. I want to be a Global Health Corps Fellow because I want to interface with other like-minded professionals and learn from their experiences while contributing my own. I want to gain international perspectives and use these to transform my community.
Tinotenda Cecilia Muchena was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe. She has worked for the Zimbabwe AIDS Network where she contributed to improving the quality of reporting by building the capacity of partners in monitoring and evaluation. Tinotenda also worked for Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ), contributing to the achievement of the organization’s goals through her monitoring and evaluation skills, which she used to make strategic information available for the organization. Before joining HOSPAZ, she worked to finalize the private sector framework to guide the HIV response for a consortium representing employers and workers. Tinotenda holds a bachelor’s degree in development studies from the Midlands State University and a Master of Science in development studies from the Women’s University in Africa. She is passionate about the rights and protection of girls and has conducted research to inform the development of programs that address child sexual abuse.

Tracy Kobukindo

Country:Uganda
Title:Health Coordinator
Partner:Spark MicroGrants
If change is to occur, it will be sustained by the communities and will benefit the communities. This is the reason, for all programming. Communities make make countries and countries make continents. Change that begins at community level can potentially, spill over to the rest of the world.
Tracy Kobukindo was born and raised in Uganda. She speaks four languages: German, English, Luganda and Lugwere. In 2010, Tracy was appointed Ambassador of Uganda to Germany for the Salem Africa Day Celebrations. She has also worked with the German-based non-profit organizations, Tukolere Wamu and Salem Uganda Limited. Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from International Health Sciences University and is currently completing her Master of Public Health from the same university. She completed her nursing internship at Mulago, Uganda’s biggest National Referral Hospital, and held a research supervisory role with the organization International Development Consultants in 2013. Tracy has volunteered with Angels Care School and Orphanage as the Program Coordinator since 2011. She also founded the regionally acclaimed social entrepreneurial venture, “Bottle Project,” which empowers the youth in her community and country. Tracy’s work on this project received national and regional acclaim just three years after it began. Before joining GHC, Tracy was the Program Coordinator at Girl Child Network Uganda. Her main areas of interest in the health sector are community health, child health, education and poverty alleviation.
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