Fellows


Aanjalie Collure

Country:US
Title:Global Communications Fellow
Partner:IntraHealth International
Community offers the opportunity to engage in inter-disciplinary and multicultural dialogue and collaboration, which is essential for developing comprehensive solutions for shared problems.
Aanjalie was born in Sri Lanka but is a native of Toronto, Canada. She most recently lived in the United Kingdom where she completed a master's in global development studies at the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, she was actively involved as an editor for the Cambridge Globalist magazine, and rowed for her college team. Aanjalie completed her undergraduate studies at Queen's University in Canada where she majored in global development studies, with a focus on improving the accessibility of health services to refugees and internally displaced persons in post-conflict environments. During her studies, Aanjalie traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, where she interned at a human rights law firm dealing with refugee law.

Aime Nshizirungu

Country:Rwanda
Title:Research Analyst
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
As someone who was born and raised in a remote community, I always remind myself that I do not have to forget where I came from. When I am impacting any community, I feel that I am impacting the community where I come from. I also believe someone can come from a community like my own and reach my level or even beyond.
Aimé is from Rwanda. In 2011, he worked with Inzozi Nziza Ltd. in Butare as a Linguistic and Management intern where he started an ice cream and coffee shop, training the employees on English skills and customer service. Aimé went on to join the International Organization for Migration, conducting research in rural areas of Rwanda. In addition, he conducted research for the water sanitation organization Water for People, in partnership with World Water Corps. Most recently, Aimé worked with the Global Engagement Institute as an Operations Officer, assisting in program operations, conducting research, and developing new projects with rural communities. As an undergraduate, Aimé studied at the National University of Rwanda where he majored in journalism and communications. In his free time, he enjoys spending time in rural areas and making new friends.

Aisha Twalibu

Country:Malawi
Title:Program Development Fellow
Partner:Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education
I believe it is our collective ability and action that bring about positive change in the world. I want people to suffer less, and live more peaceful, happy, fulfilling lives.
Aisha is from Blantyre, Malawi. She completed her undergraduate studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi where she majored in statistics. While in college, Aisha served as the first female president of the University of Malawi Students Union. Upon graduation, Aisha volunteered at the British Council where she spent time with communities in Luchenza, Malawi and Norfolk, England focusing on climate change and food security through a program called Global Xchange. Before returning to Chancellor College for her master’s degree in development studies, Aisha worked on various research projects as a research assistant. During her breaks, Aisha volunteered for an organization called Mai Aisha Sisters and Youth Program, which works with communities on HIV/AIDS home-based care and micro finance projects. In her spare time, Aisha enjoys reading, cooking, baking, and watching TV.

Albertina Mwiche Ngomah Moraes

Country:Zambia
Title:Senior Research Associate
Partner:Zambia Ministry of Health
When I think of community the first thing that comes to mind is the African saying 'I am because we are'. Community is important to me because without that vital structure we can not fully function, let alone exist; our shared values and beliefs constantly drive us to do better, be better - for each and everyone of us.
Albertina is from Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. She attended the University of Zambia where she received a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences. During her undergraduate studies, Albertina helped found the University of Zambia Microbiological Society and held the positions of secretary general and vice chairperson during the society’s first year of existence. She chose to pursue a Master of Public Health in population studies driven by her desire to better the health care situation in her home country. As a part of her graduate studies, Albertina researched morbidity and mortality among adolescents and their children in the Luapula province. In her spare time, Albertina loves to read, bake, swim, and spend time with her family.

Alex Bozzette

Country:Burundi
Title:Project Coordinator
Partner:Population Media Center
Everyone, everywhere, deserves to be healthy.
Alex is from San Diego, California. In 2011, he was awarded a national research fellowship to circumnavigate the globe in three months, which he used to interview experts on MDR-TB control in Ecuador, Peru, Tanzania, Ethiopia, India, and Vietnam. He has since worked on public health projects in London and Ecuador, advocating cost-effective trauma treatment and coordinating a Gates-funded pilot study that aimed to improve childhood immunization rates in the Amazon. Alex studied international relations and global health at Georgetown University and pursued his Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is passionate about practical, people-oriented public health and the bridge between health, communication, and design. Alex speaks English, Spanish, French, and some Swedish. He is a freelance graphic designer in his spare time.

Andrea Ulrich

Country:US
Title:Social Protection and Health Fellow
Partner:Inter-American Development Bank
By acknowledging that we are members of a global community, we are empowered and encouraged to affect change. Community grants us the perspective, grace, and strength to continue to respond to those most in need.
Andrea was born and raised in Houston, Texas. During her undergraduate years, she studied bioengineering and global health technologies at Rice University. During her time there, she researched at-risk populations for HIV in India and prototyped low-cost methods for diagnosing common intestinal parasites. Andrea also worked with other student engineers to design, build, and test a community health worker's screening kit and a neonatal apnea monitor for low-resource clinical settings. After improving the technologies in Ecuador and Lesotho, she refocused her interests to improving healthcare at the macro-level. Prior to joining GHC, Andrea worked as a management consultant for Accenture, where she supported international development projects and helped pharmaceutical clients improve the quality of their clinical trial data. In her free time, Andrea can be found exploring Houston's coffee shops or eating queso at the local Tex Mex restaurant.

Angela McCrone

Country:US
Title:Marketing and Development Associate
Partner:Global Health Delivery Project
Our community shapes who we are. When a community is empowered to help its own members, it can have an incredible impact on the quality of life for each individual.
Angie is from Bay Village, Ohio and was raised in South Africa. For the past five years, she managed the marketing and sales of a nonprofit that promotes the creative work of artists with developmental disabilities. Angie completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, majoring in studio art and minoring in literature and received her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications at West Virginia University.

Anjali Morgan

Country:US
Title:Policy Fellow
Partner:Single Stop
My family motivates me every day. I draw on the strength and passion of my father, especially, who devoted his entire life to taking care of sick children and taking steps to decrease the incidence of Hepatitis B transmission in India.
Anjali was born in Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia where she lived for 14 years before moving to Winston-Salem, North Carolina for boarding school. She completed her undergraduate studies in international affairs and master’s degree in public health at the University of Georgia. Anjali focused her master’s studies on global health and health policy. During her tenure as a graduate student, she completed an internship looking at best practices in the physician-patient interaction among different health systems. Prior to joining the Global Health Corps, Anjali worked at the University of Georgia’s Center for Global Health where she helped launch educational programs in global health for undergraduate and graduate students. She oversaw students’ international internships and coordinated large conferences about global health issues, problems, and their solutions.

Anna Abelson

Country:Zambia
Title:Program Officer
Partner:Population Council
I'm motivated by my desire to make the world a better place by listening to more people, by questioning my own beliefs, and by understanding different lived experiences.
Anna is from New York. She has assisted PATH with an HIV-prevention project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and traveled to Senegal to provide monitoring and evaluation support for an HIV-prevention program for sex workers. Anna has also worked for the U.S. Military HIV Project and focused on M&E in projects in Tanzania and Nigeria. She is a graduate of Bates College, where she received her degree in women and gender studies. Anna studied abroad in Uganda, where she interned with the International Medical Corps in the Kyaka Refugee Settlement. She is currently a volunteer with NARAL and spends her spare time seeing live music and cooking.

Annie Peyton

Country:Rwanda
Title:Design Fellow
Partner:MASS Design Group
Our relationships help us navigate this world and create real, positive, lasting change.
Annie grew up in New Jersey and attended Tulane University, where she studied architecture, studio art, and urban studies. She spent a year studying architecture and urbanism in Copenhagen and focused her master’s thesis on the design of public spaces, proposing a new system of public transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure for the city of New Orleans. Annie is particularly interested in the study of public space and transit as a tool for promoting social equity. Previously, Annie has spent time at a design and research institute, a study abroad organization, and an architecture and planning firm in New Orleans, Copenhagen and New York City, respectively. Annie enjoys cooking, swimming, exploring by bike, and is a picnic enthusiast.

Arielle Eagan

Country:Zambia
Title:Pediatric Program Fellow
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
We each have a moral responsibility to give a voice to those who are disenfranchised, to break down barriers created by one's background, and to strive for health equity for all.
Arielle is originally from Warwick, Rhode Island. Following a passion to work with those affected by illness, Arielle became an oncology social worker with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, where she counseled patients and families. Through this work, she came to appreciate palliative care and the sense of dignity, empowerment, and peace that can come from a focus on pain management and quality of life for those with life-threatening illnesses. Arielle became a Fellow with the Harvard Medical School's Center for Palliative Care and began working with the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at Boston Children's Hospital to bring palliative care and bereavement support to children and families. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology and Master of Social Work from Boston College. Arielle enjoys spending time with her sister and singing in a cappella groups.

Ashley Dunkle

Country:Uganda
Title:Curriculum Development Officer
Partner:UINCD
I am most motivated by what humanity can accomplish through will, creativity, knowledge, and partnership. These attributes helped humans walk on the moon, and I believe they can also help us end mortality from preventable disease.
Ashley is originally from Oxford, Ohio. During her graduate studies, she traveled to Lusaka, Zambia where she was a research assistant on the multi-national childhood pneumonia etiology study, PERCH. Ashley also completed a summer internship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, studying Bhutanese refugee health. She attended Denison University for her undergraduate studies, majoring in biology, with multidisciplinary interests in health sciences. After college, Ashley worked in Copenhagen, Denmark planning and leading academic travel at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She completed her Master of Public Health at Boston University, concentrating in epidemiology and global health. Prior to joining GHC, Ashley was the program coordinator for the Global Primary Care Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. There, she helped manage a specialized global health residency program and curriculum, global health electives for medicine residents, and partnership initiatives in rural Uganda. Ashley loves running, reading, traveling, doing yoga, and being an aunt to four amazing kids.

Ashley Porter

Country:US
Title:Community Health Fellow
Partner:Grameen PrimaCare
For me, community is a strong shared experience, a safety net, and place for every kind of social support.
Ashley grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago but has lived in Michigan for the past eight years. Most recently, she was the program manager and data collector for a project entitled “Social Interactions of Labor and Delivery” in Accra, Ghana. Ashley is also a graduate of the department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan where she received a Master of Public Health and a certificate in global health. Her master's coursework focused on women's health, particularly sexual and reproductive health. She is especially interested in access to healthcare by vulnerable or disadvantaged populations. Her background includes bachelor's degrees in nursing, comparative cultures and politics, and Spanish from Michigan State University. In addition to public health, she is interested in language and culture.

Axel Managure

Country:Burundi
Title:Growth Financing Fellow
Partner:LifeNet International
If I think I am sufficient to myself, that is the first sign that I need community to show me the opposite.
Axel is from Burundi. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hope Africa University where he majored in business administration and management. Following university, Axel interned at the Bank of the Republic of Burundi and volunteered at Intore Tours where he focused on administration and operations. Prior to joining GHC, Axel was a credit and relationship officer at Diamond Trust Bank where he managed client relationships and credit applications.

Benjamin Ndayambaje

Country:Rwanda
Title:Community Nutrition Education Fellow
Partner:Partners In Health
Community is what drives transformation and sustainable development.
Benjamin is from Rwanda. As an undergraduate at the University of Rwanda, Benjamin studied veterinary medicine and founded One Health Students' Club. The club aims to drive transformational change for the continuous improvement of health for humans, animals, and ecosystems through multidisciplinary research, training and community service. Upon graduation, Benjamin was recruited as a tutorial and research assistant by the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Rwanda. Prior to joining GHC, he gave public health related lectures and was a staff member of One Health Students’ Club in Central and Eastern Africa.

Brittany Thurston

Country:Zambia
Title:Communication Specialist
Partner:Population Services International
My goal to have a positive impact on the world motivates me to work hard and achieve my dreams.
Brittany is from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. After completing her undergraduate studies in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Brittany moved overseas where she taught English and traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia. After returning from abroad, she pursued a master's degree in international development and globalization at the University of Ottawa in Canada. During her studies, she worked as a marketing project assistant for the Center for Global Health where she discovered her passion for health equity. Most recently, Brittany acted as a marketing officer on a reusable sanitary pads project in Malawi. In her free time, Brittany enjoys doing yoga and traveling.

Brooke Bachelor

Country:Uganda
Title:Clinical Care and Research Officer
Partner:The Joint Clinical Research Center
The connectedness I feel with other human beings strongly motivates me. I strive to identify that unifying factor in us all, and I am thrilled to both give and receive something each day.
Brooke is originally from Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining GHC, she completed a Princeton in Latin America Fellowship at Sacred Valley Health, a NGO in Ollantaytambo, Peru where she led health trainings as a nurse community coordinator. Her work in Peru inspired her interest in international public health and she went on to pursue a post-baccalaureate pre-medicine certificate from Northwestern University, currently applying to medical school. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Illinois and has over four years of experience as a nurse in various intensive care settings. Brooke has visited over 40 countries, and in her free time enjoys practicing meditation and learning about integrative health therapies as a Level 2 Reiki practitioner. She also likes singing jazz and participating in vocal ensembles.

Bryan Tumusiime

Country:Uganda
Title:Advocacy and Communication Officer
Partner:Baylor - Uganda
The community is my inspiration! Without the community, I cease to have purpose.
Bryan grew up in Kampala, Uganda. He volunteered with the Haven Anti-AIDS foundation, mentoring adolescents in various secondary school settings on healthy sexual behavior and motivating them to focus on achieving their dreams. Additionally, Brian was involved with the United Nations as an online volunteer and provided advocacy support to global health programs. He completed his undergraduate business administration degree from Makerere University, majoring in finance. During his studies, Bryan worked with MTN Uganda as a client services adviser. After graduation, Bryan worked with Uganda Motorsports Arena where he created a fundraiser challenge for Mildmay Uganda's HIV & AIDS pediatric ward, which sought support for the non-donor-funded facility. Prior to joining GHC, Bryan received his Master of Public Health from International Health Sciences University. While pursuing his degree, Bryan volunteered with Reach Out Mbuya Parish HIV/AIDS Initiative where he supported the M&E department on data management for a PMTCT retrospective trends analysis cohort study as well as a 2013 client retention operations research study.

Caitlin Stevens

Country:Rwanda
Title:Health Systems Strengthening Fellow
Partner:Health Builders
Health equity is recognizing that disease has no borders, and neither should treatment.
Caitlin is originally from Durham, North Carolina. In 2013, she completed a year of AmeriCorps service with the Philadelphia Health Corps where she co-ran a medication assistance program for underinsured patients at a community health center in West Philadelphia. Caitlin received her bachelor’s degree in international studies from North Carolina State University and spent a semester studying at the University of Ghana. After university, she interned for the Haiti Outreach Program, blogging and promoting fundraisers to support health and education initiatives in the municipality of Boucan Carré, Haiti. Before joining GHC, Caitlin worked for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health focusing on quality improvement for the eight city health centers. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, painting, and attending poetry slams.

Carina Ahuja

Country:US
Title:Global Program Associate
Partner:Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Access to health is vital. As a committed and dedicated student and global health professional I have taken and continue to take every opportunity to further involve myself with efforts which realize health as a human right.
Carina is from Washington D.C. Prior to joining GHC, she interned with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization where she contributed to adolescent health efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean. In this role, Carina coordinated a large- scale international inter-agency meeting in Nicaragua focused on adolescent pregnancy prevention efforts. Carina completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College and majored in psychology. At Smith, she worked as a research scholar with the Achieving Excellence in Math Engineering and Sciences Program where she studied the language acquisition of school age children. Carina also traveled to northern India where she taught sexual and reproductive health to Tibetan refugee students. She received her master’s degree from University College London in global health and development. Her dissertation focused on the family planning needs of refugees in East Africa. Carina enjoys spending time with friends and family and never turns down an opportunity to travel and learn new languages.

Caroline Numuhire

Country:Rwanda
Title:Agriculture Fellow
Partner:Gardens for Health International
What motivates me is that every single positive action that I take can have an important positive effect/impact on others.
Caroline is from Rwanda and holds a bachelor’s degree in rural development and agribusiness from the University of Rwanda. Previously, she interned with Save the Children International in Rwanda where she facilitated trainings and assessed the performance of income generating activities launched in four rural districts. In 2012, Caroline conducted research for the Coltan Environmental Management Project on the production efficiencies of climbing beans grown on Technosols of the Gatumba mining district. In her free time, Caroline volunteers with the Rebecca Davis Dance Company, which provides street children in Kigali rehabilitation dance classes.

Chad Noble-Tabiolo

Country:Malawi
Title:Monitoring, Evaluation and Communications Fellow
Partner:Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education
I believe in the Hawaiian proverb, "A'ohe hana nui ka alu'ia," which means, "No task is too big when done together."
Chad grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and earned a bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science from Saint Louis University. As an undergraduate, Chad studied abroad in Beijing, China and Madrid, Spain. Additionally, he served as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and president of the Clinical Laboratory Science Club as an undergraduate. Following graduation, he moved to Washington D.C. as a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, where he focused on immunogenetics and molecular biology. Chad has traveled to Haiti on humanitarian missions to train local Haitians on diagnostic testing with Randolph World Ministries. Prior to joining GHC, Chad completed his master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, specializing in Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health. As part of his graduate work, he interned with a non-profit organization called Consuelo Foundation in a slum community in the Philippines, where he empowered youth to advocate for health equity and social justice. In his free time, Chad enjoys hiking, running, bicycling, traveling and surfing.

Charles Baguma

Country:Uganda
Title:Communication and Documentation Officer
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Community provides numerous valuable gifts; courage, hope, options, fun, and constructive feedback. These combine to improve our emotions, relationships and quality of life.
Charles is from Bundibugyo, Uganda. He served as an advocate at World Harvest Mission Bundibugyo, working on issues such as food access for mothers and children and the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV. He completed his undergraduate degree in social work and social administration and Master of Public Health from Makerere University. Charles is also a mentor to young people in youth ministry focusing on overcoming denominational boundaries.

Charlotte Sawyer

Country:US
Title:Mobile Harm Reduction Services Coordinator
Partner:HIPS
Health equity means not only striving to make health care resources accessible to all people regardless of identity or location, but also ensuring that the needs, values, and experiences of the communities we serve are always at the center of these efforts.
Charlotte is from Norwalk, Connecticut. She graduated from Oberlin College with a major in comparative American studies and a minor in Hispanic studies. Charlotte focused her studies on understanding healthcare access in the U.S., culminating in a senior honors thesis that investigated narratives about addiction and motherhood in contemporary America. At Oberlin, Charlotte worked as a peer counselor in the school’s Sexual Information Center (SIC), where she organized campus-wide events such as Safer Sex Week and taught a comprehensive sexual health education course. She also worked as a Writing Associate in the Oberlin College Writing Center, which—in conjunction with her work for the SIC—helped Charlotte develop a passion for peer counseling and education. Prior to joining GHC, she taught English in the health careers branch of an adult vocational school in A Coruña, Spain. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and reveling in the current golden age of television.

Chenyue Zhao

Country:US
Title:Research and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Childrens Health Fund
I would like to make real, concrete contributions to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged children.
Chenyue was raised in Tianjin City, China. He is in the process of completing his PhD from the Institute for Global Health, University College London. In his PhD project, he contributed to the establishment and evaluation of a community care program in rural China for the left-behind children of migrant workers. While in London, Chenyue was employed as a research consultant at Save the Children UK, focusing on child inequality for the post-2015 development agenda. He has also worked with the UNICEF China Office in Bejing, investigating causes of child deaths in rural China by verbal/social autopsy. Chenyue conducted research and program management with Peking University China Center for Health Development Studies and Peking Institute for Global Health. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he served as a medical assistant volunteer. Chenyue completed his undergraduate studies at Peking University, majoring in medical science and English and received his master’s degree in international health from Uppsala University in Sweden.

Chiara Bercu

Country:Uganda
Title:Partnership and Fundraising Fellow
Partner:ACODEV
I believe that as a collective of active global citizens we have the power to put an end to the injustices we see around us.
Chiara is originally from Austin, Texas although she spent a great deal of her childhood living in Guanajuato, Mexico. Prior to joining GHC, she was living in India working for Mumbai Mobile Creches, a grassroots non-profit that provides education, healthcare, and nutrition to children living on construction sites. Chiara attended Brandeis University where she triple majored in international and global studies, anthropology, and Latin American and Latino Studies. In college, Chiara spent a summer interning with Grameen Bank in Guatemala supporting women entrepreneurs with microloans and a summer making an ethnographic documentary on the transformation of indigenous culture in Bolivia. Chiara also spent a summer studying post-conflict transformation in Rwanda and Uganda during which she lived in rural northern Uganda and completed a month-long research project on the resettlement of internally displaced persons. Chiara is an experimental chef, undistinguished painter, and an avid runner and yogi.

Chibuye Angel Chelwa

Country:Zambia
Title:Program Officer
Partner:Population Council
Our community shapes who we are. When a community is empowered to help its own members, it can have an incredible impact of the quality of life for each individual.
Angel hails from Lusaka, Zambia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Zambia as a sociology major with a minor in psychology. While at university, Angel volunteered with Youth Alive Zambia, an organization that works to encourage behavior changes in young people in the face of the AIDS pandemic. Angel also was involved with the university's HIV/AIDS Response Program. In her final year as an undergraduate, she did a study on the factors that affect the reintegration of those who utilize mental health services in her city. Angel went on to intern with Churches Health Association of Zambia where she handled the organization’s social networking sites and helped monitor partner projects all over Zambia. Prior to joining GHC, Angel spent time with World Vision Zambia as Technical Support for Operations. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, baking and engaging in intellectual debate.

Danielle Raso

Country:Uganda
Title:Fundraising and Development Officer
Partner:Kyetume CBHC
Your community shapes how you see the world, but how you see the world shapes what you think your community is.
Danielle is from East Brunswick, New Jersey. She attended American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC, where she majored in both international relations and philosophy. During her undergraduate career, she held several internships, at the Securities and Exchange Commission and The Center for Refugees and Immigrants of Tennessee. In the year prior to her GHC fellowship, Danielle served as the New Business Development intern for Population Services International (PSI), a large global health organization that focuses on increasing access to quality reproductive health and child survival care. There, she contributed to proposal development and found new business opportunities for PSI. In her free time, Danielle enjoys cooking, reading, and doing anything active.

David Burt

Country:US
Title:Programs and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Single Stop
I am motivated by the idea of leaving the world a bit better. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said "To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded.
David is from Brighton, England. He spent two years in the private sector before transitioning to nonprofits and has since worked in the Palestinian Territories and Vietnam. In Vietnam he worked for the organization Hue Help where he was responsible for a collaborative program with the local government to integrate water safety and swimming skills into state school curriculums within rural flood-prone districts with significant rates of child drowning. David also worked closely with a Norwegian organization assisting in the implementation of a disaster risk reduction program that educated rural communities about the risks of climate change. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sussex, majoring in French and Spanish.

Deepanjali Jain

Country:US
Title:Global Policy Fellow
Partner:IntraHealth International
I am motivated by the fact that we live in a dynamic world--nothing is set in stone, it changes every day, and it's up to us to make sure it changes for the better.
Deepanjali is from Montgomery County, Maryland. Before joining GHC, she worked at the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. Deepanjali has also worked in the executive office of the President of the United States in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Food and Drug Administration. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park majoring in neurobiology and physiology. While at the University of Maryland, she was a sexual health and reproductive health peer educator with the University Health Center. Deepanjali loves animals and volunteers at Great and Small, a non-profit that offers therapeutic horseback riding services to children and adults with a wide range of physical, developmental, emotional, and learning disabilities.

Devin Faris

Country:Uganda
Title:Program and Advocacy Officer
Partner:SOUL Foundation
We have made it this far in the course of human evolution in order to connect, collaborate and coexist in a modern world with increasingly boundless opportunities. Community binds humankind together, and strengthens the ability of each individual to propel the human experience to heights we can only imagine.
Devin was born and raised in California. Although his film-production aspirations guided his undergraduate studies at UCLA, his African Development coursework inspired him to take action to address the increasingly complex issues he learned about. He traveled to Tanzania to teach HIV-prevention education in rural primary schools, and helped spearhead an outreach program for youth living on the streets. He returned to East Africa to work on public health outreach in Namasuba, Uganda. Devin was so inspired by the extraordinary resilience of refugees from Central and East Africa that he decided to pursue a graduate degree in international education at New York University, where he researched education interventions for displaced African youth. Before joining GHC, Devin provided grants support to a handful of Africa-focused development organizations. Devin is always trying to quench his insatiable thirsts for travel, music festivals, hiking, and rock-climbing.

Dorothy Mkwezalamba

Country:Malawi
Title:Project Officer
Partner:mothers2mothers
Community is important to me because it consists of people with different characteristics but we are all linked together by social ties and mostly we share a common goal and work together to improve relationships and quality of life.
Dorothy was born in Lilongwe but grew up in Blantyre, Malawi. In 2010, she joined the Malawi Ministry of Health as a clinical officer at the Nkhatabay district hospital. During her time there, Dorothy worked with a program that educates youth on sexual and reproductive health rights. In 2011, she received her bachelor’s degree in health systems management from the University of Malawi. Since receiving her degree, Dorothy rejoined the Ministry of Health as a clinical officer, focusing on management, diagnosing patients’ problems, and prescribing treatment.

Drew Jackson

Country:Rwanda
Title:Operations and Finance Fellow
Partner:Gardens for Health International
Community provides the social infrastructure to share knowledge and explore new ideas.
Drew is originally from Elloree, South Carolina. Before joining GHC, Drew served in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Corps where he worked with FEMA Logistics on several major disasters including the 2014 Colorado floods. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina. While attending university, Drew was a Capstone Scholar and served in the Criminal Justice Association. Drew enjoys philosophy and is both a nature and technology enthusiast.

Elisabeth Wilhelm

Country:Zambia
Title:Advocacy & Communications Officer
Partner:PATH
Community are the voluntary ties that bind us together to our friends, the people we live with, the circles we travel in. Community to me, is often the women I work with and encounter because we often have similar experiences that transverse time and culture. I dance with grandmothers and teenagers and can laugh with a mom about the antics of her toddler, whether it is in Brooklyn or Cairo. Community allows us to reach past differences and touch others with whom we have bonds other than blood.
Elisabeth is originally from Germany but has lived in Brooklyn for the past nine years. She worked as a new media specialist staff member for Vestergaard, a firm that creates solutions to global challenges, and as a senior media specialist with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Elisabeth also staffed UN youth conferences for the United Nations Association in Spain and USA. Elisabeth realized her passion for global public health while working on a public health campaign in rural Kenya as a public relations leader where she was responsible for organizing a qualitative survey of 400 households on attitudes toward safe drinking water. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing from the Pratt Institute and a master’s degree in communications with a concentration in health communication from Johns Hopkins in 2013. In her spare time, Elisabeth teaches Oriental dance at a local studio.

Elizabeth Haffa

Country:Burundi
Title:Communications and Grants Fellow
Partner:FVS-AMADE Burundi
I am truly motivated by any new experience, challenge, or opportunity to make a difference for someone else.
Liz is originally from the Midwest, but was raised in California. She received her master's degree in public administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. During her graduate studies, Liz spent the summer as a microfinance intern with the community organization Haitian American Caucus in Haiti. Liz spent the last year and a half in New York City working for Accion, a non-profit domestic microlender. She began as a resource development intern and transitioned to executive assistant to the CEO/office manager. Liz completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, majoring in psychology and minoring in French and studied abroad for a year in France. Some of Liz's volunteer experiences include serving as a camp counselor for underprivileged youth and as an advocate at the Monterey Rape Crisis Center.

Ellen Taetzsch

Country:Uganda
Title:Health Program Associate
Partner:The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Community is important to me because it is a place that fosters grow and development in all people, regardless of age. It provides its members hope and acts as a safety net when needed. I am thankful for the different communities in my life because they have shaped me into who I am.
Ellen grew up in Newfields, New Hampshire. She completed her undergraduate degree at Assumption College, majoring in biotechnology and molecular biology. During college, Ellen studied abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This experience propelled her to earn her master’s degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. After completing her degree, she spent two years serving in the Peace Corps in Zambia as a community health advisor. There she worked with a rural community increasing food security, providing health education and volunteering. Ellen enjoys a good adventure, whether it is cultural, culinary, a new travel destination, or any other way in which to push her out of her comfort zone.

Ernest Nyirongo

Country:Malawi
Title:IT Networking and Medical Informatics Coordinator
Partner:Partners In Health
A life free from fear is a life that can accomplish anything.
Ernest is from Kasungu, Malawi. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in information & technology (IT) at the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic. Since graduating in 2012, he has worked for three different organizations in system support, user/IT support and systems, and security administrator positions. His involvement in youth activities and focus on community collaboration has led to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles, including volunteering as a math tutor for underserved grade school children.

Amparo Estefania Palomino

Country:US
Title:Global Program Associate
Partner:Planned Parenthood Federation of America
What motivates me every day is my passion to work for the voiceless; for those who need to defend their right to health in order to have access to a fulfilling and dignified life.
Estefanía grew up in Cúcuta, Colombia. She earned a law degree from the Universidad de Los Andes, a specialization diploma in constitutional law from the University of Pisa and a master’s degree in international law from the United Nations University for Peace. During her legal studies, she received the Ciro Angarita Baron scholarship, and represented her university in competitions and conferences around the world. Estefanía worked as a staff attorney at one of the biggest corporate law firms in Colombia, Brigard & Urrutia Lawyers, and served as a visiting professional at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She co-founded a legal clinic in Colombia focused on right-to-health litigation. During her graduate studies, she worked as a legal research assistant for the UNESCO’s pilot project on Journalist Safety Indicators in Guatemala and Honduras. In her spare time, Estefanía loves reading and sharing Colombian culture with others, especially its musical and cinematographic contributions.

Esther Anyimo

Country:Uganda
Title:Health Education Associate
Partner:The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
My desire is to create a better world for everybody. The hungry and miserable faces on the street and orphaned children I meet every day in my home town motivate me to bring about change.
Esther is from Uganda. She studied human nutrition and dietetics at Kyambogo University. Esther founded the Kyambogo Nutrition Movement, which assesses the nutritional status of the community around the university and provides appropriate nutrition interventions. She has also worked with a think tank project that empowers youth with entrepreneurship skills. In her free time, Esther enjoys dancing and is the leader of her church’s dance group.

Eugene Hitimana

Country:Rwanda
Title:Pharmacy Supply Chain Analyst
Partner:Partners In Health
Personally I do not like injustice in all its forms and the most challenging form in our poor communities is a social one.
Eugene was born in southern province, Rwanda. In addition to his work as a pharmacist, Eugene has been involved in training youth on the creation of small income generating projects and an illiteracy elimination program in Gisagara. Eugene studied pharmacy in the Medicine Department at the National University of Rwanda. He was drawn to a career in pharmacy because he wanted to help people through both technical and clinical assistance. Eugene pursued his post-graduate studies in public health, recognizing the value of public health expertise when evaluating a community’s health needs. For the past three years, Eugene has worked as a pharmacist at the Gakoma Hospital.

Gerry MUJYAMBERE

Country:Rwanda
Title:Finance Analyst
Partner:Rwanda Ministry of Health
No man is an island. We need to work together to make a better world, because after all it's all about people.
Germain ''Gerry'' is from Kigali, Rwanda. Germain graduated from the School of Finance and Banking with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Most recently, he worked at the Gatagara Hospital and Rehabilitation Center as a managing accountant. Previously, he spent time as a marketing executive at Duphar Pharmaceuticals and a finance officer at Esperance Rwanda, an organization that works with youth to provide sports and culture. Additionally, he received two diplomas in human resources management and project management. Germain is fluent in English, French and Swahili. He loves watching movies, reading, and playing volleyball.

Graham Kaplan

Country:Uganda
Title:eHealth Coordinator
Partner:Clinton Health Access Initiative
I am motivated by the fact that there is nothing inevitable about the way the world is, and that in the gap between what is and what can be there is opportunity.
Graham is originally from Seattle, Washington. While at Clark University where he studied international development and social change, Graham was involved in Clark UNITE!, a student- and worker-led campaign to improve healthcare and wages for cafeteria staff. During college he studied rural development in Ghana, where he taught computer skills at an organization that provides job training to residents of the Agbogbloshie slum in Accra. After being exposed to issues of electronic waste dumping in Agbogbloshie and seeing its harmful effects on residents, Graham joined the Basel Action Network (BAN), where he was the technical and research lead on BAN's Illegal e-waste Export Tracking project. Prior to joining GHC, Graham lived in Portland, Oregon, where he was a freelance programmer and part of a local bicycle collective.

Hanneke Van Dyke

Country:Malawi
Title:Community Nutrition Support Fellow
Partner:Clinton Development Initiative
I want to work towards a world in which all children are born with the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.
Hanneke grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. She received dual degrees from Tufts University, with a Master of Science in food policy and applied nutrition from The Friedman School and a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy from The Fletcher School. While in graduate school, Hanneke spent a summer in Phnom Penh, Cambodia interning with a small NGO that works in early intervention for child trafficking, and a summer in Kinshasa and Bandundu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, researching community- specific causes of malnutrition with Action Against Hunger/ACF International. She completed her undergraduate degree in international studies at the University of South Carolina. After her undergraduate studies, Hanneke served for two years as a rural community health education volunteer with the Peace Corps in southern Morocco. She then went on to teach kindergarten through eighth grade English in the Marshall Islands with WorldTeach. This past spring, Hanneke completed her first marathon in Boston.

Heather Zimmerman

Country:Uganda
Title:Advocacy and Communications Officer
Partner:Uganda Development and Health Associates
I am motivated by the understanding that small, incremental changes can lead to large transformations. Meaning that honest persistence and dedication can eventually succeed even in the most challenging situations.
Heather hails from western Maine. Prior to joining GHC, Heather served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Maine fighting local food insecurity, founded an English Language Learners program at an adult education center, and coached a high school Nordic ski team. Most recently, Heather served as the Cumberland County Field Director for the Maine Democratic Party. She spent the past five years working on social justice issues related to health, literacy, and women's empowerment. From 2010 to 2012 Heather lived in India, where she worked to support program development and monitoring for various NGOs serving marginalized populations. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire in history and religion where she focused on the historical impact of natural disasters and wrote her thesis on AIDS in Uganda. She spent one semester at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, studying the effects of colonialism on the Maori culture. Heather also competed on UNH's Division I Nordic Ski Team. Heather loves to be an active part of her community and spending time outdoors.

Hector Chilimani

Country:Malawi
Title:Community Nutrition Support Fellow
Partner:Clinton Development Initiative
Everyday, my day ends with a realization that there is still an untapped potential within the communities we work in such that given a sustainable and acceptable platform, they can massively contribute to solving their own challenges. This motivates me to be part of this change process with confidence and hope for transformative change.
Hector is from Lilongwe, Malawi. Since graduating from the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic, with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health, he has worked as a research field supervisor at the University of Michigan in Lilongwe and as an HIV incidence study supervisor with MSF-France in Chiradzulu. He also worked on the SUN Initiative in Karonga under Plan Malawi through the Support for Services Delivery Integration project as a community coordinator. Before joining GHC, Hector worked with MSF-Belgium in Thyolo, piloting an innovative Community ART Groups model of care for HIV/AIDS that aims to decongest health facilities as well as empower communities.

Henry Kakeeto

Country:Uganda
Title:IT Systems Officer
Partner:The Joint Clinical Research Center
When I see others happy when accessing the services I offer them I am motivated to continue doing the work I do.
Henry is from Kampala, Uganda. He has a passion for technology and has six years of technical and IT experience. Henry worked with ACF-International where he was an IT and equipment officer, managing six bases. Additionally, he worked within the finance industry and prior to joining GHC, worked in the media industry at WBS TV as an Information and Communication Technology manager where he was involved in administration and maintenance. Henry completed his bachelor’s degree in information technology and his master’s degree in information systems from Makerere University. He loves making friends, rugby, and volunteering, and has spent time visiting rural orphanages in Rakai and Mpigi with Sovhen Uganda.

Immaculate Kyarisiima

Country:Rwanda
Title:Health Systems Strengthening Fellow
Partner:Health Builders
Health equity to me means every person has the opportunity to attain his/her full health potential and no one is inconvenienced in achieving it.
Immaculate hails from Kigali, Rwanda. Immaculate completed her undergraduate studies in nursing sciences at the Kigali Health Institute on a full scholarship awarded to her from Generation Rwanda Organization. During her undergraduate studies, Immaculate participated in Global Youth Connect where she volunteered in the Mubuga Community of Potters and Kiziba Refugee Camp. There, she assessed human rights violations in these marginalized communities and advocated for them in different ministries. After graduating, Immaculate worked as a school nurse at the Rwanda Turkish International School. Since then, she worked at Kinihira Hospital as Head Nurse of Surgery and as Assistant Chief Nurse.

Irene Umba Zalira

Country:Malawi
Title:Partnership and Programs Officer
Partner:Malawi Ministry of Health
I am motivated by knowing that I have a purpose in life which is to change what I can in my community and my country, even if it's just one person.
Umba is from Lilongwe, Malawi and graduated from the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic with a bachelor's degree in technical education. Umba volunteered with the Malawi Youth Consultative Forum as a programs sup;port officer. There, she managed the Malawi Youth Charter project which developed a tool for advocating for the prioritization of youth issues before, during, and after elections. She also sits as the Vice Chairperson for the Malawi Youth Charter National Taskforce Team and is a youth representative on the CSO Global Fund New Funding Model Core Team. Umba is passionate about women rights with a special focus on sexual and reproductive health rights. In her free time she enjoys reading African literature, traveling, blogging, and community service.

Isaac Rwigema

Country:Rwanda
Title:Program Coordinator
Partner:Gardens for Health International
I am motivated by the desire to make a difference every day wherever I am and in whatever am doing.
Isaac grew up in Rwanda. After completing his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Rwanda, Isaac interned at the World Food Program, working on the Purchase for Progress Program where he helped conduct research on maize farmers in the eastern province. Isaac later joined Ecobank Rwanda as a clearing officer for two years before leaving to pursue his Master’s degree in social protection financing from the University of Mauritius. Isaac wrote his dissertation on the financial sustainability of the mutual health scheme in Rwanda. Upon completing his master’s program, Isaac joined the trade union Association of Christian Unions (ASC-Umurimo) as a volunteer and was eventually elected vice president. Prior to joining GHC, Isaac worked as a claim analyst at UAP Insurance.

James Kaggwa

Country:Uganda
Title:Health Project Coordinator
Partner:Spark MicroGrants
The majority of disparities in health can be corrected within the sphere of human influence, especially through addressing avoidable circumstances. Health equity is achievable.
James is originally from Kampala, Uganda. Prior to joining GHC, James worked as an intensive care unit nurse at Nakasero Hospital and since 2011 has volunteered with Project Helping Hands, which provides free medical care and health education to communities in Uganda and Kenya. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Makerere University and trained in midwifery at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. At Makerere University, he fundraised for maternity supplies for poor mothers at the Mulago Hospital. As an intern at the Uganda Village Project, James set up public health interventions in Eastern Uganda before joining Mbarara Hospital for a yearlong clinical internship. He enjoys reading, traveling and painting.

Jean Paul Uzabakiriho

Country:Rwanda
Title:Design Fellow
Partner:MASS Design Group
No man is an island and united we stand. When we are together we increase strength and share the opportunity.
Jean Paul was raised in Rwanda and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Rwanda in architecture. As an architectural student, Jean Paul had the opportunity to travel to various countries in East Africa including Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya through a traveling studio course. In 2013, he was an intern with MASS Design Group where he will now be a fellow. Jean Paul enjoys playing football, swimming, and listening to music in his free time.

Jean Sacha Barikumutima

Country:Burundi
Title:Project Coordinator
Partner:Population Media Center
For me, community is a base of everything. Community constitutes a living environment. It is also like a big family where social life starts for any human being. Anything that affects the health of the community, somehow affects the lives of individuals in it. In a community, the human life is physically and socially, mentally and psychologically balanced.
Jean Sacha is from Kayanza, Burundi. Prior to pursuing his undergraduate degree, Jean Sacha co- founded Etudiants En Action, a nonprofit organization comprised of student volunteers. He completed his undergraduate studies at Université Lumière de Bujumbura, studying political science and international relations. While at Université Lumière, Jean Sacha held various leadership positions, including vice president of the student council, regional vice president of the East African Community Students' Union, coordinator of the Africa Youth Leadership Forum. Recently, Jean Sacha co-founded the Africa Young Professionals Network. Jean Sacha has also worked for the Foundation for Refugee Education Trust as a journalist for a radio program aiming to engage communities in responsible citizenship. He is a member of Rotary, and was most recently the chairperson of Rotaract East Africa Impact Project (REACT) which works to improve the life and wellness of communities in East Africa.

Jen Zhu

Country:Uganda
Title:Health System Quality Improvement Coordinator: Monitoring & Evaluation for Health Facilities, Staff and Data
Partner:Millennium Villages
As long as people die of illnesses for which treatments exist, entire populations are failed by the systems that should be set up to support them, and your ability to have a baseline good quality of health is dictated by who you are or how much money you have--the world is not just and I will be working to try to change that reality.
Jen is originally from Greenville, North Carolina. Jen worked on last-mile distribution of essential technologies in off-grid areas in India and improved implementation of a Ugandan Ministry of Health program using community health workers to fill a treatment gap and reduce under age five child mortality. Additionally, she conducted a randomized controlled trial maximizing adoption of public health interventions in 32 Honduran villages through social network targeting. She graduated from Harvard College with a degree in government and sociology and a minor in global health and health policy. While at Harvard, she served as student body vice president and first marshal of the class of 2014, and was a founding team member of an international development startup called Essmart, which was the 2012 grand prize winner of the International Dell Social Innovation Challenge. Jen loves hiking, photography, learning new languages, and trying new foods and experiences.

Jerome Owagage Mpaata

Country:US
Title:Policy and Program Officer
Partner:Together for Girls
If solutions to the world's health problems were a jigsaw puzzle, I am a critical component, and so is everyone.
Jerome is originally from Jinja, Uganda. He worked as the assistant director of the Medicines and Health Services Delivery Monitoring Unit for the government of Uganda where he was engaged in health policy formulation, review, analysis, and budgetary performance monitoring. This experience drove Jerome to pursue his master’s degree in health and medical law at the University of Melbourne. As an undergraduate, Jerome pursued a bachelor of pharmacy degree at Mbarara University. Jerome volunteered for a university peer project addressing student HIV/AIDS challenges and co-founded Students for Equity in Healthcare, a group committed to addressing health inequity through advocacy.

Jessica Zhang

Country:US
Title:Family Resource Center Coordinator
Partner:Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark
Having a community of people that believe in their own ability to make an impact gives me confidence that change can happen.
Jessica grew up in San Francisco, California. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, where she majored in comparative human development. In her coursework, she focused on cross-cultural studies of complex human problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. After completing her degree, Jessica stayed in Chicago and worked at the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, where she served as a case manager for survivors of torture. Jessica enjoys singing in an Early Music a cappella ensemble and biking around the city on sunny days.

Jillian Berkowitz

Country:Zambia
Title:Malaria Program and Impact Evaluation Officer
Partner:Akros
It is only when each citizen from every corner of the world has unfettered access to quality information, care and support for health that we can claim equity. Even once universal coverage is achieved, our challenge then becomes how to sustain this access for all current and future generations.
Jillian is originally from Cranford, New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hamilton College, majoring in biology. After graduation, she worked as a research technician in the Translational Research Laboratory at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Jillian received her Master of Public Health degree in international health at Boston University. During her studies, she spent time in Kenya, evaluating the national community health worker (CHW) program in Loitokitok District, Rift Valley Province and training CHWs as an intern with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust. Since completing her studies, Jillian has been living in Lusaka, Zambia and assisting the Zambia Center for Applied Health Research and Development as a Health Project Officer on two mobile health initiatives, using SMS technology to improve maternal and child health and facilitate the early infant diagnosis of HIV throughout Southern Province, Zambia. In addition to her work, she enjoys yoga, travel, and a good cup of coffee.

Joan Alupo

Country:Uganda
Title:Knowledge Management, Communication and External Relations Officer
Partner:Jhpiego
I believe in everyone's right to live their life to the fullest. I have the duty to help them achieve this.
Joan lives in Kampala. She completed her master’s degree in corporate communication and reputation management from the University of Manchester. Since graduating, Joan has volunteered with Shelters for Women and Children, a startup NGO dedicated to helping women who are victims of domestic abuse, where she assists in proposal writing and communications. She also interned with the Public Relations and Advocacy Department and Youth Corner at the AIDS Information Centre, where she helped develop IEC materials targeting teenagers and young adults on issues of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. Previously, Joan worked with the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust as an Information Officer, where she organized fundraising events, community engagement and sustainable livelihood projects. Joan’s interest in international development has been greatly inspired by her father’s work in community development. She enjoys organizing events, traveling, and baking.

Joanna Nganda

Country:Burundi
Title:Information and Communication Fellow
Partner:CARE International
What motivates me daily is becoming a better person professionally, in order to offer the best services possible to my community. The better I am, the more capable I am to help others.
Joanna is from Burundi. In 2013, she joined the Iwacu Press Group, Burundiʼs print media leader and only newspaper with a section in English. Recently, Joanna won the Andika Prize, an English writing contest organized by the American Embassy in Burundi. Joanna studied modern literature at Lumière University, Bujumbura. Her fondness for communication and foreign languages drove her study of English. Prior to working for Iwacu, she worked with Village Health Works in Kigutu. In addition to humanitarian work, Joannaʼs other passions include reading, writing, music, crafting, and soap making.

Jody Sadornas

Country:Rwanda
Title:Knowledge Management Fellow
Partner:Rwanda Ministry of Health
Community allows us to experience what it's like to live in the world we want.
Jody is a native of Los Angeles, California. She has experience working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors in business operations and development, marketing and communications, and on issues related to financial literacy, gender justice, and poverty reduction. While working at the U.S. Embassy in Athens as a member of the public affairs team, she designed and led the mission's social media strategy. She also co-founded a civil society organization in Greece to help accelerate economic recovery through targeted interventions in market outreach and community and capacity building. Jody earned a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in international affairs with a concentration in economic development policy from the George Washington University. After completing her studies, Jody worked for the Rights and Resources Initiative, an international coalition working to secure land and resources rights for local communities. She loves coffee, afternoon naps, and learning new languages.

Joe Shapiro

Country:Malawi
Title:Finance Administrator
Partner:IMPERIAL Health Sciences
There is always a goal to chase, whether it's a short term or long term goal, aiming to make a difference in my life while positively influencing my surroundings.
Joe is originally from Rochester, New York and completed his undergraduate studies at the University at Buffalo, majoring in operations and supply chain management. During his undergraduate years, Joe co-authored On Relocation, an architecture student journal with submissions based on ideas for technologically advanced systems within buildings. He also collaborated on projects focused on improving the methods of the waste system by researching, producing materials, and experimenting with forms of engagement within the waste stream. Joe is particularly interested in the efficiency and reliability of global healthcare network needs, and in translating his background in operations and supply chain into the healthcare industry. Joe has co-founded a landscaping business called Flower City Gardens, and has taught English abroad in Tel-Aviv, Israel at the Florentine Day School. His hobbies include playing soccer, moonlighting on side projects, being engaged with his community, and anything involving the outdoors.

Julie Karfakis

Country:Malawi
Title:Project Officer
Partner:mothers2mothers
Successful development and implementation of health programs rely on the support of a strong, grounded community. It is crucial to invest in communities and build strong relationships, which in turn allows communities to empower themselves.
Julie grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia. While working on her master’s degree in public health from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Julie was awarded a fellowship in Eldoret, Kenya, where she designed and conducted a qualitative research study that collected Kenyan mothers’ opinions of and experiences with postpartum family planning. After graduating, Julie worked as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and most recently worked for John Snow, Inc. on the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP). At MCHIP, Julie collaborated with the Immunization Team and multiple country programs in East and Southern Africa and Central Asia. She obtained her undergraduate degree in biology and sociology from Virginia Tech. In her undergraduate years, Julie was involved with Project Esperanza, an organization that works with Haitian immigrants living in the Dominican Republic. Julie enjoys running, cheering on the Virginia Tech Hokies and spending time with her family and friends.

Julius Kirya

Country:Uganda
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Partner:Uganda Village Project
Community is the backbone that will allow for the growth and development of any economy.
Julius was raised in Kampala, Uganda. As an undergraduate he volunteered at the local nonprofit organization, Good Care Foundation, which works to empower vulnerable youth populations. At Good Care, he spearheaded capacity building programs in high schools and conducted seminars and conferences aimed at promoting awareness of the risks of teenage pregnancy and fighting HIV prevalence among youth. Julius completed his undergraduate studies at Makerere University with a degree in statistics and development planning. After graduation, Julius worked for the Economic Policy Research Center as a research assistant. Julius enjoys working and networking with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Karen Maniraho

Country:Burundi
Title:Information and Communications Fellow
Partner:CARE International
When we are at our worst, our chosen communities uplift us for external support, comfort, and joy in a world that isn't always so forgiving. Communities teach us that we don't have to be alone when working to create change.
Karen was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada and has also lived in Ontario, Canada. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington where she recently finished her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington where she focused on international development at the Jackson School of International Studies. During her time at university, Karen supported a variety of local actions and civic engagement campaigns at OneAmerica, a Seattle-based immigrant rights advocacy organization. Later, she worked on a grant for survivors of gender-based violence on the Monitoring and Evaluation team at Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, DC. These experiences inspired her to join GHC and return to her parents’ home country of Burundi to serve the community there. While in Burundi, Karen is excited to explore other parts of the Great Lakes region, speak Kirundi and French, and experience Burundi’s emerging art, music, and literary scenes.

Kelly Hagler

Country:US
Title:Communications and Grants Officer
Partner:Together for Girls
From building action-driven relationships to improving the quality of life for generations to come, investing in your community allows you to play an active part in the most significant and necessary movements in life.
Kelly is from Bethany, Missouri. Kelly completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Missouri, majoring in English and creative writing. As an undergraduate, she worked as a university ambassador, giving campus tours and mentorship to college-bound high school students, which laid the foundation for her interest in youth advocacy. After graduating, Kelly worked with Chicago Ideas Week, a nonprofit annual event that gathers global leaders in Chicago to inspire action across the world, working to build and organize cross-industry communities online and throughout the city. Prior to joining GHC, Kelly was with the nonprofit EMBARC, where she worked with high school students in Chicago’s South Side communities through systematic, long-term social exposure programs, post-secondary advising, and partnerships with businesses and cultural institutions. Kelly enjoys writing poetry and music.

Kimberly Hanson

Country:Uganda
Title:Fundraising/Resource Mobilization Officer
Partner:Baylor - Uganda
Every day I am motivated by social injustice - both by the desire to educate the people who discriminate against others and by the "underdogs" who are resilient in their activism no matter what.
Kim is from Rhode Island. From 2011-2012, Kim served as the inaugural director of a youth social entrepreneurship program at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. Since then, she has provided communications support to the child health team at Maternal & Child Health Integrated Program, USAID and developed global activism resources for teenagers at Plan International. In 2013, Kim was a New Leaders Council Institute Fellow and currently sits on the board of Deeper Missions, which implements environmentally sustainable infrastructure projects in West Africa. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international development from Clark University, where she focused on how to enact positive social impact in unconventional ways and spent time abroad in Namibia. Kim’s hobbies include theatre and filmmaking.

Klein Fernandez

Country:US
Title:Community Health Fellow
Partner:Boston Public Health Commission
Equity in health is a function of deeper involvement of people coalescing each other and working within the deliberative processes that are always present in a functioning democracy.
Klein is from the Philippines. As a trained sociologist, he is an experienced state planner and aid policy analyst. Klein worked on peace building efforts in broken communities fraught by decades-old armed conflict in the Philippines. His interest in medical anthropology led him to study the changes in the traditional health system of indigenous communities who were under the threat of displacement due to extractive mining activities. He completed a Master of Public Health as an Australian Awards Scholar at the Centre for Health Stewardship of the Australian National University. During his graduate studies, Klein embarked on the ethical analysis of health service delivery by looking into the structural relations between the national and local governments as principal health providers among the indigenous communities in the Philippines. He is currently an active member of the International Sociological Association and its Research Committee 28 for Social Stratification.

Kochelani Saili

Country:Zambia
Title:Malaria Control Program Officer
Partner:PATH
I have a strong desire to improve the lives of others through research and active community involvement. My biggest desire is to leave behind real change, providing pragmatic solutions.
Kochelani is from Mufulira, Zambia. Prior to joining GHC, he worked on a project sponsored by the European Union and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States that involved the collection and surveillance of aquatic insects nationwide. Kochelani was also a part of the social data collecting team for the USAID-sponsored project, Nshizirungu, sought to improve water supply and sanitation in parts of Lusaka’s urban and shanty compounds. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Zambia in August 2010, majoring in ecology and wildlife management, and focused his graduate studies in entomology from the same university. Kochelani loves to play volleyball and watch soccer.

Kristy Law

Country:US
Title:Recreation and Wellness Program Manager
Partner:Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark
Community is important to me because I believe the sense of belonging and relationships that community provides is essential to truly thrive as a human being.
Kristy is from Perth, Australia. Kristy worked at Women’s Health and Family Services, a not-for-profit organization focused on supporting socio-economically disadvantaged and marginalized women and families. During her time there she expanded the nutrition program, launched and developed a new low-cost dietetic service, established the Community Nutrition Network for multi-sectoral collaboration and helped to pioneer vocational leadership development and nutrition courses. Kristy completed a Bachelor of Science in nutrition science and then a postgraduate diploma in dietetics at Curtin University. Kristy completed her graduate diploma in international health at Curtin University, in order to pursue her passion for global health and international nutrition. Kristy regularly volunteers through her local church. In her free time, she loves to be outdoors and enjoys kickboxing, participating in short triathlons, and doing yoga.

Laura Cheng

Country:US
Title:Communications Fellow
Partner:Boston Public Health Commission
I am motivated by the people and communities around me. In particular, the grace with which people face challenges and the passion of those dedicated to combating them.
Laura was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Most recently, she interned for Bedford- Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation through the Partnership for a Healthier NYC. There, Laura examined socioeconomic and racial disparities in health in underrepresented communities and developed initiatives around healthy eating, active living, tobacco-free living, and alcohol abuse. She completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University, majoring in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. At Yale, Laura worked as a peer health educator with the Student Wellness Office where she led workshops, coordinated yearlong events, and connected students to on-campus resources regarding sexual health and wellbeing. She also volunteered with the Living History Project at Yale-New Haven Hospital where she spent time with patients and addressed health issues in a clinical setting. During her free time, Laura enjoys traditional East Asian dancing, rollerblading, and visiting museums.

Lauren Hasek

Country:Malawi
Title:Procurement and Supply Chain Officer
Partner:Clinton Health Access Initiative
I am motivated by the knowledge that everything can change, for better or for worse. Each day is an adventure.
Lauren hails from a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. As an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh, Lauren received multiple fellowships and grants to study health system efficacy in Malawi. During her time there, she conducted interviews with healthcare professionals in both the public and private sector to assess the vulnerability of essential drugs and supplies to donor withdrawals. In 2013, Lauren took a leave of absence from her studies to work as a research assistant at Eniware, a Washington, D.C. based company developing a novel technology designed to improve safe surgical care in limited resource settings. This experience, combined with her neuroscience background, sparked her interest in the converging burden of disease in the developed and developing world, and the application of medical technology to manage this area of public health. Lauren recently completed dual undergraduate degrees in neuroscience and political science. Lauren is an avid hiker and tea drinker.

Lisa Shawcroft

Country:US
Title:Communications Specialist
Partner:Marie Stopes International
Community is important to me because no one person can make change alone--it takes people working together to make real progress.
Lisa was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She attended the University of Southern California and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for her undergraduate studies in journalism and public relations. She has worked for various nonprofits over the past seven years, including Seattle Children’s Hospital. Seeing the need for improved nonprofit management systems, Lisa returned to school to complete her master’s in public administration at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs. She also completed graduate certificates in nonprofit management and global health of women, adolescents and children. Lisa volunteered with Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and is passionate about health equity and access for all.

Lonnie Hackett

Country:Zambia
Title:Business Development Fellow: Women's Cancer Control Services
Partner:Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia
I believe community is the thread that ties everyone together, and I am convinced in the idea of a global citizenship. I believe communities from all around the world are capable of coming together to provide the social safety nets to ensure the wellbeing for all.
Lonnie is from Bangor, Maine. He is the founder of the non-profit organization Healthy Kids/Brighter Future, which employs a unique model of healthcare delivery and health education. The organization currently provides medical care to over 10,000 low-income children in Zambia. Lonnie completed his undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College, majoring in biochemistry. While at Bowdoin College, he worked as an academic mentor, a senior interviewer with the Bowdoin Admissions Office, and a teaching assistant. Lonnie is a recipient of a National Truman Scholarship, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Samuel Huntington Public Service Award National Fellow, and a College Football Hall of Fame National Scholar Athlete. He has also received multiple fellowships allowing him to spend his past three summers conducting research and volunteering at health clinics in Nepal and Zambia. Lonnie likes to stay active in Bangor, both in the outdoors and at the local gym.

Lorin Letcher

Country:Malawi
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Dignitas International
Communities are the bonds of civilization, and civilization keeps us human.
Lorin grew up in Hartselle, Alabama. Since graduating from Berry College in 2007, Lorin has worked as an HIV health educator with the local government in Atlanta, Georgia. Lorin received a combined degree in anthropology and sociology. While in school, she worked as the classroom facilitator for the Inside-Out program, an initiative dedicated to assisting female inmates with obtaining their GED. In addition, Lorin was the publicity coordinator for the Green Initiative on campus, and assisted with the foundation of the first student government Green Committee. Lorin received her master’s degree in public health at Emory University in 2013, where she managed the Weight Loss at Work Wellness program as a program evaluator and has also been a teaching assistant for the Conduct of Evaluation graduate studies course. Lorin is an active member of the Atlanta intramural kickball league, and is currently playing in her fifth season.

Lucky Mvula

Country:Malawi
Title:Finance and Administration Officer
Partner:Clinton Health Access Initiative
I find a community an appropriate group where change can easily be influenced. Changing the mind set of the community, for example, on health issues can result into a faster positive impact on to the whole society.
Lucky is originally from Karonga, Malawi. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic. He has worked as an operations accountant at the Centre for Community Organization and Development in Malawi where his interest in working in the health sector grew. For three years Lucky has been working in Botswana as a Senior Finance Consultant with Business Package Consultants. While in Botswana, Lucky has also worked as a volunteer accountant for Oasis Christian Church and The Good Samaritan Association. Lucky enjoys singing and playing the drums.

Mac Krzyzewski

Country:Zambia
Title:Health Technology Fellow
Partner:CHAMP
I’m excited to be a part of a global community of young leaders working towards making global healthcare more equitable.
Mac is from Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from American University’s School of International Service with a degree in international studies. While at American, he developed a passion for global health through his coursework and as an intern for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation in their Public Policy, Advocacy and Communications department. He also spent a summer volunteering for Movimiento Sonrisa at a children’s hospital in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he developed educational activities for patients in the malnutrition and infectious diseases wards of the hospital. Since leaving American, Mac has worked as an analyst in the healthcare practice of Huron Consulting Group in New York and Chicago. He enjoys playing and watching soccer, and most Saturday mornings you can find him cheering on his favorite team, West Ham United.

Maganizo Kruger Nyasulu

Country:Malawi
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Dignitas International
The daily needs pressed forward by my brothers and sisters in this region of Africa prompts me to do something to ensure that they develop knowledge and skills that will create a means of addressing those needs.
Kruger is from Karonga, Malawi. During his sophomore year at Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Kruger co-founded the nonprofit organization, Global Hope Mobilization, whose mission is to create a society free from socioeconomic ills, health inequity and maintain a sustainable environment. The organization now reaches more than one million people through various projects that deal with HIV, PMTCT, climate change, economic empowerment, water, and sanitation and hygiene. Kruger completed his undergraduate studies with a major in economics and double minor in computer science and sociology. While at Chancellor College he served as the president of University of Malawi Economic Society where he pushed for the creation of internship opportunities for its members. Additionally, as president, Kruger focused on the elimination of financial and economic illiteracy in the surrounding community through a volunteer educator program. In 2014, Kruger was recognized as a peace agent by Peace Revolution’s World Peace Initiative Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, Kruger lives in Lilongwe where he is strengthening health activities at Global Hope Mobilization and serves on the task force established by the National Association of Youths Living with HIV. Kruger is an active member of national and international networks, including the Economics Association of Malawi, TEDx Lilongwe, and FCNSA, and loves motivational public speaking.

Marcela Laverde

Country:Rwanda
Title:Design Fellow
Partner:MASS Design Group
My daily motivation is my family. Because of them, I have learned the meaning of hard work, honesty, and empathy and the ability to keep an open mind when I step outside of my comfort zone.
Marcela was born in Cali, Colombia and raised in South Florida. Marcela completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida in Interior Design and pursued a master’s in architecture at the University of Miami. During her studies, Marcela interned at several design firms including Glavovic Studio and Brillhart Architecture and was a graduate teaching assistant to various architecture courses. The driving force behind her studies stemmed from her interest in the intersection of creativity and talent across socioeconomic divides. Marcela studied the ways in which co-working space could be tailored to address social connectivity issues in Latin America, namely Cali, Colombia, where urban-stratification strategies indirectly cause socio-economic segregation.

Margaret North

Country:US
Title:Program Manager
Partner:Vecna Cares
What motivates me every day is the belief that there is always something to learn and always something to contribute. The joy of waking up each morning is fueled by my beliefs of discovery and commitment.
Meg grew up in Woodbury, Connecticut. Prior to joining GHC, she worked in Rukungiri, Uganda as a program coordinator for the Initiative to End Childhood Malnutrition where she completed her master’s research on integrating family planning services into current Ugandan national guidelines for treatment of malnutrition. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. Lawrence University, majoring in environmental studies and African studies and pursued a Master of Public Health with a concentration in global health at Boston University. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Kenya and was an active member of the women's squash team. After graduating, Meg spent two years working in the development office at Westover School. Meg has also held volunteer positions with Family Health Options Kenya, Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York, and Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury. Meg enjoys playing squash, running, and being outdoors.

Margot Prendergast

Country:Malawi
Title:Operations and Program Coordinator
Partner:Partners In Health
A community provides a forum for the thoughtful reflection needed to continually drive change.
Margot grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and most recently lived in Boston, Massachusetts. She volunteered as a computer instructor in Ghana, assisted newly settled refugees at the International Rescue Committee, and also supported the United Nations Association Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. Margot spent the last four years with Partners HealthCare, a not-for-profit health care system that includes a number of specialty and community hospitals in the greater Boston area. She held analytical roles in both supply chain management and patient finance. Most recently, she worked as a business analyst for their international division where she delivered analytical support to drive international business development initiatives. Margot completed her undergraduate studies at Boston College Carroll School of Management with a concentration in finance and a minor in Hispanic studies. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and exploring new places.

Maswabi Matantilo

Country:Zambia
Title:Advocacy & Communications Officer
Partner:Akros
I am motivated to make the world a better place for me and everyone to live in.
Maswabi grew up in Lusaka, Zambia. Prior to joining Global Health Corps, she worked for the Commonwealth Youth Program, Regional Center for Africa as a programs assistant where she gained insight into the similar challenges faced by young people across the world and the power of collaborative action in dealing with these challenges. Maswabi participated in an exchange program between Zambia and Sweden, to which she attributes her appreciation for diversity of culture. Maswabi holds a Bachelor of Arts in development studies from the Zambian Open University.

Mateo Williamson

Country:US
Title:Health Fellow
Partner:Covenant House International
I am motivated by a desire to better the world through teamwork and responsibility, and to move a bit closer to a realized vision of justice every day.
Mateo hails from Tucson, Arizona. As an undergraduate, he was an officer and internship director for the organization, Fostering and Achieving Cultural Equity and Sensitivity in the Healthcare Field. Mateo has worked with various nonprofit organizations, including environmental groups, interfaith agencies, and refugee initiatives. Most recently, he worked as a habilitation provider for children with autism and cerebral palsy. Mateo graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish translation and interpretation. He is a Davis-Putter Scholar for his work in LGBT migrant rights and for documenting cases of migrant abuse on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Meadhbha McAlister Monaghan

Country:US
Title:Mobile Harm Reduction Services Coordinator
Partner:HIPS
Community provides the context to an individual's existence - it shapes who we are, it acts as a framework for reference and it dictates our development as 'persons'. It is important therefore that we invest in them, building strong, healthy, vibrant and supportive communities.
Meadhbha is originally from Belfast, Ireland. She graduated from the University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall in 2010 with a first class honors degree in philosophy focusing on the study of mathematical and philosophical logic, and Wittgenstein. Meadhbha was awarded the Kitty Crawley Prize for Philosophy and was elected a Bateman Scholar of Trinity Hall. After graduating, Meadhbha worked at The Welcome Organization, a charity supporting those who experience multiple social exclusions in Northern Ireland, including rough sleepers and those with acute addiction issues. She has also managed the charity’s Drop In Centre, Street Outreach, and Crisis Accommodation Services and is committed to developing high quality, low barrier harm reduction services. Meadhbha plays traditional Irish music on uilleann pipes and while at Cambridge, she rowed with the Trinity Hall Boat Club Women’s First VIII. In her free time, Meadhbha also enjoys spin cycling, running, and spending time with her family.

Megan Harrison

Country:Rwanda
Title:Community Nutrition Education Fellow
Partner:Partners In Health
Community is where we are called into the greatness God has designed us for. It’s in relationships that we live out through mutual service, sacrifice, humility, love, restoration, and forgiveness.
Megan grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She pursued her undergraduate studies in dietetics at Purdue University after being inspired by a therapeutic feeding program for HIV/AIDS patients in rural Kenya. She went on to complete her Master of Public Health with an emphasis on nutrition at University of Minnesota. During graduate school, Megan spent time as a research assistant on food security projects, contributing to the reform of national food assistance programs, as well as collaborating with international adoption organizations and refugee health agencies to assess young child feeding practices. Previously, Megan worked with World Vision International in Seattle, Washington, adapting monitoring and evaluation tools to reach some of the most vulnerable populations of children. Before joining GHC, she completed a clinical practicum at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, Michigan to become a registered dietitian. In her spare time, Megan is an avid cook and backpacking enthusiast.

Meghan Anson

Country:Rwanda
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Gardens for Health International
Community is the foundation of our shared humanity and critical to our tireless pursuit of real and lasting change.
Meghan is originally from Princeton Junction, New Jersey. She earned her master’s degree in international studies with a certificate in humanitarian assistance from the University of Denver. There, she co-founded her school’s chapter of Universities Fighting World Hunger and spent three months in New Delhi, India working to improve health and nutrition services provided to three urban slum communities. As an undergraduate at Boston College, Meghan majored in international studies and sociology. Prior to joining GHC, Meghan worked at John Snow, Inc. as a Project Officer on the USAID-funded Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project where she coordinated the project’s global portfolio and provided technical support to the anemia, nutrition systems, and social and behavior change communication teams. While at JSI, Meghan earned a certificate of advanced study in the delivery science of international nutrition from Tufts University. In her free time, Meghan loves to garden, hike, and seek out delicious vegetarian food.

Melissa Otterbein

Country:US
Title:Program Manager: Core Programs
Partner:The Grassroot Project
In community, we remind each other that we are not alone, no matter what we're going through. In community, we are strong and unstoppable, able to do more together than alone. It reminds me of the Southern African concept of "ubuntu" in which Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes it as, "My humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours."
Melissa is from Flourtown, Pennsylvania. She worked as an HIV research assistant at Johns Hopkins University, where she also pursued a Master of Public Health. Melissa graduated cum laude from Towson University with a bachelor's degree in family studies & community development. While at Towson, she swam for four years as a Division I scholar athlete. She writes freelance about gender, social justice, and spirituality. Melissa is a triathlete and dedicates her races to advocating for women's inclusion in the Tour de France.

Mervin Mchenga

Country:Malawi
Title:Communications and Development Fellow
Partner:Art and Global Health Center
I grew up in a society where it takes a village to raise a child. Community is very important to me as I believe that we all need each other and we all play a part in each other's life.
Mervin is a native of Malawi and he majored in journalism and media studies at the Malawi Polytechnic. As an undergraduate, Mervin was an active member of the Poly Ben Carson social club, a youth empowerment organization, where he served as vice secretary and president. While in college, Mervin developed the web solutions business, ProWeb, where he worked as manager and marketing and online content officer.

Mia Stange

Country:US
Title:Program Implementation Fellow
Partner:Childrens Health Fund
Building on collective momentum, rather than carving separate paths, is what will allow us to achieve progress towards global health equity.
Mia is from Arlington, Massachusetts. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University, where she majored in community health. Prior to starting college, Mia interned at an economic and human rights initiative in Washington, D.C., worked at an archaeological dig site in Lima, Peru and taught English outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. At Brown, Mia was a patient advocate with Health Leads, a nonprofit organization that staffs students in primary care clinics to assist patients with connecting to social services and enrolling in public benefits. She completed an undergraduate thesis about the mental health care needs of female veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is an advocate for issues surrounding sexual assault on and off college campuses. In her spare time, Mia enjoys creative writing, yoga, and searching for the next great scoop of ice cream.

Michele Kalal

Country:Rwanda
Title:Pharmacy Supply Chain Analyst
Partner:Partners In Health
Knowing that every action taken moves the world one step closer to where we want to be provides motivation for me to work hard every day.
Michele grew up in Elkhorn, Nebraska. Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, she spent the next year working in Cape Town, South Africa for the Pediatric Aids Treatment for Africa where she hosted the PATA 2012 sub-Saharan Africa and Nigeria Regional Forum. Afterward, she returned to the U.S. and earned her Master of Public Health focusing on global health from Boston University School of Public Health. During this time, she conducted a research study in the Loitokitok District of Kenya for the Kenyan Ministry of Health assessing effectiveness of community health workers. Michele enjoys reading, swimming, traveling, watching tennis, and spending time with her three nephews.

Mphatso Bokosi

Country:Malawi
Title:Operations and Supply Chain Fellow
Partner:IMPERIAL Health Sciences
My passion for helping people is what motivates me. No matter how small the gesture is it makes a difference in the big picture. Even just saying hello to someone can mean the world to them.
Mphatso lives in Malawi. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a minor in sociology from the University of Nebraska. She has always enjoyed helping others through volunteer work with organizations such as the Salvation Army, Good Neighbor Community Center, and City Impact. Mphatso’s volunteer work motivated her to return to her home country after graduation to make a difference in the lives of others. Prior to joining GHC, she spent time at Lighthouse Trust, an open access clinic for those with HIV and support for palliative care. Mphatso worked as a study assistant for Multiple Drug Resistance illnesses and as the Back to Care coordinator. As a Back to Care coordinator she was responsible for coordinating a team of seven people to trace patients who missed their clinic appointments. During her spare time, Mphatso enjoys being with her family and traveling.

Mpongwe Mukonde Chanda

Country:Zambia
Title:Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Partner:Population Services International
Community is important to me because I know that there is strength in numbers, different people with different abilities will achieve more if they work together, more than I can achieve alone.
Mpongwe is originally from Mbala in Northern Zambia. She worked with World Vision Zambia for four years as a monitoring and evaluation officer. While at World Vision, Mpongwe focused on a health project that exposed her to the many healthcare access challenges faced by the population in rural Zambia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Copperbelt University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in production management. Mpongwe currently lives in Kabwe, Zambia and is married with one daughter. She loves to read, watch movies, and exercise.

Mubuka Longwe

Country:Zambia
Title:Marketing and Communications Fellow
Partner:CHAMP
Community is what holds us together and gives meaning to our lives. No man is an island but part of an extended family of the human race.
Mubuka grew up in Lusaka, Zambia. He volunteered for Hillsong City Care as a community outreach volunteer focusing on homeless and prison populations. Mubuka completed his undergraduate degree in business and commerce, majoring in marketing from the University of Western Sydney in 2011 with a diploma of business from Technical and Further Education Commission of New South Wales in Marketing. In New South Wales, Mubuka volunteered at the Silver Water Correctional Center and the Parklea Correctional Center, working in the Compulsory Drug Treatment sections. Prior to joining Global Health Corps, he worked for Draft FCB Zambia Advertising Agency as an account executive. Mubuka is an avid rugby and tennis fan.

Kupakwashe Mukumbi

Country:US
Title:Operations Officer
Partner:Last Mile Health
Community is the backbone of success and support for individuals and the society as a whole. It creates a context and meaning for our individual and collective efforts.
Kupakwashe is from Harare, Zimbabwe. She studied at the University of Africa where she received her bachelor’s degree in health services management. In college, she participated in a class outreach for displaced populations, which assessed living conditions and health needs of a population relocated under an urban area restructuring to a remote area. After completing her studies, she joined Premier Service Medical Investments (PSMI) in the human resources department. She participated in the organization’s transformational strategy, which resulted in improvement in quality of healthcare services provided. Her key functions were in recruitment and retention of medical staff. She has been an active participant in PSMI’s Mobile Outreach Unit, which partners with rural communities to provide dental, optometry, pharmaceutical, radiology, and clinical laboratory services. She enjoys traveling and running and participated in quarterly charity runs for Bon Marche, Zimbabwe for the past two years.

Moses Mushime

Country:Uganda
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Infectious Disease Institute
A healthy and educated community is the cornerstone to a society's development process. Any nation wanting to make meaningful progress must take into account the welfare of its communities and people, from the youngest to the oldest members of the population.
Moses is a native of Kisoro, Uganda. He is a co-founder and board member of ACE-Uganda, an NGO working towards creating resilient and empowered rural Ugandan communities. In 2010, Moses joined Sages Consult Inc. as a research and policy analyst, where he developed and implemented data quality assurance and analysis policies in addition to an organizational performance balance scorecard for the firm. In 2012, Moses moved to Somalia to work as a programs manager with Brothers Relief and Development Organization (BRADO), a Somali-based NGO. At BRADO, Moses amplified the organization’s portfolio of interventions and won seven competitive grants. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy and a master’s degree in economic policy management, both from Makerere University. During his free time, Moses blogs and tweets on current global affairs.

Nadia Bashar

Country:Malawi
Title:Organizational Development Fellow
Partner:Art and Global Health Center
As Gandhi wrote, I want to be the change I wish to see in the world.
Nadia is from Oregon where she completed her undergraduate studies in biology at Lewis & Clark College. Since college, Nadia has volunteered with a mobile health clinic in Honduras, taught English in South Korea, and taught leadership classes to elementary school students in Portland, Oregon. While pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at Portland State University, she worked in the development department at the National Psoriasis Foundation and served as the executive director of MEJOR Communities, a nonprofit that focuses on youth empowerment in Peru. When she's not volunteering, Nadia devotes her free time to traveling, dining out, and hiking in the great outdoors.

Natasha Mbabazi

Country:Malawi
Title:Partnership and Programs Officer
Partner:Malawi Ministry of Health
It takes more than doctors and medication to keep our global community healthy. There are many variables at play; opportunities to collaborate help us connect the dots.
Natasha is originally from Washington D.C. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in international affairs with a political science minor from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. While in college, Natasha conducted field research for Uganda’s Finance Ministry, where she monitored budget efficiency and sustainability of national health sector projects. Upon graduating, Natasha worked as a U.S. Senate staff member on John D. Rockefeller IV’s Commerce Committee, where she aided counsels with consumer protection policy development and legislation. Natasha returned to international work with a local anti-human trafficking organization in Cambodia and provided monitoring and evaluation, program management, and logistical support to their rehabilitation centers, health clinic and HIV/AIDS outreach to sex workers. An avid photographer, Natasha is an advisory board member of PhotoForward, an arts non-profit empowering youths in Southeast Asia and New York City.

Nchimunya Musabi

Country:Zambia
Title:Business Development Fellow: Women's Cancer Control Services
Partner:Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia
I believe that my unique ingenuity combined with others' talents will achieve much in promoting health equity.
Nchimunya is a native of Lusaka, Zambia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Copperbelt University in computer science. Upon graduation, Nchimunya enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at Solusi University in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Nchimunya interned with the Zambia Revenue Authority and the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia in both their Information and Communication Technology departments. Prior to joining Global Health Corps, Nchimunya spent time as an assistant financial analyst intern at Stockbrokers Zambia Limited. In her free time, Nchimunya likes trying out new recipes, and watching reality TV shows and documentaries.

Nicholas Lwanga

Country:Uganda
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Kyetume CBHC
Community makes people feel/have a sense of belonging which in turn makes them lead happier, safe and healthier lives, creates a more stable and supportive society and it is a place of identification for its members including myself.
Nicholas was raised in Kampala, Uganda. He worked at the Uganda Bureau of Statistics where he was responsible for monitoring and compiling the Uganda National Consumer Price Index which measures inflation in the country. He volunteered as a fundraiser and mentor at the Christian Mission Academy, a community based organization in Bakka Village. Nicholas also mentored youth in vocational skills such as art, design, and craftwork. He received a bachelor's degree in statistics from Makerere University. Prior to joining GHC, he received a postgraduate diploma in monitoring and evaluation at the Uganda Management Institute.

Nicole Maddox

Country:Zambia
Title:Senior Research Associate
Partner:Zambia Ministry of Health
Community is important for fostering sustainable change that matches the needs of the people.
Nicole was raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She has taught both middle and high school math and science, worked as a health care analyst for the Government Accountability Office, and most recently traveled around East and South Africa volunteering with local organizations. Nicole completed her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College with a major in Africana Studies and a minor in biology. She received her master’s degree in public service from the University of Arkansas. While in graduate school, she spent seven months in Kenya assisting the Nairobi Women’s Hospital in evaluating cancer treatment protocols and creating sustainable solutions towards improving outcomes for patients with cancer. Nicole enjoys advocating for healthier communities, practicing yoga, and discovering new cuisines.

Noel Fleury Ndayizeye

Country:Burundi
Title:Community-Based Income Generation Fellow
Partner:FVS-AMADE Burundi
I am motivated to contribute to make the world a better place to exist in and leave a good inheritance to the future generations.
Noel lives in Bujumbura, Burundi. He completed his undergraduate studies in law at Lake Tanganyika University. Upon graduation, Noel founded Burundi Youth Vision Organization, a non-profit organization that empowers and educates youth in social and economic rights, including reproductive health care, and campaigns against tobacco and drugs. Through his work with the Burundi Youth Vision Organization, Noel has had the opportunity to work with the youth in his community and participate in various International Days sponsored by the World Health Organization, UNDP, United Nations Volunteers, and UNICEF. Noel is also the regional representative of the East African Young Leaders Training Program and Young African Leaders Initiative Network.

Olivier Dusabimana

Country:US
Title:Software Engineer
Partner:Vecna Cares
What motivates me every day is waking up in the morning with the knowledge that I have the opportunity to contribute in making the world a better place.
Olivier is from Cibitoke, Burundi. He has a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Université du Lac Tanganyika. While in school, Olivier co-founded Geek Solution, an IT startup specializing in software development and website creation. As a lead developer at Geek Solution, he conducted and actively participated in more than seven IT projects including building websites, custom web based applications, online radio streaming, and bulk SMS services. Before joining GHC, Olivier worked with Tempo Africell, a major mobile company, the Belgian Technical Cooperation, and OpenRBF at Bluesquare and is experienced in JAVA, PHP, JavaScript, HTML 5, and CSS3. Every Saturday, he enjoys attending and coordinating the Cibitoke English club activities.

Orrin Tiberi

Country:Uganda
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Partner:Uganda Village Project
My community is what defines me, supports me, loves me, and makes me a better person.
Orrin was born in Bermuda and raised in Helena, Montana. He became interested in public health at a young age, making it to the state science competition with his experiment on the effect of second-hand smoke on houseflies. During high school he was active with the county health department and helped shoot, edit, and publicize PSAs about the dangers of teen smoking. He attended the University of Montana and graduated with a degree in cultural anthropology and a minor in international development studies. Orrin received his master's degree in international public health from the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on underserved populations. As part of his degree he served in the Peace Corps for two years in Riobamba, Ecuador, where he worked with local communities to address pressing health needs and empower marginalized populations. Prior to joining GHC, Orrin worked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a research assistant for the POWER Project, a surveillance study of HIV risk and social support among African American men.

Pamela Bakkabulindi

Country:Uganda
Title:Program Coordinator
Partner:Clinton Health Access Initiative
Every human being has a right to access good health services. No one should die of health related causes before their time.
Pamela was raised in Kampala, Uganda. She completed her undergraduate studies in medicine and surgery at Makerere University. Pamela received her master's degree in international public health from the University of Sydney, Australia. Before joining GHC, Pamela worked for the Supporting Public Sector Workplaces to Expand Action and Responses Against HIV/AIDS (SPEAR) Project under RTI and World Vision as a prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV consultant. Pamela enjoys traveling, community volunteer work, and making friends.

Petera Reine

Country:Rwanda
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Partners In Health
I believe everyday of life is a gift. My continued dedication to service is how I show my gratitude.
Petera was born and raised in New Orleans. Petera completed her undergraduate studies at Spelman College where she majored in chemistry and earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in community health and health education at Tulane University. During her studies, Petera went to Taiwan where she studied the country’s health care system and approach to managing communicable diseases. She also has traveled to Haiti with Sante Total to assist in providing medical care to the community of Jacsonville. Before joining GHC, Petera worked as a program coordinator for NO/AIDS Task Force in her hometown and previously worked with a number of different organizations focused on improving wellness and health care access for marginalized populations. In her spare time, Petera enjoys practicing yoga.

Phales Milimo

Country:Zambia
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Community is important to me because it helps people interact, cooperate and learn from each other, whereby those with weaknesses in certain areas are helped and everyone is there for everyone.
Phales is from Lusaka, Zambia. She worked with World Vision Zambia as a monitoring and evaluation officer in Sinazongwe, dedicated to the Health, Education, HIV, Food Security and Water Sanitation project. She also conducted baseline surveys and evaluations to assess the impact of the program. Phales graduated from the University of Zambia in 2009 with a degree in history. She enjoys collecting books and magazines.

Ralfh Moreno-Garcia

Country:US
Title:Social Protection and Health Fellow
Partner:Inter-American Development Bank
Two things motivate me every day: my family, and the dream of improving the society from which I come from.
Originally from Colombia, Ralfh is a medical doctor with a strong interest in the health of vulnerable populations. After graduating from medical school in Bogota, he moved to a remote rural village in the Colombian countryside to implement social programs aimed at preventing waterborne and tropical diseases. After moving back to Bogota, he worked with underserved populations in the outskirts of the city. As a result of these experiences, Ralfh pursued a master's degree in global health policy at the University of Tokyo, in Japan. During this time, he interned at the Pan-American Health Organization in Washington, DC, where he wrote a report for the Gates Foundation, in collaboration with PATH, assessing the feasibility of a nationwide rice fortification program in Colombia. Before joining GHC, Ralfh consulted for the WHO on maternal and child health issues and worked at the National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo.

Ramatoulie Jallow

Country:Rwanda
Title:Research Analyst
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Knowing that my advocacy in the field of sexual and reproductive health can positively impact the life and health of one, two, or a hundred young women motivates me every day.
Ramatoulie was born and raised in Banjul, The Gambia. She moved to St.Paul, Minnesota to complete her undergraduate studies at the College of Saint Catherine, majoring in biology and French. Ramatoulie received her master's degree in public health at the University of Minnesota. During her studies, she returned to the Gambia to volunteer with Starfish International, a girls empowerment program, where she taught a class on sexual and reproductive health. Prior to joining GHC, Ramatoulie was an HIV/AIDS medical case manager with Open Cities Health Center, a non-profit community health clinic in St. Paul. She also volunteers as co-director of Healthyouth's Gambia HIV Prevention. In her free time, Ramatoulie enjoys learning new languages, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.

Rebecca Calderara

Country:Uganda
Title:Health Project Coordinator
Partner:Spark MicroGrants
Communities provide a place to belong.
Rebecca was raised in North Carolina. She worked in Uganda as a country director for HELP International where she managed the establishment of a remote, mountaintop health clinic. Her time in Uganda inspired Rebecca to pursue a career in healthcare for vulnerable populations. After returning, she worked with the homeless population at the Healthcare for the Homeless clinic in Durham, North Carolina and Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care in Washington, DC. Rebecca also co-founded 1000 Shillings, an organization that provides microgrants to impoverished women to start their own businesses. Before working in international and community health, she worked for nonprofits and large philanthropic foundations. Rebecca graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in journalism.

Rebecca Gifford

Country:Zambia
Title:Marketing & Business Development Specialist
Partner:Afya Mzuri
I believe that every person has the right to pursue a fulfilled life as much as health allows, and that it is the responsibility of those who have the means to enact change to pursue justice for those who are otherwise incapable.
Rebecca is from Howell, New Jersey. Her work at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA), a rare-disease non-profit that serves PH patients and their families, inspired her to pursue the GHC fellowship and put health care access disparities at the forefront of her daily life. At PHA, Rebecca helped plan and implement education forums for both patients and medical professionals. As an active member of Rotary International, Rebecca has contributed to various humanitarian projects on both the local and global level. Rebecca graduated from York College of Pennsylvania with a concentration in communications.

Rebecca Rwakabukoza

Country:Uganda
Title:Documentation & Communication Fellow
Partner:ACODEV
I believe that our humanity is a integral part of our communities and our interactions with them. We must stay a minute longer to chat with the grocer, and take time to know the waiter's name. It is important to see each other as people, and when we do that, there's no limit to what we can do for each other.
Becky was born in Mubende, Uganda. She completed her undergraduate studies at Amherst College where she was a United States Student Achiever’s Program scholar and Koenig scholar, completing her degree in English. She spent her summers as an undergraduate in Uganda with the Uganda Village Project in Iganga and Uganda Rural Fund in Masaka. Becky also worked with the Daily Monitor through Amherst College as a community engagement scholar.

Richard Kagimu

Country:Uganda
Title:Informatics Officer
Partner:UINCD
Community lets me know that I am not alone and together we can.
Richard is from Kampala, Uganda. Richard is from Kampala, Uganda. He graduated from Makerere University with a bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery. While at Makerere, he led a fundraiser for the Uganda Child Cancer Foundation and received the Student Union Certificate of Merit and the Award for Distinguished Transformation Work Amongst Students. After university, he worked in the private health sector where he helped start Agape Health Care Network, a chain of community medical clinics in Uganda. He organized medical and surgical outreach camps to under-privileged communities of Uganda. Prior to joining GHC, Richard completed his master’s degree in global health systems at Queen Margaret University in the United Kingdom. In his spare time, Richard loves to cook and sightsee.

Robyn London

Country:Zambia
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
I am fascinated by the idea that we are all inter-connected. We all have emotions, families, friends, hardships, and love. I am motivated everyday by the fact that I can learn something new from each person I meet and I thrive on being able to connect with someone on a personal level while sharing stories, and working towards a more peaceful world.
Robyn grew up in San Diego, California. She has held multiple roles at the State Department as a Summit Logistics Leader for international summits including APEC, NATO, and G8 and preparing official gifts for the President and Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Protocol. Most recently, Robyn has played an integral role on the strategic information team at The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), implementing a new monitoring, evaluation, and reporting framework in addition to supporting strategic information officers in all PEPFAR-supported countries. Robyn attended the University of Washington, Seattle where she majored in political science and minored in classical studies and spent time abroad in Athens, Greece. After working for the King County Elections team in Seattle, she moved to Japan to teach English through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program from 2007-2008. Robyn then moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a Masters of Public Administration at American University. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, and Israel. In her free time, Robyn enjoys organizing social events, playing soccer, practicing yoga, and snowboarding.

Rodrigo Stein

Country:US
Title:Program Manager: Capacity Building Initiatives and New Programs
Partner:The Grassroot Project
Community is important to me because it is the most direct way to transmit civic duties and pride in society. A community which takes pride in itself can lead to motivated and dedicated citizens.
Rodrigo is a native of Guatemala and has lived in nine countries. He worked with Manchester United Soccer Schools where he helped develop the first integrated Corporate Social Responsibility initiative within the industry by creating a girls' empowerment program in Mumbai, India. Rodrigo also worked with the Manchester United Foundation as a Head Coach helping deliver a youth employability program in one of Manchester’s most deprived neighborhoods. He pursued his undergraduate studies at Concordia University in Montreal, majoring in history and political science. While at Concordia, he played on the men’s varsity soccer team and was involved in creating FC Galeano, a soccer team that aimed to integrate Latino migrants in Canada. Rodrigo received his master’s degree in sociology of sport from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. He is always up for a game of soccer and enjoys cycling and hiking.

Ronald Tibiita

Country:Uganda
Title:Health System Quality Improvement Coordinator for HIV / AIDS and TB Interventions
Partner:Millennium Villages
A healthy community is able to learn, demonstrate learning and are more likely to escape poverty. I care about community because global health is an exciting possibility to improve the lives of people. It's inevitable to promote access to health care to avert countless untold stories of suffering evident in many communities today.
Ronald is from Jinja, Uganda. He worked in maternal and child health systems and partnerships between communities and local government to strengthen the health system in Uganda. Previously, Roland worked as a project assistant program officer with the Global Effort for Women Against HIV/AIDS, which aims to prevent mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS. In addition, Ronald was a regional officer of a USAID-funded community connector that carried out the nutritional situational analysis for nine districts in northern Uganda. Ronald worked in partnership with UNICEF, supervising nine districts to ensure the effectiveness of the supplementary feeding program in the region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration from Makerere University and a Master of Public Health from Brac University, Bangladesh. Ronald has supplemented his education through trainings in international social welfare and health policy at Oslo and Akershus University in Norway. In his free time, he loves to play football.

Salome Temba

Country:Zambia
Title:Pediatric Program Fellow
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
I am a member of a community and improving the lives of communities begins with me.
Salome was raised in Zambia. She studied psychology and history at the University of Zambia. In 2009, Salome joined the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia as a research assistant/community educator for the Neonatal Circumcision study. Salome was promoted to community outreach coordinator for the national scale-up of early infant male circumcision (EIMC). Her responsibilities included training, supervising and monitoring peer educators and their supervisors in local clinics. In addition to this Salome assisted with clinic set up, facilitated and organized workshops, and sat on the national communications sub-committee for the development of the National Communications Strategy for Male Circumcision. Additionally, Salome was responsible for the development of the education and communication materials for EIMC as well as conducting TV and radio sensitization campaigns. Salome received her master’s degree in the philosophy of childhood studies after being awarded a scholarship to attend the Norwegian University.

Sam Agona

Country:Uganda
Title:Information Technology Support Officer
Partner:Uganda Development and Health Associates
I am motivated to work and make the life of the person next to me and my own better.
Sam is from Kampala, Uganda. He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology Degree from Makerere University and pursued a master’s in data communications and software engineering, also studied monitoring and evaluation. His areas of expertise include networked systems, virtualization, IP data, and voice networks. Sam worked in the broadcast industry and has been published in several journals, including in the International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research and is currently working on several software solutions. He is also interested in agro-forestry and is currently working with rural people in Lango sub-region planting 10,000 trees to increase the community’s commercial value.

Sarah Snidal

Country:Burundi
Title:Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow
Partner:LifeNet International
Community is important to me because it gives me the foundations for the learning opportunities and daily support that help me to be the best I can be.
Sarah is a native of the South Side of Chicago. She completed her undergraduate studies at Boston University, where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology. During college, she spent a semester in Niamey, Niger studying international development, culture, and local arts - including an apprenticeship with a master wood artisan at the national museum. After graduating, she spent a year in New Delhi, India working on tuberculosis prevention and care in urban slums. In 2013, Sarah earned her Master of Public Administration in development practice from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her graduate studies, she worked with the Earth Institute to implement and manage a TB biometric medical record system in Southwestern Uganda. Since completing her graduate studies, Sarah has consulted with UNICEF on nutrition and infectious disease strategies in Southern Africa and the evaluation of a DFID-funded Girl’s Education Challenge project in Northern Ghana. Sarah loves the Chicago Bulls, exploring the outdoors and markets, and trying new foods.

Savannah Russo

Country:Uganda
Title:Research and Documentation Officer
Partner:Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
My motivation lies in the women I have met and worked with around the world. Their stories, lived experiences, determination and resilience inspire me everyday.
Savannah is from New York and grew up in Virginia. She has worked on women’s development programs in Rwanda, South Africa, and Haiti and served as an intern for the United Nations Association and the Norfolk branch of the World Affairs Council. In March of 2012, she was one of twenty women selected to attend the Commission on the Status of Women Meetings at the United Nations, an event sponsored by the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom in New York City. Savannah is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in geography and earned her master’s degree in international studies with a concentration in conflict and cooperation and a graduate certificate in women’s studies. She is an avid supporter of women’s rights and worked for two consecutive summers at Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS in South Africa on a community-based research project that informed her thesis on gender and human security. Most recently, she worked as the accreditation coordinator for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Savannah loves spending time with her husband, dog, and two cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time at the beach, and traveling.

Sejal Vashi

Country:Uganda
Title:Distance Learning Fellow
Partner:Infectious Disease Institute
Community is what empowers individuals to realize their full potential and bring about collective and lasting change.
Sejal grew up in Central Illinois. She completed her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, majoring in economics modified with mathematics. Following graduation, Sejal taught for three years in Philadelphia where she was initially placed by Teach for America. During this time, she received a Master of Science in education from the University of Pennsylvania. She then pursued her Master of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City. While completing her studies, she interned with the Young Men’s Health Initiative and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and volunteered with the United Nations Cares – HIV in the Workplace Program. Prior to joining GHC, Sejal worked with the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness at Boston Emergency Medical Services, Boston Public Health Commission. There, she coordinated, designed, and delivered a variety of all-hazards preparedness trainings - both online and in the classroom - for the Metro Boston region and Eastern Massachusetts. In her free time, Sejal enjoys reading and eating breakfast foods.

Sharon Paul

Country:Uganda
Title:Knowledge Management, Communication and External Relations Officer
Partner:Jhpiego
In the presence of an unjust and unequal world, I'm motivated to play a role in bringing about wholeness.
Sharon was born in Chennai, India and has lived in various locations along the Mid-Atlantic. While in graduate school, she interned with World Vision in India working to evaluate a community-based program that served women affected by HIV/AIDS. This experience, along with her time spent in Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia in service learning, sparked her passion to work to improve health for women on the margins of society. Sharon received her Master of Public Health in behavioral and community health at the University of Pittsburgh and studied biology and cross-cultural studies as an undergraduate at Messiah College. Prior to GHC, Sharon worked at FHI 360 on the Strategic Analysis & Partnerships team supporting corporate presence at conferences and country-focused strategic planning activities. In her free time, Sharon enjoys adventuring on her bike, making handmade cards, and eating sweet treats.

So Yoon Sim

Country:US
Title:Health Policy Fellow
Partner:Grameen PrimaCare
One can't transform the world alone, but a community can make change happen.
So Yoon (Yoonie) was born and raised in South Korea, and received her bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Yale University. While in college, she divided her time between New Haven and South America. Selected by South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an intern at Latin American Integration Association (ALADI) in Montevideo, Uruguay, she served on the ALADI Secretary General's task force and contributed to the launch of a think tank on economic and trade relations between Latin America and Asia. She also managed a project on microfranchise solutions for dengue fever prevention at Fundación Paraguaya in Asuncion, Paraguay. Prior to joining GHC, she served as a Woodbridge Fellow selected by Yale's Office of the President, supporting the university's internationalization efforts in Brazil and managing the production of a video series. In her spare time, Yoonie enjoys cooking, running, and making videos. An avid Candombe dancer, she performed at parades and in musical theater productions at the Uruguayan carnival.

Sruthi Chandrasekaran

Country:US
Title:Advocacy and Programs Coordinator
Partner:Marie Stopes International
It is the shared values and beliefs that a community holds which fuels the individual passion to inspire and achieve small goals that in the long run snowball into huge social accomplishments.
Sruthi was born in Chennai, India. She holds a Master of Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. A Felix Scholar, Sruthi pursued her Master of Science in comparative social policy from the University of Oxford, where she specialized in social policy for developing countries and conducted researched on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in India and Pakistan. Through internships with the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development, she gained experience in policy-making in both developed and developing countries. While at Oxford, she volunteered for an education charity conducting fieldwork in rural East Africa to understand the scope and impact of investment in primary and secondary schooling. Sruthi’s belief in behavioral economics and evidence-based policy-making drew her to the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab where she managed a large randomized controlled trial in four Indian states that studied measures to improve performance of community health workers and health outcomes for tuberculosis patients. She enjoys reading, dancing, and swimming.

Sudip Bhandari

Country:US
Title:Online Coordinator
Partner:Global Health Delivery Project
The potential for collaboration among individuals to implement innovative ideas for social change motivates me every day.
Sudip is a native of Kathmandu, Nepal. He founded the Anne Frank Project Nepal, an educational program that instills values of tolerance and mutual respect among Nepali youth. Over the course of two summers, Sudip taught over 5,000 students about the importance of upholding human rights through the story of Anne Frank and the Holocaust - world history events that are missing from Nepali textbooks. Sudip also established the Anne Frank Peace Library for 250 war-affected students in a rural village of western Nepal. In college, Sudip co-founded STO Talks, an annual event similar to TED-talks, and the Ole Thrift Shop, in an effort to reduce campus waste. He completed his undergraduate studies in public health at St. Olaf College. Prior to joining GHC, Sudip completed the Humanity in Action summer fellowship in Warsaw, Poland. In his spare time, he enjoys running and watching political documentaries.

Theophile Uwayezu

Country:Rwanda
Title:Design Fellow
Partner:MASS Design Group
I am strongly motivated by waking up and seeing that my actions help and improve my community.
Theophile is from Gakenke, Rwanda. He recently completed his studies at the University of Rwanda, School of Architecture where he received a bachelor’s of architecture degree. Prior to beginning his studies, Theophile taught mathematics, gymnastics, and social studies at the primary school level. In 2009, Theophile moved to Kigali where he was exposed to both rural and urban lifestyle. This exposure played an important part in his architectural studies, helping him understand how people live in different settings. In his free time, Theophile volunteers with People to People International, an NGO that connects students with the surrounding community. His work with the organization has included visiting patients in hospitals and assisting poor families in acquiring basic provisions. The youngest of five, Theophile is a fan of soccer, music and documentaries.

Thomas Good

Country:US
Title:Development and Communications Coordinator
Partner:Last Mile Health
To me, community represents a sense of togetherness and shared identity. It is dynamic, evolving over time, and inclusive in a way that breaks down barriers and fosters connection and collaboration.
Tommy grew up in Brookline and now lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He graduated from the College of William and Mary, where he majored in international relations and Chinese language and culture. Following graduating, Tommy worked at the Brookline Community Foundation, where he helped create and facilitate a youth grant making program. He then lived in Lesotho for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, where he worked with the Ministry of Agriculture to help rural farmers develop small-scale agribusiness projects, and partnered with local organizations to implement a program to benefit orphans and vulnerable children. Tommy enjoys traveling, cycling, and is a Red Sox fan.

Tilinao Thyangathyanga

Country:US
Title:Health Fellow
Partner:Covenant House International
I believe that every human being is of value and my motivation every day is to improve the lives of the people I come in contact with, in any way I can.
Tilinao is from Lilongwe, Malawi. As an undergraduate at Daystar University in Kenya, Tilinao volunteered as a peer counselor on campus. She later volunteered for GOAL Kenya, focusing on HIV/AIDS street education. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, she volunteered with an orphan care center in Chinsapo, Lilongwe. She received her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Keele in England in 2012. Since completing her postgraduate studies, Tilinao has been working as a Psychology lecturer and student counselor at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College in Zomba. She has also worked as a counselor in a primary school, a prison, and a center for survivors of domestic abuse.

Violette Nalutaaya

Country:Uganda
Title:Program and Advocacy Officer
Partner:SOUL Foundation
I am motivated by passion and resilience. I have a desire to point the poorest to opportunities that will address their long standing problems.
Violette is originally from Uganda, where she worked with a local organization training youth in social enterprise and financial literacy. Through her work with this organization, Violette taught personal development, budgeting, and vocational skills including candle and soap making to youth. Violette holds a bachelor's degree in development economics from Makerere University, Kampala and pursued her master’s degree in sustainable international development at Brandeis University. While working with the Malaria Consortium, she carried out needs assessments and conducted baseline and endline surveys. She also mentors young mothers in her community and started her own recycle-reuse project in Uganda.

Willy Ingabire

Country:Rwanda
Title:Research Fellow
Partner:Partners In Health
Community is the cornerstone for our lives. We are born, grow up, live, work and die in a community.
Willy was born in Rusizi, Rwanda. He studied clinical psychology at the National University of Rwanda as an undergraduate, where he was specifically interested in the mental illnesses that resulted from the 1994 genocide. Upon graduation, Willy co-founded the Health Promotion Unit (HPU) with fellow classmates. HPU focuses on health promotion and research design activities for various communities. Willy also founded the Excellence Consulting Group before going on to work as a research assistant for different government and nonprofit organizations, including the Ministry of Health, Health Development Initiative, and Health Partners, among others.

Zita Zulu

Country:Zambia
Title:Finance & Administration Specialist
Partner:Afya Mzuri
The community is important to me because it is a part of who I am and is a place where I find encouragement.
Zita is a native of Lusaka, Zambia and completed her undergraduate studies at the Copperbelt University where she majored in accounting. While in university, she interned at Zambian Breweries as a finance assistant. In addition, Zita worked on outreach programs where she helped educate communities on health issues such as HIV/AIDS. She also served on the yearly organizing committee of the Copperbelt University beauty pageant that raised money to fund community programs.
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