CEO and Co-Founder
Every day I’m privileged to be part of a community bound by the belief that health is a human right. Our ability to dream big, to ignore the status quo, and to achieve results will ensure that by working together every woman, man, and child has the opportunity to live a healthy life.
Barbara Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps. Before joining GHC, Barbara worked in Educational Programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where she supported design thinking programs for high school students and faculty across the US. She has worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa and interned for UNICEF in Botswana. She has traveled with the UN World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition. Barbara is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee, and is on the Board of Directors of Covenant House International, PSI, Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB, and Malaria, and the UN’s Global Entrepreneurship Council. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. Barbara was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year in 2011 and one of Newsweek’s Women of Impact in 2013. Barbara Bush graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.
Vice President of Programs
The right to health is fundamental to the well-being and prosperity for all women, men and children. As long as inequities persist, so must we – building a future where all people can enjoy a healthy, productive, and dignified life, no matter where they live.
As VP of Programs, Heather is responsible for the development of GHC’s fellow training and support programs, as well as the management of relationships with partner organizations. Prior to joining GHC, Heather was a Vice President at Global Health Strategies, an international advocacy and communications consulting firm. She oversaw a portfolio of public and private sector clients, including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Women Deliver and GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines. Heather previously served as a Senior Program Officer at the International Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America in Washington D.C. Additionally, she spent time in Ethiopia helping to establish a youth program for EngenderHealth. Before joining the global health community, Heather spent six years at Accenture, a management consulting firm. She holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Vice President of Operations
Winston Churchill said, “Never ever, ever give up.” Joining Global Health Corps is my way of doing that in an area I feel most passionate about – access to quality healthcare for all.
As VP of Operations, Tali is responsible for developing internal systems and resources to support efficient program operations and future program growth. Prior to joining Global Health Corps, Tali worked at Phoenix House, serving first as Vice President, Director of National Business Development and then as Vice President, Director of Military Services. She led the launch of Phoenix House’s first specialized substance abuse treatment program for military veterans. Before joining Phoenix House, Tali worked at Public Health Solutions, launching a range of healthcare access programs and serving as the Director of Marketing for a network of family planning and prenatal care clinics. Tali earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.
Senior Director, Advocacy and Communications
Injustice is everywhere we look; the antidote is a generation of enlightened, compassionate, and fierce social justice leaders from every continent. I am proud to be part of that community. Health is a human right and through a commitment to excellence in leadership, we are working everyday to realize that right.
As Senior Director for Advocacy and Communications, Jess is responsible for leading both external and internal communications strategies. Jess oversees GHC’s public and media presence while working extensively with fellows across the US and Africa as they develop and hone their voices as effective advocates. Before joining GHC, Jess was a Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global tobacco control policy and advocacy team. Prior to, she spent nearly four years as an independent consultant on women’s rights, for such clients as UN Women, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IPPF, and Ipas. Previously, she was a Manager at Global Health Strategies, a NY-based consulting firm, and a Program Officer at Planned Parenthood Global. Jess has lived and worked throughout Africa and Asia, and has written widely on gender and development-related issues for news outlets and academic journals. She has a BA from Boston University and holds a Master of Theological Studies from the Harvard Divinity School. Jess currently sits on the Board of Directors for The CAIR Project, a northwest regional abortion fund, and for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaii. She is based in Seattle, US with her beloved dog Mimi.
Global Talent Director
The medicine and science exists to tackle many of our greatest global health problems. GHC empowers the global changemakers who will lead the implementation of those solutions. Health is a fundamental human right. Yael is the Director of Global Talent at Global Health Corps. Before joining GHC, Yael was the Chief Strategy & Operations Officer at Inspiring Capital, a social enterprise where she co-founded the business-for-social-change fellowships for MBAs, undergraduates and women returning to the work force and consulted on corporate social responsibility for brands such as Reebok. Prior to Inspiring Capital, Yael worked at a long-short equity hedge fund. Additionally, Yael has spent time in Ethiopia addressing maternal health and women’s economic empowerment at Healing Hands of Joy, in India focused on operations management for Sahayata microfinance, in Israel teaching early childhood education, and in New York focused on corporate philanthropy strategy at the Tory Burch Foundation. Yael earned her M.B.A from Columbia Business School, where she focused on management, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise. She holds dual-degree (List College) B.A.s from Columbia University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where she also graduated magna cum laude, was List College Fellow, and received the Esther Sommerstein Zweig Educational Award.
Africa Regional Director
Working for Global Health Corps is my opportunity to play my role in the health equity movement. I throw in all my weight every day to support fellows and partners who work daily at the front line in the fight for global health.
Before joining Global Health Corps, Barbara was the East Africa Regional Representative for Trickle Up (a New York-based non-profit organization empowering people living on less than $1.25 a day to take the first steps out of poverty) where she was tasked with launching the regional office in Kampala, building the organization’s visibility and effectiveness in the region, and recruiting and managing partner organizations. Barbara also previously served as the CEO and Credit Manager at Gatsby Microfinance Ltd. She holds a B.A. in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University and an MSc. in Development Management from the UK’s Open University. During her master’s studies, Barbara was a Kulika Charitable Trust Scholar—a UK and Uganda charity for education grants, scholarships and sustainable agriculture education.
Jean René Shema
East Africa/Rwanda Program Manager
I believe that multidisciplinary solidarity and leadership are indispensable at all levels, to efficiently address even a sole developmental issue such as health equity. Shema joined the GHC team full-time in August 2011 to launch the GHC office in Kigali, which supports fellows and partner organizations in Rwanda and Burundi. He has previously worked as the National Volunteering Program Manager at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Rwanda, where he also managed a Multicultural Global Exchange program, and nurtured and managed a Diaspora volunteering scheme bringing Rwandan experts living in North America to work in Rwanda. Shema worked also within Partners in Health in Rwanda for more than 3 years managing PIH growth in Kirehe District in terms of health care services, health access systems and health infrastructure. He also served as Chief of Staff and Public Relations for PIH/IMB Rwanda. Shema, who represented the Rwandan Youth in the 2nd sitting of the International Youth Parliament held in Sydney, Australia in 2004, holds a degree in History and Politics from the National University of Rwanda, where he served as Secretary General for the General Students Union from 2003 to 2004.
Rwanda Program & Operations Associate
I’m honored to be part of the GHC team and to work with a community of people who value life and work to advance the cause of health equity. I believe with everyones commitment change will happen. Alida supports the Global Health Corps Rwanda Office as a Program and Operations Associate. Prior joining GHC team she spent 3 years with World Vision, a Christian organization dedicated to sustain the well-being of children especially the most vulnerable. She successfully acted as an Administration and Logistics Manager and later on as an Executive Associate to the Country Director. She was recognized for being the best supportive staff of the year 2014. Alida has also worked as customer care agent in telecommunications industry. She enjoys working with youth for greater causes and loves organizing events. She holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the School of Finance and Banking of the University of Rwanda.
Nchimunya “Eric” Chiyombwe
Zambia Program Manager
There is an inner satisfaction in beginning a day knowing that our efforts will increase the possibility of more people gaining access to health, which is otherwise inaccessible due to social injustices perpetrated by inequities.
Eric is a strong advocate for social justice and has been a development practitioner in Zambia for over 8 years. Eric’s advocacy work includes developing position papers for presentation to Parliamentary Committee hearings, as well as civil society campaigns ranging from the Global Campaign for Education to debt cancellation. Eric coordinated policy advocacy work for the National Youth Constitutional Assembly in Zambia. He was also involved in the evaluation of Zambia’s implementation of the World Program of Action for Youth, and he helped to produce Zambia’s civil society report to the United Nations. He was nominated by the Government of Zambia to sit on the National Technical Committee to review Zambia’s youth policy and to draft the current, revised policy. Eric has experience as the National Coordinator for Women and Land Rights. He developed a partnership program between Action Aid International Zambia and its local partners. This included implementing the partners and annual program planning, as well as managing researchers and provincial staff. Eric also partnered with the Gender Ministry in advocating for the promotion of women’s rights. Eric from is a graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea in the United Kingdom, with a M.Sc. in Social Development.
Burundi Program Manager
I believe that people give what they have. We give peace to our peers because inside our own souls we have peace. That is why I think that we need to cultivate the culture of peace, peer to peer/mutual acceptance, humility and happiness in our hearts. Then we will be able to bring a positive change in the World.
Prior to joining the GHC Team as Burundi Program Manager, Armand worked for LifeNet International where he promoted the organization’s capacity-building programs amongst over 40 partner clinics across the country. He also served as a liaison between LifeNet International and pertinent government and church partners. He joined LifeNet International as a Global Health Corps Fellow, class 2012-2013, in the position of Management Consultant. He is the founder of the Initiatives and Actions for Peace and Development project (IAP) in Burundi. Since 2007, Armand has been actively involved in national and international youth work through different networks like the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) where he is a member of the International Steering Group, a board of network members. Furthermore, Armand was one of the 150 people representing different youth organizations who founded the New York-based Global Youth Movement for the Alliance of Civilizations (GYMAOC). In 2009, Armand attended the 2nd Forum of the UNAOC in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was a Marketplace of Ideas presenter. Armand holds a Bachelor in Law from the Lumière University of Bujumbura.
US Program Manager
I joined GHC because it is a fearless organization. While many in the global health field value years of experience and technical expertise, GHC values the power of youth and finds relevance in a diversity of skills and backgrounds in impacting global health equity. That is fearless. Meghan Kappus serves as the US Program Manager for Global Health Corps, overseeing the fellowship program in the US. In this position, she is responsible for providing dedicated support to GHC fellows, alumni and partner organizations in the United States. Before joining GHC, Meghan worked in nonprofit strategy consulting for eight years with Community Wealth Partners, an organization dedicated to helping change agents solve social problems at the magnitude they exist. There, she had the privilege of supporting the country’s leading nonprofits and foundations to strategize issues related to impact, scale, and sustainability. As a consultant, she managed nonprofit and foundation client relationships and all aspects of a consulting engagement from planning, strategy, and research to communication and budget management. Her core expertise is in social enterprise business planning, bold goal development, and strategic planning. Meghan has a B.S. from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Management and a M.S. in International Development and Management from Lund University in Sweden.
Uganda Program Associate
Living a purposeful life involves standing up for something and engaging in actions that create sustainable positive impact in people’s lives. Working for GHC an organization that creates a movement for health equity is as fulfilling as it is enriching.
Prior to joining GHC, Mpindi worked with the Uganda Youth Forum under the First Lady´s Office as a Community Outreach Coordinator. He also worked with Saracen Uganda Limited as a Document Controller in charge of tender management and proposal writing. He is the CEO and Founder of Global Media Enterprise, a media company focusing on events management, publishing and graphics, and is also the brain behind the Inter-Institutional Media Challenge. The Media Challenge brings together university students to compete in news anchoring and reporting, essay writing and photography to be directly judged, guided and scouted by media experts and companies. Mpindi is a research student for a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies from Makerere University. He holds both a BA in Adult and Community Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Malawi Program and Operations Associate
I believe that every common goal takes innovation, collaboration, diversified skill sets and heart together to create impact. Waking up every morning to work with a community of change makers reminds me of the power in unified action. Everybody plays a part in building a world we hope for and working for GHC helps me play mine. Isabel was a 2013-2014 GHC fellow where she was the Communications and Development Coordinator with the Art and Global Health Center Africa (AGHCA), in Malawi. She holds a Bachelors of Social Science degree from the University of Malawi. While in school, Isabel founded Chanco: Project Rejuvenation, a student driven volunteer grouping aimed at rehabilitating dilapidated infrastructure at the important institutions in Malawi-and is currently leading the group into its fourth year of action. Isabel is passionate about volunteerism and enjoys working with youth to address development issues. In the future Isabel intends to pursue graduate studies in Program Management and Development Studies.
Senior Program Associate
I’m inspired by the possibilities that come to life when people collaborate across industries and continents. I believe our global health leaders don’t need to pursue any one career path, but they do need to master this art of collaboration, which is why I’m honored to work towards this goal every day at GHC.
Prior to joining the GHC staff as Program Associate, Sarah spent two years working for GlobeMed, a nonprofit that harnesses the passion and resources of college students to improve health around the world. In this role she trained and supported student leaders all over the country, coordinated an annual leadership conference, and spearheaded an initiative to broaden the diversity of the global health workforce by expanding GlobeMed chapters to minority-serving institutions. Sarah graduated from Rhodes College with a degree in Psychology, where she also served on the founding executive board of the GlobeMed at Rhodes College chapter. She spent time abroad in Switzerland, Turkey, and Nicaragua studying global health, Kurdish identity politics, and working on water filtration projects, respectively. Sarah is also passionate about the power of design in social change, and has volunteered her skills for Article 25, a health advocacy movement which aims to build momentum around the right to health in the post-Millenium Development Goals conversation.
Alumni Program Manager
We live in a world where collaboration is more possible than ever before. Building a community of leaders that bridge across backgrounds, cultures, and disciplines is what will allow us to create the type of social change where all voices are heard. Eliza is from Beaverton, Oregon, and currently resides in Oakland, California. Her passion for global health began while working in orphanages in Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. She then worked with UNICEF’s Strategic Investment & Performance Assessment team in New York and India to research and improve health access initiatives for vulnerable women and youth. Eliza was a 2012-2013 Global Health Corps fellow in Rwanda with FACE AIDS/Partners in Health and Gardens for Health International. She holds an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Harvard University and an MS in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University.
Impact and Learning Manager
I believe that collective impact in improving health equity can only be achieved through sharing best practices and collaborating across disciplines. I’m inspired by the experiences and perspectives of Global Health Corps fellows; honored to play a small part in a devoted team working to create social change. As the Impact and Learning Manager, Jacob leads the design and implementation of Global Health Corps measurement plan. Jacob was previously the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist for Right To Play’s early childhood education program in New York City–helping the organization develop systems for measuring growth and documenting emergent findings. He has experience in multiple evaluative methodologies, gained in part through working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, with a community-based participatory research project in the Yakima Valley of Washington, and with a climbing team at Mt. Everest. Jacob holds a BA from Stanford University in Human Biology, and an MPH in health services from the University of Washington.
Professional Development Consultant
I am honored to work alongside the creative and committed members of the Global Health Corps community who are leading efforts to promote health equity around the globe. Before joining GHC as a Professional Development Consultant, Jessica worked in diverse settings on a range of programs aimed at promoting health equity. Her experience includes health education and training, research, grant and technical writing, and program planning and evaluation. Previously, Jessica planned services for the New York Ryan White Part A HIV/AIDS Program and established the Health Science Field Experience Program at LIU Brooklyn. She has also worked with Columbia University’s Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health in NYC and Uganda and supported global community health initiatives with the Center on AIDS and Community Health. Jessica is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at LIU Brooklyn where she offers a capstone class that involves a field experience and coursework designed to advance students’ professional development. She is also a longstanding consultant with the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Jessica is a Board Member and Executive Secretary of the Public Health Association of New York City. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University and graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor.
Finance and Operations Manager
Impact starts at the individual level, and collectively we join a movement advocating for health equity to make a lasting difference in the world. Victoria Choong is the Finance and Contracts Manager with Global Health Corps. Prior to joining GHC, she was the Budget Analyst at Open Society Foundations, which focuses on building civil societies through its work in human rights, social justice, transparency, and accountability. She also brings with her experience as a staff accountant from the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit that supports educational, professional, and cultural exchanges around the world. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, and Master of Public Administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a notary public in New York State.
GHC is my opportunity to participate in a movement that merges the diverse experiences and talents of passionate emerging leaders to promote quality healthcare globally. It is humbling to contribute to an organization that effectively utilizes innovative and sustainable approaches and collaborative team work to diminish healthcare inequality.Kim Sullivan, originally from Brunswick, Maine, graduated from Bates College in May of 2013 with a degree in Psychology and Educational Studies. During her sophomore year, Kim co-founded Tree Street Youth, a youth center in downtown Lewiston, Maine that provides after-school and summer programming for over 100 youth daily in grades K-12. Through Tree Street Youth she established the BRANCHES College Preparation Program with the goal of increasing the overall graduation, college acceptance, and college retention rates of at-risk, first-generation students in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine. Before joining GHC, Kim completed a year of service with AmeriCorps at Tree Street Youth as BRANCHES College Preparation Program Director, helping to develop further college and career programming. Upon selection and completion of the Institute of Civic Leadership’s Emerging Leaders Program, Kim joined the Wayside Food Program’s Board of Directors in Portland, Maine this past winter. Kim was first introduced to GHC in the winter of 2012 when she was a Programs Intern, assisting with the fellow selection process.
Junior Operations Associate
Each day, one fellow at a time GHC strives to pave the path towards health equity for all. Being a part of this movement is an incredibly rewarding way to create sustainable and impactful change.Naeha graduated from The George Washington University in May 2014 with a degree in International Affairs, concentrating in International Development and a minor in Arabic. During her time in Washington, D.C. she worked at the Embassy of Jordan where she conducted research on Jordan and the Middle East, composed daily news reports, and assisted with embassy events including the launch of Generations for Peace in the United States. Naeha also lived abroad in Jordan, where she focused on language and regional studies. She began her experience at GHC as an Operations Intern, and is thrilled to join the team as a staff member!
Special Assistant to the CEO
I am proud to join Global Health Corp’s fight for healthcare access and equality as well as their efforts to diversify and empower a new generation of leaders within the field. Alongside the talented GHC team, I strive to support and innovate the effort to make this mission a reality.Carrie serves as Special Assistant to the CEO at Global Health Corps, providing administrative assistance and communication support to CEO and founder Barbara Bush. Before joining the team at GHC, Carrie worked as a senior account executive at a public relations agency, Baltz & Company, focusing on PR strategy for restaurants and chefs around the United States. Carrie earned a Bachelor’s Degree for International Development and Human Rights from Connecticut College, where she concentrated on a senior thesis examining international policy towards Internally Displaced Persons.
Strategic Partnership Associate
I believe in Global Health Corps’ ability to convene and empower this generation’s greatest changemakers-it is a privilege to support these leaders as they work to leave our world better than when they found it. As the Strategic Partnerships Associate, Elizabeth will support Global Health Corps’ fundraising strategies, a continuation of her work as a GHC Development Consultant leading up to and during the 2014 GHC Leadership Training Institute. Elizabeth returns to the GHC community after working within the Office of Corporate Engagement at Goldman Sachs. In her role she actively supported 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses, economic empowerment programs providing business owners with financial management skills and access to capital, as well as Goldman Sachs Gives, the firm’s donor advised philanthropic fund. Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Elizabeth graduated from the University of San Diego in May 2013 with a degree in Finance and Accounting. Following graduation, she spent the summer in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania teaching English to primary school students and basic financial skills to women in the community who were operating their own small businesses. Upon moving to New York, Elizabeth worked with Shutter to Think, a startup organization using photography as a means to bring attention to girls’ education and empowerment issues.
Senior Associate Advocacy and Communications
I believe the world will achieve true health equity by the hands of young leaders who are committed to finding thoughtful, innovative, and cross-sector solutions to today’s greatest health challenges. It is a privilege to be part of a team that helps young people find their unique role in the movement to ensure health as a human right for all people. Before joining GHC, Gillian served as Manager of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS, where she was responsible for leading the strategic direction of a youth-led global of young people in the HIV response. She also lived and worked in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, where she helped to open the Women’s Secondary Institute for Education and Research (WISER), the community’s first secondary boarding school for girls. Gillian has conducted research on global health disparities, gender inequality, water and sanitation accessibility, youth engagement, and participatory development. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from The New School in New York City.
Chief of Staff
To realize the right to health, we need strong individuals, organizations, and collaboration across the sector. By empowering staff and fellows, building supportive systems, and aligning impactful partnerships, GHC is mobilizing a global movement for lasting change. Gwen comes to GHC from Community Partners in Los Angeles, where as Senior Program Associate, she managed a network of community clinics collaborating to improve health access and outcomes for low-income Californians. Previously, as Senior Program Officer at the Aspen Institute’s Global Health and Development program, she led a USAID-funded initiative building awareness and partnerships for reproductive health. Based in Washington, D.C., this work spanned global policy at World Health Organization and United Nations conferences, national policy via Ministries of Health in Africa and Asia, and advocacy with international development leaders. Gwen is passionate about empowering future social sector leaders; past work in this area includes launching the Aspen Institute’s professional development program, recruiting for Teach for America, and presenting at conferences and universities on building a satisfying and effective social impact career. Gwen has a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, with minors in French and Women, Gender, & Sexuality.