Staff

Barbara Bush

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 & Co-founder of Global Health Corps (GHC), which mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC was founded in 2009 by six twenty-somethings who were challenged by Peter Piot at the aids2031 Young Leaders Summit to engage their generation in solving the world’s biggest health challenges. Barbara and her co-founders were united by the belief that health is a human right and that their generation must build the world where this is realized. Since that time, GHC has placed more than 700 young leaders on the front lines of health equity in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, and the United States, developing a cadre of creative, effective, and compassionate changemakers.

Prior to 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 with Red Cross Children’s Hospital in South Africa and UNICEF in Botswana. Barbara is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee and the UN Global Entrepreneurs Council. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. In 2011, Barbara was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year, in 2013 she was recognized as one of Newsweek’s Women of Impact, and in 2015 she was named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list. Barbara graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.

Heather Anderson

Senior 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 Senior Vice President of Programs, Heather provides day-to-day leadership, management, and vision to support GHC’s mission to mobilize a community of global health leaders. She oversees GHC’s leadership development programming and training curriculum, partner recruitment and selection and impact measurement activities. Prior to joining GHC, Heather was Vice President at Global Health Strategies, an international advocacy and communications consulting firm. She managed 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 Planned Parenthood Global in Washington D.C. Additionally, she spent time in Ethiopia establishing 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.

Russatta Buford

Vice President of Operations

I have seen how diversity of thought and practice can effect sustainable, positive change. I'm honored to help develop and support leaders who are addressing the causes of global health inequities.

Russatta Buford is the Vice President of Operations at Global Health Corps.  Prior to joining GHC, Russatta served as the Director of Strategy & Operations at the Brooklyn Community Foundation where she directed overall operations and P&L management, creating systems that improved grant-making program delivery and ensured legal compliance for the Foundation with over $60 million in total assets under management.  She previously served as the Vice President of Strategy and Operations at Teach For America, leading priority initiatives across the organization’s 48 regions. Bringing a wealth of experiences with her, Russatta has worked in petroleum engineering, business development and marketing and has led pro bono teams for non-profit organizations ranging from theatre companies to charter schools.
 
Russatta earned her M.B.A. from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and her B.S. in chemical engineering from Florida A&M University.  She lives in Brooklyn, NY where she sits on the Board of Directors for Brooklyn Community Services.

Jessica Mack

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.

Jess is the Senior Director for Advocacy and Communications at Global Health Corps (GHC). She leads communications and advocacy across the organization and oversees new fellow recruitment. Before joining GHC, Jess managed a large grant portfolio as a Program Officer on the global tobacco control policy and advocacy team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to that, Jess spent nearly five years as an independent communications and advocacy consultant in Asia, Africa, and the US specializing in women’s rights and health. She led projects on policy research and analysis, and strategy and message development for such clients as UN Women, Ipas, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Women Deliver. Previously Jess was a Manager at Global Health Strategies where she managed women’s health clients including the 2010 Women Deliver conference, hailed by The Lancet as “the most significant event for the future of women in 20 years.” She got her start at Planned Parenthood Global where she managed communications for programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Jess has written widely for publications such as The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Rewire, and Ms. Magazine. Until recently relocating to Los Angeles, she sat on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands as well as the Pacific Northwest Abortion Fund.
 
Jess earned her Master of Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School, where she focused on applied ethics, gender, and Tibetan Buddhism. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a BA in religion and philosophy where she received the Richard Ellis Katz Award in Religion.

Yael Silverstein

Senior 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 Senior 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.

Barbara Kayanja

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.

Barbara joined Global Heath Corps as the East Africa Regional Director and Program Manager in charge of the Uganda Program in June 2011. She worked as East Africa Regional Director from June 2011- June 2015. She was promoted to the position of Africa Regional Director in June 2015. Before joining Global Health Corps, Barbara was the East Africa Regional Representative for Trickle Up (a New York-based non-profit organization offering a micro enterprise development program targeting the poor living on less than $1.25 a day to take the first steps out of poverty) where she successfully launched the regional office in Kampala, built the organization’s visibility and effectiveness in the region, recruited and managed 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, A postgraduate diploma in Human rights and the right to Education from Oidel & EUM Geneva and an MSc.  in Development Management from the UK’s Open University. During her master’s studies, Barbara was awarded a Kulika Charitable Trust Scholarship—a UK and Uganda charity for education grants, scholarships and sustainable agriculture education.

Jean René Shema

Rwanda Country Director

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.

Nchimunya “Eric” Chiyombwe

Zambia Country 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.

Martin Kanjadza

Malawi Country Manager

Offering health services to people is not enough. Unless the services are accessible to all, then there will be disparities and inequity in both distribution and utilisation of services. Working for GHC offers me a rare opportunity to be part of a strong network of global equity actors.

Martin is a developmental economist with extensive experience in managing youth leadership and development programs. Before joining GHC, Martin worked as Senior Program Manager at World Learning Inc.; a Washington DC based Nonprofit that focuses on international development, education and international exchange. Martin also worked as Senior Adviser for Education, Outreach and Cultural Exchange at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe for five years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Development from Lincoln University, Missouri and Oklahoma State University (OSU) respectively. Recently he pursued a Master’s of Public Health Degree focusing in Health Economics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a member of the Economic Association of Malawi and sits on the board of the Malawi Public Health Forum. In his free time he likes to contribute in the local newspapers on various social and economic issues.

Armand Giramahoro

Burundi Country Manager / Uganda Operations and 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 Country 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.

Anita Namuyaba

Uganda Operations Associate

"Health care is a system that requires different components and skills coming together to ensure its accessibility and delivery to all people. I strongly believe that the work we do in mobilizing youth from all walks of the professional spectrum and rallying them towards a common goal is a fundamental step in achieving health equity."

Prior to joining GHC, Anita Volunteered in the health care systems planning and resource mobilization departments of The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) where she assisted in the implementation of HIV/AIDS and partnership programs. She was also part of the conceptualization and execution of local resource mobilization drives that attained funding for key organization projects. Anita was privileged to have been chosen to be mentored under the USAID/ Uganda’s Health Initiatives for the Private Sector (HIPS) Project that was implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd (Cardno). As a mentee of the program her focus was on integration of HIV/AIDS and FP programs in school curricular. In 2010, she co-founded a youth platform that provided opportunities for eager, passionate youth to gain employability skills in preparation for the job market. She is an alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Center (YALI RLC) in Nairobi. A current member of the Roteract club in her country, Anita is passionate about bringing positive change and making a positive impact in her community. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration in Health Management from the International Health Science University and is embarking on a Master’s in Public Health from the International Health Sciences University in Uganda.

 

Meghan Kappus

United States Country 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.

Imran Nadaph

United States Country Program Manager

It’s about damn time that we see a genuine effort to level the playing field and provide universal access to quality healthcare! When I look at Global Health Corps, I see a strong desire, passion and commitment, in every single individual of this global community, to achieve results! We know it’s not easy, it never was! That is why the emphasis on developing the next generation of fearless leaders who share the same belief! Once the belief is there, all it takes is one step! One step which leads to the next…. and the next! One step towards a much needed revolution!

Imran hails from Pune, India and completed his undergraduate studies at Pune University majoring in Cost & Works Accountancy. After a Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance and several concentrated certificate courses within the field of sports sciences, coaching and sports business management, he has been involved in sports based youth programming (sport for health) for various organizations over the past 5 years! As a 2015-16 Global Health Corps fellow in the U.S, he served as a Program Manager for Student-Athlete development  with The Grassroot Project. Prior to the Global Health Corps Fellowship, he worked with SE TransStadia Pvt. Ltd as “Manager- Coaching operations” spearheading strategic planning for establishing a financially sustainable Community Football club in Gujarat, India while directly managing on ground implementation and maintenance of delivery quality of its sports and health education programs in schools.

Imran is an Exemplar Global (RABQSA) certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt dedicated towards achieving process excellence for organizations. Additionally he has been certified in the Sciences and Technology of Coaching by AISTS Academy (Lausanne, Switzerland), represented his State and University in the game of CRICKET aside from being an AIFF certified football (soccer) instructor in India.

Diana Nambatya Nsubuga

Uganda Country Manager

You and I are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. We are here to make the world a better place through health equity. GHC makes this possible through building a cadre of leaders that prioritize health as a human right … and for this cause we are here.

A recipient of the 2016 American Express NGen Leadership Award, Diana, has demonstrated significant impact in addressing society’s critical needs. Prior to joining GHC as Uganda Country Manager, Diana worked at Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO) where she supported the coordination of the Eastern Africa Reproductive Health Network that brings together 6 countries including Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. In addition, she coordinated project implementation in Ethiopia and Uganda and further as part of the team supported advocacy efforts in the 14 PPD member countries in the Africa Region. Diana has a deep passion and commitment to health as a human right, population and development and has also been involved in advocacy with policy makers including parliamentarians.  As a 2015 Vision award-winning farmer, she has played an important role in empowering women through farm training. Diana is a demographer with a PHD in Public Health (Focusing on Maternal New Born and Child Health) from Atlantic I. University, a Master of Science in Population and Reproductive Health from Makerere University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management at Uganda Management Institute and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Population Studies from Makerere University.

Sarah Endres

Program Coordinator

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.

Sarah Endres is the Program Coordinator at Global Health Corps. In this role she supports coordination of all aspects of GHC’s fellowship program, from partner selection through fellow onboarding to supporting fellows’ leadership development over the course of their fellowship year. Prior to joining the GHC staff, Sarah worked 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 across the country, coordinated an annual leadership conference, and spearheaded an intentional expansion 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. In college, 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 using design as a tool for social change, and has done pro-bono design work for Article 25, an advocacy organization fighting for health justice.

 

Toyosi Olowoyeye

Program Associate

A remarkable result of promoting health as a human right is not only the proliferation of physical health itself but also, the newfound freedom to satisfy other essential needs that contribute to a well-lived and dignified life filled with empowerment and self-actualization.

Before joining GHC, Toyosi worked as a health program consultant, specializing in program planning and health communications. As a consultant, Toyosi developed comprehensive communication campaigns and led research that informed the realignment of strategic initiatives for a diverse network of health-centric organizations. In 2013, she joined a multidisciplinary research team to investigate gold standards in global community health practice at the Nanjing Medical University’s School of Public Health in China. Toyosi also coordinated the program operations and process evaluation of the Texas Department of State Health Service’s Youth Tobacco Awareness Program.

Her early experience as an AmeriCorps – Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) member ignited her passion for public health and social justice advocacy. Through this opportunity, she came to understand the tremendous need for health equity and social justice. She holds an MPH in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences from Texas A&M University and a degree in Biology from Howard University.

Mpindi Abaas

Uganda Program Manager

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 the Media Challenge Initiative, a youth driven non-profit building the next generation of journalists through training, mentorship and experiential peer to peer learning. Mpindi is also the creative mind behind the Inter-Institutional Media Challenge, the Media Challenge Academy and the Media Challenge Awards. Mpindi holds a Master’s in International Development from the Virtual University of Uganda. He is also a research student for a Master’s 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.

Alida Bivegete

Rwanda Operations Senior 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.

Isabel Kumwembe

Malawi Programs and Operations Senior 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 & 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 university, Isabel founded CHANCO: Project Rejuvenation, a student driven volunteer grouping aimed at rehabilitating dilapidated infrastructure at the important institutions in Malawi which she continues to mentor to date. Isabel is currently the President of the Rotaract Club of Lilongwe: an international service club for young professionals dedicated to service above self. Isabel is passionate about volunteer-ism and enjoys working with youth to address development issues.

Sheila Sibajene

Zambia Program and Operations Manager

Zambia Program & Operations Manager

With a background in business and project management, Sheila has focused most of her time working on providing solutions to bridging the gaps in public health, good governance, institutional capacity building and education. In her previous professional roles, she worked to support public health initiatives through training, knowledge transfer, research and collaborative ventures with the Zambian government, German and US development agencies and local and international tertiary institutions. She has supported the program coordination of numerous training initiatives, including the HIVCorps/HealthCorps Fellowship Program, Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars/Fellows Programs, and the AIDS International Training and Research Program. Her experience includes program planning and implementation, research and training.

An adventurer at heart, she enjoys travel, dance and music.

Brian Ssennoga

Alumni Program Manager

GHC Alumni are critical to the mission of mobilising a community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. There are now more alumni than fellows, and this provides an amazing opportunity for us to harness our collective experience and determine how we can best work towards improving the health of those most in need, both in our own countries and beyond. I am delighted to serve this community.

Brian Ssenngoa received a 2010 achievement award from AED-Satellife – Center for Health and Information Technology, for work related to strengthening Health Information Systems in Uganda, using African Access Points and Mobile Devices. Brian has also worked extensively on the use of Mobile devices for household data collection with various projects in Ghana, Nigeria and in Uganda. Prior to completing his placement as a Global Health Corps Fellow with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation supporting Communications and Documentation for the STAR-SW project, Brian was IT Manager at International Health Sciences University.

Brian holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Postgrad Diploma in IT with Amity University of India, and is currently a candidate for MBA.
He is a co-founder and Director of The Uganda Center for Open Source Software; a member of the Board of Directors, ICT Association of Uganda; Member of the Council, Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa; Creative Commons Uganda Chapter. In his spare time, Brian will cook meals for his family, and play guitar at Watoto Group, where he has been leading the ICT Department and also volunteers with the Creative Arts & Media Teams.

Namuyamba Muyunda

Zambia Operations and Programs Associate

I believe that with combined effort, we will live in a world where injustice exists no more, a world where everyone has equal opportunities and health equity is a reality. I am proud to be a part of Global Health Corps' health equity movement which embraces young people who have unique skills regardless of whether their backgrounds are in or outside health care because everyone has a vital role to play.

Namuyamba Muyunda is the Zambia Operations and Programs Associate at Global Health Corps. She was a Global Health Corps Fellow class of 2014-2015. During her fellowship year she worked at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) in Zambia, where she worked on an Early Childhood Development project that focused on the developmental needs of HIV infected/affected children in two high HIV prevalence catchment areas. Her work on this project included project management, resource mobilization, event planning and logistics, community engagement, communications, Monitoring & Evaluation, among others.

Prior to the Global Health Corps Fellowship, she worked with Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) where she focused on community mobilization and sensitization for the CIDRZ Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program. Namuyamba has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Namibia and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Project Planning and Management.

Caroline Numuhire

Rwanda Program Associate

I have always been passionate about social justice. Being able to work for GHC, an organization that fights for health equity is a privilege as I enjoy working with leaders who apply biosocial analysis to tackle health-related issues.

Caroline Numuhire holds a degree in agriculture sciences with a major in rural development and agribusiness from the University of Rwanda. For the past two years, she has worked for Gardens for Health International  (GHI), a nonprofit that fights childhood malnutrition in Rwandan rural communities. As the Agriculture Training Manager, Caroline focused on ensuring the quality of agriculture trainings that GHI provides to rural farmers. Additionally, she has served as a 2014-2015 Global Health Corps fellow in the same organization.

In the past, she has interned with Save the Children Rwanda assessing the quality of income generating activities in remote areas. She has also volunteered with Mind Leaps (former Rebecca Davis Dancing Company) where she worked with a team dedicated to rehabilitate street children trough contemporary dance. She is also a creative writer and regularly contributes to ECOFORUM, a Kenyan Journal that deals with environment and sustainable development issues.

Moreover, Caroline writes inspirational African short stories, her articles are published on Environmental Africa, an online platform for African writers. She is currently pursuing a Masters program in Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, Rwanda.  This part-time program is partnership between Partners in Health, Harvard School of Public Health and the government of Rwanda.

Carrie Rubury

Alumni Program Coordinator

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.

As Alumni Program Coordinator at Global Health Corps, Carrie supports and manages programs for our global network of alumni as they continue to grow as global health leaders. Carrie transition to the Alumni team after serving as Special Assistant to the CEO 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.

Jacob Gomez

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 & Learning Manager, Jacob leads the design and implementation of Global Health Corps measurement activities. Jacob was previously the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist for Right To Play’s early childhood education program in New York City. He has a broad array of evaluation and research experience, including work in clinical settings, and with various community-centered programs. Jacob holds a BA from Stanford University in Human Biology, and an MPH in health services from the University of Washington.

Jessica Wahlstrom

Professional Development Director

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 Director of Professional Development, 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 and supported global community health initiatives with the Center on AIDS and Community Health. She was a longstanding consultant with the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Jessica served for several years as a Board Member and, until recently, Executive Secretary of the Public Health Association of New York City. 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 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.

Victoria Choong

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 & Operations Manager with Global Health Corps. In this role, she oversees the organizational financial processes ranging from budgeting, accounting, and auditing. Also under her purview are partner grants management, donor expense reporting, and corporate card management. 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.

Naeha Vora

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.

As Operations Associate, Naeha works on the admissions process for the fellowship. Her role includes application system management, coordinating application reviews and progression, applicant communication, and initial fellow on-boarding. She began her experience at GHC as an Operations Intern, and was thrilled to transition on the team as a staff member! Prior to joining GHC, Naeha graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and a minor in Arabic. During her time in Washington, D.C. she conducted research at the Embassy of Jordan and lived abroad in Jordan, where she focused on language and regional studies.

Gwen Hopkins

Admissions and Operations Manager

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 manages the admissions process for the Global Health Corps fellowship, working with GHC staff, current and past fellows, and partner organizations. Gwen’s previous experience in public health spans from policy advocacy to service delivery. Most recently, she worked at the fiscal sponsor Community Partners in Los Angeles, where she supported quality improvement projects across public hospitals and community clinics. Previously, at the Aspen Institute’s Global Health and Development program, she led a USAID-funded initiative building awareness and partnerships for reproductive health. 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.

Jeremy Harding

Strategic Partnerships Assistant

“I am so proud to work for an organization that makes creating space for a variety of voices in the movement for health equity a top priority. Our diversity – of skills, experiences and identity – is one of our greatest assets as an organization.”

As the Strategic Partnerships Assistant, Jeremy Harding is thrilled to support the development of Global Health Corps’ revenue and partnership strategies. Previously, Jeremy worked as a Project Coordinator with the 2Seeds Network inc., an organization aimed at developing human capital in Tanzania in pursuit of food and income security. As a student of Public Health at the University of Rochester, Jeremy served as co-President of GlobeMed at University of Rochester, a student-run organization that aims to foster a new generation of health leaders while impacting grassroots organizations around the world.

Mera Boulus

Special Assistant to the CEO

"I feel privileged to be part of a team that so fiercely believes in empowering health equity change-makers!"

Mera grew up in a small city in southern Egypt and moved to New Jersey at the age of 11. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Education from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. There, she was awarded the Rutgers Civic Scholar Certificate reflecting her four years of community involvement with local schools, service to populations who were homeless or incarcerated, and culminating with a mission trip to Egypt. Mera attended graduate school at the University of Miami where she proudly earned her M.S. Ed. in Community and Social Change with an emphasis on program evaluation and global development. During her studies at UM she was highly involved with the Society for Community Research and Action, division 27 under APA, and is now the Co-Chair of their Early Career Interest Group. Mera comes to GHC from America Needs You, where as the New Jersey Program Manager, she worked with ambitious, first generation college students on leadership and professional development. Previously, Mera managed a youth development program and led a program evaluation project at Branches, Inc., a Miami-based organization.

Elizabeth Jones

Strategic Aide to the CEO

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 Aide to the CEO, Elizabeth supports Global Health Corps’ revenue and in-kind partnership strategies, a continuation of her work as a GHC Development Consultant leading up to and during the 2014 GHC Leadership Training Institute. Elizabeth returned 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.

Keith Myers

Global Talent Assistant

Every day, I work with change-makers who are not limited by standard practices. We live in a world where health care for all is an achievable goal and GHC is creating the leadership to obtain that goal.

Keith brings a diverse background to the GHC team as the Global Talent Assistant. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009 with degrees in both European History and European Politics. As a restaurant manager, Keith analyzed and modified standard practices to create more efficiency and higher client satisfaction. He also worked as a Project Assistant for BMW, managing several international projects.  Personally, Keith enjoys playing volleyball and is the captain of his traveling team, as well as, having an extensive board game collection.

John Cape

Director of Training and Curriculum Design

There is no place for timidity in the response to social injustice, which is why I am proud to be part of a community of audacious and empathetic changemakers working together to realize the fundamental right to health for all.

John Cape is the Director of Training & Curriculum Design at GHC.  Prior to joining GHC, John co-created the Global Justice Fellowship at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), training leaders to organize their communities in support of national policy change to advance the rights of women and LGBT people in the Global South. Before AJWS, John coordinated the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, an immersive learning program for graduate students. Previously, John worked as an Outward Bound lead instructor for struggling adolescents and as a group challenge facilitator at Seeds of Peace, supporting young people from regions in conflict as they developed as leaders. John also spent time teaching English in Costa Rica as a WorldTeach educator. He has a B.A. in Government and Religious Studies from Cornell University. He is currently the chairperson of the board of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, a social justice arts organization. John lives in New York City with his partner and two children.

Cynthia Betubiza

Digital Communications Associate

"Access to quality healthcare shouldn't depend on where you have the luck to be born or what kind of neighborhood you come from. Health equity is a matter of human dignity."

Cynthia Betubiza grew up in Bethesda, MD, just outside the nation’s capital, where she embraced her own East African heritage and American identity within the international culture of this metropolis. She went on to attend The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor in African Studies, in 2014. Then, she interned under TLC of Discovery Communications to learn the strategy and analytics of social media. Additionally, as an education intern at Tribeca Film Institute, she helped produce free social justice film screenings for NYC public school students. Later, her curiosity for diverse ideas led her to TED, where she worked on the editorial team. Her passion for social justice, writing, and creative expression — as well as her parent’s dedication to international development and healthcare — brought her to GHC, where she will assist the communications team with website administration, social media, writing/editing, and graphic design as the Digital Communications Associate.

Brittany Cesarini

External Communications Associate

"Tackling systemic injustices requires empathy, resilience, innovation, and collaboration. The dynamic GHC community centers on these values, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of it."

Brittany Cesarini is the External Communications Associate at Global Health Corps. Before joining the GHC team, Brittany worked on communications and legislation for a New York City Council Member in the Bronx, and as a Princeton Project 55 fellow in the foster care/adoption department at New Alternatives for Children. Brittany holds a B.A. in Public Policy, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and African Studies from Princeton University (and a semester at the University of Cape Town). She spent her summers during undergrad learning Swahili, interning in the field of HIV/AIDS, and researching gender-based violence in Tanzania. Following graduation, Brittany was selected to receive the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize, which she used to fund the launch of the Shikamana initiative in Dar es Salaam. Through the project, she had the opportunity to train Tanzanian activists to educate youth on public health topics including conflict resolution, family planning, and disease prevention.