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.
East 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 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.
Malawi Program Manager
Health impacts and is affected by every other sphere of human development. We need a community of leaders who share a sense of shock about health inequity and social injustice, and bring different perspectives and skills to create transformational change.
Before joining GHC, Helen was living in Malawi supporting the work of a range of non-profit organizations. She spent several months living in the Dzaleka refugee camp, where she delivered training in sustainable food growing and nutrition, facilitation skills and management. Other projects included an evaluation of a social enterprise at a center for people living with HIV and AIDS and developing communications content and strategy.
Helen worked for many years in the refugee sector in the UK, where she developed and managed a range of projects supporting the integration and empowerment of refugees. She has also worked with indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon, supporting them to create proposals and push for implementation of a development plan promised by the Regional Government. She has worked on a number of self- initiated voluntary projects, including working alongside Burmese ex-political prisoners in Thailand, a village cooperative in Venezuela and education projects in Nicaragua, Zambia and Ghana.
Helen holds an MProf (Professional Masters) in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Middlesex University and a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Sheffield University.
U.S. Program Manager
I believe that real change will only come with true collaboration. None of us know all of the answers, but what I love about GHC is that we can tap into the communal knowledge of our community so that we never feel like we are working alone.
Before joining the staff team as US Program Manager, Jennifer was a 2011-2012 Global Health Corps fellow placed with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Malawi. Prior to her departure for Malawi, Jennifer worked in resource development for International Medical Corps. Jennifer was also a project facilitator for a small organization under the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), for which she implemented a health education center in Kala Refugee Camp in Zambia. Jennifer graduated cum laude and with college honors from University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Anthropology, and took time off to volunteer as an EMT in Israel. During college, Jennifer participated in a year of service with AmeriCorps, where she worked as a paralegal at the Inglewood Courthouse providing legal aid to self-representing litigants. In addition, Jennifer had a brief stint in the movie industry, working as an accountant and associate producer on movies in Hollywood and Peru.
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.
Strategic Partnership Manager
The fundamental human right to health can only be realized through the participation, innovation, and intelligence of a truly global movement of diverse leaders. Working with Global Health Corps and supporting GHC fellows and partners is my way of helping to strengthen this right to health, and fighting against the global inequities that threaten it. As Strategic Partnership Manager, Emily supports Global Health Corps’ fundraising and development strategies, while also working to engage nontraditional partners in the health equity movement. Emily joined GHC in 2012 as the organization’s Operations Associate; in this role she managed the fellow selection process as well as assisted with program logistics, monitoring and evaluation, and finance. Before joining the GHC team, Emily served as a Program Coordinator for the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes, a conference that brings more than 150 international scholars to Brown each year to collaborate on issues including global health, climate change, and international development. Emily also spent time working at the League of Human Rights in Paris providing legal advice to immigrants and refugees. Originally from San Francisco, Emily graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Relations.
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.
Program Associate Uganda
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!