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 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.

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 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.

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 grantmaking 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 lead 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.

Jessica Mack is Global Health Corps’ (GHC) Senior Director for Advocacy and Communications. In that role, she is responsible for leading the organization’s communications and advocacy strategies, including media, social media, and digital, new fellow recruitment and public engagement. Jess also works intensively with fellows and alumni throughout GHC’s 600-strong global community to develop their voices as advocates and young global health leaders. Before joining GHC, Jess was a Program Officer on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s global tobacco control policy and advocacy team. Prior to, she spent several years as a consultant in advocacy and communications for global women’s rights and health with such clients as UN Women, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, IPPF, Women Deliver, and Ipas. Previously, she was a Manager at Global Health Strategies and Program Officer for Communications and Learning at Planned Parenthood Global. Jess has lived and worked across Africa and Southeast Asia, and written widely on gender and development-related topics. She has a Bachelor’s from Boston University and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Until recently relocating to Los Angeles, she sat on the Board of Directors for The CAIR Project and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.

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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, where she focuses on strategic growth and professional engagement across the organization. Before joining GHC, Yael co-founded a business-for-social-change fellowship program as the Chief Strategy & Operations Officer at Inspiring Capital. As the social enterprise’s first full-time hire, she established a program recognized by Forbes as the “Teach for America for MBAs interested in nonprofits,” expanded the program to serve undergraduates and women returning to the workforce, and consulted on corporate social responsibility for major global brands, including Reebok. Her tremendous breadth of experience includes 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 both corporate philanthropy strategy at the Tory Burch Foundation and on industrials research at a long-short equity hedge fund.
Yael earned her M.B.A from Columbia Business School, where she focused on management, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise. She graduated Magna cum Laude with dual-degree (List College) B.A.s from Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, was recognized for academic achievement as the List College Fellow and the recipient of 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.

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

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 mentorship and student exchange programs. Martin is coming from World Learning where he has been working as a Senior Program Officer. He also worked as Senior Adviser for Education, Outreach and Cultural Exchange at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe for five years. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in International Development from Lincoln University, Missouri and Oklahoma State University 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 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.

Anita Namuyaba

Uganda Operations Associate

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 

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.

Prior to joining GHC as Uganda Program 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. 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 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.

Eliza Ramos

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Carrie serves as the Alumni Program Coordinator at Global Health Corps. 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 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.

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 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.

Mark Vibbert

Global Security and Operations Manager

Mark is a Michigan native who spent his childhood in Burundi in the 1970’s and 80’s. He returned to Africa in 1994 and worked as a logistics coordinator, security focal point and team leader for medical teams in southern Sudan and Burundi before moving to Uganda to fight poaching and develop conservation programs. Finally, after three years in Tanzania, he returned to the U.S. in 2013 where he has been living and working as a Swahili interpreter in Washington, D.C. Throughout his career, Mark has dealt with a wide range of security, conflict resolution and culturally sensitive situations. He is excited to join the GHC team where he can contribute to the organization’s global operations and help to build and maintain a culture of safe, well-cared for fellows and staff around the world.

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 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.

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.

Naeha graduated from The George Washington University 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, 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!

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 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.

Mera Boulus

Special Assistant to the CEO

Mera Boulus  is the Special Assistant to the CEO at Global Health Corps.  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 was recently nominated as the Co-Chair of their Early Career Interest Group. Mera comes to GHC from America Needs You (ANY) where she is the New Jersey Program Manager. In her role at ANY, Mera works with ambitious, first generation college students by providing them with career development support and holistic mentorship. Prior to joining America Needs You, Mera spent two years doing youth development and program evaluation at Branches, Inc., a Miami-based organization working with at risk youth.

Elizabeth Jones

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.

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 daughter.

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.