Our Team

Daniela Terminel , CEO

Opportunity is where progress begins, but there must be equity. It is a privilege and an honor to be part of a global community of compassionate leaders who are working to build equitable systems that ensure the opportunity that every human deserves: health.

Daniela Terminel is the CEO of Global Health Corps (GHC), which mobilizes the movement for health equity by building the next generation of health leaders. Since 2009, GHC has placed and developed creative young professionals from diverse backgrounds into high-impact health positions in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia. GHC’s vibrant, global community of emerging leaders is nearly 1000-strong and growing.

Daniela pairs extensive global strategic and operational expertise with a strong commitment to the principle that leadership can change the world. For more than 15 years, she has worked with leaders around the world to transform entrepreneurial ecosystems and create long-term economic development in the for-profit and non-profit spaces. Before joining GHC, she served on the executive team at Endeavor, where she led the organization through a period of expansion across five continents and multiple industries. She was responsible for launching offices in Europe and Africa and managing operations in 10+ markets. She has also held executive roles in the private sector, serving as Managing Director at Biblomodel-Allsteel, a multi-national furniture enterprise.

Daniela was born and raised in Mexico City, where she learned the importance of being an active part of society in order to catalyze change. She’s devoted her career to fostering strong leadership in social innovation, which is critical to sustainable development and transformation.

Daniela holds a BA in International Business from Universidad Anahuac Norte in Mexico City, and has completed executive leadership programs at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Alongside living her life with purpose, she loves to cook and is passionate about sports, especially soccer and tennis. Daniela is based in New York City.

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 of 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.

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.

Armand Giramahoro , Uganda Operations Manager / Burundi Country 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 Uganda Operations Manager / 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 Senior 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 , Director of Strategic Partnerships

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 Director of Strategic Partnerships for Global Health Corps. In this position, she oversees GHC’s revenue and in-kind partnership strategies and supports overall strategic planning. Prior to this role, she served as the US Country Manager at GHC for two years, providing dedicated support to 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.

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. 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 Senior 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.

Alida Bivegete , Rwanda Operations Coordinator

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 Coordinator. 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 Program 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 Country Manager

To realize health as a human right requires collaboration, passion, and unending commitment from all of us. That is the work we are engaged in and we know that progress is possible!

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 Program and Operations Coordinator

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 Program and Operations Coordinator 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 Senior 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 transitioned to the Alumni team after serving as Special Assistant to the CEO.
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.

Victoria Choong , Finance and Operations Senior 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 Senior 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 , Admissions and Operations Coordinator

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 Admissions and Operations Coordinator, 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.

Shivani Mulji , Finance and Operations Associate

Health care is not a privilege, it is a fundamental right for every human regardless of region and background. GHC recognizes that we need collective effort and a diverse array of skills to bring our society closer towards attaining health equity. I am thrilled to work at an organization that continuously makes positive, impactful changes around the world.

Shivani is the Finance and Operations Associate at Global Health Corps. She graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a minor in Business Studies. Shivani discovered her passion for combating global health inequities after volunteering in several NYC hospitals as a patient advocate. At NYU, she fused her interests in business and healthcare by performing independent economic research on the effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on employer-sponsored health insurance offered by small and large firms. Prior to joining GHC, Shivani was a research and analytics intern in the Global Investment Solutions team at HighTower Advisors. She performed financial market research as well as basic financial and portfolio calculations. Recreationally, Shivani enjoys kickboxing, spending time with her family and discovering hidden gems around New York.

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.

Nicholas Setteducato , Compliance and Operations Manager

GHC’s commitment to developing life-long social justice leaders and promoting health equity worldwide is truly inspiring. It’s essential to have a pipeline of skilled, sensitive leaders who will ensure that all people - regardless of identity, means, or geography – have access to adequate health care. I’m thrilled to be a part of this movement.

As the Compliance and Operations Manager, Nick supports both the day-to-day operations and broader strategic planning efforts of GHC’s human resources functions. Nick’s background is in human resources policy and compliance, with a special focus on employee benefits.  Nick served as a Benefits Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor where he advised citizens and employers on their rights and responsibilities pursuant to federal law. He then transitioned to the private sector where he served as Compliance Counsel for an HR and benefits consulting company, gaining valuable experience in plan design and implementation. Most recently, Nick was a high school history teacher where he taught U.S. history, constitutional history & law, and current events. Nick earned a J.D. from Temple University where he received a Conwell Law Scholarship. He also holds a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania

John Cape , Director of Programs

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 Programs 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. John lives in New York City with his partner and two children.

Brittany Cesarini , Advocacy and Communications Senior 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 Advocacy and Communications Senior 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.

Simon Simkoko , Malawi Operations Manager

The prevalence of inequalities in access to health care systems remains a global challenge. This calls for unified efforts across all professions to tackle such disparities. Working for Global Health Corp is a great opportunity to be part of a team which is thirsty to see to it that leaders are developed to address this challenge.

Simon is the Malawi Operations Manager at Global Health Corps. Prior to joining GHC, he worked for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) where he managed the volunteer program. He managed an average of 80 volunteers per year. He facilitated development of volunteer projects in public health and HIV/AIDS, and developed tools for security and safety of volunteers. Simon also managed office ICT infrastructure, procurement, contracts for volunteers’ accommodation and general logistics.

Simon holds BA in Humanities from University of Malawi where during his studies he was the President of Chancellor College Health Network (CHN) a student organization responsible for HIV/AIDS awareness. He was awarded a National Bank of Malawi Best Student Award for Faculty of Humanities in his third year and later recognized as best student for the faculty for his four years at college. He has recently been awarded Masters in Public Administration in International Development from University of York. He managed his three years’ masters program under full scholarship award from Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship scheme.

Mamata Venkat , US Operations Associate

Health is a fundamental human right, and for too long, this idea has been overlooked. Being surrounded by changemakers who are passionate about rectifying this discrepancy is both inspiring and motivating. It is a privilege to work everyday with intelligent, empathetic, and intentional individuals who are all striving to make a concrete difference in the world.

Mamata began her journey with Global Health Corps as an Operations Intern, before transitioning into the US Operations Associate role in April 2017. In 2014, Mamata interned with the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York shortly after graduation; it was there that she discovered the unique tie between human rights and health. She pursued a post-baccalaureate program with emphasis on public health at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in 2015. While at Wright State, Mamata worked as the Director of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, a long-standing initiative that encourages intercultural relations between the United States and over one hundred participating countries. She was also a delegate for Wright State’s accredited Model United Nations team and a President’s Ambassador, and participated in a study abroad trip to Belgium, England, France, and the Netherlands to examine global human rights violations.

An Ohio native, Mamata graduated from Wright State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Spanish with aspirations of a career in human rights work. In her spare time, Mamata is a meditation trainer with Heartfulness meditation, and enjoys blogging, exploring New York City, traveling, and wasting hours watching golden retriever videos on YouTube.

Lena Derisavifard , Global Talent Senior Associate

Every day I am inspired by the work of the GHC team. I truly believe that a community systems thinkers will be the catalyst for reducing health disparities around the world.

Lena is the Global Talent Senior Associate.  Lena served as a 2015-2016 GHC fellow in Uganda with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). While at CHAI, Lena worked as a technical advisor to the Ministry of Health in HIV supply chain and data analytics. She managed the national laboratory’s commodities forecasts and supply chain for HIV Viral Load testing, created efficiencies to minimize data errors in the national database, and designed an online dashboard to track key metrics assessing the progress of the Viral Load program. Prior to GHC, Lena worked with data analytics in Human Capital Management and Operations at Goldman Sachs. There she was on the committee for the LGBT Network and an active member of the Women’s Network.  Lena discovered her passion for data and social justice at Southern Methodist University, earning degrees in Engineering and Mathematics while working for the Women and Gender Studies Department. She hopes to continue pursuing this passion through applying her technical skills to create sustainable change in domestic and international health systems.

Hannah Taylor , US Country Manager

I am inspired by the diversity of thoughts, skills, experiences and cultures that are the Global Health Corps community. There is boldness in harnessing this diversity in service of creating equitable health access and quality for all - no matter who you are or where you live. I am honored everyday to be a part of this important movement.

Hannah Taylor will be joining the Global Health Corps staff as the United States Country Manager, overseeing the fellowship program in the United States. In this position, she will be responsible for providing dedicated support to GHC fellows, alumni and partner organizations in the US. In her previous position, Hannah served as a Foster America Fellow working with the Administration for Children’s Services in New York City to recruit, retain, and support foster and adoptive parents and relative caregivers for youth in foster care. Hannah has a background in global health, working on community health programs in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and South Sudan as the Child Health Specialist with the International Rescue Committee, and working on community nutrition education programming in Bangladesh with Helen Keller International. She proudly served as a Global Health Corps Fellow (2011-2012) in Rwanda, working with Partners in Health on drug management for community health programs and worked throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia on pharmaceutical supply chain management for tertiary care institutions with AmeriCares. Hannah holds a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Modern Languages with a focus on French and Russian studies from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Joseph Elias , Director of Professional Development

The key to making change is developing strong leaders who balance knowledge, attitude and skill and see every body as human beings.

Joseph Elias is the Director of Professional Development at GHC. Prior to joining GHC, Joseph was the Senior Project Officer for the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) project conducted by ICAP at Columbia University. PHIAs were conducted in over ten sub-Saharan African countries to measure the impact of HIV and health equity issues through home-based surveys and HIV testing. Joseph has worked in public health and international development in amazing communities across the globe. He set up the monitoring and evaluation framework for a national U.S. based organization aimed at providing support and care to young men of color in the south, and coordinated the community and civil society component of the largest ever International AIDS Conference held in Washington, D.C. in 2012. Additionally, Joseph worked with Palestinian refugee women on reducing gender-based violence and increasing child protection, as a technical advisor in the south Pacific on creating health promoting schools, and worked with west African refugee women to assess best practices in dealing with sexual and reproductive health needs. He has a Master of Public Health with a focus on global health and development from the University of Sydney, Australia, a degree in sociology from Macquarie University, and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Joseph loves travelling and experiencing new cultures, spending time with his partner, and trying out his mother’s Lebanese food recipes.

Aisha Mitchell , Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator

The root of many injustices stem from the knowledge and experience gap between communities and decision makers for those communities. I am proud to work at GHC to recruit and develop young leaders around the globe to deepen their knowledge, soften their hearts, and begin to dismantle the oppressive systems that have perpetuated health inequities for far too long.

Aisha Mitchell joins Global Health Corps as Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator on the Communications & Advocacy team. She is honored and excited to help GHC think critically and strategically about managing the recruitment process and helping source talented emerging young leaders committed to social justice and health equity. Before joining GHC, Aisha served as Assistant Director of Corporate and Employer Relations at Elon University, where she managed relationships with hundreds of organizations across industries and locations across the U.S. to connect undergraduate students to valuable professional opportunities. Additionally, she collaborated with faculty, staff, and student groups to create career development strategy and programming for students across 50 majors. Prior to Elon, she worked in various capacities including operations & compliance, event management, and external partnerships, in public charter school in Washington, DC. There she used her Chinese language skills and continually advocated for the health and wellbeing of children every day.

A proud DC native, Aisha graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elon University with her Bachelors of Arts in International Studies with an Asian concentration, and minors in Political Science and Business Administration. She loves trying new foods, practicing yoga, and being outside at any chance she gets.

Barbara Bush , Co-Founder and Board Member

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 Co-founder & Board Member 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.

Ruth Achillah , Uganda Program Manager

Martin Luther King Jr said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you
doing for others?” I am privileged that I belong to a community that answers that
question every day, in its movement to create a healthier, more dignified future for
every man, woman and child.

Ruth Achillah is the Uganda Program Manager at Global Health Corps, responsible for providing dedicated support to the GHC fellows, alumni and partner organizations in-country.
With over eight years of progressive experience in project management, finance and communications, she has driven the creation, implementation, support, and management of complex projects for small and medium businesses. Prior to joining GHC, Ruth worked as a business development strategist, providing entrepreneurs with the training and business tools they needed to be competitive and sustainable. Ruth also worked as the Program Manager for Try Medics, a Danish medical internship program, and spearheaded the setup of their Ugandan office. Before that, she managed large financial portfolios for Standard Chartered Bank in the business and priority clients’ segments, specialising in client relationships and product development. Here she served as a member of the CEO advisory panel and was part of a team of executive leadership prospects as well.
Ruth pursued her Global MBA in Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses, at Bologna Business school as an Africa scholarship recipient.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Uganda Christian University where she received an Honors College scholarship.