Our Team

LMG Staff Bios

Management Sciences for Health

James A. Rice, Ph.D: Project Director

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Jim Rice is the Director of the Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project. Prior to joining MSH, Dr. Rice served as an Executive Vice President in the Governance and Executive Compensation practice of Integrated Healthcare Strategies, where he focused on strategic governance of tax-exempt health sector organizations and integrated care systems for leadership development of physicians and medical groups. Dr. Rice has frequently been designing and implementing leadership and governance enhancement strategies for integrated delivery health systems in over 30 countries. He serves as vice chairman of The Governance Institute, dedicated to research and education for health system boards and leadership teams. Dr. Rice holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in management and health policy from the University of Minnesota, where he also received the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award, a U.S. National Institute of Health Doctoral Fellowship, and the American Hospital Association’s Corning Award for excellence in hospital planning. Dr. Rice holds faculty positions at The Judge School of Business, Cambridge University and the Program in Health Administration at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. He has lectured at Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa, The Thunderbird International School of Management in Arizona, Cornell University and Harvard University. Contact: jrice@msh.org

Megan Kearns: Deputy Director

Megan Kearns is the Senior Manager, Project Management for the LMG Project.  Megan is a skilled technical program manager with over eighteen years of experience in project development, implementation, and evaluation.  She has worked in public health programming for many years, including nine years supporting and managing international HIV and AIDS programs.  Prior to starting with the project in August of 2013, she served as the Senior Technical Director for the USAID-funded Guyana HIV/AIDS Reduction and Prevention Project, which focused on building national capacity in HIV prevention and care.  As a Global Health Fellow, she worked from 2007 – 2011 as a Senior HIV/AIDS Regional Advisor  in USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, where she supported programs in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southern Sudan.   Megan has master’s degrees in Latin American Studies and Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.  She speaks Spanish. Contact: mkearns@msh.org

Margaret Mensah: Deputy Finance & Administration Director

Margaret Mensah is the Deputy Finance & Administrator Director having joined the LMG team in February 2013. With 15 years’ experience, including five years of experience managing USAID-funded projects she has long worked as a finance, administration and contract professional. Ms. Mensah’s experience includes project operations and administration, financial management and reporting, human resources administration, training of site employees, knowledge management, donor compliance, cost share management and reporting, budget analysis, new office setup and close out,  and pipeline reporting. She has extensive experience managing contracts-subcontracts, grants, consultants, teaming agreements and is also knowledgeable with management of Expression of Interests (EOI), Request for proposals (RFP) and Request for Assistance (RFA) Contracts, Cooperative Agreements, grants and grants under contracts. Ms. Mensah holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Management; Finance and Entrepreneurship. She is also a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Ms. Mensah is a good trainer and has conducted Financial Capacity Building trainings in several countries. Ms. Mensah has country experiences in South Sudan, Ghana, Zambia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Namibia. She speaks English, is a native speaker Twi and Akan. Contact: mmensah@msh.org

Eva Ros: Global Partnerships and Advocacy Director

photo of Eva RosEva Ros is the Director for Global Partnerships and Advocacy and Team Lead for LMG LIbya. She is an international public health expert with 13 years of experience in public-private partnerships, capacity building and organization development across multiple countries and regions. Previously, she directed The Kaizen Company’s health strategy and new business development for USAID-funded activities. As Operations Officer with IFC (World Bank Group), she worked with governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to identify, design and implement public-private partnerships in health infrastructure and worked closely with client governments’ Ministries of Health and Ministries of Finance.  Her IFC project, the Tlalnepantla (Mexico) Hospital concession, was awarded “Latin American PPP Deal of the Year” by Project Finance magazine. Ms. Ros also served in Jordan for 3 years as the Deputy Chief of Party for a $12 million USAID-funded family planning/reproductive health project.  She holds an MBA and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Catalan; fair in French, Portuguese, and Italian, and basic in Arabic. Contact: eros@msh.org

Reshma Trasi: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research (MER) Team Director

Reshma Trasi is the Director of the MER team of the LMG project. Dr. Trasi has 14 years of progressive experience in global public health, performance monitoring, evaluation, applied research, leadership and management, and strategic planning in low-resource settings in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.  Throughout her professional career, Dr. Trasi has designed, implemented and supervised research, monitoring and evaluation systems for complex multi-country and multi-faceted programs, with particular focus on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. She specializes in leading teams to utilize research and evaluation findings for policy, advocacy, strategic planning and decision-making. Dr. Trasi has demonstrated success in identifying, applying and evaluating high-impact practices and state-of-the-art approaches in four cross-cutting areas at national and sub-national levels: health systems strengthening, capacity building, gender equity, and advocacy for women’s leadership. She has produced numerous papers, articles and presentations in the technical areas of her expertise. Contact: rtrasi@msh.org

Wayne Nissly: Strategic Communications Director

Wayne Nissly is the Director of Strategic Communications for the LMG Project. Wayne is a communications and knowledge exchange expert with over 20 years experience in the fields of Learning & Development and Knowledge Sharing within a wide variety of organizations including private, public, government, and non-profit organizations. Prior to working for MSH, Wayne served in the role of Deputy, Int’l Operations for Abt Associates and was recognized for key process innovations delivering significant growth in Abt’s knowledge sharing culture and providing the organization a variety of organizational assessment functions and global capacity building tools.  Previously with World Vision, International Programs Group, Wayne served in the role of Chief Architect/ Strategic Capabilities and developed a web-based global knowledge sharing platform connecting the programming and marketing sides of the organization with the field offices (over 1600 offices across 97 countries).  With a Masters in International Management, Wayne brings a global mindset and wide exposure to a variety of cultures. Having lived in developing countries for 16 years, Wayne demonstrates an understanding of how and where Communication/KE solutions offer value, and how they can improve the effectiveness and performance both in the field and at headquarters. Wayne also has a clear understanding of technology capacity issues in the development context, a strong familiarity with USAID KM initiatives, and demonstrated success with process improvement, mobilizing communities and championing organizational change. Contact: wnissly@msh.org

Belkis Giorgis: Senior Technical Advisor for Gender and Capacity Building

photo of Belkis GiorgisBelkis Giorgis is the Gender and Capacity Building Senior Technical Advisor for the LMG Project. Between 2004 and 2006 I worked as a volunteer and consultant to the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia to develop the Health Officers Accelerated Training Program; supported the National Coalition of Women against HIV/AIDs and develop their strategic plan, develop proposals, mobilize resources; served as a Technical Advisor to the Organization of African First Ladies. In addition, I serve on different boards in the country to support girl’s education, OVC, mental health, gender equity and other causes. Contact: bgiorgis@msh.org


Mahesh Shukla: Senior Technical Advisor for Public Sector Governance

Mahesh Shukla is the Public Sector Governance Senior Technical Advisor for the LMG Project. He is a public health physician, a health policy professional and a leading expert on governance and health with proficiency in strengthening and reform of health systems. Dr. Shukla has 20+ years of experience in health and governance in public sector. He has extensive experience in leading complex health and development programs and projects at national, state and local levels in capacity constrained and fragile environments. He has worked with UNDP and the World Bank, and has provided policy advice to the governments.  He has advised the Government of Afghanistan in design of its legal and institutional framework for subnational governance. He has advanced policy analysis and capacity development skills. He is trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods especially in handling and analyzing large data sets using STATA, SAS and GIS. He manages change effectively and has reputation for integrity, responsibility, hard work and commitment. Dr. Shukla has earned his MD in internal medicine from Nagpur University in India, DrPH in Health Policy from the George Washington University, and MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs which is a premier public administration school in the United States. Contact: mshukla@msh.org

Lourdes de la Peza: Principal Technical Advisor on Management and Leadership

Lourdes de la Peza is currently Principal Technical Advisor on Management and Leadership for LMG (Leadership Management and Governance Project) at Center of Leadership and Management in Management Science for Health. She is working with MSH since 1995. She is an Organizational Development Specialist, with experience on Leadership and Management Development and Governance interventions to strengthen organizational capacity including situation analysis and strategic planning. She is a skilled consultant, trainer, facilitator, communicator, virtual trainer, training designer, trainer of trainers and executive coach in the areas of leadership development, management skills, organizational development, and governance. She is also a certificated Executive Coach.  She has worked with both governmental and private sector organizations, both health and non-health in the Latin American, Caribbean region and the last five years in Anglophone countries in Africa.

Karen Johnson Lassner: Technical Advisor, Governance

photo of Karen Johnson LassnerKaren Johnson Lassner is the Governance Officer for the LMG Project. With 35 years of experience in the area of global health, she has worked for MSH for the last fifteen years, including as the MSH Rep in Brazil. Ms. Lassner’s technical areas of expertise include planning, implementation and evaluation of primary health care, reproductive health services, prevention of HIV and tuberculosis, and building the leadership, management, and governance capacity of organizations to advocate and deliver health services.  Her specific skills include strategic and operational planning, leadership development, management needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation, leading and managing organizational change, governance strengthening of civil society organizations and multi-sector bodies, and management of community health programs. Under her leadership, the public-private partnership community health program "Improving Maternal Health in the Amazon" received a World Bank 2001 Development Marketplace Award.  She is also a seasoned face-to-face and virtual facilitator and trainer.  Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, her years of experience in Latin America and the Caribbean include work in Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Guyana. Ms. Lassner holds MA/MPH degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Contact: klassner-consultant@msh.org

Kate Wilson: Technical Advisor

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Kate Wilson is a Technical Advisor at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) for the USAID-supported Leadership, Management & Governance Project (LMG). Within LMG’s portfolio of work, Kate manages and oversees the technical direction for LMG’s activities that strengthen the leadership capacity, management systems, and sustainability of partner organizations providing services for especially vulnerable groups, including victims of torture, civilian victims of conflict, children at risk, and people with disabilities. Additionally, she focuses on leadership of change and systematic planning for scale up with the IBP Consortium. Before joining MSH, she supported the Health Systems Strengthening team in USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS through the Global Health Fellows Program. Kate provided technical assistance to various PEPFAR country programs focusing on health systems strengthening in HIV epidemics driven by most-at-risk-populations and programming for country ownership. Prior to USAID, Kate reviewed the state of evidence for the impact of management and leadership in global health programs and developed a compendium of 57 case studies for the CDC. She brings field experience from serving as a Community Health Mobilization Officer for an HIV/AIDS program in Ethiopia. Kate’ s interests lie in strategic leadership, performance improvement, social entrepreneurship, and supporting women leaders with experience in academia, not-for-profits, government agencies, and both the public and private sectors. She holds a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Global Health Management. Contact: kwilson@msh.org

Rebecca Simon: Manager of Strategic Communications

Rebecca “Becca” Simon has 10 years of experience in global health communications, spanning strategy development, knowledge management, grassroots advocacy, and corporate marketing communications. A communications generalist, Becca is skilled at utilizing print, digital, and new media to engage audiences, as well as producing highly participatory in-person knowledge sharing events. Her writing, editing, and design style is decidedly audience-first, ensuring maximum impact and return on investment. Becca is known for creating mutually beneficial linkages across projects, organizations, and sectors. Most recently, she was Communications Director for the Knowledge for Health project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs. She has also managed communications on projects at the American Institutes for Research and Futures Group Global, and managed congressional delegations to developing countries on a grassroots advocacy tuberculosis campaign at RESULTS Educational Fund. She holds a BSEd in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA, and an MPH in Global Health Policy from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Contact: rsimon@msh.org

Tara Squitiro: Finance Analyst 

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Tara Squitiro is the Financial Analyst for the LMG Project. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Pittsburgh and held the Dan Sweat Fellowship during her Masters of Public Administration program at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. During her Masters program, Tara specialized in Management and Finance, served as both a research and a teaching assistant, and co- authored two papers for The Civic League for Regional Atlanta, a nonprofit civic organization. After graduating from the Andrew Young School in December 2009, Tara managed a small speaking and consulting firm, worked on a mayoral campaign in Kansas City, Missouri, and served as the Executive Assistant to the President and Vice President at a law firm in downtown DC. Her international experience includes a year of study abroad at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III in Montpellier, France, extensive travel in Western Europe, and short trips to a few countries in Africa. Tara speaks English natively, French fluently, and Italian well enough. Contact: tsquitiro@msh.org

Sasha Grenier: Technical Officer

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Sasha joined the LMG Project in December 2011. Prior to joining MSH, Sasha worked at the Pan-American Health Organization where she provided M&E, research and communications support for the Gender, Diversity and Human Rights Office. Sasha has extensive research experience, including for a NIH-funded maternal health project and for the Miami-Dade Health Department’s Women’s Health office where she piloted and evaluated a survey on perceived barriers for colorectal cancer screening.  She also spent time working for prison reform at the Pennsylvania Prison Society, and worked as an Assistant Editor for a nationwide prisoner-led newsletter.  This experience inspired her thesis: an ethnography of an informal network connecting incarcerated mothers in Philadelphia to Amish women in rural Pennsylvania. Her international experience includes work in Vietnam and India on religious refugee communities. She holds a Master’s of Public Health degree and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Religion from Swarthmore College. Sasha brings her research, M&E, program management, and communications skills to her new position. She is Cuban-American, fluent in Spanish and English, and loves rock climbing, running, and art. Contact: sgrenier@msh.org

Maggie Lamiell: Senior Project Associate

photo of Maggie LamiellMaggie Lamiell is a Senior Project Associate for the Innovation and Health Systems Strengthening Team of the LMG Project.  She earned her Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts and International Political Science from Vanderbilt University.  While at Vanderbilt, she served as the President of the Blair School of Music Student Council and as a member of the Vanderbilt Student Government Senate. Maggie also travelled to Acosta, Costa Rica to teach music lessons and conduct youth orchestras and volunteered as an English and math tutor to middle school students in Nashville.  Maggie worked as an intern at Congressman Jim Cooper’s district office in Nashville, TN, where she researched legislation and worked as a constituent liaison.  Prior to this experience, she worked as an Intern at Allied Arts in Oklahoma City, where she worked on donor relations and planned fundraising events.  Maggie speaks English natively and is conversational in Spanish.  Contact: mlamiell@msh.org

Sarah Lindsay: Technical Officer

Sarah Lindsay is a Technical Officer for the LMG project working on advocacy, global partnerships, gender, and youth. Pphoto of Sarah Lindsayrior to joining LMG, Sarah worked with the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI), a five year project that worked with ministries of health in Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal, and Sierra Leone to advance country ownership in three inter-related policy areas: health financing, donor alignment, and reproductive health. Sarah also has experience working with the Health Worker Migration Initiative in which she assisted in editing the World Health Organization’s Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel which went on to be unanimously passed by the World Health Assembly in 2010. Sarah holds a MA from American University in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs, where she concentrated on Ethical Development with a focus on women, health, and the environment. She has spent time studying abroad at Somerville College, Oxford University and in Italy. Sarah holds a BA in English Language and Literature from North Carolina State University along with minors in Africana Studies and History. Contact: slindsay@msh.org

Meghan Guida: Senior M&E Associate

Meghan Guida is the Senior M&E Associate for the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research (MER) team of the LMG Project. For the past year, Meghan supported the SIAPS project in MSH’s Center for Pharmaceutical Management (CPM). In this position, she provided program management support to field offices, assisted with a literature review of pharmaco-vigilance systems in Asia and Africa. Meghan additionally supported the CPM Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) team in developing a Data Quality Assessment (DQA) tool and guidance document for use with CPM projects. Prior to this, Meghan worked on M&E with the National Democratic Institute, where she assisted in adapting project assessment methodologies for use in democracy and governance programs, and developed M&E tools, guidance documents, and e-learning platforms for staff. Meghan has also undertaken assignments with UNIFEM and the International Rescue Committee. Meghan earned her Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, concentrating on international development and conflict resolution, and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wake Forest University. She speaks Spanish and is interested in learning French. Contact: mguida@msh.org

Sarah Jonassen Bittman: Project Specialist

Sarah Jonassen Bittman is the Project Specialist for the LMG Project. Prior to joining LMG, Sarah worked for USAID/Washington’s Health Systems Division in the Global Health Bureau for two years as the Senior Program Assistant, providing programmatic and technical support to an array of health systems strengthening projects. Her international experience includes an internship in Kathmandu, Nepal with JSI’s Nepal Family Health Program, where she analyzed improvements in health facilities, as well as two short-term technical assistance visits she made to Ghana and Rwanda while working with USAID. Sarah recently earned her MS in Global Health and Population from the Harvard School of Public Health, and wrote her master’s thesis on ways of measuring the impact of community participation in health governance on health outcomes. She holds a BA in International Affairs and Global Public Health from the George Washington University, where she also minored in French. Sarah is a native English speaker and an intermediate French speaker. Contact: sbittman@msh.org

Emily Porter: Project Associate

Emily Porter is the Project Associate for Project Management at LMG. In 2012 Emily graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University earning her degrees in International Studies as well as Political Science with honors, in addition to completing a Black World Studies minor. During her time at OWU, Emily interned abroad in Tanzania with FHI 360 on the ROADS II Tanzania Project, focusing on HIV/AIDS efforts in East Africa. After her work in Tanzania, Emily interned with the Malaria Policy Project, an initiative of Malaria No More, where she worked as a Malaria Griot. Through her role as a Malaria Griot, she provided information on malaria and support to aid workers both locally and internationally. In 2012 Emily was selected to present on the Gandhian philosophical approach to technology at Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India. Contact: eporter@msh.org

Casey Lonabocker: Finance Associate

Casey Lonabocker is the Finance Associate for the LMG project.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, with Business and Economics minors from Loyola University Maryland.  While at Loyola, she was involved with various organizations ranging from public health to education to domestic abuse. Before working at MSH, she traveled to Ghana to work on a clean water project where she partnered with rural communities to establish a sustainable local water treatment business and provided clean water to a village of 500 people. She also studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia where she spent time traveling through New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia. Contact: clonabocker@msh.org


Katie Martin: Project Associate

Katie Martin is a Project Associate working on USAID’s Population and Reproductive Health portfolio of the Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) project. Prior to joining Management Sciences for Health, Katie supported the US Department of Defense as a Senior International Program Management Specialist for a 9-nation communications program based at Naval Base Point Loma - Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Training Center. Her past experience includes a White House internship in the Domestic and Economic Policy office of the Vice President of the United States, as well as a position in the US House of Representatives through the Panetta Institute for Public Policy. Katie has also volunteered with numerous organizations and campaigns in a communications capacity, coordinating social media, analytics, and basic copyediting. Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from San Diego State University with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Security & Conflict Resolution and Political Science. In her spare time, Katie loves to travel and has visited 17 countries/territories across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Contact: kmartin@msh.org

Sean Dryer: Project Associate

Sean Dryer is a Project Associate for the LMG Project. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University.  As a wildlife biologist, he both supported and ran various research projects in rural Kenya until his strengthening bonds with the local community convinced him to seek an opportunity to redirect his logistical skills and experience problem solving in Africa to serve LMG’s mission.  Sean also supported female secondary education in Kenya as a member of Michigan State University’s Elimu Bora student group executive board, and volunteered as a project manager for Heart to Heart Africa in Kitonga, Tanzania where he facilitated the construction of a powered source of sanitary water to a rural school and the surrounding community. Sean is an native English speaker with intermediate Swahili and rapidly improving French. Contact: sdryer@msh.org

Joseph Dwyer: Technical Advisor, Leadership and Management

Joseph Dwyer has over 30 years of experience developing, managing, implementing, and advising international health programs. Mr. Dwyer is a specialist in leadership and organization development, change management, strategic planning, and stakeholder collaboration. This work includes organizational change with a focus on an institution’s purpose, leadership, culture, management and/or design as well as work with leaders and teams to move past problems and work toward larger common goals. He has published and presented widely on topics including: leadership development; change management, systems strengthening and quality improvement. Mr. Dwyer is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Global Business School Network and currently works at Management Sciences for Health from the USA. He was previously based in Nairobi Kenya, working across all of sub Sahara Africa for 13 years from 1985 to 1998. Contact: jdwyer-consultant@msh.org

LMG Partner Bios

Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI)

Betsy Bradley: Faculty Director, The Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI)

Betsy resized for webDr. Betsy Bradley will serve as the key liaison between Yale and LMG to accomplish key results. She is the advisor for all Yale research and programming and is leading the design of implementation activities with consortium partners. Dr. Bradley is faculty director at Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, director at Yale Global Health Initiative and professor of public health at Yale School of Public Health.  Her research focuses on health delivery systems and quality improvement and has contributed important findings about organizational change and quality of care within the hospital, nursing home and hospice settings. She has been involved with several projects regarding health systems strengthening in international settings, including China, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Dr. Bradley is also leading the development of an operational framework of diffusion, dissemination, and widespread take up of family health innovations. Findings from this research can be integrated into future strategy development and large-scale implementation efforts undertaken by the Gates Foundation and the wider global health community.  She also works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Clinton Health Access Initiative on the Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative. Dr. Bradley received her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Yale University and is author of more than 180 peer-reviewed publications and two books. Contact: elizabeth.bradley@yale.edu

Nikole Allen: Project Manager, The Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI)

Nikole supports programs in Ethiopia, training and research programs with the UK National Health Service, the Leadership, Management and Governance initiative with the International Committee of Red Cross in several countries, and human resources for health in Rwanda. Before joining GHLI at Yale University Nikole worked with Peace Corps Ethiopia as a community HIV/AIDS advisor in Gondar, Ethiopia with the Organization for Social Service for AIDS. As well as the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s (CHAI) Global Health Financing Department on a five-country study of ART care and treatment expenses per patient. Later, Nikole supported the CHAI Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative as a hospital management volunteer and program coordinator. She graduated from Western Oregon University with a leadershipendorsement and later received her MPH from University of Washington’s Department of Global Health. Contact: Nikole.allen@yale.edu

Jeannie Mantopoulos: Assistant Director, The Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI)

photo of Jeannie MantopoulosJeannie Mantopoulos is the Operation Lead for the LMG Project. She will be directing implementation activities for the project. Jeannie currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI). At the Yale GHLI, Jeannie manages operations for the annual GHLI conference, coordinates the Strategic Thinking in Global Health course at Yale, and leads other efforts on campus. Previously, Ms. Mantopoulos served as project manager for the Ethiopia Hospital Management Initiative (EHMI) where she managed the Master in Healthcare and Hospital Administration Program at Jimma University in Ethiopia – the first hospital and health care administration master’s degree program in Africa. Her work at EHMI also included support for the revision of the “Blueprint for Hospital Management in Ethiopia,” writing grant applications and development of monitoring and evaluation tools, including a standardized patient satisfaction survey for Ethiopian hospitals. She is a graduate of the CUNY Honors College at Hunter College and received an M.P.H. from the Yale School of Public Health. She is a member of the International Advisory Committee for the World of Children, Inc. and has contributed to several papers regarding the education in hospital management. Contact: jeannie.mantopoulos@yale.edu

International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF)

Elly Mugumya: LMG Liaison, International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF)

  photo of Elly MugumyaElly is the Project Director of the IPPF/LMG partnership for the International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR). Before taking the LMG post, Elly was Team Leader for IPPF Eastern and Southern Africa Sub-region (IPPF/ESASR) based in Nairobi-Kenya. His job role was to provide leadership and supervision to a technical team and oversee the strategic management of IPPF Africa Region programs in 21 Member Associations.
Elly holds Master of Arts degree from University of Exeter, U.K (1992) and a Bachelor of Arts from Makerere University, Kampala (1984), in addition to several post graduate diplomas and certificates in leadership and management. With over 20 years of experience, Elly possesses extensive practical experience in organizational management and leadership, community development, resource mobilization, human resources management, managing multi-million donor project funds, networking, partnership development & management, and writing of project proposals. Contact: emugumya@ippfaro.org

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH)

Anbrasi Edward: Faculty Member, Department of International Health, JHSPH

photo of Anbrasi Edward Dr. Anbrasi Edward is helping LMG design and implement rigorous studies and operations research evaluations showing the role of leadership, management and governance interventions in strengthening health systems. She is a full time faculty member in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and For the past 15 years she has been engaged in health systems research and evaluation in low and middle income countries, Co-instructs several management and primary health care courses and is the Co-Director of the Health Leadership Management Concentration for the Master’s in Public Health Program at the school. Her primary interest is in quality management and strengthening health system initiatives and has supported several projects for the design, research and evaluation of performance both at the national and primary care level. Currently, she is engaged in the design of health system performance evaluation framework for PAHO and also serves as the Co-Principal investigator for Afghanistan’s Evaluation of Strengthening Health Services for the Rural Poor Initiative. Contact: aedward@jhsph.edu 

Medic Mobile

Josh Nesbit: CEO, Medic Mobile

photo of Josh NesbitJosh Nesbit is the CEO of Medic Mobile. Josh and his team have worked in 15 countries in East and West Africa, Asia, and Latin America, using mobile technologies to support a wide range of programs - from infectious disease surveillance in rural Malawi to emergency response after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He is an Ashoka Fellow, PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Strauss Scholar, Haas Public Service Fellow, and Case Foundation Social Citizen Ambassador. Josh was named by Devex as one of 40 Under 40 Leaders in International Development and received the Truman Award for Innovation from the Society for International Development. Contact: josh@medicmobile.org

 Maeghan Orton: Regional Director for Africa, Medic Mobile

photo for Maeghan OrtonMaeghan Orton champions the LMG partnership within Medic Mobile, and her role involves consulting and training health leaders, product design research, and developing technology solutions for medium and long term impact. Maeghan holds a BA in Business from the University of Waterloo, and an MSc in International health from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She also has experience in the financial & international development sectors, specializing in maternal and child health. She has lived and worked in twelve countries in North America, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe, and now manages Medic Mobile's East Africa programs from a base in Nairobi.  . Contact: maeghan@medicmobile.org


African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)

 Peter Ngatia: Director of Capacity Building, AMREF

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Dr. Peter Muchiri Ngatia will be the principal liaison AMREF to the LMG Team, and will help enhance LMG plans and strategies for eLearning and Knowledge Exchange (KE) and assist in interviews of selected African health sector leaders. Dr. Ngatia is the Director of Capacity Building in African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). He is responsible for the overall training and capacity building function in the organization in Africa, focusing on human resource development, health management information systems and leadership and management. His main areas of expertise include human resources for health (HRH) development, health systems strengthening and Research and Medical education. Since joining AMREF about 26 years ago, he has held several key positions including Acting Director General, Director of Programmes, Country Director and Chief Technical Advisor. Dr. Ngatia has spearheaded the development of programmes strategies and policies in Human Resources for Health in the continent. These programmes have been credited with scaling up and skilling up HRH in countries such as Uganda, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, among others. He is a member of the Global Health Workforce Alliance and its African Platform, and the Chairman of the Africa Health Leadership and Management Network. Dr. Ngatia has spearheaded various consultancies on behalf of AMREF for several Ministries of Health in Africa, the World Bank, European Union, the World Health Organization, CIDA, SIDA, DFID and USAID. He has authored several publications on capacity building of health workers, the problem of brain drain in Africa, eLearning and mobile learning in poor countries, monitoring and evaluation, research and innovative curricula for health workers. Dr. Ngatia holds a BSc in Rehabilitation Medicine, MEd in Medical Education and Public Health, and a PhD in Medical Education, Planning and Development from the University of Alberta in Canada. Contact: peter.ngatia@amref.org  

David Chase, Grants Manager, AMREF

David Chase will support Dr. Ngatia and the Capacity Building team at AMREF Headquarters with grant management and will serve as a liaison for AMREF with the LMG team. David is currently Grants Manager at the African Medical Research Foundation, USA. In that capacity he is in charge of grants fundraising in the U.S. from corporations, foundations, and U.S. government agencies.  He has worked with colleagues in the various AMREF offices to develop successful proposals to the CDC, USAID, ASHA, and various private funding agencies. Before coming to AMREF, David worked as a marketer in the media industry where he developed marketing strategies and presentations for magazines and newspapers in support of advertising sales. He spent 13 years at The New York Times prior to coming to AMREF.  David is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (business administration) and holds an M.A. degree in music from Teachers College, Columbia University. chase@amrefusa.org

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MSH's Center for Leadership and Management (CLM)

Lawrence Michel: Vice President of the Center for Leadership and Management (CLM) at MSH

Mr. Michel is Vice President for the Center for Leadership and Management. The Center is one of three centers for Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and is responsible for the areas of health leadership, governance and management development, human capacity development, financial management, and health systems strengthening. As Vice President, Mr. Michel is a member of MSH’s leadership team which sets the strategy and goals for the organization. Mr. Michel is responsible for the Center’s performance, financial and operational management, project implementation and client relations, technical strategy and leadership, new business development, staffing, contract management, marketing and communications, and knowledge exchange. The Center has a portfolio of over 40 projects, including the LMG project, with a total contract value in excess of $750 million, ranging in size from $20 thousand to $200 million. The Center is comprised of over 900 staff; 130 based in the USA and over 750 staff around the world.  Mr. Michel comes to MSH from the Cardno Emerging Markets (formerly Deloitte Emerging Markets Group), where he served as Managing Director of Cardno Emerging Market's office in London which provided consulting services to donor agencies, including the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), the European Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Prior to joining EMG, he was an associate partner and practice leader for the International Development Practice at IBM Business Consulting Services (formerly PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP). Mr. Michel has 25 years of experience working with national and local governments, NGOs, post-conflict organizations and the private sector. Mr. Michel's international experience includes short and long term assignments in over 20 countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. He holds an MBA in International Business, Finance and Marketing from Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BA from Northwestern University. Contact: lmichel@msh.org

  Kathleen Alvarez: Country Portfolio Director of CLM

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Kathleen Alvarez is a Country Portfolio Director on the LMG project. Ms. Alvarez is currently responsible for overseeing and supporting a portfolio of projects in Nigeria, Vietnam, Peru and Honduras.  Ms. Alvarez’s experience covers a broad spectrum of activities including basic health services, community-based health care, nutrition, community agriculture, micro-finance, micro-enterprise and business development services, organizational capacity building and grants management.  Her career in International Development has involved resident and short-term assignments in Latin America, Africa and Central Asia, including situations of post-conflict and natural disaster.  During her more than 12 years working with MSH, Ms. Alvarez’s responsibilities have included the positions of Director for Bi-lateral Project Design in the office of Business Resource Development, Program Manager for the REACH Project in Afghanistan where she led the $80 million program providing grants & pharmaceuticals to 29 NGOs, Regional Desk Officer for Asia/Near East, and Program Associate for projects in Asia.  Prior to joining MSH, Ms. Alvarez was Country Director for Pro Mujer Nicaragua and worked in the field of corporate social responsibility through her position as Assistant Director of International Development with the grassroots NGO, Coffee Kids.  Mrs. Alvarez has a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Development and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia. Contact: kalvarez@msh.org

Kristin Cooney: Country Portfolio Director of CLM

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Kristin Cooney is a Country Portfolio Director on the LMG project. Ms. Cooney is a highly capable project manager and motivated team leader with more than twenty-five years of experience working for international NGOs as well as for USAID. With MSH since 2006, she has led large country programs in more than 20 countries worldwide. She has successfully designed and implemented high-performing country programs in complex settings (such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, and Southern Sudan). Prior to joining MSH, Ms. Cooney was the Chief of Party for IntraHealth/PRIME II in Rwanda and Director of the Breastfeeding and MCH Division at the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University. She worked with three different projects at the Academy for Educational Development—HEALTHCOM I and II and LINKAGES. Her experience worldwide incudes leading and managing a variety of reproductive health, maternal and child health, and other health programs, ensuring their success through capacity building, supportive supervision and expert guidance, quality assurance, results management, problem solving, and strong collaboration. Ms. Cooney’s work history demonstrates a strong balance between field and U.S.- based home office headquarters, with strong management, project and strategic framework development, and monitoring and evaluation expertise. She is a published writer in both technical journals and the lay press, and has excellent writing and communication skills. She is fluent in French. Contact: kcooney@msh.org

Alain Joyal: Country Portfolio Director of CLM

Alain Joyal is a Country Portfolio Director on the LMG project. Mr. Joyal has over 20 years of experience managing and advising primary health care and reproductive health strengthening projects, programs and organizations in developing countries. He has been active in development work in Africa, Central Asia and the Indian Ocean region over the last three decades. Since 2003, he has led MSH’s Center for Leadership and Management Country Programs Unit’s successful implementation of capacity building programs totaling over $200 million in over 30 countries worldwide. He has successfully designed and led high performing projects and teams in complex settings (Afghanistan, Guinea, Madagascar).

Mr. Joyal has extensive experience leading diverse teams of international and national experts in various technical areas – guiding assistance packages development, implementation and evaluation. A financial management specialist and professional accountant, he has been providing technical assistance to NGOs, GOs and ministries in management systems upgrading, organizational development and institutional strengthening since 1981. Contact: ajoyal@msh.org

Antoine Ndiaye: Principal Technical Advisor for CLM

Dr. Ndiaye is a public health practitioner with more than 20 years of professional experience. He has demonstrated success leading and managing a diverse variety of donor-funded programs working to address RH, MCH, HIV/AIDS, commodity security, and capacity building needs. During his more than 13 years working with MSH, he served as MSH’s Regional Commodity Security Planning Coordinator for the Action for West Africa Regional Project (AWARE-RH) where he led and coordinated commodity security activities in 21 countries working closely with regional institutions such as CESAG in Senegal and IRSP in Benin. He currently serves as a Principal Technical Advisor for MSH’s Center for Leadership and Management, providing technical assistance to projects globally. Antoine has served as Technical Support Lead (TSL) for MSH field support (under LMG) and one proposal in Haiti that are focused on RH/FP, RHCS, HIV/AIDS, integrated health services, Leadership, Management, and Governance, and other relevant technical areas. Prior to his current position, Dr. Ndiaye served during five years as the Project Director for the LMS/Haiti program, where he oversaw all LMS activities in country; coordinated with the Ministry of Public Health and Population, USAID, and UNFPA in the development of project activities; and built relationships with project partners on behavior change related FP, HIV/AIDS, commodity security, community mobilization, and leadership and development. Dr. Ndiaye has a doctorate in Pharmacy and is fluent in French and English. Contact: andiaye@msh.org

Emmanuel Le Perru: Principal Technical Advisor in CLM

Emmanuel Le Perru has been working in the field of health and international development for more than 12 years at national and international levels, either for development organizations, academic and research institutions, government agencies, management consulting firms, or pharmaceutical companies. As a Principal Technical Advisor, Emmanuel manages at Management Sciences for Health’s home office the USAID-funded Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) projects in West and Central Africa and in Haiti, as well as the LMS/Haiti project (Leadership, Management and Sustainability), which ensures the distribution of reproductive health products in Haiti. Emmanuel has extensive project management experience, most recently at Population Services International (PSI), where he was the Program Manager for Benin, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Togo, a portfolio with an annual budget of more than $100 million that included HIV and malaria prevention and treatment programs as well as reproductive health and child survival programs. Prior to this experience, Emmanuel worked with the Institut Pasteur in Paris as a Licensing and Business Development Manager for Infectious Disease Therapeutics in the Office of Technology Transfer. He was also Associate Director for Business Partnerships and Grant Management at the French National Cancer Institute (INCa). In addition, Emmanuel served as the Representative of the French Agency for Innovation Financing and Development (OSEO) at the Embassy of France in the United States, and worked as the International Technology Outreach Program Manager in the Office of Technology Transfer of University of California System, Office of the President. He received his master’s degree in management from the SKEMA Business School in Nice, France, and studied for a year at the TEC de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico. Emmanuel is fluent in English, French and Spanish. Contact: eleperru@msh.org

Sara Wilhelmsen: Senior Program Officer in CLM

Sara Wilhelmsen is currently responsible for overseeing LMG's activities in Ukraine and Uganda. Sara joins the team with 8 years of experience managing and leading global health programs.  Ms. Wilhelmsen specializes in health system program design and approaches, specifically in the areas of leadership and management and human resources.  She has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa and southeast Asia.  Previously Sara worked for USAID where she was a Program and Policy Advisor with the Office of HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC implementing PEPFAR.  She has also worked for the Office of Global Health Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.  Ms. Wilhelmsen holds a Master’s of Public Policy degree with a focus on international economic development from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.  She is a native English speaker and has basic French language skills. Contact: swilhelmsen@msh.org

Veronica Triana: Senior Program Officer in CLM

Veronica resized for webVeronica has over ten years’ experience managing complex international maternal and child health projects, collaborating with a broad range of partners.  She began her career working for MSH on the BASICS II child survival project, and then went on to serve in program management positions with the Micronutrient Forum and CORE Group, an association of health NGOs.  She has a background working at the community level in both the U.S. and abroad, including recent service in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, where she volunteered with HIV/AIDS programs.  Having rejoined MSH, Veronica supports LMG program in Viet Nam, as well as other CLM programs in Latin America.  She received her MPH from the University of Rochester, is fluent in English and Spanish, and speaks intermediate Amharic. Contact: vtriana@msh.org

Jacqueline Lemlin: Senior Program Officer in CLM

Jacqueline LemlinJackie is a dedicated health advisor, project manager with over 18 years of experience in the field of international health development. She has particular interest and experience in supporting primary health care, district level development, reproductive health, STI/HIV/AIDS and performance based incentive schemes in resource poor settings.  Her country experience  and project support spans over the globe, including Uganda, Rwanda, Sudan, DRC, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Djibouti, Angola, Malawi, Swaziland, South Africa, Brazil, East Timor, Cambodia, Peru, Nicaragua, Haiti and Georgia. Contact: jlemlin@msh.org

Alison Collins: Project Associate in CLM

Alison joined the CLM team in December 2013.  She is currently supporting LMG buy-ins in Cote d’Ivoire, and Benin. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of technical efforts and field activities by coordinating programmatic information and providing logistical support for specific project activities within CLM. Alison received her BA degree in Sociology and French and Francophone Studies and from Dickinson College in 2010. She is particularly interested in the linkages between health services and education, community-based health care, capacity building and sustainable development in post-conflict countries. Alison’s international experience includes study abroad in Cameroon and France, teaching English as a second language in Mauritius, and independent travel throughout Southeast Asia and Latin America.  She is a native English speaker and has advanced proficiency in French.  Contact: acollins@msh.org

Betsie Frei: Project Officer

Betsie is currently responsible for providing operational, technical, and project management support to LMG buy-ins in Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Burundi, Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, as well the West Africa Health Organization LMG buy-in based in Burkina Faso. Betsie has over eight years' experience working in international development, and in the past has worked for John Snow, Inc. and World Education, Inc., supporting HIV/AIDs, health systems-strengthening, women's empowerment, CSO capacity-building, and education projects. She applies a collaborative and country-focused approach to project management, drawing from her international experience, which includes two years with the US Peace Corps in Benin, studies in Honduras and Venezuela, and country office support to programs in Benin, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal. Betsie earned her MA in International Development Studies from the Elliott School of International Studies at the George Washington University, and is fluent in French and Spanish.


Sara Weinstein: Senior Project Officer

Sara Weinstein is a Senior Project Officer in the Center for Leadership and Management (CLM) at MSH.  Her portfolio includes program management support to three LMG programs:  Libya, PASCA (Central American Response to HIV/AIDS) and support to the USAID/LAC Bureau.  In addition, she provides technical and management support to the IDB-funded Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Project.  Sara is based in Guatemala City. Prior to joining MSH, Sara spent seven years working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Latin America.  Her first four years were in the Bolivia program, supporting projects in the areas of health, democracy promotion, youth development and water and sanitation.  For the next three years, she served as the Deputy Regional Director for Management Quality for the Latin America region, based in Guatemala. Before working overseas, Sara worked for several international organizations in Washington, DC, including the Institute of International Education and Population Services International.  Her first foray into public service was as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) in San Antonio, Texas. Sara has a Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and an Undergraduate Degree from Rutgers University. Contact: sweinstein@msh.org