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    Andrea Poling
    Director, Human Resources for Health (HRH2030)

    Andrea Poling is a public health and project management specialist with eight years of experience. Ms. Poling currently serves as the finance and operations director for the Human Resources for Health Project (HRH2030), directing coordination and communication within the project and with USAID as well as providing financial oversight. Prior to joining HRH2030, she served as the operations director for Chemonics’ West Africa and Haiti Region and chief of party of the Bangladesh Smiling Sun Franchise Program (SSFP). In Bangladesh, Ms. Poling was responsible for implementing a health services social franchise that has expanded access and availability of quality child, maternal, and family planning health services. Ms. Poling has also supported a tuberculosis project in the Philippines and an HIV/AIDS prevention project in Vietnam. She holds a B.A. in French and international development and an M.P.A. focused in health services management from the Ohio State University.

    Bruno Benavides
    Deputy Director, HRH2030, Global Health Division

    Dr. Bruno Benavides, a health systems and services specialist with more than 30 years of experience in public health and health systems strengthening, currently serves as the deputy director for HRH2030. Prior to joining Chemonics, he worked as a senior technical advisor leading quality and performance improvement efforts for health initiatives in Asia, Latin America, and Africa for Jhpiego. Dr. Benavides was previously director of health services and programs for Peru’s Ministry of Health, and principal investigator at the Nutrition Research Institute in Peru. He has a bachelor’s degree in human medicine; a medical degree from San Marcos National University in Peru, with a specialization in integrated health care and health services management; and a diploma in health system management from the University of London.

    Colin Credle
    Director, Supply Chain Solutions

    A highly qualified logistics specialist with more than 10 years of experience managing responses, logistics, and deliveries for international health projects in Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia. As Project HOPE’s regional manager of Russia, Eurasia, and Asia, Mr. Credle oversaw export, transport, and import of more than $120 million in donated medicines each year, and was responsible for logistics/distribution and use of more than $379 million in donated medicines in Tajikistan, and $65 million to Kyrgyzstan. He designed an M&E system in Tajikistan to report rational and responsible use of donated medicines. As general director of operations in Ukraine for SKAB Corporation Limited, Mr. Credle built operations from $3 million to $70 million sales per year; shipped up to 30,000 metric tons of steel per month from Ukraine to ports mainly in Asia; and supervised expedited loading operations, saving up to $60,000 per merchant ship and increased their profitability by 50 percent. Native English; M.B.A.

    Debora B. Freitas López
    Director, Global Health Division

    Debora B. Freitas López, who has over fifteen years of experience, currently serves as the social and behavior change (SBC) point person for the Global Health Division. She has led in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of multilevel initiatives for social and behavioral changes in health and other sectors. Through her work and consultancies with international development organizations and donor entities, Ms. Freitas López has supported the establishment of SBC initiatives for specific social issues and strengthened capacity of stakeholders, decision- and policy-makers. She is currently the co-chair for the SBC Working Group for CORE Group and was previously a member of the American Public Health Association’s Publications Board. Ms. Freitas López holds a master’s of science degree in health evaluation sciences/epidemiology and bachelor of science/arts in chemistry/physics from the University of Virginia.

    Doris Youngs
    Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions

    Doris Youngs has more than 20 years of experience managing field‐based implementation and global operations of USAID health programs, including seven years in the field supporting USAID‐funded multi‐country and bilateral programs. As the chief of party, she led USAID’s $57.3 million Rwanda Family Health Project, four-year integrated family health project working across 20 out of 30 districts in Rwanda to deliver high-quality, comprehensive health services by strengthening the health care delivery system through targeted interventions at the central, district, and community level. Ms. Youngs led the Family Health Project to execute 178 sub‐grants in only one month to keep the lights on at 163 health facilities. She oversaw the administration of more than 300 grants with a life-of-project value of more than $20 million. Before joining Chemonics, Ms. Youngs served as director of field operations for the USAID‐funded Capacity Project, where she oversaw creation and rollout of global corporate policies, systems, and operational support for 17 field offices and 34 country programs, including developing procurement policies and procedures for all offices. She holds an M.P.H. from the American University of Beirut. She is fluent in Arabic.

    Ellen Eiseman
    Director, Health Practice, Global Health Division

    Ellen Eiseman is a global health professional with almost 40 years of experience in international health. She has worked on improving the quality of healthcare services in the public and private sectors in more than 20 countries, focusing on capacity building and training, management and leadership, and organization development. Previously, Ms. Eiseman was chief of party on the Mozambique FORTE Saúde project. Before joining Chemonics, she worked with Pathfinder International, EngenderHealth, Management Sciences for Health, and American Medical International in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia. Currently Ms. Eiseman is co-chair for the SID/W International Health and Nutrition Workgroup. She holds a master’s degree in organization development from American University/NTL, an M.P.H. in health education from the University of California Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic civilizations from the University of California Santa Barbara.

    Emma Clark
    Director, Global Health Division

    Emma Clark is a public health professional and certified nurse-midwife. Before coming to Chemonics, she worked as a midwife at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C., where she continues to practice on a per diem basis. Prior to that, she developed and managed health and nutrition programs in some of the world’s most challenging environments, including Iraq, Haiti, Somalia, Jordan, Kenya, and South Sudan. Ms. Clark was a Fulbright Fellow in Botswana and is currently a Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Fellow. She also teaches in the nurse-midwifery program at Georgetown University. After earning a bachelor’s of economics at Smith, she pursued a second bachelor’s degree in nursing. She also holds master’s degree in global disease epidemiology and control from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and nurse-midwifery from Frontier Nursing University.​

    Jim Griffin
    Project Director, HRH2030, Global Health Division

    Jim Griffin is the project director for HRH2030 (Human Resources for Health). Mr. Griffin is a health service delivery and systems specialist with 25 years of experience designing, implementing, managing, and evaluating USAID and other donor-funded health projects. He has previously worked in grassroots clinic management; human resources for health, training, education, and performance improvement; country health strategy design; and large-scale health program management. Prior to joining Chemonics in 2006, Mr. Griffin worked at USAID, including in the Global Health Bureau and the USAID mission in Afghanistan and long term positions in Bangladesh, Thailand and Sierra Leone. Mr. Griffin holds an M.P.H. in population and family health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in health education from Southern Connecticut State University.

    Kartlos Kankadze
    Director, Global Health Division

    Dr. Kartlos Kankadze has 19 years of experience in health program management and clinical practice in tuberculosis, HIV, infectious diseases, and reproductive health in Eastern Europe. Dr. Kankadze most recently served as chief of party for the Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine project. Previously, as chief of party for the USAID Healthy Women in Georgia program, Dr. Kankadze piloted and scaled up a Supportive Supervision Program in three regions of Georgia, improving the quality of services among a regional network of health facilities. As head of the Division of Medical Technologies with the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs in Georgia, Dr. Kankadze led donor coordination and management to achieve improved TB services. Additionally, Dr. Kankadze worked to initiate the National Tuberculosis Program in Georgia. Dr. Kankadze holds an M.D. and Ph.D. from Tbilisi State Medical University and an M.P.H. from the State University of New York.

    Mai-Anh Hoang
    Director, Global Health Division

    Mai-Anh Hoang is a public health specialist with 15 years of experience in global health. She has managed several donor funded initiatives in nutrition education, nutrition and HIV, micronutrient implementation research, HIV prevention, tobacco control, and integrated health service delivery models in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. She has expertise in business development, technical writing and donor-funded program design, management, and monitoring and learning. Before joining Chemonics, she worked with FHI 360 in Vietnam on the global Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance II (FANTA-2) program as the resident technical manager. She has previously worked at RTI International, Management Sciences for Health, and Johns Hopkins University in program management and business development roles. Ms. Hoang has an M.P.H. in international health from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Mariam Reda
    Director, Global Health Division

    ​​Dr. Mariam Reda is a medical doctor and public health professional with over eight years of experience in clinical medicine, public health, and consulting. She recently joined Chemonics International as the Senegal HRH2030 director within the Global Health Division. Previously, Dr. Reda served as the global health security agenda specialist government contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C., supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), part of the Department of Defense. She also practiced clinical medicine in the Middle East and Europe and then transitioned into the field of public health, with a focus on infectious diseases in several African countries. Her work included technical and management support of HIV and tuberculosis projects, which included establishment of tuberculosis clinics; capacity building of community health workers; and revision of academic curricula for nurses and midwives’ trainings. As a co-investigator on clinical trials and disease surveillance research, Dr. Reda gained experience in clinical research oversight and management. Dr. Reda received her bachelor of science in biology and doctor of medicine degrees from the American University of Beirut and received her master’s in public health from Columbia University of New York.

    Mary Lyn Field-Nguer
    HIV/AIDS Task Order Director, GHSC-PSM

    An HIV/AIDS expert with more than 35 years of experience supporting international and domestic health programs, including clinical service delivery, prevention and treatment, and health commodity supply chain management. Ms. Field-Nguer brings more than 20 years of experience managing multi-country HIV/AIDS programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, with extensive experience collaborating with USAID, the United Nations, WHO, Global Fund, Clinton Health Access Initiative, UNICEF, PEPFAR, Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation, government ministries of health, universities, and the private sector on HIV/AIDS activities. Accomplished project director, trainer, communicator, author, and knowledge manager She has recruited, formed, and supervised teams of more than 55 staff and consultants at headquarters and in 15 country offices for HIV/AIDS programs funded by USAID, CDC, and other donors. Native English, proficient French; M.S.N., family nurse practitioner; B.S., nursing.

    Megan Nelson
    Director, Global Health Division

    Megan Nelson is a global health and project management professional with 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating initiatives in health, and other sectors. Through her work with international development organizations, she focuses on improving the health, leadership skills, and economic power of youth through curriculum development, capacity building and training, and community mobilization. Ms. Nelson has also worked on HIV, family planning and conservation initiatives as well as strategies for country programs and proposals. Ms. Nelson previously served as the director of the Kenya Pharma project, which focused on strengthening HIV/AIDS commodity supply chains. She holds an MPH in health behavior from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in zoology from Brigham Young University.

    Michelle Gardner
    Senior Vice President, Global Health Division

    Currently the senior vice president of the Global Health Division, Michelle Gardner is a public health professional with 20 years of international experience in technical assistance, capacity development, leadership, and management. She has a broad public health background developing and overseeing programming in reproductive health and family planning, maternal and child health, immunization, malaria, TB, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, and safe water, with focus on public and private sectors. Previously, Ms. Gardner was the chief of party on the USAID/Philippines Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health–Phase 2 project. Before joining Chemonics, she worked with PATH, the World Health Organization, and the Population Council in Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Thailand, implementing and managing public health research and technical assistance programs. Ms. Gardner holds a master’s degree in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    Rachel Hampshire
    Director, Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance Francophone Task Order

    Rachel Hampshire is an international health and nutrition professional with over twelve years of experience. She currently serves as the Director of the Global Health Supply Chain Technical Assistance Francophone Task Order. Ms. Hampshire has developed technical approaches for proposals and ongoing programs addressing themes such as nutrition, water and sanitation, community health, and maternal and child health. She has experience working with USAID, UNDP, CDC, and a number of private sector donors. During the five years she spent in Burkina Faso with Helen Keller International and Axios, she implemented nutrition, education, orphan support and HIV projects. Past work has also included laboratory strengthening in Nigeria and contributing to the Five Year Evaluation of the Global Fund. Ms. Hampshire is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) from Niger, and has an MPH from University of Texas Health Science Center. Her bachelor’s degree is in English literature with a minor in French from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Robert Brookes
    Managing Director, Global Health Division

    Robert Brookes is a public health and project management specialist with more than 14 years of experience designing and managing assistance programs across sectors of development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He currently leads efforts to develop corporate relationships with health organizations and experts, and contributes to industry initiatives and discourse to promote and further global goals for health. Prior to joining Chemonics, Mr. Brookes conducted research on vaccines for cancer and bacterial infections and served as a U.S. Crisis Corps Volunteer in El Salvador, working with Project Concern International. He has also served as a U.S Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, working primarily with teachers in rural settings to integrate health education into schools’ curricula. Mr. Brookes has an MPH/MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Mary Washington.

    Thidiane Ndoye
    Task Order Director, GHSC-PSM

    A supply chain management expert with 10 years of experience managing multi‐country programs, Mr. Ndoye has supported reproductive health commodity procurement efforts funded by USAID, the Global Fund, WHO, DfID, the World Bank, and UNICEF in West Africa, East Africa, and the Caribbean. While supporting the USAID/DELIVER Project, he developed strategies for integrated country operational planning to meet health commodity procurement targets at the TO and IQC levels and promoted information‐sharing across 12 country programs. With RPM Plus and SPS programs, he developed and managed regional initiatives and country technical work plans to strengthen supply chain activities in Africa, including providing on‐the‐ground monitoring and documenting progress toward achieving regional results across countries. A judicious manager, Mr. Ndoye has recruited, formed, and managed cross‐functional teams of long‐term staff and consultants at headquarters and country offices – including under the USAID/DELIVER project in Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Madagascar, and Liberia.

    W. Shaun O'Neil
    Director, Supply Chain Solutions

    A pharmaceutical management expert, Mr. O’Neil has more than 18 years of experience implementing donor‐funded field programs to strengthen national and local family planning and reproductive health commodity supply chains in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Nepal, The Gambia, Afghanistan, and the Philippines. As chief of party of the USAID/Philippines Private Sector Mobilization for Health – Phase 2 (PRISM2) project, he worked with midwives to link family planning and reproductive health commodity supply chains with 600 non‐traditional outlets and product depots in rural areas. He has expertise in enhancing private sector engagement, identifying traditional and non‐traditional outlets, and developing social marketing and behavior change communication campaigns to increase commodity availability in low‐resource settings. While serving as deputy director for the USAID/Afghanistan Communication for Behavior Change: Expanding Access to Private Sector Health Products and Services (COMPRI‐A) project, he helped the first Afghani pharmaceutical company become ISO 9001‐certified; it still supplies patients with medication. Mr. O’Neil holds an M.P.A. in management from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


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