I have more than 30 years of hands-on technical and managerial experience with international public health and humanitarian assistance programs. This includes broad-based health, population, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS work in SE Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Russia, Newly Independent States, and Eastern Europe. In addition, I have worked with an extensive international network of private voluntary organizations, U.S. and other governmental organizations and agencies, international and multilateral organizations, and universities. I also am a senior retired Foreign Service Officer with more than 20 years of experience with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where I served in senior management positions in the Office of Health and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the Asia Near East, Europe & Eurasia/Newly independent States, and Latin America and Caribbean regional bureaus, as well as in the field in SE Asia.
At QED, I currently serve as the Chief of Party for two USAID/ Iraq projects – Personnel Support Services (Manpower II) and Performance Evaluation and Reporting for Results Management (PERFORM). Prior to this I successfully served for 5+ years as the Director of the USAID-funded Global Health Technical Assistance (GH Tech) Project. In this capacity, I lead a high performing team that provided a range of technical assistance in nutrition, maternal and child health, population and reproductive health, infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, for program assessment, design, monitoring and evaluation, and support to the Bureau for Global Health offices, regional and other bureaus, and worldwide field missions of USAID. I considerate myself exceedingly fortunate to continue mentoring so many dedicated, hardworking, young public health professionals – they are an enthusiastic and outstanding group.
Prior to joining QED, I served as Deputy Director of the USAID-funded Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Health (BASICS II) Project and the Project Director for the USAID-funded Monitoring, Evaluation and Design Support (MEDS) Project. During this period, I also had the wonderful opportunity to return to the field for 9 months and fill-in for senior project managers in Indonesia and Uganda – two of my most favorite countries. My work allows me to pursue that which I enjoy the most – project management and training new managers. I have an MS in Human Nutrition from the Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons; and an ABD in International Public Health from Columbia University, School of Public Health.