Judy Lewis is a public health sociologist who has been on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center for over 40 years. She is currently Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of Global Health Education. She served as a founding member and president of the Global Health Education Consortium, the chair of the APHA MCH Section International Health Committee, and is a member of the Management Committee of the Women and Health Task Force. Judy collaborated with the Haitian Health Foundation for 27 years and is currently working on a book with her colleague, Dr. Bette Gebrian, about working with Haitian communities to improve health. She authored, “The Health of Women/Mothers and Children,” in the text Understanding Global Medicine and Health, as well several articles about maternal newborn and child health in Haiti, Ecuador and Sri Lanka. She has worked in over 40 countries conducting research, program evaluations and training. Judy also serves as the Chair of her local public health board, the West Hartford Bloomfield Public Health District. Judy was the co-chair of the CORE Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Working Group for several years and continues her participation. She has been on the CORE Board since 2008.
Erin Stieber is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships at Smile Train. Erin began working in child health programming in 2002, and has overseen programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She obtained a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2007, with coursework in international law, health law, and human rights. Erin’s work at Smile Train focuses on strengthening treatment programs and access to care for children with cleft lip and/or palate through strategic partnerships, increasing awareness about the health and survival challenges faced by children with this facial deformity, and overseeing capacity building initiatives for health professionals in 75+ countries. During her career, she has led the development of strategic partnerships with nonprofit, government, and private sector collaborators, and the strengthening and expanding global health programs to achieve greater impact. She is committed to advocating for vulnerable populations, building capacity in the health sector, and promoting successful collaborations to expand and scale-up access to healthcare for all people.
Dennis Cherian, BHMS, MHA, MS, is the Senior Director of Health for International Programs Group, World Vision US (WVUS). He has over 18 years’ experience designing and implementing international public health programs in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East starting as a missionary physician in his native India. Dennis provides leadership to a diverse team that develops, provides technical support to, and manages global health projects aimed at improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. Since 1997, Dr. Cherian has served as technical backstop for numerous Child Survival and Health Grants, and has pioneered work in mHealth — most recently in Afghanistan. As Co-Chair of the Core Group TB Working Group (2002-2008), he represented the organization at numerous TB technical fora and was instrumental in developing PVO TB Curricula on community-based TB control and program design. Dr. Cherian is currently active in public health fora including IUALTD, CORE Group, and APHA, and is an Advisory Member to Social Behavior Change for Faith-Based Organizations and the Country Task Force for mPowering Frontline Health Workers. He is a frequent contributor of technical and scientific papers at global health forum.
Jenn Weiss is the Health Advisor at Concern Worldwide. Jenn has over ten years of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of community-based maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS programs; with specific interests in social and behavior change, Community Health Workers, and operations research. In her current role, Jenn provides technical assistance to Concern’s global child survival program portfolio and travels frequently to sub-Saharan Africa to support Concern’s field teams to implement community health initiatives including Care Groups and integrated Community Case Management. Jenn has been an active member of the CORE Group since 2009 and has served as the Co-Chair of the Social and Behavior Change Working Group. Jenn holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University.
Joseph Ichter is Senior Technical Advisor for Public Private Partnership with the Futures Group International. Joe earned a Doctorate degree in Public Health and a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina. Joe has over 20 years experience in health care delivery, access to care for the poor and underserved and building capacities through public/private partnerships to solve community challenges. Currently he is assigned to the Afghanistan Health Policy Project, working between Washington DC and Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to this work, Joe was an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University and spent the majority of his career with the University of New Mexico, Department of Family and Community Medicine. He also spent several years living and working in the Eastern Caribbean region, on issues of health system reform and the integration of medical students with pertinent community-based participatory research. His decade long affiliation with The Network: Towards Unity for Health, has resulted in robust connections with over 200 global members of health care service-based learning initiatives, focusing on social determinants of health and integration of public health and medicine.
Save the Children
Eric Starbuck has worked for Save the Children (SC), initially as a Child Survival Specialist, and more recently as Advisor for Child Health and Pandemic Preparedness, since 1998, providing child health and community case management (CCM) program design and other technical support to SC country office staff. He has played a leading role in SC agency-wide global pandemic influenza preparedness efforts since early 2006, and served as Public Health Advisor with the CORE Group on the Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness (H2P) Initiative from October 2007 through September 2010. Eric previously served for two terms on the CORE Board of Directors from 2001 - 2006. Prior to joining SC, Eric served as a Fellow with USAID’s Child Survival Grants Program for three and one-half years. He began his work in international public health in 1981 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, managing the district-wide implementation of a program involving 320 community health workers and 12 health facilities. Eric is co-author of Reduction in Total Under-Five Mortality in Western Nepal Through Community-Based Antimicrobial Treatment of Pneumonia in the Lancet, and Childhood Mortality After a High Dose of Vitamin A in a High Risk Population in the British Medical Journal, and holds a DrPH and an MPH from The Johns Hopkins University.
Catholic Relief Services
Mary Hennigan graduated from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has worked for different US PVOs on health and nutrition activities. Mary began her work in the public health field when she was assigned to the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer and worked with Catholic Relief Services. Since 2003 she has been a Senior Technical Advisor in Health for CRS. She serves as co-chair of CORE Group’s Nutrition Working Group.
David has over 40 years of experience in community-based health, nutrition, and family planning programming.His special expertise is in evaluation, having served as team leader in more than a dozen major evaluations and design of cost‑effective and sustainable programs. He is familiar with US and worldwide health, population and nutrition networks as well as with USAID and multilateral donor agency personnel and procedures. David has worked extensively with INGOs and local NGOs. His research has addressed the difficulties of "scaling‑up" community‑based integrated health efforts, considering how strategy influences structure, and identifying solutions which include strengthening information systems, effective decentralization, and increased collaboration with private sector.
Alan is the Health Advisor of World Renew (CRWRC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds an MD degree. Alan practiced medicine in the Marshall Islands (1982-98), where he was the Chief of staff of Ebeye-Kwajalein Hospital from 1987 to 1998. He has been working in public health since 1999, after he received his MPH/Tropical Medicine degree from Tulane University. Until 2009, he served as the Director of Community Health Programs of International Aid (Spring Lake MI) and supported public health projects in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Honduras, Indonesia, and the USAID-funded Child Survival Project (CSP) in the Philippines. In his role as World Renew Health Advisor, he provides technical support to the organization's projects, CSP in Bangladesh and HIV-AIDS in Asia, Latin America and Africa. The CSP focuses on maternal and newborn health in districts with a high population of indigenous communities, using equity strategies based on community approaches, community mobilization/participation (governance) and public–private partnerships. He is co-chairperson of the CORE Group Community Child Health Working Group.
Aga Khan Foundation
Geraldine (Geri) Sicola is the Director of Communications and Resource Development at the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. She is responsible for leading and managing the areas of resource development, outreach, communications and external relations, and supporting the program areas by building strategic institutional partnerships, fundraising and communications. Geraldine has over 30 years of experience in international development, including strategic planning, program development, operations management, fundraising, strategic alliance building and policy development. She has lived and worked in Africa managing a broad portfolio of programs, and from headquarters positions has managed and provided direction and leadership to programs in Asia, Latin America, Central Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining AKF USA, Geri served as the Associate General Secretary for International Programs at the American Friends Service Committee, and held various senior management level positions with Catholic Relief Services and the United Nations Children’s Fund.
Sonya Funna Evelyn is the Senior Technical Advisor for Health with the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (“ADRA”). She has been working in the field of public health for over twelve years. Immediately prior to joining ADRA, Sonya worked in counseling with a private firm that focused on delivering intensive home-based mental health interventions with refugee, adolescent and vulnerable populations. In her role with ADRA, Sonya works with field offices across Asia and Africa in the design, implementation and evaluation of health and nutrition programs. As part of her focus, Sonya conducts trainings for ADRA network staff in areas related to maternal and child health. Sonya has a keen interest in integrating psychosocial interventions with maternal and child health development and relief projects. Sonya has been attending CORE Group meetings since 2007 and looks forward to further contributing to the work of the CORE Group by serving as a member of the Board. Sonya holds Master’s degrees from Pepperdine University and the George Washington University.
Janine Schooley is Senior Vice President for Programs at PCI Global, ensuring quality and integrated programming for maximum impact, as well as overseeing all new business development, monitoring, evaluation and research. She obtained her MPH with an emphasis on Maternal and Child Health from San Diego State University in 1985. She spent the last 30 years in leadership positions with two San-Diego-based non-profit international health and development organizations: Wellstart International from 1985-2000 and PCI since October 2000. Janine is a specialist in NGO/PVO leadership, with emphasis on program design, evaluation and management, including capacity strengthening, gender and behavior change aspects of integrated, community-based health and development programming. Since 2007 she has been a faculty member at the Monterey Institute of International Studies where she teaches a course on behavior change. From 2002-2011 Ms. Schooley served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the CORE Group and is currently a Co-Chair of CORE’s HIV/AIDS Working Group.
Dr. Graciela Salvador-Davila is the Senior Technical Advisor for Maternal and Newborn Health at Pathfinder International. She has more than 20 years of public health experience, most of which has been in developing countries. Currently, Graciela provides leadership and guidance for the organization’s global maternal and newborn health as well as cervical cancer prevention programs. In resource-limited settings, she has addressed critical aspects of various reproductive health issues including contraception, maternal, newborn and child health challenges, and the reproductive health complexities facing HIV positive women. She has worked to strategically plan, implement and evaluate programs, and served as policy advisor and reproductive health educator and trainer. She has broad knowledge of assessment and evaluation methodologies, quality improvement and assurance, institutional capacity building, and clinical interventions at both facility and community levels. Over the course of her career, Graciela has successfully advocated for and implemented evidence-based safe motherhood interventions. Her approach to these interventions has focused on emergency obstetric care as a lead strategy for maternal morbidity and mortality reduction, as well as the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy as an entry point for increased contraception acceptance and a newborn lifesaving strategy. Dr. Salvador-Davila holds an MD in general medicine and surgery from The Central University of Ecuador, her native country. She also holds an MS with a concentration in clinical nutrition from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, and an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
CORE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Since 2002, Karen LeBan has served as the Executive Director of CORE Group. She is responsible to create a forum that nurtures collaboration among CORE members and partners ensuring that the members’ ownership of CORE Group is maintained. She provides strategic and operational leadership and overall management of the CORE Group to achieve its mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives. Karen has worked in Bolivia, Maldive Islands, Sri Lanka and Thailand and has provided short-term technical and management support to community programs in Sub-Saharan Africa, south Asia, and Latin America/Caribbean through various positions with the USG and NGOs over the past 25 years. Karen holds Master’s degrees from American University/National Training Laboratories and Southern Illinois University.