Haitian Health Foundation
Judy Lewis is a public health sociologist who has been on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center for over 35 years. She is currently a professor 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 has collaborated with the Haitian Health Foundation for the past 25 years, and currently serves as the Research and Technical Advisor. She authored, “The Health of Women/Mothers and Children,” in the text Understanding Global Medicine and Health, as well several articles about work on maternal newborn and child health in Haiti, Ecuador and Sri Lanka. She has worked in 30 countries conducting research, program evaluations and training. Judy was the co-chair of the CORE Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Working Group for several years. She has been on the CORE Board since 2008.
Demet Güral is a physician and a public health specialist with more than twenty five years experience in sexual and reproductive health programs and primary health care management, 20 years of which have been spent developing programs, managing large-scale projects, and provisioning medical and technical assistance for projects on both a long- and short-term basis. Currently, as Vice President of Programs at Pathfinder International, Dr. Gural oversees the implementation of Pathfinder strategies through both her supervision of the Programs Systems, Technical Services, and Research & Metrics Units, as well as her oversight of the country management teams which support Pathfinder offices around the world. Dr. Gural received her medical degree from Ege University School of Medicine in Turkey, her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health, and a Masters in Archaeology from Istanbul University in 2007.
Diana is the Executive Director of WellShare International. She has spent 23 years working on public health issues, including 5 years of professional work in Africa. Prior to her current position, she served as a Family Planning Specialist, working with Somali refugees on reproductive health issues at Neighborhood Health Care Network. She also served as the Country Co-Director for the International Rescue Committee in Ghana for 3 years, where she launched and ran a comprehensive health, education program for Liberian women refugees.
Jed joined World Vision US in February 2009 as the Senior Director of the Health and HOPE team in the International Programs Group after many years at Catholic Relief Services, most recently as the Chief of Party for AIDS Relief. He received his MA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, held a Fulbright research grant in Peru and he plans to finish his second MA (International Policy and Practice) from George Washington University next year
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.
Jaime, a physician with a specialty in public health, joined the CORE Board of Directors in 2011 when he was the Executive Director for Curamericas Global, Inc. Over the past year, he transitioned to consultancy work. With Curamericas Jaime was responsible for a Child Survival project in Ganta, Liberia and a PEPFAR-funded HIV prevention project in Haiti; led the strategy to develop the organization’s maternal and child health interventions in a predominately indigenous region in Guatemala, and he personally provided consulting services to One Heart Worldwide for the implementation of their maternal health project serving very isolated Tarahumara women in northwest Mexico. Prior to working with Curamericas, Jaime served as the International Affairs Advisor to the State Health Department Director in the Mexican State of Nayarit. He also worked as the Public Health Specialist for the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where he collaborated with government and non-governmental organizations in Global Fund-funded TB and HIV projects, as well as quality improvement consultancies. Jaime has resided and worked in Mexico, Cambodia, Honduras and India; in addition to his extensive experience in community health promotion and collaboration building in North San Diego County. He has also been involved in many volunteer activities globally and within the United States. He earned his medical degree from Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas Hidalgo in Morelia, Mexico and his MPH in International Health and Health Promotion (double major) from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. Jaime currently works for Medair in Somaliland.
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.
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.
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.
Catholic Medical Mission Board
Since July 2010, Areana Quinones has led the Grants Acquisitions and Management team in the development of strategic program proposals for CMMB’s work in Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS, NTDs, and Chronic Disease. At CMMB she works to develop partnerships in order to help CMMB generate resources for collaborative activities in its eight field offices and looks for opportunities to further grow CMMB’s work in additional countries. Upon arriving at CMMB she was thrilled to reengage with the CORE Group on our behalf as she had spent nearly five years as member of the CORE staff where she managed Malaria Working Group and RMB Activities, contributed to developing proposals for CORE’s work, and worked closely with the NGO Malaria networks in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Areana has a Masters in Public Health, is dedicated to concepts of collaborations to strengthen community health programs and is thrilled to be able to bring her knowledge of corporate giving, partnership, and corporate social responsibility as well as her experience with US Government and foundation funding to offer a unique fundraising perspective to the CORE Board as it moves to indentify resources and new opportunities for CORE and its members.
Cureamericas Global, Inc.
Bakary Sidibe works as a Senior Program Manager at Curamericas Global, Inc. He has more than 18 years in international development and managing public health projects including HIV, child survival, malaria, water and sanitation, and women and youth empowerment, as well as providing organizational capacity building and personnel training. With Curamericas, Bakary leads the expansion of the organization's programs portfolio in Africa. He's responsible for oversight of managing programs, including Maternal Health and Child Survival, HIV/AIDS, Family Planning, Community Case Management, Water & Sanitation, and Community Development projects in Liberia, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Kenya, and Mozambique. Before working at Curamericas, Bakary served as a Senior Program Manager for Africa at Global Health Action.
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.
Erin Stieber is the Associate Vice President for International Program Development at Operation Smile. Erin began working in child health programming with Operation Smile 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 Operation Smile focuses primarily on child health programs for children with disabilities and capacity building initiatives for health professionals in more than 30 countries. She has led the development of strategic partnerships with nonprofit, government, and private sector collaborators, and the strengthening and expansion of the organization’s global 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 essential health programs for all people.
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.