Meet the Team

Leadership Team

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Betsy Bassan
President and CEO

Betsy Bassan is the founder, President, and CEO of Panagora Group. Previously, Ms. Bassan held a variety of executive and leadership positions. As a senior vice president at Chemonics, Ms. Bassan created a new health practice, ultimately building a $350M portfolio of innovative health activities around the world. In the 90s, she led Chemonics’ startup Europe and Eurasia division. At Save the Children, she served as project director for a major USAID global health initiative to increase PVO/NGO capacity. Ms. Bassan has served the industry in many capacities. As Chair, she led the transformation of the Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC) from an informal network into an established, successful advocacy organization. As Chair of SID-Washington, she raised its profile and efficacy. She led the founding and served on the executive committee of the Council of International Development Companies. She served on USGLC’s executive committee and launched Chemonics’ grant support that helped grow USGLC to the powerhouse it is today. Her sectoral expertise includes health, private sector development, and institutional strengthening. She has worked in all regions, and lived for seven years in Kenya and Sudan. Ms. Bassan holds an M.A. from Columbia University (Planning in Developing Nations), and a B.A. from St. John’s College, Great Books Program. She speaks French.

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Darlene Andrews
Vice President, Program Impact

Darlene Andrews is a strategic leader with over 25 years of experience in domestic and international program management, operations, administration, finance, and capacity building/training. She currently serves as vice president of program impact and supports our team on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. In her role, Darlene facilitates clearer staff development paths for career growth, aligned with Panagora’s mission. Prior to joining Panagora, she has worked as a consultant and business owner providing expertise in human capital management, process redesign, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, and relationship building to large scale USAID activities. She is a skilled facilitator and supporter of partnerships through cooperative engagement that brings together diverse actors to leverage resources, increase effectiveness, and develop sustainable results. Previously, she served as project director for the USAID/Uganda Feed the Future (FTF) Commodity Production and Marketing (CPM) and USAID/Uganda Technical Management Agent (TMA) projects with Chemonics International. She has worked as operations director for both the Asia and Africa regions at Chemonics, where she managed chiefs of parties and project directors to deliver effective and timely technical assistance. Darlene has served as operations manager on USAID’s Cairo Air Improvement Project (CAIP), where she provided oversight of finance and accounting, human resource management, procurement, subcontracts administration, information technology, communications, and facilities management. She has two M.A. degrees in Organizational Leadership and Counseling and is a certified life coach.

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Jennifer Brinkerhoff
Director, Program Management and Quality Assurance

Jennifer Brinkerhoff is responsible for capacity and talent development efforts, providing senior-level expertise and company-wide support across project management and new business development. Jennifer has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of international development and successfully managed cross-sectoral diverse teams, led and written winning grant proposals to procure institutional funding for non-profit organizations, and cultivated donor relations. Jennifer served as the director of new business development for Land O’Lakes International Development, where she directed new business strategies and efforts in soliciting key donors to increase organizational revenue to implement inclusive economic growth programs. While acting as director of new business development, Jennifer generated an average of $50M in new awards annually and achieved a record level new business awards of $71M in 2016. In her 14 years at Chemonics International, Jennifer worked in leadership and directorial positions in both the home office and in the field. For the past three years, Jennifer has served as the secretary on the board of directors for the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA). She holds a master’s certificate in government contracting from George Washington University and a B.A. in French and Russian from James Madison University. Jennifer began her career as community development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Batouri, Cameroon. She speaks French fluently.

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Jasmine Buttolph
Director, Global Health

Jasmine Buttolph is director of the global health practice at Panagora Group.  She is a global health professional with more than 15 years of experience working in Local and Federal Government, Academia, International NGOs, and UN organizations. Most recently, Jasmine was the Deputy Director for the Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI) at PEPFAR HQ, where she coordinated programmatic data use across the PEPFAR funding agencies and country teams. She also served as an agency HQ point of contact for DREAMS, OVC, Expenditure Analysis, SIMS, M&E, and Country Operational Planning (COP).  Her training in behavioral science is the foundation of her portfolio of demonstrated programmatic expertise, which includes: HIV/AIDS, adolescent girls and young women, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, gender-based violence, health systems strengthening, vector borne diseases, chronic diseases, and water and sanitation.  Jasmine has lived in the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and worked on projects in Eastern Europe.  She has technical expertise in strategic program design, operations, research, community health campaigns, monitoring and evaluation, data analytics, public speaking, and training/facilitation. Jasmine holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Virgin Islands. She speaks French and Berber and has basic proficiency in Arabic, Spanish, and Russian. She served in the Peace Corps in Morocco.

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Boubacar Cisse
Controller

Boubacar Cisse leads the finance and accounting department at Panagora. He has fourteen years of professional experience in accounting, finance, and operations including: awards/contracts management, accounts payable and receivable, budgeting/forecasting, billing, cash flow management, capacity building of partner organizations and staff, compliance, financial analysis and reporting, internal and external audit, payroll, procurement, project start-up and close-out, and revenue management. Boubacar has extensive experience leading finance and accounting teams as well as managing large and complex projects awarded under different mechanisms — contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants — and funding sources including US government agencies such as Department of Defense, State Department, and USAID; and private businesses such as Alcoa, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, and Procter & Gamble. Prior to joining Panagora, Boubacar worked as part of the senior management team at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Institute of International Education (IIE), FHI 360, and the Academy for Educational Development (AED). Boubacar has an M.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Business Administration. He speaks fluent French and Bambara and basic Fulani.​

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Susan Corsini
Director, Talent Management and Operations

Susan Corsini is a senior human resources and operations executive with expertise in creating and implementing next-generation processes and programs that have resulted in scalability, efficiency, quality, and value-creation for organizations. She brings to the position extensive operations and management experience having run the Washington, D.C., office of a global, publicly traded consulting company and starting up two corporate foundations, one private foundation, and one public charity. Prior to Panagora Group, Susan served as an operations consultant to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the areas of operational infrastructure, talent management and development, recruitment, compensation and benefits, employee relations and internal communications. Susan began her career in communications and has held senior positions at three of the top 10 communications firms in the world. Susan received her bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fullerton. She is a graduate of the 2007 Leadership Greater Washington class and is SHRM certified.

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Regina Dull
Vice President, Corporate Operations and Finance

Regina Dull is a strategically focused leader with 15 years of experience leading teams and producing high-impact results.  An action-oriented leader, Regina has experience transforming organizations across industries including cyber security, government contracting, global education, and nonprofit management.  In her role as Chief Operating Officer of RedJack LLC, she transformed business operations from a single file box to a robust and scalable model for the growing cyber security firm including the design and implementation of an integrated ERP system and a talent management strategy focusing on the importance of employee engagement for high-level knowledge workers. As Executive Director of International Student Conferences, Regina revitalized a single-program non-profit by leading change to a multi-program international organization with over 100% growth in fundraising.  She is founder of the Korea-America Student Conference, an annual student interchange program for university students, now in its eighth year. Regina Dull is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business Executive MBA program and holds a Master’s in International Affairs from the Elliott School at The George Washington University and a Bachelors in East Asian Studies and Policy Studies from Dickinson College. She speaks Japanese and Spanish.

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Melanie Sanders-Smith
Director, New Business

Melanie Sanders-Smith leads business development at Panagora Group. She has 35 years of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating development assistance activities. As a generalist, her experience includes a range of development sectors and humanitarian assistance, and covers all geographic regions. Melanie has worked in 40 countries for not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as for small and large organizations. Throughout her career, she has held multiple executive leadership positions, managed large-scale projects in the US and abroad (including chief of party of $120 million USAID/Egypt project), served as a regional advisor for USAID/OFDA based in South Africa, and consulted on short-term assignments around the globe. She holds a Master’s degree in political science and a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University. Melanie grew up in Wyoming, is the mother of three grown children, and is now raising plant life with her husband in Northern Virginia.

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Dr. Sarah Tisch 
Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Practice

Dr. Sarah Tisch leads the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Practice at Panagora Group. She is a senior development professional with 30 years of experience with project development, leadership, management, and technical assistance. Her versatility with different technical fields is evident through her leadership of projects in the ICT, telecommunications reform, women’s economic empowerment, gender integration and gender mainstreaming, agriculture, democracy and governance, and food security technical areas for USAID Washington and Missions. A recognized leader of US Government-funded programs, she has held numerous project and analytical technical (MEL and gender analysis) leadership positions, including three Chief-of-Party positions for USAID funded projects, two of which were in Washington D.C. Sarah also has extensive experience working for USAID implementing partners, in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She has worked in over 30 countries and speaks Russian and Bahasa Indonesian. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Political Science from Binghamton University, and a BA in International relations and Anthropology from California State University at Chico.

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Laura Viñoly
Director, Contracts and Compliance

Laura Viñoly is an international development professional with over 25 years of experience in project implementation, contract and subcontract negotiation, management and compliance, and process improvement. Laura began supporting Panagora at its inception working alongside its president & CEO on early proposals, cost strategies, and building the company policies, systems and original accounting system. Most recently, Laura represented Panagora during startup as deputy chief of party on the Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Activity before returning home to serve as director of contracts & compliance. In this position she focuses on compliance, cost strategy, contract development and review and put in place corporate policies and compliance measures. She also will train Panagora staff on compliance with USAID regulations. Laura started her career in international development at the Organization of America States, Regional Development and Environment Department. After a few years, she discovered the private sector, joined Chemonics International as an assistant project administrator and grew to become a director for the Latin America and Caribbean Region. She has served as Deputy Chief of Party on USAID-financed projects in Botswana and Colombia and as Director of International Operations for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Infrastructure Finance (WASH-FIN) Project. She holds a bachelor’s in Business Management and several certifications in U.S. government contracts pricing and management. Laura was born and raised in Santa Lucia, Uruguay and is a native Spanish-speaker.

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Dr. Kevin Warr
Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adaptation

Dr. Kevin Warr is a Director in the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adaptation (MERLA) practice. Kevin is an experienced MEL professional with over 20 years’ professional experience. Most recently, he co-led Management System International’s Strategy, Evaluation and Analysis group, providing managerial and technical leadership for MSI’s largest practice area. Prior to coming to MSI, Kevin served as a senior director for Palladium’s monitoring and evaluation practice and taught Performance Monitoring and Evaluation to USAID staff worldwide. In addition to M&E, Kevin has sectoral experience in energy and democracy & governance. He worked directly for USAID in Washington for six years, as well as the World Bank before that. He was the founder and executive director of the Abundance Fund, a small non-profit dedicated to helping people realize their own innovative ideas to better their lives. He has lived and worked in Africa and has spent much of his professional life on projects in Africa. He also has experience in Asia, South Asia, South America, and the Caucasus. Kevin earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from the American University in Washington, D.C. He focused on African politics, international relations theory, and comparative politics. He holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in political science from Wheaton College (IL). Kevin speaks functional French and basic Hausa.

Home Office Staff

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Annick Adams
Program Manager

Annick Adams is an international development professional with experience in project management, new business, and communications. She supports USAID-funded activities through contract management, staff recruitment, and technical assistance, currently managing Panagora’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth) activity with USAID/Philippines. Her passion for sustainable development stemmed from her research and culture studies in Senegal, where she spoke with community members on public health initiatives and stigmas around aid. She has a B.A. in Global Studies and French from the University of California, Santa Barbara, speaks French fluently, and is conversational in Wolof. Annick joined the Panagora family in 2016 and is excited to see the team’s growth and impact.

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Annie Arnzen
Learning and Communications Manager

Annie Arnzen is the learning and communications manager at Panagora. She has experience working in the field of international development and public health with expertise in qualitative research, social behavior change, and program communications. Prior to joining Panagora, she worked as a Program Officer at John Snow, Inc. where she supported new business development, communications, and general project backstopping for USAID funded global health projects. In this role, she worked in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Turkmenistan, Timor Leste, and the Republic of Georgia. Domestically, Annie worked at the Gallatin Mental Health Center and provided mental health stabilization for individuals in crisis. Most recently, she worked with Johns Hopkins University to support harm reduction activities and HIV prevention with key populations in West Baltimore. Annie is completing her master’s of science in public health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds a B.A. from Trinity College where she majored in anthropology and minored in community action.

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Alexis Brice
Program Associate

Alexis Brice is a program associate supporting the USAID Colombia, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Project. Alexis joins Panagora from RTI International where she provided project management support on the Worldwide Training contract for three years. She holds an A.A. in general studies from Prince George’s Community College, a B.S. in political science from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a M.S. in project management from University of Maryland University College. In her spare time, Alexis loves spending time with friends and family, planning trips and social outings with friends, traveling, dancing, and listening to music from West Africa and the West Indies.

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Elyse Callahan
Program Manager

Elyse Callahan is a program manager with nearly six years of experience in international development. She is skilled at project design and start-up, program and budget management, contract compliance and reporting, and new business efforts. She has experience supporting programs in Southeast Asia and across Sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees assessing the resiliency of the UNRWA health system in Gaza. She holds an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University with a focus in population and family health and has a B.A. in psychology from Knox College. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali and then as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer supporting malaria programming in Zambia. She speaks French and Bambara conversationally.

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Agnes Chen
New Business Associate

Agnes Chen is a proposal development professional specializing in peacebuilding, human rights, and post-conflict contexts. She currently supports Panagora’s business development team through research, writing, and proposal coordination. Prior to Panagora, Agnes was involved in a range of humanitarian assistance, peacebuilding, and transitional justice initiatives, including as a Syrian refugee emergency relief volunteer with Caritas Jordan, a program intern with Search for Common Ground, and most recently as a regional communications and donor relations officer with Asia Justice and Rights in Indonesia. She holds an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University. Agnes is fluent in Indonesian.

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Matthew Dancis
Knowledge Management Associate

Matthew Dancis is a knowledge management associate at Panagora Group. He works closely with the knowledge management and communications teams to support corporate and activity office knowledge management infrastructures and develop overall strategy. Matthew has over six years of international work experience, having lived in Panama, Colombia, and Argentina. He has hands-on experience with information and technology systems, strategic planning, project management, capacity building, and technical writing. Matthew is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. During his service, he worked closely with school administrators and instructors on curriculum development. He also designed and piloted a 30-hour course on sustainable development, which has since been taught at multiple universities throughout Panama. Matthew has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Drexel University and is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in development management at American University’s School of International Service. He is fluent in Spanish.

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Joanne David
Program Associate

Joanne David is an international development professional who currently supports Panagora’s CLAIM prime contract with USAID/India. Joanne has also supported several of our USAID-funded activities, including CLAimHealth in the Philippines, our MEL Platform in the Dominican Republic, and our institutional support services subcontract for USAID/PPL. While in undergrad, she worked with the UCLA chapter of the Flying Samaritans to support the operations of a free clinic in an under-resourced community on the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico. She also worked with Missions of Hope International in Nairobi, Kenya, supporting administration, organization, and implementation of health initiatives focused on community members of informal settlements in Nairobi and rural areas in Turkana. Joanne speaks conversational Tamil, thanks to many visits back to her family’s homeland in India and hearing it around the home growing up. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology and a minor Global Health from UCLA.

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James Fang
Proposal Manager

James Fang is the proposal manager at Panagora. He is an international development professional with over ten years of diverse experience in business development and project management. Prior to joining Panagora, he served as a business development manager at an international development firm to support new business capture and proposal management on multidisciplinary projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, African Development Bank, USAID, and MCC. He has also managed and supported development projects throughout Central Asia, South East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa in the sectors of Transportation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Agriculture, and WASH.  He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Maryland College Park and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

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Desiree Halpern
Communications Associate

Desiree Halpern is a communications professional specializing in migration, education, and women’s development. At Panagora, she supports external and internal communications, as well as advocacy efforts. Previously, she served as a communications and program officer at the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, and as a consultant for several higher education institutions. In 2017, Desiree was a fellow with the Blossom Hill Foundation working in refugee camps in Greece, where she assisted a team of educators delivering science lessons to displaced children. Since then, she and her team formed a Greece-based education NGO called the Science United Project. Desiree holds an M.A. in international educational development from Columbia University and a B.A. in international affairs and French language from the George Washington University. She was a 2016 recipient of the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to Tajikistan. She speaks French, Persian, Polish, and Spanish.

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De Lonte Hildebrandt
Finance and Accounting Associate

De Lonte Hildebrandt brings more than 10 years of corporate accounting experience to Panagora Group. As a finance and accounting associate, he facilitates invoicing processes, tracks accounts receivables, assists with month-end close, and maintains strong, efficient communications with Panagora’s activity management teams. De Lonte previously worked in the defense and nuclear industries. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Virginia Union University. De Lonte is enthusiastic and persistent in both his work ethic and his passion for rebuilding and upgrading cars from the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.

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Mona-Mae Juwillie
Program Assistant

Mona-Mae Juwillie is an international development professional passionate about global health and economic development, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. At Panagora, she is a program assistant supporting various activities including the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. She has experience in grant writing, proposal research, and project support. Mona Mae is not new to Panagora; she served as an International Development and Global Health intern before joining full-time. She is a recent graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she studied international development, global health, and sustainability. During her undergraduate studies, Mona-Mae had the opportunity to implement women-led clean water businesses with a non-profit organization in Tamale, Ghana. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Geneva, Switzerland where she interned for an international development non-profit organization. Mona-Mae speaks fluent French.

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Christine Juwle
Program Associate

Christine Juwle is a global health and international development professional with experience in program management and research. She currently supports the PQM+ and India CLAIM activities for Panagora Group, and previously focused on proposal writing, research, and recruitment for the new business team. Being Liberian, Christine is very determined to work around issues of health in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has humanitarian experience in Liberia, Cameroon, and Ghana, where she has volunteered in local hospitals and provided humanitarian assistance. She recently went to Burkina Faso to conduct her master’s research where she examined inequities that exist among pregnant women accessing antenatal care. She is a founding member and Vice President of Embrace Your Mind Foundation, which is a mental health organization focused on serving Liberians affected by post-war trauma. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Global Health from Georgetown University. She speaks conversational French.

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Rebekah Klingensmith
Program Assistant

Rebekah Klingensmith is an international development professional with experience in ethnographic research, project support, and research design. At Panagora, she manages ongoing program activities for our Monitoring, Evaluation, ​Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) platforms with USAID/Dominican Republic and USAID/South Africa. Rebekah first joined Panagora as an intern. Prior to that, she conducted fieldwork among deaf communities in the Dominican Republic (DR), where she developed an original study about the relationship of formal education to identity development in the DR and partnered with a local organization that provides vocational training support to deaf adults. She has built a strong relationship with this community and visits annually to help facilitate a summer camp for deaf youth. As an undergraduate student, she worked with her university’s international studies department as a lead research assistant and contributed to a report that investigated religious laws and regional conflict in India. Rebekah holds a B.A. in international relations and anthropology from SUNY Brockport in Rochester, NY, and is fluent in American Sign Language.

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Dar Maxwell
Senior Technical Specialist, Digital Learning and Innovation

Dar Maxwell has over three decades of diverse experience in knowledge management and adult learning design, production and implementation, including network news production, design and implementation of online adult learning and customized learning activities for globally diverse audiences. Dar is an innovator in integrating technology with learning, significantly increasing the impact of Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) and Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning (MEL) approaches and methodologies, and responsible for coordinating more than 250 webinars and other learning products across platforms and multiple USAID Agency offices, Missions and bureaus. Prior to her international development career, Dar worked as a broadcast technician for multiple national broadcast news outlets including ABC News and National Public Radio (NPR). She served as a senior audio technician for ABC News Radio from 1999-2009 where her responsibilities included Capitol Hill and White House coverage and executing technical coverage for seven national political conventions and six Presidential Inaugurations. She holds a BS in Communications and an MS in Teaching and Learning Technology.

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Lyly Njinga
Senior Manager, Learning and Communications

Lyly Njinga is a senior manager in the Learning and Communications practice. She has 11 years of experience in capacity building, knowledge management, communications, training, research, and policy development in the international development field. Prior to joining Panagora, Lyly was a senior climate, natural resources, and water specialist at RTI International providing technical assistance to and managing USAID projects. She also worked on several projects including the USAID Environmental Communications, Outreach, and Learning project where she managed USAID’s global climate change knowledge portal and community of practice, and developed trainings and workshops. Lyly has conducted research, developed learning resources and tools for diverse audiences, and facilitated policy and planning for various U.S. government agencies, NGOs, and United Nations projects and initiatives. She also has stakeholder engagement, grants management, business development, and strategic planning and communications experience. Lyly has worked in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Senegal, South Africa, Argentina, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Indonesia. She has a B.A. in international studies from American University and a M.S. in environment and sustainable development from University College London. She speaks French and Spanish.

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Angelina Njoku
Senior Program Manager

Angie Njoku is a project management specialist with over eight years of experience in public health, economic development, disabilities policy, and gender issues. She is currently supporting Panagora as a senior program manager for the South Africa activities. Her regional experience spans across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in the areas of program design, complex financial and operational management, and new business development. Previously, Angie served as a project manager for a large international development firm as well as several non-profit organizations. She holds a master’s in international affairs from American University and a bachelor’s in social work from Clark Atlanta University.

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Talia Orencel
Program Associate

Talia Orencel is a program associate supporting the USAID Colombia, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Project. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Talia worked five years in the non-profit sector where she led social justice programming at the University of Maryland. Born in Argentina, she emigrated and grew up in Maryland. She holds an MPA in Non-profit Management from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. Talia served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador implementing women and youth empowerment programs, as well as creating small business projects. As a strong activist for social change her Peace Corps experience ignited Talia’s passion for sustainable international development and women’s rights. She speaks fluent Spanish and Hebrew conversationally.

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Matthew Parry
Senior Program Manager

Matthew Parry is a project management specialist with more than 20 years of experience designing, managing and backstopping international relief and development programs.  A returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Dominican Republic), Matthew has managed programs in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Matthew managed two large democracy and governance Task Orders and multiple Cooperative Agreements focused on elections management, and civic and voter education, collectively valued at more than $125 million.  Matthew holds a B.A. in Spanish and political science from Indiana University, and an M.A. from the University of York, United Kingdom, in post-war recovery studies.

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Joelle Peikes
Program Assistant

Joelle Peikes is an international development professional with experience in research and education. Before joining Panagora as a Program Assistant supporting our USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, Joelle was an IDEX Fellow in Bangalore, India where she worked with a social startup expanding city-wide after-school and education technology services to low-income families. As a graduate student, she spent several weeks in Greece and Serbia conducting research on human migration trends and the refugee crisis in the region. She also traveled to Amman, Jordan as a research fellow with the Zolberg Institute on migration and mobility and contributed to a report on current and prospective employment opportunities for Syrian refugees in Jordan. She also recently taught at a Montessori school and volunteered as an English instructor for newly arrived refugee women in Connecticut. Joelle has an M.A. in international affairs from The New School in New York and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Maryland. She has studied French, Hebrew, and Arabic (and dabbles in Spanish).

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Madeleine Pryor
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Madeleine Pryor spent the last ten years building a career in video storytelling, documentary filmmaking, photography, and communications for nonprofits and social enterprises. As the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications at Panagora, she oversees corporate visibility, advocacy, and branding. Previously, she worked as media producer and strategist for Seeds of Peace, where she was responsible for developing the organization’s complex storytelling strategy (including social media), and producing video, photo, and written content to support it. She was based in New York and then Israel and created 20 short videos for online and live audiences. Madeleine also directed, filmed, and produced the short documentary film, “Embedded,” which was screened at the 2014 DOC NYC Film Festival in New York:. The film focuses on the personal life and work of a young war photographer who covers conflicts in Afghanistan and Syria. Madeleine earned an M.A. degree from New York University in cultural anthropology and documentary filmmaking and a B.A. from Tulane University in international relations and international development. She speaks French.

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Sharon Ress
Program Manager

Sharon Ress is an international development professional with experience in gender, nutrition, livelihoods and value chains. She supports USAID and Department of State funded projects, as well as new business and administration. She has worked for multiple organizations in policy research, project management, best practices, and intercultural sensitivity. She has also participated in field research, such as an evaluation for UNICEF of Ethiopia’s National Nutrition plan and its implementation, and has contributed to the writing and editing of official reports. Sharon has a Masters in Public Administration focusing on international development from Cornell University and a BA in Public Policy and Anthropology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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Nicole Rock
Program Associate

Nicole Rock is an international development professional who supports Panagora’s CLAIM prime contract with USAID/India. Before coming to Panagora, Nicole founded the Global Brigades Public Health chapter at Arizona State University, where she successfully organized and implemented health and sustainable development activities in under-resourced communities in Central America. During her academic studies, Nicole traveled to Honduras to conduct field research on environmental health and community development. She utilized the concept of social value and local capacity building to propose an alternative way of approaching technology design and implementation in rural communities. She has also provided project management and operational support for a research project in Sub-Saharan Africa for effective education programming, and a knowledge sharing experiment that aims to strengthen the development of Global Health programs in Bolivia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, and the U.S. Nicole has a B.A. in global health with a minor in Women and Gender Studies, and a M.S. in global technology and development from Arizona State University.

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Amy Talbot
Senior Program Manager

Amy Talbot is a global health professional with more than ten years of experience designing, implementing, and monitoring USG-funded programs. She currently supports Panagora as a senior program manager for the PQM+ and Uganda RHITES activities. Prior to joining Panagora, Amy served as a program officer at University Research Co., providing technical backstopping and management support to health and laboratory systems strengthening, HIV patient-centered care, and quality improvement programs in Malawi, Lesotho, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Previously, she managed operations of GHSC-PSM’s Global Supply Chain team as well as provided project management and performance monitoring support to the SCMS and USAID|DELIVER projects, overseeing project operations in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Vietnam. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda, she provided capacity building and training in pharmaceutical, data, and human resources management. Amy holds an MPH from Boston University and a B.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University.

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Bont’e Twyman-Abrams
Payroll Manager

Dr. Bont’e Twyman-Abrams has over 10 years of experience leading domestic and international payroll objectives increasing productivity and overall organizational effectiveness. Her versatility with leading international payroll initiatives, business contingency planning, international tax laws & regulations, and research methodologies span across public, private, and non-profit sectors. She has managed all facets of international and expatriate payrolls for employees located in various countries including but not limited to Europe, Australia, Dubai, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. She holds a DBA in Leadership, an MBA in International Business, and a Certificate in Global Payroll Management.

Activity Office Staff

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Anthony Abu
Digital Media Producer
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Anthony Abu is a development communication expert with over 18 years’ experience in media and communications. For the USAID Global Health Supply Chain program–Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, he works as the Digital Media Producer in Nigeria, where he creates compelling videos, job aids, and other digital and design products. Previously he worked with various organizations and projects in the areas of gender, governance, economic empowerment and health, including DFID/UNDP/EU/USAID-supported Nigerian Women Trust Fund, DFID-Coalitions4Change program, and Silverbird Cinemas. During this time, he worked with and managed teams tasked with strategic advocacy, information management, media relations, social media marketing, website design and management, film/television/radio production, graphic design, and development and implementation of communication strategies. Anthony has a Diploma in Strategic Management from the International Business Management Institute, Berlin; a BA in Theater and Communications; Master’s in Media, and currently studying for his MBA at Nexford University.

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Luis Aguilar
Deputy Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luis Aguilar is the deputy chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has over 16 years of experience implementing USAID programs in Latin America, including experience in contracts and procurement, grant awards, human resources, finance, and security.   Under different development programs he has lead and managed several teams to implement activities under different components such as governance, confidence building, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, rural finance, policy, small businesses, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.  With an educational background of a B.Sc. degree in Government Contract Management, he has a deep and practiced knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, Colombian and Venezuelan local laws, and is committed to contracts, FAR, CFR, AIDAR, and ADS compliance. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

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Veronica Andrade
Recruiter
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Veronica Andrade is a recruiter for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has five years of experience in procurement and contract processes, as well as operating donation agreements. Veronica also has a background that extends to internal and external customer service, human resources, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, onboarding, performance support, staff development, employee relations, and employment practices. Veronica holds a degree in Law. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Kemi Ayanda
Director, Learning Knowledge Management & Strategic Communication
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Kemi Ayanda is a results-driven leader with 18 years of experience with USAID, DFID, EU, UN delivering development efforts in health, education, agriculture, security and stability, and good governance programs. Prior to joining GHSC-PSM, she was regional MEL adviser and deputy team leader on the UKAID Conflict Stability and Security Fund, West Africa MEL Project. As Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for the Engaged Citizens Pillar of DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn she led development of results framework and implemented rounds of multi-stakeholder influence tracking, ensuring learning informed strategic planning, implementation, and reporting. She mentors aspiring MEL professionals and has led multi-cultural and dynamic teams in developing and managing strategic communication and MEL systems that facilitate learning and adaptation. She has worked across all regions in Nigeria with field-level work in rural communities in 24 of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, and across Africa, developing case studies, working on end line impact documentation, and communicating results. Her experience with USAID-funded projects include LEAP, COMPASS, TSHIP, NEI+, Health Policy Plus, and Education Crisis Response. Kemi has a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Systems Management, a M.A. in Public Administration, and a B.A. in International Studies.

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Jennifer Bakyawa
Knowledge Management/Learning Officer
Uganda RHITES, Uganda

Jennifer Bakyawa is a Knowledge Management/Learning Officer leading communications, engagement and learning activities of which Panagora is the implementing partner for the USAID RHITES-N, Acholi Activity. For ten years, she has worked with international development organizations, academic and research institutions on communications, knowledge management and health research engagement. She has extensive experience reviewing information and publications health research projects for donors such as the Wellcome Trust and international non-government organizations like the Council on Health Research and Development. Jennifer’s work experience demonstrates an interest for effective implementation of health projects and strong in-country development. Most recently, Jennifer coordinated engagement of journalists, patient groups, and health researchers to showcase the work of the Partnering in Science Engagement Project, a $400,000 project focused on HIV/AIDS prevention. She holds a master’s degree in Knowledge Management from Robert Gordon University in Scotland, a BA in Mass Communication from Makerere University, and certificate on HIV/AIDS issues from Makerere University.

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Belinda Barcenas
Accountant
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Belinda Barcenas is the Accountant of the CLAimHealth Project. A Certified Public Accountant, Belinda has accumulated nearly three decades of experience in the field of finance, accountancy, grants and operations management. She has had experience in managing multiple responsibilities in the finance and operations of US government-funded projects, namely USAID and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). She served as a Finance Analyst of Millennium Challenge Account Philippines (MCA-P), a $434-million MCC grant, where she assisted in preparing monthly financial and quarterly reports for and requests to MCC, the Philippine Government and the MCA-P Board. As a Project Accountant for the USAID-funded Local Implementation of National Competitiveness for Economic Growth and Build-Operate and Transfer III Projects, she prepared monthly financial reports, projected monthly expenses and bank reconciliations as well as in monitoring local disbursements. Her experience in the USAID-funded Philippine Tuberculosis Initiatives for the Private Sector Project, on the other hand, exposed Belinda in working with the Grants and Procurement team in reviewing the grant financial reports submitted by subrecipients and ensuring compliance with USAID grants policies and procedures. Belinda holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Accounting from the University of St. Paul-Manila.

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Martha Barriga
Learning Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Martha Barriga is the Learning Advisor for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has extensive experience in knowledge management processes, research studies and gender analysis. She has worked with several agencies from international cooperation, universities and public institutions in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Canada. She has documented best practices and learning processes in the areas of women’s rights, immigration and access to land through interviews with key stakeholders and focus groups. Some of these practices have been published. Her educational background combines a bachelor’s in social communication from the Javeriana University of Colombia and a master’s in community development from the University of Toronto. She speaks fluent English and Spanish.

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Loren Bausell
Senior Research and Learning Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Loren Bausell has 13 years of experience working as a monitoring, evaluation, and research specialist throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia for USAID-funded projects. For the past six years, she has been based in Vietnam and the Philippines. She has expertise at the country and global levels in data collection and analysis, research activities, program management, capacity building, and supply chain analytics for family planning, maternal and child health, infectious disease, and malaria programs. For USAID/DELIVER, she planned and conducted surveys, designed samples, determined data collection tools, and designed reports for various assessments to determine the effects of commodity logistics on public health programs. She is a demonstrated leader with experience managing teams and leading research projects. Loren holds an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She started her career in public service as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, serving in the Washington, D.C. school system.

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Juan Guillermo Bedoya
Evaluation Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Juan Guillermo Bedoya is the Evaluation Specialist of Panagora’s office in Colombia. Juan Guillermo has more than eight years of experience in quantitative research, focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies. He has held positions at Fedesarrollo, CEDE of Los Andes University, and Department for Social Prosperity in Colombia. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant for The World Bank and CAF in issues related to education, health, and social policy for different countries in Latin America. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Los Andes University. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks fluent English.

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Giohanna Caballero
Bookkeeper
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Giohanna Caballero is the bookkeeper for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has more than 15 years as a public accountant, with a vast background, including maintaining systems to account for financial transactions using established chart of accounts, bookkeeping policies and procedures; preparing financial reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information; and complying with legal requirements by staying updated and advising management. She has a degree in public accounting. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Eric Camacho
Engagement, Learning, and Adapting Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Eric Camacho has more than 15 years of experience managing various social development & consulting projects funded by local and international agencies in the Philippines. In his previous work as Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), he provided strong leadership in the management of the foundation’s health, education, environment, and livelihood portfolios across the country, averaging around $30 million USD annually. His current role with the Panagora Group’s CLAimHealth Activity in the Philippines is anchored around more than 17 years of experience in training and materials/curriculum development for various types of audiences. Mr. Camacho has an MA in Public Health from the Institute for Community and Family Health in Quezon City, Philippines. He is fluent in English, Filipino/Tagalog, and Ilocano.

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Maricar Canlas
Administrative Assistant
CLAim Health, Philippines

Maricar Canlas provides support to the whole CLAimHealth, Philippines team as its Administrative Assistant. Before joining CLAimHealth, Maricar worked as an Administrative Assistant in the health program for the Philippine Business for Social Progress where she supported an Admin team. Previously, she served as a Technical Specialist to the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for the Philippine Business for Social Progress. Maricar holds a B.S. in business administration.

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Luisa Cardona
Quantitative Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luisa Fernanda Cardona Rojas is the quantitative specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has five years of experience in economic development, methods in impact evaluations, and research and data analysis. Luisa has held various positions in the public sector; in the National Planning Department of Colombia-DNP, in the Bogota’s Secretary of Security, Coexistence, and Justice as well as in the Center for Economic Development Studies-CEDE of Los Andes University. Luisa holds a master’s degree in economics from Los Andes University. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks fluent English.

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Cesar Carrillo
Finance and Accounting Manager
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Colombia

Cesar Carrillo has over 20 years of accounting experience in international development projects. He is a certified public accountant, expert in Colombian accounting laws, and USAID regulations and processes. In the last 14 years, he has been working on different USAID-funded projects including public policy, human rights, and access to justice. He has worked in various areas of the Colombian economy, from finance to commerce, trade, and industrial sectors. Cesar holds a master’s degree in Fiscal Auditing. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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William Cartier
Chief of Party
India CLAIM

William Cartier is the Chief of Party of Panagora’s India CLAIM activity and formerly served as Chief of Party of Panagora’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Platform with USAID/Dominican Republic. He has thirty years of experience in international development, as Associate Professor at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia, later as Senior Program Officer with the Ford Foundation in Lima, Peru and Santiago, Chile, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Corona Foundation in Bogota, Colombia, and more recently as Senior Technical Advisor and Chief of Party for USAID funded programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa in the field of democratic governance.  More recently he has led monitoring, evaluation and learning platforms in Bangladesh, Liberia and the Dominican Republic.  He has conducted numerous assessments and program evaluations in democracy, rights and governance, decentralization, local government strengthening, transparency and accountability, youth development and justice reform.  He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and International Development from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and University of Toronto, Canada. He speaks Spanish and French.

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Cristian Corredor
Payroll Assistant
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Cristian Corredor is the payroll assistant for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Activity in Colombia. He has three years of experience at an International Company managing different clients by developing contracts, affiliations to the social security system, payroll liquidation, and calculation of withholding tax. He holds a B.A. in business administration from the University Foundation of Areandina in Colombia. He speaks Spanish and English.

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Sonia Devia
Administrative Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Sonia Devia is the administrative specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has over 15 years of experience in financial management, organizational development, and international business, with an emphasis in foreign trade. She is a certified public accountant and has an extensive background in accounting, tax auditing, administrative and human resources, with knowledge and skills in prevention of money laundering. She also has experience working with international development organizations to support, develop, and analyze USAID funded projects. Sonia holds a degree in international business from Externado University of Colombia. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Luisa Fernanda
Contract Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luisa Fernanda is the contracts specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning activity in Colombia. She has worked in the field of international development in Colombia as a specialist in donations and subcontracts with different operators. With over 10 years of experience, she specialized in working in the region of Arauca, in which she focused on the articulation between the technical and contractual areas for the success of an activity. Her degree is in international trade, and she is a native Spanish speaker and speaks English.

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Annie Florez
Monitoring Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Annie Florez is the monitoring advisor for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She worked directly with the USAID Mission in Colombia for five years and has over 10 years of experience working with USAID’s Implementing Partners. She has 12 years of experience in project management and technical supervision of social programs, specialized in the monitoring and evaluation field. Focused on managing information systems, indicator design, data collection tools, and methodologies customized by type of project or target population. Annie’s focus also includes focus on PMI methodologies for program and project management portfolios. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and has a Master’s in Project Management. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Leandro Garcia
Research Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Leandro Garcia is the research specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He is a sociologist with 14 years of experience in international development research, designing and implementing USAID projects to support victims of violence. Leandro has participated in developing pedagogical strategies for social cohesion, promotion of dialogue, and coexistence in conflict zones. He has a has background in supporting different projects oriented towards the development and defense of human rights in various countries, including Paraguay, Argentina, and Colombia. Leandro holds a Master’s degree in International Development. Spanish is his Native tongue and he speaks fluent English.

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Martha Gonzalez
Monitoring and Database Specialist 
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Martha Gonzalez is the monitoring and database specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has more than 10 years of experience in the formulation, monitoring, and follow-up of public policy programs and projects directed at armed conflict victims, vulnerable populations, and ethnic communities. Martha’s background also includes performing Data Quality Assessments, standardizing monitoring processes, and methodologies. She holds a degree in Audit and Quality Assurance. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Orlando Gracia
Lead Evaluation Expert
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Orlando Gracia is the lead evaluation expert in Panagora’s Colombia office. Orlando has more than 20 years of experience in public policy, with a background in designing, promoting, and implementing programs for capacity building. He is well versed in monitoring and evaluation, and applied economics research. He has held various positions at the Colombian National Planning Department, including Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies, Director of Entrepreneurial Development, and Deputy Director of Economic Studies. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of London. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks fluent English.

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Cath Gutierrez
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Coordinator
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Cath Gutierrez is equipped with both clinical and program management background and has been in the public health field for almost 10 years working with both international and local organizations. Cath provides technical support in the area of monitoring and evaluation to the USAID-CLAimHealth Project in the Philippines. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Cath worked in health flagship programs such as Tuberculosis, Maternal, and Child Health and Nutrition, focusing on program management and resource mobilization tasks. She was also overseeing monitoring and evaluation for the Philippine Business for Social Progress. Cath is a nurse by training and a public health advocate with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology.

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Irene Guevarra
Finance and Administration Manager
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Irene Guevarra works as the Finance and Administration Manager with Panagora’s CLAimHealth Project with USAID Philippines. She is a Certified Public Accountant with over three decades of extensive experience in the field of accounting, project management, procurement, finance and administration. She worked with USAID for over a decade and, with the various positions held, had project management experience on contracts, cooperative agreements including policy, procedural, reporting and payment requirements. After USAID, Irene joined the private sector where she managed and implemented multi-million USAID-assisted and funded projects namely Trade and Investment Policy Analysis and Advocacy Support Project, Targeted Intervention In Economic Reform and Governance, Linking Initiatives and Network to Control Tuberculosis and Innovations and Multisectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis. Irene is an Accounting graduate of the University of Santo Tomas.

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Jay Heavner
Senior KMC Strategist, Country Programs
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Jay Heavner is a senior knowledge management and communication (KMC) strategist, implementer, and coach. For USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, he supports KMC staff and points of contact in more than 30 country programs in Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa by leading a community of practice and providing in-person and remote coaching and mentoring in strategy, work planning, project branding, program implementation, storytelling, photography, document management, and other essential skills. Previous to his current position on GHSC-PSM, he served as Director of Strategic Engagement and HIV/AIDS Global Collaboration Manager for the project.  Having served as Director of Communications and Knowledge Sharing for SCMS, the predecessor project for HIV/AIDS, he has more than 10 years’ experience in public health supply chain management and has worked as a consultant for USAID programs for 14 years.  Mr. Heavner has led planning and facilitation for numerous conferences and events, including SCMS’s and GHSC-PSM’s Supplier Summits and satellite events at international conferences. His writing has been featured in USAID’s FrontLines magazine, USAID’s Impact blog, Supply Chain Brain magazine, and the World Bank’s “Procurement for Complex Situations” booklet.

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Elizabeth Hobbs
Project Manager
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Elizabeth Hobbs is a public health and health systems strengthening professional with 10 years of experience in project coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation. She has extensive experience in budgeting and financial oversight, reporting to USAID and PEPFAR, and relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders. She has managed multiple health-focused projects inclusive of point-of-care HIV diagnostics, HIV counseling and testing, and social programs for children living with HIV. As Project Manager, Elizabeth ensures that MERL activity deliverables are met on time and within scope and budget. Elizabeth holds an MPH from the University of Stellenbosch and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Theunis Hurter
Deputy Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Theunis Hurter is a highly skilled monitoring, evaluation, learning, and data analytics and use specialist, with over 10 years of experience in South Africa’s public health sectorHis skills encompass policy and program development, project implementation and management, and health systems strengthening. His strengths include leading and managing cross-disciplinary senior technical teams in various settings, guiding them to improve project planning, monitoring, and ultimately, successful implementationTheunis has extensive experience with PEPFAR and USAIDfunded projects. As MERL Deputy Chief of Party, he supports overall activity management and provides technical assistance to USAID and its implementing partners. Theunis holds an MPH from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. 

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Oriana Izquierdo
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Dexis DOS INL, Dominican Republic and The Bahamas

Oriana Izquierdo is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with over 15 years of experience in the field of international development. Based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oriana has worked with several international organizations both in Washington, D.C., and abroad with project funded by donors such as USAID, World Bank, and the US State Department. Her area of focus is education, with an emphasis on community outreach, capacity building and monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Evidenced-based project development has been key to Oriana’s success in her career. Her regional experience extends to Africa and the Latin America and Caribbean regions. Oriana has a BA in International Services and an MA in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C. She speaks fluent English, Spanish, and French.

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Eric Rolex Joseph
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Dexis DOS INL, Haiti

Eric Rolex Joseph is the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist for Panagora’s DOS INL-WHP activity in Haiti. Eric is a Fulbright Scholar and specializes in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL), and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA). He has over eight years of experience working in development and has overseen the M&E of USAID-funded projects in Haiti across various sectors, including democracy and governance, health, economic growth, and Office of Transition Initiatives. Eric is an operational and personnel manager who has supervised extensive data collection efforts that focused on next generation MEL approaches. He holds an M.A. in public policy from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in business administration from the Université Notre-Dame d’Haiti. Eric is fluent in English, French, and Haitian Créole.

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Tamah Kamlem
Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report Administrator
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Tamah Kamlem is a global health professional with background in global health data management (HMIS, DHIS2), project management, and operations. He brings experience working on projects with a focus in human resources for health, child health, and non-communicable diseases, supporting field offices in country across sub-Saharan Africa (Senegal, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia) and Haiti. His current position as Procurement Planning Monitoring Reporting Administrator is in line with previous experiences at Chemonics International and John Snow Inc. where he worked on project management, new business, monitoring and evaluation of learning activities. He also worked for two years on a USAID-funded comprehensive study of Ebola-related health communication materials in Liberia. Tamah completed a Bachelors of Arts in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MPH in Global Health Policy at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. His thesis focused on the economic impact of non-communicable diseases in the WHO-AFRO region. Originally from Douala, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Tamah is fluent in French, German, Medumba, and pidgin, has published literary work in various magazines and enjoys outdoorsy activities/live music.

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Rogers Kigenza
Knowledge Management and Communications Advisor
GHSC-PSM, Rwanda

Rogers Kigenza is the Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) Advisor on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project under Panagora’s subcontract with Chemonics. Rogers is responsible for the internal and external KMC activities which support GHSC-PSM in Rwanda, which includes spearheading program information gathering and dissemination activities, and development and implementing KMC strategy. With over seven years of experience, Rogers has extensive experience in designing and implementing organizational communication strategy, marketing, branding, institutional collaboration, partnership and networking with public, private, and non-government organizations. He has worked within non-government and government organizations, including the Rwanda Revenue Authority, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). Rogers is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) alumni having graduated in public management from the YALI-East African Regional Center, Nairobi-Kenya. Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Rwanda and a master’s degree in international development from Andrews University, Michigan. Rogers speaks English, French, Kinyarwanda, and Kiswahili.

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Dr. Mary Ann Lansang
Chief of Party
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Mary Ann Lansang (MD, MMedSc) is the Chief of Party of the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth) Activity, a contract awarded to the Panagora Group by the USAID/Philippines. She has more than 30 years of experience in global health, with technical expertise in epidemiology, prevention, control, and management of infectious and tropical diseases; monitoring and evaluation of public health programs; health policy research and knowledge translation; policy development for public health programs; and health systems strengthening. A seasoned manager, medical doctor, professor, epidemiologist as well as an accomplished researcher, Dr. Lansang’s experiences include the following: Director of the Knowledge Management Unit as well as the Monitoring & Evaluation Unit at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (2008-2012); Executive Director of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (2000-2005); scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Programme for Training & Research in Tropical Diseases (1990); and professor of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila (1984-2016). Dr. Lansang has served as a member of numerous scientific and technical advisory boards, committees, and expert panels for global health programs and at the Philippines Department of Health (DOH). She has also been published widely in peer-reviewed international journals on infectious and tropical diseases as well as health policy and systems research.

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Efrain Laverde
GIS Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Efrain Laverde is a Specialist in Geography Information Systems (GIS) of the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has more than ten years of experience in the management of spatial data on the surface and underground in issues related to the public and private sectors. Graduated from the Universidad Francisco Jose de Caldas in Bogota-Colombia, he also has a Major in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from the same university and a master’s in Science-Geophysics from the Universidad Nacional of Colombia. Spanish is his mother tongue, although he also speaks English and a little French.

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Odilyn Lazaro
Data Analysis and Management Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Odilyn Lazaro is CLAimHealth’s Data Analysis and Management Specialist. With over 15 years of M&E, research and learning experience, she brings with her a deep sectoral knowledge in health and development having worked in the design and implementation of full-cycle performance management and data management and analysis for various USAID-funded projects under its Health portfolio (LuzonHealth, Health Policy Development Program, HealthGov, Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health , POLICY2) as well as in UN institutions such as UNICEF and UNRCO (Resident Coordinators Office). Odilyn holds a Master’s degree in Demography from the University of the Philippines. She is fluent in both English and Filipino and has some knowledge of Spanish and French.

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Princes Maphothoma
Program Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Princes Maphothoma is a Project Specialist assisting with the implementation of the TSS  project activities by providing programmatic and logistical support for  TSS activities for USAID/South Africa’s Health Office. Under the direction of the Project Director, she provides executive-level and advanced administrative support to program activities and supports the project director. Princes holds an M.Sc. in development management from the London School of Economics, and currently completing an M.A. in science at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is experienced in private sector development, education, and MERL.  A Commonwealth Scholar, Princes is passionate about equity and justice for all peoples, particularly those who have been previously disadvantaged and marginalized.

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Marie Maroun
Senior Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Washington D.C.

Marie Maroun is a Senior Communications Specialist on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. With more than ten years of experience, she specializes in strategic communications, content creation and editing, and publications management. Prior to joining Panagora, she worked on several development and health projects editing various publications and project materials, managing social media outlets, updating website content, handling press requests, and developing and implementing strategies and messaging. She holds an MA in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University and a BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut. Originating from and growing up in the Middle East, she speaks Arabic.

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Yazmin Medina
GIS Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Yazmin Medina is the GIS Advisor for Panagora’s monitoring, evaluation and learning activity (MEL) for USAID in Colombia, leading the project’s GIS-related services component of the project, ensuring quality and timeliness of all products and services and leading training, and capacity-building activities, including a GIS community of practice. She is a highly skilled professional in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis with technical and scientific experience to contribute and participate solving the problems of capturing, storing, processing, display geographic information applying her knowledge of geography, cartography, photointerpretation, digital image processing, and geodatabases and its applications for the development of spatial data analysis as an instrument for the decision-making process. She has ten years of experience providing technical assistance to several consulting companies (public and private) in fields like environmental and GIS project management, integration, and geospatial data development, customized mapping products, geospatial analysis, and reporting. She speaks Spanish and English.

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Esteban Mesa
Executive Assistant to the Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Esteban Mesa is the executive assistant to the chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has three years of experience in advising formulations, monitoring and evaluations of programs and projects in municipal sectors. He has supported market intelligence and analysis in contracting processes and has a background in structuring, managing and evaluating public investment projects. Esteban has experience coordinating consultation processes with communities in the implementation of land use and has knowledge in creating and developing methodological processes for implementations. He holds a BS in Economy. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Evidence Mhlanga
General Assistant
South Africa

Evidence Mhlanga is a general assistant supporting office operations by cleaning the office and supporting basic office management functions. As general assistant, she coordinates and manages clerical and cleaning services for the efficient operations for Panagora South Africa and maintaining attractive facilities for staff and clients.

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Juliet Mokhele
Bookkeeper
South Africa

Juliet Mokhele is a Bookkeeper with over three years working experience in processing debtors and creditors, reconciling bank accounts, preparing trial balances, submitting of VAT returns, fixed asset register, compiling income statement and balance sheets for audit purposes. She holds a National Diploma in financial information systems, completed SAIPA articles and member of SAIPA. As Bookkeeper, Juliet supports the Finance Manager in all financial responsibilities.

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Esther Muyangana
Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Zambia

Esther Muyangana works for Panagora as a Communications Specialist with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Zambia. She brings over 20 years of experience in the international development field. Previously, she worked for John Snow Inc. (JSI) and Chemonics International. Esther has a rich administrative background with specific expertise in start up projects, events management, branding, and office management and protocol. She received a diploma in Business Administration and Management from the Institute Of Commercial Management in England and studied international diplomacy and project management. She lives in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Reno Carter Nalda
Learning and Capacity Building Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Reno Carter Nalda is the Learning and Capacity Building Specialist on the CLAimHealth project. Reno, previously served as Program Manager of the ACCESS TB Project, a Global Fund TB grant implemented by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) as the Principal Recipient. As Program Manager, Reno led the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Global Fund TB project. He started social development work with PBSP in 2005 under its Training and Consulting Unit, and has managed different projects on family health, resilient and sustainable systems for health, and smoking cessation. He has had many years of experience designing and facilitating learning activities as well as developing various learning and capacity building tools and materials. He earned his degree in Management Accounting from the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. During his free time, he likes to play badminton and volleyball. He has two adorable pet Pomeranian dogs named Adam and Victoria.

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Martin Nañawa
Communications Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Martin Nañawa joins us as communications specialist at the CLAimHealth project in the Philippines, where he will lead local management of the Office of Health Knowledge Library, and facilitate dissemination of CLA products. Martin is a communications professional with 15 years experience in the Philippines development sector after since shifting from advertising and public relations. Across several Filipino and international NGOs, Martin has built a portfolio as a one-person communications department, providing content generation, copywriting, design and publishing, media relations and visibility, and communications support and coverage during humanitarian emergencies. Martin was one of the first responders during the 2013 super-typhoon Haiyan response, and many other emergencies. Martin joins us from his most recent role as communications officer for the Philippines Resident Coordinator at the United Nations, curating the UN public identity, campaigning for Sustainable Development Goals, and advocating for human rights and rule of law in the Philippines. Martin has an AB degree in Communications, and like most Filipinos, is fluent in both English and Tagalog. He is an photographer, hoplologist, human rights advocate, and second of only two Filipinos teaching and operating a school for a classical Japanese martial tradition in the Philippines.

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Thuliswa Nazo
Finance and Operations Director
South Africa

Thuliswa Nazo is a finance and operations director in Panagora’s South Africa Activity Office and is a highly experienced finance and operations professional with more than thirty years working experience. Prior to this position, she served as director of operations for I-Tech South Africa, where she had oversight over procurement, compliance, office management, safety and security, logistics, subcontracts, fleet management, and information technology. She has held management positions for the last fifteen years with oversight over human resources, finance, procurement, fleet, and stakeholder management. Thuliswa has managed grants and awards from USAID, CDC, NHS, DFID, European Union, and other private grants including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has an MBA from the Regent Business School in Johannesburg. An honours degree in public management from Stellenbosch University and an undergraduate degree in public administration from the University of Fort Hare. Thuliswa speaks English, Xhosa, and Zulu.

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Nyiko Ngoveni
Fleet Manager
South Africa

Nyiko Ngoveni oversees the Panagora South Africa’s fleet of vehicles, a team of drivers, vehicle bookings, and maintenance schedules, while ensuring compliance with Panagora’s vehicle use policies and procedures. Nyiko began his career as a Police Officer where he worked to prevent and investigate crimes as well as fleet management. He has a total of eight years’ experience in law enforcement, criminal investigations, visible policing environment, railway policing environment and logistics (fleet management) in the South African Police Service.

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Indira Nicanor
Administrative Assistant
Evidence-Driven CLA, Philippines

Indira Nicanor works as an Administrative Assistant supporting the Evidence-Driven Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (ED-CLA) Activity. She has over 15 years of work experience as an Administrative Assistant, working on namely USAID funded projects. These projects included: Program Management Technical Advisors Team (PMTAT), Local Enhancement and Development for Health Project (LEAD), Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TB LINC) and Innovations and Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis (IMPACT). Indira holds a B.A. in mass communication from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She speaks Filipino and English.

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Enitan Okediji
Knowledge Management and Communications Manager
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Enitan Okediji is a Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist with over eight years experience in international development as a media/communications professional and a certified Knowledge Manager. She has continuously offered solutions in supporting internal and external knowledge generation and dissemination. For USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, she supports the implementation of Knowledge Management processes, initiatives, project learning, and sharing. Previously, she worked with international development organizations to implement various projects aimed at addressing socio-economic development issues in Nigeria, including with the PIND Foundation, the Voices for Change programme, and GEMS 4 project, funded by DFID. She has a strong passion for improving the lives of women and girls. Enitan is a Commonwealth Scholar and is a Master’s candidate in the Program in International Development at the University of York. She has a B.Sc. Mass Communication from Covenant University in Nigeria and is an alumni of the Knowledge Management Institute in Washington, D.C., as well as the Lagos Business School Executive Management Programme.

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German Ospina
Geospatial Information Systems Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

German Ospina is the Geospatial Information Systems specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has over 10 years of experience in both the public and private sector in data collection, analysis and interpretation, and project planning and development. He has an extensive background in the administration and management of geospatial technologies. German has participated in several projects that involve the collection, analysis, generation and interpretation of georeferenced information and in the analysis, planning and development of geospatial applications. He is a geographer and system engineer with a Master’s degree in Information Management and Geospatial Technologies. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

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Juan Camilo Paillié
Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Juan Camilo Paillié is the Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. With seven years of professional experience—four years of those years dedicated to international cooperation, and social and community project management—he specializes in building social dialogue and community involvement, and facilitating in difference and differential approaches. He holds a B.A. in psychology and a M.A. in systems thinking. He is passionate about listening, collaborative work, and reflection. He speaks Spanish and English.

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Nokulunga Patala
Administration and Logistics Coordinator
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Nokulunga Patala is the Administration and Logistics Coordinator of Panagora’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) activity in South Africa. Nokulunga is a management specialist with over 17 years of experience in administration, project budgeting, and personnel management. She has extensive experience supporting USAID-funded projects in South Africa and previously worked as a senior procurement officer for PACT in South Africa. She holds a certificate in fundamentals of project management from Damelin College, South Africa and is currently pursuing a diploma in procurement and supply chain from CIPS, South Africa. Nokulunga speaks Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans.

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Amogelang Phaka
Program Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Amogelang Phaka is a Project Specialist assisting the senior leadership team with the implementation of project activities by providing programmatic and logistical support across both MERL and TSS activities for USAID/South Africa’s Health Office. Amo provides executive-level and advanced administrative support to program activities and supports the Panagora leadership team. Amo began her working career at Panagora South Africa where she started as an Operation Intern. She has recently completed her National Diploma in operations management with Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. Amo speaks Setswana and Northern Sotho.

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Mafoko Phomane
Program Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Mafoko Phomane is a Project Specialist and assists with the implementation of the MERL project activities by providing programmatic and logistical support for MERL activities for USAID/South Africa’s Health Office. Under the direction of the Project Director, she provides executive-level and advanced administrative support to program activities and supports the Deputy Chief of Party and project manager. Mafoko is an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity based at Tekano and is passionate about health advocacy and creating health solutions for communities in remote places. She holds a master’s in public health specializing in Rural Health from Wits University,  and a degree in psychology from the University of Cape Town. She has previously worked for the Ministry of Health in Lesotho in the field of District Health Management, HIV Prevention, HIV Treatment, Care and Psycho-social Support. Mafoko speaks Sesotho.

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Jennifer Pietropaoli
Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Pietropaoli is a French-speaking global health and international development professional with experience in program management and communications. Her areas of focus have included global health projects for agriculture, maternal and child nutrition, and pharmaceutical supply chains; as well as cultural programs for language learning and education. She also has a clinical background as a SICU nurse. She has development experience in Francophone West Africa, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan, as well as humanitarian experience in Haiti, where she volunteered with a mobile clinic program. Jenny is currently the communications specialist for malaria programs with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. She has a B.A. in French from the College of the Holy Cross and a B.S. in nursing from the University of Rochester.

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Maria “Pili” del Pilar
Human Resources and Contracts Manager
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Maria del Pilar (Pili) is the human resources and contracts manager for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has over 15 years of experience in business administration, human resources, recruitment, and hiring processes in the international development industry. She has a vast background in complying with rules and regulations, as well as executing contracts and conducting procurement for different activities. In her previous role, she was the Director of Human Resources at AECOM, where she thrived in recruiting, payroll, and budget management. Pili holds a Human Resources and Business Administration degree from Sergio Arboleda University. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks fluent English.

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Devison Ramirez
Administrative Assistant
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Devison Ramirez is the administrative assistant for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has five years of experience in business management, accounting, registration, and classification of financial documents. He is currently pursuing a business administration degree at the Universidad Central in Colombia. Spanish is his native language.

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Poelo Rangoako
Human Resources and Contracts Manager
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Poelo Rangoako is the Human Resources and Contracts Manager of Panagora’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) activity in South Africa. In her 17 years of experience in operations and human resources generalist affairs, Poelo has gained extensive experience in employee recruitment and retention, staff development, mediation, conflict resolution, records management, policy development, and legal compliance at both middle and senior management levels. She holds a B.S. in public administration and sociology from the National University of Lesotho and a post graduate diploma in human resources management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Poelo speaks Sesotho.

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Joy Rapola
General Assistant
South Africa

Joy Rapola is a general assistant supporting office operations by cleaning the office and supporting basic office management functions. As general assistant, she coordinates and manages clerical and cleaning services for the efficient operations for Panagora South Africa and maintaining attractive facilities for staff and clients.

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Katie Reichert
Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Katie Reichert is the chief of party for Panagora’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Activity for USAID in South Africa. She is a highly skilled health and development professional with more than 16 years of experience in international public health, working with complex programs throughout Southern Africa, including six years of experience in senior management positions. Katie has demonstrated technical expertise in HIV & AIDS, OVC, and organizational capacity development, as well as a deep knowledge of PEPFAR. She has managed programs with multi-million-dollar budgets and supervised staff and consultants from all over the world, developing highly functional teams. She has extensive experience with M&E and communications, including leading qualitative and quantitative research teams, and supporting strategic information requirements. Katie has a Master’s of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands in California. She speaks English and Spanish.

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Leslie Rider
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director
Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM+)

Leslie Rider brings more than 25 years of technical, new business development, and management experience in international development. Her expertise includes performance monitoring, performance and impact evaluation, surveys, capacity building, and knowledge management. She worked as a new business manager at Chemonics International, where she worked with Betsy Bassan to build Chemonics’ international health practice. As associate director at Westat, a large research firm, Leslie helped expand and diversify the company’s international health research portfolio and international survey work. She helped manage the performance monitoring component of Westat’s USAID-funded Feed the Future FEEDBACK project. Leslie has a Master’s in International Development from Columbia University. She speaks Spanish.

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Ana Maria Rivera
Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Colombia

Ana Maria Rivera is the chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She is an industrial engineer with more than 15 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, designing and implementing projects striving for capacity building and community development. Focus areas include budget and core process management in Colombian public institutions and USAID projects. Her background and knowledge extend through assessing critical issues, planning, strategizing, monitoring and evaluating government and cooperation issues, budgeting, and reporting. Particular strengths include crafting policy reforms, establishment organizational structures, finding areas for systemic improvement, enhancing strategic support for processes, and evaluating structural design by assessing results, performance and impact indicators, especially in the public sector. Ana Maria holds an MBA from the University of Los Andes. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks fluent English.

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Javier Rodríguez
Qualitative Analysis Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Javier Rodríguez is the Qualitative Analysis Specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. Javier has more than four years of experience in qualitative research. He has been instructor on qualitative data processing using NVivo and ATLAS.ti, and has worked as a speaker on courses and webinars for universities, public servants and private entities in Colombia and other Latin American countries in the use of qualitative software. He has knowledge in designing, implementing and processing qualitative and quantitative instruments for data collection and in measuring quality of services perception. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology and currently is master’s degree student in public policy at Colombian National University. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Juan Guillermo Rubio
Monitoring and Research Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Juan Guillermo Rubio is the monitoring and research advisor for the USAID/Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. Juan has more than 15 years of work experience, of which 12 years was in international development, monitoring and evaluation, security and rule of law, public policy, and regional governance. He has worked on implementing projects for different donors, including USAID, the Department of State (INL), IADB, and UNDP. Juan is a political scientist with a postgraduate degree in economics. He is a Spanish native speaker and he is fluent in English.

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Cindy Shiner
Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Cindy Shiner began her career as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for Agence France-Presse and then moved abroad to work as a foreign correspondent. She lived in sub-Saharan Africa for six years, reporting for The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Guardian, the United Nations and others. She also reported from Indonesia, Switzerland, Hungary and Macedonia. She has been working in global health for the past six years, developing communications strategies and products for large USAID programs. Cindy is currently the communications specialist for family planning / reproductive health for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project. Cindy speaks French and Spanish and has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland. She has also studied Spanish at the University of Barcelona, painting at Barcelona’s Escola Massana, and graphic design with The Graphic Design School.

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Odessa Sifora
Human Resources Associate
South Africa

Odessa Sifora is a skilled human resource professional with nine years of experience in the public sector in South Africaencompassing the full cycle of recruitment and onboarding, employee relations, performance management, skills development, and human resources administration. She has strong interpersonal and conflict management skills. As human resources associate, Odessa supports the recruitment and management of a wide range of staff and consultants for both the MERL and TSS activities in South Africa. Odessa holds a Bachelor of Technology from the University of South Africa and currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce Honors from the Management College of Southern Africa.

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Edward Tandingan
Deputy Chief of Party
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Edward Tandingan serves as the Deputy Chief of Party on USAID’s CLAimHealth Project, Philippines. Edward Tandingan has 32 years’ experience in clinical and public health care service provision, management, research, and monitoring and evaluation. He has worked with government and with international private organizations on family planning/reproductive health and maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition programs in the Philippines and in Vietnam. His educational background includes a Doctor of Medicine degree from Saint Louis University in Baguio City, Philippines, a Master’s degree in public health from the University of the Philippines in Manila, and a Master’s degree in PHC management from the Istituto Superiore di Sanita in Rome, Italy. Dr Tandingan speaks fluent Tagalog, Ilocano, Kalinga, and English.

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Johanna Theunissen
Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist
Technical Writer, Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Johanna Theunissen is a communications professional with 18 years of experience working with non-profit organizations in southern Africa. This includes management of a program providing community-based HIV and TB services in Tshwane, South Africa, as well as overseeing all project communications for three USAID-funded, health-focused mechanisms: two regional projects and one specific to South Africa. Her program experience has fostered an excellent understanding of health systems in the region, particularly at community level, as well as strengths and weaknesses at the national and regional levels—enabling production of a wide range of meaningful communications products for a variety of platforms and audiences. She is skilled in strategic thinking and communicating program results, lessons learned, and impact on beneficiaries in a compelling way. Johanna holds an MPH from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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Tumelo Tlhabye
Office Manager
South Africa

Tumelo Tlhabye is experienced in office administration, including operations and logistics management for meetings and workshops, as well as staff air and ground transportation and accommodation. Having previously served as senior project associate at a donor-funded project spanning six countries in southern Africa, she is conversant with USAID rules and regulations and compliance requirements. As office manager, Tumelo provides day-to-day management and logistical support for our office in South Africa, a vibrant space that hosts multiple meetings every day. Tumelo holds a Certificate in Office Management from Academy International.

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Luis Toro
Monitoring and Database Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luis Toro has more than 10 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of social and rural development projects. His background extends to the formulation, monitoring, and evaluation of high-impact programs and strategies funded by International Cooperation, specifically USAID/Colombia. He is experienced in public policy planning, monitoring, and evaluating strong processes and database analysis for decision-making, as well as generating social, economic, financial, and management indicators. He holds a degree in Economy. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Alfredo Torres
Evaluation Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Alfredo Torres has over 15 years of experience working in monitoring and evaluation, including agricultural engineering in international cooperation projects. He has a background in planning, designing, and executing projects. Alfredo is also well versed in the development of high quality analytical documents, including Activity Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, Performance Management Plan, logical frameworks, work plans, good practice manuals and success stories, lessons learned, and documents related to evaluation of results, impact, and complexity. He also has a vast experience working in areas of conflict, with government, local and international projects. Alfredo holds a master’s in urban and regional arranging. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Sékou Touré
Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Mali

Sékou Touré is the Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Mali. Before joining Panagora, he worked in organizations such as the Malian ICT Agency, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), International Relief and Development (IRD), and the Feed the Future initiative with ACDI VOCA. Sékou has worked as a copywriter, communications consultant, knowledge and learning manager, and communications manager honing his skills in the design and implementation of communication and knowledge management systems. Sékou is also skilled in graphic design, web design, video editing, community management, and photography. Sékou speaks French, English, and Bambara.

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Nomtai Tukura
Knowledge Management Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Nomtai Tukura is a seasoned communication​s and knowledge management professional with over 8 years of experience, ​including production of ​technical ​and financial reports, success stories, press releases, and other materials. Nomtai works for Panagora in Nigeria as a knowledge management specialist on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. Prior to joining Panagora, Nomtai was a program officer for the Maternal & Child Survival Program (MCSP) where she facilitated planning, development, and implementation of behavior and social change communication materials. She also worked at the Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP) where she coordinated monthly and quarterly detailed reports, directed projects’ strengthened internal accountability systems as well as prepared annual activity reports, and prepared advocacy briefs as a valuable part of visits to traditional and political leaders. Nomtai holds an M.A. in Business Administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN, a Bachelor of Law from the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria, and has completed several certificate programs, including in journalism, project management, monitoring and evaluation, and TraiNet training from USAID.

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Paolo Ungson
Data Management and Analytics Specialist

Paolo Ungson is CLAimHealth’s Data Management and Analysis Specialist. Paolo conducts quantitative and qualitative research under the USAID funded Health Policy Development Program II (HPDP2) and the World Bank research on Health Financing Assessment and Local Service Delivery. In these assignments, Paolo crunches data for policy research and analysis. Prior to joining CLAimHealth, Paolo was part of the team commissioned by the WHO-Philippines that conducted an implementation review of the Philippine National Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance. A licensed nurse, Paolo’s interest in public health was sparked by his volunteer work at the De La Salle TB Research Unit program on multi-drug resistant TB funded by the Global Fund. Paolo is completing his thesis for his MA on Public Health at the University of the Philippines. He is fluent in both English and Filipino.

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Elizabeth Velandia
Operations Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Elizabeth Velandia is the operations specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has over 10 years of experience providing legal advice, managing commercial contracts, preparing audits, and following selection processes for suppliers. She has a vast background in handling approvals and preparing payments for suppliers, corporate, and commercial service agreements; sending announcements for awarding contracts and donations; and managing budgets. She holds a law degree. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Betsy Bassan, President and CEO

Betsy Bassan is the founder, President, and CEO of Panagora Group. Previously, Ms. Bassan held a variety of executive and leadership positions. As a senior vice president at Chemonics, Ms. Bassan created a new health practice, ultimately building a $350M portfolio of innovative health activities around the world. In the 90s, she led Chemonics’ startup Europe and Eurasia division. At Save the Children, she served as project director for a major USAID global health initiative to increase PVO/NGO capacity. Ms. Bassan has served the industry in many capacities. As Chair, she led the transformation of the Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC) from an informal network into an established, successful advocacy organization. As Chair of SID-Washington, she raised its profile and efficacy. She led the founding and served on the executive committee of the Council of International Development Companies. She served on USGLC’s executive committee and launched Chemonics’ grant support that helped grow USGLC to the powerhouse it is today. Her sectoral expertise includes health, private sector development, and institutional strengthening. She has worked in all regions, and lived for seven years in Kenya and Sudan. Ms. Bassan holds an M.A. from Columbia University (Planning in Developing Nations), and a B.A. from St. John’s College, Great Books Program. She speaks French.

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Darlene Andrews, Vice President, Program Impact

Darlene Andrews is a strategic leader with over 25 years of experience in domestic and international program management, operations, administration, finance, and capacity building/training. She currently serves as vice president of program impact and supports our team on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. In her role, Darlene facilitates clearer staff development paths for career growth, aligned with Panagora’s mission. Prior to joining Panagora, she has worked as a consultant and business owner providing expertise in human capital management, process redesign, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, and relationship building to large scale USAID activities. She is a skilled facilitator and supporter of partnerships through cooperative engagement that brings together diverse actors to leverage resources, increase effectiveness, and develop sustainable results. Previously, she served as project director for the USAID/Uganda Feed the Future (FTF) Commodity Production and Marketing (CPM) and USAID/Uganda Technical Management Agent (TMA) projects with Chemonics International. She has worked as operations director for both the Asia and Africa regions at Chemonics, where she managed chiefs of parties and project directors to deliver effective and timely technical assistance. Darlene has served as operations manager on USAID’s Cairo Air Improvement Project (CAIP), where she provided oversight of finance and accounting, human resource management, procurement, subcontracts administration, information technology, communications, and facilities management. She has two M.A. degrees in Organizational Leadership and Counseling and is a certified life coach.

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Jennifer Brinkerhoff, Director, Program Management and Quality Assurance

Jennifer Brinkerhoff is responsible for capacity and talent development efforts, providing senior-level expertise and company-wide support across project management and new business development. Jennifer has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of international development and successfully managed cross-sectoral diverse teams, led and written winning grant proposals to procure institutional funding for non-profit organizations, and cultivated donor relations. Jennifer served as the director of new business development for Land O’Lakes International Development, where she directed new business strategies and efforts in soliciting key donors to increase organizational revenue to implement inclusive economic growth programs. While acting as director of new business development, Jennifer generated an average of $50M in new awards annually and achieved a record level new business awards of $71M in 2016. In her 14 years at Chemonics International, Jennifer worked in leadership and directorial positions in both the home office and in the field. For the past three years, Jennifer has served as the secretary on the board of directors for the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA). She holds a master’s certificate in government contracting from George Washington University and a B.A. in French and Russian from James Madison University. Jennifer began her career as community development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Batouri, Cameroon. She speaks French fluently.

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Jasmine Buttolph, Director, Global Health

Jasmine Buttolph is director of the global health practice at Panagora Group.  She is a global health professional with more than 15 years of experience working in Local and Federal Government, Academia, International NGOs, and UN organizations. Most recently, Jasmine was the Deputy Director for the Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI) at PEPFAR HQ, where she coordinated programmatic data use across the PEPFAR funding agencies and country teams. She also served as an agency HQ point of contact for DREAMS, OVC, Expenditure Analysis, SIMS, M&E, and Country Operational Planning (COP).  Her training in behavioral science is the foundation of her portfolio of demonstrated programmatic expertise, which includes: HIV/AIDS, adolescent girls and young women, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, gender-based violence, health systems strengthening, vector borne diseases, chronic diseases, and water and sanitation.  Jasmine has lived in the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and worked on projects in Eastern Europe.  She has technical expertise in strategic program design, operations, research, community health campaigns, monitoring and evaluation, data analytics, public speaking, and training/facilitation. Jasmine holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Virgin Islands. She speaks French and Berber and has basic proficiency in Arabic, Spanish, and Russian. She served in the Peace Corps in Morocco.

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Boubacar Cisse, Controller

Boubacar Cisse leads the finance and accounting department at Panagora. He has fourteen years of professional experience in accounting, finance, and operations including: awards/contracts management, accounts payable and receivable, budgeting/forecasting, billing, cash flow management, capacity building of partner organizations and staff, compliance, financial analysis and reporting, internal and external audit, payroll, procurement, project start-up and close-out, and revenue management. Boubacar has extensive experience leading finance and accounting teams as well as managing large and complex projects awarded under different mechanisms — contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants — and funding sources including US government agencies such as Department of Defense, State Department, and USAID; and private businesses such as Alcoa, ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, and Procter & Gamble. Prior to joining Panagora, Boubacar worked as part of the senior management team at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Institute of International Education (IIE), FHI 360, and the Academy for Educational Development (AED). Boubacar has an M.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Business Administration. He speaks fluent French and Bambara and basic Fulani.​

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Susan Corsini, Director, Talent Management and Operations

Susan Corsini is a senior human resources and operations executive with expertise in creating and implementing next-generation processes and programs that have resulted in scalability, efficiency, quality, and value-creation for organizations. She brings to the position extensive operations and management experience having run the Washington, D.C., office of a global, publicly traded consulting company and starting up two corporate foundations, one private foundation, and one public charity. Prior to Panagora Group, Susan served as an operations consultant to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the areas of operational infrastructure, talent management and development, recruitment, compensation and benefits, employee relations and internal communications. Susan began her career in communications and has held senior positions at three of the top 10 communications firms in the world. Susan received her bachelor’s degree from California State University at Fullerton. She is a graduate of the 2007 Leadership Greater Washington class and is SHRM certified.

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Regina Dull, Vice President, Corporate Operations and Finance

Regina Dull is a strategically focused leader with 15 years of experience leading teams and producing high-impact results.  An action-oriented leader, Regina has experience transforming organizations across industries including cyber security, government contracting, global education, and nonprofit management.  In her role as Chief Operating Officer of RedJack LLC, she transformed business operations from a single file box to a robust and scalable model for the growing cyber security firm including the design and implementation of an integrated ERP system and a talent management strategy focusing on the importance of employee engagement for high-level knowledge workers. As Executive Director of International Student Conferences, Regina revitalized a single-program non-profit by leading change to a multi-program international organization with over 100% growth in fundraising.  She is founder of the Korea-America Student Conference, an annual student interchange program for university students, now in its eighth year. Regina Dull is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business Executive MBA program and holds a Master’s in International Affairs from the Elliott School at The George Washington University and a Bachelors in East Asian Studies and Policy Studies from Dickinson College. She speaks Japanese and Spanish.

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Melanie Sanders-Smith, Director, New Business

Melanie Sanders-Smith leads business development at Panagora Group. She has 35 years of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating development assistance activities. As a generalist, her experience includes a range of development sectors and humanitarian assistance, and covers all geographic regions. Melanie has worked in 40 countries for not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, as well as for small and large organizations. Throughout her career, she has held multiple executive leadership positions, managed large-scale projects in the US and abroad (including chief of party of $120 million USAID/Egypt project), served as a regional advisor for USAID/OFDA based in South Africa, and consulted on short-term assignments around the globe. She holds a Master’s degree in political science and a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University. Melanie grew up in Wyoming, is the mother of three grown children, and is now raising plant life with her husband in Northern Virginia.

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Dr. Sarah Tisch , Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Practice

Dr. Sarah Tisch leads the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Practice at Panagora Group. She is a senior development professional with 30 years of experience with project development, leadership, management, and technical assistance. Her versatility with different technical fields is evident through her leadership of projects in the ICT, telecommunications reform, women’s economic empowerment, gender integration and gender mainstreaming, agriculture, democracy and governance, and food security technical areas for USAID Washington and Missions. A recognized leader of US Government-funded programs, she has held numerous project and analytical technical (MEL and gender analysis) leadership positions, including three Chief-of-Party positions for USAID funded projects, two of which were in Washington D.C. Sarah also has extensive experience working for USAID implementing partners, in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She has worked in over 30 countries and speaks Russian and Bahasa Indonesian. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Political Science from Binghamton University, and a BA in International relations and Anthropology from California State University at Chico.

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Laura Viñoly, Director, Contracts and Compliance

Laura Viñoly is an international development professional with over 25 years of experience in project implementation, contract and subcontract negotiation, management and compliance, and process improvement. Laura began supporting Panagora at its inception working alongside its president & CEO on early proposals, cost strategies, and building the company policies, systems and original accounting system. Most recently, Laura represented Panagora during startup as deputy chief of party on the Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Activity before returning home to serve as director of contracts & compliance. In this position she focuses on compliance, cost strategy, contract development and review and put in place corporate policies and compliance measures. She also will train Panagora staff on compliance with USAID regulations. Laura started her career in international development at the Organization of America States, Regional Development and Environment Department. After a few years, she discovered the private sector, joined Chemonics International as an assistant project administrator and grew to become a director for the Latin America and Caribbean Region. She has served as Deputy Chief of Party on USAID-financed projects in Botswana and Colombia and as Director of International Operations for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Infrastructure Finance (WASH-FIN) Project. She holds a bachelor’s in Business Management and several certifications in U.S. government contracts pricing and management. Laura was born and raised in Santa Lucia, Uruguay and is a native Spanish-speaker.

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Dr. Kevin Warr, Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adaptation

Dr. Kevin Warr is a Director in the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning and Adaptation (MERLA) practice. Kevin is an experienced MEL professional with over 20 years’ professional experience. Most recently, he co-led Management System International’s Strategy, Evaluation and Analysis group, providing managerial and technical leadership for MSI’s largest practice area. Prior to coming to MSI, Kevin served as a senior director for Palladium’s monitoring and evaluation practice and taught Performance Monitoring and Evaluation to USAID staff worldwide. In addition to M&E, Kevin has sectoral experience in energy and democracy & governance. He worked directly for USAID in Washington for six years, as well as the World Bank before that. He was the founder and executive director of the Abundance Fund, a small non-profit dedicated to helping people realize their own innovative ideas to better their lives. He has lived and worked in Africa and has spent much of his professional life on projects in Africa. He also has experience in Asia, South Asia, South America, and the Caucasus. Kevin earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from the American University in Washington, D.C. He focused on African politics, international relations theory, and comparative politics. He holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University, and a B.A. in political science from Wheaton College (IL). Kevin speaks functional French and basic Hausa.

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Annick Adams, Program Manager

Annick Adams is an international development professional with experience in project management, new business, and communications. She supports USAID-funded activities through contract management, staff recruitment, and technical assistance, currently managing Panagora’s Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth) activity with USAID/Philippines. Her passion for sustainable development stemmed from her research and culture studies in Senegal, where she spoke with community members on public health initiatives and stigmas around aid. She has a B.A. in Global Studies and French from the University of California, Santa Barbara, speaks French fluently, and is conversational in Wolof. Annick joined the Panagora family in 2016 and is excited to see the team’s growth and impact.

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Annie Arnzen, Learning and Communications Manager

Annie Arnzen is the learning and communications manager at Panagora. She has experience working in the field of international development and public health with expertise in qualitative research, social behavior change, and program communications. Prior to joining Panagora, she worked as a Program Officer at John Snow, Inc. where she supported new business development, communications, and general project backstopping for USAID funded global health projects. In this role, she worked in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Turkmenistan, Timor Leste, and the Republic of Georgia. Domestically, Annie worked at the Gallatin Mental Health Center and provided mental health stabilization for individuals in crisis. Most recently, she worked with Johns Hopkins University to support harm reduction activities and HIV prevention with key populations in West Baltimore. Annie is completing her master’s of science in public health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds a B.A. from Trinity College where she majored in anthropology and minored in community action.

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Alexis Brice, Program Associate

Alexis Brice is a program associate supporting the USAID Colombia, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Project. Alexis joins Panagora from RTI International where she provided project management support on the Worldwide Training contract for three years. She holds an A.A. in general studies from Prince George’s Community College, a B.S. in political science from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a M.S. in project management from University of Maryland University College. In her spare time, Alexis loves spending time with friends and family, planning trips and social outings with friends, traveling, dancing, and listening to music from West Africa and the West Indies.

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Elyse Callahan, Program Manager

Elyse Callahan is a program manager with nearly six years of experience in international development. She is skilled at project design and start-up, program and budget management, contract compliance and reporting, and new business efforts. She has experience supporting programs in Southeast Asia and across Sub-Saharan Africa. She has worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees assessing the resiliency of the UNRWA health system in Gaza. She holds an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University with a focus in population and family health and has a B.A. in psychology from Knox College. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali and then as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer supporting malaria programming in Zambia. She speaks French and Bambara conversationally.

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Agnes Chen, New Business Associate

Agnes Chen is a proposal development professional specializing in peacebuilding, human rights, and post-conflict contexts. She currently supports Panagora’s business development team through research, writing, and proposal coordination. Prior to Panagora, Agnes was involved in a range of humanitarian assistance, peacebuilding, and transitional justice initiatives, including as a Syrian refugee emergency relief volunteer with Caritas Jordan, a program intern with Search for Common Ground, and most recently as a regional communications and donor relations officer with Asia Justice and Rights in Indonesia. She holds an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University. Agnes is fluent in Indonesian.

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Matthew Dancis, Knowledge Management Associate

Matthew Dancis is a knowledge management associate at Panagora Group. He works closely with the knowledge management and communications teams to support corporate and activity office knowledge management infrastructures and develop overall strategy. Matthew has over six years of international work experience, having lived in Panama, Colombia, and Argentina. He has hands-on experience with information and technology systems, strategic planning, project management, capacity building, and technical writing. Matthew is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. During his service, he worked closely with school administrators and instructors on curriculum development. He also designed and piloted a 30-hour course on sustainable development, which has since been taught at multiple universities throughout Panama. Matthew has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Drexel University and is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in development management at American University’s School of International Service. He is fluent in Spanish.

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Joanne David, Program Associate

Joanne David is an international development professional who currently supports Panagora’s CLAIM prime contract with USAID/India. Joanne has also supported several of our USAID-funded activities, including CLAimHealth in the Philippines, our MEL Platform in the Dominican Republic, and our institutional support services subcontract for USAID/PPL. While in undergrad, she worked with the UCLA chapter of the Flying Samaritans to support the operations of a free clinic in an under-resourced community on the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico. She also worked with Missions of Hope International in Nairobi, Kenya, supporting administration, organization, and implementation of health initiatives focused on community members of informal settlements in Nairobi and rural areas in Turkana. Joanne speaks conversational Tamil, thanks to many visits back to her family’s homeland in India and hearing it around the home growing up. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology and a minor Global Health from UCLA.

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James Fang, Proposal Manager

James Fang is the proposal manager at Panagora. He is an international development professional with over ten years of diverse experience in business development and project management. Prior to joining Panagora, he served as a business development manager at an international development firm to support new business capture and proposal management on multidisciplinary projects funded by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, African Development Bank, USAID, and MCC. He has also managed and supported development projects throughout Central Asia, South East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa in the sectors of Transportation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Agriculture, and WASH.  He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Maryland College Park and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese.

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Desiree Halpern, Communications Associate

Desiree Halpern is a communications professional specializing in migration, education, and women’s development. At Panagora, she supports external and internal communications, as well as advocacy efforts. Previously, she served as a communications and program officer at the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, and as a consultant for several higher education institutions. In 2017, Desiree was a fellow with the Blossom Hill Foundation working in refugee camps in Greece, where she assisted a team of educators delivering science lessons to displaced children. Since then, she and her team formed a Greece-based education NGO called the Science United Project. Desiree holds an M.A. in international educational development from Columbia University and a B.A. in international affairs and French language from the George Washington University. She was a 2016 recipient of the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to Tajikistan. She speaks French, Persian, Polish, and Spanish.

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De Lonte Hildebrandt, Finance and Accounting Associate

De Lonte Hildebrandt brings more than 10 years of corporate accounting experience to Panagora Group. As a finance and accounting associate, he facilitates invoicing processes, tracks accounts receivables, assists with month-end close, and maintains strong, efficient communications with Panagora’s activity management teams. De Lonte previously worked in the defense and nuclear industries. He holds a B.S. in business administration from Virginia Union University. De Lonte is enthusiastic and persistent in both his work ethic and his passion for rebuilding and upgrading cars from the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.

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Mona-Mae Juwillie, Program Assistant

Mona-Mae Juwillie is an international development professional passionate about global health and economic development, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. At Panagora, she is a program assistant supporting various activities including the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. She has experience in grant writing, proposal research, and project support. Mona Mae is not new to Panagora; she served as an International Development and Global Health intern before joining full-time. She is a recent graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she studied international development, global health, and sustainability. During her undergraduate studies, Mona-Mae had the opportunity to implement women-led clean water businesses with a non-profit organization in Tamale, Ghana. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Geneva, Switzerland where she interned for an international development non-profit organization. Mona-Mae speaks fluent French.

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Christine Juwle, Program Associate

Christine Juwle is a global health and international development professional with experience in program management and research. She currently supports the PQM+ and India CLAIM activities for Panagora Group, and previously focused on proposal writing, research, and recruitment for the new business team. Being Liberian, Christine is very determined to work around issues of health in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has humanitarian experience in Liberia, Cameroon, and Ghana, where she has volunteered in local hospitals and provided humanitarian assistance. She recently went to Burkina Faso to conduct her master’s research where she examined inequities that exist among pregnant women accessing antenatal care. She is a founding member and Vice President of Embrace Your Mind Foundation, which is a mental health organization focused on serving Liberians affected by post-war trauma. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Global Health from Georgetown University. She speaks conversational French.

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Rebekah Klingensmith, Program Assistant

Rebekah Klingensmith is an international development professional with experience in ethnographic research, project support, and research design. At Panagora, she manages ongoing program activities for our Monitoring, Evaluation, ​Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) platforms with USAID/Dominican Republic and USAID/South Africa. Rebekah first joined Panagora as an intern. Prior to that, she conducted fieldwork among deaf communities in the Dominican Republic (DR), where she developed an original study about the relationship of formal education to identity development in the DR and partnered with a local organization that provides vocational training support to deaf adults. She has built a strong relationship with this community and visits annually to help facilitate a summer camp for deaf youth. As an undergraduate student, she worked with her university’s international studies department as a lead research assistant and contributed to a report that investigated religious laws and regional conflict in India. Rebekah holds a B.A. in international relations and anthropology from SUNY Brockport in Rochester, NY, and is fluent in American Sign Language.

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Dar Maxwell, Senior Technical Specialist, Digital Learning and Innovation

Dar Maxwell has over three decades of diverse experience in knowledge management and adult learning design, production and implementation, including network news production, design and implementation of online adult learning and customized learning activities for globally diverse audiences. Dar is an innovator in integrating technology with learning, significantly increasing the impact of Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) and Monitoring, Evaluating and Learning (MEL) approaches and methodologies, and responsible for coordinating more than 250 webinars and other learning products across platforms and multiple USAID Agency offices, Missions and bureaus. Prior to her international development career, Dar worked as a broadcast technician for multiple national broadcast news outlets including ABC News and National Public Radio (NPR). She served as a senior audio technician for ABC News Radio from 1999-2009 where her responsibilities included Capitol Hill and White House coverage and executing technical coverage for seven national political conventions and six Presidential Inaugurations. She holds a BS in Communications and an MS in Teaching and Learning Technology.

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Lyly Njinga, Senior Manager, Learning and Communications

Lyly Njinga is a senior manager in the Learning and Communications practice. She has 11 years of experience in capacity building, knowledge management, communications, training, research, and policy development in the international development field. Prior to joining Panagora, Lyly was a senior climate, natural resources, and water specialist at RTI International providing technical assistance to and managing USAID projects. She also worked on several projects including the USAID Environmental Communications, Outreach, and Learning project where she managed USAID’s global climate change knowledge portal and community of practice, and developed trainings and workshops. Lyly has conducted research, developed learning resources and tools for diverse audiences, and facilitated policy and planning for various U.S. government agencies, NGOs, and United Nations projects and initiatives. She also has stakeholder engagement, grants management, business development, and strategic planning and communications experience. Lyly has worked in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Senegal, South Africa, Argentina, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, and Indonesia. She has a B.A. in international studies from American University and a M.S. in environment and sustainable development from University College London. She speaks French and Spanish.

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Angelina Njoku, Senior Program Manager

Angie Njoku is a project management specialist with over eight years of experience in public health, economic development, disabilities policy, and gender issues. She is currently supporting Panagora as a senior program manager for the South Africa activities. Her regional experience spans across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in the areas of program design, complex financial and operational management, and new business development. Previously, Angie served as a project manager for a large international development firm as well as several non-profit organizations. She holds a master’s in international affairs from American University and a bachelor’s in social work from Clark Atlanta University.

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Talia Orencel, Program Associate

Talia Orencel is a program associate supporting the USAID Colombia, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Project. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Talia worked five years in the non-profit sector where she led social justice programming at the University of Maryland. Born in Argentina, she emigrated and grew up in Maryland. She holds an MPA in Non-profit Management from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. Talia served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador implementing women and youth empowerment programs, as well as creating small business projects. As a strong activist for social change her Peace Corps experience ignited Talia’s passion for sustainable international development and women’s rights. She speaks fluent Spanish and Hebrew conversationally.

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Matthew Parry, Senior Program Manager

Matthew Parry is a project management specialist with more than 20 years of experience designing, managing and backstopping international relief and development programs.  A returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Dominican Republic), Matthew has managed programs in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Matthew managed two large democracy and governance Task Orders and multiple Cooperative Agreements focused on elections management, and civic and voter education, collectively valued at more than $125 million.  Matthew holds a B.A. in Spanish and political science from Indiana University, and an M.A. from the University of York, United Kingdom, in post-war recovery studies.

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Joelle Peikes, Program Assistant

Joelle Peikes is an international development professional with experience in research and education. Before joining Panagora as a Program Assistant supporting our USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, Joelle was an IDEX Fellow in Bangalore, India where she worked with a social startup expanding city-wide after-school and education technology services to low-income families. As a graduate student, she spent several weeks in Greece and Serbia conducting research on human migration trends and the refugee crisis in the region. She also traveled to Amman, Jordan as a research fellow with the Zolberg Institute on migration and mobility and contributed to a report on current and prospective employment opportunities for Syrian refugees in Jordan. She also recently taught at a Montessori school and volunteered as an English instructor for newly arrived refugee women in Connecticut. Joelle has an M.A. in international affairs from The New School in New York and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Maryland. She has studied French, Hebrew, and Arabic (and dabbles in Spanish).

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Madeleine Pryor, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications

Madeleine Pryor spent the last ten years building a career in video storytelling, documentary filmmaking, photography, and communications for nonprofits and social enterprises. As the Senior Manager of Corporate Communications at Panagora, she oversees corporate visibility, advocacy, and branding. Previously, she worked as media producer and strategist for Seeds of Peace, where she was responsible for developing the organization’s complex storytelling strategy (including social media), and producing video, photo, and written content to support it. She was based in New York and then Israel and created 20 short videos for online and live audiences. Madeleine also directed, filmed, and produced the short documentary film, “Embedded,” which was screened at the 2014 DOC NYC Film Festival in New York:. The film focuses on the personal life and work of a young war photographer who covers conflicts in Afghanistan and Syria. Madeleine earned an M.A. degree from New York University in cultural anthropology and documentary filmmaking and a B.A. from Tulane University in international relations and international development. She speaks French.

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Sharon Ress, Program Manager

Sharon Ress is an international development professional with experience in gender, nutrition, livelihoods and value chains. She supports USAID and Department of State funded projects, as well as new business and administration. She has worked for multiple organizations in policy research, project management, best practices, and intercultural sensitivity. She has also participated in field research, such as an evaluation for UNICEF of Ethiopia’s National Nutrition plan and its implementation, and has contributed to the writing and editing of official reports. Sharon has a Masters in Public Administration focusing on international development from Cornell University and a BA in Public Policy and Anthropology from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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Nicole Rock, Program Associate

Nicole Rock is an international development professional who supports Panagora’s CLAIM prime contract with USAID/India. Before coming to Panagora, Nicole founded the Global Brigades Public Health chapter at Arizona State University, where she successfully organized and implemented health and sustainable development activities in under-resourced communities in Central America. During her academic studies, Nicole traveled to Honduras to conduct field research on environmental health and community development. She utilized the concept of social value and local capacity building to propose an alternative way of approaching technology design and implementation in rural communities. She has also provided project management and operational support for a research project in Sub-Saharan Africa for effective education programming, and a knowledge sharing experiment that aims to strengthen the development of Global Health programs in Bolivia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Uganda, and the U.S. Nicole has a B.A. in global health with a minor in Women and Gender Studies, and a M.S. in global technology and development from Arizona State University.

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Amy Talbot, Senior Program Manager

Amy Talbot is a global health professional with more than ten years of experience designing, implementing, and monitoring USG-funded programs. She currently supports Panagora as a senior program manager for the PQM+ and Uganda RHITES activities. Prior to joining Panagora, Amy served as a program officer at University Research Co., providing technical backstopping and management support to health and laboratory systems strengthening, HIV patient-centered care, and quality improvement programs in Malawi, Lesotho, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Previously, she managed operations of GHSC-PSM’s Global Supply Chain team as well as provided project management and performance monitoring support to the SCMS and USAID|DELIVER projects, overseeing project operations in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Vietnam. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda, she provided capacity building and training in pharmaceutical, data, and human resources management. Amy holds an MPH from Boston University and a B.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University.

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Bont’e Twyman-Abrams, Payroll Manager

Dr. Bont’e Twyman-Abrams has over 10 years of experience leading domestic and international payroll objectives increasing productivity and overall organizational effectiveness. Her versatility with leading international payroll initiatives, business contingency planning, international tax laws & regulations, and research methodologies span across public, private, and non-profit sectors. She has managed all facets of international and expatriate payrolls for employees located in various countries including but not limited to Europe, Australia, Dubai, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan. She holds a DBA in Leadership, an MBA in International Business, and a Certificate in Global Payroll Management.

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Anthony Abu, Digital Media Producer
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Anthony Abu is a development communication expert with over 18 years’ experience in media and communications. For the USAID Global Health Supply Chain program–Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, he works as the Digital Media Producer in Nigeria, where he creates compelling videos, job aids, and other digital and design products. Previously he worked with various organizations and projects in the areas of gender, governance, economic empowerment and health, including DFID/UNDP/EU/USAID-supported Nigerian Women Trust Fund, DFID-Coalitions4Change program, and Silverbird Cinemas. During this time, he worked with and managed teams tasked with strategic advocacy, information management, media relations, social media marketing, website design and management, film/television/radio production, graphic design, and development and implementation of communication strategies. Anthony has a Diploma in Strategic Management from the International Business Management Institute, Berlin; a BA in Theater and Communications; Master’s in Media, and currently studying for his MBA at Nexford University.

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Luis Aguilar, Deputy Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luis Aguilar is the deputy chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has over 16 years of experience implementing USAID programs in Latin America, including experience in contracts and procurement, grant awards, human resources, finance, and security.   Under different development programs he has lead and managed several teams to implement activities under different components such as governance, confidence building, infrastructure, agriculture, forestry, rural finance, policy, small businesses, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.  With an educational background of a B.Sc. degree in Government Contract Management, he has a deep and practiced knowledge of USAID rules and regulations, Colombian and Venezuelan local laws, and is committed to contracts, FAR, CFR, AIDAR, and ADS compliance. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

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Veronica Andrade, Recruiter
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Veronica Andrade is a recruiter for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has five years of experience in procurement and contract processes, as well as operating donation agreements. Veronica also has a background that extends to internal and external customer service, human resources, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, onboarding, performance support, staff development, employee relations, and employment practices. Veronica holds a degree in Law. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Kemi Ayanda, Director, Learning Knowledge Management & Strategic Communication
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Kemi Ayanda is a results-driven leader with 18 years of experience with USAID, DFID, EU, UN delivering development efforts in health, education, agriculture, security and stability, and good governance programs. Prior to joining GHSC-PSM, she was regional MEL adviser and deputy team leader on the UKAID Conflict Stability and Security Fund, West Africa MEL Project. As Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for the Engaged Citizens Pillar of DFID-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn she led development of results framework and implemented rounds of multi-stakeholder influence tracking, ensuring learning informed strategic planning, implementation, and reporting. She mentors aspiring MEL professionals and has led multi-cultural and dynamic teams in developing and managing strategic communication and MEL systems that facilitate learning and adaptation. She has worked across all regions in Nigeria with field-level work in rural communities in 24 of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, and across Africa, developing case studies, working on end line impact documentation, and communicating results. Her experience with USAID-funded projects include LEAP, COMPASS, TSHIP, NEI+, Health Policy Plus, and Education Crisis Response. Kemi has a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Systems Management, a M.A. in Public Administration, and a B.A. in International Studies.

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Jennifer Bakyawa, Knowledge Management/Learning Officer
Uganda RHITES, Uganda

Jennifer Bakyawa is a Knowledge Management/Learning Officer leading communications, engagement and learning activities of which Panagora is the implementing partner for the USAID RHITES-N, Acholi Activity. For ten years, she has worked with international development organizations, academic and research institutions on communications, knowledge management and health research engagement. She has extensive experience reviewing information and publications health research projects for donors such as the Wellcome Trust and international non-government organizations like the Council on Health Research and Development. Jennifer’s work experience demonstrates an interest for effective implementation of health projects and strong in-country development. Most recently, Jennifer coordinated engagement of journalists, patient groups, and health researchers to showcase the work of the Partnering in Science Engagement Project, a $400,000 project focused on HIV/AIDS prevention. She holds a master’s degree in Knowledge Management from Robert Gordon University in Scotland, a BA in Mass Communication from Makerere University, and certificate on HIV/AIDS issues from Makerere University.

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Belinda Barcenas, Accountant
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Belinda Barcenas is the Accountant of the CLAimHealth Project. A Certified Public Accountant, Belinda has accumulated nearly three decades of experience in the field of finance, accountancy, grants and operations management. She has had experience in managing multiple responsibilities in the finance and operations of US government-funded projects, namely USAID and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). She served as a Finance Analyst of Millennium Challenge Account Philippines (MCA-P), a $434-million MCC grant, where she assisted in preparing monthly financial and quarterly reports for and requests to MCC, the Philippine Government and the MCA-P Board. As a Project Accountant for the USAID-funded Local Implementation of National Competitiveness for Economic Growth and Build-Operate and Transfer III Projects, she prepared monthly financial reports, projected monthly expenses and bank reconciliations as well as in monitoring local disbursements. Her experience in the USAID-funded Philippine Tuberculosis Initiatives for the Private Sector Project, on the other hand, exposed Belinda in working with the Grants and Procurement team in reviewing the grant financial reports submitted by subrecipients and ensuring compliance with USAID grants policies and procedures. Belinda holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Accounting from the University of St. Paul-Manila.

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Martha Barriga, Learning Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Martha Barriga is the Learning Advisor for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has extensive experience in knowledge management processes, research studies and gender analysis. She has worked with several agencies from international cooperation, universities and public institutions in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Canada. She has documented best practices and learning processes in the areas of women’s rights, immigration and access to land through interviews with key stakeholders and focus groups. Some of these practices have been published. Her educational background combines a bachelor’s in social communication from the Javeriana University of Colombia and a master’s in community development from the University of Toronto. She speaks fluent English and Spanish.

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Loren Bausell, Senior Research and Learning Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Loren Bausell has 13 years of experience working as a monitoring, evaluation, and research specialist throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia for USAID-funded projects. For the past six years, she has been based in Vietnam and the Philippines. She has expertise at the country and global levels in data collection and analysis, research activities, program management, capacity building, and supply chain analytics for family planning, maternal and child health, infectious disease, and malaria programs. For USAID/DELIVER, she planned and conducted surveys, designed samples, determined data collection tools, and designed reports for various assessments to determine the effects of commodity logistics on public health programs. She is a demonstrated leader with experience managing teams and leading research projects. Loren holds an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She started her career in public service as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, serving in the Washington, D.C. school system.

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Juan Guillermo Bedoya, Evaluation Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Juan Guillermo Bedoya is the Evaluation Specialist of Panagora’s office in Colombia. Juan Guillermo has more than eight years of experience in quantitative research, focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies. He has held positions at Fedesarrollo, CEDE of Los Andes University, and Department for Social Prosperity in Colombia. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant for The World Bank and CAF in issues related to education, health, and social policy for different countries in Latin America. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Los Andes University. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks fluent English.

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Giohanna Caballero, Bookkeeper
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Giohanna Caballero is the bookkeeper for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has more than 15 years as a public accountant, with a vast background, including maintaining systems to account for financial transactions using established chart of accounts, bookkeeping policies and procedures; preparing financial reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information; and complying with legal requirements by staying updated and advising management. She has a degree in public accounting. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Eric Camacho, Engagement, Learning, and Adapting Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Eric Camacho has more than 15 years of experience managing various social development & consulting projects funded by local and international agencies in the Philippines. In his previous work as Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), he provided strong leadership in the management of the foundation’s health, education, environment, and livelihood portfolios across the country, averaging around $30 million USD annually. His current role with the Panagora Group’s CLAimHealth Activity in the Philippines is anchored around more than 17 years of experience in training and materials/curriculum development for various types of audiences. Mr. Camacho has an MA in Public Health from the Institute for Community and Family Health in Quezon City, Philippines. He is fluent in English, Filipino/Tagalog, and Ilocano.

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Maricar Canlas, Administrative Assistant
CLAim Health, Philippines

Maricar Canlas provides support to the whole CLAimHealth, Philippines team as its Administrative Assistant. Before joining CLAimHealth, Maricar worked as an Administrative Assistant in the health program for the Philippine Business for Social Progress where she supported an Admin team. Previously, she served as a Technical Specialist to the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for the Philippine Business for Social Progress. Maricar holds a B.S. in business administration.

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Luisa Cardona, Quantitative Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luisa Fernanda Cardona Rojas is the quantitative specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has five years of experience in economic development, methods in impact evaluations, and research and data analysis. Luisa has held various positions in the public sector; in the National Planning Department of Colombia-DNP, in the Bogota’s Secretary of Security, Coexistence, and Justice as well as in the Center for Economic Development Studies-CEDE of Los Andes University. Luisa holds a master’s degree in economics from Los Andes University. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks fluent English.

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Cesar Carrillo, Finance and Accounting Manager
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Colombia

Cesar Carrillo has over 20 years of accounting experience in international development projects. He is a certified public accountant, expert in Colombian accounting laws, and USAID regulations and processes. In the last 14 years, he has been working on different USAID-funded projects including public policy, human rights, and access to justice. He has worked in various areas of the Colombian economy, from finance to commerce, trade, and industrial sectors. Cesar holds a master’s degree in Fiscal Auditing. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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William Cartier, Chief of Party
India CLAIM

William Cartier is the Chief of Party of Panagora’s India CLAIM activity and formerly served as Chief of Party of Panagora’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Platform with USAID/Dominican Republic. He has thirty years of experience in international development, as Associate Professor at the University of the Andes in Bogota, Colombia, later as Senior Program Officer with the Ford Foundation in Lima, Peru and Santiago, Chile, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Corona Foundation in Bogota, Colombia, and more recently as Senior Technical Advisor and Chief of Party for USAID funded programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa in the field of democratic governance.  More recently he has led monitoring, evaluation and learning platforms in Bangladesh, Liberia and the Dominican Republic.  He has conducted numerous assessments and program evaluations in democracy, rights and governance, decentralization, local government strengthening, transparency and accountability, youth development and justice reform.  He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Political Science and International Development from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, and University of Toronto, Canada. He speaks Spanish and French.

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Cristian Corredor, Payroll Assistant
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Cristian Corredor is the payroll assistant for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Activity in Colombia. He has three years of experience at an International Company managing different clients by developing contracts, affiliations to the social security system, payroll liquidation, and calculation of withholding tax. He holds a B.A. in business administration from the University Foundation of Areandina in Colombia. He speaks Spanish and English.

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Sonia Devia, Administrative Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Sonia Devia is the administrative specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has over 15 years of experience in financial management, organizational development, and international business, with an emphasis in foreign trade. She is a certified public accountant and has an extensive background in accounting, tax auditing, administrative and human resources, with knowledge and skills in prevention of money laundering. She also has experience working with international development organizations to support, develop, and analyze USAID funded projects. Sonia holds a degree in international business from Externado University of Colombia. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Luisa Fernanda, Contract Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luisa Fernanda is the contracts specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning activity in Colombia. She has worked in the field of international development in Colombia as a specialist in donations and subcontracts with different operators. With over 10 years of experience, she specialized in working in the region of Arauca, in which she focused on the articulation between the technical and contractual areas for the success of an activity. Her degree is in international trade, and she is a native Spanish speaker and speaks English.

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Annie Florez, Monitoring Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Annie Florez is the monitoring advisor for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She worked directly with the USAID Mission in Colombia for five years and has over 10 years of experience working with USAID’s Implementing Partners. She has 12 years of experience in project management and technical supervision of social programs, specialized in the monitoring and evaluation field. Focused on managing information systems, indicator design, data collection tools, and methodologies customized by type of project or target population. Annie’s focus also includes focus on PMI methodologies for program and project management portfolios. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and has a Master’s in Project Management. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Leandro Garcia, Research Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Leandro Garcia is the research specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He is a sociologist with 14 years of experience in international development research, designing and implementing USAID projects to support victims of violence. Leandro has participated in developing pedagogical strategies for social cohesion, promotion of dialogue, and coexistence in conflict zones. He has a has background in supporting different projects oriented towards the development and defense of human rights in various countries, including Paraguay, Argentina, and Colombia. Leandro holds a Master’s degree in International Development. Spanish is his Native tongue and he speaks fluent English.

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Martha Gonzalez, Monitoring and Database Specialist 
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Martha Gonzalez is the monitoring and database specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has more than 10 years of experience in the formulation, monitoring, and follow-up of public policy programs and projects directed at armed conflict victims, vulnerable populations, and ethnic communities. Martha’s background also includes performing Data Quality Assessments, standardizing monitoring processes, and methodologies. She holds a degree in Audit and Quality Assurance. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.

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Orlando Gracia, Lead Evaluation Expert
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Orlando Gracia is the lead evaluation expert in Panagora’s Colombia office. Orlando has more than 20 years of experience in public policy, with a background in designing, promoting, and implementing programs for capacity building. He is well versed in monitoring and evaluation, and applied economics research. He has held various positions at the Colombian National Planning Department, including Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies, Director of Entrepreneurial Development, and Deputy Director of Economic Studies. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of London. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks fluent English.

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Cath Gutierrez, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Coordinator
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Cath Gutierrez is equipped with both clinical and program management background and has been in the public health field for almost 10 years working with both international and local organizations. Cath provides technical support in the area of monitoring and evaluation to the USAID-CLAimHealth Project in the Philippines. Prior to joining Panagora Group, Cath worked in health flagship programs such as Tuberculosis, Maternal, and Child Health and Nutrition, focusing on program management and resource mobilization tasks. She was also overseeing monitoring and evaluation for the Philippine Business for Social Progress. Cath is a nurse by training and a public health advocate with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology.

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Irene Guevarra, Finance and Administration Manager
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Irene Guevarra works as the Finance and Administration Manager with Panagora’s CLAimHealth Project with USAID Philippines. She is a Certified Public Accountant with over three decades of extensive experience in the field of accounting, project management, procurement, finance and administration. She worked with USAID for over a decade and, with the various positions held, had project management experience on contracts, cooperative agreements including policy, procedural, reporting and payment requirements. After USAID, Irene joined the private sector where she managed and implemented multi-million USAID-assisted and funded projects namely Trade and Investment Policy Analysis and Advocacy Support Project, Targeted Intervention In Economic Reform and Governance, Linking Initiatives and Network to Control Tuberculosis and Innovations and Multisectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis. Irene is an Accounting graduate of the University of Santo Tomas.

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Jay Heavner, Senior KMC Strategist, Country Programs
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Jay Heavner is a senior knowledge management and communication (KMC) strategist, implementer, and coach. For USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, he supports KMC staff and points of contact in more than 30 country programs in Asia, Latin America/Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa by leading a community of practice and providing in-person and remote coaching and mentoring in strategy, work planning, project branding, program implementation, storytelling, photography, document management, and other essential skills. Previous to his current position on GHSC-PSM, he served as Director of Strategic Engagement and HIV/AIDS Global Collaboration Manager for the project.  Having served as Director of Communications and Knowledge Sharing for SCMS, the predecessor project for HIV/AIDS, he has more than 10 years’ experience in public health supply chain management and has worked as a consultant for USAID programs for 14 years.  Mr. Heavner has led planning and facilitation for numerous conferences and events, including SCMS’s and GHSC-PSM’s Supplier Summits and satellite events at international conferences. His writing has been featured in USAID’s FrontLines magazine, USAID’s Impact blog, Supply Chain Brain magazine, and the World Bank’s “Procurement for Complex Situations” booklet.

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Elizabeth Hobbs, Project Manager
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Elizabeth Hobbs is a public health and health systems strengthening professional with 10 years of experience in project coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and implementation. She has extensive experience in budgeting and financial oversight, reporting to USAID and PEPFAR, and relationship management with a wide range of stakeholders. She has managed multiple health-focused projects inclusive of point-of-care HIV diagnostics, HIV counseling and testing, and social programs for children living with HIV. As Project Manager, Elizabeth ensures that MERL activity deliverables are met on time and within scope and budget. Elizabeth holds an MPH from the University of Stellenbosch and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Theunis Hurter, Deputy Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Theunis Hurter is a highly skilled monitoring, evaluation, learning, and data analytics and use specialist, with over 10 years of experience in South Africa’s public health sectorHis skills encompass policy and program development, project implementation and management, and health systems strengthening. His strengths include leading and managing cross-disciplinary senior technical teams in various settings, guiding them to improve project planning, monitoring, and ultimately, successful implementationTheunis has extensive experience with PEPFAR and USAIDfunded projects. As MERL Deputy Chief of Party, he supports overall activity management and provides technical assistance to USAID and its implementing partners. Theunis holds an MPH from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. 

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Oriana Izquierdo, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Dexis DOS INL, Dominican Republic and The Bahamas

Oriana Izquierdo is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with over 15 years of experience in the field of international development. Based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oriana has worked with several international organizations both in Washington, D.C., and abroad with project funded by donors such as USAID, World Bank, and the US State Department. Her area of focus is education, with an emphasis on community outreach, capacity building and monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Evidenced-based project development has been key to Oriana’s success in her career. Her regional experience extends to Africa and the Latin America and Caribbean regions. Oriana has a BA in International Services and an MA in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C. She speaks fluent English, Spanish, and French.

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Eric Rolex Joseph, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Dexis DOS INL, Haiti

Eric Rolex Joseph is the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist for Panagora’s DOS INL-WHP activity in Haiti. Eric is a Fulbright Scholar and specializes in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL), and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA). He has over eight years of experience working in development and has overseen the M&E of USAID-funded projects in Haiti across various sectors, including democracy and governance, health, economic growth, and Office of Transition Initiatives. Eric is an operational and personnel manager who has supervised extensive data collection efforts that focused on next generation MEL approaches. He holds an M.A. in public policy from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in business administration from the Université Notre-Dame d’Haiti. Eric is fluent in English, French, and Haitian Créole.

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Tamah Kamlem, Procurement Planning and Monitoring Report Administrator
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Tamah Kamlem is a global health professional with background in global health data management (HMIS, DHIS2), project management, and operations. He brings experience working on projects with a focus in human resources for health, child health, and non-communicable diseases, supporting field offices in country across sub-Saharan Africa (Senegal, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia) and Haiti. His current position as Procurement Planning Monitoring Reporting Administrator is in line with previous experiences at Chemonics International and John Snow Inc. where he worked on project management, new business, monitoring and evaluation of learning activities. He also worked for two years on a USAID-funded comprehensive study of Ebola-related health communication materials in Liberia. Tamah completed a Bachelors of Arts in Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MPH in Global Health Policy at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. His thesis focused on the economic impact of non-communicable diseases in the WHO-AFRO region. Originally from Douala, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Tamah is fluent in French, German, Medumba, and pidgin, has published literary work in various magazines and enjoys outdoorsy activities/live music.

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Rogers Kigenza, Knowledge Management and Communications Advisor
GHSC-PSM, Rwanda

Rogers Kigenza is the Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) Advisor on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project under Panagora’s subcontract with Chemonics. Rogers is responsible for the internal and external KMC activities which support GHSC-PSM in Rwanda, which includes spearheading program information gathering and dissemination activities, and development and implementing KMC strategy. With over seven years of experience, Rogers has extensive experience in designing and implementing organizational communication strategy, marketing, branding, institutional collaboration, partnership and networking with public, private, and non-government organizations. He has worked within non-government and government organizations, including the Rwanda Revenue Authority, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). Rogers is a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) alumni having graduated in public management from the YALI-East African Regional Center, Nairobi-Kenya. Rogers holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Rwanda and a master’s degree in international development from Andrews University, Michigan. Rogers speaks English, French, Kinyarwanda, and Kiswahili.

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Dr. Mary Ann Lansang, Chief of Party
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Mary Ann Lansang (MD, MMedSc) is the Chief of Party of the Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth) Activity, a contract awarded to the Panagora Group by the USAID/Philippines. She has more than 30 years of experience in global health, with technical expertise in epidemiology, prevention, control, and management of infectious and tropical diseases; monitoring and evaluation of public health programs; health policy research and knowledge translation; policy development for public health programs; and health systems strengthening. A seasoned manager, medical doctor, professor, epidemiologist as well as an accomplished researcher, Dr. Lansang’s experiences include the following: Director of the Knowledge Management Unit as well as the Monitoring & Evaluation Unit at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (2008-2012); Executive Director of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (2000-2005); scientist at the World Health Organization (WHO) Special Programme for Training & Research in Tropical Diseases (1990); and professor of Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila (1984-2016). Dr. Lansang has served as a member of numerous scientific and technical advisory boards, committees, and expert panels for global health programs and at the Philippines Department of Health (DOH). She has also been published widely in peer-reviewed international journals on infectious and tropical diseases as well as health policy and systems research.

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Efrain Laverde, GIS Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Efrain Laverde is a Specialist in Geography Information Systems (GIS) of the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has more than ten years of experience in the management of spatial data on the surface and underground in issues related to the public and private sectors. Graduated from the Universidad Francisco Jose de Caldas in Bogota-Colombia, he also has a Major in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) from the same university and a master’s in Science-Geophysics from the Universidad Nacional of Colombia. Spanish is his mother tongue, although he also speaks English and a little French.

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Odilyn Lazaro, Data Analysis and Management Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Odilyn Lazaro is CLAimHealth’s Data Analysis and Management Specialist. With over 15 years of M&E, research and learning experience, she brings with her a deep sectoral knowledge in health and development having worked in the design and implementation of full-cycle performance management and data management and analysis for various USAID-funded projects under its Health portfolio (LuzonHealth, Health Policy Development Program, HealthGov, Private Sector Mobilization for Family Health , POLICY2) as well as in UN institutions such as UNICEF and UNRCO (Resident Coordinators Office). Odilyn holds a Master’s degree in Demography from the University of the Philippines. She is fluent in both English and Filipino and has some knowledge of Spanish and French.

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Princes Maphothoma, Program Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Princes Maphothoma is a Project Specialist assisting with the implementation of the TSS  project activities by providing programmatic and logistical support for  TSS activities for USAID/South Africa’s Health Office. Under the direction of the Project Director, she provides executive-level and advanced administrative support to program activities and supports the project director. Princes holds an M.Sc. in development management from the London School of Economics, and currently completing an M.A. in science at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is experienced in private sector development, education, and MERL.  A Commonwealth Scholar, Princes is passionate about equity and justice for all peoples, particularly those who have been previously disadvantaged and marginalized.

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Marie Maroun, Senior Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Washington D.C.

Marie Maroun is a Senior Communications Specialist on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. With more than ten years of experience, she specializes in strategic communications, content creation and editing, and publications management. Prior to joining Panagora, she worked on several development and health projects editing various publications and project materials, managing social media outlets, updating website content, handling press requests, and developing and implementing strategies and messaging. She holds an MA in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University and a BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut. Originating from and growing up in the Middle East, she speaks Arabic.

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Yazmin Medina, GIS Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Yazmin Medina is the GIS Advisor for Panagora’s monitoring, evaluation and learning activity (MEL) for USAID in Colombia, leading the project’s GIS-related services component of the project, ensuring quality and timeliness of all products and services and leading training, and capacity-building activities, including a GIS community of practice. She is a highly skilled professional in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis with technical and scientific experience to contribute and participate solving the problems of capturing, storing, processing, display geographic information applying her knowledge of geography, cartography, photointerpretation, digital image processing, and geodatabases and its applications for the development of spatial data analysis as an instrument for the decision-making process. She has ten years of experience providing technical assistance to several consulting companies (public and private) in fields like environmental and GIS project management, integration, and geospatial data development, customized mapping products, geospatial analysis, and reporting. She speaks Spanish and English.

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Esteban Mesa, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Esteban Mesa is the executive assistant to the chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has three years of experience in advising formulations, monitoring and evaluations of programs and projects in municipal sectors. He has supported market intelligence and analysis in contracting processes and has a background in structuring, managing and evaluating public investment projects. Esteban has experience coordinating consultation processes with communities in the implementation of land use and has knowledge in creating and developing methodological processes for implementations. He holds a BS in Economy. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Evidence Mhlanga, General Assistant
South Africa

Evidence Mhlanga is a general assistant supporting office operations by cleaning the office and supporting basic office management functions. As general assistant, she coordinates and manages clerical and cleaning services for the efficient operations for Panagora South Africa and maintaining attractive facilities for staff and clients.

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Juliet Mokhele, Bookkeeper
South Africa

Juliet Mokhele is a Bookkeeper with over three years working experience in processing debtors and creditors, reconciling bank accounts, preparing trial balances, submitting of VAT returns, fixed asset register, compiling income statement and balance sheets for audit purposes. She holds a National Diploma in financial information systems, completed SAIPA articles and member of SAIPA. As Bookkeeper, Juliet supports the Finance Manager in all financial responsibilities.

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Esther Muyangana, Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Zambia

Esther Muyangana works for Panagora as a Communications Specialist with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Zambia. She brings over 20 years of experience in the international development field. Previously, she worked for John Snow Inc. (JSI) and Chemonics International. Esther has a rich administrative background with specific expertise in start up projects, events management, branding, and office management and protocol. She received a diploma in Business Administration and Management from the Institute Of Commercial Management in England and studied international diplomacy and project management. She lives in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Reno Carter Nalda, Learning and Capacity Building Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Reno Carter Nalda is the Learning and Capacity Building Specialist on the CLAimHealth project. Reno, previously served as Program Manager of the ACCESS TB Project, a Global Fund TB grant implemented by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) as the Principal Recipient. As Program Manager, Reno led the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Global Fund TB project. He started social development work with PBSP in 2005 under its Training and Consulting Unit, and has managed different projects on family health, resilient and sustainable systems for health, and smoking cessation. He has had many years of experience designing and facilitating learning activities as well as developing various learning and capacity building tools and materials. He earned his degree in Management Accounting from the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. During his free time, he likes to play badminton and volleyball. He has two adorable pet Pomeranian dogs named Adam and Victoria.

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Martin Nañawa, Communications Specialist
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Martin Nañawa joins us as communications specialist at the CLAimHealth project in the Philippines, where he will lead local management of the Office of Health Knowledge Library, and facilitate dissemination of CLA products. Martin is a communications professional with 15 years experience in the Philippines development sector after since shifting from advertising and public relations. Across several Filipino and international NGOs, Martin has built a portfolio as a one-person communications department, providing content generation, copywriting, design and publishing, media relations and visibility, and communications support and coverage during humanitarian emergencies. Martin was one of the first responders during the 2013 super-typhoon Haiyan response, and many other emergencies. Martin joins us from his most recent role as communications officer for the Philippines Resident Coordinator at the United Nations, curating the UN public identity, campaigning for Sustainable Development Goals, and advocating for human rights and rule of law in the Philippines. Martin has an AB degree in Communications, and like most Filipinos, is fluent in both English and Tagalog. He is an photographer, hoplologist, human rights advocate, and second of only two Filipinos teaching and operating a school for a classical Japanese martial tradition in the Philippines.

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Thuliswa Nazo, Finance and Operations Director
South Africa

Thuliswa Nazo is a finance and operations director in Panagora’s South Africa Activity Office and is a highly experienced finance and operations professional with more than thirty years working experience. Prior to this position, she served as director of operations for I-Tech South Africa, where she had oversight over procurement, compliance, office management, safety and security, logistics, subcontracts, fleet management, and information technology. She has held management positions for the last fifteen years with oversight over human resources, finance, procurement, fleet, and stakeholder management. Thuliswa has managed grants and awards from USAID, CDC, NHS, DFID, European Union, and other private grants including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has an MBA from the Regent Business School in Johannesburg. An honours degree in public management from Stellenbosch University and an undergraduate degree in public administration from the University of Fort Hare. Thuliswa speaks English, Xhosa, and Zulu.

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Nyiko Ngoveni, Fleet Manager
South Africa

Nyiko Ngoveni oversees the Panagora South Africa’s fleet of vehicles, a team of drivers, vehicle bookings, and maintenance schedules, while ensuring compliance with Panagora’s vehicle use policies and procedures. Nyiko began his career as a Police Officer where he worked to prevent and investigate crimes as well as fleet management. He has a total of eight years’ experience in law enforcement, criminal investigations, visible policing environment, railway policing environment and logistics (fleet management) in the South African Police Service.

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Indira Nicanor, Administrative Assistant
Evidence-Driven CLA, Philippines

Indira Nicanor works as an Administrative Assistant supporting the Evidence-Driven Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (ED-CLA) Activity. She has over 15 years of work experience as an Administrative Assistant, working on namely USAID funded projects. These projects included: Program Management Technical Advisors Team (PMTAT), Local Enhancement and Development for Health Project (LEAD), Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TB LINC) and Innovations and Multi-Sectoral Partnerships to Achieve Control of Tuberculosis (IMPACT). Indira holds a B.A. in mass communication from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She speaks Filipino and English.

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Enitan Okediji, Knowledge Management and Communications Manager
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Enitan Okediji is a Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist with over eight years experience in international development as a media/communications professional and a certified Knowledge Manager. She has continuously offered solutions in supporting internal and external knowledge generation and dissemination. For USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project, she supports the implementation of Knowledge Management processes, initiatives, project learning, and sharing. Previously, she worked with international development organizations to implement various projects aimed at addressing socio-economic development issues in Nigeria, including with the PIND Foundation, the Voices for Change programme, and GEMS 4 project, funded by DFID. She has a strong passion for improving the lives of women and girls. Enitan is a Commonwealth Scholar and is a Master’s candidate in the Program in International Development at the University of York. She has a B.Sc. Mass Communication from Covenant University in Nigeria and is an alumni of the Knowledge Management Institute in Washington, D.C., as well as the Lagos Business School Executive Management Programme.

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German Ospina, Geospatial Information Systems Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

German Ospina is the Geospatial Information Systems specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has over 10 years of experience in both the public and private sector in data collection, analysis and interpretation, and project planning and development. He has an extensive background in the administration and management of geospatial technologies. German has participated in several projects that involve the collection, analysis, generation and interpretation of georeferenced information and in the analysis, planning and development of geospatial applications. He is a geographer and system engineer with a Master’s degree in Information Management and Geospatial Technologies. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

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Juan Camilo Paillié, Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Juan Camilo Paillié is the Collaboration, Learning, and Adaptation (CLA) specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. With seven years of professional experience—four years of those years dedicated to international cooperation, and social and community project management—he specializes in building social dialogue and community involvement, and facilitating in difference and differential approaches. He holds a B.A. in psychology and a M.A. in systems thinking. He is passionate about listening, collaborative work, and reflection. He speaks Spanish and English.

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Nokulunga Patala, Administration and Logistics Coordinator
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Nokulunga Patala is the Administration and Logistics Coordinator of Panagora’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) activity in South Africa. Nokulunga is a management specialist with over 17 years of experience in administration, project budgeting, and personnel management. She has extensive experience supporting USAID-funded projects in South Africa and previously worked as a senior procurement officer for PACT in South Africa. She holds a certificate in fundamentals of project management from Damelin College, South Africa and is currently pursuing a diploma in procurement and supply chain from CIPS, South Africa. Nokulunga speaks Xhosa, Zulu and Afrikaans.

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Amogelang Phaka, Program Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Amogelang Phaka is a Project Specialist assisting the senior leadership team with the implementation of project activities by providing programmatic and logistical support across both MERL and TSS activities for USAID/South Africa’s Health Office. Amo provides executive-level and advanced administrative support to program activities and supports the Panagora leadership team. Amo began her working career at Panagora South Africa where she started as an Operation Intern. She has recently completed her National Diploma in operations management with Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria. Amo speaks Setswana and Northern Sotho.

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Mafoko Phomane, Program Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Mafoko Phomane is a Project Specialist and assists with the implementation of the MERL project activities by providing programmatic and logistical support for MERL activities for USAID/South Africa’s Health Office. Under the direction of the Project Director, she provides executive-level and advanced administrative support to program activities and supports the Deputy Chief of Party and project manager. Mafoko is an Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity based at Tekano and is passionate about health advocacy and creating health solutions for communities in remote places. She holds a master’s in public health specializing in Rural Health from Wits University,  and a degree in psychology from the University of Cape Town. She has previously worked for the Ministry of Health in Lesotho in the field of District Health Management, HIV Prevention, HIV Treatment, Care and Psycho-social Support. Mafoko speaks Sesotho.

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Jennifer Pietropaoli, Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Pietropaoli is a French-speaking global health and international development professional with experience in program management and communications. Her areas of focus have included global health projects for agriculture, maternal and child nutrition, and pharmaceutical supply chains; as well as cultural programs for language learning and education. She also has a clinical background as a SICU nurse. She has development experience in Francophone West Africa, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan, as well as humanitarian experience in Haiti, where she volunteered with a mobile clinic program. Jenny is currently the communications specialist for malaria programs with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. She has a B.A. in French from the College of the Holy Cross and a B.S. in nursing from the University of Rochester.

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Maria “Pili” del Pilar, Human Resources and Contracts Manager
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Maria del Pilar (Pili) is the human resources and contracts manager for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has over 15 years of experience in business administration, human resources, recruitment, and hiring processes in the international development industry. She has a vast background in complying with rules and regulations, as well as executing contracts and conducting procurement for different activities. In her previous role, she was the Director of Human Resources at AECOM, where she thrived in recruiting, payroll, and budget management. Pili holds a Human Resources and Business Administration degree from Sergio Arboleda University. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks fluent English.

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Devison Ramirez, Administrative Assistant
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Devison Ramirez is the administrative assistant for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. He has five years of experience in business management, accounting, registration, and classification of financial documents. He is currently pursuing a business administration degree at the Universidad Central in Colombia. Spanish is his native language.

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Poelo Rangoako, Human Resources and Contracts Manager
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Poelo Rangoako is the Human Resources and Contracts Manager of Panagora’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) activity in South Africa. In her 17 years of experience in operations and human resources generalist affairs, Poelo has gained extensive experience in employee recruitment and retention, staff development, mediation, conflict resolution, records management, policy development, and legal compliance at both middle and senior management levels. She holds a B.S. in public administration and sociology from the National University of Lesotho and a post graduate diploma in human resources management from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Poelo speaks Sesotho.

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Joy Rapola, General Assistant
South Africa

Joy Rapola is a general assistant supporting office operations by cleaning the office and supporting basic office management functions. As general assistant, she coordinates and manages clerical and cleaning services for the efficient operations for Panagora South Africa and maintaining attractive facilities for staff and clients.

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Katie Reichert, Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, South Africa

Katie Reichert is the chief of party for Panagora’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Activity for USAID in South Africa. She is a highly skilled health and development professional with more than 16 years of experience in international public health, working with complex programs throughout Southern Africa, including six years of experience in senior management positions. Katie has demonstrated technical expertise in HIV & AIDS, OVC, and organizational capacity development, as well as a deep knowledge of PEPFAR. She has managed programs with multi-million-dollar budgets and supervised staff and consultants from all over the world, developing highly functional teams. She has extensive experience with M&E and communications, including leading qualitative and quantitative research teams, and supporting strategic information requirements. Katie has a Master’s of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands in California. She speaks English and Spanish.

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Leslie Rider, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Director
Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM+)

Leslie Rider brings more than 25 years of technical, new business development, and management experience in international development. Her expertise includes performance monitoring, performance and impact evaluation, surveys, capacity building, and knowledge management. She worked as a new business manager at Chemonics International, where she worked with Betsy Bassan to build Chemonics’ international health practice. As associate director at Westat, a large research firm, Leslie helped expand and diversify the company’s international health research portfolio and international survey work. She helped manage the performance monitoring component of Westat’s USAID-funded Feed the Future FEEDBACK project. Leslie has a Master’s in International Development from Columbia University. She speaks Spanish.

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Ana Maria Rivera, Chief of Party
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Colombia

Ana Maria Rivera is the chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She is an industrial engineer with more than 15 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, designing and implementing projects striving for capacity building and community development. Focus areas include budget and core process management in Colombian public institutions and USAID projects. Her background and knowledge extend through assessing critical issues, planning, strategizing, monitoring and evaluating government and cooperation issues, budgeting, and reporting. Particular strengths include crafting policy reforms, establishment organizational structures, finding areas for systemic improvement, enhancing strategic support for processes, and evaluating structural design by assessing results, performance and impact indicators, especially in the public sector. Ana Maria holds an MBA from the University of Los Andes. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks fluent English.

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Javier Rodríguez, Qualitative Analysis Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Javier Rodríguez is the Qualitative Analysis Specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. Javier has more than four years of experience in qualitative research. He has been instructor on qualitative data processing using NVivo and ATLAS.ti, and has worked as a speaker on courses and webinars for universities, public servants and private entities in Colombia and other Latin American countries in the use of qualitative software. He has knowledge in designing, implementing and processing qualitative and quantitative instruments for data collection and in measuring quality of services perception. He holds a bachelor’s in psychology and currently is master’s degree student in public policy at Colombian National University. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Juan Guillermo Rubio, Monitoring and Research Advisor
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Juan Guillermo Rubio is the monitoring and research advisor for the USAID/Colombia Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Activity. Juan has more than 15 years of work experience, of which 12 years was in international development, monitoring and evaluation, security and rule of law, public policy, and regional governance. He has worked on implementing projects for different donors, including USAID, the Department of State (INL), IADB, and UNDP. Juan is a political scientist with a postgraduate degree in economics. He is a Spanish native speaker and he is fluent in English.

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Cindy Shiner, Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Washington, D.C.

Cindy Shiner began her career as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for Agence France-Presse and then moved abroad to work as a foreign correspondent. She lived in sub-Saharan Africa for six years, reporting for The Washington Post, National Public Radio, The Guardian, the United Nations and others. She also reported from Indonesia, Switzerland, Hungary and Macedonia. She has been working in global health for the past six years, developing communications strategies and products for large USAID programs. Cindy is currently the communications specialist for family planning / reproductive health for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management project. Cindy speaks French and Spanish and has a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland. She has also studied Spanish at the University of Barcelona, painting at Barcelona’s Escola Massana, and graphic design with The Graphic Design School.

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Odessa Sifora, Human Resources Associate
South Africa

Odessa Sifora is a skilled human resource professional with nine years of experience in the public sector in South Africaencompassing the full cycle of recruitment and onboarding, employee relations, performance management, skills development, and human resources administration. She has strong interpersonal and conflict management skills. As human resources associate, Odessa supports the recruitment and management of a wide range of staff and consultants for both the MERL and TSS activities in South Africa. Odessa holds a Bachelor of Technology from the University of South Africa and currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce Honors from the Management College of Southern Africa.

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Edward Tandingan, Deputy Chief of Party
CLAimHealth, Philippines

Edward Tandingan serves as the Deputy Chief of Party on USAID’s CLAimHealth Project, Philippines. Edward Tandingan has 32 years’ experience in clinical and public health care service provision, management, research, and monitoring and evaluation. He has worked with government and with international private organizations on family planning/reproductive health and maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition programs in the Philippines and in Vietnam. His educational background includes a Doctor of Medicine degree from Saint Louis University in Baguio City, Philippines, a Master’s degree in public health from the University of the Philippines in Manila, and a Master’s degree in PHC management from the Istituto Superiore di Sanita in Rome, Italy. Dr Tandingan speaks fluent Tagalog, Ilocano, Kalinga, and English.

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Johanna Theunissen, Communications and Knowledge Management Specialist
Technical Writer, Technical Support Services (TSS), South Africa

Johanna Theunissen is a communications professional with 18 years of experience working with non-profit organizations in southern Africa. This includes management of a program providing community-based HIV and TB services in Tshwane, South Africa, as well as overseeing all project communications for three USAID-funded, health-focused mechanisms: two regional projects and one specific to South Africa. Her program experience has fostered an excellent understanding of health systems in the region, particularly at community level, as well as strengths and weaknesses at the national and regional levels—enabling production of a wide range of meaningful communications products for a variety of platforms and audiences. She is skilled in strategic thinking and communicating program results, lessons learned, and impact on beneficiaries in a compelling way. Johanna holds an MPH from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

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Tumelo Tlhabye, Office Manager
South Africa

Tumelo Tlhabye is experienced in office administration, including operations and logistics management for meetings and workshops, as well as staff air and ground transportation and accommodation. Having previously served as senior project associate at a donor-funded project spanning six countries in southern Africa, she is conversant with USAID rules and regulations and compliance requirements. As office manager, Tumelo provides day-to-day management and logistical support for our office in South Africa, a vibrant space that hosts multiple meetings every day. Tumelo holds a Certificate in Office Management from Academy International.

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Luis Toro, Monitoring and Database Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Luis Toro has more than 10 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of social and rural development projects. His background extends to the formulation, monitoring, and evaluation of high-impact programs and strategies funded by International Cooperation, specifically USAID/Colombia. He is experienced in public policy planning, monitoring, and evaluating strong processes and database analysis for decision-making, as well as generating social, economic, financial, and management indicators. He holds a degree in Economy. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Alfredo Torres, Evaluation Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Alfredo Torres has over 15 years of experience working in monitoring and evaluation, including agricultural engineering in international cooperation projects. He has a background in planning, designing, and executing projects. Alfredo is also well versed in the development of high quality analytical documents, including Activity Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, Performance Management Plan, logical frameworks, work plans, good practice manuals and success stories, lessons learned, and documents related to evaluation of results, impact, and complexity. He also has a vast experience working in areas of conflict, with government, local and international projects. Alfredo holds a master’s in urban and regional arranging. Spanish is his native tongue and he speaks English.

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Sékou Touré, Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Mali

Sékou Touré is the Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist with the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project in Mali. Before joining Panagora, he worked in organizations such as the Malian ICT Agency, International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), International Relief and Development (IRD), and the Feed the Future initiative with ACDI VOCA. Sékou has worked as a copywriter, communications consultant, knowledge and learning manager, and communications manager honing his skills in the design and implementation of communication and knowledge management systems. Sékou is also skilled in graphic design, web design, video editing, community management, and photography. Sékou speaks French, English, and Bambara.

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Nomtai Tukura, Knowledge Management Specialist
GHSC-PSM, Nigeria

Nomtai Tukura is a seasoned communication​s and knowledge management professional with over 8 years of experience, ​including production of ​technical ​and financial reports, success stories, press releases, and other materials. Nomtai works for Panagora in Nigeria as a knowledge management specialist on the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. Prior to joining Panagora, Nomtai was a program officer for the Maternal & Child Survival Program (MCSP) where she facilitated planning, development, and implementation of behavior and social change communication materials. She also worked at the Targeted States High Impact Project (TSHIP) where she coordinated monthly and quarterly detailed reports, directed projects’ strengthened internal accountability systems as well as prepared annual activity reports, and prepared advocacy briefs as a valuable part of visits to traditional and political leaders. Nomtai holds an M.A. in Business Administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN, a Bachelor of Law from the University of Maiduguri in Nigeria, and has completed several certificate programs, including in journalism, project management, monitoring and evaluation, and TraiNet training from USAID.

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Paolo Ungson, Data Management and Analytics Specialist

Paolo Ungson is CLAimHealth’s Data Management and Analysis Specialist. Paolo conducts quantitative and qualitative research under the USAID funded Health Policy Development Program II (HPDP2) and the World Bank research on Health Financing Assessment and Local Service Delivery. In these assignments, Paolo crunches data for policy research and analysis. Prior to joining CLAimHealth, Paolo was part of the team commissioned by the WHO-Philippines that conducted an implementation review of the Philippine National Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance. A licensed nurse, Paolo’s interest in public health was sparked by his volunteer work at the De La Salle TB Research Unit program on multi-drug resistant TB funded by the Global Fund. Paolo is completing his thesis for his MA on Public Health at the University of the Philippines. He is fluent in both English and Filipino.

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Elizabeth Velandia, Operations Specialist
USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Colombia

Elizabeth Velandia is the operations specialist for the USAID Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Activity in Colombia. She has over 10 years of experience providing legal advice, managing commercial contracts, preparing audits, and following selection processes for suppliers. She has a vast background in handling approvals and preparing payments for suppliers, corporate, and commercial service agreements; sending announcements for awarding contracts and donations; and managing budgets. She holds a law degree. Spanish is her native tongue and she speaks English.