Senior Management Team
Sandra Remancus has more than 25 years of experience related to maternal and child health and nutrition; food security; HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support; reproductive health; and project management. She previously worked in West Africa with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau for Population, Refugees and Migration and USAID’s Family Health and AIDS Project. She also worked as a Food Program Specialist with the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service and was a fisheries volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has a master’s degree from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Alisa Alano has more than 15 years of experience in the design and management of international public health programs. She has extensive experience implementing PEPFAR-supported HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Before joining FANTA, Alisa worked with ICAP at Columbia University overseeing and managing country programs. She has also worked previously for FHI 360 in Tanzania where she managed USAID-funded programs focusing on improving delivery of HIV services at both the health facility and community levels. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Maryland.
Ann Bourns has over 15 years of experience in managing United States Government-funded projects. Prior to joining FANTA and FHI 360, she was director of operations for the Global Strategic Information Group at the University of California, San Francisco. At Columbia University, she was director of the Management Unit and the regional management advisor for the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment (ICAP) at the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH). She has also served as associate director for the Access and Macroeconomics and Health projects at the Earth Institute/MSPH at Columbia University. Before focusing on global health, she managed education programs in east Africa and was an international tour guide. She holds master's degrees in public health and education from Harvard University and a master's degree in social work from Columbia University.
Megan Deitchler has more than 15 years of professional experience in international health and nutrition. She has worked on the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) project for more than 12 years, where she has provided specialized technical assistance to international nutrition and food security programs; overseen the development of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools and methods; and led and provided technical input into a number of research activities. She is currently the Deputy Director for Global Leadership for the FANTA Project, with responsibility for overseeing FANTA’s portfolio of research and M&E activities. Megan has a PhD and a MPH from Tulane University with a focus on international nutrition.
Dr. Crystel-Andrée M’Bahia-Yao joined the FANTA team in Côte d’Ivoire in 2012. She has previously worked for the National Nutrition Program (PNN) of the Ivoirian Ministry of Health, where she served as the chief of services for nutrition and HIV and for food security since 2008. While at the PNN, she collaborated closely with FANTA and other partners to introduce nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) services to people living with HIV and TB patients. In addition to her work in nutrition and HIV, she has spent several years in the area of school nutrition, helping to develop a guide for nutrition education in schools and working on school feeding and deworming programs, as well as on several Standardized Monitoring & Assessment of Relief & Transition (SMART) surveys. She did her medical studies in Tours, France, and in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, where she completed her MD in 2000.
Dr. Denise N'Dabian came to FANTA in 2011 from the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health - Côte d’Ivoire, where she worked as a TB/HIV and antiretroviral therapy advisor. Her experience includes implementing the integration of nutrition care and support into antiretroviral therapy care and treatment sites by providing training and coaching, as well as nutrition care and follow-up support. She has also previously worked at Helen Keller International - Côte d’Ivoire as a nutrition manager, where she provided technical support in the development of nutrition and HIV tools at the national level. She is a medical doctor and has an MPH from Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Eugene Kouassi Eba is a statistics engineer working with the FANTA team in Côte d’Ivoire. He provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Aids Control (MSLS) and the Ministry of Social Affairs to strengthen nutrition data treatment, analysis, and management. He also provides support for the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of FANTA’s activities, especially regarding evaluation and operational research. He previously worked in the HIV/AIDS Department of Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation of the MSLS, where he participated in several studies and played a key role in the latest Côte d’Ivoire Demographic and Health Survey. He has extensive research and evaluation experience working with international nongovernmental organizations, including FHI 360, UNAIDS, and other partners. He has an advanced degree in statistics from the National Superior School of Statistics and Applied Economy (ENSEA) of Abidjan-Cocody.
Dr. Eric Lundula has over 10 years of experience as a practicing physician and has worked extensively in HIV programming and coordination within HIV programs, especially the National Program for the Fight Against HIV/AIDS (PNLS) in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In his most recent position as the Provincial Coordinator at PNLS, he has worked closely with FANTA over the past several years and significantly contributed to the development of the national guide for nutrition and HIV, and the development and adaptation of NACS training modules in the DRC. He holds an MD from the University of Kinshasa.
Anteneh Girma comes to FANTA with over 10 years of experience working in the Ethiopian health system. His areas of expertise includes reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health; primary health care; HIV; nutrition; health systems research; quality improvement; and social and behavior change. Prior to joining FANTA, he was the Senior Health Advisor for GOAL Ethiopia and has extensive experience working on health-related projects with nongovernmental organizations. He also worked as a health officer in the Afar region under the Federal Ministry of Health. He holds an MPH and BSc in public health from Addis Ababa University and Alemaya University, respectively. He is currently a PhD candidate in health studies at the University of South Africa.
Amare Ayalew has 10 years of experience working in the nutrition; HIV; maternal, newborn, and child health; and agriculture sectors. Before joining FANTA, he was an M&E specialist for the ENGINE project at Save the Children International and has worked for the Central Statistical Agency in Ethiopia and the Mekdim Ethiopia National Association. He holds an MSc in Health Informatics and a BSc in Statistics from Addis Ababa University.
Fessaha Tekle has more than 10 years of experience working in the areas of community mobilization, capacity building, community care and support, and project management of HIV and nutrition activities. He previously worked at USAID’s Food by Prescription program in Ethiopia as the Regional Project Coordinator for the Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Region. He has a Master's degree in Rural Development from Indira Gandhi National Open University and a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and Development Management from Alpha University College.
Firku Sinshaw has more than 15 years of experience in public health and development. Before joining FANTA, he worked with USAID's Food by Prescription program as a Regional Coordinator in the Amhara region and worked with government and nongovernmental partners in Ethiopia on project management and training in the areas of nutrition, HIV, maternal and child health, reproductive health, and food security. He has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Gondar, a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, and holds a diploma in agriculture from Wondogent College of Forestry.
Getu has nearly 20 years of experience working in public health. Before joining FANTA, he worked on USAID’s Food by Prescription program in Ethiopia as technical advisor at the Oromia Regional Health Bureau. He has experience working in the areas of nutrition and HIV with different government and nongovernmental partners in Ethiopia. He is an experienced trainer on topics such as HIV care and treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and management of severe acute malnutrition. He has a Master of Public Health degree from Hawasa University and a Bachelor of Science degree in public health from Jimma University. He is also a registered nurse.
Jemila Yimam has over 5 years of experience in health-related programs with the government and nongovernmental organizations. Her areas of expertise include HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment; sexual and reproductive health; maternal and child health; and nutrition. Prior to joining FANTA, she worked on a comprehensive sexuality education project for youth as a project officer and as a site study coordinator for the Advanced Clinical Monitoring Project at John Hopkins University Technical Support for Ethiopian HIV/AIDS Initiative. She has a Masters of Public Health from Jimma University, a Bachelor of Science in nursing, and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.
Milat Kassa Tsegay has more than 12 years of experience in the field of nutrition and public health. Before joining FANTA, she worked with USAID's Food by Prescription project as a Technical Regional Advisor. She has also worked at government and nongovernmental organizations as a Health Center Director and in the areas nutrition, HIV, and orphans and vulnerable children, including providing training to health providers and health extension workers. She has a Master of Public Health degree from Mekelle University, has a Bachelor of Science degree in public health from Alamaya University, and is certified in emergency obstetric surgery.
Before joining FANTA, Solomon was the Regional IYCF Advisor and Regional MNCH and Nutrition Coordinator for Save the Children International. Solomon has a diverse educational background: he has a BSc degree in nursing, Master's Degree in Public Health, and MSc Degree in Nutrition. He has more than 12 years of work experience in areas of health and nutrition, both for governmental and non-governmental organizations. He has ample experience in areas of capacity building, technical assistance, coaching & mentoring, supportive supervision, and monitoring & evaluation.
Maggie Fischer comes to FANTA with more than 25 years of experience in designing and implementing national and sub-regional programs related to food and nutrition security in Central America. At INCAP, she played key roles in supporting countries to implement evidence-based public health and public nutrition programs and in integrating sound technical analyses into policies, programs, and plans. In the PAHO Guatemala Representative Office, she supported efforts to promote food and nutrition security, prevent and control chronic diseases and tobacco abuse, and place special emphasis on the design and implementation of policies and legislation that take into consideration strategic partnerships. She has a master’s degree from the UCLA School of Public Health.
Denisse Bautista has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business International Relations and has more than five years of experience working for international organizations, financed by USAID. Her first experience was working for the USAID/PASCA project as the Administrative assistant, moving on to Futures Group as the Administrative Assistant and Logistic Coordinator for the USAID/Policy Initiative in Reproductive Health project (renamed USAID/HEPP project), providing also support to its closeout. Denisse has ample experience in procurement, travel and logistics as well as in organizing meetings, workshops and seminars at local and international levels.
Ivonne Corado has more than 10 years of experience working on international development projects on public health, HIV/AIDS, and nutrition. She has previously worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USAID. She joined FHI 360 in 2011 to work for the C-Change project, before coming to FANTA in August 2012. She is currently working toward a degree as a lawyer and notary.
Patricia Dominguez has spent more than 10 years working on food security, emergency response, and public health projects for the Pan American Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Food Programme, and other nongovernmental organizations. Her experience includes collaborating with and providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, and Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition in Guatemala, as well as evaluating and analyzing information related to health, food and nutrition, agricultural production, climate monitoring, and livelihoods in vulnerable populations in Guatemala, Central America, and Chile. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from San Carlos University in Guatemala and a Master’s degree with specialization in health promotion and prevention of chronic disease from the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology at the University of Chile.
Alice Nkoroi has more than 10 years of experience designing, implementing, managing, and providing technical support to nutrition programs in Africa and Asia. In particular she has extensive experience providing technical support to government health systems to design and integrate management of acute malnutrition into existing health and nutrition service delivery. She has also co-developed guidelines, treatment protocols, training materials, job aids, and strategies on the management of acute malnutrition in Ghana, East Timor and Malawi. Prior to joining FHI 360, she worked for GOAL Ireland and Concern Worldwide as a nutrition advisor and manager in Sierra Leone, Eritrea, South Sudan, Malawi, and East Timor. She holds a master’s degree in medical science human nutrition from the University of Glasgow.
Phindile Lupafya has 6 years of experience providing technical assistance in the areas of nutrition and HIV. She joined FANTA after working for USAID’s ASSIST Project, where she worked with the Malawi Ministry of Health to initiate quality improvement activities related to nutrition assessment, counseling, and support. Through another USAID-funded project, she provided technical support for the rollout and integration of community-based management of acute malnutrition into the Malawian health system. In addition, she worked for the University of North Carolina – Breastfeeding Antiretroviral and Nutrition Study where she supported nutrition education, counseling, and treatment for malnourished HIV positive women and their infants. She holds a BS in Agriculture-Nutrition and Food Science from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and is in the process of completing an MPH from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Jaden Bendabenda supports the MoH-nutrition unit with improving the quality of clinical management for children with severe acute malnutrition. Jaden has more than eight years’ work experience in clinical care, hospital management and community-based research in nutrition and reproductive health. Most recently Jaden worked as a study physician on the International Lipid Based Nutrient Supplements (iLiNS) project in Mangochi. He also worked as a research coordinator on the FHI360/College of Medicine Sayana Press study. Jaden has a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Malawi and has received postgraduate training in international nutrition, nutrition economics, advanced epidemiology, and public policy. He is also pursuing a Ph.D. in International Health & Nutrition at the University of Tampere in Finland looking at the association of nutrition and infections and their effects on child growth.
Dunia Chiwala supports the government - Department for Nutrition HIV and Aids (DNHA) - and USAID implementing partners to implement nutrition advocacy and SBCC activities. Dunia has more than 6 years’ work experience in developing and coordinating communication and advocacy strategies for social behaviour change at national and district levels. She has also planned and lead community mobilization and capacity building activities. Most recently she worked for USAID-funded Johns Hopkins University/SSDI – Communications as a Zonal SBCC Coordinator. She also worked with Family Planning Association of Malawi where she supported various USAID funded advocacy activities on family planning and reproductive health. Dunia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Malawi and has received professional training in health communication & SBCC.
Before joining FANTA, Chawanangwa worked as the district nutritionist with the ministry of health in Balaka District where he coordinated and provided technical support to various nutrition programs including nutrition care support and treatment, community-based management of acute malnutrition, and community-based infant and young child feeding Interventions such as the care groups. He has also facilitated several training of trainers, and served as a district nutrition quality improvement coach for the eight improvement teams in Balaka District. Chawanangwa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Dr. Soto has 15 years of experience in public health, primary health care, HIV care and treatment, nutrition, and metabolic disorders. He also has experience managing complex projects including emergency relief interventions. Before joining FANTA, he worked as the Clinical Director of the FHI 360 Clinical HIV/AIDS Services Strengthening Project in Mozambique where he oversaw the implementation of clinical and technical activities related to HIV care and treatment, maternal and child health, nutrition, TB care and treatment, and community mobilization. Alejandro is a medical doctor and holds a Master’s Degree in both Primary Health Care Management and International Nutrition.
Arlindo Machava has more than 10 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of health, nutrition, and HIV programs and was instrumental in the development of the M&E system of the Mozambique Ministry of Health’s national Nutrition Rehabilitation Program (Programa de Reabilitação Nutricional, or PRN). Prior to joining FANTA, he worked with Save the Children and the Mozambique National Council to Combat HIV and AIDS. He holds a BS in management from the Mussa Bin Bique University-Nampula.
Armanda Issá Abdul Gani has more than 15 years of experience in capacity building, training, and supporting nutrition and child health programs. In addition to her work in child nutrition and social and behavior change communication at FANTA, she currently represents the national working group for the Multisectoral Action Plan for the Reduction of Chronic Undernutrition in Mozambique. Prior to joining FANTA, she spent more than 5 years in Swaziland working with the International Baby Food Action Network. Before that, she worked for 10 years with Mozambique’s Ministry of Health Nutrition Department and 3 years with the Technical Secretariat for Food and Nutrition Security. She holds a master’s degree in community nutrition from the University of Queensland, Brisbane-Australia, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Eduardo Mondlane. In addition, she has a certificate in IYCF from University College London.
Baraca Muchanga has over 5 years of experience in medicine and health. Before joining FANTA, he was the Medical District Chief in Nacala-a-Velha District in Mozambique’s Nampula Province. He holds a degree in general medicine from the Faculty of Medicine at Eduardo Mondlane University.
Carlos Domingos Avelino Nhampule has over 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation at the district, provincial, and national level. Before joining FANTA he was in charge of the health information system at the Manica Provincial Directorate of Health and also worked at the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Health. He has also worked for several nongovernmental organizations in monitoring and evaluation. He holds a BA in Public Health from the School of Science and Technology Alberto Chipande in Cabo Delgado.
Elisio Jose Antonio has over 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation in health services, working with ICAP and Friends for Global Health at the provincial and district level. He has worked on providing technical support and capacity building to improve data recording, data collection, and data reporting for U.S. government-funded projects focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, nutrition, and maternal and child health. In addition, he has worked on data quality assurance for health projects. He holds a degree in Statistics and Information Management from Pedagogical University in Mozambique.
Fatima Artur Mucavele has over 10 years of experience in maternal and child health, nutrition, and HIV. Prior to joining FANTA, she was the head of the medical pediatric ward at the Central Hospital of Beira, and has worked in their malnutrition ward. She was also the focal point of Sofala province with Doctors with Africa working on prevention of vertical transmission, a key component in HIV/AIDS programs. She holds a degree in clinical psychology and social assistance from the Catholic University of Mozambique.
Ibraimo Remane Meguegy has over 10 years of experience working in health and nutrition within the Mozambique health system and with nongovernmental organizations. Prior to joining FANTA, he worked as a physician in Cabo Delgado province and Maputo for the private and public sectors, after which he worked as a clinical advisor for ICAP, PSI, and the Ariel Glaser Foundation. He holds a medical degree from Eduardo Mondlane University.
Ines Roxa comes to FANTA with over 10 years of experience in maternal and child health programs and health personnel management. Trained as a maternal and child health nurse, she previously worked at the Aga Khan Foundation as a training adviser. She holds a degree from Quelimane nursing school.
Shamir Carimo has over three years of experience working in health and nutrition at the clinical and community levels in Mozambique. Prior to joining FANTA, he was a physician at Nampula Central Hospital. He also served as a chief medical officer in Nampula Province where he gained experience in managing the prevention of HIV and mother-to-child transmission of HIV, TB, acute malnutrition, and other infectious diseases. He holds a medical degree from Eduardo Mondlane University.
Dr. Stelio Albino focuses on clinical aspects of FANTA's work in Mozambique, including nutritional assessment, counseling, and support; integrated management of acute malnutrition; quality improvement and assurance; the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative; and the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival. Prior to joining FANTA, he was the chief medical officer in Tsanganodistrict in Tete Province, where he gained a wealth of experience in the management of acute malnutrition, infectious diseases, prevention of HIV and mother-to-child transmission of HIV, TB, and other health services at the clinical and community levels. He also has been trained in quality improvement methods and participated in a study on prevention of chronic malnutrition in Tete Province. He has an MD from the University of Eduardo Mondlane.
Catherine Gana has over 30 years of experience in medicine, nutrition, child health, and caring for people living with HIV. Prior to joining FANTA, she provided support to the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health to help develop a nutrition training manual for people living with HIV. She has also conducted several trainings on community management for acute malnutrition for community-based organizations in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. She holds a bachelor degree in medicine and surgery from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, post-graduate diploma in child health from University College in Dublin, Ireland, and a master of science in health promotion and health education from Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, UK.
Chizoba Lilian Steve-Edemba has over 10 years of experience in health and nutrition. Prior to joining FANTA, she was a senior community and public health nutritionist in the Nigeria Primary Health Care System. Her areas of expertise include advocacy, research, capacity building, supportive supervision, and designing, implementing, and providing technical support to nutrition programs in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja. In particular, she has extensive experience providing technical support to various nutrition programs including nutrition care and support, community management of acute malnutrition, severe acute malnutrition management, and infant and young child feeding practices. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Nigeria and a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from Imo State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Nutrition at the University of Nigeria.
Dr. Deborah Ash brings a wealth of experience in quality improvement, nutrition research, social marketing of nutrition products, and program management. Before joining FHI 360, she worked for University Research Corporation as the Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID Health Care Improvement Project in Tanzania, where she developed a national initiative for quality improvement of HIV care, treatment, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services. Prior to that, she worked for Harvard University on a number of cutting-edge research projects focused on micronutrient supplementation, home fortification, anemia prevention, and HIV. She has partnered with private sector companies in Tanzania to support social marketing of innovative nutrition products. She has a PhD in nutrition from Cornell University.
Caroline Johnbosco Mshanga provides technical, programmatic, administrative, and operational support for FANTA activities in Tanzania to improve nutrition policies, strategies, capacity building, and service delivery. Prior to joining FANTA in October 2013, she worked at Futures Group International, supporting a USAID-funded project designed to build an enabling environment for the scale-up of family planning and reproductive health services and the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV and AIDS in Tanzania. She has an MBA from Mzumbe University and a postgraduate diploma in financial management and an advanced diploma in social protection from the Institute of Finance Management.
Tumaini Charles has over 18 years of experience working in nutrition, HIV, and overall health system strengthening. Before joining FANTA, he worked at the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre, Tanzania National AIDS Control Program, International Training and Education Centre for Health, and UNICEF and has worked in the areas of infant feeding and child nutrition, HIV and nutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and integration of nutrition into in- and pre-service training. He holds a BSC in human nutrition from Sokoine University in Tanzania and a post graduate degree in human nutrition from Gent University in Belgium.
In addition to 20 years working as a physician at Mulago Hospital, which included managing patient care, training medical students, and overseeing the National Nutrition Unit, Dr. Hanifa Bachou has been a key contributor to important nutrition policy, training, and guidelines developed in Uganda, including the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) guidelines and infant and young child nutrition training materials. Most recently, as a technical advisor at the University Research Co., LLC, with the Nulife and SUSTAIN projects, she provided training and supervision to staff and applied quality improvement methods to HIV and nutrition programs. She has medical training from Makerere University and the University of Queensland, and a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Bergen.
Ahmed Luwangula has 10 years of experience in planning, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating nutrition programs at facility, district, regional, and national levels working with theprivate sector, the government, and USAID-funded projects. Most recently, he was a Senior Technical Advisor at the USAID-funded Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDES) project. Previously, he worked as a nutritionist at a district hospital in Iganga. Prior to that, he was a nutrition consultant for the Ministry of Health, USAID-funded Food and Nutrition Interventions for Uganda (NuLife) project, and USAID-funded Strengthening TB and Aids Response in East-Central (STAR EC) project. He holds a BSC in Food Science and Technology from Makerere University and a Master's in Public Health from Uganda Christian University.
Anita Komukama has several years of experience in public health and nutrition, as well as maternal, newborn, and child health. Previously, she worked at World Vision in Uganda as a project officer on the East African Maternal and Newborn Child Health project. She has also worked at Ogilvy, a public relations firm, and as a liaison assistant to the British High Commission in Kampala. She holds an MSC degree in nutrition and rural development from Gent University, Belgium, and a BSc degree in food processing technology from Kyambogo University, Uganda.
Francis Muhanguzi has more than 10 years of experience working at national and local government levels primarily in the areas of social and community development and agriculture. Before joining FANTA, he worked as a social development officer at the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) Secretariat, where he coordinated implementation of social and farmer institutional development functions and helped to develop strategies for facilitation and utilization of community development workers in agricultural development; link the USAID-funded Gender and Informed Nutrition in Agriculture Program to NAADS institutions and systems in targeted districts; mainstream gender in NAADS processes; and participated in poverty and livelihood analysis, participatory planning, and enterprise selection processes. He holds a master’s degree in agriculture and rural development, and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences.
Gad Tukamushaba has more than 15 years of experience collaborating with local government partners to identify, design, and implement programs for vulnerable populations, including orphans and vulnerable children, women, and youth. Most recently, he was Regional Director on the USAID Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability Program. Previously, he served as Senior Business Advisor for the Value Girls Program in Kenya; Regional Income Generation Advisor on the USAID Community Based Orphan Care Protection and Empowerment Project; and Portfolio and Branch Manager for the Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans. He holds a BA in Social Sciences from Makerere University in Uganda; a post-graduate diploma in Development Studies from Mbarara University of Science and Technology; and a diploma in Microfinance from the Uganda Institute of Bankers.
Lydia Serunkuma Gesa has 10 years of experience in research and monitoring and evaluation. She came to FANTA in 2014 from FHI 360’s PROGRESS project and has also previously worked with Mercy Corps; IHDP, a country-based organization; and Makerere University. She has an MA in demography from Makerere University and a certificate in behavioral change and communication from Maastricht University.
Pauline K. Okello has over 10 years of experience in health system strengthening and public health management in Uganda. Her key areas of expertise include community-based health financing, maternal and child health, reproductive health, family planning, malaria, HIV, and nutrition. Before joining FANTA, she worked on the USAID-funded STRIDES Project as the regional coordinator/senior operations manager. She also worked with the Community Health Financing Association of Eastern Africa as a program manager and with the USAID-funded HealthPartners/Uganda Health Cooperatives as project manager. She has an MPH in Health Systems Management and Policy from the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium; MSc in Population and Reproductive Health from Makerere University, Uganda; a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management; and a BA in Social Sciences.
Rebecca joins FANTA after working for close to two years with the Ministry of Health, Nutrition Division, to support and review nutrition policies, as well as working on the Accelerating Nutrition Improvement project, which focuses on improving complementary feeding practices in six districts of Uganda. Prior to that she volunteered as a nutritionist with MildMay Uganda, a pediatric AIDS treatment center. She is a graduate of the Uganda Nutrition Fellowship program, supported by FANTA/FHI 360, has a Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from Kyambogo University in Uganda.
Dr. Aimee Nibagwire is supporting FANTA’s nutrition and infectious diseases portfolio in Cote d’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She brings more than 10 years of experience in clinical practice and public health program delivery. Prior to joining FANTA, she worked at the American Society for Microbiology as the senior program specialist for capacity-building programs in 10 countries. She also worked in Rwanda as a physician and was the Director of Programs at the School of Public Health where she developed and led the implementation of multisectoral public health programs. She has an MD from the National University of Rwanda and an MPH from Benedictine University.
Amanda Yourchuck supports the project’s work on integrating Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) into existing health systems using a health systems strengthening approach. She first joined FANTA as a member of the operations team, where she provided operational backstopping for CMAM activities in Ghana, South Sudan, and Sudan. Her experience also includes conducting coverage surveys using the Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Access and Coverage/Simplified Lot Quality Assurance Sampling Evaluation of Access and Coverage methodology. Prior to joining FANTA, she studied global development at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, where she earned master’s degrees in public administration and international relations.
Bridget Ralph joined FANTA in 2007. In her current role, she contributes to work planning, reporting, budgeting, workshop planning, and coordination and facilitation of project activities related to maternal and child health and nutrition. Her experience also includes working with the FANTA/Uganda team to develop and manage the Uganda Nutrition Fellowship program for recent graduates in the field of nutrition. She received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Mary Washington College.
Denis Tiren has over 10 years of experience working on nutrition and agriculture programs including various World Food Programme projects. Prior to joining FANTA, he managed seven USAID-funded agriculture and food security programs in Southern and Eastern Africa at the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), and spent over a year as Acting Chief of Party/M&E Manager for an IFDC project in South Sudan. He has a B.S. in Natural Resources Management and is pursuing an M.A. in Population Studies.
Dr. Diana Stukel has more than 20 years of experience working as a survey statistician. Prior to joining FHI 360, she held the posts of Head of Statistical Methodology for the UNESCO Institute for Statistics in Montreal, and Interregional Advisor on Population and Housing Censuses for the United Nations Statistics Division in New York, for a collective 7 years. She began her career working for Statistics Canada, a Canadian federal government agency in Ottawa, and at the end of her 11‑year tenure was a Chief of Section within the Statistical Methodology Division. She has also worked as a senior statistician for Westat Inc. in Washington, DC. She has worked on a broad spectrum of household survey designs in support of both developing and developed countries. She holds a master’s degree and PhD in mathematics with a specialization in statistics from Carleton University.
Dr. Elisabeth Sommerfelt, a pediatrician and public health expert with more than 25 years of international experience, works with evidence-based advocacy for policy change to achieve at-scale implementation of effective interventions. She uses quantitative computer-aided models such as PROFILES to support advocacy and build capacity. These models demonstrate benefits from improved nutrition and health, such as lives saved and economic productivity gains. Earlier, she worked for 10 years with the DHS Program. She analyzes large survey data sets and has written papers and reports on maternal/newborn/child health and nutrition, feeding, domestic violence, care-seeking for childhood illness, and malaria. She has worked in more than 15 African countries, Bangladesh, India (where she lived and worked for 5 years), and Viet Nam. She has worked in primary care pediatrics domestically. She has earned her MD from the University of Chicago and an MS in public health from the University of Rochester.
Jennifer Crum has over 5 years of experience working in maternal and child health and nutrition program development. Prior to joining FANTA, she worked at the local and national level supporting governments and development partners in various countries in informing, improving, and monitoring and evaluating nutrition programs, and helping to build the capacity of local nutrition staff. She has worked with organizations such as UNICEF and the European Union, and performed data analysis for the development of Nepal's Multi-Sector Nutrition Plan andinfant and young child feeding strategies, while collaborating on nutrition assessment in Ethiopia to inform policy and programs in maternal and child nutritional health and status. She holds an MPH from Tulane University and an MS in human nutrition from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Kavita Sethuraman has more than 15 years of experience working on maternal and child health and nutrition in community-based nutrition programs, policy-level analysis, program design and management, technical assistance, and capacity building in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, and the South Pacific. Before joining FHI 360, she spent 6 years working at an international nongovernmental organization, undertaking research on the linkages between nutrition and gender in South Asia and West Africa. She conducted primary research in South India, looking at the association between women’s empowerment and child growth. Her technical expertise includes qualitative and quantitative mixed method research, gender analysis, and capacity building. She has a PhD in nutrition from the Centre for International Health and Development, Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK, and a master’s in nutrition from the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
Kristen Cashin provides and manages technical assistance to host country governments, USAID Missions, and USAID implementing partners for USAID-funded activities focused on maternal, adolescent, and child health and nutrition, food security, community-based programming, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). Her experience includes co-developing an anemia prevention program for adolescent girls in East and Southern Africa; drafting technical reference materials on nutrition and the Preventing Malnutrition in Children under 2 Approach; collaboratively developing the Nutrition Program Design Assistant; developing food security country frameworks for Title II programs; and providing training and technical support on M&E. She holds an MS in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University.
Laura Glaeser is a food security and livelihoods professional with 10 years of experience designing, managing, evaluating, and providing technical assistance and decision support for humanitarian, transitional, and development programs in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, including more than 3 years directly applying and adapting these skills for USAID’s food security-focused emergency and development programs in the Office of Food for Peace. Prior to joining FHI 360, she consulted for FANTA, the Swedish International Development Agency, FEG Consulting, Fintrac, CHF, and IRG, among other organizations. Her field experience includes work in Burma, Ethiopia, Haiti, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. She has a BA in international studies and socio-cultural anthropology from Macalester College.
Lesley Oot provides technical assistance to FANTA’s maternal and child health and nutrition activities. She began her career at FHI 360 in 2010 as a global program officer on the A2Z Project, a 5-year USAID-funded nutrition project, where she provided backstopping and technical support to child anemia, global vitamin A, and newborn vitamin A activities. She then transitioned to the C-Change Project, a 5-year USAID-funded social and behavior change communication project, where as a senior program officer she provided management and technical support to Ethiopia and Democratic Republic of Congo country programs. She received an MPH from Emory University where she graduated with a concentration in global health and public nutrition.
Dr. Mary Packard has been working in international health and development for over 20 years with expertise in social and behavior change communications along with experience in organizational development, project design and evaluation, gender, and sexual and reproductive health. She has been posted in Thailand, Jerusalem/West Bank/Gaza, Croatia, and Vietnam where she worked as a consultant for USAID, the Global Fund, and various nongovernmental organizations leading technical teams on capacity development and program improvement initiatives. She also worked as a counselor for Planned Parenthood and other U.S. nonprofits, including as a nutrition educator, as well as serving in the Peace Corps in the Philippines. She holds a PhD in anthropology from American University and a Master’s Degree in economic development with an emphasis on food and nutrition policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Monica Woldt is a public health nutritionist with more than 15 years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating international maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV, and food security programs. In her work on the FANTA project, she supports nutrition and HIV activities in Mozambique, conducts nutrition assessments, develops nutrition and food security strategies and frameworks, provides training in M&E, and leads activities to develop tools to improve infant and young child feeding and apply quality improvement systems to nutrition programs. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala, worked for 4 years as a nutrition and health technical advisor with World Vision in Mozambique, and provided technical assistance in emergency relief to World Vision in Ethiopia. She has an MSc in nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MPH in international health and humanitarian assistance from the Johns Hopkins University.
Norah Langat provides technical and operational support to the project's work related to maternal and child health and nutrition. She has 5 years of experience in international development and program management, including domestic and international conference planning and operations support to activities in Zambia, Lesotho, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Prior to joining FANTA, she worked with World Vision. She received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Taylor University and holds a master's in African Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and Development from Howard University.
Pamela Velez-Vega has more than 5 years of experience in international development. She currently provides monitoring and evaluation support to the USAID Office of Food for Peace. Before joining FANTA, she worked for the United Nations, Tufts University, and the World Bank, where she implemented programs, designed monitoring and evaluation systems, and conducted impact evaluations of agricultural projects. She holds an MA in development economics from Tufts University.
Rebecca Egan has more than 8 years of experience working in the field of food security and nutrition. She came to FANTA from USAID, where she served as a nutrition technical advisor. Previously, she worked for the William J. Clinton Health Access Initiative as the nutrition program manager. She holds an MS from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Reena Borwankar brings to FANTA over 12 years of experience in applied research, monitoring and evaluation, capacity strengthening, and program management. She has applied her diverse skill set across several technical areas including maternal and child health and nutrition, reproductive health, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. She holds a master’s degree in food policy and applied nutrition with a concentration in program design and evaluation from Tufts University's School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Dr. Serigne Diene has more than 30 years of experience working in public health nutrition, including 13 years with FHI 360. Before joining FANTA, he worked for 8 years for the USAID-funded BASICS I and II projects as West and Central Africa Regional Nutrition Advisor based in Dakar and Nutrition Team Leader based in Arlington. He was seconded to Helen Keller International in 2005 and 2007 to provide technical support to the MOST project and USAID/OFDA in the areas of micronutrients, nutrition and HIV, food security, and emergency programs for West Africa. His technical expertise includes program planning and evaluation in public health and nutrition, food security, and community development. He holds a PhD in nutrition from Cornell University and an MPH in nutritional epidemiology from Tulane University, as well as a Diploma of Specialized Studies (DESS) in public health and nutrition from the University of Paris 1 Sorbonne.
Sujata Bose has more than 15 years of experience in international development and international public health, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation. Before joining FANTA, she worked at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Abt Associates, John Snow Inc., and the World Bank. She has worked on monitoring and evaluation in a range of programmatic areas, including HIV/AIDS, health systems strengthening, and nutrition, and she also has experience in quality assurance. She has a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Tara Kovach has more than 13 years of experience in developing and implementing health communication programs, with an emphasis on child health and nutrition, maternal/reproductive health, and infectious disease prevention and control, including work on HIV/AIDS and malaria. She has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, with a dual focus on maternal/child health and health communication. Her expertise includes strengthening government coordination of country health initiatives, developing advocacy and media campaigns, conducting formative research and assessments, conducting training and capacity building activities, developing consensus-based national strategies and frameworks, and operationalizing them with partners at regional and district levels. Prior to joining FHI 360, she worked in the Social Marketing Division of Hill & Knowlton Public Relations.
Tina Lloren comes to FANTA with more than 12 years of experience in nutrition and food security programming. Prior to joining FANTA, she worked as a regional nutrition advisor with Save the Children. She has also previously worked with the Famine Early Warning System Network at Chemonics International and has served as a Food Policy Fellow in the Leland-Emerson Hunger Fellows Program. She began her overseas career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya. She has an MPH in international health and development with a concentration in nutrition and food security from Tulane University and a BS in secondary education with a concentration in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Wendy Hammond has more than 30 years of experience in program assessment, design, and management related to maternal and child health and nutrition, HIV, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), education, and child development. Before joining FANTA, she worked with infant and young child feeding and PMTCT in sub-Saharan Africa, India, and Jordan under the LINKAGES Project. Previously, she worked for 13 years with Norwegian Save the Children (Redd Barna) in Southeast and South Asia, consulted for international and nongovernmental organizations in Asia and Africa, and served as a Peace Corps nutrition volunteer in Colombia. Her expertise includes development of nutrition and HIV guidelines and training materials. She has a master’s degree in education from Reed College.
Dr. Zeina Maalouf-Manasseh has several years of experience working in maternal and child nutrition research, both nationally and globally. Before joining FANTA, she was a postdoctoral scholar in the Program in International and Community Nutrition at the University of California, Davis. She has previously worked with World Bank-funded nutrition programs, as well as in food aid consulting. She has a PhD in international and community nutrition from the University of California, Davis, and an MS in food policy and applied nutrition from Tufts University.
Dr. Earnest Muyunda has more than 20 years of experience in health and nutrition, including 5 years as task leader of a global AIDS program and as the LINKAGES Project’s regional director in Africa. He has extensive experience in managing USAID-funded nutrition and health programs in the region and providing technical assistance in nutrition, HIV, PMTCT, and maternal health. He is a medical doctor and has an MPH from University College Dublin.
Wilson Kabwita has over 5 years of experience in social behavior change and communication (SBCC), specializing in community mobilization approaches such as participatory learning and action for change. Prior to joining FANTA, he worked as an SBCC Officer under the Corridors of Hope Project and Provincial Community Mobilization Officer with the Zambia-led Prevention Initiative. He has also worked with Concern Worldwide integrating gender transformation approaches in nutrition and HIV. He has a diploma in Social Work and Project Planning and Management from the University of Zambia, and is currently working towards a bachelor's in Development Studies at the Zambian Open University.
Musoka Kazenene has over 9 years of experience providing high-quality care and support to a diverse client base in a variety of settings. Prior to joining FANTA, she was a District Recourse Person/Consultant for two districts, managing six community-based organizations for the Zambia Governance Organization. She has also worked as field facilitator for the Food Support Program/ActionAid Zambia and has coordinated a scholarship project under the Zambia Scholarship Fund. She holds a degree in social work from Mulungushi University.
Joseph Lesho has over 5 years of experience in data entry, compilation, analysis, and reporting. Prior to joining FANTA, he worked on the FHI 360 Zambia Prevention Care and Treatment project II ( ZPCTII) as a Senior Data Entry Clerk. He has a diploma in Project Planning and Management and certificates in Social Work and Project Planning and Management from the National College for Management and Development Studies.
Jemmy Musangulule has nearly 5 years of experience in health data capturing and analysis. He developed the monitoring and evaluation plan for FANTA/Zambia and helped review the current nutrition, assessment, and counseling training manuals that are being used in the country. Prior to joining FANTA he worked at FHI 360 on the Zambia Prevention Care and Treatment Project. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Public Health at the University of Lusaka.
Grace Hazemba has over 30 years of experience working as a nutritionist with the Ministry of Health at the national, provincial, district, and health facility levels in Zambia. She has expertise in planning and budgeting, capacity building of health care providers and community volunteers, and conducting supportive supervision. She was trained in nutrition at the Natural Resources Development College in Zambia and in social work at the University of Zambia.
Clarice Kalaluka has 3 years of work experience in health and nutrition. Prior to joining FANTA, she worked as a health care provider (nutritionist) at district and general hospitals and worked briefly with civil society organizations for scaling up nutrition in Lusaka. She holds a higher diploma in food and nutrition from Natural Resources Development College and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in public health at Liutemb University in Lusaka.