Staff

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.

Mozambique

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.

Washington, DC

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.

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.

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.

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 has 18 years of experience in the design, implementation, and management of international nutrition and food security programs. Her expertise covers community-based programming, clinic-focused interventions, and national-level technical support and advocacy. With FANTA, Tina oversaw the FANTA Mozambique portfolio as the Country Program Manager from 2012-2014 before joining the headquarters-based team, where she oversees the management and technical quality of country-based activities and headquarters-based initiatives and tools. Prior to joining FANTA, she designed and advised nutrition programs as a regional nutrition advisor with Save the Children; led and supported food security- and nutrition-related surveys and assessments; supported the management of the Famine Early Warning System Network at Chemonics International; served as a Food Policy Fellow with the US-based Congressional Hunger Center; and provided health care and HIV testing services in a US-based clinic. 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.

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