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.
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.
Motihe is an anthropologist with 10 years of experience in community programming, community-based behavior change and communication strategies, training, and research experience in the field of nutrition and HIV. Motihe is a Technical Officer on the FANTA Project where he has contributed to the development of nutrition policies and national guidelines through coordination and collaboration with partners and worked on the integration of NACS into care and treatment services for PLHIV and OVCs, strengthening the linkages between health facilities, social centers, and communities. He has a PhD in Anthropology from Felix Houphouet University of Cocody in Côte d'Ivoire.
Jundi Ture is a public health and nutrition specialist with over 15 years of work experience in nutrition, public health, HIV, food security and social protection programs. Before joining FANTA, he worked for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and managed a five-year USAID funded “HIV/AIDS, Nutrition and Food security project” that aimed to integrate nutrition, food security and livelihood assistance in to HIV/AIDS programs. He holds a B.Sc degree in public health nutrition from from Alemaya University and Masters of Public health (MPH) with a health program management specialty from Ababa University, School of Public Health.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paula Cuco has over 7 years of experience working in HIV care and treatment, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, TB/HIV, and quality improvement in an HIV program. Prior to joining FANTA, she spent two years as a manager in the medicine ward at the Xai-Xai Provincial Hospital in the Gaza province. In addition, she served on the CHASS-SMT project in several positions, including Technical Officer of Public Health, Zonal Team Leader in the Tete province, and Polyvalent Team Leader in both the Manica and the Tete provinces. She holds a degree in medicine from Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.