TIP Global Health Team

TIP Global Health is made up of local and international staff, board members, and strategic advisors. These leaders are crucial to the design, implementation, and effectiveness of our work to improve people’s lives.
Leadership

Wendy Leonard, MD
Wendy Leonard, MD

Executive Director and Founder

Wendy Leonard, MD
Executive Director and Founder

Dr. Leonard founded TIP in 2008 as a means of inspiring local health system innovation to provide high quality health care to vulnerable people in resource-limited settings. She served as the first physician to volunteer for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV clinical mentoring program in Rwanda, and she has continued to work as an educator and consultant to the health care providers in Ruli, Rwanda. In the United States, she is dedicated to providing quality health care to vulnerable members of her community. She is the Director of Santa Cruz County’s HIV Quality Management Program, and has served as the county’s Tuberculosis Controller since September of 2007. In this work she has successfully collaborated with Public Health around HIV and TB care, including program design, management and evaluation, and individual patient care. In prior years, Dr. Leonard served as President of the Board of Directors for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, where she worked to expand HIV prevention, education and care services to the Latino community.

Dr. Leonard received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, with a minor in Health Care, Social Issues from University of California, San Diego. She went on to earn her Medical degree at Albany Medical College. She has been certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine for over 10 years.

Valens Hafashimana, MD, MPH
Valens Hafashimana, MD, MPH

Acting Country Director

Valens Hafashimana, MD, MPH
Acting Country Director

Serving as TIP's Acting Country Director, Dr. Valens contributes to our overall strategy, overseeing the expansion of our innovations, and providing leadership and mentoring to our staff. Dr. Valens is an exceptionally experienced and compassionate physician with an excellent record of patient service and satisfaction, experience in capacity building for management of health facilities, and deep knowledge in maternal child health.  Prior to TIP Global Health, Dr. Valens worked as the District Health & Nutrition Adviser at Access Project for over five years. In this role, he focused on capacity building for health facilities management and clinical mentorship for maternal child health. Previous to this, he served as the Medical Director of Butaro Hospital for three years. He obtained his Masters in Public Health from the National University of Rwanda, School of Public Health and his Medical Degree from the National University of Rwanda, Faculty of Medicine.

Kiki Chmielewski
Kiki Chmielewski

Chief Development Officer

Kiki Chmielewski
Chief Development Officer

As Chief Development Officer, Kiki brings her expertise in philanthropy to support TIP’s efforts to scale. She enjoys connecting donors’ passions to meaningful missions and will expand TIP’s portfolio of both individual and institutional donors. She earned her Master’s Degree in International Development from the University of Denver after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, so she is uniquely able to blend her experience in fundraising with her knowledge of international development. When she’s not working, you can find Kiki outside trail running, mountain biking, kayaking, skiing and generally trying to keep up with her husband, Jeff.

Aheza Fortified Food

Diane Hakorimana
Diane Hakorimana

Agronomist

Diane Hakorimana
Agronomist

Diane Hakorimana is passionate about working with smallholder farmers and she enjoys listening to ideas from different perspectives and pulling these ideas together to create a product and design that will truly fit the needs of community. She is hard-working, capable, confident, and results-driven. Diane specialized in Agriculture during secondary school and received her bachelor’s degree in crop science at the University of Rwanda/College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. She worked with Catholic Relief Services/Rwanda as a data collector, conducting surveys on home garden implementation in connection with their nutrition program. She volunteered with Rwanda Youth Solution Organization in its Agricultural income generating program and worked with Ingabo Syndicat as a professional intern.

Diane Uwamahoro
Diane Uwamahoro

Director of Aheza Fortified Food

Diane Uwamahoro
Director of Aheza Fortified Food

Diane is leading TIP Global Health’s efforts to locally produce fortified porridge as a means of decreasing the cost of the Nutrition for HIV-Exposed Clinical Program. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine; Department of Food Science and Technology in Busogo, Rwanda. She oversees a team of 16, overseeing all business activities, and leading the growth of the program She works closely with our partners at Project Healthy Children and Sanku to understand the specifications for flour fortification. Diane has also been working with Partners In Health (PIH) to create and test a cheaper alternative RUTF that is bean-based. Diane brings experience in a wide range of food products, including fortified SoSoMa, dairy products, and research in storage conditions affecting microbial contamination of Gouda cheese.

Esther Ndacyayisenga
Esther Ndacyayisenga

Cleaner

Esther Ndacyayisenga
Cleaner
Etienne Twizeyimana
Etienne Twizeyimana

Miller

Etienne Twizeyimana
Miller
Jean Rene Ishimwe
Jean Rene Ishimwe

Aheza Machinery Technician

Jean Rene Ishimwe
Aheza Machinery Technician

Jean Rene works to support engineers with firmware, sold works, 3D CAD hardware, and fabrication updates for Aheza’squipment. His work with and technology with a cellular upgrade permits easy monitoring and repairs scheduling. He is adept in applying his mechanical design skills  to fix issues and lead the maintenance of our Aheza production machines.

Jean Rene supports all TIP programs by working with stakeholders to coordinate projects and activities through hoto, video, and sharing details about their  activities.

Jean Rene received his Advanced Diploma in Production and Manufacturing Technology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rwanda Polytechnic (RP) Integrated Polytechnic Regional College (IPRC – Kigali) He is a gifted listener and eager to share with his  college peers in order todevelop thecommunity and build them a better future.

Longin Dushimiyimana
Longin Dushimiyimana

Roaster

Longin Dushimiyimana
Roaster
Violette Uwimana
Violette Uwimana

Store Keeper

Violette Uwimana
Store Keeper
E-Heza Data Solutions

Adam Stewart
Adam Stewart

E-Heza Chief Technology Officer

Adam Stewart
E-Heza Chief Technology Officer

Adam has been working with nonprofits to implement digital solutions to confront real world challenges for almost 20 years. He received his B.A. in Religion from Carleton College and M.A. in History from Loyola University Chicago. As a nonprofit executive in educational organizations, Adam focused on sustainable growth and educator training, leading him to early adoption of online training technologies. He transferred that experience to Gizra - a web and software strategy, design, and development agency - to work with some of the largest NGOs and IGOs in the world, including UNICEF and the United Nations Sustainable Development Group. AS CTO of E-Heza, Adam oversees the development process of the groundbreaking digital health tool, and works in collaboration with the implementation team to deliver a new, best-in-class solution.

Diane Mahoro
Diane Mahoro

Junior Software Developer

Diane Mahoro
Junior Software Developer

Diane Mahoro is a software developer who is passionate about problem-solving and developing with the best user experience. She enjoys using her software engineering skills to help the community. She holds a Diploma in Information Systems from Davis College - Akilah Campus. She previously worked as a software engineer fort Andela. She enjoys coding and finding solutions to challenges using technology. When she is not coding, she enjoys making handicraft decorations items and reading books.

Marlene Mumukunde
Marlene Mumukunde

Project Manager for E-Heza

Marlene Mumukunde
Project Manager for E-Heza

Marlene Mumukunde was born in Kigali in the beautiful country of 1000 hills, Rwanda. She is passionate and committed to empowering and advocating for the vulnerable for the social good. Prior to joining GHC, Marlene worked with DuHope Rwanda promoting social, health and economic sustainability. Prior to this, Marlene volunteered at an NGO working with sex workers in the poorest area of Migina Rwanda to build confidence and self-resilience through capacity building training. She received her bachelor’s degree in applied biology from the University of Rwanda. Marlene’s hobbies include tasting new food and spending quality time with friends and family. She aims to grow her advocacy skills for the promotion of health equity on a larger scale.

Theophila Huriro Uwacu
Theophila Huriro Uwacu

Director of E-Heza Data Solutions

Theophila Huriro Uwacu
Director of E-Heza Data Solutions

Theophila joined the TIP team in 2013, and was promoted to the position of Director of E-Heza Data Solutions in 2018. In this role, she oversees the design and development work of E-Heza Data Solutions by ensuring that frontline health care workers have the tools to facilitate and simplify their workflows, allow them to utilize the latest protocols, educate patients, and use data trends to provide immediate interventions based on the patient’s needs. She is also leading the scale up of E-Heza across different health facilities. With her expertise in stakeholder engagement, she also supports the organization’s external relations in working with the Rwandan government and new and existing partners to adopt new innovations.  

From 2013-2017, she served as TIP Global Health’s Data Specialist with the ambitious task of managing the data that was generated from all program areas. In this role she also led the research needed for the creation of E-Heza Data Solutions, the first point-of-care digital health record used in Rwanda. 

Prior to joining TIP Global Health, Theophila conducted the baseline assessment that guided TIP’s understanding of the community needs and determination of the area of intervention. She also has experience working with other institutions such as Rwanda Biomedical Centre, University of Rwanda School of Public Health, and district hospitals where she served as the data manager.

Theophilia holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Statistics and is a candidate for a Master’s of Business Administration in Project Management.

Health Innovations

Adeodatus Nizeyimana
Adeodatus Nizeyimana

Deputy Director of Implementation

Adeodatus Nizeyimana
Deputy Director of Implementation

As the Deputy Director of Implementation at TIP Global Health, Adeodatus supports the expansion of TIP innovations beyond the catchment area of Ruli District Hospital. He is a Registered Nurse with the National council of nurses and midwives in Rwanda. He has an Advanced Diploma in General nursing from University of Rwanda and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from Catholic university of Rwanda. He is currently completing his Masters in Public Health In Mount Kenya University. He is a self motivated, innovative mindset, teamwork spirit and data driven decision making.

Prior to TIP Global health, Adeodatus served as nurse in Gakenke District for over sixteen years- working in the HIV program, Outpatient Department and community services. He served as the Director of Rukura Health Center where he contributed tremendously in maternal child health, reduction of malnutrition cases and elimination of HIV-AIDS transmission among HIV exposed infant in partnership with TIP Global Health and Partners in Health.

He has managerial skills and served as Dean of Heads of Health centers in Gakenke District and member of various committees such as District health management Team, District Steering Committee, District plan to eliminate malnutrition, District task force to fight Malaria, all aimed to enhance health and well-being of Gakenke district Population. He also participated in different workshops with different partners at District and national level in developing and revising tools used by community health workers, District health strategic plan. He worked with Partners in Health/All Babies Count and worked closely with TIP Global Health to implement all its health innovations. Now, he is the District chairperson of Rwanda Nurses and Midwives Union (RNMU) in Gakenke.

Angele Bienvenue Ishimwe
Angele Bienvenue Ishimwe

Director of Behavior Change

Angele Bienvenue Ishimwe
Director of Behavior Change

Angele Bienvenue Ishimwe is the Director of Behavior Change and the principal investigator for the Hope Initiative, a research project to understand and address factors that affect hopefulness among health care workers and health care recipients. She is a graduate of the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology. She worked to develop TIP’s Education Model that has been implemented at all health centers working with the NHI Clinical Program. She continues to work closely with nurses to provide ongoing training in both the quality and presentation of health education. Her experience with frontline health workers to improve maternal and child health has given her a deep understanding of pathways for health system strengthening to best serve the community. Angele is passionate about promoting health care workers’ resilience and reducing health disparities. She is continuing her post graduate education at the University of Rwanda, Huye campus, where she is studying “Quality Control and pharmaceutical analysis”.

Angelique Kanzayire
Angelique Kanzayire

Director of Implementation

Angelique Kanzayire
Director of Implementation

As our Director of Implementation, Angelique works with nurses, community health workers, and community members to support effective implementation of Ministry of Health protocols and TIP tools within the health system and adoption of healthy behaviors in the homes of healthcare recipients. Prior to this, Angelique worked for sixteen years at Ruli Health Center and Ruli District Hospital as Social Worker in charge of Nutrition Activities and coordination of the Community-Based Nutrition Program to fight malnutrition among children under five years of age. She played an essential role in the data collection and analysis of several nutrition-related research publications that focused on the success of community-based initiatives to address chronic malnutrition in rural villages. She holds a Bachelors degree in Faculty of Social Sciences, Management and Development studies obtained from Institut Polytechnique de Byumba (IPB), Department of Social Sciences.

Annick Gloria Uwitonze
Annick Gloria Uwitonze

Research Assistant

Annick Gloria Uwitonze
Research Assistant

Annick Gloria Uwitonze was born and raised in Kigali, Rwanda. She recently graduated from the University of Global Health Equity with a Master’s degree in Global Health Delivery. As a Research Assistant, Annick supports TIP’s research on understanding and addressing factors that affect hopefulness among health care workers and health care recipients in Rwanda. She is interested in applying her research skills to address health challenges mainly by promoting local, primary health care delivery to vulnerable populations. She wishes that through this application of research, the health system can be strengthened equitably and affordably. In her free time, Annick enjoys watching movies, spending time with family and friends, participating in different kinds of sports, and listening and dancing to music.

Delphine Umutoni
Delphine Umutoni

Implementation Support Assistant

Delphine Umutoni
Implementation Support Assistant
Innocent Ndikumukiza
Innocent Ndikumukiza

Implementation Support Assistant

Innocent Ndikumukiza
Implementation Support Assistant
Jean Marie Vianney Nsengiyumva
Jean Marie Vianney Nsengiyumva

Implementation Support Lead

Jean Marie Vianney Nsengiyumva
Implementation Support Lead

Jean Marie joins TIP Global Health as Implementation Support Lead. In this role, he works with partners to expand E-Heza Data Solutions to catchment areas beyond Ruli District Hospital. Prior to TIP Global Health, Jean Marie served as the community health supervisor at Rukura Health Center for with 8 years. He worked closely with community health workers and nurses to share his expertise in behavior change communication and adult education. Through this role, he built a well-rounded collection of skills, including excellent relationship building, time management skills, managing daily operations and implementation of new programs. Before entering the health field, Jean Marie worked as a primary school teacher at Kintobo Primary School. He hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences at Kigali Independent University and an advanced level certificate in Primary Teaching at Ecole des Lettres de Gatovu.

Jean Pierre Ndikubwayo
Jean Pierre Ndikubwayo

Director of Community Health

Jean Pierre Ndikubwayo
Director of Community Health

Jean Pierre has served as our Agronomist since March of 2013, and transitioned to the role of Project Lead for Community Nutrition in September of 2013. He holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Mount Kenya University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Soil & Environment Management from the National University of Rwanda. He is passionate about serving vulnerable populations, and loves to teach and foster community collaboration. His goal with TIP Global Health is to teach the best ways to promote sustainable soil and environmental protection/conservation, while also encouraging good health.

Mireille Maisha
Mireille Maisha

Implementation Support Assistant

Mireille Maisha
Implementation Support Assistant

Success-driven, Maisha is a passionate social activist currently working as an Implementation Support Assistant at TIP Global Health. She works with community health workers to support the effective implementation of TIP’s tools within the health system. Prior to joining TIP Global Health in August 2020, Ms. Maisha worked as an apprentice at the district hospital in the data management department. Other prior positions include Assistant Coordinator at Future Pump Ltd, and Internee at National Institute of Statistics Rwanda (NISR). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Statistics from the University of Rwanda in 2018.

Soline Uwingabiye
Soline Uwingabiye

Director of Clinical Care Quality Improvement

Soline Uwingabiye
Director of Clinical Care Quality Improvement

As our Clinical Care Quality Specialist, Soline translates her extensive experience with Quality Improvement in Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV to all primary care services at rural health centers. She guides health centers through our Five Pillars of Quality Care approach that links improvement in the quality of care to improving health outcomes.

Soline has over 10 years of nursing experience as the supervising nurse for PMTCT at Muhondo Health Center. In this role, she rapidly became a leader in high quality, mother-centered care when TIP’s QI program was implemented. In her supervisory role, she provided training in HIV testing, counselling and disclosure and played an integral role in integrating both nutrition and mental health services into HIV care. She recently completed her undergraduate degree in Nursing at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at University of Rwanda.

Finance & Administration

Betty Uwizeyimana
Betty Uwizeyimana

House Manager

Betty Uwizeyimana
House Manager

As the house manager for fellows who stay at the TIP Global Health guest house, Betty creates a home away from home for visitors from around the globe. She cooks delicious, creative, and nurturing meals, and provides essential support to all who stay at the guest house. She is more of an “umubyeyi” (mother) to our guests than she is a house manager!

Emmanuel Nsengimana
Emmanuel Nsengimana

Chief Financial Officer, Rwanda

Emmanuel Nsengimana
Chief Financial Officer, Rwanda

Emmanuel brings his accounting expertise and his commitment to helping those in need to our TIP team. He studied at the National University of Rwanda where he received his bachelor’s degree in faculty of Economics and management, Department of management in option of accounting science. Prior to this, he graduated at an advanced level at Kageyo secondary school in Accounting. Emmanuel developed practical skills and work experience as the accountant at Huye Community-based Health Insurance (CBHI), and later at Nyaruguru CBHI. Most recently, he worked as an accountant at Limosa ltd. This is a well-respected Rwandan accounting and management services firm.

Gratien Mukeshimana
Gratien Mukeshimana

Assistant to Country Director

Gratien Mukeshimana
Assistant to Country Director

Gratien has a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry through the High Institute of Agriculture & Animal Husbandry in Busogo, Rwanda. He began working with TIP through a 2011 internship in which he partnered with Stephanie Blount to provide business development skills to the Women Artisan Program. As Assistant to Country Director, he brings a wide array of skills to TIP. He provides translation, supports all programming, and has been integral in the establishment of farming cooperatives and building of Community Buildings for Community Education. Gratien is responsible for ensuring that programs are meeting their timelines, and providing assistance when challenges to these timelines are met.

Ngarambe Jean de Dieu
Ngarambe Jean de Dieu

Technical Advisor

Ngarambe Jean de Dieu
Technical Advisor

As the first staff member for TIP Global Health, Ngarambe began as the Coordinator for the Women’s Economic Development program in 2009. Since then, he has provided support to several program areas, including marketing efforts for TIP's social enterprise, Aheza Fortified Foods, and managing the Ihangane Ruli Cooperative, where he creatively improved access to local, national and international markets for women artisans. Through this cooperative, he also provided artisans with key business training and witnessed the artisans achieve financial stability and access to stable food, housing, and insurance.

Yvonne Mutuyimana
Yvonne Mutuyimana

Administrative Assistant

Yvonne Mutuyimana
Administrative Assistant

Yvonne is capable, confident and hard-working in everything she does. As such, she wears many hats at TIP Global Health! She brings her passion for social sales and marketing to support the sale of fortified porridge for our social enterprise, Aheza Fortified Food, while also supporting our second social enterprise - E-Heza Digital Data Solutions - with proficiency metrics. In the latter role, she conducts monthly observational checklists to assess the proficiency of nurses’ use of our new digital tool at nine health centers. Yvonne received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in the department of marketing at University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics (CBE). She is a gifted listener, eager to share ideas with her community.

Blakeley Lowry, MPH
Blakeley Lowry, MPH

Board Chair

Blakeley Lowry, MPH
Board Chair

Blakeley has provided her invaluable evaluation consultation services to TIP Global Health pro bono since 2010. Her innovative approach to project design and stakeholder engagement has built the foundation of our successful Continuous Quality Improvement programming. 

Blakeley is a global public health professional and maternal health advocate. She currently serves as Curriculum Chair and Professor at Westchester Community College’s School of Health Careers, Technology and Applied Learning. As the founder of Changing Winds Consulting, she works with community-based maternal health organizations to advocate for improvements in maternal health care policy.

She has worked at leading organizations such as HealthRight International, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and The Legal Aid Society and has provided program evaluation consulting services to Girls Inc Westchester County and social impact organizations working in Uganda, Kenya and Burundi. She holds a Masters of Public Health from New York University.

Bryan Murphy-Eustis, MBA
Bryan Murphy-Eustis, MBA

Board Member

Bryan Murphy-Eustis, MBA
Board Member

Bryan Murphy-Eustis has spent his career pursuing equity in global health delivery, acting on a belief that access to the highest quality health care is a human right. As Vice President of Programs at The Max Foundation, Bryan’s work helps drive global access to cancer treatment and patient care systems. As Founder and Executive Director of the consultancy BME Strategies, Bryan also specializes in public-health emergency preparedness and response, most recently aiding in municipal coordination of the COVID-19 response. Prior to this, he led initiatives to bring new medical technologies to market at the Gates-funded invention lab Global Good and Research; and served as Executive Director of Partners In Health in Liberia as well as their Chief Operating Officer for Ebola Response in West Africa. He holds an MPH from Boston University and an MBA from Oxford University.

Carola Macbeth Barton
Carola Macbeth Barton

Board Member

Carola Macbeth Barton
Board Member

Carola Macbeth Barton provides advisory services to philanthropists and non-profit organizations. She helps philanthropists develop powerful and satisfying giving strategies, and works with non-profit leaders to achieve greater effectiveness and impact. She leads the TIP Nominating Committee and also serves as a member of the Executive Committee.

Carola has 20 years’ experience in the non-profit arena. During her three years in Hong Kong she worked for the Clinton Global Initiative-Asia as Director of Commitments, and Executive Director of the Global Institute for Tomorrow. In the U.S. she served as Vice President of Affiliate Relationships at Saga Foundation, supporting former Presidents and Prime ministers with collaborations to pursue their humanitarian goals. She was also Managing Director of the West Coast Office of Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd., and Senior Consultant for Geneva Global, an international philanthropic advisory service. Additionally, she served as Director of Global Expansion for an international non-profit media organization, and has held program management and fundraising positions with several organizations. As well as her non-profit experience, Carola enjoyed seventeen years in wealth management, primarily with Morgan Stanley. Carola is an avid cyclist and traveler, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

Jean de Dieu Ngirabega, MD, PhD, MPH
Jean de Dieu Ngirabega, MD, PhD, MPH

Board Member

Jean de Dieu Ngirabega, MD, PhD, MPH
Board Member

Dr. Ngirabega is the Deputy Director of the East African Health Research Commission. Prior to this, he served as the Head of the Institute of HIV/AIDS Diseases Prevention and Control at the Rwanda Biomedical Center. In this role, Dr. Ngirabega provided vision and coordinated activities aimed at the Rwandan National response to HIV/AIDS and other diseases including Non Communicable Diseases. He previously held the role of Director General of Clinical Services in the Ministry of Health of Rwanda for two years, coordinating a variety of units that included quality care improvement, medical education and research, nursing practice and education, pharmacy and emergency care. Prior to these appointments, he worked as the Medical Director of Ruli District Hospital in Northern Rwanda for 14 years. He trained in Medicine and in Public Health at the National University of Rwanda, and studies Epidemiology and Biostatistics applied to Medicine and Public Health at the Free University of Brussels. Dr. Ngirabega is dedicated to creating systems that improve the health of his community. He is particularly interested in addressing issues of malnutrition in children. He has conducted research to evaluate innovative approaches to better identify children who are suffering from malnutrition, and later implemented a community-based growth monitoring program from information obtained through this research. He has worked in the public health area in Rwanda for the last 28 years, designing, implementing and coordinating public health programs, and continues to serve as a visiting Lecturer at the School of Public Health, National University of Rwanda.

John Finegan, MBA
John Finegan, MBA

Board Treasurer

John Finegan, MBA
Board Treasurer

John Finegan, MBA, brings his over 40 years of financial management experience with public and private Bay Area technology companies to the TIP Global Health Board of Directors. He is a partner at FLG, a financial consulting and CFO advisory services firm. John’s goal is to use his business skills to aid TIP’s efforts for sustainable, self-sufficient healthcare systems for underserved areas. He lends his financial acumen to TIP by chairing TIP’s Finance Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Terramai, an Oregon based reclaimed wood products company. He earned his MBA at the University of Massachusetts and his BS in Engineering at Tufts University. John is deeply committed to his family and community. He and his wife have two children and four grandchildren. He is active in his church, having directed the youth Sunday School program, served on Missions Committee and served as both a youth soccer coach and referee.

Joop Rubens
Joop Rubens

Board Member

Joop Rubens
Board Member

Joop is currently Senior Director of Development at the University of California Santa Cruz Library. Prior to this, he has worked as Development Director for the Firelight Foundation and has done programmatic work for numerous local as well as international non profits. His first job out of college was based in a South African township from 1997- 2000 where he launched a successful HIV/AIDS organization with local volunteers. This work heavily influenced Joop’s strong belief in the power of grassroots development and respect for local knowledge. Joop is also a professional photographer and his work has been published by the numerous International Development Agencies such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Hilton Foundation, Firelight Foundation, and others. Joop has a law degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium as well as a Masters in International Development from the University of South Africa. Joops chairs the Development Committee and also is a member of TIP’s Nominating Committee.

Jurgen Link, MBA
Jurgen Link, MBA

Board Member

Kelly McKenna
Kelly McKenna

Board Member

Kelly McKenna
Board Member

Kelly blends her passion for social change with her research background to provide invaluable support to our Board of Directors. She is currently an MD/PhD candidate at the University of Washington. She serves on TIP’s Development Committee. In addition to being a fabulous board member, Kelly recently spent three months working in Rwanda with the TIP Global Health team to improve and streamline our data collection and analysis methods. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology/Biomedical Sciences at Santa Clara University in 2013.

Lindsey Struck
Lindsey Struck

Board Secretary

Lindsey Struck
Board Secretary

Lindsey lends her background in nonprofit capacity building and evaluation to TIP Global Health Board of Directors. Lindsey currently is the Director of Artisan Programs & Impact at Nest, where she oversees the program design and execution of artisan programs and professional learning network to provide open-sourced and personalized education, trainings, and market access to Nest artisan partners both globally and in the US. In her previous role as senior director at Charity Navigator, Lindsey worked at the intersection of technology and philanthropy to help increase the scale and effectiveness of civil society across the globe. She has also consulted for high-performing NGOs and social impact leaders on evaluation frameworks, governance/A&T standards, and organizational growth strategies and has experience managing projects in North America, Central America, and Eurasia.

Before joining the Board, Lindsey followed a passion for women’s empowerment issues that led to Moscow, Russia where she worked in collaboration with local NGOs, Fortune 500 companies, and the UNHCR on anti-trafficking issues. She graduated from Duquesne University and holds a B.A. in Communications and Intercultural Relations and an M.A. in International Development.

Richard Boswell
Richard Boswell

Board Member

Richard Boswell
Board Member

Professor Boswell joined the full-time faculty at UC Hastings after teaching as a visiting professor in 1990. He received his B.A. in Urban Economics from Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles and his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center where he was a member of the Journal of International Law & Economics. He was in private practice and later joined the faculty of the George Washington University National Law Center where he founded the law school’s immigration clinic and directed their Trial Practice Program. Working his way west, he joined the law faculty at the Notre Dame in 1986.

Professor Boswell has written extensively in the field of immigration law and is the author of 10 books and more than 15 articles. His books include Immigration Law & Procedure: Cases and Materials (4th ed. 2010), Refugee Law & Policy: a Comparative and International Approach (4th Ed. 2011) (coauthored with Karen Musalo and Jennifer Moore) and Essentials of Immigration Law (3rd ed. 2012). He has testified on numerous occasions before congressional committees and is a frequent lecturer on immigration law both nationally and internationally. Most recently he has served as Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in Catholic Social Services, et al. v. Napolitano, a class action involving the 1986 immigration amnesty.

As one of the founders of the Clinical Education Association, he served as its President in 1994. He served as coeditor-in-chief of the Clinical Law Review (1997-2002) and remains as an ex-officio member of its Board of Editors. The Clinical Law Review is a peer reviewed law journal of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), the New York University Law School and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). In addition to his work in clinical legal education, Professor Boswell has worked on rule of law/justice projects in Central Asia, Colombia, Guatemala, Palestine, Venezuela and most recently in Haiti. His current scholarly work involves a comparative study of the immigration laws of more than seven countries covering a broad range of legal systems.

Susan Stenovec
Susan Stenovec

Board Member

Susan Stenovec
Board Member

Susan Stenovec met Dr. Wendy Leonard at a Rotary conference in Santa Barbara, California. and they bonded over their shared Rwandan experiences. Susan’s family has owned Sorwathe Tea Importers, a tea factory in Rwanda since the 1970’s and she manages their social benefit projects as well as serving on their Board of Directors. Sorwathe Tea Factory received the 14th annual Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence for their company’s efforts to eradicate child labor in Rwanda’s tea sector, When Aheza Fortified Porridge came along, it was a perfect fit for her nutrition project in the area pre-schools. TIP Global Health and Sorwathe have collaborated on a health impact study and continue to partner to solve childhood malnutrition in Rwanda.

Susan has had a long and varied professional and volunteer career, including working in the family tea business, being a pilates/gyrotonic rehabilitation instructor, serving on many local and a couple national boards, and raising four children. She is an active lay leader in her church, The Unitarian Universalists of San Luis Obispo. Susan received her B.S.N. from Cornell University in 1979 and her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1975. Her super-power is networking and connecting people.

Wendy Leonard, MD, AAHIVS
Wendy Leonard, MD, AAHIVS

Board Member

Wendy Leonard, MD, AAHIVS
Board Member

Dr. Leonard founded TIP in 2008 as a means of inspiring local health system innovation to provide high quality health care to vulnerable people in resource-limited settings. She served as the first physician to volunteer for the Clinton Foundation’s HIV clinical mentoring program in Rwanda, and she has continued to work as an educator and consultant to the health care providers in Ruli, Rwanda. In the United States, she is dedicated to providing quality health care to vulnerable members of her community. She is the Director of Santa Cruz County’s HIV Quality Management Program, and has served as the county’s Tuberculosis Controller since September of 2007. In this work she has successfully collaborated with Public Health around HIV and TB care, including program design, management and evaluation, and individual patient care. In prior years, Dr. Leonard served as President of the Board of Directors for the Santa Cruz AIDS Project, where she worked to expand HIV prevention, education and care services to the Latino community.

Dr. Leonard received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, with a minor in Health Care, Social Issues from University of California, San Diego. She went on to earn her Medical degree at Albany Medical College. She has been certified as an HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine for over 10 years.

Yehoyada Mbangukira
Yehoyada Mbangukira

Board Member

Yehoyada Mbangukira
Board Member

Yehoyada has worked in the healthcare industry for many years, with his primary responsibilities being to provide educational and therapeutic resources to healthcare providers for people living with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and HIV. He currently works for Janssen Biotech Infectious Diseases and promotes educational and therapeutic resources for PLWH (People living with HIV) in Northern California. Yehoyada has a Masters of Science degree in Organizational Development, University of San Francisco.

Yehoyada enjoys serving with nonprofit organizations that promote the well being of our most vulnerable populations. He currently serves as the President of the United States Rwandan Community Abroad, USRCA, a non-profit organization and he is actively involved with the Rwandan Community in Northern California. He also serves on the steering committee of the Alliance of the Holocaust and Genocide studies at Sonoma State University.

Yehoyada is of Rwandan descent, and he was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He has lived in the United States for over three decades. He is happily married to Assumpta, and they have 3 teenagers. He enjoys reading, public speaking, and travel.

Zack Langway
Zack Langway

Board Member

Zack Langway
Board Member

Zack Langway is a health communication professional with deep experience in global health and development, advocacy and organizing, program design. For more than a decade, Zack has worked with nonprofits, businesses, and change agents to harness the power of storytelling and community engagement as a way of advancing health and wellness.

Zack currently works at Johnson & Johnson within the Office of the Chief Medical Officer to advance the company’s evidence- and science-based, ethics- and values-driven approach through thought leadership, social media engagement, and oversight of scientific policy communications. Zack’s work at Johnson & Johnson has also included leadership of public affairs and policy communications in North America for J&J Consumer Health; and developing and stewarding experimental philanthropy activities for the enterprise Global Community Impact division.

Zack concurrently serves as an adjunct professor at Towson University and Rutgers University, and has served previously as Senior Vice President at Fenton, a social change agency that uses the power of stories, media and technology to make the world a better place. In this role, Zack led the agency’s global development portfolio and supported businesses, foundations, and nonprofits worldwide. Zack has also held communications leadership roles at Seed Global Health, the United Nations Foundation, FHI 360, and the Center for Community Change.

Zack has advised and served many nonprofits, including organizations providing access to affordable surgical care; resources to at-risk LGBTQ individuals; and empowerment of women and girls around the world. Zack holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University, where he remains an active alumni board member and volunteer, and a Master of Arts in Communication from Johns Hopkins University. He currently lives in New Jersey with his husband, Matt and their son, Samuel.

Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Emeritus Board Member

Sharon Leonard
Emeritus Board Member

Sharon brings many years of experience in office management, financial investments, and community involvement to TIP Global Health. She held the position of treasurer for BWB Investment Group for several years, and has served as a board member of the Senior Advisory Committee for the city of Morgan Hill, California. As a retired elementary school secretary, Sharon missed the interaction of children in her life and finds that working with TIP Global Health is a very satisfying and fulfilling replacement. Sharon is very dedicated to her family, and has two children. Her oldest, Dr. Wendy Leonard, is also a founding board member of TIP. Her youngest, Joe Leonard, is married to his wife Cindy, and they have two children, Dylan and Kyle. She lives in Morgan Hill, California.

Anastasia M. Khoury Christianson, Ph.D
Anastasia M. Khoury Christianson, Ph.D

Vice President, R & D Business Technology, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Anastasia M. Khoury Christianson, Ph.D
Vice President, R & D Business Technology, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Anastasia is Vice President of R&D Business Technology at Janssen Pharmaceuticals and has more than 25 years of experience in Pharmaceutical R&D leading drug projects, data science and information technology initiatives and organizations. A scientist by training, she has championed numerous initiatives to drive innovation and adoption of digital technologies in drug discovery and development, translational science, and precision medicine. Anastasia has extensive experience mentoring leaders and organizations and driving transformational change, most recently as strategic advisor to TIP Global Health (formerly The Ihangane Project) guiding development of a strategic plan and roadmap for the future of E-Heza, their Digital Health Solution and Rwanda’s first point-of-care digital health record. Anastasia is passionate about innovation, digital transformation, and using advanced analytics and decision sciences to drive evidence-based, data-driven decision making.

Anastasia joined Janssen in December 2016 from Leidos Biomed where she was Senior Vice President of Data Science and Information Technology at Frederick National Lab for Cancer Research. Prior to this, she was Head of Translational R&D IT at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) where she led advanced analytics and system development in support of BMS’ transformation to specialty biopharma. Before BMS, Anastasia spent 20 years at AstraZeneca in positions of increasing scope and responsibilities starting out as a Senior Scientist leading drug projects and progressing to Senior Director of R&D Information. Anastasia has received numerous awards for driving innovation in R&D and is a respected thought leader in translational and biomedical informatics

Anastasia completed her doctoral and post-doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University and Executive Leadership training at Harvard Business School.

Anthony Gitau
Anthony Gitau

Director Global Community Impact for Sub Shara Africa, Johnson and Johnson Foundation

Anthony Gitau
Director Global Community Impact for Sub Shara Africa, Johnson and Johnson Foundation

Anthony Gitau is a Graduate of Egerton University with a Bacelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.  He is the Director Global Community Impact for Sub Shara Africa at Johnson and Johnson Foundation with a mandate to deliver the Global Community Impact strategy focussed on supporting and championing front line health workers.  This is in line with the delivery of the newly launched Johnson and Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovations that will focus on training and education, Leadership and Management, well being and resilience, Connection and Integration, Respect and Recognition of Nurses, Midwives and Community health workers. As part of the mandate of the Johnson and Johnson foundattion he also oversees the engagement of social enterprises in health with the Impact Investment arm of the foundation that provides low interest debt financing to scale the models that provide positive health inpact especially to the base of the pyramind. He was previously Director East Africa at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), in which role  oprationalised the CIFF global strategy in the region and delivererd the locaclisation agenda by ensuring that CIFF’s program’s are relavant to and engaged with local priorities and stakeholders. In this role he championed the adolescent reporductive health, Nutrition (both Severe Acute Malnutriton and Stunting), Perinatal and deworming programs. Prior to this role, he was the Country Head Novartis Social Business.  In this  capacity he created a sustainable program that was aimed at positively impacting the communities living at the base of the pyramid in Kenya through improvement of health awareness and access to essential medicines.  Prior to this he was the Maternal and Child Health Director at PSI Kenya where he managed the strategic orientation of the department and ensured donor objectives and deliverables were met through positive engagement with Ministry of Health.  Anthony has a vast knowledge of the Pharmaceutical sector in East Africa having worked in the Pharmaceutical Market in Kenya and East Africa for 16 years, four of which were in the Access to medicines Area.  As the Access to Medicines Manager for Sanofi in Eastern Africa he was incharge of improving access to Medicines and Information to the public in the areas of TB, Malaria, Epilepsy, Leichmanisis and Sleeping sickness.  Anthony is married and a father of 3 sons.

Chemu Langat
Chemu Langat

VP of Quality and Regulatory, Best Buy Health

Chemu Langat
VP of Quality and Regulatory, Best Buy Health

Chemu Langat joined Best Buy Health in 2021 as VP of Quality and Regulatory. Previously, she served as the Regional Head of Medtronic LABS, where she was responsible for driving growth, operational excellence and impact across Africa.  As a Medtronic LABS veteran, she wore many hats, including driving the development and commercialization of Empower Health. Previously, she served as Principle Biomedical Engineer at Medtronic and as a Safety and Reliability Engineer at NASA.    

Chemu’s passion is driving sustainable social impact through technological and business model innovation.    

Chemu holds a B.A. from Hampshire College, a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an Executive MBA from MIT Sloan School of Business.

Emily Wroe
Emily Wroe

Senior Advisor, Partners In Health COVID Response & Associate Director of Policy & Implementation, NCD Synergies

Emily Wroe
Senior Advisor, Partners In Health COVID Response & Associate Director of Policy & Implementation, NCD Synergies

Dr. Emily Wroe is an internist and global and public health specialist, currently serving as a Senior Advisor for Partners In Health’s (PIH) U.S. COVID response as well as the Associate Director of Policy & Implementation for the NCD Synergies Project. She previously served as the Director of Implementation & Design for PIH’s work with the Massachusetts Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC), where she was responsible for data system design, protocols, and training for a Massachusetts statewide contact tracing program for COVID-19, training more than 4,000 contact tracers. Through this work she also led the Care Resource Coordinator team, a team of almost 200 who worked to connect community members to resources in the community to enable safe and effective isolation and quarantine. Before the pandemic, Dr. Wroe was the Chief Medical Officer for PIH in Malawi for four years, working closely with the Ministry of Health to strengthen health care delivery in the rural district of Neno. In this role, she led the team to redesign the HIV care delivery platform into an integrated approach to include NCDs, launched new community screening programs, and spearheaded a stepped-wedge study of a polyvalent community health worker program. Her work in Malawi expanded to support southern Africa as NCD Synergies’ Associate Director of Policy & Implementation, co-chairing Malawi’s National NCDs & Injuries of Poverty Commission. Dr. Wroe graduated from Harvard Medical School and Harvard school of Public Health and completed residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. She currently is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Wroe’s academic interests center around implementation and evaluation of innovative health systems, specifically for chronic disease. Her work has evaluated a novel integrated HIV-NCD clinic in rural Malawi as well as several other operational research projects for chronic disease outcomes for HIV and NCD programs in Malawi. She also has research experience in Community Health Workers, serving as primary lead for a stepped wedge study of a CHW program in Malawi and other initiatives including development of a selection tool, launch of a digital health system, and novel approaches to community screening. Through her NCD Synergies position her work expanded to several countries to investigate the burden of NCDs and its relation to poverty. Currently she continues to work on NCD delivery systems in sub-Saharan Africa and is exploring avenues for incorporation of care resource coordination into public health systems in the U.S.

Kathy Hansen-Sweeney
Kathy Hansen-Sweeney

Director of Philanthropy, Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation

Kathy Hansen-Sweeney
Director of Philanthropy, Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation

Kathy became the Director of Philanthropy for the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation of Sutter Health in March of 2018. In this position she raises funds to support the work of the Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, which includes the Dorothy Schneider Center located in San Mateo, California.

She has experience working in both community-based and global health care. Prior to joining Sutter Health, Kathy worked for the Myelin Repair Foundation, which works to apply collaborative business models to medical research with the aim of accelerating the identification and development of myelin repair treatments for individuals with multiple sclerosis. In addition to work as a development consultant, she also has experience with the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations World Food Programme.

Kathy holds a BFA from the University of Arizona and an MPA in Nonprofit Organizational Management from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Katie Bollbach
Katie Bollbach

Director, US Public Health Accompaniment Unit, Partners In Health

Katie Bollbach
Director, US Public Health Accompaniment Unit, Partners In Health

Katie re-joined Partners In Health in May 2020 as Director of the US Public Health Accompaniment Unit. She has previously worked with PIH in Sierra Leone as Chief Policy and Program Officer during the Ebola response and recovery, and in Rwanda as a Microfinance Program Assistant in 2007-08. Katie co-founded and helped lead two organizations dedicated to engaging young people in the fight for global health equity and HIV treatment access—serving as VP of Programs at Global Health Corps and Program Director/Board Member of FACE AIDS. She’s also worked alongside civil society leaders in South Africa on building a national coalition and advocacy campaign around gender-based violence policy reform and with refugee communities on community-led development programs in Zambia. Most recently Katie was a consultant at The Bridgespan Group, serving as a strategy adviser for NGOs and philanthropies. 

Katie earned a BA from Stanford University in International Relations and African Studies and an MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She is currently pursuing an MPP at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she is a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership.

Ken Himmelman
Ken Himmelman

Executive Director, Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School

Ken Himmelman
Executive Director, Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School

Ken Himmelman is the Executive Director of the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. CPL develops principled, effective public leaders and is a global hub for leadership learning focused on making positive change in the world. Ken formerly served as the Chief Program Officer at Health Leads, which focuses on addressing the social causes for poor health. He was also the Chief Program Officer at Partners in Health, a pioneering global health organization that provides high quality health care to the world’s poorest people. He has over 15 years of non-profit management experience, working in areas of community development, youth development, higher education administration and global health. Ken served as the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Bennington College, where he also helped to start the college’s innovative Center for the Advancement of Public Action. In 2004 he was a co-founder and Vice President of a national network of US-based non-profit organizations called Community IMPACT! USA, which trains young people to address educational and economic issues affecting their neighborhood. Ken has played various board and advisory roles with a wide range of non-profit organizations. Ken holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College, as well as a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and an M.A. in French Literature from Vanderbilt University.

Lisa Jackson, Ph.D.
Lisa Jackson, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Imago Dei Fund

Lisa Jackson, Ph.D.
Managing Director, Imago Dei Fund

Lisa is the Managing Partner for the Imago Dei Fund based in Boston, MA.  Lisa has worked in the social sector for over two decades in a variety of roles.  She began her career in education and psychology as a professor at Boston College.  Her research there was focused on agency and self-efficacy in youth at the intersection of racial and gender identity.  Realizing how much she enjoyed working with youth and being more directly engaged with schools, Lisa decided to leave academia to manage a federally funded college access and success program for the Boston Public Schools (GEAR-UP).  As her eclectic trajectory evolved, Lisa stepped into organization leadership positions focused on evaluation and assessment, risk management, research and strategy development. 

Prior to joining the Imago Dei Fund (IDF) in 2018 as its Managing Partner, Lisa served as the Vice President for Research at The Center for Effective Philanthropy, and the Managing Partner for Portfolio Investments at New Profit, Inc.  Both of these experiences shaped her perspective on philanthropy providing a solid foundation for her to step into her role at IDF.

Lisa serves on several boards including College Advising Corps, SPARK Microgrants, My Life My Choice, Boston Schools Fund, Compass Working Capital, and New England International Donors (NEID).  She is also a former elected member of the Brookline School Committee. Lisa has a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University.

Marijke Wijnroks, MD
Marijke Wijnroks, MD

Chief of Staff, The Global Fund

Marijke Wijnroks, MD
Chief of Staff, The Global Fund

Marijke Wijnroks became Chief of Staff at the Global Fund in 2013. From June 2017 through February 2018, she served as Interim Executive Director. Her distinguished career includes more than 30 years of experience in global health and development, serving in government, at the United Nations and in civil society, and working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. 

Since joining the Global Fund, Dr. Wijnroks has had a particular focus on gender and human rights, and on engaging diverse partners in the cause of global health. She effectively acts as the organization’s second-in-command, overseeing day-to-day work and chairing decision-making groups such as the Management Executive Committee and the Grant Approvals Committee when needed. 

Before joining the Global Fund, Dr. Wijnroks was Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, and Deputy Director of the Social Development Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands. In that position she oversaw policy and strategy development in areas related to HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender, education and civil society. She served on the Global Fund Board for several terms, and for two years as Vice-Chair of the Board’s Ethics Committee. 

She earned a medical degree from Maastricht University in the Netherlands and a degree in tropical health and medicine from the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. Dr. Wijnroks started her career with Médecins Sans Frontières as a field doctor in Sudan. She also spent five years in El Salvador as a technical adviser for PAHO/WHO developing health systems, and two years as a project manager in Bangladesh focusing on maternal and child health.

Taylor Holland
Taylor Holland

Vice President, Arsenal Capital Partners

Taylor Holland
Vice President, Arsenal Capital Partners

Taylor Holland is a Vice President of Arsenal Capital Partners, a specialized private equity firm focused on making investments in the healthcare and industrial sectors. Within its healthcare franchise, Arsenal builds businesses that serve as catalysts for transforming the healthcare system and thereby, patient outcomes.

At Arsenal, Taylor focuses on crafting and executing technology-rich investment strategies to build market-leading pharma and payer-provider services businesses. He currently serves on the boards of Pharma Value Demonstration, a business focused on helping generate and communicate evidence of value and effectiveness of therapeutic drug candidates, and Accumen, a business focused on performance optimization solutions for hospitals and other healthcare organizations. 

Prior to joining Arsenal in 2017, Taylor worked in the healthcare investment banking group at Jefferies LLC. He graduated with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.

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