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Our Staff and Board

To contact staff or Board members, please email [email protected].


Nasrullah Amirzai, IT/Web and System Administrator

Dani Behonick, Digital & Updates Editor

Michael Birnbach, Customer Relationship Coordinator

Kate Bobrow-Strain, Director of Finance & Administration

Jenny Chung, Staff Accountant

Alicia Flores, Bilingual Editor

Todd Jailer, Editorial Director

Rosemary Jason, Publications Designer

Tawnia Litwin, Director of Digital Projects

Aditi Malhotra, Writer/Researcher

Susan McCallister, Senior Editor

Maile Robles, Executive Assistant

Sarah Shannon, Executive Director

Keziah Sullivan, Grants Manager

Kathleen Tandy, Publications Designer

Vanessa Tran, Communications and Outreach Associate

Leilani Westman, Development Associate

Paula Worby, Project Coordinator and Editor



Trupthi Basavaraj, MPH
Independent Consultant, Organization Development Specialist

Dani Behonick
Staff Representative to the Board

Garrett Brown, MPH, CIH, Secretary
Coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network; retired Compliance Safety and Health Officer, Cal/OSHA

Pauline Butcher
Board Member Emeritus

Eva Harris, PhD
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, UC Berkeley; Co-founder and Board President, Sustainable Sciences Institute

Leigh Haynes, JD, LLM, MPH
Lawyer with an expertise in human rights and international law; Adjunct Professor, Simmons University; Executive Committee Chair, Framework Convention on Global Health Alliance; Co-Program Chair, Law Section of APHA.

Samantha Heep, JD, Treasurer
Background in business law and finance having worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs, and attorney at Donahue Fitzgerald LLP.

Sarah Jane Holcombe, PhD
Senior Learning Advisor, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

Katherine Jones Debay, MSPH
Assistant Professor, Global Health, Loma Linda University School of Public Health

Larry Kressley 
Former Executive Director, the Public Welfare Foundation

Bill Lankford, PhD, Co-Chair
Founder, The Central American Solar Energy Project (CASEP)

Purnima Mane
Internationally recognized expert on gender and sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS, who has worked in senior positions in both the United Nations (including with UNFPA, UNAIDS, and WHO) and non-profit organizations

Oladele A. Ogunseitan, PhD, MPH
University of California Presidential Chair and Professor of Population Health and Disease Prevention, UC Irvine

Sarah Shannon (ex officio)
Hesperian Health Guides, Executive Director

Melissa Smith, MD
Family practice physician; Director of Education and Training, Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment Center of Expertise, University of California Global Health Institute; Author of Health Actions for Women

Linda Spangler, MD
Physician, Adult Primary Care, Alameda County Medical Center; Medical Director, Options Recovery Services.

Keziah Sullivan
Staff Representative to the Board

Susan Weissert, Co-Chair
Former AIDS Taskforce Coordinator, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Ellen Vor der Brugge, Board Member Emeritus
Long-time trainer of health educators and former Senior Vice President of the Freedom from Hunger Foundation

Prentice Zinn
Director, GMA Foundations