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Our Staff and Board

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



Dani Behonick, Digital & Updates Editor

Michael Birnbach, Customer Relationship Coordinator

Maral Chalian, Development Director

Jenny Chung, Staff Accountant

Todd Jailer, Managing Editor

Rosemary Jason, Publications Designer

Miriam Lara-Mejia, Project Coordinator

Tawnia Litwin, Digital Projects Manager

Aditi Malhotra, Writer/Researcher

Susan McCallister, Senior Editor

Maile Robles, Executive Assistant

Sarah Shannon, Executive Director

Rick Solomon, Webmaster/System Administrator

Kathleen Tandy, Publications Designer

Vanessa Tran, Communications and Outreach Associate

Stephanie Viviano, Business Manager

Paula Worby, Writer/Researcher



Trupthi Basavaraj
Independent Consultant, Organization Development Specialist

Garrett Brown
Coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Support Network

Pauline Butcher, RN, MSN, Board Member Emeritus
Nurse; traditional birth attendant trainer, Guatemala

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

Sarah Jane Holcombe, PhD.
Public health professional, specialized in policy analysis, advocacy, evidence-based program design, and research and evaluation of reproductive health programs, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

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

Jonathan Katz
Director of Product Management, Readers Department, Wikimedia Foundation

Larry Kressley, Secretary
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

Sarah Shannon
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, Treasurer
Physician, Adult Primary Care, Alameda County Medical Center

Vanessa Tran
Staff Representative to the Board

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

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

Paula Worby
Staff Representative to the Board

Prentice Zinn
Director, GMA Foundations