Karin Lapping is a public health nutritionist who has spent the past 15 years working in international health, primarily with non-governmental organizations. Karin’s focus is on the prevention of chronic malnutrition in developing countries throughout Asia and Africa. Prior to joining A&T, Karin was the Senior Director of Nutrition at Save the Children, where she directed the global nutrition portfolio worth more than $200 million USD. Prior to assuming this role, Karin was seconded to A&T from Save the Children as the Senior Nutrition Advisor, where her work built off efforts from her time based in Viet Nam (2006-2009), first as the Country Coordinator for the World Bank funded Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative and then as the Asia Area Nutrition Advisor for Save the Children/US. Karin holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Colby College, a Masters in Public Health from Emory University, and a PhD from Tufts University in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition.
Silvia Alayón is seconded to Alive & Thrive by Save the Children. Silvia worked six years at the University of North Carolina for the MEASURE Evaluation project, focusing on M&E of HIV/AIDS programs. Her previous experience includes working for the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Macro International. Silvia has an Master of Science in Social Science, Food Policy, and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition.
Elena Albanes is the financial manager of the FHI 360 Alive & Thrive project. Her previous experience with FHI360 includes the financial management of USAID-funded programs. Her career includes working in the Regional Office of the Controller/USAID in El Salvador responsible for financial analysis, accounting and coordination of audit-related activities.
Andres Chavarriaga has more than 12 years of experience in finance, including six years working at FHI 360. Andres is responsible for developing financial reports and performing finance and administrative backstopping for the Alive & Thrive’s programs in India. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, he managed finances for the Head Start project and the “las Manos de Apa” project. Andres also has experience working in banking in Colombia and the United States. He is a business engineer with a postgraduate degree in information systems.
Lina Constien provides financial and administrative support to Alive & Thrive’s programs in Bangladesh and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the Alive & Thrive team, Lina worked at another NGO, providing project support for the Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) project, funded by USAID, as well as other USAID and Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) funded projects located in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Zambia. Lina was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and has served in the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Joy has over 30 years of experience working on nutrition programs, starting her career in Latin America with Catholic Relief Services as Project Manager for an integrated nutrition project, after serving in the Peace Corps in Africa. Prior to joining A&T, Joy was the Senior Director of Nutrition at Save the Children responsible for its global nutrition portfolio, and, previously, Associate Vice President for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, and National Director for US Programs focused on obesity prevention. Prior to her NGO experience, Joy worked for the Manoff Group, as well as the World Bank where she led its efforts in school health and nutrition. Joy holds a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Tufts University.
Quintin is responsible for programmatic, financial, and administrative backstopping of the Burkina Faso program. Quintin’s background includes 10 years working in domestic and international financial services and program management with SunTrust Bank, PNC Bank, Phelps Stokes Programs for Africa and Freedom Endowment (PAFE), and Accion International, in Washington DC; and Arval BNP Paribas Group, Le Credit Lyonnais LCL in France. Quintin holds a BA in economics from the University of Nantes, an MA in Finance from the University of Aix en Provence, and an MBA in Business Administration from the Westford Business School. Quintin is fluent in French, Wolof, Creole and proficient in Spanish.
Jillian is a public health nutritionist with strong nutrition program management and research experience in Haiti and sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining A&T, Jillian worked as the Nutrition Technical Advisor for University Research Co., providing strategic and technical leadership to the organization’s nutrition portfolio. Jillian has also supported several nutrition programs in Haiti, and oversaw an emergency nutrition program in South Sudan. In addition to her program experience, Jillian brings solid academic experience, holding a PhD in International Health and Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MA in International Affairs from American University (Washington, DC), and a BA in International and Comparative Politics from American University of Paris (Paris, France). During her PhD program, Jillian worked on an evaluation of a USAID development food assistance project in Eastern Congo, where she also conducted her dissertation research on maternal mental health and its relations with child feeding behaviors and maternal and child nutritional status.
Tika Jaishi-Neupane is responsible for programmatic, financial, and administrative backstopping of the Ethiopa program. She has 18 years experience in program administration and finance with the United Nations and various non- profit organization within the U.S. and overseas. Tika worked for the AED- ARTS Accounting Department before joining the A&T. She also has worked with Global Health Council in Washington DC, UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia, Kathmandu, DFID-Nepal Program, Kathmandu, OXFAM-Nepal, and Action Aid Nepal, Kathmandu. She holds bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in sociology from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. She is fluent in English, Hindi, Bengali, and Nepali.
Kelly Josiah is responsible for managing contracts and procurement for Alive & Thrive. She has been with FHI for over six years. Prior to joining the Alive & Thrive project in 2011, she managed the Child Blindness Grants Program for FHI’s USAID Micronutrient and Child Blindness Project and worked in the Contracts Department. Kelly has also served as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. auditing regulator, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. She holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler Business School, and a Master’s from Georgetown University in foreign affairs.
Kristen brings extensive experience with managing MIYCN programs in field-based and headquarters positions. She recently relocated to DC from Tamale, Ghana where she led the nutrition component of a USAID-funded multi-sectoral project aimed at reducing stunting and anemia. Prior to her work in Ghana, Kristen provided technical, financial and administrative backstopping to country programs in Ghana, Haiti and Uganda with the USAID-funded SPRING Project. She has lived and worked on global health initiatives in India and Nepal, and looks forward to dusting off her Hindi workbooks in her role as Associate Director for Asia Programs. Kristen holds an MPH from The George Washington University with a concentration in global health and program design, monitoring and evaluation.
Jack McLaughlin provides administrative, programmatic and financial support for headquarters and country staff. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Jack was a project associate at RESULTS Educational Fund, an anti-poverty grassroots advocacy nonprofit where he supported the work of the Executive Director, acted as the staff liaison to the board, and served as a policy support for his supervisor’s role on the board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria. Before that, Jack worked for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition as an Outreach Associate organizing grassroots support for diplomacy and international development. Jack earned his bachelor’s degrees in Social Science and Spanish studies from Fordham University.
Marina Nersesyan oversees Alive & Thrive project’s global operations. She brings to the team over 20 years of experience in the design and management of international development projects. Prior to joining the A&T project in 2008 she worked on the USAID-funded LINKAGES and A2Z projects at AED. Her prior experience includes grants management, cost effectiveness analysis and small and medium enterprise lending at Save the Children and ShoreBank.
Kathleen has over 14 years of experience working with the WIC Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has managed a number of federal, state, and local nutrition and health communications initiatives – with a strong emphasis on women’s health. She is member of the Nutrition Informatics Committee and Chair of the Consumer Informatics Workgroup for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also a past chair of the Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group. Kathleen is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist with a Master of Science in Health Informatics from Northeastern University.
Patricia Preware is a public health professional, specializing in the provision of technical, financial, and administrative management and support for donor-funded health projects in Africa. She has assisted in the administration of projects in Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria and Tanzania in the areas of malaria control and prevention, health systems strengthening, reproductive health, and nutrition. Ms. Preware’s experience includes harnessing technical and administrative assistance according to project needs, conducting organizational assessment for USAID-funded fellow placements, tracking program targets and deliverables, training staff, and managing client relationships with funding organizations, host-country Ministries of Health, and other counterparts. Ms. Preware holds a M.Sc. in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Tina Sanghvi served five years as Alive and Thrive’s Senior Country Director in Bangladesh. She has worked more than 35 years in international health and nutrition as technical advisor and director of country operations in international public health programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Tina holds a doctorate in nutrition and training in Global Burden of Disease analysis. She worked for 7 years at the global BASICS – Child Survival project. She is the author of several books and published articles, including Nutrition Essentials – A Guide for Health Managers, on how to mainstream nutrition in health services. Before her Alive & Thrive assignment, Tina was the Country Director for A2Z, the USAID Micronutrient and Child Blindness Project.
Zoe Stathopoulos develops communications strategies and manages Alive & Thrive’s website and social media channels. Zoe joined FHI 360’s Corporate Communications team in 2011 and was most recently responsible for providing day-to-day communications management and support for 20 FHI 360 offices in Africa. Zoe earned her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. and a master’s degree in International Communications from the same institution.
Manisha Tharaney is a public health professional with 15 years of work experience in Asia and in Africa in technical areas such as nutrition, health systems strengthening, and gender. She started her work in primary health care in India and has continued to work at all levels of the health system, from community to district to national on nutrition and maternal and child health issues. From 2004 to 2007, Tharaney served as a country manager at Helen Keller International’s office in Tanzania, where she managed the micronutrient programs under two USAID flagship projects, MOST and A2Z. Prior to joining Alive & Thrive, Manisha worked as the anemia team lead on the Strengthening Partnerships for Nutrition Innovations Globally (SPRING) project. She holds a Master of Public Health in International Health Policy and a PhD in Global Health Systems and Development.