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 karin bwKarin Lapping | Project Director

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 alayon July 2012-WebsiteSilvia Alayón | Nutrition and Monitoring Advisor

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 AlbanesElena Albanes | Senior Financial Manager

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-300x300 Andres Chavarriaga | Finance Officer

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 bwLina Constien | Program Officer

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 del Rosso | Senior Advisor, Social Behavior Change and Nutrition

Joy has over 30 years of deep nutrition technical experience, which complements her skills sets in SBC, Monitoring & Evaluation and Program Management. Prior to joining A&T, Joy served as the Senior Director for Nutrition at Save the Children where she oversaw their global portfolio. Joy has also worked at The Manoff Group and the World Bank. Joy received her MA in Nutrition from Tufts University, and is fluent in French and Spanish.

Quintin Dipina bwQuintin Dipina | Program Officer

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.

Golding photoLenette Golding | Program Director, Nigeria

Lenette Golding has over 20 years’ programmatic and research experience in health and development. Concentrating on SBCC, she has worked to improve health outcomes for rural poor households, with a strong emphasis on gender equity and women’s empowerment. Lenette is an active leader in the CORE Group’s Social and Behavior Change working group and is an assistant adjunct professor for global health at Emory University. She also sits on the review board of several health behavior peer journals and is presently helping edit a special edition of Frontiers in Public Health on “Participatory Community Approaches for Social and Behavior Change.” She has a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Georgia, an MPH from Emory University, and is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica.

thumb_ann HJ_1024Ann Hendrix-Jenkins | Director, Knowledge Management and Dissemination

Ann Hendrix-Jenkins fosters quality, equity, and sustainability through knowledge management approaches. Her first job out of university, as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching high school English and art in Botswana, marked the start of several decades of commitment to international development. Ann returned to earn her MA, and has been working in global health ever since. Her experience includes research, writing, program management, community health service, directing projects and innovative partnerships, and participatory capacity development.

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Tika Jaishi-Neupane | Program Officer

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.

Head Shots of the Experts at the Academy for Educational DevelopmentAnn Jimerson | Senior Specialist in Behavior Change

A seasoned professional in behavioral science and social marketing, Ann Jimerson contributes to A&T’s formative research, strategic program and communication design, and evaluation of Viet Nam’s national mass media campaign. Ann has a talent for analyzing and applying consumer research to produce programs that result in real changes in behavior. Recently, she created and co-produced A&T’s e-magazines and our online, video-based series of “case study kits for behavior change.” These innovative tools package and share lessons from A&T’s field experience, reinforcing sound and practical methods for promoting improved feeding practices.

Kelly Josiah | Associate Director, Programs & Contracts

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.

 jack 3 bwJack McLaughlin | Program Officer

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.

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Marina Nersesyan | Director of Operations

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.

Patricia 2-WebsitePatricia Preware | Associate Director, Country Programs

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

Tina Sanghvi | Country Programs Director

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 | Communications Specialist

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-WebsiteManisha Tharaney | Senior Technical Advisor, Nutrition

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.

Kim WinnardKim Winnard | Senior Program Director

Kim Winnard has spent 30 years managing BCC components of international health programs in family planning, maternal and child health, infant feeding, and avian and pandemic influenza. Seven of those years were overseas, as resident representative for a national FP project in Nigeria, and providing technical assistance to maternal health projects in Kenya, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. Kim was also team leader for LINKAGES’ Mainstreaming, Advocacy, and Information Dissemination (1999-2006). At the onset of his career, Kim served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Agriculture)/Philippines after receiving his MA in International Development.