Women Deliver Staff

Jill Sheffield, President
Jill Sheffield is the founder of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization fighting for girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing. A lifelong advocate with a commitment to data, Jill was one of few civil society representatives appointed to the UN Secretary General’s Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. She currently serves on the board of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. Jill is also the founder of Family Care International (FCI), a distinguished non-governmental organization and winner of the 2008 United Nations Population Award for outstanding work in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Jill completed advanced degrees at Columbia University Teachers College, where she was later recognized as a distinguished alumna for her international work in women's health and education. In 2008, she received the American Public Health Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Jill served as Director of International Programmes at the Carnegie Corporation, and founded FCI in 1987 in response to the call at the Women's Decade Conference in Nairobi which identified the silent tragedy that one woman dies each minute from pregnancy related causes. Though she has played a central role in several key world conferences, Jill believes her true education came when she worked in the reproductive health outpatient clinic of Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

Katja Iversen, Chief Executive Officer
Katja Iversen joined Women Deliver as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in March 2014. Iversen, an internationally recognized expert on development and communications, has more than 20 years of experience working in NGOs, corporates and United Nation agencies. Previously, she held the position as Chief of Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy with UNICEF, a position she came to after almost six years of leading the team responsible for communication on reproductive health and MDG 5 at UNFPA. She holds a master’s degree in communications, bachelor's degree in public administration and certificates in management, conflict resolution and international development. Iversen has trained Fortune 500 Executives in cross-cultural management, and has worked in global health for more than a decade. She is an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative has an extensive network within the UN, CSOs, development communities and the global media. She was on the Advisory Board of Women Deliver from December 2006 to May 2012, and has participated in all three Women Deliver conferences. Following a transition period, the plan is for her to succeed Jill Sheffield as President.

Katherine Holland, Chief Operating Officer
Katherine Holland provides day-to-day leadership, management, monitoring and vision to support the strength, growth, and efficiency of Women Deliver. She joins the team with 15 years of experience in international development and women’s and children’s rights. At UNICEF, Katie managed partnerships and planning, most recently with a focus on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and rights; in 2015, she managed the development a 15-year global Strategy for Health. Prior to the UN, she was founding Director of the Amani Children’s Foundation, a US-based non-profit supporting care for abandoned infants in Kenya. Her career also spans the academic and private sectors, including positions at the Harvard AIDS Institute, the Carr Center for Human Rights, and in the new business development team of an advertising agency. Katie earned a BA in Economics and French from Salem College and an MPA/International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, and holds a certificate in Leadership from INSEAD.

Juliana Bennington, Youth Program and Advocacy Intern
Juliana supports the Young Leaders Program, including helping administer the e-courses and researching the current state of adolescent health and rights globally. She is currently pursuing her MPH at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, specializing in Health Policy and Health and Human Rights. Juliana has previously interned at the World Health Organization in their adolescent health working group and ICRW in their gender-based violence team. She also worked with 32BJ SEIU, the largest building workers union in the US, in the Political Action and Policy Department. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Kelsi Boyle, Communications Manager
Kelsi serves as Communication Manager, leading new advocacy initiatives and enhancing Women Deliver’s digital presence to advance the mission of the organization. Before transitioning to international reproductive health and rights, Kelsi spent her career in social enterprise. At Woman Care Global, she developed communications tools for a global sales team and rallied funder support for the often-neglected area of supply chain management. Most recently, Kelsi oversaw the Marketing and PR department at a safety-net hospital—part of Dignity Health—where she was tasked with growing key service lines, including maternity and emergency care, as well as implementing an outreach campaign to enroll uninsured community members in Covered California and Medi-Cal. Kelsi has lived in Peru as a volunteer with indigenous women artisans and mentors at-risk youth. She earned her BA at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a certificate in contraceptive counseling from the University of California, San Francisco.

Mary Crippen, Policy and Advocacy Intern
Mary supports the Policy and Advocacy team, including helping to assist the team during the lead up to Women Deliver 2016. She is currently pursuing her MPH in Epidemiology and the Social Determinants of Health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. Mary previously interned at the Maternal Mortality Observatory of INSALUD, a civil society health organization in the Dominican Republic, and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prior to pursuing a public health career, she worked in digital marketing. Mary received her BA from New York University in Linguistics, Anthropology, and Romance Languages.

Maria DeVoe, Associate, Policy and Advocacy
Maria is a passionate and dedicated public health professional with over 7 years’ experience in domestic and global health advocacy, policy research, human rights, HIV prevention and intervention services and harm reduction. Her work is driven by stringent belief in health care as a human right and the fight to improve availability, accessibility, and acceptable quality for marginalized groups. Maria joined Women Deliver after positions with Rabin Martin, Harlem United, the Thai AIDS Treatment Action Group and the Open Society Institute. A large part of her work has been focused on groups who are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS domestically, as well as across Southeast Asia and former Soviet Republics. Maria speaks French, Russian and Spanish. She holds an MPH in Population and Family Health from Columbia University and a BA in French from the University of Vermont.

Louise Dunn, Director of Finance and Administration
Louise Dunn works with the President and Senior staff in development. Prior to Women Deliver, Louise consulted for Family Care International. She was formerly Vice President of Operations for the Foundation for Accountability in Portland, Oregon. Louise also worked at Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center in Portland as a grant writer, and as director of a statewide caregiver program for Alzheimer’s families. She began her career in a Planned Parenthood affiliate serving as its Executive Director. She has her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Rachel Larkin, Conference Program Support Intern
Rachel provides support for the upcoming Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prior to joining Women Deliver, she interned in the Long Island office for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic in the Public Affairs department. Rachel has also worked for Girls Inc., where she assisted in running an after school program to teach coding to adolescent girls. In the summer of 2014, she studied environmental sustainability in Denmark and Germany. Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Women's Studies from Stony Brook University.

Scarlet Macas, Finance and Office Manager
Scarlet Macas is responsible for financial statements, grant expenses, and financial information on behalf of Women Deliver. In addition, she monitors that Women Deliver stays up to date with all accounting policies and procedures, based on IRS regulations. Prior to Women Deliver, Scarlet worked as a staff accountant in the private sector, and as a freelancer for start-up corporations. She holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Queens College, City University of New York and is fluent in Spanish.

Alyssa Mahoney, Events and Projects Manager
With over 10 years of experience in event management for both the non-profit and financial services arenas, Alyssa coordinates logistics related to Women Deliver's global conference as well as ongoing policy and communications activities.  Prior to her current role, Alyssa managed events for OppenheimerFunds, Inc. and Barnum Financial Group, an Office of MetLife as well as coordinating both national and international conferences for the Tea Association of the USA, Inc.  Additionally, she sat on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Life, Inc., a non-profit organization based out of Connecticut that supports children and families throughout the northeast United States.  Alyssa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Political Science from Providence College.

Jessica Malter, Strategic Communications Director
Jessica Malter joined Women Deliver as Strategic Communications Director in February of 2015. Prior to joining the organization, Jessica spent four years at the Guttmacher Institute, where she worked as a senior communications associate focusing on international outreach, where she was the primary communications liaison with overseas partner organizations and planned and executed international media outreach and other communications activities. Jessica was also a communications officer at UNFPA, where she focused on promoting maternal and other reproductive health issues. She has also been a communications consultant for the International Rescue Committee and a press officer for UNICEF and OXFAM America. Before joining the nonprofit sector, Jessica held various positions in the media world, including producer at CNN and ABC News, associate producer at HBO and New York Times Television and production editor at Harper’s Bazaar. She received her M.A. in international affairs from the New School and her B.A. in political science from Barnard College.

Emily Mello, Junior Associate of Advocacy
Emily works on Women Deliver’s advocacy efforts and programming for the Women Deliver 2016 Global Conference. Before joining Women Deliver, Emily conducted outreach and advocacy in both a women’s mental health project in Nicaragua and a refugee resettlement program in Chicago. She has also served as a youth leader and educator by facilitating social-justice focused seminars with incarcerated youth, working with low-income students in an afterschool program, teaching health education to high school students, and tutoring creative writing with 826Chi. Emily graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Roger Pagano, Office Administrator
Roger is new to the NGO world. Having worked for almost 16 years in the medical field; beginning as a medical records clerk, he moved his way up the ranks to become the Center Administrator for a medical facility in Brooklyn Heights.  He decided he needed a change and resigned from his position and accepted a position with Women Deliver. Roger as an all-around assistant handling everything from ordering office supplies to helping out with administration and financial management. 

Susan Papp, Director of Policy and Advocacy
Susan is an award-winning advocate and communicator with a passion for improving the health of vulnerable populations. She has more than 15 years of experience working on global projects to advance greater political will and stronger policies and funding for a variety of issues. Those issues include maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tobacco prevention/cessation, child safety, nutrition and financial inclusion for the poor. Before joining Women Deliver, she was a Vice President at Rabin Martin where she supported the advocacy and communications efforts for Merck for Mothers, Merck’s 10-year, $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality. While there, Susan also led communications for Saving Mothers, Giving Life, the USAID-led public-private partnership to improve maternal and newborn health in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Susan worked with the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in India where she evaluated social accountability programs to improve maternal health and served as the lead author of a peer-reviewed paper based on the assessment. Earlier in her career, Susan served as a Vice President at GMMB, where she directed advocacy, branding and communications campaigns for prominent corporations, non-profits and multilateral organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UN Development Programme, The Global Fund, Chrysler, One Campaign, Visa, the World Health Organization and World Vision. Susan holds a Masters of Science in Health, Community and Development from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Sara Pellegrom, Senior Associate
Sara works on the Young Leaders Program, including managing the Speakers Bureau and consistently communicating with the Young Leaders in-country. Prior to Women Deliver, she worked at International Planned Parenthood / Western Hemisphere Region, researching and composing materials on sexual and reproductive health indicators and trends, and USAID in Nairobi, Kenya, monitoring projects that receive USAID funding. Sara graduated with a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and wrote her thesis on the importance of integrating family planning and HIV/AIDS services around the world. Before moving to New York City for graduate school, Sara worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic while majoring in International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Lauren Rankin, Senior Communications Associate
Lauren Rankin works as the Senior Communications Associate for the Youth Program. Prior to joining the Women Deliver team, she was the Communications Associate for the Center to Advance Palliative Care, helping to develop and implement a comprehensive health care public awareness campaign. She has served as a board member of A is For, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive rights and previously served as the Vice President of the New Jersey Abortion Access Fund. She has also worked as a freelance writer, covering reproductive politics and women's health care. Lauren graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and received her Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.

Savannah Russo, Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy
Savannah Russo joined Women Deliver as the Senior Associate, Policy and Advocacy in September 2015. Prior to her current role, Savannah served as a 2014-2015 Global Health Corps Fellow working as the Research and Documentation Officer for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Mbarara, Uganda. While in Uganda, her role entailed managing the communications strategy for the country office and conducting narrative interviews and focus groups with most at risk populations, health workers and clients to better understand and enhance programmatic outreach. Before moving to Uganda, Savannah worked in the Accreditation Department at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and received her Master’s Degree in International Studies and Women’s Studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has worked on women’s development programs in Haiti, Rwanda and Senegal and also worked for two consecutive summers with Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) in South Africa on a community-based research project that informed her thesis on gender and human security. Savannah is an avid supporter of women’s rights and global health equity.

Linda Stone, Human Resources Manager
Linda D. Stone has over twenty-five years of strategic and hands-on generalist human resources experience in start-up and turnaround management working in domestic and global organizations in content, media, financial, and technology industries. Currently, in addition to being the principal of The Morgan Stone Group, a human resources and career counseling services organization, she works at Women Deliver as their in-house Human Resources Generalist. She has been an adjunct at New York University (School of Professional Studies) since l994 in both the credit and non-credit divisions. Her prior corporate experience included Mergermarket (part-time) and full-time at Elsevier Science, IPC, BuzzMetrics, and John Wiley & Sons. She holds certifications as an Achieve Global Trainer, Benchmarks 360 from The Center for Creative Leadership, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  She received a MA in Human Resources Management from The New School and a BA in English from Hartwick College.

Brittany Tatum, Junior Associate of Communications
Brittany joined the Women Deliver team in May 2015. Prior to joining the Women Deliver team, Brittany interned with the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau in their Marketing and Communications Department. Before moving to New York she was a college relations volunteer for the Philadelphia Public Relations Association (PPRA). In 2014 she graduated from Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She is working in the Communications Department at Women Deliver and will be assisting with all aspects of Women Deliver’s digital presence. 

Tamara Windau-Melmer, Senior Manager - Youth Program and Advocacy
Tamara Windau-Melmer, MPH, is an experienced advocacy campaign and coalition development strategist. She has expertise in successful non-profit program and grant management, with a specialized focus on capacity building and advocacy for improved sexual, reproductive, maternal, youth, and child health and rights. She is skilled in leading and building partnerships amongst diverse coalitions, from the civil society grassroots community to government ministries. She has vast experience in creative advocacy approaches, including the art of storytelling through the production of films and the coordination of international art exhibitions on maternal health issues. Tamara is a skilled technical writer; she has authored numerous advocacy guides, toolkits, and policy briefs. Tamara is also a proficient facilitator and speaker; she has been invited to deliver lectures and contribute as a panelist on various public health issues. Tamara has lived and worked in numerous developing and developed countries across several continents. She earned her Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University (GWU) in Washington, D.C., holds a certificate in public health (CPH), and is a certified project manager and trainer. She served as Board President of GWU’s Delta Omega honorary society; was honored with the GWU’s Above & Beyond Award and the New York Women’s Agenda Galaxy Award; and recently received an Honorable Mention for her short non-fiction story from the Brooklyn Arts & Film Festival.

Cecilia Zvosec, Program Associate
Cecilia works on the development of the Young Leaders program and also lends support to the growing number of Women Deliver’s policy research and collaboration initiatives. Before joining Women Deliver, Cecilia gained experience in monitoring and evaluation and global health policy with USAID, The Council on Foreign Relations, and the New York Women’s Foundation. She also spent two years as a Clinical Research Associate at the University of Chicago Hospitals, managing research that addressed survival disparities in African and African American women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, and a BA from the University of Chicago. She is also an Associate Editor of Global Health Governance: The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm.



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