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Staff

Executive Office

Carolyn Gibb Vogel

Interim co-CEO


Carolyn is responsible for bringing together PAI’s programmatic and operational work, organizational effectiveness, strategic and annual planning, and oversees finance and administration. She is active in organizational effectiveness forums and founded a peer network group of senior operations executives of international organizations.

Prior to her role as COO, Carolyn served as PAI’s Vice President for Programs and Acting Director of the Research Department, where her work focused on reproductive health supplies, population and the environment, and donor financing innovations. Before PAI, she worked in program management and evaluation of USAID-funded family planning programs. Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. She also attended the University of Dakar in Senegal and served as a Peace Corps Nutrition Volunteer in Niger.

Elisha Dunn-Georgiou

Interim co-CEO


Elisha oversees the programmatic work of PAI, ensuring that the organization’s research and advocacy agendas are in alignment with PAI’s mission and strategic plan. Elisha has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and international development.

She holds a master’s degree in epidemiology and a JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Elisha is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Morocco.

Sheryl Augustine

Senior Associate for Administration


Sheryl Augustine brings more than twenty years of nonprofit administrative and operations experience to PAI. As the business manager of NoMa BID, Sheryl’s responsibilities included human resources and benefits, accounting, office management and administrative support. Prior to joining NoMa BID, Sheryl was the operations and finance director at 501cTECH, a nonprofit IT organization, where Sheryl worked with the staff to ensure smooth internal operations so that the organization could provide excellent customer service to its client base.

Sheryl earned an A.A. in Computer Science and an A.A. in Interior Design from the Montgomery College. Although she has Brooklyn roots, Sheryl spent her high school years in Maryland and now lives in Northeast, Washington, D.C. with her daughter and poodle.

Lisa Morales

Executive Assistant


Lisa grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and attended Juniata College. Upon completion of her B.A. degree, she moved to Washington, D.C. and began her career working at non-profit organizations. She has worked for some extraordinary organizations such as Conservation International, Open Society Foundations and, most recently, the National Park Foundation.

Having gained experience and formal training and education in communications and production work at the National Park Foundation, Lisa began her own business in early 2018 and will be bringing this skill set, along with a history of supporting executives and senior leadership, to PAI. Lisa is excited to be joining the staff in her new role as the executive assistant to the president. She resides in Washington, D.C. and enjoys travel, reading and singing.

Madelein Montes

Cross Operations Coordinator


As Cross Operations Coordinator, Madelein supports a wide array of administrative functions across the operational departments and manages the front reception desk services. Madelein comes to PAI with extensive administrative experience in both the private and nonprofit sector, and through these experiences has found her passion in working to solve the needs of vulnerable and diverse populations.

She became interested in the international development field through various volunteer and internship positions in her community, and through her travels to Latin America. Madelein earned her B.A in global affairs from George Mason University.


Information Resources and Information Technology

Mary Panke

Director of Strategic Knowledge


Mary directs PAI’s Information Resources Department, overseeing PAI’s library operations and managing internal knowledge management initiatives focused on sustaining a strategically aligned, efficient, and learning-centered work environment.

Prior to joining PAI, Mary worked for the EPA Library where she handled international inquiries on environmental regulations, research, and health issues and edited a Caribbean environmental newsletter for the United Nations Environmental Program. Mary also worked for the Electric Power Research Institute where she established and managed a research library for their Washington Office. Mary holds a master’s degree in library science from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Carleton College.

Sarah M. Reidy

Director of Information Technology


Sarah develops and maintains PAI’s information technology infrastructure as well as using technology to make PAI’s work more effective. Sarah has worked in information technology for over 30 years: she loves the ever-changing nature of technology and the opportunities that it presents.

Sarah has a dual undergraduate degree in Physical Anthropology and Biomedical Science from Western Michigan University; she learned to love computers and technology while in Field School.

Denis Vargas

Information Technology Associate


As IT associate, Denis supports and maintains PAI’s information technology infrastructure as well as PAI’s primary point of contact for the IT helpdesk. He is involved in implementing new technologies and manages key junior administrative duties. Denis started working for PAI as an IT intern in May 2016 while attending undergraduate school full time.

Denis graduated from George Mason University in December, 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. He was presented with the opportunity to work full time and did not hesitate to accept the offer. Denis is very passionate about technology and wishes to use that knowledge to assist people


Policy and Advocacy

Jonathan Rucks

Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy


Jonathan is responsible for the development and management of advocacy strategies to inform and influence public policy at the federal level in the United States, at the global level, and in developing countries to increase political and financial support for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Jonathan has more 15 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health and international development.

Prior to joining PAI, Jonathan worked for Pathfinder International, a major U.S. government implementing partner, and prior to that, he spent eight years working in the House of Representatives for both Representative Jan Schakowsky and Representative Jim Oberstar. Jonathan earned a master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies from the College of International Security Affairs at National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and English from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.

Ariana Childs Graham

Director, Primary Health Care Initiative


In collaboration with civil society partners, Ariana advocates for strengthening of primary health care systems to achieve universal health coverage, promote access to quality health care and improve health equity. Underpinning these efforts is an integrated, people-centered approach to health which champions solutions addressing the challenges of underfunded and fragmented health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Previously, Ariana led the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health secretariat at the Aspen Institute, elevating reproductive health priorities within a broader advocacy agenda of poverty eradication, climate change response, economic development, and food security. With the FP2020 global partnership, she managed stakeholder cultivation and coordination, among country governments, multilateral agencies, private foundations, bilateral donors and civil society representatives.

Facilitating the strategic reorganization of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, she brought together more than 40 leading international advocacy and implementer organizations to drive progress for adolescent girls across the development and humanitarian spectrum.  While at SIECUS, Ariana advocated for sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people,  documenting the impact of U.S. foreign policy on HIV prevention efforts at the country level. She holds a BA in International Studies from Macalester College and an MA in International Law and Human Rights from the University for Peace.

Craig Lasher

Senior Fellow


Craig monitors and analyzes foreign assistance legislation and advocates in support of international family planning and reproductive health programs to congressional offices, executive branch agencies, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations.

Named as Senior Fellow in 2015, he joined PAI in 1981 while completing his master’s degree in International Affairs at the American University School of International Service. He received his undergraduate degree in Government from Hamilton College. Craig was previously PAI’s Director of U.S. Government Relations between 2009 and 2014. He served on the board of directors of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, a coalition of over 500 businesses and NGOs promoting higher funding for international affairs programs, from 1998 to 2016. He has also been a member of the scorecard advisory committee of the League of Conservation Voters for over two decades.

Suzanna Dennis

Senior Advisor, Health Financing


Suzanna is responsible for the development and management of PAI programs and strategies that provide the evidence base to communicate and advocate the organization’s vision and mission to U.S. and global audiences.

Prior to this post, Suzanna led PAI’s Financing Program tracking and analyzing donor funds and domestic resources for sexual and reproductive health. She has over ten years of international development experience with a focus on women’s rights and gender equality. Suzanna earned a master’s degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Wendy Turnbull

Senior Advisor, International Advocacy


Wendy guides and implements PAI’s international advocacy strategy to increase political and financial support for sexual and reproductive health and rights globally and nationally. She focuses on cultivating and supporting Southern CSO partners to strengthen advocacy capacity and develop effective strategies and messages for sustained SRHR advocacy. Wendy advises and manages small advocacy grants, provides targeted advocacy TA, and connects Southern advocates to regional and global initiatives.

She led PAI’s Global Gag Rule Impact Project documenting the policy’s harm to family planning services and supplies, and continues to monitor and assess U.S. policy and funding trends in the field. Prior to joining PAI in 1999, Wendy was senior policy analyst with The Guttmacher Institute and federal lobbyist for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Wendy earned a BA in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mercedes Mas de Xaxas

Consultant for International Policy and Advocacy


Mercedes assists PAI in developing advocacy strategies to increase the political and financial commitment of governments to reproductive health services and supplies. Her work includes direct work with members of Parliament, NGO networks, and government officials around the world; coalition work and coordination activities; analyses of national and international policies; and grant-making to advocacy groups worldwide. Mercedes has worked as a consultant for PAI since 2003, following her tenure as PAI’s Vice President for International Advocacy. Her other clients include the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Health Organization, and Theory and Action for Health (TAAH), a Gates-funded project on social determinants of health.

Allison Doody

Senior International Advocacy Associate


Allie works on a variety of topics including access to safe and legal abortion, reproductive health in humanitarian settings, and reproductive health/HIV integration. Allie has worked in the field of sexual and reproductive health at PAI since 2010. Before joining PAI, she worked for Senator Susan Collins of Maine in her Washington, D.C. office. Allie is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in political science.

Kristin Thomas

Senior International Advocacy Associate


Kristin first became passionate about global health during her undergraduate studies, when she spent a semester abroad comparing health in India, Argentina, and South Africa. Since then, she served as a Global Health Corps Fellow at Planned Parenthood Global in Uganda, working on an advocacy campaign to increase young people’s access to reproductive health education and services. Kristin graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master of Science in Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Societies and a minor in French Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tessa Maulhardt

Senior International Advocacy Associate, Global Gag Rule


Tessa is responsible for supporting efforts to back civil society partners in navigating the Global Gag Rule, communicating the implications of its expansion and documenting its harmful impacts. Tessa has 15 years of professional experience in nonprofit organizations focused on social justice issues; including sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, youth empowerment and gender equity.

Prior to joining PAI, Tessa managed the international grants portfolio and activities with global advocates, policymakers, health providers and civil society partners at Catholics for Choice. Tessa speaks Spanish and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. Tessa holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Public Affairs from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Chelsea Mertz

International Advocacy Associate, Global Financing Facility


Chelsea supports civil society engagement for sexual and reproductive rights through the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children, and Adolescents. Additionally, she coordinates capacity building efforts in GFF countries and manages small grants for civil society actors. Chelsea has long been interested in advocacy for sexual and reproductive rights from her time served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi directing women’s health and empowerment projects.

Previously, Chelsea worked in knowledge and technology management at the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP) and Rotary International. Chelsea obtained an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, building on a previous master’s degree in Human Rights from LSE. She is a recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s Global Grant Scholarship funding graduate-level academic studies in maternal and child health. She earned a BA in political science from the University of Kansas.

Elizabeth Lopez

Advocacy Associate, Primary Health Care Initiative


Elizabeth serves as the Advocacy Associate for the Primary Health Care Initiative. She is responsible for supporting the efforts of civil society partners advocating for stronger primary health care systems to achieve universal health coverage. To her, the path to health equity doesn’t just lie in access to care; it encompasses education, social justice, and culturally competent policies to help minimize roadblocks to care.

Prior to joining PAI as a Global Health Corps Fellow, she worked with Forca Femenina, an international NGO in Brazil, where she investigated how language and culture were used to humanize and restore visibility to at-risk female and transgender sex workers. During her time in Brazil, she taught weekly professional English courses, participated in public health outreach efforts, and engaged in strategic planning projects for the organization. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Maria Hernandez

International Advocacy Associate


Maria works with the Advocacy and Research departments to provide administrative and program assistance. Before joining PAI, Maria worked as program coordinator at North County Lifeline in San Diego, CA. Maria has been involved in the international development field through various internships and volunteer positions both domestically and internationally. She earned her undergraduate degree from California State University San Marcos in mass media and global studies.

Nour Nadri

International Advocacy Associate


Nour graduated from George Mason University in May 2017 with a double BA in Government and Communication. She began interning at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in January and that is when her passion for reproductive health began.

Not long into her internship she was working on the campaign’s clinic database which provides them with LARC data for contraceptive desert heat maps. She was offered a fellowship and continued working on clinic data becoming somewhat of an expert on the topic. Her passion for reproductive and sexual health will follow her everywhere she goes and she won’t stop until women all over the world have the right and power to decide what to do with their bodies.

Jamie Vernaelde

Senior Research and Policy Analyst


Jamie conducts overall research for PAI, focusing on the impacts of U.S. foreign policy on women’s rights as well as women and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings. She monitors current research, policies, and media to identify pressing issues relating to PAI’s mission, and designs and carries out strategic analyses with practical recommendations to improve policies and funding of the U.S. government, multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, and other important actors in the field.

She has over six years of experience in qualitative human rights research and policy, having documented abuses against institutionalized children with Lumos, and previously supported research and advocacy with Human Rights Watch on East Africa. Jamie earned a master’s degree in conflict resolution and certificate in refugees and humanitarian emergencies from Georgetown University. She also holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations and French from the University of California, Davis.

Rebecca Dennis

Senior Legislative Policy Analyst


Rebecca lobbies Members of Congress and executive branch agencies in support of international family planning and reproductive health funding, legislation and policy, including access to these services in emergency and conflict settings. Her work draws connections between sexual and reproductive health and rights and a number of gender issues, such as gender-based violence, child marriage and women, peace and security. She advocates for robust U.S. engagement and policies on these issues supporting the rights of women and girls globally.

Prior to joining PAI in 2013, she worked to coordinate advocacy efforts around ending and preventing mass atrocities. Rebecca holds a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University and a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, where she specialized in Global Health Policy and Global Gender Policy.

Marie Cole

Research and Policy Analyst


Marie conducts policy research for PAI, with attention to safe abortion care and adolescent and youth SRHR. She joined PAI with over a decade of academic research and evaluation experience around maternal and child health and development. Marie earned a MPH, with emphases on global health and human rights, and a MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Lethia Bernard

Senior Project Manager, Universal Health Coverage


Lethia initiates and leads research that supports women’s health and empowerment at PAI. Specifically, she spearheads policy research at the intersection of universal health coverage, health systems, and financing and women’s access to sexual and reproductive health services, care, and information.

Prior to this post, she led original qualitative research on universal health coverage and access to medicines policy in Santiago, Chile. She has over four years of experience working on global health systems strengthening, HIV/AIDS, and access to medicines programs, policy and research. Lethia earned a Master of Science in Global Health with a focus in health policy and financing from Georgetown University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Ithaca College.

Shilpa Kothari

Project Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean


Shilpa supports regional partners in improving access to reproductive health services in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has worked at the intersection of public health and women’s rights since 2011.

Prior to PAI, Shilpa worked in gender-based violence prevention and reproductive rights in Guatemala and Mexico, most recently with the Women’s Justice Initiative. She holds a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, focused on sexual and reproductive health and post-conflict violence.

Saskia Guerrier

Project Manager, Family Planning Accountability


Saskia Guerrier has over a decade of experience in the global health field.  She has served as administrator of a clinic serving over 150,000 inhabitants in rural Haiti, provided technical assistance to national ministries of health on a number of technical areas including quality improvement, HIV/AIDS prevention, and monitoring of national family planning programs.

Prior to joining PAI, her work focused on providing technical assistance to country governments on their family planning program and monitoring progress of the commitments that countries have made toward the family planning 2020 initiative. She holds a Master of Science of Public Health in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jennifer Sleboda

Project Manager, Government Accountability for Family Planning Budgets


Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in international development, with a focus on transparency, accountability and citizen participation in public finance management. Prior to joining PAI, she spent 11 years at the International Budget Partnership developing the capacity of civil society organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America to conduct budget analysis and monitoring and use the findings to strengthen sectoral advocacy.

She also has four years of experience in Tanzania, where she worked on a participatory research project to track government’s poverty reduction expenditures in three districts. Jennifer speaks Swahili and holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies and Anthropology from the George Washington University.

Dyan Cortez

Policy and Advocacy Coordinator


Dyan Mae Cortez provides administrative and logistical support to PAI’s Policy and Advocacy team. She is a proud immigrant from the Philippines who is passionate about promoting universal access to reproductive healthcare.

Prior to joining PAI, Dyan worked on a diverse array of social justice issues, including human rights, privacy, and technology litigation support at the ACLU’s National Legal Department, youth activism grant assistance at Open Society Foundations, and most recently, development and executive support at a political organization dedicated to training diverse women to run for office. Dyan graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and International Humanitarian Affairs.


Communications

Adrienne Lee

Acting Director of Communications


Adrienne serves as the primary media contact and storytelling lead for PAI and supports strategic planning and leadership for the communications department. She has an extensive background executing public affairs and communications campaigns in the nonprofit, government, technology, financial and consumer sectors.

This includes directing media advocacy strategy and community relations initiatives for a regional grocery chain and a U.S. federal agency, and supporting policy communications for AT&T, the Kingdom of Jordan, the government of Rwanda, and others. She earned a bachelor of science degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

Caitlin Mckenna

Communications Associate


Before joining PAI, Caitlin served a DC nonprofit through AmeriCorps in Communications and Outreach. In addition to public service, Caitlin has gained experience in communications and policy through internships with the Peace Corps, People for the American Way, and local government. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in political science.

Madeline Kirsch

Publications Communications Associate


Madeline develops digital and print communications to support PAI’s communications strategy, and provides other support as needed for organizational publications. Before joining PAI, Madeline served as the lead public sector proposal author at a consulting firm, and worked at several nonprofit organizations in Washington. Madeline has a bachelor of arts in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College.

Jennifer Pierre

Digital Communications Associate


Jennifer serves as the Digital Communications Associate and raises the online visibility of the organization by developing and implementing digital strategies through PAI’s website, social media and email outreach. She is a strategic thinker with a passion for diverse and impactful storytelling and is skilled in communication, branding and analytics.

Prior to PAI, she worked at several digital marketing agencies for clients in diverse industries. She executed the life cycle of strategic marketing campaigns from strategy, messaging, implementation and tracking.

Jennifer holds a Master of Science in Entrepreneurial Management from Babson College and Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Miami.

Meredith Radel

External Relations Coordinator


Meredith works with the Communications and Development departments to provide external relations and administrative assistance. She earned her B.A. from William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA in Global Studies and German, and completed a minor in Global Business. Before joining PAI, Meredith managed marketing and digital content for a branch of an international affairs non-profit at her university.


Development

Teri Blandon

Vice President of External Relations


Teri has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, program management, strategic planning, financial management and Board relations. Prior to joining PAI, she was with Global Communities, an international development nonprofit, where she was responsible for building partnerships with the private sector and creating an individual giving program to secure funds for unrestricted support and humanitarian causes.

During her tenure, she and her team secured more than $60 million for programs in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Previously, Teri was the Director for Foundation & Government Development at public broadcaster WETA, where she secured millions of dollars for documentaries, multimedia programs and capital projects.

Teri earned a B.S. in Biology and an Honors Degree in Humanities from LeMoyne College in Syracuse NY, and an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

Kate Duis

Director of Individual Giving


Kate has over eleven years of experience in individual giving, donor relations and program management. At PAI, Kate oversees the organization’s growing individual giving program – including donor cultivation, stewardship and communications.

Prior to joining PAI, she was the annual giving officer at Global Communities, an international development nonprofit, where she created and managed the organization’s individual giving program to secure funds for unrestricted giving and humanitarian causes. She began her fundraising career at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences where she was the senior associate director of Alumni Relations. During her five years there, she managed an expansive set of programs that increased engagement between key alumni populations and the School, including reunion weekend, student-alumni programs and young alumni programs.

Prior to entering the world of fundraising, she taught English for two years in rural Japan. Kate has a B.A. in Political Science from Illinois Wesleyan University and an M.A. in International Education from The George Washington University.

Kathy Smith

Director of Foundation Relations


Kathy is the PAI’s Director of Foundation Relations. Kathy is a seasoned institutional fundraising professional with over 13 years of experience securing funding from foundation, individual, private sector and government funders for public policy organizations. She started her fundraising career with the Center for American Progress, then had successful stints with The Urban Institute, Center for Global Development and the Atlantic Council. Most recently, she co-founded a minority, women-owned fundraising and nonprofit strategic planning firm serving a range of clients.

Kathy holds a master’s of science in anthropology and economic development from the London School of Economic and Political Science and an undergraduate degree in Archaeology from the University of Bristol in the UK.

Susan Patterson

Manager of Donor Communications


Susan has extensive experience in nonprofit communications, including 16 years with an advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. where she led the production of award-winning annual reports, newsletters and other communications collateral highlighting the organization’s achievements.

Since 2016 Susan has worked in international development with a focus on gender equality, and recently completed a fundraising fellowship with Plan International’s Region of the Americas headquarters in Panamá. Prior international fieldwork includes a Kiva Fellowship in Ghana and a fundraising consulting project with a small women’s empowerment nonprofit in Thailand.

Susan holds a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Virginia. She lives in Washington D.C. and in her free time enjoys running, biking and hiking.

Daphney Jean

Individual Giving Associate


Daphney oversees the administration and operations of the Development team, from managing state and workplace campaigns to special projects. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.A. in Global Affairs (with a concentration in Economics and Development) from George Mason University. As a graduate student, she worked as a research assistant, conducting research on international trade negotiations and participated as a United Nations Fellow at the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA).

Prior to working at PAI, she worked at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as a Research Specialist, analyzing medical schools’ curriculum to select outcomes for testing the validity of the 2015 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Before that she oversaw the helpdesk of the National Center on Service Obligation (NCSO) under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education while also being a Cultural Intern at the Embassy of Haiti. She has intermediate fluency in French and native fluency in Haitian Creole.

Christy Gretsinger

Foundation Relations Associate


Christy comes to PAI with over 10 years of experience working in financial institutions, specializing in the detailed processes involved with IRS tax levies and garnishments and customer relations. She also worked as a program coordinator for a grant program aimed at assisting first-generation college students and as an undergraduate teaching assistant at UMBC. During her time in the financial sector, she gained expertise in improving workflows and processes. She’s excited to transition these skills over to the Development Team.

Christ has a Bachelor’s in History with a minor in Political Science and Women’s Studies from her alma mater, Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also obtained her Master’s in Historical Studies from UMBC. Her thesis focused on the definition of feminism during the Owenite movement—a 19th century British work-class movement.


Finance

Garrett Michael

Controller


Garrett joined PAI in 2020 and brings an array of financial management leadership. He has over 20 years of accounting service in various business segments, to include 15 years in the nonprofit industry. At PAI, Garrett manages the day-to-day financial operations with a dynamic team and provides strategic support to the vice president of finance.

He previously worked at the American Wind Energy Association, American Psychiatric Association and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In addition, Garrett takes pride in his military service. He has honorably served in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Garrett has an accounting degree from the University of Maryland Global Campus and is currently completing a business analytics certificate from Cornell University. He resides in Maryland with his wife and children.

Nikea Winston

Concur Manager


Nikea Winston comes to PAI as the Concur Manager. She will administer and manage the Concur software as well as train PAI staff. She has over 14 years of accounting experience working in the non-profit field.

Prior to coming to PAI, Nikea worked for Zero to Three for 7 years from an Accounts Payable Associate to Senior Accounting Associate before her departure. She has worked with the Concur software since 2012. Nikea is a fan of music, traveling, and activities with her family. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and son.

Cecilia Principi

Staff Accountant


Cecilia serves as the Staff Accountant and is responsible for accounts payables, receivables, financial reporting, reconciliation, tax and compliance. She is a financial professional and has 20 years of experience identifying organizational opportunities that drive down costs, enhance compliance and drive greater process efficiencies.

Prior to PAI, she worked with clients in financial services, management consulting and tax businesses. Cecilia holds a B.S. in accounting from George Mason University.


PHC Performance Initiative (PHCPI)

Beth Tritter

Executive Director


Beth Tritter has focused her career on bolstering equitable, sustainable global development, through a combination of public, private sector and not-for-profit service. She is currently the Executive Director of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a global platform that supports country efforts to achieve quality primary health care for all people.

She also served in the U.S. government as the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Vice President for Policy and Evaluation, leading the agency’s country partner selection, economic analysis, and monitoring and evaluation, and began her career on Capitol Hill, with a focus on global health and development policy and funding as Legislative Director to a leader of the House Appropriations Committee.

As a former Managing Director at the Glover Park Group, an award-winning strategic communications firm, she built an industry-leading portfolio of clients with a specific interest in global development policy, advocacy, and communications. Beth received Bachelors and Master’s Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Maisoon Chowdhury

Program Associate


Maisoon Chowdhury is the Program Associate for the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI). In her role, she provides logistical, operational, and programmatic support. Prior to joining PHCPI, Maisoon was an Associate at the United Nations Foundation, where she supported the Executive Office and the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Maisoon received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Arizona State University and an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jeremy Harding

Operations Associate


Jeremy Harding is the Operations Associate for the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) where he provides logistical and operational support. Prior to joining PHCPI, Jeremy worked for Global Health Corps as the Strategic Partnerships Senior Associate. In this role, he managed relationships and developed content for the organization’s full portfolio of philanthropic partners.

Previously, Jeremy served as Project Coordinator with 2Seeds Network, a human capital development organization working in the agricultural sector in Tanzania. Jeremy graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Health Policy.

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