Leadership Team

William Glass, MS

Deputy Director, CCP
Director, Strategic Communication Programs

COVID-19
Alice Payne Merritt, MPH

Deputy Director, CCP
Director, Technical Programs

Robert Ainslie, MA

Chief of Party, MyChoice
CCP Country Director
Indonesia

Stella Babalola, applied research team
Stella Babalola, PhD

Director, Research and Evaluation

Kirsten Böse, MHS

Team Leader
Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Niger

Jen Boyle, MA

Team Leader
Malawi, Liberia

Kimberly Brooks, MA

Director, CCP Human Resources

Andrea Brown Anschel, MSW

Team Leader
Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone

Arzum Ciloglu, MPH, DrPH

Director, Capacity Strengthening

Cathy Church-Balin, MHS, MBA

Senior Technical Advisor, ReachHealth
CCP Country Representative
Philippines

David Dadi

Chief of Party, Tanzania Control Vector Activity
CCP Country Representative
Tanzania

Stephanie Desmon

Director, Public Relations and Marketing

Patrick Devos, MA

Chief of Party, Communication for Improved Health Outcomes
CCP Country Representative
Mozambique

Issiaga Daffé, MD, MPH

Team Leader
Mali, Senegal

James Sulaiman Fofanah, MS

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Director
Sierra Leone

Cassandra Mickish Gross, MPH

Director, Business Development

Simon Heliso, DBA, MSc

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Ethiopia

Victor Igharo, BPharm, MBA, DipPH, PhmD

Director, The Challenge Initiative (TCI) Nigeria
Nigeria

Taiwo Johnson, MSc, MD

Director, Post-Pregnancy Family Planning (PPFP)
Nigeria

Amiata Kaba, MA

Senior Program Manager, Breakthrough ACTION Guinea

Mwikali Kioko, MSW

Team Leader
Nigeria, Kenya

Aoua Konare, MD, MPH

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
Mali

Faisal Mahmud, MBBS

Chief of Party, Bangladesh

Alfred Mang'ando, MA

Program Manager, Breakthrough ACTION
Malawi

Mamadou Mbaye, MA

Regional SBC Advisor, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Senegal

Didier Kangudie Mbayi, MD, MPH

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
Democratic Republic of Congo

shannon mcafee
Shannon McAfee, MPH

Team Leader
Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea

Grace Miheso, MPH

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Kenya

Glory Mkandawire, MPH

Chief of Party, Social and Behavior Change Activity
CCP Country Representative
Uganda

Protais Ndabamenye, MPH

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
Côte d’Ivoire

Yannick Nkoumou, MBA

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Cameroon

Mojisola Odeku, MPH, MBBS

Gates FP Portfolio Director
Nigeria

Saratu Olabode-Ojo, MPH

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Liberia

Patricia Poppe, MA, MS

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
Guatemala

Tovo Ranaivomino, DSS

SBC Director, ACCESS Health Program
CCP Country Representative
Madagascar

Sylvester Segbaya, MMed

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Ghana

Elizabeth Serlemitsos, MBA, MPH

Director, Breakthrough ACTION

Marla Shaivitz

Director, Digital Strategy

Halima Shariff, MA

Director, Advance Family Planning (AFP) Tanzania
Tanzania

Doug Storey, applied research team
J. Douglas Storey, PhD

Director, Communication Science and Research

Arjun Subedi, MPH, MA

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
Nepal

Tara Sullivan, MPH, PhD

Director, Knowledge Management
Director, Knowledge SUCCESS

Amber Summers, PhD, RD, CHES

Team Leader
Baltimore

Hilaire Tokplo, MA

Senior Program Manager
Breakthrough ACTION
Togo

Ian Tweedie, MPH

Nigeria Breakthrough ACTION Project Director
Nigeria

Sanjanthi Velu, PhD

Team Leader
Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Ethiopia

Erika Wagner, MBA

Director, Finance and Administration

Yunita Wahyuningrum, MS

Project Director, MyChoice
Indonesia

Sean Wilson, MSc

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Guyana

Communities of Practice

Behavioral Economics and Human-Centered Design

Caroline Jacoby, MPH
cjacoby@jhu.edu
Danielle Piccinini Black, MBA
danielle.piccinini@jhu.edu
Jennifer Orkis, MHS
jorkis@jhu.edu

Climate Action

Jessica Castro, MS
jcastro@jhu.edu
Hunter Harig, MPH
hharig1@jhu.edu
Saori Ohkubo, MA
saori.ohkubo@jhu.edu

Digital

Marla Shaivitz
mshaivi1@jhu.edu
Simone Parrish
simone.parrish@jhu.edu

Entertainment-Education

Sanjanthi Velu, PhD
svelu1@jhu.edu
Cori Fordham, MPH
cfordha1@jhu.edu

Family Planning

Sarah Harlan, MPH
sarah.harlan@jhu.edu
Zoe Hendrickson, PhD
zhendri1@jhu.edu

Gender

Jane Brown, MHS
jane.brown@jhu.edu
Joanna Skinner, MA, MHS
joanna.skinner@jhu.edu

HIV

Lynn Van Lith, MPA
lynn.vanlith@jhu.edu
Beth Mallalieu, MPH

beth.mallalieu@jhu.edu

Knowledge Management

Lisa Mwaikambo, MPH
Lisa.Mwaikambo@jhu.edu
Bolade Oladejo

bolade@ba-nigeria.org

Malaria

Gabrielle Hunter, MHS
gabrielle.hunter@jhu.edu
April Monroe, MSPH, PhD
amonro10@jhu.edu

Risk Communication and Community Engagement

Kathryn Bertram, PhD
kbertram@jhu.edu
Stephanie Clayton, MPH
sclayton@jhu.edu

WASH

Maria-Elena Figueroa, PhD
mfiguer1@jhu.edu

Youth

Erin Portillo, MPH
erin.portillo@jhu.edu
Tyler Best, MSW, MPH
tylerbest@jhu.edu

Susan Krenn

Executive Director

As executive director, Susan Krenn leads the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program’s work in 40 countries and a staff of more than 700. Throughout her 35-year career at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, she has demonstrated her ability to build, manage and lead teams and deliver project results consistent with the mission of the Center and the School. Susan brings more than 30 years of expertise in implementing health communication programs for family planning, safe motherhood, reproductive health, malaria, child survival, TB, democracy and governance and HIV/AIDS. Her areas of expertise include strategy design, program management and facilitation, among others.

Prior to assuming the role of the Center’s executive director in 2009, Susan was director of CCP’s Program Unit. She also served as regional director for CCP’s Africa Division between 1994 and 2008. Susan has worked professionally in 15 countries in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean, including a three-year field position in Nigeria.

William Glass, MS

Deputy Director, CCP
Director, Strategic Communication Programs

Bill Glass has worked in public health and development communication for 25 years. He has expertise in every aspect of health communication programming — strategic planning, program development, marketing and fundraising, training, media production, and monitoring. He has worked extensively with government, NGO and private sector organizations across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to build their capacity to manage nationwide health communication programs. After his return from four years managing CCP’s programs in Ghana, he has served in a variety of leadership positions overseeing programs in Africa.

He is now the Director of Strategic Communication Programs and Deputy Director of the Center. He is a member of the Center’s core leadership overseeing its business development and field programs implementing more than 50 reproductive health, maternal health, child health, HIV/AIDS, advocacy, marketing, social change and mobilization projects in more than 30 countries.

COVID-19

Alice Payne Merritt, MPH

Deputy Director, CCP
Director, Technical Programs

Alice Payne Merritt has more than 35 years of field experience in social behavior change communication (SBC) across a range of health and social development issues including: family planning, adolescent reproductive health, infectious disease such as COVID-19 and Zika, HIV prevention, tobacco control, advocacy, maternal mortality, climate change and quality accreditation systems in more than 30 countries.

Alice has designed and managed a wide variety of health communication programs such as: national strategies, demand generation campaigns, vaccine uptake, participatory community methodologies, focused advocacy efforts, entertainment-education and special initiatives for under-served groups such as street kids, commercial sex workers, indigenous groups, men and youth.  As deputy director and director of technical programs, she provides strategic leadership for CCP’s diverse SBCC programs and technical guidance. She has pioneered groundbreaking communication efforts such as the first reproductive health campaign in Bolivia and the first national HIV prevention effort in Peru.

Initiatives under her direction have received international awards for creativity and results in family planning promotion, reproductive health and environmental advocacy, including awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Alice is a member of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s High Impact Practice Technical Advisory Group, has chaired USAID working groups on vasectomy reinvigoration and Zika communication, contributed to WHO consultation and conducted reviews for peer-reviewed journals.

Alice is associate faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her MPH from Columbia University and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.

Robert Ainslie, MA

Chief of Party, MyChoice
CCP Country Director
Indonesia

Robert Ainslie is the senior technical advisor for the MyChoice project, which works in partnership with the Indonesian government’s national family planning organization to revitalize family planning there using a unique consumer-driven integrated demand and supply model.

He has more than 30 years’ working in social behavior change communication covering a range of health areas including family planning, COVID-19, malaria prevention, water and sanitation, and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. He has overseen and implemented projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia. He holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs (Communication & Development) from Ohio University.

Stella Babalola, applied research team

Stella Babalola, PhD

Director, Research and Evaluation

Stella Babalola is the director of research and evaluation at CCP and is a professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A demographer by training, she has more than 30 years of experience in behavioral research and has worked extensively in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Over the past five years, her research has focused largely on family planning, malaria and adolescent reproductive health. She has conducted research and published extensively on multiple reproductive health issues, including family planning, malaria, maternal health, sexual and gender-based violence, adolescent sexuality and HIV/AIDS. She was recently a visiting professor with the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa under the Carnegie African in Diaspora Program. The program affords Africans in diaspora the opportunity to visit African institutions for short periods of time to strengthen the capacity of faculty members and graduate students. Stella has a PhD from the Université de Paris.

See Stella Babalola’s published research.

View Dr. Babalola’s faculty page at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Kirsten Böse, MHS

Team Leader
Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Niger

Kirsten Böse is a public health and communication specialist with over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing projects in reproductive health and family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, child survival and adolescent health promotion. 

Kirsten has worked extensively throughout Africa and Asia. Previously, she lived in Malawi and Tanzania when she was chief of party for USAID-funded programs. She was deputy director of Knowledge for Health (a global knowledge management project) and director of the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), USAID’s global flagship social and behavior change program from 2013-2018.

Her current interests focus on tapping the power of new technologies and communication channels to strengthen capacity approaches for program implementers. Kirsten enjoys working together with communities to inspire solutions for better health. She currently manages Francophone Africa programs for CCP.

Kirsten earned her BA in Anthropology from Stanford University and her MHS in Maternal and Child Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jen Boyle, MA

Team Leader
Malawi, Liberia

Jen Boyle is responsible for oversight and management of CCP projects in Liberia and Malawi.

In Liberia, Jen manages the Breakthrough ACTION Liberia project, a multimillion-dollar investment designed to deliver effective, quality SBC activities that will result in improved demand, access and use of health services. In Malawi, Jen oversees several smaller Breakthrough ACTION projects focused on ending child marriage, increasing COVID vaccine uptake and implementation of a malaria behavioral research study. Jen has managed and supported CCP country programs since 2001, including time spent in Malawi as project director for BRIDGE II, an HIV prevention and mitigation project led by CCP.

Jen previously worked with Baylor College of Medicine in Malawi as deputy director for the Tingathe Project and was deputy director for a local NGO called Dance4Life in South Africa. Prior to beginning her career, Jen volunteered with Straight Talk Foundation in Uganda, conducting school visits with teams of health workers to talk to students about sexual and reproductive health issues.

Jen holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Denver.

Kimberly Brooks, MA

Director, CCP Human Resources

Kimberly Brooks has 20 years of experience in human resources management and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management Certification. As a generalist of human resources, she has expertise in various HR disciplines, including organizational and employee development, employee relations, staffing management, labor and employment law compliance, benefits and compensation.

As the Human Resources Manager at CCP she oversees the HR function comprised of 175 US-based employees and more than 500 additional employees based in more than 20 countries.

Since joining CCP in 2008, Kimberly has also been instrumental in the development and implementation of a variety of international HR initiatives such as the standardized US and Third Country National expatriate compensation plans and the international personnel policy manual template. Prior to joining CCP, Kimberly worked at a variety of private sector organizations including CitiFinancial, Inc., Educate Corporate Center Holdings, Inc. (Sylvan Learning), Alpharma US Human Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and FILA U.S.A., Inc.

Andrea Brown Anschel, MSW

Team Leader
Ghana, Cameroon, Sierra Leone

Andrea Brown Anschel has worked with CCP as a program officer since 2010 and has more than 14 years of experience working in international health. Andrea has vast experience in training and capacity building. With a Baltimore-based team, five times she has organized and co-facilitated CCP’s signature four-week Leadership in Strategic Communication Workshop held in the United States. She has also co-led in the organization and facilitation of five two-week leadership workshops in Senegal, Barbados, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Rwanda.

Andrea is currently a senior program officer supporting Breakthrough ACTION, CCP’s global social and behavior change project, as a team leader for Sierra Leone, Ghana and Cameroon. Specifically, Andrea supports supervision, management and oversight on several technical areas including zoonotic diseases, malaria, COVID-19, WASH, family planning/reproductive health and maternal, newborn and child health.

Andrea previously provided technical and operational support on CCP’s global malaria program. She has creative community outreach experience and has a proven commitment to social change and advocacy. Andrea has also worked as a health educator for rural mothers and children and a project coordinator for famine-stricken communities in Madagascar. She also has extensive experience working with domestic organizations, including non-profits that provide skills and opportunities for marginalized populations. Andrea has a master’s in social work from the University of Maryland with a concentration in community development and social action.

Arzum Ciloglu, MPH, DrPH

Director, Capacity Strengthening
Technical Co-Lead, Family Planning

Arzum Ciloglu has more than 20 years’ experience in public health in the areas of family planning, reproductive health, maternal health, post-abortion care, HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. She is CCP’s director for capacity strengthening.

Arzum has worked extensively in the development and implementation of capacity building programs including the development of curricula and training materials for strategic health communication program planning and advocacy. A team leader, she has specific expertise in strategic leadership and management, advocacy, quality and performance improvement and knowledge management.

At the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Arzum received her DrPH in Population, Family and Reproductive Health, was a Nafis Sadik Fellow and received a certificate in health communication. She is an associate in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia and Near East/Eastern Europe. She is fluent in Turkish.

Cathy Church-Balin, MHS, MBA

Senior Technical Advisor, ReachHealth
CCP Country Representative
Philippines

Cathy is currently the Senior Advisor for SBC & Gender on ReachHealth, USAID’s flagship family planning project. She also oversees Breakthrough ACTION’s COVID-19 work in the country. She has more than 30 years of health communication and business development experience, with 22 of those years at CCP.

In her time away from CCP, Cathy was the Director of Education at the March of Dimes. She holds an MHS in Maternal and Child Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephanie Desmon

Director, Public Relations and Marketing

Stephanie Desmon has been director of public relations and marketing for the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs since June 2017. In this role, she oversees all aspects of communications for the center, including the website, social media, marketing materials and media relations.

Stephanie is also a co-host of Public Health on Call, a podcast focused on COVID-19 and produced by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Prior to joining the center, Stephanie was director of media and public relations at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for three years and spent nearly five years in the media office at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Stephanie, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, spent the first 15 years of her career as a newspaper reporter, winning a number of national awards in various positions at the Baltimore Sun, the Palm Beach Post, the Florida Times-Union and the Birmingham Post-Herald.

Patrick Devos, MA

Chief of Party, Communication for Improved Health Outcomes
CCP Country Representative
Mozambique

Patrick Devos is CCP’s country director in Mozambique. He has more than 24 years of field experience in social behavior change communication (SBCC) across a range of health and social development issues including HIV prevention, HIV services support, voluntary medical male circumcision, family planning, adolescent reproductive health and infectious diseases such as COVID-19 in three African countries (Malawi, Namibia and Mozambique).

Patrick has led teams who implemented several cooperative agreements with USAID since 2007 including designing and managing a wide variety of health communication programs such as national strategies, demand generation campaigns, vaccine uptake, participatory community methodologies and entertainment education.

As country director, he provides strategic leadership for CCP’s diverse SBCC programs and technical guidance.

Patrick has a master’s degree in moral sciences. He speaks English, Portuguese, French and Dutch.

Issiaga Daffé, MD, MPH

Team Leader
Mali, Senegal

Issiaga Daffé has nearly two decades of diverse public health experience. He started as a physician in Coyah Prefecture, Guinea, where he learned about rural communities’ public health needs and what works to address them. He has applied his clinical and public health skills in a series of increasingly senior positions based in Guinea and Mali as chief of party/country director and has provided short-term technical assistance elsewhere in Africa.

As team leader, Issiaga provides oversight for CCP country programs in Senegal and Mali, including motivating the team to achieve organizational goals, overseeing team member work for quality and empowering members with skills to improve their competence and productivity.

As Global Health Security Agenda technical advisor for Francophone countries, Issiaga works with country teams to help develop, review, implement and monitor technical approaches and strategies for strengthening risk communication and community engagement-related work plans and interventions.

Prior to CCP, Issiaga worked as the State of Maryland HIV clinical quality program manager and as a manager at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Adolescent and Young Adult HIV Program.

Issiaga has an M.D. from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania, and an MPH from George Washington University.

James Sulaiman Fofanah, MS

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Director
Sierra Leone

James Sulaiman Fofanah oversees field office staff and operations of the Breakthrough ACTION Sierra Leone project. James provides management support and oversight of technical, administrative and financial aspects. He is also responsible for providing strategic direction and technical assistance for the development, implementation and monitoring of Breakthrough ACTION project activities. James has more than 12 years of experience leading SBC programs in Sierra Leone prior to joining CCP. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Wolverhampton in the UK.

Cassandra Mickish Gross, MPH

Director, Business Development

Cassandra Mickish Gross has a decade of professional and academic experience developing, implementing and evaluating health and human services programs. She works with teams across the center and organizations around the world to form strong partnerships to solve critical health problems with creative solutions. She has also led digital health activities in South Africa and Uganda to support pregnant women living with HIV to stay in care and have healthy babies.

Prior to her current role at CCP, Cassie provided technical assistance to State governments to significantly improve processing of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications to ensure timeliness, efficiency and accuracy in benefit determinations. She holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Simon Heliso, DBA, MSc

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Ethiopia

Simon Heliso is currently leading the Breakthrough ACTION project (known as Communication for Health) and other related CCP programs in Ethiopia. He has been with CCP for seven years and has a diverse background leading multisectoral international development and emergency response programs in Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia with international organizations such as World Vision and Alight (formerly American Refugees Committee International).

Simon has a doctorate in business management from the Swiss Management Center Switzerland and a master’s degree in development economics from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

Victor Igharo, BPharm, MBA, DipPH, PhmD

Director, The Challenge Initiative Nigeria

With more than 15 years’ of experience in global health and international development, Dr. Victor Igharo has led The Challenge Initiative in Nigeria from inception. He brings fresh perspectives at the nexus of business and development through inclusive market-driven approaches and innovative development financing, which reflects in the delivery of the TCI mandate in Nigeria. Prior to his current role, he was associate director at Axios (now Akesis). Working with a network of technical experts at the TCI Nigeria hub and across the states, the TCI team under his leadership continues to break new ground in reproductive health and beyond.

He is holds degrees in pharmacy, business administration, public health, as well as several management and leadership certifications including from the Carey Business School and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2019, he received a prestigious 120 Under 40 award as one of the emerging leaders in reproductive health.

Taiwo Johnson, MSc, MD

Director, Post-Pregnancy Family Planning (PPFP)
Nigeria

Dr. Taiwo Johnson provides overall leadership and management for the Post-Pregnancy Family Planning Project in Lagos, Nigeria. She has more than 18 years’ experience in maternal, child health and family planning services with a focus on health systems strengthening.

Prior to joining CCP, Taiwo worked with the Nigerian government as the reproductive health/family planning program officer. She holds a MSc in Global Health Policy and Management from Brandeis University and a MD from Obafemi Awolowo University.

Amiata Kaba, MA

Senior Program Manager, Breakthrough ACTION Guinea

Amiata Kaba is the senior technical advisor for Breakthrough ACTION Guinea, where manages the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the integrated health work for the project.

Amiata has more than two decades of work in projects and programs focused on public health, governance, elections, education, agriculture, environment and natural resource management. He spent 10 years coordinating activities to strengthen reproductive health and STI/AIDS interventions through the PRISM project, in close collaboration with the U.S.-based Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and CCP.

Amiata has a master’s degree in socio-anthropology from the University of Kankan, Republic of Guinea.

Mwikali Kioko, MSW

Team Leader
Nigeria, Kenya

Mwikali Kioko has been at CCP since 2015 and is currently the team leader for CCP’s programs in Nigeria and Kenya. Her expertise focuses on supporting program staff as well as country and regional governmental and non-governmental partner organizations to use social and behavior change (SBC) and knowledge management (KM) approaches to meet their program goals most effectively.

She has experience establishing and implementing program monitoring, evaluation and learning systems across a wide range of programs and integrated health areas, including service delivery, supply chain management and health systems strengthening that lead to improved team collaboration and performance.  In this role, she provides strategic, technical and programmatic support for the implementation of high-quality complex SBC programs funded by a diverse set of donors in those respective countries.

She also contributes extensive experience to CCP’s KM portfolio. She has provided technical assistance in Kenya, Tanzania, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia Guyana and at a regional level in the Caribbean and East Africa. Mwikali has a Master of Social Work from Boston College.

Aoua Konare, MD, MPH

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION Mali

Aoua oversees technical, programmatic and administrative aspects of Breakthrough ACTION’s work in Mali. She provides strategic direction for the development, implementation and monitoring of project activities and ensures timely activity implementation. Aoua has 22 years of experience in program and project management; monitoring, evaluation and research; and social and behavior change and risk communication. She is a medical doctor and has a master’s degree in population and health.

Faisal Mahmud, MBBS

Chief of Party, Bangladesh

Dr. Faisal Mahmud is responsible for leading CCP’s projects in Bangladesh. He has more than 26 years of experience managing diverse programs, including social and behavior change communication and integrated program development. He oversees program design, implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation and finance administration. Faisal holds a medical degree and a MPH, with specific training in strategic communication.

Prior to joining CCP, Faisal held senior strategic positions with BBC Media Action, Norwegian Church Aid, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Concern Worldwide, Save the Children, CARE and Handicap International in multicultural settings.

Alfred Mang’ando, MA

Program Manager, Breakthrough ACTION
Malawi

Alfred Mang’ando is responsible for oversight of Breakthrough ACTION projects in Malawi and serves as the CCP Country Representative. Prior to joining CCP, Alfred worked with Ministry of Health in Malawi and World Vision International providing technical assistance in the areas of health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, and advocacy. He holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of South Africa.

Mamadou Mbaye, MA

Regional SBC Advisor, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Senegal

Mamadou Mbaye is the country representative in Senegal and senior technical advisor for the Breakthrough ACTION Sahel RISE II projects in Burkina Faso and Niger. Prior to joining CCP, Mamadou developed social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategies in Senegal for the Ministry of Health and non-governmental organizations. He has experience working with the BASICS project, FHI360, Intrahealth and ADEMAS. He has a broad understanding of the challenges of SBCC as well as the various approaches that have been used in Senegal and West Africa. Mamadou has an MA in Marketing & Communication from the Eticca Dakar School of Communication.

Didier Kangudie Mbayi, MD, MPH

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
Democratic Republic of Congo

Didier Mbayi Kangudie is the Chief of Party for the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He spent 11 years with USAID as a senior health advisor and has more than 25 years of experience blending clinical work, public health and global health programming.

Didier has managed complex portfolios in the areas of maternal, newborn, and child health; social and behavior change; nutrition; fistula; HIV/AIDS; malaria; Ebola; and private sector engagement. His experience cuts across Central, Southern and West Africa. He holds MD and MPH degrees.

Shannon McAfee, MPH

Team Leader
Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea

Shannon McAfee currently serves as team lead for CCP’s country programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea, which include projects focused on integrated health, the GHSA portfolio, education, Ebola, and the COVID-19 response.

She has 25 years of experience designing, leading and implementing health and development projects across 16 countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. Her areas of specialty include health service delivery, social marketing and social and behavior change.

Prior to joining CCP, her experiences include technical and programmatic support to USAID’s flagship maternal and child health integrated programs and to multiple social marketing projects.

For 13 years, she was based in Madagascar, where she received the honor of knighthood, with the “Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite de Madagascar.” She has an MPH from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Grace Miheso, MPH

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Kenya

Grace Miheso is responsible for providing strategic and programmatic oversight in the implementation of social and behavior change initiatives for malaria control and prevention as part of Breakthrough ACTION’s work in Kenya. She has more than 20 years of experience in health and development supporting regional and national institutions and communities in the East African region. 

Prior to joining CCP, Grace worked with USAID/Kenya, USAID/East African Mission and UNICEF. She holds an MPH from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a post-graduate diploma from the University of Nairobi.

Glory Mkandawire, MPH

Chief of Party, Social and Behavior Change Activity
CCP Country Representative
Uganda

Glory Mkandawire is responsible for leading the USAID-funded Social and Behavior Change Activity in Uganda. She has worked for CCP for more than 17 years implementing social and behavior change programs in Malawi, Eswatini and recently in Uganda.

Prior to joining CCP, Glory taught nurses and midwives at Malawi College of Health Sciences in Malawi. She has a Master of Public Health from University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health

Protais Ndabamenye, MPH

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
Côte d’Ivoire

Protais Ndabamenye joined CCP as chief of party for the Breakthrough ACTION project in June 2021.

Protais has long worked in the field of social and behavior change. This experience includes USAID programs that have addressed integrated health, maternal, neonatal and infant health, HIV and AIDS, malaria control and pandemic infections. Most recently, before joining Breakthrough ACTION, Protais was chief of party for USAID’s “Services de Santé à Grand Impact” in Mali where he collaborated closely with CCP’s Keneya Jemu Kan project.

He has an MPH from Mount Kenya University School of Public Health in Kigali, Rwanda.

Yannick Nkoumou, MBA

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Cameroon

Yannick Nkoumou is in charge of coordinating all activities and staff for a portfolio that includes funding from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and Global Health Security Agenda. In addition, he is overseeing Breakthrough ACTION’s COVID-19 work in Cameroon. He holds an Executive MBA in Strategic Management from the Catholic University of Central Africa and has more than 13 years of experience.

Mojisola Odeku, MPH, MBBS

Gates FP Portfolio Director
Nigeria

Mojisola Odeku is responsible for oversight of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-supported family planning portfolio of projects led by CCP in Nigeria.

She has more than 11 years of experience in strategic programming of complex, fast-paced, demand-led integrated family planning programs and scaling up of proven-to-work family planning interventions in public and private sector at CCP.

Prior to joining CCP, she worked at the Federal Ministry of Health within the ambit of Health Systems Strengthening and policy formulation. She is a public health physician and holds an MPH (Community Health) from University of Lagos, Nigeria and MIoD (Member of Institute of Directors), Nigeria.

Saratu Olabode-Ojo, MPH

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Liberia

Saratu Olabode-Ojo is responsible for providing management and oversight of all technical, administrative, operational and financial aspects of Breakthrough ACTION in Liberia. She has more than 12 years of experience in managing and implementing complex developmental programs, including health programs in sexual and reproductive health; maternal, newborn, and child health; and HIV and AIDS. She has worked for CCP for five years.

Saratu holds an MPH from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.

Patricia Poppe, MA, MS

Chief of Party
Guatemala

Patricia Poppe is the Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Breakthrough ACTION Guatemala project, leading social and behavior change in health, nutrition, WASH, gender equity and new masculinities in the Western Highlands. Patricia has worked in the field of international development for more than 30 years covering initiatives in Latin America and Portuguese-speaking African countries.

Prior to joining CCP, Patricia worked for rural development projects funded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and micro-credit initiatives for women living in shanty towns in Peru. She was a Fulbright fellowship recipient allowing her to obtain an M.A. in communication and development and an M.S. in non-formal adult education from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.   

Tovo Ranaivomino, DSS

SBC Director, ACCESS Health Program
CCP Country Representative
Madagascar​

Tovo Ranaivomino is CCP’s country representative in Madagascar and Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Director for ACCESS Health Program, in which CCP is a partner. Tovo is a highly experienced project manager and SBC practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing SBC projects addressing family planning, reproductive health, child health and nutrition and HIV/AIDS in Madagascar. Before coming to CCP, he has worked with JSI, PSI and Marie Stopes International.

Tovo holds a DSS in Management and Corporate Development from ISCAM and has a DUES II from Ambohitsaina University, Antananarivo. He is fluent in Malagasy, French and English.

Sylvester Segbaya, MMed

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Ghana

Sylvester provides in-country oversight for Breakthrough ACTION Ghana. He previously led the implementation of the VectorWorks project in Ghana from 2017 to 2019. He has extensive experience engaging with government and other development partners.

Prior to joining CCP, Sylvester led the AngloGold Ashanti malaria program to implement a 5-year $90 million Global Fund malaria vector control grant in 25 districts across Ghana, which protected over 2.5 million people from malaria.

Elizabeth Serlemitsos, MBA, MPH

Director, Breakthrough ACTION

Elizabeth Serlemitsos directs Breakthrough ACTION, a five-year, $300 million initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development to lead its social and behavior change programs around the world.

Elizabeth has worked in the field of international development and public health for more than 30 years, 26 of those while residing in Africa. She has served as chief of party of two USAID-funded projects in Zambia, team leader of a DFID-funded project, and regional director for CCP’s Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) Ebola program in the Mano River Region.

Prior to and during her work on Ebola, her approach has a consistent theme: helping create a new generation of African health communication professionals. In her previous work, she built the capacity of individuals through the “by the youth for the youth” HEART campaign which, launched 15 years ago in Zambia, which remains a part of the vocabulary of Zambian youth today. She also mentored Zambian youth through the formation of three local NGOs.

Elizabeth comes most recently from her role as senior technical advisor-capacity building for the Tanzania Capacity and Communication Project (TCCP). TCCP designed and launched an innovative mentoring program, helped Muhimbili University to create a master’s degree in health communication, designed and implemented a radio distance learning program for community volunteers and rolled out a Tanzanian adaptation of the Leadership in Strategic Health Communication course to regional and district health managers across the country.

Marla Shaivitz

Director, Digital Strategy

Marla Shaivitz has been director of digital strategy for the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs since February 2018. In this role, she works closely with the center’s leadership team to identify, analyze, recommend and execute digital technology priorities and vision.

Since joining CCP in 2013, she has been instrumental in a number of digital initiatives including the development of numerous websites, mobile applications and data visualizations, as well as interactive and instructional design content. In 2017, Marla led the team that was a Webby Award finalist for a digital documentation of CCP’s work in West Africa during the Ebola crisis. She authored a proposal to the UNICODE consortium advocating for a mosquito emoji, which was  approved and implemented across operating systems in the fall of 2018. Most recently, was the technical lead for the KAP COVID series of data visualizations.

A seasoned technologist with over 20 years’ experience managing and leading digital projects, Marla has a passion for innovations in technology and those working toward social good. Prior to joining CCP, Marla was a founding member of a well-regarded technology consulting firm that works with trade and professional societies as well as government agencies in their strategic use of web-based technologies. She spent nine years working for a strategic health philanthropy directing all online initiatives and working with grantees to build capacity and create efficiencies around technology and online systems. As a contributing writer for a popular tech blog focused on technology companies and their founders, she has interviewed entrepreneurs across the United States and Africa.

Halima Shariff, MA

Director, Advance Family Planning (AFP) Tanzania
Tanzania

Halima Shariff manages the Advance Family Planning (AFP), an advocacy initiative in Tanzania. It involves partnering with and strengthening capacity of local civil society organizations to advocate for family planning. Halima has more than 30 years’ of experience in program management, policy analysis and advocacy, including global relations.

Before joining CCP, Halima worked with international organizations including UNFPA in Tanzania and with the German radio and TV station Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany. She holds an MA in Journalism from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Doug Storey, applied research team

J. Douglas Storey, MA, PhD

Technical Lead, Communication Science and Research

Doug Storey is director for communication science and research at CCP and an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he teaches courses on the use of theory and research to design, implement and evaluate strategic health communication programs. He has nearly 40 years of experience in health communication, development communication and evaluation research, and has lived and worked in 36 countries.

His work spans a wide range of topics including reproductive health, maternal and child health, avian and pandemic flu, emergency preparedness, preventive health behavior, environmental communication, community capacity building and strategic communication planning.

He has consulted on health behavior communication research, evaluation and strategic planning for numerous international organizations, agencies and foundations. Previously, he was resident director of the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Project (COREMAP) environmental communication initiative in Indonesia (1999-2003) and director of program research for the global USAID-funded Health Communication Partnership (2003-2009). Doug is ex-officio chair of the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association. He is fluent in Indonesian.

See Douglas Storey’s published research.

View Dr. Storey’s faculty page at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Arjun Subedi, MPH, MA

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
Nepal

Arjun Subedi is responsible for overall management of the Breakthrough ACTION program to reduce child, early and forced marriage in Nepal. He has been working for CCP since August 2020.

Prior to joining CCP, Arjun worked for Population Services International in Nepal. He has 10 years of experience working with nongovernmental organizations and 15 years of experience teaching in schools and colleges in Nepal. He holds MPH and MA degrees from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.

Tara Sullivan, MPH, PhD

Director, Knowledge Management
Director, Knowledge SUCCESS

Tara Sullivan leads CCPs knowledge management program, is the project director for Knowledge SUCCESS and teaches in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has worked for more than 20 years in international health with a focus on program evaluation, knowledge management (KM), quality of care and family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH).

Tara has bridged a knowledge gap in the field of KM by developing frameworks and guides for KM program design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation and by exploring the contribution that KM makes to strengthening health systems and improving health outcomes. Her research has examined knowledge needs at multiple levels of the health system and has investigated how social factors (social capital, social networks, social learning) contribute to knowledge sharing outcomes. Tara also has researched factors that influence the provision of quality of care in global FP/RH programs. She has lived and worked in Botswana and Thailand and holds degrees from Cornell University (BS) and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (PhD, MPH).

See Tara Sullivan’s published research.

Amber Summers, PhD, RD, CHES

Team Leader
Baltimore

Amber is the team leader for the CCP’s Baltimore-based projects and has more than 15 years of experience in partnering with community organizations and government agencies on community health initiatives to address health outcomes and health disparities through formative research, strategic planning, health communication and evaluation and monitoring. 

Amber earned Master of Health Science Degree in Clinical Epidemiology and a PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Hilaire Tokplo, MA

Senior Program Manager
Breakthrough ACTION
Togo

Hilaire Tokplo leads the Togo country program for the West Africa Breakthrough ACTION regional project. He has more than 18 years of experience leading social and behavior change programs in West and Central Africa (Benin, Cameroon, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

Prior to joining CCP, Hilaire was the National Coordinator of the Redressement Économique et Social Inclusif du Lac Tchad project in Cameroon. He has a master’s degree in communication from the National University of Benin and a certificate in public health from the Regional Public Health Institute in Ouidah, Benin.

Ian Tweedie, MPH

Nigeria Breakthrough ACTION Project Director
Nigeria

Ian has been working, living and traveling throughout Africa for 40 years and has been with CCP for 28 of them. Prior to joining CCP, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana and worked for various development agencies there. He has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.

Sanjanthi Velu, PhD

Technical Co-Lead, Entertainment Education

Sanjanthi (Sanji) Velu is a senior program officer and team lead at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program.

She has a PhD in communication and more than 17 years of experience in the field of social and behavior change communication, including six years leading CCP’s projects in India. Her expertise spans strategy development, multimedia production, capacity strengthening, and project management. She has worked across multiple health areas addressing family planning, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention, tuberculosis, tobacco control, vaccine communication, water, sanitation, and environmental communication.

Sanji is passionate about entertainment education (EE), participatory planning, building a shared vision, and co-creation with end-audiences. She is currently based in Baltimore, MD and supports programs in South Asia and East Africa.

Erika Wagner, MBA

Director, Finance and Administration

Erika Wagner is responsible for oversight of the financial operations of the Center, including those of the more than 60 international programs run by CCP. She has more than 15 years of experience in program and finance administration at CCP.

Prior to joining CCP, Erika taught English overseas and worked at the U.S. Department of Defense. She holds an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland.

Yunita Wahyuningrum, MS

Project Director, MyChoice
Indonesia

Yunita Wahyuningrum is the project director for the MyChoice project for family planning in Indonesia. She is also leading CCP’s monitoring and evaluation activities in Indonesia.

She has more than 15 years’ experience working in research on behavior change in health areas including water and sanitation, avian influenza, HIV, family planning and COVID-19. She holds a Master of Science in Communication Science from University of Indonesia.

Sean Wilson, MSc

Chief of Party, Breakthrough ACTION
CCP Country Representative
Guyana

As Chief of Party, Sean Wilson is responsible for the strategic oversight of Breakthrough ACTION in Guyana. He has more than 20 years of experience managing health and development projects with international and national organizations. Prior to joining CCP, Sean worked with the United Nations in Guyana. He holds a MSc degree in project management from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.

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