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Staff

Carlene Burke, Senior Accountant
Shena Cavallo, Program Assistant, Advocacy & Policy Program
Caroline Cotter, Development Officer, Institutional Giving
Kathleen Ryan Gerard, Director of Development
Sarah Gold, Program Assistant
Françoise Girard, President
Suzanne Ito, Communications Officer
Oshadi Kelly, Development Officer, Individual Giving
Shannon Kowalski, Director of Advocacy and Policy
Alisa Lycheva, Controller
Helena Minchew, Program Assistant
Anais Rivera, Development Associate
Bebe Roopnarine, Office Clerk
Paul Silva, Director of Communications
Frederica Stines, Program Officer
Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara, Human Resources and Office Manager
Susan Wood, Director of Special Projects

Consultants

Denise Hirao, Hirao Consulting, Latin America

 

Profiles

Carlene Burke, Senior Accountant
Carlene has been with IWHC since July 2008. She manages payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable, and assists with preparation of financial documents for the Board of Directors and IWHC’s funders. Prior to joining IWHC, she worked at the Interior Design Flooring Corporation as an Office Manager/Bookkeeper. Carlene has an Associate degree in Business Administration from Monroe College. Originally from Jamaica West Indies, Carlene moved to the United States in 1984. In her free time Carlene volunteers as a Church Youth Leader and Secretary. She lives in the Bronx, and is married with one daughter.

 

Shena Cavallo, Program Assistant, Advocacy & Policy Program
Shena joined IWHC in April 2013 as a Program Assistant and provides strategic and administrative support to identify and strengthen IWHC partner organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Prior to joining IWHC, she worked as an Employment and Training Manager at The Hispanic Center, providing career counseling services to immigrants and refugees. She has also worked at Carnegie Mellon University in the Office of International Education and the University of Pittsburgh’s Ford Institute for Human Security as a research assistant. Recently Shena interned with a foundation in Paraguay where she conducted surveys and collected data on socio-economic conditions. Shena has a B.A from Duquesne University in International Affairs and an M.A. in International Development, with a concentration in Human Security, from the University of Pittsburgh.

Caroline Cotter, Development Officer, Institutional Giving
Caroline Cotter joined IWHC in January 2011 as Development Officer, Institutional Giving. Previously, Caroline was Program Coordinator, Development and Communications at Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action (CREA), where she worked for six years. CREA – an IWHC partner – is a feminist human rights organization based in New Delhi, dedicated to advancing women’s rights and sexual rights at the local and global levels. Caroline took great responsibility for CREA’s institutional fundraising and managed the New York office. She also coordinated and helped to initiate two of CREA’s international programs – the Sexuality, Gender, and Rights Institute and the Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute. Caroline has a B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard University and a Masters in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College. She taught kindergarten through third grade for six years in New York City schools.

Kathleen Ryan Gerard, Director of Development
Kathleen joined IWHC in January 2011. Prior to IWHC, she served as Vice President for External Relations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from May 2007 through May 2010. In this role, she oversaw the development efforts of the Endowment and headed the New Vision campaign. She also served as the liaison for the New Vision Institute's regional Advisory Councils. Kathleen has worked in development for thirteen years starting as Vice President of Development at the South Street Seaport Museum, followed by The After-School Corporation (TASC), and as Vice President and Director of Development at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, all in New York City. Prior to her work in development, Kathleen worked in two presidential administrations, New York State government, and the documentary division at NBC. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Latin American Affairs and Anthropology from New York University, and an M. Phil. in American and Latin American History from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

Sarah Gold, Program Assistant
Sarah joined IWHC in December 2012. As part of the Advocacy and Policy Program, Sarah provides strategic and administrative support for IWHC's international policy work. She is actively engaged in advocacy and communications activities related to the post-2015 development agenda and ICPD Beyond 2014. Prior to joining IWHC, Sarah worked as a sexual and reproductive health youth advocate with Restless Development in rural Uganda. She has also worked as a domestic violence case manager with Safe Horizon (Brooklyn, NY) and as a community organizer for the New York City Alliance against Sexual Assault. Sarah has a B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and a Masters in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics.

Françoise Girard, President
Françoise Girard became President of IWHC in February 2012, following a six-year tenure as Director of the Public Health Program at the Open Society Foundations (OSF). Françoise also was Regional Director for Southern Central and Eastern Europe and Haiti at OSF in the 1990s. From 1999 to 2003, she was Senior Program Officer for International Policy at IWHC. She has played a key role in advocacy in UN agencies and UN Conferences such as ICPD+5, Beijing+5, Special Session on HIV/AIDS and on Children, ICPD+10, and the 2005 World Summit on the MDGs. She currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Health and Human Rights Division of Human Rights Watch and was the Chair of the Leadership Programme Committee of the 2010 International AIDS Conference, a 20,000+ participant biannual scientific conference. She has contributed many articles to peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Health and Human Rights, and International Family Planning Perspectives. Her other publications include “Negotiating Sexual Rights and Sexual Orientation at the United Nations,” in SexPolitics: the Front Lines (2007); and “Advocacy for Sexuality and Women’s Rights: Continuities, Discontinuities and Strategies since ICPD” in Reproductive Health and Human Rights: The Way Forward (2009). Françoise holds an M.A. in Political Science from McGill University and an LL.B. from the Université de Montréal, and she was a law clerk to Justice Charles Gonthier of the Supreme Court of Canada. Read her full bio here.

Suzanne Ito, Communications Officer
Suzanne joined the International Women's Health Coalition as Communications Officer in April 2013. From 2006 to 2012, she was the blog editor and web producer at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union, where she co-implemented the successful rebranding and relaunch of its blog, the Blog of Rights. From 2001 to 2006, she worked as a reporter and managing editor for a New York-based trade magazine. Suzanne has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Oshadi Kelly, Development Officer, Individual Giving
Oshadi Kelly joined IWHC in February 2013 as the Development Officer, Individual Giving. In this role, she coordinates all elements of the annual gala and special events, leads online fundraising efforts, and manages corporate outreach. Prior to IWHC she was the Development Associate for the William J. Clinton Foundation where she was responsible for fundraising events and stewardship. She worked as the Special Events Manager at both Safe Horizon and the International Rescue Committee where she executed large-scale fundraising events and galas. She earned a B.A. in African-American Studies and English from Wesleyan University.

Shannon Kowalski, Director of Advocacy and Policy
Shannon works closely with Françoise to oversee IWHC’s work on international and U.S. foreign policy advocacy. Prior to IWHC, Shannon was Director of the Global Health Financing Initiative of the Open Society Foundations. In this role, she oversaw a $1.6 million grant-making and operational initiative to ensure that global health donors and financing mechanisms are transparent and accountable and meet the needs of communities and marginalized groups. Shannon previously worked for Family Care International and the Center for Reproductive Rights. She is an experienced and effective advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and health, is very familiar with UN negotiations, and is an expert on HIV and AIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and programs to advance youth sexual and reproductive health. Her recent publications include “Monitoring Human Rights in Global Fund-Supported Programs,” Human Rights and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Meeting Report (Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, UNAIDS, and UNDP, 2011), and What Works for Women: Evidence for HIV Interventions (Open Society Institute: New York, 2010).Shannon holds a BA summa cum laude from CUNY/Hunter College, and a Masters in Public Administration, Health Policy, and Management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Alisa Lycheva, Controller
Alisa currently serves as IWHC’s Controller. Alisa has many years of non-profit accounting and finance experience. Most recently, she served for 12 years as Director of Finance and Administration at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in New York City, where she oversaw all financial activities including accounting, investments, financial audits, budgets, and government grants, as well as human resources, IT, and office administration. Prior to coming to the U.S., Alisa was Vice President of KADIMA Jewish National Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. Alisa holds an M.S. from Pace University and a B.A. from Queens College, CUNY.

Helena Minchew, Program Assistant
Helena Minchew joined IWHC in January 2013 as Program Assistant in IWHC's DC office. Lena provides strategic and administrative support for IWHC's U.S. foreign policy portfolio through working with a number of technical and advocacy coalitions, as well as helping to define IWHC's engagement with Members of Congress and Administration officials. Prior to joining IWHC, Lena was an intern with the UN Foundation, working primarily on adolescent girls initiatives. She also completed internships at the Jaishankar Memorial Center (JMC) in New Delhi, India, and with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Lena has her B.A. in Psychology and International Communication from Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY) and a Masters in International Human Rights from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies. While a student at Korbel, Lena also acted as Associate Managing Editor for Human Rights and Human Welfare, an online publication dedicated to human rights topics and issues.

Anais Rivera, Development Associate
Anais Rivera joined IWHC in March 2011. Prior to IWHC she was the Development Associate for Institutional and Major Gifts at City Harvest where she was responsible for database management, donor research and correspondence, and assisting with fundraising initiatives. She also worked as a Development Associate at The EastWest Institute where she was responsible for database management, donor stewardship, and assisted with donor cultivation and events. Prior to her work in development, Anais worked as a film editor. She earned a B.A. in Music Technology at New York University.

Bebe Roopnarine, Office Clerk
Bebe Roopnarine has been with IWHC since 1994, first as Receptionist and currently as Office Clerk. Bebe also provides support to the Human Resources office and works behind the scenes to make IWHC’s environment a comfortable one. Originally from Guyana, she emigrated in 1980. She remains committed to the Guyanese community and continues to work with new immigrants as they learn new ways and adapt to life in the United States.

Paul Silva, Director of Communications
Paul Silva joined the International Women’s Health Coalition as Director of Communications in October 2012. From 2007 to 2012, he was a Senior Communications Officer at the Open Society Foundations, where he focused on health and human rights issues in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia. He also served for six years as a board member of the Positive Health Project, a harm reduction agency in New York City that provides HIV/AIDS services to highly vulnerable populations. Previously, he was a Media Relations Associate at the American Civil Liberties Union where he helped develop media strategies for high-profile legal cases, including several U.S. Supreme Court challenges. Paul has also worked as a Communications Associate for Catholics for Choice and as Special Projects Manager for the Center to Prevent Youth Violence (formerly PAX/Real Solutions to Gun Violence). He received a B.A. in Communication from The George Washington University and is a candidate for an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School.

Frederica Stines, Program Officer
As Program Officer, Africa, Frederica Stines brings more than a decade of international policy and program experience to IWHC. From 1998 to 2007, Frederica worked as Program Assistant then Assistant Program Officer for Africa, working primarily with IWHC’s colleagues in Cameroun. Prior to rejoining the Coalition in 2010, Frederica served as a consultant for various organizations including the American Jewish World Service and the Timoun Lakay Foundation for the Children of Haiti, where she is a board member. Her experience includes serving as a research consultant with the United Nations Volunteers in Geneva, where she evaluated HIV/AIDS programs, and a position with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF coordinating public relations and special events. Frederica has an M.A. in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute for International Studies.

Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara, Human Resources and Office Manager
Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara has worked in her current role at IWHC since April 2006. In her human resources work, she helps IWHC continue as a competitive workplace with strong, healthy, and qualified staff. In addition, she serves as a key liaison for board members. Liisa joined IWHC in 2001 as a consultant, primarily for Individual and Corporate Giving. In 2004 she joined IWHC full-time as a Development Assistant. She worked with individual and corporate donors until she moved to her current role. Liisa is a member of SHRM, PANO, and the Personnel Co-op. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Connecticut College in 2001, and in 2005 she completed a professional certificate in Human Resources Management from New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Susan Wood, Director of Special Projects
Susan Wood is currently serving as the Director of Special Projects for IWHC, as well as working as a consultant to other organizations engaged in international sexual and reproductive health, human rights and development, such as the Ford Foundation, the Women's Refugee Commission, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Susan has 30 years of experience with nongovernmental organizations and foundations, carrying out advocacy, strategic planning, program development, implementation, and assessment, writing and editing, and grantmaking for social change. In recent years, her clients have included a number of philanthropic and international organizations active in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), the Population Council, Atlantic Philanthropies, and the MacArthur Foundation. From 2004 to 2009, Susan was Program Officer for Sexuality and Reproductive Health with the Ford Foundation in Vietnam. Previously, she worked with a number of nongovernmental organizations active in human rights, social justice and sexual and reproductive health, including IWHC, where she served as Senior Program Officer for Latin America and as Program Director, the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). She has a masters degree in international relations from Columbia University, specializing in Latin America.

Denise Hirao, Hirao Consulting, Latin America
Based in São Paulo, Brazil, Denise Hirao is an independent consultant in program development and organizational management in the fields of women´s rights, human rights, education, and health. A lawyer by training, Denise was IWHC's Senior Program Officer for Latin America from October 2006 to January 2012. Prior to IWHC, Denise worked at a law firm in Brazil, the Inter American Commission on Human Rights and the Government of the State of São Paulo, where she served as an advisor to the Secretary of Justice and headed a human rights unit within the Secretariat. On an honorary basis, Denise was a Councilor of the São Paulo Women's Council, which reviews and proposes public policies for the State Government, and a member of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women´s Rights (CLADEM) for five years. She holds a law degree from the Law School of the University of São Paulo and a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree, with a specialization in international human rights law, from the University of Notre Dame. Her graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame were supported by a Fulbright Foundation scholarship. A native speaker of Portuguese, she is also fluent in English and Spanish.

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