Who We Are

Board of Trustees



Ms. Lisa Schwartz, Chair


Dr. Vanessa Kerry


Mr. Tom Fry


Mr. Joel Lamstein, Treasurer


Dr. Paul Farmer


Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan


Mr. Aaron Williams


Ms. Betsy Williams


Ms. Charlene Engelhard


Ms. Esther Benjamin


Dr. Anu Gupta


Dr. Kyu Rhee

Our Staff


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Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Kerry is the co-founder and the CEO of Seed Global Health. Having worked in resource‐limited settings for over a decade, Dr. Kerry has witnessed health inequities around many places in the world and how shortages of local health providers in their home countries contribute to those inequities. She envisions a solution where the growing number of health professionals interested in global health serve as educators and faculty in these countries to build a pipeline of future in‐country providers and help save lives. Through unique partnerships, this vision is becoming a reality. In its flagship program, Seed helped establish the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a novel public-private partnership with the Peace Corps, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the countries where GHSP physicians and nurses serve as medical and nursing educators.Concurrent with her role as CEO, she is a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at MGH Global Health. She directs the Global Public Policy and Social Change program in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School where she has focused on links between security and health. Prominent publications on the idea include “An International Service Corps for Health: A New Prescription for Diplomacy” in the New England Journal of Medicine, a “…One for Doctors Too,” a New York Times opinion piece and most recently, “Global Health Service Partnership: building health professional leadership as a roadmap to sustainable health systems” in The Lancet. Dr. Kerry has been featured on NPR’s Tell Me More and Goats and Soda, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports and Morning Joe, the Huffington Post, Slate.com, BBC, Devex, Boston Magazine’s Power of Ideas, and Medscape with a readership of over 1 million people. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur and was recently named a Young Women’s Honoree by Marie Claire Magazine. She graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and Harvard Medical School cum laude, completing her Internal Medicine residency and Critical Care Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her Master’s in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics and of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Bonaventure Ahaisibwe, MBChB, MPH

Country Representative – Uganda

Dr. Ahaisibwe is physician and public health specialist holding an MPH and MBChB from the University of Manchester and Makerere University, respectively. Currently, he is the Uganda Country Representative for Seed Global Health. Previously, he had worked as Program Manager for the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) with Peace Corps in Uganda. Dr. Ahaisibwe started his career as a medical officer at Nakivale refugee settlement under the GTZ/UNHCR partnership leading a clinical team of 42 health workers providing therapeutic and preventive health interventions to a population of 10,000 refugees. He spearheaded the establishment of the first HIV clinic and male medical circumcision program. He has grown through progressively complex technical (clinical, training, programming), leadership and management positions at University Research Co.LLC, UNHCR/BMZ/GIZ partnership, Kampala International University and Peace Corps. He has participated in and led team interventions on quality improvement, clinical care, health workforce capacity development, and health systems strengthening. As a national mentor, trainer and coach on several in service training courses on HIV, he has provided training and mentorship to over 500 health workers. Dr. Ahaisibwe joined Peace Corps in 2012 as a back up Peace Corps Medical Officer before assuming the role of program manager, Global Health Service Partnership. (GHSP). He was also the back up director for programming and training and Sexual Assault and Response Liaison for over 160 Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda.

Julie Anathan, RN, MPH

Associate Chief Nursing Officer & Director of Medical/Surgical Nursing

Ms. Anathan is a Deputy Chief Nursing Officer of Seed Global Health. In this role, she supports volunteers in the field and develops and evaluates Seed Global Health’s nursing programs. She is also the International Nurse Program Manager of the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Previously, Ms. Anathan worked with Partners in Health and their sister organization, Zamni Lasante in Haiti. She partnered with Haitian clinical nurse educators to create an education strategy to improve patient care and encourage nursing retention at l’Hôpital Saint Nicolas. She also served as a member of the transitional operations team at University Hospital of Mirebalais. Before the hospital opened in March 2013, Ms. Anathan helped to lay the foundation of nursing systems and policies/procedures and was involved in the hiring, orientation and support of the nurses as they came onboard. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Boston College and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in International Health from Boston University.

Erin Barr, MPA

Director of Operations 

Erin Barr is the Director of Operations at Seed Global Health. She comes to Seed from John Snow, Inc. (JSI) where she most recently served as Finance & Operations Manager for the International Division, managing the financial, operational, and compliance aspects of a portfolio of donor-funded projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe as well as in South America and Asia. Prior to her time at JSI, Erin was a consultant for UNICEF and the Ecuador Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion. She also served as Country Director for WorldTeach/Costa Rica, a volunteer teacher program partnered with the Ministry of Public Education in Costa Rica. Erin has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Theology from Boston College and a Master of Public Administration and Non-Profit Management from New York University.

Andrea Bohn

Operations Manager 

Ms. Bohn joined Seed Global Health in October 2015 as the Executive Assistant to the co-founder and CEO, Dr. Vanessa Kerry. Previously, she served as the Executive Assistant to the President of The Firstgreen Foundation. She brings decades of experience in administrative support as well as expertise in consulting, media, and government sectors. Ms. Bohn holds a BA from Regis College.

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Executive Assistant 

Meaghan joins the Seed Team from a position supporting executives of a private equity firm. Prior to her most recent position, she worked as an Executive Assistant at Harvard University after spending two years at The Kraft Group as Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO.

Meaghan’s background includes work in the worlds of finance, higher education, and public service.  She began her career as an intern in Washington, D.C. and has brought her experience in scheduling and event planning to Seed Global Health.

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Senior Manager, Business Development

Jennifer Coulombe is on the business development team at Seed Global Health. She previously worked at the American Cancer Society for almost nine years, serving in various roles from Marketing Director to Corporate Partnerships Manager to interim cause marketing manager, managing strategy and execution for various Fortune 500 partners. Prior to that, Jennifer served in roles at Saks Fifth Avenue, Shop Public Relations and Marina Maher Communications.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.

Libby Cunningham, MPH

M&E Program Manager

Ms. Cunningham is the Monitoring and Evaluation Program Manager of Seed Global Health. Previously, Ms. Cunningham served as the Global Primary Care (GPC) Program Manager at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health. While with GPC, she worked to develop a global health residency program, design a resident curriculum, and develop and implement care and education initiatives with both domestic and international partners. Before her position with the Global Primary Care program, Ms. Cunningham was the Program Manager for the Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance at Boston University where she worked to implement systems-based strengthening initiatives in district hospitals.

Katelyn Fleming, MA, MS

Director of Programs

Katelyn Fleming is the Program Manager of Seed Global Health. Previously, she was the Senior Research Associate and Department Manager at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where she managed a work force development educational certificate program to train clinicians and IT professionals. She was responsible for program development, grant writing, recruitment, financial management, student administrative support, and alumni relations. Ms. Fleming also managed and delivered international training programs including a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the Chinese Ministry of Health to educate the leadership on the US Health System. Prior to her time at GW, Ms. Fleming was an event coordinator at Rafanelli Events in Boston. Ms. Fleming holds a MA from The George Washington University, a MS from Simmons College, and a BA from Saint Anselm College.

Linda Jacobsen, RN, CNM, MPH

Deputy Chief Nursing Officer & Director of Midwifery

Ms. Jacobsen is a Deputy Nursing Officer of Seed Global Health. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who served as a GHSP volunteer in Mwanza, Tanzania. As a volunteer, she taught midwifery nursing students at Bugando Medical Center, in both the diploma and bachelor degree nursing programs. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Nursing, Frontier Nursing University and the University of Washington School of Public Health. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho (1979 – 81) where she started a rural health clinic. She has worked in reproductive health and public health for over 30 years. During that time she has been a clinician, family planning consultant, public health program manager, clinical preceptor and implemented a project which integrated HIV screening in Title X family planning clinics. Her current role with Seed Global Health includes providing support to GHSP volunteers and building relationships with host institutions.

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Esther Johnston, MD, MPH

Director of Family Medicine Programs

Dr. Johnston is the Director of Family Medicine Programs for Seed Global Health. She is a faculty member with the Wright Center Family Medicine Residency at HealthPoint in Auburn, WA, and also a former GHSP volunteer. During her GHSP service (2014-2015) she served as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University in Dar es Salaam. Dr. Johnston worked previously with the International Trauma Systems Development Program in Ecuador and completed a Hubert Global Health Fellowship with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Kenya. She has also participated in public health, research, and primary care development projects in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Mexico. Dr. Johnston completed her undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego, and earned her MPH at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health before attending the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, where she graduated from the I2CRP track focusing on improving healthcare access to medically underserved populations. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Arizona. In her current role, she supports recruitment efforts, facilitates the development of partnerships surrounding potential family medicine sites for the GHSP program, and assists volunteers in the field.

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Director of Communications 

Mr. Langway is the Director of Communications at Seed Global Health, where he leads the organization’s media, digital, and community engagement strategies. He has spent his career leveraging communications to drive improved health and wellness of people across the country and around the globe. Zack previously served as a Senior Vice President overseeing the global development practice at Fenton Communications, and prior to that in various roles supporting the United Nations Foundation, FHI 360, the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, and the Center for Community Change. Zack is an experienced global trainer, having trained more than 2,000 health workers, nurses, midwives, young leaders, advocates, and health care executives in thought leadership and digital storytelling. Zack graduated from Brown University with a degree in Political Science and received his master’s degree in communications from Johns Hopkins University.

Bridget MaleweziBridget Malewezi, MBBS, MPH

Malawi Country Representative

Bridget is a medical doctor and public health practitioner, who is a graduate of the University of Malawi & Emory University. She is currently the Seed Country Representative for Malawi.

Prior to this role she had worked for Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in various capacities providing technical assistance to several government departments. As program manager for reproductive health and vaccines programs with CHAI, she worked with the immunization program on the successful introduction of PCV & Rotavirus vaccines – one of the key interventions that helped Malawi achieve its MDG target of reducing child mortality by more than 2/3rd. She was also involved in the planning and initial implementation of the HPV demonstration pilot project for adolescent girls as well aiding the Reproductive Health Unit to develop strategies to track and increase uptake of long acting reversible contraceptives. In her final month at CHAI she worked with HIV stakeholders in the development of a proposal for utilization of improved diagnostics for cryptococcal meningitis in Malawi. While undertaking her MPH she was M&E program officer with the Atlanta Asylum Network evaluating the impact of the provision of clinical evaluations to the outcomes of asylum seekers in Atlanta.

Prior to joining CHAI she had worked at Daeyang Luke Hospital as the Head of Clinical Department where she was instrumental in setting up ART, Cervical Cancer screening, and Family Planning services at the hospital. Bridget is driven to action by the various challenges that the Malawian health care system faces, she is especially passionate about developing innovative and sustainable strategies for improving healthcare. She has been a health columnist for the national paper for 5 years and was executive member of the Society of Medical Doctors an organization that promotes ethical and professional practice.

Clelia Anna Mannino, PhD

Director of Evaluation and Impact Analysis

Dr. Mannino is Director of Evaluation and Impact Analysis at Seed Global Health.  She comes to Seed from Oxfam America where she most recently served as Research & Evaluation Advisor, advising impact evaluations and MEL (monitoring, evaluation and learning) work across programming in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  Prior to that, Clelia Anna served as Researcher for Oxfam’s community-based savings groups program, collaborating with key stakeholders to design and implement an extensive research and MEL portfolio across 5 countries of operation.  Her other experiences include research with immigrant groups as a Fulbright Scholar (Italy) and an evaluation of education programming as a Research Fellow with Save the Children (Malawi).  Clelia Anna holds a PhD in Psychology (Social) from the University of Minnesota and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

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Mark Marino, MPH

Chief Development Officer

Mr. Marino is the Chief Development Officer at Seed Global Health.  Previously, he was Vice President of Business Development for Planned Parenthood where he built a new department that developed programs, partnerships, marketing and innovative business strategies designed to position Planned Parenthood for success in the healthcare marketplace.  Prior to Planned Parenthood, Mr. Marino spent over eight years at Health Leads, a national non-profit organization that partners with health systems to expand healthcare providers’ capacity to address patients’ basic resource needs, where he served as the organization’s first Baltimore Executive Director, Boston Executive Director, and National Director of Accounts.  Mr. Marino is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Burkina Faso West Africa as a Community Health Volunteer, and he spent a year conducting HIV clinical laboratory testing in Minnesota.  Mr. Marino has a Bachelor of Arts in Zoology and Neuroscience from Miami University (OH) and a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Fola May, MD, PhD

Director of Internal Medicine Programs

Dr. May is the Director of Internal Medicine Programs for Seed Global Health. She is a senior fellow in gastroenterology in the University of California Los Angeles Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program and a doctoral candidate in health policy and management at the Fielding UCLA School of Public Health. Her research addresses challenges in access to preventative services nationally and internationally, community engagement in health, and patient education. Dr. May serves on the board of directors for Operation Healthy Africa, a nonprofit foundation that provides basic healthcare in resource-poor regions in West and East Africa, and is also a medical director for the organization’s medical clinic in Bombo, Uganda. She has also participated in global health programs in Costa Rica, Nigeria, and South Africa. Dr. May graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2002 and then attended the University of Cambridge to study international systems of health care delivery, obtaining a Masters in epidemiology before matriculating to Harvard Medical School. After completing a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, she became a clinical instructor in the Department of Medicine and Manager of Trainee Affairs for the Multicultural Affairs Office, where her focus was increasing workforce diversity for MGH and overseeing a mentorship program for housestaff of color.

Kiran Mitha, MD

Director of Pediatric Programs

Dr. Mitha is a Director of Pediatric Programs for Seed Global Health, based out of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. She is a board-certified pediatrician who served as a GHSP volunteer in northern Uganda. As a GHSP volunteer, she taught third and fifth year medical students during their clinical pediatrics rotation at Gulu University and mentored interns and medical officers at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor. Before joining GHSP, she finished a fellowship in community medicine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. She completed medical school at the University of California, San Diego and pediatrics residency at UCLA within the Community Health and Advocacy Track. She also has global health experience in Kampala, Uganda; Ethiopia; and Guatemala. In her current role, she provides technical assistance to GHSP volunteers to optimize their roles as clinician-educators and strengthens partnerships with local host institutions and governments.

Fitzhugh Mullan, MD

Senior Advisor

Dr. Mullan is a Senior Advisor of Seed Global Health. In addition, he is the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at The George Washington University School of Public Health and a Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine. He served 23 years in the United States Public Health Service starting as a physician in the National Health Service Corps and later as director of the program. He subsequently worked at the NIH, served on the staff of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, directed the Bureau of Health Professions, and attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. His research focuses on health workforce policy in the United States and globally. He has written widely for both professional and general audiences on medical and health policy topics. He is the senior editor of the Institute of Medicine 2005 report, Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to Human Resource Crisis in the HIV/AIDS. He was the principal investigator of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study SAMSS) and is PI of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Coordinating Center. Dr. Mullan was the Founding President of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, a member of the SEED Global Health Board of Directors, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.Dr. Mullan is a Senior Advisor of Seed Global Health. In addition, he is the Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at The George Washington University School of Public Health and a Professor of Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine. He served 23 years in the United States Public Health Service starting as a physician in the National Health Service Corps and later as director of the program. He subsequently worked at the NIH, served on the staff of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, directed the Bureau of Health Professions, and attained the rank of Assistant Surgeon General. His research focuses on health workforce policy in the United States and globally. He has written widely for both professional and general audiences on medical and health policy topics. He is the senior editor of the Institute of Medicine 2005 report, Healers Abroad: Americans Responding to Human Resource Crisis in the HIV/AIDS. He was the principal investigator of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Sub-Saharan African Medical School Study SAMSS) and is PI of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Coordinating Center. Dr. Mullan was the Founding President of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, a member of the SEED Global Health Board of Directors, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Deogratias Damas Ngoma, MBChB, MPH

Country Representative – Tanzania 

Dr. Ngoma is a Tanzanian physician and a public health specialist who received his MBChB from Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda and his MPH from University Libre in Brussels. He also holds a degree in project management from Cambridge International College in the UK.

Dr. Ngoma has over 12 years of experience in health program management, mentorship and technical assistance in health sectors including: health system strengthening, neglected tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS, and epidemiological methods.

Before joining Seed Global Health, Dr. Ngoma most recently served as the Director of Programs-Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) at IMA World Health in Tanzania where he has worked since 2008. Prior to joining IMA World Health, he has served as a physician at Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza, Tanzania, worked as an international UN volunteer in Malawi providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health in the HIV unit and trained and mentored both medical and nursing students and staff in Malawi and Tanzania.

Dr. Ngoma’s passion and goal is to help build strong health systems in Tanzania and throughout Africa.

Marykate O’Malley, MSc

Program Manager

Ms. O’Malley is the Junior Program and Operations Manager at Seed Global Health. Previously, she served as a Research Assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Internal Medicine and Primary Care where she worked on a multi-site project to implement and analyze a state-wide program to improve patient safety. Additionally, Ms. O’Malley was the Education and Training Coordinator at the Harvard School of Public Health, US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, where she coordinated all regulatory program activities for Harvard, as well as partner institutions in Nigeria. She has international experience studying and volunteering in Ghana. Ms. O’Malley has a BS in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and a Master’s of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Bronwyn Rae, MD, MPH

Associate in Anesthesiology

Dr. Rae is an Associate in Anesthesiology for Seed Global Health. She is currently on the faculty at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, and is board certified in Anesthesiology with almost thirty years of clinical experience in the U.S., Australia, and Britain. Dr. Rae completed a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology at Boston Children Hospital, then was an attending anesthesiologist for twenty years at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Before completing her MPH at Northwestern in 2013, she served on medical missions to under-served regions, including the Solomon Islands, Pakistan, and Inner Mongolia. Then, in 2013, she was a member of the inaugural class of the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), with a posting to the Anesthesia Department of the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Since then she has returned to East Africa on behalf of Seed Global Health to assess anesthesia training and practice in hospitals in Tanzania and Malawi. Dr. Rae is a Fellow of the Australian College of Anaesthesia and also holds a Diploma of Child Health from the Royal College of Physicians, London. Dr. Rae is interested in human and design factors in anesthesia safety, water and sanitation in public health promoting the development of robust local systems for safe anesthesia through training and support of local medical educators.

Nancy RemingtonNancy Remington, APRN, PCNS – BC

Director of Mental Health Nursing

Ms. Remington is the Director of Mental Health Programs for Seed Global Health’s nursing team. She has had a private practice in Providence, Rhode Island since 2003, providing psychotherapy and medication management services and she is also currently practicing at Family Service of Rhode Island, a community mental health agency in Providence. She previously worked at the R.I. Adult Correctional Institution from 2001 – 2004, served as an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing in 2006 and held earlier psychiatric clinical nurse specialist positions in R.I. at the East Bay Community Health Center, Inc., the Urban Collaborative Accelerated School and at the Women and Infants Hospital mobile Family Van. She assisted in the development and administration of a 30-bed, residential, psychiatric facility for seriously mentally ill persons found homeless after Hurricane Katrina in 2004 and volunteered for a five-week assignment with a small NGO, provided home health care to homebound persons, including mental and physical health assessments, in Moshi Tanzania in 2010. Selected as a Nurse Clinical Educator as part of the first cohort of volunteers through Seed Global Health, Ms. Remington spent the 2013-2014 year in Blantyre, Malawi teaching at the Kamuzu College of Nursing as well as at the St. John of God College of Health Sciences.

David Ries, MD

Director of Pediatric Programs

Dr. Ries is a Director of Pediatric Programs for Seed Global Health. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and served as a GHSP volunteer in Tanzania. As a GHSP volunteer, he provided clinical instruction to medical students and other healthcare workers while helping provide care on a busy pediatric ward. Before joining GHSP, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Ohio State Medical Center/Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he was a chief resident. During his training, he also spent time working on wards and in clinics in Malawi, Peru and Nepal. In his current role, he provides technical assistance to GHSP volunteers to optimize their roles as clinician-educators and is actively involved in the GHSP physician volunteer application process.

Maureen Ries, MD

Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology Programs

Dr. Ries is the Director of OB/GYN Programs for Seed Global Health. She is an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California Irvine. She taught and worked in Tanzania as part of GHSP’s inaugural class and has also worked in Malawi, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and China. As a GHSP volunteer, she taught Assistant Medical Officer Students and Clinical Officer students during their clinical OB/GYN rotations at Sengerema Hospital near Mwanza, Tanzania. Dr. Ries graduated from Smith College in 2004 before going to the University of California San Diego for medical school. She completed her residency training at the Ohio State University where she stayed on as faculty for one year before joining GHSP. In her current role, she provides technical assistance to GHSP volunteers to optimize their roles as clinician-educators and is actively involved in the GHSP physician volunteer application process.

Sadath Sayeed, MD, JD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Sayeed is the Chief Medical Officer of Seed Global Health. In this role, he works closely with the physician volunteers in the field in addition to developing and supporting Seed Global Health’s medical program strategy. Dr. Sayeed is an Assistant Professor of Global Health, Social Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School where he serves as Director of the Program in Newborn Health and Social Change. He is a staff neonatologist at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is also Program Director for the Responsible Conduct of Research at Harvard Medical School. Holding a JD in addition to his medical degree, Dr. Sayeed’s research focus has been on the social and ethical determinants of early childhood survival in resource rich and poor settings. He is the author of several peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on this topic. Dr. Sayeed is co-founder and director of The International Pediatric Outreach Project, a service and delivery-oriented non-profit that partners with health care providers in Africa and India.

James Scott, MD, FACEP

Senior Advisor

Dr. Scott is a Senior Advisor of Seed Global Health. He is an emergency medicine physician and professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GWU SMHS). He served as Dean of GWU SMHS from July 2003 through December 2010. Previously, he served as residency director, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in SMHS. Since stepping down as Dean, Dr. Scott has dedicated his time to the education of medical students in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is one of the lead faculty on the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, the first large scale, US government sponsored project aimed at increasing the quantity and quality of doctors in Africa. As Dean, Dr. Scott founded the Medical Humanities program at the GW SMHSH, a program of community service for the medical school, and in collaboration with Physicians for Peace, he established surgery, pediatric and obstetrics and gynecology residency programs in Eritrea as an attempt to reverse the “brain drain” of physicians from the developing world.

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Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Ms. Shulman is the Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Seed Global Health. She comes to Seed from the American Cancer Society, where she worked in Corporate Relations. Throughout her career in the nonprofit sector, Ms. Shulman has worked on building strong sustainable public-private partnerships, with a focus on stakeholder engagement and strategy. She has international experience living and working in Israel and Rwanda for several years. Ms. Shulman recently completed her MBA in Sustainable Business and Marketing from the Zicklin School of Business, and holds an MA in Government and a BA in Tolerance Studies.

Eileen Stuart-Shor, PhD, ANP-BC, FAHA, FAAN

Chief Nursing Officer & Director of Graduate Studies & Sub-specialties 

Dr. Stuart Shor is the Chief Nursing Officer of Seed Global Health. In this role she is responsible for working with the nursing program directors and Seed’s partner institutions to develop and support strategy for the nursing program. She also works closely with the volunteer nurse educators in the field to advance the role of nursing as a vital part of health systems strengthening.  Her clinical and academic work has focused on health disparities, health systems strengthening and improving cardiovascular care in at-risk and under-served populations. Her research experience in the area of health disparities is extensive and she has served as the principal investigator on a number of funded studies and published peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as The Wellness Book. Prior to coming to Seed Dr. Stuart-Shor was an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and continues to serve as a Lecturer. At UMass Boston she dedicated her time to mentoring doctoral students from underrepresented groups, contributed to the development of the DNP program, and led the development of an interdisciplinary Global Health course and the successful Kenya Heart and Sole Afya Njema project.  She continues to practice as a Nurse practitioner at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

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Aazamina Sud

Program  Manager

Ms. Sud is a Program Officer at Seed Global Health. She brings over a decade of experience working in the non-profit sector, managing and providing technical assistance on US-government funded global health programs. Prior to joining Seed Global Health, Ms. Sud was with the American International Health Alliance. As a Program Officer and Team Leader for their flagship project, the HIV/AIDS Twinning Center Program, she oversaw the implementation of partnerships between academic institutions and hospitals in the US and sub-Saharan Africa which addressed health systems strengthening specifically, health professions education and workforce development. Ms. Sud also spent a year in India as an Indicorps Fellow after backstopping HIV prevention programs at AED (now known as FHI360). She has a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Maryland.

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Director of Pediatric Nursing

Dr. van de Water received her BS and MS at Boston College Connell School of Nursing and earned her PhD at Duke University School of Nursing, and is now a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.  She has spent over twelve years being involved with short-term immersion and nursing education trips throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa which set her career trajectory towards global health research.  Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner for in the Boston area serving children and youth from diverse backgrounds in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  In 2013, Brittney moved to Malawi, Africa for one year volunteering with Seed Global Health and the U.S. Peace Corps as a Nurse Educator working at Mzuzu University teaching mostly bachelor degree nurses in pediatric clinical and course work.  Currently, her research focuses on examining appropriate treatment for individuals with drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV in South Africa and Peru.  She plans to continue researching in low resourced settings with high disease burdens to generate new knowledge and translate this knowledge into practice.  She continues to practice clinically in Boston, MA while directing the Pediatric Nursing Program at Seed Global Health.

Daisy Winner

Program Communications Coordinator

Ms. Winner is the Program Communications Coordinator at Seed Global Health. Previously she worked at Sierra Service Project, a non-profit based in California. She graduated from Lesley University with a BA in Global Studies and Child Studies with a minor in Health.

Kate YorkKate York, PhD, MSN, RN, CRP

Director of Community Health Nursing

Kate is currently the Director of Global Health Nursing and Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, where she received her PhD in Nursing Research. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and has spent most of her career working with uninsured and underinsured clients in Federally Qualified Health Centers in Cincinnati. Kate conducted her dissertation research in Tanzania on a community-based medication distribution program for a neglected tropical disease. She was a GHSP volunteer at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in the 2014/2015 cohort, teaching community health nursing as well as a variety of other courses.

Nursing Advisory Council



Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN


Jennifer Dohrn, DNP, CNM


Jason E. Farley, PhD, MPH, CRNP


Donna J. Perry, PhD, RN


Anne Sliney, RN, ACRN


Suzanne Willard, PhD, CRNP, FAAN


Lynda Law Wilson, RN, PhD, FAAN


Greer Glazer, RN, CNP, PhD, FAAN