WomenLift Health is about action

Action taken by women, men, organizations and societal leaders that, together, add-up to transformative change.

Meet the WomenLift Health team
Powering change.

Amie Batson

Executive Director

Shereen Bhan

Acting North America Program and Global Leadership Development Director

Morgan Denno

Executive Assistant

Meg L. DeRonghe

Global Engagement Director

Executive Director

Amie Batson guides the strategic direction of WomenLift Health.  She has over 30 years of experience in the design and implementation of global health policies and financing.   Most recently, Amie designed and led WomenLift Health during its incubation at Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health.   Prior to her work there, Amie served as the Chief Strategy Officer and VP Applied Analytics and Learning. Previously, she was a senior deputy assistant administrator in the Global Health Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she led the agency’s engagement in the President’s Global Health Initiative and represented the agency on the GAVI Board.    

Throughout her career in global health, Amie has been a leader in innovation and partnership, spending over a decade at the World Bank leading work on immunization and innovative financing for health that resulted in billions of dollars in new funding for global health and the establishment of GAVI.   Prior to the World Bank, she designed and implemented work on vaccine and immunization financing at the World Health Organization and UNICEF. 

Acting North America Program and Global Leadership Development Director, WomenLift Health

Shereen Bhan’s career spans 20+ years of experience in designing and implementing training and technical assistance programs for LMICs across the globe. In her current role at WomenLift Health, she oversees the design, contextualization, and implementation of WomenLift’s signature Leadership Journey and other leadership training modalities for mid-career women in global health. As part of the senior leadership team of WomenLift, she actively contributes to the strategic planning and management needed to support a growing and complex initiative to reach women leaders in health around the world at scale.

Prior to her current role, she was the Assistant Director and a Senior Research Associate at the International Center for Public Policy at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. There, she oversaw a wide spectrum of multi-million-dollar technical assistance and training projects and managed the design and implementation of numerous public finance capacity-building programs. Clients included the World Bank, IMF, country governments, USAID and UNDP. During her time at AYSPS she also led the design and implementation of a Leadership training program in Public Management for cohorts of the Young African Leaders Initiative, an Obama administration effort,  from 2015-2017.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of leadership development, gender equality, behavioral change, and public health. She has an MBA in Finance and a BA in Economics.

Executive Assistant

Morgan derives meaning from her work supporting strong female leaders. She views her Executive Assistant role as an opportunity to uplift and empower Amie and the WomenLift Health team, while promoting a culture of authenticity and inclusivity. Prior to joining WomenLift Health, Morgan spent close to a decade working in both administration and marketing roles within diverse industries, including architecture, engineering, and professional services. She currently lives in Portland, OR.

Global Engagement Director

Meg has spent her career focused on building the necessary consensus, resources and political will to bring health solutions to those who need them most. Prior to taking her dream job at WomenLIft Health, Meg was a Senior Program Officer and advocacy strategy lead at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) driving efforts to move the global agenda on malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Prior to that role, Meg was the first-hired Director of Advocacy and Communications for PATH’s malaria program and drove the now-accepted best practice of integrating advocacy strategy into disease-specific global health programming. She has 25 years of experience in advocacy, public policy and resource mobilization for a range of global health issues from sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to malaria.

A lawyer by training, Meg has taught courses on gender equality in law at Georgetown University, brought gender-based asylum claims pro bono and worked to influence policy from a village council in Botswana to the US Congress to the World Health Organization to improve the lives of women and girls. Meg sits on the advisory board of Speak Up Africa based in Senegal, a policy and advocacy action tank dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa. Meg earned her undergraduate degree at Kenyon College in anthropology and international studies and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. 

Irene Gitonga

East Africa Program Coordinator

Lindsey Holliday

Digital Manager

Terry Kigundu

East Africa Training Manager

Priyanka Kumar

India Communications Manager

Ling Liang

Global Operations Director

East Africa Program Coordinator

Irene brings in nine years of program coordination experience; working with clients in the public, private and development sector. Prior to joining Womenlift Health, she was an associate program coordinator for a HR consultancy firm which specializes in organizational development capacity building. Irene was key in handling all logistic operations for participants from across Africa, UK, US and Indonesia. 

Irene’s early career was as a program officer where she grew her passion in coordinating programs, developing leadership materials for teenage girls and organize leadership workshops for youth in low incomes areas. 

In her spare time, she is engaged in different initiatives geared towards bringing awareness and 

advocating for children with special needs. She believes that changing society’s mindset towards this group will encourage others to treat them with dignity and respect and see them as equal to the task in contributing to the societyIrene holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management with a minor in Psychology. She is also a certified life coach and PAGS practitioner (a special needs assessment tool) 

Irene believes in creating spaces for women where they can nurture their skills and meet with other like-minded women who are occupying spaces of key decision making like boards where they can make the change they want to see with boldness. 

Digital Manager

Lindsey brings a diverse working background and a decade of experience in digital communications. Before joining WomenLift Health, she worked in many industries including SaaS, travel, and law. She currently lives in Denver, CO where she devotes her time to many social justice movements including women’s rights and gender equality. Joining WomenLift Health and empowering women to step into their full, authentic selves is her passion and personal mission. 

She has a Bachelors in Business with a concentration in marketing and media arts.

East Africa Training Manager

Terry Kigundu oversees the instructional design cycle from training needs assessment, design, contextualization, implementation of WomenLift’s Leadership Journey and other leadership modules  for mid-career women in Health in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.  She is an enthusiastic professional with over 15 years’ experience in coordinating development programs in both local and international liaisons in Kenya and Africa at large. She is a versatile trainer, with broad-based experience putting together needs based training packages, particularly targeting women in Africa. Terry is passionate about women leadership and decision making, mentorship and coaching and  women economic empowerment, all aimed at advancing Gender Equality.

Terry was formerly the Course Leader at the Africa Centre for transformative and Inclusive Leadership (ACTIL), an establishment between UN Women East and Southern Africa Region and Kenyatta University, Nairobi- Kenya. During her time at ACTIL she also led the design and implementation of Transformational Leadership journey for over 3,500 women and youth in over 60% of the countries in Africa in both Anglophone and Francophone.

Terry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies, Masters in Project Planning and Management, ongoing PhD in Gender and Development Studies. She is also a Certified Facilitator and Executive Coach.

India Communications Manager

Priyanka is a communications professional and content specialist, with over 10 years of experience in diverse sectors, ranging from sports and travel, to publishing and development. Before joining WomenLift Health, she was an integral part of setting up the Strategic Communications team at Central Square Foundation, a nonprofit working in school education in India. She also has prior experience in overseeing editorial operations, media relations and website management, with the ability to produce high-quality content in dynamic environments and collaborate with multiple stakeholders across geographies.

Be it covering matches, editing books, interviewing experts or developing strategies for thoughtful messaging, Priyanka’s motivation is always to tell stories and disseminate information in an interesting, clear and meaningful way. She is adept at all forms of print and digital content, and in spite of a love-hate relationship with the technology, is also keen to try out innovative ways of expression. Through her work, Priyanka wants to contribute to causes she feels strongly about, including health, education, women, children and mental health.

Priyanka has a postgraduate degree in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Global Operations Director

Ling strongly believes in social change and justice and has over 17 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining WomenLift Health, Ling worked at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank for close to 10 years, where she was the Director of Programs. Starting with the Commodities Supplemental Food Program serving 12,000 seniors, Ling grew her areas of focus to also encompass SNAP, expanding the program from 1 staff member in San Francisco to two teams of 10 serving multiple counties. Ling was also instrumental in implementing the Food Bank’s first pantry enrollment system, allowing the Food Bank to assist 12,000 more families in need each week.

Prior to the Food Bank, Ling did economic development work for low-income neighborhoods in San Francisco and taught English in Japan.

Ling graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Political Science and has a Master in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Johnasies McGraw

Operations Manager

Norah Obudho

East Africa Program Director

Shagun Sabarwal

India Program and Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director

Prachi Sharma

India Programs Manager

Rachel Knopf Shey

Instructional Design Lead

Operations Manager

Johnasies brings over a decade of experience working with a number of community-driven organizations where he has held a variety of support roles.   Most recently he worked as Operations and Contracts Manager at MPact, Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (formerly the Global Forum on MSM & HIV), an advocacy organization based in Oakland, California that brought funding, policy, and research support to regional and in-country LGBT-led organizations across 62 countries.  Prior to this role, he worked as an Operations Manager at Lotus Bloom Child and Family Center which provided child and family programs throughout Oakland, such as multicultural playgroups and nutrition workshops for families with children ages 0-5 . 

Johnasies also spent the early part of his career working with commercial district revitalization programs and administering an AmeriCorps program that provided support to local community development corporations and other community-serving organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Johnasies has a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Urban Studies and continues to maintain his interests in community development and global issues.

East Africa Program Director

Norah comes on board with a wealth of experience in leadership, management and public health. She is a qualified medical doctor and public health specialist. 

Her career spans over 15 years with a genuine interest in the interface of public health and project management. She has designed, managed and led teams in various public health programs including HIV, MNCH, Sexual and Reproductive health and rights and empowerment programs. She has led projects funded by USAID, CDC, EU, GF, VLAD, HP and World Bank. 

Norah is a graduate of the Nairobi University with a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery. In addition, she attained her Master degree in Public Health at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel where she maintains an alumni membership. Norah is also a proud alumni of the Afya Bora Consortium where she attained a certificate in Global Health Leadership. Norahenjoys outdoor activities, music, reading and travel.

India Program and Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director

Shagun comes with more than 13 years of experience in social policy and development research, focusing on improving gender equality and health in India. Over the years, Shagun has led a portfolio of projects to support governments to scale evidence-based solutions, has designed evaluation research, created capacity building programs in monitoring and evaluation, and provided technical advisory on evidence-informed policy design.

Before joining WomenLift Health, Shagun was the Director of Policy, training and communication at J-PAL SA and the Director of CLEAR SA. She led engagements with governments, donors, and civil society organizations to initiate new research, disseminate policy lessons, and scale up evidence-based programs.

She completed her Doctorate in Public Health from Harvard University.

India Programs Manager

Prachi comes with eight years of experience in program management, knowledge management, and advocacy. Her expertise range across several thematic areas including sexual reproductive health and rights, maternal and child health, violence against women and education across India and Africa. Prior to joining WomenLift Health, Prachi worked with Piramal Foundation on the Aspirational Districts Programme and The Tribal Health Collaborative where she extensively engaged with NITI Aayog, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the Government of India and various leading development partners. A proud feminist, Prachi was recognised as a young gender leader by the Swedish Institute in 2019.

She holds a master’s degree in Women Centred Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and has also been a GRO GEST Scholar at the University of Iceland. Always on the lookout for crime thrillers, she is an avid consumer of cinema. 

Instructional Design Lead

Rachel has spent her 15+ year career bridging public health theory and practice while working to achieve health equity. Prior to taking her dream job at WomenLift Health, Rachel was a clinician in the South Bronx where she worked holistically with an international population throughout the lifespan. Directing the public health program at The New School, she worked collaboratively to create and support a leadership program very similar to the WomenLift Health Leadership Journey: a cohort-based program with mentoring, coaching, peer support, alumni co-facilitation, and impactful leadership projects. As a founding member of The Faculty Center at The New School, Rachel supported a global faculty with an emphasis on compassion, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and foundational pedagogy.

Rachel earned her BS in Community Nutrition, and her MPH from the University of Michigan, has trained at the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and practices mindfulness meditation.

Christina Vrachnos

Communications Lead

Ashley Wong

Program Manager

Communications Lead

Prior to joining WomenLift Health, Christina spent over fifteen years in strategic communications. She was previously with the United Nations as a Press Officer and later, specifically focused on health communications while at UNFPA. More recently, she served as Communications Director at the University of San Francisco (UCSF) Preterm Birth Initiative East Africa. She has also held various communication roles at the Financial Times, The Schmidt Family Foundation and Kaplan. She fervently believes that true leaders are compassionate and inclusive.

She holds a BS from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and an MA from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

Program Manager

Ashley graduated from Duke University with a major in Environmental Sciences and Biology. Shortly after, she moved to San Francisco where she served as an Executive Assistant and then Program Coordinator at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. As Program Coordinator, she worked with community partners in the Sunset, Potrero Hill, Oceanview, Merced, and Ingleside neighborhoods to ensure community members have access to nutritious, weekly groceries and food insecurity-alleviating resources. 

Ashley loves supporting social justice movements, especially ones that involve empowering women. 

Michele Barry

Founder, WomenLift Health Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University

Founder, WomenLift Health Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University

Michele Barry, the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases, was elected to lead the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) in 2019. The founder of the Stanford/Yale Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program, she has sent more than 1,000 physicians overseas to underserved areas. A past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), Dr. Barry is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. A passionate clinician and scholar, she has sent hundreds of students around the world to create innovative global health programs.

Dr. Barry’s scholarly interests include tropical medicine, global health ethics, and the impact of climate change on megacities. She served on the Obama Women’s Health subcommittee; is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and sits on its global health board. Dr. Barry is a recipient of both the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal for outstanding contributions to women in the field of medicine and the Ben Kean Medal for dedication to clinical tropical medicine and impact on the training of students, fellows, and practitioners.

Careers

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We are committed to expanding the power and influence of talented women in global health and catalyzing systemic change to achieve gender equality in leadership. We envision a world where diverse, accomplished leaders collectively transform health outcomes. Want to be a part of the movement?
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Mission

Our mission is to expand the power and influence of talented women in global health and catalyze systemic change to achieve gender equality in leadership.

Vision

Our vision is a world where diverse, accomplished leaders collectively transform global health outcomes.

Where we work

We are establishing partnerships to support Country Implementation Hubs, beginning with the United States, India, and East Africa.