Wendy Leonard, MD, AAHIVS
Jean de Dieu Ngirabega, MD, PhD, MPH
Blakeley Lowry, MPH
Blakeley has been working as TIP’s pro bono Evaluation Consultant since 2010, after traveling to Rwanda from New York City to assist The Ihangane Project and Ruli District Hospital’s HIV Team develop a simple monitoring and evaluation system for the Nutrition for HIV-Exposed Infants (NHI) program. Through this work, the team collaborated on a tool that will used to screen infants on a monthly basis. The information gathered from this screening will be used to track specific indicators and to evaluate successes or weaknesses in the program. Blakeley is developing a logic model for the NHI program that will allow our team to monitor progress and adjust the program over time. In addition, she is developing an Evaluation Guide that will describe how other communities can replicate our process of program development.
Stephanie Blount, MPP
Stephanie recently earned her Master’s in Global Public Policy at University of Berkeley, California Goldman School of Public Policy. She is passionate about the empowerment of women, especially in the context of economic development. In 2011, she worked with TIP and the Ihangane Ruli Artisan Association to identify strategic approaches that gradually minimize dependency upon external assistance. They worked together to describe strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of their businesses. Through their work together, the artisans were able to obtain national recognition as an official artisan cooperative. As Country Director, Steph brings an empowering approach to leadership that fosters teamwork and respects local talent.
Heidi Lidtke, MPP, RD
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Emeritus Board Member:
Emery Chang, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA Clinical AIDS Research & Education Center
Dr. Chang provides invaluable clinical and program development assistance to The Ihangane Project. As a past HIV Clinical Mentor to Ruli District Hospital, he is closely connected to the community we work with. He is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCLA CARE Center, as well as the Associate Program Director of the combined Internal Medicine & Pediatric Residency Program, the HIV Medical Director of the Catalyst Foundation & board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics & by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Dr. Chang’s special interests include adolescents and young adults, men’s health, and LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered) primary care.
As the Maintenance Director for Ruli District Hospital, Jacqueline is responsible for the daily functioning of the hospital, 7 health centers, and 2 health posts. She has played an essential role in our project to bring solar electricity to the health centers and posts that do not have access to the grid. In addition to her work, she is entering into her 5th year of a 6 year engineering program in Kigali. At home, Jacqueline and her husband care for their two children in addition to 4 orphaned nieces and nephews. She is an inspiration to all of us! The Ihangane Project is honored that Jacqueline will continue to act as an Advisor to our organization once the solar project has been completed.
As both a Labor & Delivery nurse and Tuberculosis Public Health nurse in Santa Cruz, California, Michella brings her diverse experience in both public health and clinical care to The Ihangane Project. She provided countless pro bono hours as TIP’s Assistant Director of Programming before returning to school at UCLA to obtain a dual master’s degree in Nursing and Public Health. She traveled to Ruli, Rwanda to work directly with the Ruli District Hospital HIV team to build upon the first year of the Nutrition for HIV-Exposed Infants Program. She conducted home visits with the women in our pilot project, and worked with the Ruli community to strengthen the Ihangane Project infrastructure in Rwanda. She is also a very quick learner of Kinyarwanda!
Hannah worked with The Ihangane Project as a Research & Policy Consultant to develop a Policies & Procedures manual for our NHI Program.
Sean Morris, MPH
Sean recently completed the Master’s of Public Health program at University of Michigan. As the TIP 2011 William Davidson Institute (WDI) fellow, he brought his passion for nutrition and sustainable agriculture to our nutrition program. He was integral to the development of the Duteraninkunga Farming Association in Nyange, and provided objective recommendations that will guide TIP’s work with Ruli District Hospital’s Community Based Nutrition Program. We are excited to welcome him as our project lead in this work! In January of 2013, he travelled to Rwanda for 6 months to implement our community nutrition intervention.
Whitney Waldron, MSN
Whitney brings her extensive experience in HIV case management and home assessments to our growing team. In addition to her work with TIP, she currently works as a case manager for people living with HIV in Santa Cruz County and as a Health Services Specialist at Planned Parenthood. She has worked with mobile medical clinics in rural Honduras, and has first hand knowledge of the daily socioeconomic challenges that can derail health interventions. Whitney will work with both our US- and Rwandan-based teams to develop a standard household nutrition/food security assessment for Community Nutrition Workers to work with.