Eric Ottesen is the Director of the NTD Support Center at the Task Force and serves as Chief Technical Advisor for the ENVISION project at RTI International.
He received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1965, his M.D. from Harvard University in 1970, and is board certified in pediatrics. Formerly head of the Clinical Parasitology Section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases NIH (1975-1994), he was the Project Leader in establishing the Global Programmeto Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis at the World Health Organization (1995-2001).
Eric's research interests have focused principally on host responsiveness to parasitic helminth infections (primarily filariasis, onchocerciasis and schistosomiasis), on the relationship between allergic and parasitic diseases, and on the challenges of implementing global health programs based on mass drug administration.
Pat Lammie is Principal Investigator on the ‘Filling the Gaps’ grant to the NTD Support Center at The Task Force for Global Health, where he provides technical guidance and strategic oversight to the projects. Pat is also a Senior Staff Scientist in the Disease Elimination and Control Group in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Pat received his PhD from Tulane University in 1983 following doctoral research on the immunology of experimental filariasis. He has been at CDC for more than 20 years where his principal focus has been lymphatic filariasis. His laboratory is heavily invested in efforts to develop new tools and strategies to monitor and evaluate filariasis and other NTDs.
Pat serves on WHO’s NTD Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group, Regional PRGs for AMRO and WPRO, and the Executive Group of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis.
Elias Amin is a Financial Analyst for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC). Prior to joining the NTD-SC, Elias has had extensive experience with CARE (working in Ethiopia, Atlanta HQ, Roving Controller in Sierra Leone, DRC, and with Somalia) mostly in the areas of Finance Leadership, reporting, analysis, Treasury and program support. As Finance Controller for CARE Somalia, he led the team that was successful on A-133 & Financial Report audits and that drove sub-grant/partner management improvements in assessment, capacity building, liquidation, reporting and monitoring.
Elias holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The Open University, UK and a Bachelor of Art degree in Accounting, and an Associate degree in computer science from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
Kira Barbre is the Senior Program Associate for the Neglected Tropical Disease Support Center (NTD-SC). Prior to joining the Task Force, Kira spent five years working at the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her work focused on epidemiology and surveillance of infectious disease among international travelers. She also served various roles in international emergency responses at CDC.
Kira holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Society from Beloit College and a Masters of Public Health with a focus on Global Epidemiology from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health.
Katie Gass serves as the Epidemiologist with the NTD Support Center where she provides statistical and technical support on study design and data analyses. Katie has also provided statistical and programmatic consulting for other public health programs including UNICEF, RTI, and Helen Keller. Katie also served as a Peace Corps Community Health volunteer in Peru from 2003-2005.
Katie earned her PhD and MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University and holds a BA in Mathematics and Theatre from Oberlin College.
Waithera Kagira-Watson serves as the Associate Program Director of Finance for the NTD Support Center at The Task Force for Global Health. Waithera has over 15 years of grant and project management experience. She has managed multiple international projects that are funded by private donors and the US government. Prior to joining The Task Force, Waithera worked as a Financial Associate at Harvard University for more than seven years. She has also worked with various companies in Kenya and in the Finance Department of the Baha'i World Center in Haifa, Israel.
Waithera holds an MBA in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management, an MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and a graduate Certificate in Special Studies in Administration and Management with a concentration in International Management from the Harvard University Extension School.
In her role as Program Associate, Julie Kenyon works with NTD-SC leadership to implement programmatic activities, coordinate operational research priorities and develop work plans. Prior to joining the Task Force for Global Health, she served as Research Associate for the Morehouse College Public Health Sciences Institute (PHSI) where she provided data management, research support and grant procurement. She has experience developing promotional materials, conducting staff trainings and promoting conferences. Her background includes public health workforce development, evaluation and community engagement.
Julie holds a BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and an MPH in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.
Admira Krvavac is a Financial Analyst for the NTD Support Center. She has extensive experience in federal financial management and analysis, grant writing and management, subcontractor screening and monitoring, fund accounting, fundraising, preparation of A-133 Single Audit/990 and Office of Inspector General audits, and organizational operations. Prior to joining the NTD Support Center, Admira worked as Financial Manager at a nonprofit organization serving foreign-born victims of human trafficking and domestic violence in Metro-Atlanta for seven years. As Financial Manager, Admira successfully wrote the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women grant, “Engage Men in Preventing Crimes Against Women” and the Wells Fargo Atlanta Foundation Grant for 2016.
Admira holds a BBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University with depth areas in Finance and International Business and a minor in German. She also holds Certificates of Department of Justice Federal Financial Management Training for 2011 and 2015.
Andrew serves as Operations Manager for the NTD Support Center. With more than a decade of international management experience for clinical operations and pharmaceutical studies throughout Africa, the Americas, and Southeast Asia, Andrew will not only provide detailed project management and operational support for each project within the NTD Support Center portfolio, but also track their progress and report to donors.
Previously, Andrew served as Scientific Program Manager for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported ‘Death to Oncho and LF (DOLF)’ project at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, Andrew actively managed the global operations and donor reporting for all research and clinical studies to eliminate NTDs in Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. His professional experience spans project planning from site identification, protocol preparation, IRB approvals, study budgets, logistical support, training and study site initiations, data management, and the conduct of Phase 3 and 4 studies to regulatory approval, labeling, and marketing of Phase 4 approved drugs in the Americas and Asia-Pacific region.
Andrew became passionate about public health when his fellowship started in Africa in 2001, when he lived and actively managed HIV/AIDS VCT centers in Lusaka (Zambia) and Kigali (Rwanda). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Animal Science with a focus on Reproductive Immunology. He is published in several peer-reviewed articles and is fluent in French.
Wendi McAfee serves as the Supply Chain Systems Analyst for the NTD Support Center. She is responsible for coordinating program activities and ensuring the smooth day-to-day operations of the NTD-SC supporting our collaborative work by liaising with partners regarding contracts, finances, and travel.
Prior to her work at the NTD Support Center, Wendi served as a guest researcher and public health analyst at CDC. During this time, she coordinated the research activities of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for the Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas, based at CDC. She later served as the operating manager of various parasitic disease research projects, many of which included NTDs in multiple countries. Prior to her career in public health, Wendi worked in the travel industry.
Wendi has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a Certificate in Health and Humanitarian Supply Chain Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Nikita serves as the Events Manager with the NTD Support Center at the Task Force for Global Health. She has over 13 years of meeting planning experience and has planned both domestic and international meetings. Nikita also splits her time with the Mectizan Donation Program where she serves as the Program Coordinator and is responsible for providing administrative, meeting planning, and financial management support. Prior to joining MDP, she worked as Program Coordinator for Children Without Worms, also a program of the Task Force for Global Health. Nikita has also worked as program coordinator with the Minority Health Professions Foundation (MHPF) where she served as liaison between the MHPF, its member institutions and funding agencies.
Nikita holds a Masters in Public Health degree with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Administration from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA.
As Associate Director of Mapping Research, Kisito Ogoussan will liaise with partners, especially WHO/AFRO, to complete mapping for preventive chemotherapy Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) in Africa as part of a supplementary grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Prior to joining the NTD Support Center, Kisito worked with the Mectizan Donation Program for 6 years where he was responsible for the operations needed for mass drug administration (MDA) for onchocerciasis with ivermectin (Mectizan) in Africa, Latin America and Yemen. He was member of the program technical review group for the two Onchocerciasis control/elimination regional programs in Africa and Latin America, and participated in the technical working group on loaisis.
Kisito also worked as Research Associate at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics/University of South Carolina for three years. Prior to that, he worked as Project Director for EAST, an international non-governmental organization working to improve hygiene, sanitation, and environmental health of populations in rural and suburban areas in Benin and Togo through community empowerment, health education, and the building of adapted sanitation facilities.
Kisito Ogoussan received his M.D. from the School of Health Sciences/National University of Benin, and completed his Masters’ degree of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.
Kristen Renneker is Data Manager for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) at the Task Force for Global Health. Prior to joining the NTD-SC, Kristen worked as a data analyst at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, studying the effects of public housing relocations on health. She has also worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division for Tuberculosis Elimination, where she examined the comorbidity of diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis in the United States.
Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters in Public Health with a focus on Epidemiology from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.
Allison Snyder is the Program Assistant for the NTD Support Center at the Task Force for Global Health. In this role, she provides administrative and logistical support for NTD Support Center projects, initiatives and operational research programs.
Prior to joining the NTD-SC, Allison served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda. There, she taught English, led health education initiatives, and developed program materials now used by over 1.8 million school children. Allison has more than six years of experience in program development and management, and project planning, within both international and domestic organizations. Allison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs from Florida State University.
Mariana Stephens is the Senior Associate Director of Special Programs with the NTD Support Center at The Task Force for Global Health. In this role Mariana provides strategic planning and directs the development and implementation of the complex, multi-institutional operational research programs coordinated by the NTD Support Center. Her focus is on targeting the special challenges of national NTD programs supported by USAID and providing a rapid research response for these programs.
Prior to joining the NTD Support Center, Mariana has worked with CARE, World Vision International and Habitat for Humanity International in various technical and management positions. She began her career in Zaire and Mali serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Mariana holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. Mariana also is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Chelsea Toledo serves as Partnerships and Communications Manager for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC) at The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Ms. Toledo is responsible for promotion of the NTD-SC's work and for activities related to the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD).
Ms. Toledo has been active in the field of communication since 2008, most recently supporting the health advocacy efforts of The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC. There, she was chiefly responsible for promoting the organization's initiatives to support biomedical research and to address antibiotic resistance. She has also worked as a science writer for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and for Mindspec's Autism Reading Room.
Ms. Toledo received a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and a master's degree in Health and Medical Journalism, both from the University of Georgia.