Scientific Advisory Board
Eli Y. Adashi, MD, MS, FACOG
The outgoing dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences and the Frank L. Day professor of Biology at Brown University, Dr. Adashi is a physician-scientist-educator-executive with over 25 years of experience in health care and in the life sciences. Dr. Adashi is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and its committee on Women's Health Research and the author or co-author of over 250 peer-reviewed publications, over 120 book chapters/reviews, and 13 books focusing on reproductive health. He is presently serving as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Population Growth of the World Economic Forum, the Maternal and Perinatal Health Research, Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth (IMPAC) groups of the World Health Organization and as a member of the board of Physicians for Human Rights.
Julian Jane Atim, MD, MPH
Julian Atim is a physician born and raised in Uganda and now working with an indigenous NGO called the Uganda Health Marketing Group. She has worked extensively in the field of HIV/AIDS, with specific work in the conflict zone of Northern Uganda. In 2006 Dr. Atim was awarded the Health and Human Rights Award by Physicians for Human Rights. She also received a Reynolds Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship from the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation to attend the Harvard School of Public Health.
Carolyn Hart, MSPH
Carolyn Hart is the Director of JSI’s Washington Office and of JSI Logistics Services, one of the core competency centers of John Snow, Inc. She has been with JSI since 1984, and has held technical and management positions on several JSI health and family planning projects. Since 1998, Carolyn has focused largely on raising awareness of the importance of product availability and supply chain management in health programs. A key feature of this work has been engaging decision makers at multilateral and bilateral development agencies, foundations, and nongovernmental organizations in support of information-driven public health supply chains. Carolyn also serves as JSI’s senior advisor supporting the SUSTAIN Project for maternal and reproductive health in the Republic of Georgia. Carolyn has lived and worked in Thailand, and has completed short-term assignments in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Yemen, Republic of Georgia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. She did her undergraduate work in History and French at Bryn Mawr College, and received a master’s in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina School Of Public Health at Chapel Hill.
Dorcas Kumba Kamanda, CNM, MIA, MSN
Dorcas Kumba Kamanda was born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa. She is a Nurse Midwife currently practicing at the Reading hospital in Reading, Pennsylvania. She has served with international organizations such as Catholic Relief Services as supervisor of the nutrition program in Sierra Leone, and for World Vision as a Program Manager in Haiti. More recently, Dorcas served as the Director of the graduate midwifery education program at the University of Rhode Island. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor in the midwifery education program at East Carolina University. Dorcas holds a Masters Degree in Administration, from the School for International Training in Vermont, a Masters Degree in Nursing from East Carolina University and a Post Masters Certificate from University of Pennsylvania. She has also studied epidemiology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and received a Certificate in Nutrition from the University of London. Dorcas is one of the founding members of SEED, an NGO that has built and runs the NarSarah Clinic in Sierra Leone.
Geoffrey S. Kirkman, MPA
Geoffrey Kirkman is with Brown University. Some of his previous positions are managing director of the International Technologies Group at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society; founder and managing director of the Information Technologies Group at Harvard's Center for International Development; visiting research scientist at the MIT Media Lab; consultant to the UNDP Human Development Report and a contributor to the United Nations ICT Task Force. Kirkman has professional experience in more than 30 countries worldwide, with a particular emphasis on Latin America.
Stephen Lutterbeck, MPA
Stephen Lutterbeck led country programs Population Services International, a health and social marketing firm, in Benin, Mali, India and Burkina Faso. He specializes in sustainable programs that rapidly spread uptake of health innovations to vulnerable populations. Mr. Lutterbeck has spent his career working on reproductive and child health, also living in Ethiopia and Tanzania, with Peace Corps work in Zaire. Steven holds a BA from University of Pennsylvania and an MPA from New York University.
Mary Jo Terrill, RN, MSW
Mary Jo Terrill is a healthcare activist who works to educate and empower women, supporting them through pregnancy, birth and lactation. She is a core member of the Network4Africa team, a UK-based charity that helps to rebuild lives and communities destroyed by war and genocide. Network for Africa believes that development projects are most successful when they are informed by local needs as expressed by people in the community. In Rwanda, Mary Jo has worked as part of a Trauma Counseling Training Team and has taught classes to nurses and midwives.
Jorge Tolosa, MD
Dr. Tolosa has a special interest in preterm birth, medical complications of pregnancy, prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound. An ob/gyn by training with expertise in perinatology, Dr. Tolosa is committed to global health as it relates to mothers (prevention of postpartum hemorrhage and preeclampsia) and children (prevention of low birthweight, preterm birth and adverse neonatal outcomes) in the most disadvantaged communities. He is interested in capacity building and training of staff and faculty at centers in low and middle income countries, through the work of the Global Network for Perinatal and Reproductive Health (GNPRH) which he founded and coordinates. His research interests include prevention of preterm birth and low birth weight; exposures in pregnancy (tobacco, pesticides and environmental exposures such as phtalates and how they affect the mother and the baby); ultrasound use in pregnancy. Dr. Tolosa is originally from Colombia in South America.