Meet the Maternova Team

M. Gabriela Salvador, MD, MPH

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Gabriela Salvador joined Maternova as its CEO and a member of the Board of Directors in 2023. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the public and private health sector as a physician and as a leader and advisor of global health initiatives and social enterprises. During that time, she has led the design and implementation of high-impact health business models and programs benefiting women and children living in poverty around the world. Before joining Maternova, Dr. Salvador served in a variety of executive management positions at Americares, Grameen Foundation, Freedom from Hunger and Pro Mujer. As a medical doctor, she practiced pediatric ophthalmology in Argentina, the United States and Mexico. Originally from Salta, Argentina, Dr. Salvador earned her MD degree from the National University of Córdoba. She completed a pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California, Irvine, and has a master’s degree in public health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Meg Wirth, Founder and President

Chief of Strategy

Meg Wirth is an expert in maternal and neonatal health innovation. she the co-founder of maternova a s.e.ven fellow Cartier Women's Initiative finalist. She has advised dozens of entrepreneurs and startups in women's health and global health. Meg has also worked as a member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Health Equity team and co-edited a major volume called Challenging Inequities in Health: From Ethics to Action. She was a co-author of the UN Millennium Project’s final report on child and maternal health. She has a BA from Harvard University and an MPA in international development from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

Prakash Veenam, MBA

Senior VP of Operations

Prakash brings over 15 years experience in leadership, strategy and project management. His background in the Navy has led him to wear several different hats including command of a warship, planning, and operations. He is an expert on sensor technology and has extensive expertise in international diplomacy, having worked with counterparts in North America, Europe, and Australia. Prior joining Maternova, Prakash worked with State Street Bank, MA in the strategic operations team. He holds an MBA from Babson College, Massachusetts.

Rene Bell

Regional Business Director (International & Domestic Sales)

Rene Bell has over 23 years experience in medical device and diagnostic sales, building sales teams and driving revenue for startup companies. Rene is bilingual in Spanish and passionate about patient care and women's health.

Kevin Kennedy


Kevin Kennedy is Maternova's CFO along with acting as President of Double K Consulting Mr. Kennedy brings 20 years of experience having worked for and with a number of small businesses, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and larger national and international corporations. The positions he has held include CFO, Treasurer, Director of Accounting, Director of Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Program Control Officer/Internal Auditor and Various Controllerships.

Juan Rafael Lopez

Director of Product

Juan is the Director of Product at Maternova. Over the last few years, he’s worked in the User Research space. Now he is very excited to be helping mothers, newborns, and the global health community at large. Previously he was an engineer, UX designer. He holds engineering degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Columbia University.

Kristie Manzueta

Director of International Markets

Kristie is the Director of International Markets at Maternova. She has over 6 years of experience with medical grade supply chain networks in emerging markets. Kristie has a BA in International Relations and is credentialed by the Institute of Supply Chain Management (IoSCM). She also is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and is a member of the Association for Supply Chain Management (APICS). Kristie is a bilingual New Yorker of Dominican heritage, and has lived and worked in Latin America & the Caribbean for a number of years. At Maternova, Kristie supports with marketplace strategy, end-to-end logistics, and global shipping compliance to ensure high quality service and timely delivery to customers worldwide.

Kaitlyn A. Gosakti

Social Innovations Fellow

Kaitlyn is a Social Innovations Fellow at Maternova, involved in the Maternova Blog, marketing, as well as competitive and market research. Coming from Indonesia, she is now an undergraduate at Brown University studying Cognitive Neuroscience and Entrepreneurship. Kaitlyn’s experience building a healthcare non-profit in Indonesia drives her passions about maternal and neonatal medical challenges and the cutting edge biotechnologies that can solve these problems.

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Angela Viera

Sales Executive

Angela has over 15+ years of experience in the sales and marketing industry and has worked for several Fortune 100 companies. She began her career in sales and marketing at Marriott Vacation Club, where she worked on several task force teams, understanding the timeshare market. She received several awards for grossing the company over 3.5 million dollars in sales and marketing revenue. She has continued to work in the sales industry and will continue to work with Maternova to increase sales volume and create loyal relationships.