Development Starts Inside | CorStone

Leadership

CorStone Team

At CorStone, we’ve built an experienced and global team committed to the potential within each of us to transcend poverty, conflict, and oppression.

By fostering resilience, we help youth in need around the world improve their capacity to “bounce back” and thrive in the face of adversity.

Leadership


Steve Leventhal | CorStone

Steve Leventhal

Chief Executive Officer

Since joining CorStone as Chief Executive Officer in 2008, Steve Leventhal has focused on helping some of the world’s most marginalized and economically disadvantaged populations to find their personal strengths, advocate for their rights, and become agents of positive societal change. Under Steve’s leadership, CorStone’s evidence-based resilience programs have reached upwards of 100,000 youth and women living in poverty in India, Kenya, and the US. Steve oversees all strategic planning, program development, external relations, and operations for the organization. During Steve’s tenure, CorStone has pioneered the development, implementation, and scale-up of some of the first personal resilience and positive psychology programs delivered in low and middle-income countries.

Steve came to this work after a near-fatal car crash, in which, as his car tumbled down an embankment, he found a renewed purpose: to empower under-served adolescent youth, particularly girls and young women, to unleash their inner potential, transform their circumstances, and thrive in the face of pervasive adversity and conflict.

Steve Leventhal has served as an executive and strategic consultant in the US, Asia, and Africa with start-ups, Fortune 500 firms, and global nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining CorStone, Steve served as Director, External Relations at the San Francisco, CA-based Fritz Institute. Previously, at Population Services International | PSI, he brought together leading global private and public health partners to launch an innovative web-based medical training program for healthcare workers in Zimbabwe. Prior to that, Steve served as Director & General Manager of PlanetSearch Networks at Philips Electronics, and as founder and CEO of Point Asia, Inc.

Steve holds a BA in Psychology and Asian Studies from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, and an MPA with an emphasis in organizational psychology and conflict management from The Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He holds a 4th-degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido.

In 2019, Steve received the Outstanding Practitioner Award at the 2019 World Congress of Positive Psychology, awarded bi-annually to a practitioner who has shown outstanding excellence and impact in advancing the practices of positive psychology in ethical and evidence-based ways.


Kate Sachs Leventhal | CorStone

Kate Sachs Leventhal

Chief Program Officer

Kate Sachs Leventhal serves as CorStone’s Chief Program Officer, where she oversees all projects, including research and implementation, for the organization.

Throughout her time at CorStone, Kate has led and collaborated on the design, adaptation, implementation, evaluation, and scale-up of multiple resilience-based curricula for youth, women and young parents, including Girls First, Youth First | India, Youth First | Kenya, the Self-Help Group Resilience Project, and the Marin City Parent Academy.

Kate has brought together diverse teams of experts in resilience, global health, and community development to create, test, and roll-out holistic curricula. She has additionally overseen the development and piloting of some of the first resilience-based measurement packages in use in any developing country setting during these projects. Kate has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications regarding these programs and related studies, published in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Adolescence, and BMC Trials.

Kate joined CorStone in 2011 after working with BasicNeeds UK in Kenya and Caritas Nyeri, Kenya on some of the first community mental health programs in that country. Kate graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Social Anthropology where she focused on mental health and international development. She received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Counseling and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.


Gracy Andrew | CorStone

Gracy Andrew

Vice-President + Country Director | India

As CorStone’s Vice President + Country Director in India, Gracy Andrew oversees all program implementation, training, certification, assessment and operations in India. Gracy is a clinical psychologist by profession.

Before joining CorStone in 2012, Gracy was with Sangath Society, a Goal-based NGO that has been a leader in the field of mental health since its inception in 1996. At Sangath she worked in various capacities including as program head of the adolescent program for several years and Executive Director for two years. At CorStone she spearheaded in 2013-14 one of the largest effectiveness trials on a resilience program ever conducted in a low- and middle-income country
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An experienced qualitative researcher, Gracy has worked as a consultant to many organizations. She is co-author of several publications in India and globally, including the national report on the Adolescent Health Needs study, Teachers Toolkit, Barefoot Counseling Manual, and other scientific papers. She also has been involved in developing various interventions and training programs for youth in the areas of mental health and adolescent health.

She regularly represents CorStone at conferences and workshops focused on adolescent health and education in India and globally.
Gracy has contributed to training resources at the national level in India including the RKSK, and more recently for the Ayushnan Bharath program. She was also recently appointed as a member of the World Health Organization’s guidance development group for promotional programs on global adolescent mental health.


Stacey Dixson | CorStone

Stacey Dixson

Director | International Programs

As CorStone’s Director of International Programs, Stacey Dixson is responsible for driving the quality of programs in India, Rwanda and Kenya, including scale-up trials, innovations, and research projects. She works in partnership with Program Directors and Managers to improve systems and processes, collect and share best practices across programs, and to optimize CorStone’s program model across countries. Stacey also plays a key role in the oversight and establishment of CorStone’s programs in new countries and communities.

Stacey brings to CorStone 15 years of international and domestic experience working in partnership with government leaders, policymakers, and communities to advance opportunities for marginalized and at-risk girls, women, and young people. Stacey has designed and managed education initiatives throughout East and Southern Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia with a particular focus and passion for girls’ education, early childhood development and social justice.

Stacey has a master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons.


Rajiv Ranjan Prasad | CorStone

Rajiv Ranjan Prasad

Chief Advisor | Bihar

Rajiv Ranjan Prasad serves as Chief Advisor to CorStone in Bihar, helping to facilitate the scale-up of its Youth First and Girls First | KGBV programs through the Education Department of Bihar, India.

Rajiv ji is a retired Class—I Officer of Bihar Education Services who served in several capacities for 32 years with Department of Education in Bihar. He has vast experience in Administration, Planning, and Practicing and Implementation education policy. His tenure of service in the field of Education has been well-recognized by Government of Bihar.

Rajiv ji’s career has been distinguished by his ability to give birth to innovative ideas in the field of school education. He envisioned periodic assessments as an integral part of quality education and achieving learning outcomes in Bihar. During his tenure with the Bihar Education Project Council, he worked to develop a diagnostic tool called ‘Mulyankan Hastak’, recognized as a milestone in the field of education across the state of Bihar and was awarded the prestigious Skoch Gold Award for his efforts.

Prior to joining Bihar Education Service, Rajiv ji served as Judicial Magistrate in Bihar.

Rajiv ji holds a degree of Law from Patna University. He also has a Bachelor degree in Education.

During his service tenure, Rajiv ji received numerous trainings on leadership and management development from premier institutes of India such as Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy Massoorie, Indian Institute Of Management, Lucknow, Chandragupta Institute of Management, Patna, National Institutes of Rural Development, Hyderabad, NCERT, and NEUPA.


Abigail Russo | CorStone

Abigail Russo

Instructional Design Manager

Abigail Russo serves as CorStone’s Instructional Design Manager. In this role, she oversees and manages all curricula and training materials for CorStone’s programs in India, Kenya, and Rwanda in collaboration with local directors and managers.

Abigail’s passion for supporting students and educators grew while working at Mumbai Mobile Creches, a non-profit organization in Mumbai, India that serves children of migrant workers. Since then, she has managed a diverse suite of global health and professional development projects alongside academic, non-profit, government, corporate, and grassroots leaders around the world. At Boston Children’s Hospital, she managed a maternal and newborn health research program in Ethiopia, studying the clinical and social factors that support newborn health.

She also developed an innovative online professional development curriculum at the Boston University School of Medicine to help junior researchers leverage their research to impact public health policy. Most recently, she worked as a learning consultant to propose and design innovative educational solutions to help clients train safe and competent employees.

Abigail has a master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.


Program Staff | Field Operations


Nandita Bhatla | CorStone

Nandita Bhatla

Program Director

As Program Director, Nandita Bhatla oversees all CorStone programs, including training, implementation and monitoring. She is also a key member of CorStone’s scalability team, working to ensure strategic approaches to scale-up of CorStone’s Youth First and Girls First| KGBV programs in India.

Prior to joining CorStone, Nandita served as Senior Technical Specialist and thematic lead for the portfolio on gender, gender-based violence and rights at the Asia Regional Office of the International Center for Research on Women | ICRW. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of gender and development, with particular expertise in gender mainstreaming and gender analysis, primary prevention of gender-based violence, and understanding the links between gender-based violence and other development issues such as education, women’s property rights, HIV/AIDS, and governance.

Prior to ICRW, Nandita worked extensively with community organizations in India, designing and implementing need-based and gender-integrated programs. She is an active contributor to strategic advocacy networks and groups on issues of gender mainstreaming, gender-based violence and land rights for women in India. She has developed educational curricula on adolescent reproductive health, education, and gender and edited news-feature magazines; as well as served as a resource for training on participatory material creation related to gender and health. Nandita also was part of pioneering efforts to set up residential schools for adolescent girls for continuing education in an Uttar Pradesh district. In the same district, she also trained a team of rural, neo-literate women in journalism, to produce an award-winning local newspaper.

Nandita has a master’s degree in science, with a specialization in child development from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in social science from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.


Binod Kumar | CorStone

Binod Kumar

State Head | Govt Liaison + Advocacy

As a State Head of the CorStone Bihar Office, Binod Kumar oversees all government relations and advocacy for CorStone’s projects and programs in Bihar. His work experience spans 13 years in the field of Development/Social sector.

Prior to joining CorStone, Binod served as Deputy Field Coordinator, Nutrition Project for Medicine Sans Frontieres (MSF)/ Doctors Without Borders in Darbhanga district of Bihar. During his association with MSF, he worked closely on a variety of humanitarian issues. Prior to MSF, he worked as Research Fellow at Asian Development Research Institute | ADRI, Patna, Bihar.

Binod holds a BA Degree in History from Delhi University, Delhi, and he completed his MA in Public Administration from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohatak, Haryana. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma on Public Health Management from the Indian Institute of Public Health, Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi.


Sharanya Gautam | CorStone

Sharanya Gautam

Training Manager

As CorStone’s Training Manager, Sharanya Gautam oversees all technical training of CorStone training officers as well as program partners in India, including government and NGO officials, schoolteachers and community women. She is also a key member of CorStone’s scalability team, working to ensure strategic approaches to scale-up of CorStone’s Youth First and Girls First| KGBV programs in India.

Sharanya is a Chevening Scholar (2016 -17) and has post-graduate degrees in Social Policy and Planning (London School of Economics, 2017), and Media and Cultural Studies (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2010). She has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Lady Sriram College for Women, Delhi (2008). Previously, she was Assistant Director at VOICE 4 Girls, where she led Program Development and Communications and assisted the executive director in scaling the program. In this role, Sharanya developed adolescent girl-focused curricula that have been implemented in over five Indian states and reached several thousand girls.

Sharanya also ran training for youth, resource persons and community mobilizers across geographies. In early 2018, Sharanya was chosen to be part of the first cohort to be trained by the Prevention Collaborative, an international collaborative of academics and practitioners working towards the prevention of gender-based violence.

Sharanya has a keen interest in issues related to gender, identity, education, and culture, and has worked on several projects with organizations such as BRAC in London, Srishti School of Design in Bangalore, Majlis in Mumbai, and Centre for Education and Documentation in Bangalore. She has also reported on these issues as a journalist with The Times of India in Chennai.



Hari Shanker | CorStone

Hari Shanker

Program Mgr | Youth First

Hari Shanker serves as Program Manager for the Youth First program in Bihar, India, supervising all aspects of the program. He has more than 4 years of professional experience in development and management of monitoring and evaluation systems in the fields of Public Health, Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Assistance.

Hari began his career with DKT India, working within their Social Marketing and Social Franchising Program on family planning in Bihar, one of the most under-developed states in India. He also served with Project Concern International in Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Assistance programs in one of the worst flood-affected areas of India. Most recently at Pragya he worked on maternal and child health issues in the Himalayan region to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates.

Madhulika Mani | CorStone

Madhulika Mani

Senior Training Officer

As a Senior Training Officer, Madhulika Mani trains and monitors CorStone’s training staff to lead and implement CorStone’s resilience and adolescent health programs in Bihar.

Previously Madhulika served as a Master Trainer in CorStone’s 2013-14 Girls First randomized controlled trial in Bihar. Prior to joining CorStone Madhulika worked on numerous community projects in the areas of sustainable agriculture, safe water, and sanitation. She holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Magadh University, Bodhgaya, Bihar.

Vivek Sharma | CorStone

Vivek Sharma

HR Manager | India

As CorStone’s Human Resources Manager, Vivek brings over 20 years of diverse experience in strategic and leadership roles in Human Resources, Leadership Development and Organizational Effectiveness. He has been associated with multinational organizations like American Express, Vertex Data Science, Bank of America and InterContinental Hotels Group.

Vivek has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from IMT Ghaziabad. He has completed an Executive Program in Human Resources Management from Indian Institute of Management | IIM Lucknow. Vivek holds a Bachelor’s in Science | B.Sc. majoring in Zoology from Pune University and a Master’s Degree in Tourism Administration from Devi Ahilya University, Indore.


Jackson Joseph | CorStone

Jackson Joseph

Finance + Administration

As CorStone’s Manager, Finance and Administration, Jackson Joseph oversees administrative, finance policies, procedures and procurement in CorStone’s state offices in India.

Prior to joining CorStone, Jackson served as Finance and Administration Manager at Partnering Hope into Action Foundation, a Delhi-based nonprofit organization. Previously, at Emmanuel Hospital Association, Jackson was engaged as a Finance Manager in the Global Fund Tuberculosis Project. Prior to that, he served as Finance Officer at World Vision India.

Jackson holds a BA in Mathematics from SGTB Khalsa College (Delhi University), Delhi, and an MBA in Finance from Delhi Institute of Advanced Studies, GGSIP University. He also holds a Bachelor of Law | LLB from CCS University, Uttar Pradesh, and received a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from Bharathiar University.


Amartya Bagal Rana | CorStone

Amartya Bagal Rana

Manager | Monitoring + Evaluations

As the M&E Manager at CorStone, Amartya Bagal Rana leads India-based monitoring and evaluating projects implemented by CorStone. She works closely with the Research Director and program teams working throughout India to assess and evaluate program progress and results.

Amartya has with 17 years of experience in the development sector. She is specialized in Monitoring and Evaluation across different technical areas including natural resource management, education, health, HIV/AIDS, child protection among others.

Amartya holds a master’s degree in social work from Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan and has completed the Business Management program from India Institute of Management, Calcutta.


Sampath Kuma | CorStone

Sampath Kumar

Manager | Technology

As the IT Manager and Salesforce Administrator, Sampath Kumar serves as CorStone’s lead for all things related to Information Technology—from day-to-day issues, to guiding teams to leverage technology to grow and enhance programs and processes.

Sampath joined CorStone with more than 8 years of broad-ranging technology management experience. Most recently, he managed technology for Azim Premji Philanthropy and prior to that with Amnesty International and Cognizant Technology Solutions.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a technology major from Anna University, Chennai and an MBA in technology management from Bharathiar University. He has a strong passion for helping grassroots organizations adopt technology to scale and sustain their programs.

Scientific Advisory Board

Angela Diaz, M.D., MPH

Angela Diaz, MD, MPH is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor in Adolescent Health and Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine. After earning her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she completed her post-doctoral training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently received a Master in Public Health from Harvard University.

Dr. Diaz is the Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, a unique program that provides high-quality, comprehensive, integrated, interdisciplinary primary care, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, dental, and health education services to teens-all for free to those without insurance. The Center has an emphasis on wellness and prevention. Under her leadership, the Center has become the largest adolescent-specific health center in the U.S., serving each year more than 11,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged youth, including those who are uninsured and lack access to health services. This program addresses health disparity and aims for health equity.

Dr. Diaz has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society of New York. She has been a White House Fellow, a member of the Food and Drug Administration Pediatric Advisory Committee, and a member of the National Institutes of Health State of the Science Conference on Preventing Violence and Related Health Risk Social Behaviors in Adolescents. She served on an advisory panel for the NIH Reproductive Sciences Branch. She reviews grants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for the NIH Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the NIH Partners in Research Program, the NIH Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The NIH has awarded several major grants to Dr. Diaz and her research team at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.

In 2003, Dr. Diaz chaired the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism for the Department of Health and Human Services. She was elected in 2008 as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies (elected to the IOM Council in 2013 and appointed Chair of the Board on Children, Youth and Families in 2013). In 2009, Dr. Diaz was appointed by Mayor M. Bloomberg to the New York City Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth Taskforce.

Dr. Diaz is active in public policy and advocacy in the U.S. and has conducted many international health projects in Asia, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. She is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the country and around the world.


Chris Underhill

Chris Underhill MBE works as an organizational development consultant, is a social entrepreneur in the field of quality of life and health, and is a mentor and a thinker in the field of community and development.

He has developed a number of social enterprises, for example, Thrive, an organization working in gardening, disability, and community and ADD International, working in the developing world with disabled people creating systems of representation, advocacy, and policy creation. He has created several organizations in the field of global mental health, e.g. BasicNeeds which promotes the Model for Mental Health and Development created by Chris in 2000. He runs his own mentoring practice called Mentor Services and presents on health, quality of life, mental health, and resilience.

Chris is co-founder of a new organization benefitting social entrepreneurs: The Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs. He is a Skoll Foundation awardee in Social Entrepreneurship, an awardee in Social Entrepreneurship of the Schwab Foundation, and a Senior Fellow of Ashoka and has been honored with an MBE by HRH the Queen for his work in disability.


Jane Gillham, Ph.D.

Jane Gillham is a clinical psychologist, researcher and educator. She is a professor and current chair of Psychology at Swarthmore College.

Jane’s scholarship and applied work focuses on resilience and well-being in young people. Much of this work aims to develop, evaluate, and disseminate school and community-based well-being programs. She is particularly interested in programs that aim to prevent depression and other common difficulties among children and adolescents, and programs that aim to promote resilience, character strengths, and other aspects of social and emotional well-being.

Jane regularly collaborates with schools and other organizations and with researchers at many other academic institutions throughout the world. Together with her collaborators, she has developed several well-being programs and curricula. Jane has led several large-scale evaluations of school and community well-being programs, including projects funded by the United States’ National Institute of Mental Health and the United States’ Department of Education. She is the author of numerous academic articles. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Positive Psychology, and has served on the editorial boards for Psychological Bulletin and the International Journal of Emotional Education. Together with Drs. Seligman, Reivich and Jaycox, she is a co-author of The Optimistic Child.

Jane completed her B.A. in Psychology at Princeton University, her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and her clinical internship at Yale Child Study Center. While at Yale, she also completed a fellowship at the Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy Research. In addition to teaching at Swarthmore for the past 20 years, Jane has also taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program and worked as a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.


Technical Advisory Board | Youth First

Angela Diaz, M.D., MPH

Angela Diaz, MD, MPH is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor in Adolescent Health and Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine. After earning her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she completed her post-doctoral training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently received a Master in Public Health from Harvard University.

Dr. Diaz is the Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, a unique program that provides high quality, comprehensive, integrated, interdisciplinary primary care, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, dental and health education services to teens-all for free to those without insurance. The Center has an emphasis on wellness and prevention. Under her leadership, the Center has become the largest adolescent specific health center in the U.S., serving each year more than 11,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged youth, including those who are uninsured and lack access to health services. This program addresses health disparity and aims for health equity.

Dr. Diaz has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society of New York. She has been a White House Fellow, a member of the Food and Drug Administration Pediatric Advisory Committee, and a member of the National Institutes of Health State of the Science Conference on Preventing Violence and Related Health Risk Social Behaviors in Adolescents. She served on an advisory panel for the NIH Reproductive Sciences Branch. She reviews grants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for the NIH Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the NIH Partners in Research Program, the NIH Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The NIH has awarded several major grants to Dr. Diaz and her research team at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.

In 2003, Dr. Diaz chaired the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism for the Department of Health and Human Services. She was elected in 2008 as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies (elected to the IOM Council in 2013 and appointed Chair of the Board on Children, Youth and Families in 2013). In 2009, Dr. Diaz was appointed by Mayor M. Bloomberg to the New York City Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth Taskforce.

Dr. Diaz is active in public policy and advocacy in the U.S. and has conducted many international health projects in Asia, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. She is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the country and around the world.

Suneeta Krishnan, PhD

Suneeta Krishnan, PhD is a social epidemiologist with over 15 years of experience conducting research and engaging policymakers on the promotion of health and social equity, with a focus on India. Drawing on the theories and tools of social epidemiology, biostatistics and medical anthropology, she has studied the pathways through which poverty, gender and other social inequities lead to adverse health outcomes such as unintended pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, and noncommunicable diseases.

Using implementation science research frameworks and methods, she has developed and tested novel interventions to promote health and social equity. These projects have included interventions based in primary care settings and with networks of women’s self-help groups to challenge and respond to gender-based violence and its adverse impacts on women’s mental and physical health. She has also actively engaged with local, state and national governments and non-governmental actors on the translation of evidence into policies and programs. This has included work with local champions to draft and promote the adoption of a policy on health systems responses to violence against women by the municipality of Bengaluru.

At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s India Country Office, she lead the measurement, learning and evaluation portfolio. Her team conducts research and evaluations on a wide range of issues, including adolescent sexual and reproductive health; quality of maternal, neonatal and child care and contraceptive services; information communication technology-supported interventions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health promotion efforts; social norms and behavior change; and complex health systems strengthening initiatives. Her team emphasizes and promotes the use of multidisciplinary approaches and methods, and aim to generate, synthesize, and disseminate insights on the effectiveness, uptake, scale-up and sustainability of health and development interventions.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, she served as country director of Research Triangle Institute (RTI) India. She has held faculty positions at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, and the James P. Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization.

David Ross

David Ross is a Medical Officer working on adolescent health research and guidelines within the World Health Organization’s Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health Department in Geneva. He joined WHO in 2015 after 32 years on the academic staff of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Since joining WHO, he has led the preparation of the Global AA-HA! | Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents: Guidance to Support Country Implementation, which provides technical guidance to countries as they decide what to do in adolescent health and how to do it. He has also started work towards WHO guidelines on school health services and on preliminary studies towards multi-country trials of the effectiveness of routine adolescent health check-ups. With colleagues from the LSHTM, he coordinates the joint LSHTM-WHO short course on adolescent health in low and middle-income countries in London each June.

He works closely with colleagues in the WHO Department for Reproductive Health and Research on various projects, including implementation science on the RKSK national adolescent health program in India, and with colleagues in the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Department, including on the new Helping Adolescents Thrive (HAT) initiative.


Niranjan Saggurti

Dr. Niranjan Saggurti is Director of the Population Council’s office in India. In this capacity, he leads and provide technical and strategic oversight to the Council’s innovative research, evaluation, and monitoring efforts in the country.

Dr. Saggurti brings almost 20 years of experience in the program and policy-oriented research and evaluations–most of it spent in managing, directing and leading research in the areas of sexual and reproductive health in India.

Prior to joining the Council in 2016, Dr. Saggurti worked as Senior Program Officer with the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in India for two years. With expertise in demography and statistics, he has conducted number of randomized controlled trials, impact evaluations, research for validation of health and development indicators, and implementation science research using quantitative and qualitative methodologies. He has also served as research advisor and currently on several core committees (e.g., India FP2020, Ending PMTCT, RMNCAH Coalition) of the Indian Government; and member of technical advisory groups for various research and program projects of NGOs based in New Delhi.

Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith has expertise in designing and implementing experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations, providing evaluation technical assistance, and developing and executing multi-method monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plans for complex programs.

Her experience spans the United States, Africa, and Asia, and covers a range of health policy areas including health systems strengthening and financing; reproductive, maternal, and child health; and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Smith currently directs a project for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to develop, operationalize, and implement a multi-method MEL plan for the Foundation’s global Population and Reproductive Health Program 2014–2020 strategy. She is also directing the design of a MEL framework and implementation of a mixed-method evaluation of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Transforming Health Systems initiative. Smith serves as the deputy project director for the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches, a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of promising approaches to reduce adolescent sexual risk behaviors and pregnancy.

Previously, she played key roles on a number of domestic and international evaluation efforts, including, most recently, a 10-state evaluation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and an evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Health Initiative in India.

Before joining Mathematica in 2009, Smith held positions at Abt Associates Inc. and the World Bank, among others. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Academic Pediatrics, Journal of Aging & Health, and Social Science & Medicine. Smith holds a Ph.D. in public policy and an M.P.A. from Princeton University.


Board of Directors

Joel Yanowitz | Board Chair

Joel Yanowitz Joel Yanowitz is the founder and president of The Cascade Group. With over 30 years of experience helping organizations address pressing business and organizational challenges, he is known for his ability to help leaders accelerate progress on important business results. Mr. Yanowitz is also an expert at facilitating executive team alignment. His clients have included Nissan, Clorox, EMC, Current TV, The Coca Cola Company, Travelocity.com, Daimler Chrysler, British Petroleum, Cendant, The United Methodist Church, as well as numerous small and mid-sized organizations.

In addition to his coaching and consulting expertise, he has held leadership roles in running companies, managing sales, and launching start-ups. From 1995-2000, Mr. Yanowitz was a Vice President of Arthur D. Little, a global management consulting and technology development company, where he led the Organization Practice and co-led the Strategy Practice in North America. He also serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.

He graduated from Columbia University’s Advanced Program in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management and lives in Mill Valley, California, where he enjoys tennis and mountain biking and holds a second-degree black belt in Aikido.

Elizabeth Garner, MD, MPH | Secretary

Dr. Elizabeth Garner has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Agile Therapeutics since 2014 and leads the research and development, pharmacovigilance, and medical affairs teams in the development of the company’s product pipeline. Dr. Garner has extensive clinical development, management, and leadership expertise and has highly relevant experience in overseeing successful clinical trial programs and regulatory approvals. She has over 20 years of combined clinical and pharmaceutical experience in women’s health in a range of therapeutic areas.

Previously, Dr. Garner served as Vice President, Medical Affairs, Women’s Health, and Preventive Care at Myriad Genetics Laboratories. In this role, she directed a team of Medical Specialists in women’s health, managed the women’s health clinical research, publication, and Key Opinion Leader | KOL development program, provided medical and scientific input to the company’s marketing and new product strategies, and served as the company’s media spokesperson. Before that, she was Senior Director at Abbott Laboratories (now Abbvie), where she oversaw all clinical aspects of the global Phase III development program in endometriosis, including protocol development, preparation of regulatory documents, safety and risk management plans, and clinical operations including site and vendor selection.

From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Garner served as Associate Director and then Director, Vaccines Clinical Research at Merck Research Laboratories, and served in roles of increasing responsibility during her tenure. While at Merck, she was a key clinical development leader of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine program and was instrumental in achieving successful outcomes on important supplemental submissions to the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Garner served as the clinical lead and chair of the Next Generation HPV vaccine program Product Development Team, directing this cross-functional team in the formulation of strategy with respect to scientific, regulatory, global access, and medical affairs. Dr. Garner also served as the team leader and core presenter for the 2010 FDA GARDASIL™ Advisory Committee Meeting for which she developed and delivered the key clinical presentation that resulted in committee support of FDA approval of a gender-neutral anal cancer indication. She also had direct involvement in KOL development provided medical input on commercialization strategy and assisted with diligence on women’s health products.

Dr. Garner received joint M.D. and M.P.H degrees from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. She was trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospitals and completed a subspecialty fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Brigham and Women’s and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, receiving board certification in both general Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology. Prior to entering the pharmaceutical industry, she practiced academic clinical medicine, basic science research in ovarian cancer, and teaching and mentorship at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Garner is a senior author on numerous scientific, peer-reviewed publications, and has continued to publish during her industry career. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Women’s Association, a professional organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improves women’s health. Dr. Garner was a 2018 honoree at the Executive Women of New Jersey’s Salute to the Policy Makers Gala, honoring executive women leaders across all industries in New Jersey.

Karishma Kadian | Treasurer

Karishma Kadian is a strategic legal partner to founders, management teams and boards, who has joined startups at various stages, working to build and scale commercial enterprises, and leading these companies through exit transactions. She is currently the Chief Legal Officer & Secretary of Prizeout, an adtech/fintech that allows consumers to withdraw funds from online platforms in the form of electronic gift cards. She has built and runs the legal department and is responsible for capital raises and Mergers & Acquisitions, corporate governance, product regulatory compliance, privacy and data security, intellectual property protection, international compliance, incentive compensation, and various commercial and operational matters.

Prior to joining Prizeout, Karishma served as Corporate Counsel at Plaid, a leading fintech providing data aggregation services. Before that, Karishma was the General Counsel & Secretary of Quovo, another data aggregator, which was acquired by Plaid for approximately $200M. She spent the first half of her career focusing on M&A, securities and capital markets. Karishma joined the Manhattan offices of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld after graduating law school, followed by the London offices of a multinational English firm, Ashurt. She then transitioned to in-house practice in London, joining the EMEA investment banking division of Citibank during the financial crisis of 2008. Despite the tumultuous times, the shift from being an external advisor to an internal business partner/decisionmaker was a natural fit for Karishma, as she enjoys working closely with business counterparts, and finding legal solutions to advance corporate objectives. Karishma founded a solo law firm in 2013 to work with early stage companies, leading her to where she is today.

Karishma frequently speaks at industry conferences and is a member of the New York City Bar Association, TechGC and NYC Fintech Women. Karishma graduated from the New York University School of Law in 2004, and from the University of Virginia in 2000, magna cum laude, with degrees in Economics and German Literature.


Seema Kumar

Seema Kumar serves as President of the Board for CorStone. She is also Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication for Johnson & Johnson. In this role, she drives Johnson & Johnson’s reputation as a pioneer and partner of choice in innovation, research and development (R&D), and public health. Her responsibilities include enterprise-wide communications regarding Johnson & Johnson innovation and R&D in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer products, as well as medical safety and ethics, domestic and international policy affecting the sciences, and public health. She leads communication for the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer, including the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. As a champion of science and innovation, STEM, global health, and mentorship for women and minorities, she is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at international forums.

Prior to joining the J&J Family of Companies in 2003, Seema was the Chief Communications Officer at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research /Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Genome Research, the flagship center for the Human Genome Project. She played a leadership role in enhancing worldwide public awareness and understanding of Project, the effort to map and sequence the genetic blueprint for a human being. Previously, Seema held positions of increasing leadership at the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where she launched and led a variety of initiatives to communicate and position the latest scientific advances and policy implications and STEM initiatives for high school students.

Seema is active in many professional affiliations, serves on several external advisory boards and is the author of more than 200 news and feature articles on science and medicine, for which she has won several awards. She holds a master of arts degree in science journalism from the University of Maryland, which included a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, and a bachelor of science and communication from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of science in physics from Stella Maris College, in Madras, India.

Growing up in India, Seema was taught from an early age by her father, a physicist and an engineer, the importance of STEM education to advance societal innovation and to her own career development. Today, Seema lives in New Jersey with her husband and teenage son. In her free time, she enjoys healthy cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dan Lynch

Dan Lynch is a private investor. He is the founder of Interop, now a division of United Business Media. As a founding member of the Internet Society, Lynch is active in computer networking with a primary focus in promoting the spread of the Internet. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, the Bionomics Institute and is an investor in a number of startup companies in the Internet arena. He was a founder of CyberCash, the technology behind PayPal.

Dan puts the bulk of his current energy into serving on the boards of mental and physical health agencies worldwide.

Senior Consultants

Jerry Jampolsky, M.D.

Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. (dec.) a Child and Adult Psychiatrist, was the founder of the Center of Attitudinal Healing, the precursor organization to CorStone. Dr. Jampolsky died peacefully at his home on December 29, 2020 at the age of 95.

Dr. Jampolsky completed his pre-medical studies at the Stanford School of Medical Studies and a medical degree from Stanford University in 1950. He then interned at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Boston and completed his residency at Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCSF.

During part of the Korean War he was the staff psychiatrist at Travis Air Force Base before working as a Child Psychiatrist fellow at Langley Porter and as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the USCF School of Medicine.

In 1975 Dr. Jampolsky founded the Center for Attitudinal Healing in Tiburon, CA with free services to help children facing life-threatening illnesses and death. It was the interactions inside a small waterfront building on Main St. in Tiburon that set him on a course to helping countless children and adults worldwide through the pioneering of Peer Support Groups and The Twelve Principles of Attitudinal Healing.

In 1981, he met his wife Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky, Ph.D. who worked side by side with him for 40 years and continues to this day as the Executive Director of Attitudinal Healing International, a network of independent Centers in 37 countries on six continents. The original Center moved to Sausalito in 1990 and in 2010, when the Sausalito School District needed to reclaim their space, the Center’s Groups moved into the Marin County community where they exist until this day. Over the years Attitudinal Healing has been adapted and innovated into the fields of mental and physical health, education, community, business, hospitals, prisons, and more.

Dr. Jampolsky received recognition when he was invited by Phil Donahue to appear on his talk show with children from the Center in 1979 which resulted in the Peabody Award for its’ groundbreaking subject matter. Soon after he appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, and with Cirincione, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN and hundreds of other national and international television and radio shows.

He went on to author and co-author with Cirincione 20 books in 32 languages, including many classics like “Love is Letting Go of Fear,” “Teach Only Love,” “Forgiveness, The Greatest Healer of All,” “Goodbye To Guilt,” and “Aging With Attitude.”

Apart from the ongoing work of mentoring the ever growing number of independent Centers, Drs. Jampolsky and Cirincione worked with the staff of San Francisco General Hospital on HIV/AIDS beginning in 1983 and culminating in a joint conference on “AIDS, Attitudinal Healing, and Burnout.”

They both spearheaded a campaign in 1986 to lessen the stigma of people with AIDS and over the next 10 years, travelled to 30 countries to educate and address the psycho-social aspects of the pandemic. He worked with his wife to inspire Jack Keeler, a cartoonist and graphic artist, to create a poster of a child with open arms that read “I Have AIDS, Please Hug Me, I Can’t Make You Sick.” This award winning image was first distributed by the World Health Organization to 142 countries in their AIDS Education Campaign in 1987 and later adopted as their most effective global symbol for AIDS in 2005.

Over the last four decades, Dr. Jampolsky received 20 international awards, most notably the American Medical Association’s “Excellence in Medicine_Pride of the Profession Award” as well as along with Cirincione, “The Ellis Island Medals of Honor.”

It is impossible to fully articulate how very beloved Jerry Jampolsky remains for positively impacting millions of people of all ages around the world during his long life.


Diane V. Cirincione, Ph.D.

Diane V. Cirincione, Ph.D. joined Dr. Jampolsky and the original Center for Attitudinal Healing in 1981 where she continues to this day to do global outreach. She is a therapist and former postdoctoral clinical researcher at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Cirincione currently serves on the faculty of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine—Department of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. In addition to her Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, she also has expertise and holds a B.S. Degree in Organizational Behavior and a specialization in Women’s Issues.

Dr. Cirincione is an internationally known lecturer and author as well as an entrepreneur with 35 years business experience in corporate as well as her own four companies. She is President of the Jampolsky Outreach Foundation, a non-profit foundation responding to worldwide requests to introduce and mentor culturally appropriate adaptations of Attitudinal Healing; integrating this innovative, time tested psycho-social-spiritual model into every aspect of daily life. She is a Founding General Partner and Co-producer with musician Carlos Santana of Architects of a New Dawn, a global company dedicated to transformative media. She serves on the Board of Directors of Mo-DV, a Silicon Valley technology company, as well as on numerous International Advisory Boards.

From 1982-1992, through the project, “Children As Teachers of Peace,” Dr. Cirincione inspired individuals to bridge youth from conflicting countries around the world including Russia, China, and Central America. She is the recipient of over a dozen international awards including the World Health Foundation Integrated Medicine Award, Ghandi-King Season for Non Violence Award, and the National Caring Institute Award. She has lectured in over 50 countries and throughout the United States on psychology, mental and physical health, the power of attitudes, choices, challenges, and change.

In addition to extensive work overseas, Dr. Cirincione is author of Sounds of the Morning Sun and The Identification of Relationships Between Women Witnessing Spousal Abuse in Childhood and Psychological Symptomatic Distress in Adulthood. She is co-author with Dr. Jampolsky of Love Is The Answer; Wake-Up Calls; Change Your Mind, Change Your Life; Simple Thoughts That Can Change Your Life; and for children, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Their newest books are A Mini Course for Life and Finding Our Way Home.


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