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 50,000 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.


Catherine Elkins

Research Director

As CorStone’s Research Director, Catherine Elkins, PhD, MALD, provides seasoned management and technical expertise in building appropriate and cost-effective systems for monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning. Catherine is a senior leader with more than 20 years of experience successfully designing, managing, troubleshooting, and delivering research and evaluation in more than 30 countries around the world, with a focus on complex multi-sectoral interventions in cross-cultural and low-resource settings.

Catherine has led strategy, development, and evaluation of a wide variety of programs for USAID, HHS, CDC, PEPFAR, the UN Democracy Fund, and nonprofit and private sector organizations. Her experience includes work in gender, education, resilience, food security, health, governance, workforce development, livelihoods, water and sanitation, conflict and reconstruction, and many multi-sectoral projects. Previously at Westat, she designed and delivered mixed-method evaluations on topics such as self-efficacy through literacy and entrepreneurship training for women and marginalized populations in Nepal, and system strengthening through training and deploying paraprofessional social workers in Ethiopia.

Formerly, Catherine taught evaluation and strategy seminars for mid-career International Development Policy professionals at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. At RTI, she created and led a new evaluation unit spearheading quality in international M&E/evaluation and developing new business while also serving as Senior M&E Director / Principal Investigator on evaluation projects in Iraq and Afghanistan. Catherine also directed M&E for global safe motherhood programs while serving as Director of the Research and Evaluation Office for JHPIEGO at Johns Hopkins.


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 and implementation 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 local program implementation, quality control and certification, and impact assessments. Gracy is a clinical psychologist by profession. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Sangath Society, an NGO based in Goa that is a leader in the field of child, adolescent and family health in India.

Gracy has trained at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in Sexual & Reproductive Health Research. At Sangath she established the organization’s branch in the South of Goa and was involved in several studies related to adolescent health, including assessments in 2009-2011 of CorStone’s programs in New Delhi and Surat.

An experienced qualitative researcher, she has also worked as a consultant to a number of organizations in the past. She is a co-author to several publications such as the Adolescent Health Needs study, Teachers Toolkit, Barefoot Counseling Manual and other scientific papers. She has conducted various training programs in Goa and has been a trainer outside Goa including the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore.

Gracy is part of a national core group of resource people conducting trainings on ‘Ethics in Social Science Research’ across India and has represented India for an international consultative conference on evidence-based programs related to parenting adolescents that were organized by the WHO, Geneva.

Sarah Smith | CorStone

Sarah Smith

Manager | Grants + Strategic Partnerships

As Manager, Grants & Strategic Partnerships, Sarah Smith enjoys working in collaboration with donors and stakeholders to build a strategic funding pipeline for CorStone program activities. Sarah is a development professional with broad field and headquarters experience supporting mission-driven organizations to execute on their objectives. She also has extensive experience guiding diverse teams in designing complex project proposals.

Prior to joining CorStone, Sarah served as Proposal Manager at Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. Prior to that, she served as Family Planning Health Center Associate at Planned Parenthood of Maryland. Sarah also served in the Peace Corps as a health education teacher in Honduras.
Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Notre Dame of Maryland University.


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.


Stacey Dixson | CorStone

Stacey Dixson

Director | International Programs

As CorStone’s Director, International Programs, Stacey Dixson is responsible for driving the quality of programs in India and Kenya, including scale-up trials 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 refine CorStone’s approach using programmatic data and international evidence. Stacey also plays a key role in the oversight and establishment 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, as well as a passion for girls’ empowerment and social justice. Prior to joining CorStone in 2019, Stacey designed and managed education and health initiatives that supported access to education, early childhood development programs, reproductive and sexual health services and literacy acquisition for children and young women throughout East and Southern Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Stacey helped lead Room to Read Girls’ Education program for four years before moving to Rwanda where she led FHI360’s education team to scale a digital community of practice for teacher mentors, then held various short-term positions within Save the Children’s Signature education program. Most recently, Stacey was the Research Program Lead for Duke University’s Center for Global Reproductive Health. Stacey has a master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill.


Program Staff | Field Operations


Binod Kumar | CorStone

Binod Kumar

State Head | Govt Liaison + Advocacy

As State Head, Government Liaison & Advocacy, Binod Kumar oversees all government relations and advocacy for CorStone’s projects and programs in Bihar. Prior to joining CorStone, Binod served as Deputy Project Coordinator, Nutrition Project for Doctors Without Borders, where he established and supervised the Malnutrition Intensive Care Unit at Darbhanga Medical College Hospital, Darbhanga.

Previously he served as Regional Programme Coordinator, Cross Border Anti Trafficking Network, for SEVA in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the Asian Development Research Institute in Patna, Bihar. Bihar holds a BA in History from University of Delhi, and completed his post-graduate work in Public Administration at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohatak, Haryana.


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.


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 Team Leader, Training

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.

Rashmi Mohanty | CorStone

Rashmi Mohanty

Program Manager | Girls First-KGBV

Rashmi Mohanty serves as Program Manager for the Girls First | KGBV program in Bihar, India, supervising all aspects of the program.

Rashmi is a trained social worker with nearly 30 years of experience working in the fields of public health and social development. Prior to joining CorStone, Rashmi worked in a wide variety of social movements, having led community-managed programs in Reproductive Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Non-communicable diseases, HIV/AIDS, Family Planning and Urban Health Initiative programs. Rashmi also led various humanitarian response programs in post-calamity relief/rehabilitation, such as the Odisha Super cyclone and J & K Earthquake Relief Operation and Barmer (Rajasthan) Flood Relief operations. She is also experienced in infectious disease management, managing national-level advocacy projects.

Rashmi has held numerous positions with prominent organizations such as CARE India, Government of Odisha, Concern Worldwide, UNICEF, FHI 360, Population Foundation of India, Government of Rajasthan, Malaria Consortium, IntraHealth International. She has worked successfully with a wide range of stakeholders, including government, technical partners, NGOs, coalitions, and international and grassroots organizations.

In addition to working in India in eight states and in one Union Territory, Rashmi has also worked extensively in South Sudan at the county and national level. She is also a UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group Member for India, Maldives, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.

Rashmi’s voluntary work includes engagements with Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Vahini (a youth-led organization originated in Bihar) as well as initiatives for women emancipation, equal pay for equal work, environmental protection, farmers rights, women’s rights, and urban health. Along with her substantial years of work experience in the development sector, Rashmi possesses a master’s degree in business administration. She speaks multiple languages, including Oriya, Desia, Hindi, and English.


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.


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 bachelors 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 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.


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.


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

Elizabeth Garner, MD, MPH

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.

Tom Green

Tom Green previously held executive positions with Transamerica, General Mills and his own development company in Russia. He has been involved with CorStone for over 30 years in a variety of capacities. Tom holds a BS in computer engineering and an MBA, both from Stanford University.

Gunjan Kedia | Treasurer

Gunjan Kedia is Vice Chairman, Wealth Management & Investment Services at U.S. Bancorp, and a member of the Managing Committee, its senior most leadership group.

Prior to joining U.S. Bancorp in 2016, Gunjan held leadership positions at State Street Financial in Boston, where she served as executive vice president and led the investment servicing business in the Americas. Previously she was at BNY Mellon, where she was head of global product management and at McKinsey & Company, where she was a partner and a core leader of the financial services practice.

Gunjan holds an MBA, with distinction, from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in
Engineering, with distinction, from the Delhi School of Engineering. Gunjan was named to American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Finance 2018 list, and she is the recipient of the 2018 Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Achievement Award.

In addition to her role as a board member at CorStone, Gunjan serves on the Board of Business Advisors for Carnegie Mellon Business School; Vice-chair for the Board of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts; Board member for the U.S. Bank Foundation; and Chair for the Asian American Business Resource Group at U.S. Bank.


Seema Kumar | President

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.

Joel Yanowitz | Secretary

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.


Founders

Jerry Jampolsky, M.D.

Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. is a graduate of Stanford Medical School and a former faculty member of the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, where he has held fellowships in child psychiatry at Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Jampolsky currently serves on the faculty of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine—Department of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

Dr. Jampolsky has lectured in over 50 countries and is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of psychiatry, mental health, loss and grief, death and dying, and education. In 1975, he and some friends established the original Center for Attitudinal Healing in Tiburon, California, where children and adults with life threatening illness found peace of mind that was transforming for them and their families. Through his work at the Center, Dr. Jampolsky created the first Peer Support Group Model now used extensively worldwide. In 1987, he helped co-found with Dr. Cirincione the AIDS Hotline for Kids based at the Center.

There are now numerous Centers for Attitudinal Healing all serving their communities in 20+ countries. He also founded in 1981 the International Project, “Children As Teachers Of Peace” – bridging children around the world. Dr. Jampolsky is the recipient of numerous international awards including the Temple Award for Creative Altruism, the National Humanitarian Homecare Award, and the National Senate Diploma of Honor of Argentina. In 2005 in Washington, D.C. Dr Jampolsky was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Medicine – Pride in the Profession Award by the American Medical Association for his contribution of Attitudinal Healing to the field of global health as well as his lifetime work as a humanitarian and role model for other physicians.

Dr. Jampolsky is also a Founding General Partner and Co-producer with musician Carlos Santana of Architects of a New Dawn, a global company dedicated to transformative media. Dr. Jampolsky has published extensively with Dr. Cirincione and is also the author of Love is Letting Go Of Fear; Teach Only Love: The 12 Principles of Attitudinal Healing; Goodbye to Guilt; Out of Darkness Into the Light; One Person Can Make a Difference; Shortcuts to God; and Forgiveness, The Greatest Healer of All.


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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