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GDS Board of Directors

Richard Moore (Chairman). Over a long and distinguished career, Dr. Moore has held several senior positions in public health. Those include Deputy-Division Director at UNFPA Headquarters in New York, Country Representative for UNFPA in Bangladesh, Thailand and Korea, and Vice President of the JSI International Division where he managed JSI’s flagship projects. He also worked for the Population Council and MSH. International postings include Egypt, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Korea, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Palestine.

Dr Moore has a PhD in management from Cornell University and a Master’s degree in creative nonfiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Nancy ​ Pendarvis​ Harris has been a leader in international public health for more than three decades. She has been a strong advocate for reproductive health rights for women and played a vital role in promoting family planning around the world. Currently a Vice-President at JSI, she has managed some of its pioneering projects. She also worked for the Planned Parenthood Federation (PPFA) and served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Nicaragua. She is a Board Member of Partners for Development. She lived in Kenya and Madagascar.

Ms. Harris earned her MPH degree from UCLA’s School of Public Health.

Jarret Clinton has been a leader in US and international public health programs for four decades.  He was Acting Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense for Health Affairs, responsible for health policies, programs and activities in DoD. He was a Rear Admiral in the Commissioned corps of US Public Health Service and has held several positions in the Department of Health and Human Services that included the Agency Administrator for Health Care Policy and Research (now AHRQ). He also worked for USAID and in the private sector at MAXIMUS– as Senior Medical Advisor –  Population Council, and Family Health Care, Inc. He was a Peace Corps Physician in Bangladesh, India and Washington DC. Currently He is an Adjunct Professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, teaching the population health issues of disaster management.

Dr. Clinton received his Medical Degree from the University of Kansas Medical School and Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Nancy Piet-Pelon has been a leader in promoting reproductive health/family planning services around the world. She has authored/co-authored several books and reports on RH/FP programs and policies. Her books deal with reproductive health issues of men in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan; reproductive health topics in Bangladesh; and a guide to overseas living for expatriate women. Ms. Piet-Pelon has worked in a senior position at EngenderHealth, consulted for the Population Council, UNFPA, USAID, and numerous governments and local organizations in Asia and Africa. She has lived in Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia and Jordan.

Ms. Piet-Pelon has a Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Communications with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication.

Dr. David Pyle has been working in public health for almost 40 years. He specializes in community--based maternal and child health, family planning, and nutrition programming, especially in the design and evaluation of cost‑effective and sustainable programs. He worked for John Snow, Inc. for over 25 years. His goal has always been to build local capacity so that maternal and infant/neonatal mortality rates can be reduced. While at JSI, he managed a large USAID-funded global micro-nutrient project and co-founded JSI’s Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation (CHIME). Dr. Pyle also consulted for USAID, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, CARE, Save the Children, Concern Worldwide, Project Hope, and the Aga Khan Foundation. He has worked in more than 50 countries, with long-term residence in India and Turkey.

Dr. Pyle holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Political Science with a concentration in International Nutrition Planning.

Nancy Carter-Foster is President of Carter-Foster International, LLC, and a seasoned global health professional, specializing in mobile health and global health policy. A skilled international negotiator, she is an experienced strategic planner in policy development and implementation, international trade and expanding access to care. She has forged sustainable public-private partnerships to promote mobile health technologies and safe medicines. Formerly with the U.S. Department of State, where she served as Senior Advisor for Global Health and Director of the DOS Global HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases Programs, she served as Head of Delegation and primary U.S. negotiator in multilateral fora for global health issues. She also held responsibility for identifying emerging health issues, strategy and policy development and implementation, including promoting the establishment of the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. Serving as U.S. Coordinator for Population Affairs, she led the U.S. Government preparations for the Beijing Women’s Conference Preparatory Meetings, and for the United Nations Preparatory meetings on Population and Development. She served as U.S. Negotiator for Population, Women’s Issues and Health for the UN Conference on Environment and Development (the Rio Conference, 1992), and led U.S. policy for road safety as a public health issue.

Dr. Willard D.Shaw is an international development professional who has worked at the village, district, national, and international levels. He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of programs in public-private partnerships, malaria, child survival, behavior change communication, adult education, and distance education as well as hands-on experience in basic agriculture and fisheries. He developed a satellite-based, distance education network in Indonesia; helped create a systematic behavior change communication methodology for child-survival interventions; pioneered the use of commercial discount vouchers in Africa; helped develop a “Joint Risk Investment” approach to commercial partnerships; and transferred new manufacturing technology for long-lasting mosquito nets to producers in Asia and Africa. He helped create and deliver malaria messages to 200 million Africans, worked with 50 multinational and African companies to sell 60 million insecticide treated mosquito nets, and enabled 2.1 million African families to obtain a net using vouchers. He lived in Nepal, Indonesia, and South Africa for a total of 17 years and overseen technical assistance to dozens of other countries. He has published 19 articles on various development issues. As a Vice President in AED’s Global Health, Population and Nutrition Group, Dr. Shaw worked on and led many winning proposal teams.

He holds degrees from Princeton University, University of Hawaii, and University of Massachusetts/Amherst.

Dr. Muhiuddin Haider has managed and led diverse public health projects and research studies in more than a dozen countries over the past thirty years.  He has assisted multi-sector initiatives to advance the delivery of quality health care services in Avian Influenza, HIV/AIDS, TB, RH/FP and malaria through health communication, health promotion, health education, and social marketing. His research into strategies of behavior change, application of social marketing tools and communications capacity-building has led to several acclaimed publications. Dr. Haider has developed and conducted training sessions for Media/Health Reporting, with special focus on AI through DOS/VOA and IBB. Recently, Dr Haider was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to assist the Ecuadorian Nutritional Program, Universidad De San Francisco in Quito. Currently, a Clinical Professor in the University of Maryland’s Institute for Applied Environmental Health, Dr. Haider is a co-investigator in Project HEAL (Health through Early Awareness and Learning). He has worked for CEDPA, Africare, Futures Group, JHU/CCP, Development Associates, and taught at George Washington University and the University of Maryland. He has consulted for numerous organizations such as AED, URC and WHO. 

Dr. Haider earned his Ph.D, from the University of Michigan on Population Education/Communication.

Mary Lyn Field-Nguer has worked in international and domestic health programs as a clinician, academician, facilitator, programmer, trainer/presenter, writer, technical adviser and manager. She brings expertise in HIV programming, facilitation, training, business development, and technical assistance to USAID, CDC, the UN and other donors and foundations in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Asia and Latin America. She has worked for Creative Associates, JSI, FHI360, AED, and Peace Corps.  She also taught at Johns Hopkins University and University of North Carolina.  Mary Lyn was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tonga. 

Ms. Field-Nguer received a Master of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University.

Marc Okunnu has spent almost four decades improving access to and quality of public health services in Africa. He specializes in organizational development, FP/RH, strategic planning and capacity building. He has designed and managed many large health and family planning projects. To enhance the institutional capacity of public and private sector organizations he established Management Strategies for Africa (MSA) and ran the Center for African Family Studies (CAFS) that played a key role in enhancing leadership, managerial and technical capacity. Mr. Okunnu worked for USAID, IPPF and JSI. He lived in Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and England.

He received a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Ghana.

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