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Board of Directors

Gunjan Sinha, Board Chair

 

Gunjan Sinha joined CFHI’s board in 2001. Gunjan is Chairman at MetricStream and is responsible for leading the strategy and execution with the company. Most recently, Gunjan served as eGain\'s co-founder and President and has spent over a decade in various product, sales management and executive positions developing, marketing and selling software and Internet services. At eGain (NASDAQ: EGAN) he led Sales, Marketing, Services since inception and served over 800 global customers in targeted financial services, telecom and retail verticals. Prior to eGain, he was the co-founder and President of WhoWhere? Inc., a leading Internet services company acquired by Lycos in 1998. Gunjan also co-founded Viman Software, Inc. and Parsec Technologies Pvt. Ltd. He obtained his BS and MS degrees in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and UC Santa Cruz, respectively. He also holds an MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University . Mr. Sinha was one of the 50 most successful immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States.
 

 

        

 

 

Randi Ryan
Randi Ryan is a Real Estate Lending Expert with over nineteen years in the financial services industry.  In 1983, Randi started her career in banking with Wells Fargo and then moved to Bank of America.  In 1989, she decided to become a Mortgage Banker when a client loan that she believed in was declined.  ProMortgage, Inc. was founded in 1996.  Randi is a co-owner of the business.  She works creatively and tries to utilize the most current technology to create the best options for her clients.  Randi is also deeply interested in giving back.  She has volunteered abroad and, on her own initiative, has visited some of the CFHI sites in India.  She was deeply moved by her experience and it has motivated her to volunteer as a CFHI Board Member, bringing her business acumen and her passion for helping others to the CFHI global family. 

 

Alan D. Biller
Treasurer

Alan D. Biller is president of Alan D. Biller & Associates, Inc. of Menlo Park, California , an investment consulting firm specializing in working with multiemployer benefit plans for more than 20 years. Mr. Biller has written several articles and serves as an expert witness on fiduciary investment management. He has a bachelor\'s degree from Yale, a master\'s degree from the University of London , a Ph.D from Columbia University and an M.B.A from Harvard.

    

      

Nicole Todd Bailey, MBA 
Nicole Todd Bailey began working with CFHI as a volunteer in 2002 and joined CFHI\'s board in May 2010.  She is actively consulting with the CFHI staff on a variety of projects related to organizational effectiveness, training curriculums and human resources.  Nicole has been working in Silicon Valley since 1997 as a training and development consultant for high tech companies.  Most recently, she spent 6 years with Apple Inc. managing their Organizational Development team.  Prior to coming to Silicon Valley, Nicole spent 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Côte d\'Ivoire, West Africa.  She has a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University and an MBA from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School in International Management.  She has traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and Africa and now lives in Sunnyvale with her husband and daughter.

 

        
 

 

 

Ajoy Mallik
Ajoy Mallik joined CFHI\'s board in 2002 and was the Chairman in 2007 and 2008.  He is currently AVP and Global Head of the VC and Startup ecosystem for the Emerging Business Accelerator for Cognizant Technology Solutions.  At Cognizant, Ajoy is responsible for generating and vetting new ideas and concepts, evangelizing innovation internally as well as externally, and providing new avenues for the company to drive non-linear growth as well as build new businesses.  He is also responsible for streamlining the investment and acquisition strategy as it relates to start-ups and smaller technology companies.  Ajoy holds an M.B.A. in International Business and Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

 

          

 

 

Evaleen Jones, MD, ex officio
President/Founder
Dr. Evaleen Jones founded Child Family Health International in 1992. She is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California , San Francisco Family Medicine Residency. She currently holds a position on the Clinical Faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine. Her commitment to the underserved stems from growing up in rural New Jersey and spending her college years in the Appalachian region of Virginia , where poverty prevails. She began her work in international health taking trips to Latin America as a medical student. Within five years, she founded CFHI, which now works with over 250 global partners, sending 700+ medical students abroad each year. She works actively to support the organization's growth and development, traveling extensively to strengthen sustainable healthcare for underserved communities worldwide. She is married, with two sons, Kodiak and Miles.

      

     

Scott Loeliger, MD

Dr. Loeliger is a family physician whose global health experience began from his work in the Peace Corps in Fiji in 1979.  Dr. Loeliger currently works at the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California, where he wears several hats as the director of the Mark Stinson Fellowship in Global Heath and Underserved Medicine.  He also serves on a team overseeing family practice residents, and he is a member of the OB-GYN department.  Dr. Loeliger also holds the position of Program Director for Global Health through Education and Training (GHETS) where he works to develop family medicine and primary healthcare in international settings. In addition to Fiji, his international work has taken him to a number of countries including Guatemala, Kenya, and Somalia.

  Rea Callender
Rea joined CFHI in March of 2010.  Prior to CFHI, Rea was a consultant for several start-up companies where he concentrated on sales, marketing and fundraising.  Rea was also Founder and CEO of Schoolpop.  For ten years prior to Schoolpop, Rea was Founder and CEO of Animated Systems & Design, a firm that created and designed websites for various clients including Dow Chemical, Intel and General Motors.

 

 

Staff

   
  
Lauren Talamo
Program Coordinator

Lauren first joined CFHI in 2010 as an intern.  She currently works supporting students from their initial contact with CFHI through the application process, pre-departure preparations, and beyond. Lauren is an Honors graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts, having double-majored in Anthropology and Theater Design and minored in Public Health.  Her passion for meeting people and experiencing other cultures inspired her to study abroad in Kenya and France.  Lauren also took part in a CFHI site visit to Oaxaca, Mexico in 2011.

Rebecca Lubitz-Marchena
Outreach Manager

Rebecca joined CFHI in 2008 and has more than eight years of experience working in public and global health. At CFHI she conducts outreach to health students and faculty to generate awareness about CFHI's Global Health Education Programs and ethical approach, as well as cultivating support for CFHI's work. Prior to CFHI Rebecca worked at a D.C. based non-profit promoting Latino health and advocacy and later as an English instructor in rural Brazil. Rebecca is originally from the D.C./Maryland area and has a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in both Anthropology and Latin American Literature. She enjoys studying languages and has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. 

      
  
Nick Penco
Program Director
Nick Penco joined CFHI in the spring of 2005. He is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina who has lived in the US for over 25 years. He graduated with a Bachelor\'s in International Relations from San Francisco State University. As Program Director, Nick is the primary person communicating and supporting CFHI\'s 700 yearly students as well as international partners on a daily basis. Nick travels extensively for CFHI, facilitating bilingual evaluation site-visits around the world. He is also fluent in French, German and speaks conversational Portuguese.

 


 

Polina Spivak
Accountant
Polina Spivak began working for CFHI as the Bookkeeper/Registrar in November 2006. Polina handles various functions related to program payments and oversight of CFHI\'s accounting practices. She moved to San Francisco in1996 from Ukraine and worked for six years as a Financial Assistant in Walden House, Inc. In addition to this, Polina has a wealth of experience in accounting. After graduation she started working as an accountant in the Science/Development Institute and has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Odessa State University .

 

Evaleen Jones, MD
President/Founder  (bio above)

 

 

 

 

Jessica Evert, MD
Executive Director

Dr. Jessica Evert is Executive Director of CFHI and a Clinical Faculty Member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she previously graduated from residency and completed the Global Health Scholars Program.  Dr. Evert is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, where she received awards for service and academic excellence.  Dr. Evert is a longtime advocate for global health medical education quality and ethical standards.  She has completed international work in Kenya, Guatemala, Australia, and Cuba, served as an officer and board member of IFMSA-USA, and has authored lay and academic articles in the field of global health and ethics in medical education. 



 
Karen E. Gieseker, PhD, MS
Director of Research and Evaluation
Dr. Gieseker received her PhD in Analytical Health Sciences - Epidemiology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and has worked as an epidemiologist at The Children\'s Hospital in Denver, CO, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Stop Transmission of Polio project in Tanzania, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others. Dr. Gieseker served as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University, and faculty for epidemiology training programs Kenya and Singapore. Most recently, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine and the Global Health Education Director for the Center for Global Health in the Colorado School of Public Health. She is currently adjunct faculty for the University College at the University of Denver and the School of Nursing and Health Professions for Georgia State University. Her current research includes the sustainability of global health, development and education programs in Peru and around the world.

Erica Bleicher

Operations Assistant

Erica joined CFHI in the fall of 2013. Erica assists CFHI's Executive Director with human resources, office management, development support and other projects. She collaborates with staff members on the CFHI development plan, event planning, alumni program development, and fundraising. Erica has a bachelors degree in Psychology and Biology and is currently attending University of San Francisco as a Masters in Non-Profit Management Candidate. Erica's loves working with different cultures and is excited to be contributing to CFHI's international health projects.

 

 
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