Staff

Robert Steinglass, MPH, ARISE Project Director, has more than 35 years of immunization experience at country and global levels, first with WHO for ten years based in Yemen, Oman, and Nepal, and for the past 24 years with John Snow, Inc. in leadership positions on USAID’s REACH, BASICS, IMMUNIZATIONbasics and MCHIP (Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program) projects, for which he serves as the technical team leader for immunization. In his various positions, Mr. Steinglass has provided technical support at all levels, from global technical leadership to country-specific programming, primarily in strengthening routine immunization program performance, introducing new vaccines, and controlling vaccine-preventable diseases. Mr. Steinglass focuses on strengthening and sustaining the capacity of the health system to provide immunization routinely, safely, and efficiently over time, with increasing reliance on national and community inputs. Mr. Steinglass is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He has worked in 50 developing and transitional countries and has authored a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and several book chapters.

Rebecca Fields, Senior Technical Advisor, has 28 years of immunization experience in developing countries, including work on VVM development and testing, routine immunization system strengthening in Africa and Asia, new vaccine introduction, injection safety, and advocacy and communication for new vaccines, injection safety, financial sustainability for immunization, and H1N1 vaccination. She was immunization technical coordinator at the REACH II project, immunization co-chair at the BASICS I project, and senior technical officer with the IMMUNIZATIONbasics project. Ms. Fields co-authored Immunization Essentials: A Practical Field Guide, and a USAID e-learning course on immunization and co-investigator of the 2004 GAVI ISS evaluation. She served on the GAVI Advocacy Task Force and chaired its injection safety subcommittee. She recently prepared a monograph on periodic intensification of routine immunization for WHO.

Anne LaFond, MSc, CHDC, Principal Investigator, is the director of the JSI Center for Health Information, Monitoring, and Evaluation (CHIME), deputy PI for MEASURE Evaluation JSI, and a senior evaluation specialist for the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project. With more than 23 years experience in international public health programming, evaluations of global health programs, research, and evaluation, Ms. LaFond currently focuses on capacity assessment, capacity building of health sector monitoring and evaluation systems, and health systems performance improvement. Ms. LaFond is the author of Sustaining Primary Health Care (St. Martin’s Press), a five-country study on local and international health sector investment and its effect on health system sustainability. She has served on the Capacity Building Technical Working Group for the UNAIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group, focusing on HIV/AIDS M&E system development and harmonization. Ms. LaFond holds an MSc degree in Community Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Jessica Posner, MPH, Senior Technical Manager, is a senior M&E advisor at JSI. She has extensive experience in program management, including international health and education program development; budgeting and financial management; staff supervision and training; report writing; and, in particular, research design, implementation, and management. Her technical skills focus on database design and management, assessments of data availability and quality, and monitoring and evaluation system development. Ms. Posner most recently worked on the Making Medical Injections Safer project. Prior to that, she was based at JSI’s office in Indonesia where she worked on a neonatal health project. She has also worked in public health in Mexico, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, West Bank/Gaza, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Guyana, Morocco, South Africa, and the Gambia. Ms. Posner holds an MPH from Tulane University.

Jenny Sequeira, Senior Technical Officer, has an MPH in international health and health education. Prior to working on the ARISE project, Ms. Sequeira served as immunization officer on the IMMUNIZATIONbasics project backstopping the Nigeria country program and Reaching Every District activities. Ms. Sequeira also worked as Azerbaijan Health programs director for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the capital city of Baku, and as project director in a primary health care project in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan. As associate technical officer on the BASICS II project, she worked on child health interventions in Uganda and Nigeria. She also served as a Peace Corps health educator in a small, rural village in The Gambia and completed community health-related consulting assignments in Indonesia, Guinea, Armenia, and Sri Lanka.

Natasha Kanagat, Research Manager, has worked for five years in the areas of TB, maternal, child and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. As a monitoring and evaluation advisor for the JSI Center for Health Information, Monitoring and Evaluation (CHIME) and the MEASURE Evaluation project, Ms. Kanagat has provided technical assistance for data quality audits, assessing routine health information systems, data base development and management. Ms. Kanagat serves as the manager for two global networks: the Routine Health Information Network (RHINO) and the International Health Facility Assessments Network. In her capacity as manager, she is tasked with tracking work plans, managing websites and list serves, and providing assistance in drafting documents on RHIS capacity building and health information systems. Her responsibilities also include serving as the RHINO treasurer as an ex-officio RHINO Board of Director member. She has been instrumental in establishing RHINO as an NGO. Ms. Kanagat holds an MPH from Yale University.

Wendy B. Abramson, MPH, Senior Technical Advisor, is with the systems innovation component of ARISE and also serves as a senior advisor at John Snow Inc. on health systems strengthening and public/private partnerships. She has 25 years of experience working in international development from community- through policy-level and has spent the last 17 years in international and domestic health. Ms. Abramson holds a post-graduate degree in business administration, and a Master’s degree in public health. She has worked with the Pan American Health Organization’s Expanded Program of Immunization and Maternal Child Health program for three years in Nicaragua, tracking technical and financial inputs. She recently directed a six-country Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Health Systems Strengthening Tracking study. Ms. Abramson developed country case studies for GAVI on Civil Society Organizations and their role in immunizations in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia.

Ryan Macabasco, ARISE Program Officer, provides operational, financial and technical support to the ARISE project. He is responsible for the day-to-day functionality of ARISE team and field operations at JSI/DC headquarters. He has extensive experience in program management, including international health; budgeting and financial management; staff supervision; report writing; and, in particular, implementation and management. He has provided technical assistance for research on new and under-utilized vaccine introduction (NUVI) as part of the USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health Integrated Project (MCHIP). His areas of expertise include immunization, vaccines and vaccinations, HIV/AIDS, and water and sanitation. He holds an MPH from Boston University.