As Project Assistant, Ellen Cho provides administrative and accounting support to several of Initiatives' projects. Ms. Cho holds a dual degree in Sociology and Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College, with a focus on the history of ethnic and religious conflicts. As part of her studies, she traveled through parts of India to meet with several grassroots community-based organizations, researching how they had adapted the Gandhian philosophy of nonviolence. Prior to joining Initiatives, Ms. Cho worked in the Division of Genetics at Brigham and Women's Hospital as the residency program coordinator and continuing medical education course administrator.
As Initiatives' Director of Finance and Administration, Nicole Dupré has managed the business operations of the Boston office and provided targeted project management support in the areas of finance and administration since 2004. Her specific responsibilities include proposal and budget preparation, corporate financial systems, personnel administration, and contract management. Ms. Dupré has also served as Task Order Manager for three of Initiatives’ six TASC2 Task Orders.
Ms. Dupré's skills range from financial management to technical writing to systems administration. Before she joined Initiatives, Ms. Dupré worked as a professional engineer, including several years as firm partner, providing general company management and oversight. She also has varied experience in non-profit management, including a year in Rome, Italy, where she was the administrator for an American non-profit arts organization.
Rebecca Furth is a Senior Technical Advisor with Initiatives, providing technical support in human resources management, research, quality and performance improvement, organizational capacity building, and training for national health systems, NGOs and targeted HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programs. She has served as Task Manager and Principal Investigator for the Rwanda Human Resources Assessment for HIV/AIDS Services Scale-up conducted under Initiatives' sub-contract on QAP. She also directed the Zambia Performance-based Incentives Study and is the Task Manager for Initiatives' contribution to the HR component of the Ghana Quality Health Partnerships Project. Dr. Furth also provides technical assistance in performance improvement to Initiatives' staff in Ethiopia under the ESHE project and to staff in Zambia with the SHARe Project.
Prior to these activities, Dr. Furth worked with staff in the Zambia Integrated Health Programme (ZIHP) to implement a participatory quality improvement process with local NGOs and CBOs. Dr. Furth is a cultural anthropologist and trained VCT counselor. She speaks fluent French and Pular and has worked in Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Jordan, Rwanda, Senegal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Anya Guyer is a Technical Advisor for several projects; her main role is technical point person for the SHARe II project in Zambia supporting the national response to HIV/AIDS. In particular she focuses on enhancing the capacity of civil society to contribute to sustainable strategies for HIV prevention and mitigation. Other projects Ms. Guyer is working on are SUSTAIN in Uganda and a global study on productivity of community health workers.
Ms. Guyer received a master’s degree in global health and population at Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor‘s degree in medical anthropology at Amherst College. Her background is in public health, community development, grant-making and policy analysis, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
Before joining Initiatives, Ms. Guyer consulted on projects related to creating access to health commodities and technologies (medicines, contraceptives and diagnostics) in developing countries. She also spent seven years as a program officer at a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing development assistance and humanitarian relief. Ms. Guyer has traveled and worked extensively in Africa as well as in Bangladesh, Jordan and Guatemala. She speaks French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and two Bantu languages.
As a Project Assistant with Initiatives, Jackie McConlogue supports the administrative and financial components of several projects. She also provides office management support at Initiatives' headquarters in Boston. Prior to joining the team at Initiatives, Ms. McConlogue served as a Spanish teacher with IES Language Institute and as an office manager for a Denver-based nonprofit public access television station and media education organization.