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Meet Our STAR Interns

Our STAR Interns receive support to grow professionally and gain valuable skills and real work experience through placements in a variety of settings. Meet our STAR Interns who are our future leaders in global health!

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Name: Alexis Sullivan

Title: Malaria Case Management Intern
Location: United States

Alexis is a Master of Science in Public Health student in the International Department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, completing her degree in Health Systems. She is also completing a certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation. She is particularly interested in monitoring and evaluation of large-scale health programs in low- and middle-income countries, specifically of maternal health, infectious disease or vaccine initiatives. She is currently completing her practicum to fulfill her degree requirements for the second year of her program. Previous experiences include working on research studies at the International Vaccine Access Center at Hopkins into vaccine hesitancy in India and contributing to HIV/AIDS programming at a local health department.

Name: Angela Chen

Title: Strategic Information Intern
Location: United States

Angela recently obtained her master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where her area of concentration was in Health Economics, focusing on developing and evaluating cost-effective public health interventions for marginalized and vulnerable populations. Her undergraduate studies were in International Affairs, concentrating in Global Public Health, and Spanish. For the last five years, Angela has been living abroad in Chile, Spain, and the United Kingdom, where she has been studying Spanish literature, implementing a bilingual English program in schools, and analyzing data to track the international COVID-19 response in collaboration with the World Health Organization.

Name: Anna Erlandson

Title: Malaria Communications Intern
Location: United States

A graduate from NYU with an MPH in Global Public Health, Anna is motivated by innovative and data driven interventions to reduce disease burden in low- and middle-income countries. She has spent time designing and implementing programs for maternal and child health in rural Côte d'Ivoire. In the field, she spearheaded vaccination campaigns and worked to improve WASH infrastructure and risk communication efforts to address endemic mosquito-borne illnesses. Anna's desire to work in social and behavior change communication was fostered while interning for UNICEF's Communication for Development section in the COVID-19 response.

Name: Annie Preaux

Title: High Impact Practices in Family Planning Research Intern
Location: United States

Annie Preaux is a doctoral candidate in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She also received her MPH from Tulane and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has experience with program evaluation, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and community-based health programs, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean. Annie’s research interests include maternal health, adolescent pregnancy, and violence against women. Since joining Tulane, she has worked on projects related to healthcare providers’ beliefs about obstetric violence in public maternity hospitals in the Dominican Republic, COVID-19 and child marriage, and the impact of COVID-19 on health services for women, children, and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Name: Aoife OConnor

Title: Family Planning and Reproductive Health Strategic Communications and Outreach Intern
Location: United States

Growing up in a family that immigrated to the US for the opportunity to train and work atthe world-renowned Mayo Clinic, Aoife was fortunate to witness innovative and high level care inaction on the regular. Early on, she developed a love for the field of global public health andharnessed a strong belief that all human beings are deserving of the quality care that she wasprivileged to experience in her hometown. After completing her undergraduate degrees at theUniversity of Minnesota in International Studies; Public Health, Aoife worked for 7 years in theroles of a sexual assault crisis counselor and educator, a manager of two rural family planningclinics, a legislative policy assistant in the MN House, and the manager of a nutrition programfor PLWHA and other immunocompromising conditions.

Name: Binta Diallo

Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Intern
Location: United States

As a young girl from Guinea, Conakry, Binta was presented with the opportunity to pursue her education in the United States and fulfil her life goals and purpose. Witnessing first-hand the ineffective healthcare systems, the suffering from entirely preventable yet deadly diseases, the lack of access to education, and the shortage of healthcare professionals ingrained within her country, she immediately knew that Global Health was her chosen career. Her sole purpose is to gain knowledge and skills through the designing and implementation of programs that would help address and solve health disparities among vulnerable populations, particularly in developing countries.

Name: Clare Killian

Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Intern
Location: United States

Clare is an MPH student at Boston University School of Public Health focused on Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, as well as Maternal and Child Health. Prior to pursuing her MPH, she studied International Studies and Spanish at Loyola University Chicago. While in Chicago, she was a Programs Intern for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, working closely with the Programs team on various global development issues and foreign policy objectives. She has worked with three public health-focused NGOs in Uganda. In Uganda, she was part of a cross-cultural team conducting baseline interviews relating to health practices including HIV/AIDS, malaria, obstetric fistula, family planning, and water and sanitation.

Name: Dan Twizelimana

Title: Adolescent & Young Adult HIV Treatment Intern
Location: United States

Dan Twizelimana is a trained Physician and a public health expert with a passion for improving quality of healthcare through health care policies that promote wellbeing for disadvantaged and eliminate health inequities. He has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa as a Physician focusing on Pediatrics and child health for more than 5 years with clinical and research interest in infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS specifically in HIV treatment of adolescents and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs, malaria, and tuberculosis. He is an experienced healthcare quality data analyst inspired by improving operational research, data quality control and improvement of data use in decision making.

Name: Dora Illei

Title: HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research Intern*C
Location: United States

Dora Illei is the HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research Intern at the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS. After receiving her undergraduate degree in global development studies from the University of Virginia, she began her career in international human rights before transitioning to public health advocacy and health services research. After three years in Washington, D.C. she decided to pursue her passion for public health research and interest in global health issues. In 2020, Dora completed her master’s in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For her dissertation, she examined COVID-19 outcomes in people living with HIV.

Name: Emory Babcock

Title: HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research Intern*A
Location: United States

Emory Babcock is currently based in New Orleans, LA. She recently received her Masters (MPH) in International Health and Development at the Tulane School for Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her concentrated area was in monitoring and evaluation and she has a specified interest in building localized/community system capacity for outbreak responses. Over the last couple of years, Emory has interned and worked mainly in research support roles for organizations like the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) and the Southeast Center of Excellence for Vector Borne Diseases.

Name: Fouad AbuHijleh

Title: Digital Health Intern
Location: United States

Born in Amman and raised between there and Abu Dhabi, I developed a love for travel and exploration. This among other things truly solidified my belief that everything is global, especially in today's world. I had always known that I wanted to work in the healthcare field, but I could never decide on what exactly I wanted to do. After shadowing countless physicians, working in a genetics lab during my undergraduate career, and volunteering as a project officer at a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan, I landed my first digital health job at UNC's Carolina Population Center (CPC). This was my first interaction with digital health, and I am still trying to understand how to best define such a vast and expanding field.

Name: Hailey Kieltyka

Title: Strategic Partnership Engagement Intern
Location: United States

Hailey grew up an hour north of Manhattan and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Nonprofit Management, Business and Global Health. She started her career at a fundraising consulting firm where she worked with multiple nonprofits in New York and Washington, D.C. on all aspects of their development strategy so that they could grow their programs and achieve their missions. Thereafter, she stepped into Corporate Social Responsibility, running the operations for a nonprofit called Smile Farms -- the signature philanthropic partner of online floral retailer, 1-800-Flowers.

Name: Hanna Amanuel

Title: OVC/Pediatric-Adolescent Intern
Location: United States

Hanna Amanuel, is an MPH candidate at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. She is pursuing a concentration in HIV/AIDs among vulnerable populations within Sub-Saharan Africa. She aspires to work within this cultural context to help ensure safe, equitable, and dignified access to HIV prevention and treatment for all women and children. Hanna has experience working in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (where she is originally from) and Mombasa, Kenya, where she completed an MCH internship. .

Name: Jenna Pellegrino

Title: Policy, Advocacy, Financing and Governance Intern
Location: United States

Jenna Pellegrino is a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with her Masters in Public Health in Global Health. Previously, she attended Quinnipiac University and received a bachelor's degree in Sociology. Jenna is passionate about her work within the sexual and reproductive health space, serving as both a middle school health education teacher and a policy analyst while completing her graduate studies in Philadelphia. She prides herself in her advocacy work surrounding the Global Gag Rule, where she completed both a policy brief and a policy memo to be delivered to Congress alongside Ipas, an international aid organziation working to ensure access to safe abortion services worldwide.

Name: Jennifer Duncan

Title: HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Intern
Location: United States

Jennifer Duncan is a recent graduate of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Her M.P.H. in International Health and Development focused on sexual and reproductive health. Ms. Duncan served as a research and writing assistant for the Louisiana Center for AIDS Research grant proposal and a teaching assistant for multiple public health courses while at Tulane. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Duncan was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa, where she was a community health worker. Having received her B.A. in Anthropology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, Ms.

Name: Jeri Thuku

Title: Maternal and Infant HIV Treatment Intern
Location: United States

Prior to joining the Office of HIV/AIDS at USAID, Jeri worked as an intern with the Department of Health and Human Services’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) team, where she focused on increasing HIV prevention and treatment in Kenya and Mozambique. She is pursuing her Master’s in Public Health at George Washington University. During her undergraduate studies, Jeri served as a peer health educator, completed a study abroad in Colombia, and volunteered in South Africa. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she was selected as a CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholar where she conducted research to identify barriers and facilitators to PrEP within the Black community.

Name: Karishma Srikanth

Title: Strategic Information Data Intern*
Location: United States

Karishma is a second-year Masters of Public Policy student at the University of Virginia. She is passionate about the intersection of global health policy and international development. During undergrad, she had the opportunity to study abroad and conduct research in Geneva, Switzerland, where she learned about global health and development policy from key players, such as representatives from the United Nations and the World Health Organization. After this experience, Karishma knew that she wanted to dedicate her life and career to working on an international level to move the needle forward in poverty reduction and global health equity through policy and data analysis.

Name: Kelsey Mulka

Title: Data Visualization Intern
Location: United States

Kelsey is currently a graduate student pursuing a degree in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University with an emphasis in data analytics and visualization. She grew up in southeast Michigan and attended undergrad at Michigan State University, focusing her studies on social science and international development. Prior to returning to school, she worked in Washington, DC, serving in various project and data management roles for federal programs in the education, healthcare, and policy research spaces. Over the years, her personal and professional experiences have fueled her passion for a career utilizing innovations in technology for improving public health outcomes and international cooperation.

Name: Krystle Pate

Title: Visual Communications Intern
Location: United States

Krystle is a fun creative who loves to read, shoot film, and design. She is a problem-solver by nature, always looking for a challenge. She has 8+ years working in design and advertisement. This includes Newspaper design and layout, designing e-learning courses, graphic/web design, videography, and media design. Her career path has led her to gain multiple perspectives and experiences in print, digital, video, and adult learning experiences. Managing visions, creative directing, setting goals, and building lasting teams that produce excellent work for brands, businesses, and organizations, are common fields Krystle works within.

Name: L Katrin

Title: HIV Testing Services Intern
Location: United States

L Katrin (they, them, theirs) was originally born in Yekaterinburg, Russia but grew up in Atlanta, GA. They completed a BS in Nutrition at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. L began their work in public health by joining the Peace Corps as a Public Health Education Volunteer in Mongolia. They taught health classes in secondary school, promoted healthy eating initiatives and sexual and reproductive health community clubs to educate students, teachers and families about various health topics. L also worked with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Center in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to educate the LGBT community in the capital about HIV and HIV-related services available.

Name: Margaret Cunningham

Title: Adult Clinical Branch Treatment Cluster Intern
Location: United States

Margaret is a student at the University of New Mexico, currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Systems, Services, and Policy. Her professional experience in public health includes five years as an infectious disease epidemiologist with the state of Oregon, three years in immunization programming for the New Mexico Department of Health, and participation in New Mexico’s COVID-19 response as a member of the epidemiology team managing outbreaks in congregate living settings. She is also a registered nurse with experience in family practice and HIV/STI/ viral hepatitis care teams.

Name: Martha Medina

Title: Geospatial Analysis and Visualization Intern
Location: United States

Maddie is the Geospatial Analysis and Visualization Intern. She completed her MPH in Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in May 2020. At Mailman, she specialized in the epidemiology of chronic diseases, but in the interim discovered a passion for spatial data and data visualization. First and foremost a data lover, Maddie is glad to have encountered this internship with USAID.She attended Brown University for undergrad, where she studied Public Health and received a Fogarty Framework in Global Health scholarship to pursue qualitative research in Vietnam, evaluating how social networks via local community organizations have impacted mental health and stigma experienced by mothers and children living with HIV in Ho Chi Minh City.

Name: Mary (Maggie) Machaca

Title: Maternal and Child Health Policy and Programs Intern
Location: United States

Maggie is a Registered Dietitian and a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Earning certificates in humanitarian and global health, much of her coursework during the MPH program concentrated on international nutrition with a thesis on the challenges of dietary data collection in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to graduate school, Maggie spent time in Ethiopia and Mozambique studying malnutrition and food security. Her special interests include childhood feeding practices and maternal micronutrient deficiencies. After working as a STAR intern, she hopes to utilize her global nutrition experience and work as a Nutrition Advisor for USAID.

Name: Misty Tabora

Title: Youth Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program Intern
Location: United States

Misty is currently a graduate student in her final year of pursuing a Master of Public Health in the concentration of Global Health at New York University (NYU).  She has a strong passion for adolescent and youth health and has experience as a research associate working with pediatric oncology patients at the UCI Center on Stress and Health. Her public health areas of interest also include improving reproductive health access and services for the youth, and her previous position as a behavior and communications intern involved working with the organization Roots of Health in the Philippines to empower youth volunteers advocating about reproductive health concerns within their communities.

Name: Priscilla Kwarteng

Title: HIV/AIDS Microbicide Research Intern*B
Location: United States

Priscilla acquired her undergraduate Bachelor's Degree in Biology at the University of Richmond and she is a current MPH student at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Her public health interests include vaccinology/immunology, infectious disease, global health research and programming, sociodemographic determinants of health disparity, and the equitable delivery of health care and related resources.

Name: Sena Woldetensay

Title: Key Populations Intern
Location: United States

Sena is a recent graduate of the Heller School of Social Policy, with a Master’s Degree in Global Health Policy and Management and a concentration in Health Economics and Analytics. Prior to starting her Master’s education, Sena worked with non-profit organizations and served in U.S. Peace Corps as a Community Health Improvement Project volunteer in Zambia. Sena’s two years of service in Zambia along with successfully integrating into her community has allowed her to connect with the hearts of the people and improve rural health care standards through the promotion of systems and empowerment of local communities.

Name: Sinead Maharrey

Title: Community Programming and Clinical Integration Intern
Location: United States

After earning a Bachelor's of Public Health from the University of Kentucky, where she spent time working on local tobacco-cessation and policy efforts, Sinead sought to apply her public health experience on a global scale as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She served as a Maternal and Child Health Promoter in rural Zambia, where she had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of global health projects. Since her return, she has been pursuing a Master's of Public Health at the George Washington University's global & humanitarian health program. Sinead is thrilled to take on this role in partnership with USAID and hope to use her experiences and education to continue on a career in the global health space and working towards sustainable health & humanitarian response efforts globally.

Name: Yubika Bhattarai

Title: Health Management Information Systems Intern
Location: United States

I received my undergraduate degree in Biological Chemistry. Following graduation I moved to Austin, TX and briefly worked at a lab before starting my transition into Health Information Technology. I currently attend George Washington University and am getting my Masters in Information Technology. Following graduation I intend to work on a challenging Information Technology role within the International Development sector.

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