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triangle global health Career day

FEBRUARY 7, 2020

cAREER DAY speakers 


Ronny Bell, PhD - Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University

Dr. Ronny A. Bell, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University. Formerly, he was Professor with tenure of Public Health Sciences (Department of Epidemiology and Prevention) at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. From 2006 – 2016, he was Director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest, a designated Center of Excellence with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Dr. Bell received his undergraduate degree in public health nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master’s and doctorate in nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his Master’s in Epidemiology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in gerontology at Wake Forest before joining the faculty in 1996.

Dr. Bell chairs the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council and the North Carolina American Indian Health Board. Nationally, he serves on the American Diabetes Association Health Disparities Committee and the Southeastern Health Equity Council of the US Department of Health and Human Services National Partnership for Action. He is also Past Co-Chair of the Native Research Network.

Michele Broemmelsiek, MA - Chief Program Officer, IntraHealth International

As chief program officer, Michele Broemmelsiek is responsible for overall program delivery at IntraHealth. She provides visionary leadership to shape, guide, and implement the organization's programmatic agenda with a strong emphasis on measurement and learning. 

During her 24+ years of experience managing multinational teams in resource-poor settings, Broemmelsiek spent 13 years based in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Zambia. Before joining IntraHealth, she was chief of party for AIDSRelief, an HIV care and treatment grant spanning 10 countries and providing services to more than 700,000 patients, and vice president of overseas operations at Catholic Relief Services, where she provided functional leadership and support to operations in 100+ countries. Broemmelsiek earned a master's degree in international development from the American University and a bachelor's degree from Emory University.

Trisha Castranio - Program Manager, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences

My background in environmental health research and Sustainability has created a unique perspective when working in policy for the Global Environmental Health team. The scientific relationships I have formed have given me the leg up on outreach and communication for our institute. Striving for a more sustainable workplace helps create new lines of communication and camaraderie among the employees and stakeholders of our organization. My goals include making the NIEHS a sustainable workplace but also teach our employees and stakeholders the value of balance for people, planet, and prosperity.

Kim Chin - Founder and Managing Partner, McChin Healthcare Solutions

Kim Chin is Founder and Managing Partner of McChin Healthcare Solutions headquartered in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The firm specializes in global healthcare business development for digital health, telemedicine service providers and medical informatics companies. He consults for publicly listed companies, government and statutory boards, private equity and venture capital firms, and private sector enterprises across the global healthcare spectrum.

Prior to the founding of McChin Healthcare Solutions, Kim served in senior management positions in local government and the private sector. He led multi-disciplinary planning, marketing and government relations teams to implement healthcare access programs for communities in Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In addition to the Americas, Kim has negotiated deals for clients in the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Latin America Caribbean (LAC), Africa, India and China.]

Kim earned his undergraduate degree from the Allen School of Journalism at the University of Oregon.  He is an alum of the University of Washington's Daniel J. Evan's School of Public Policy and Governance Cascade Executive Program. Kim is a member of the Board of the North Carolina World Trade Association, a trade body representing multinational companies to promote international commerce between enterprises in the state and the world. Kim is a founding member of the Japan America Society of North Carolina, and is a contributor to Go Global NC international study tours and missions for business leaders and elected officials.

Paul Domanico, PhD - Senior Director of Global Health Sciences, Clinton Health Access Initiative

Paul Domanico, PhD is an executive with over 30 yrs of life sciences R&D experience. He leads large international & multidisciplinary teams through all phases of drug discovery, drug development, and technology development. He has extensive knowledge of drug discovery, chemistry, biology, pharmacology, clinical sciences, and information technology. He served on the boards of biotechnology companies and serves as a mentor to several NC schools and firms.

Paul is the Senior Director of Global Health Sciences at CHAI. This group develops and transfer better and less expensive process chemistries for manufacturing; ensures key products meet quality standards; supports the development and regulatory filing of critical products and dose-optimized regimens; provide clinical guidance on disease prevention and management, support the timely transition to optimal treatment paradigms and improving quality of clinical service delivery for patients in resource-limited settings; and confirm the benefits and cost-effectiveness of interventions; model expected health outcomes and costs of public health programs; and accelerate the real-world implementation of highly-effective interventions.

Phillip Graham, DrPH - Director, Center on Social Determinants, Risk Behaviors, and Prevention Science at RTI International

Phillip W. Graham is senior director of RTI's Center on Social Determinants, Risk Behaviors, and Prevention Science. He has more than 20 years of experience conducting community-based research and evaluation, with researching focusing on evaluating preventive interventions developed to reduce and prevent adolescent interpersonal violence and substance use.

Dr. Graham currently serves as the project director on several national cross-site evaluations assessing community efforts to reduce underage drinking, prescription drug misuse and abuse, marijuana use, and opioid deaths. He has also investigated the effects of witnessing community violence on perpetration, the development of ethnic identity among African American male adolescents as a protective factor, and the impact of comprehensive school-based interventions and services to promote healthy child development. Other research efforts have included examining the relationship between social capital and community violence; developing an evaluation toolkit to measure collective impact, and collaborating with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to understand how community social cohesion impacts the development of a shared value of health. His methodological focus includes the use of mixed-methods approaches and his research emphasizes the importance of culture, community context, systems change, and place-based strategies. He is a former board member of the Society for Prevention Research and a current founding board member for the National Prevention Science Coalition. 

Emily Kiser, MPH - Strategy and Development Officer, IntraHealth International

Emily Kiser is a strategy and development officer at IntraHealth International with more than ten years of experience in public health and global health. Emily’s experience includes clinical, research, and nonprofit management work focusing on a variety of public health issues including sexual and reproductive health, perinatal health, and migrant health. Emily has an MPH from the UNC Gillings School for Global Public Health and a BA in Spanish from UNC Chapel Hill. She also serves on the Alumni Association Advisory Board at UNC Gillings. A native Tar Heel, Emily was born and raised in Elon, NC and has lived in the Triangle for the past 15 years.

Thomas Luten - Regional Lead, Health Career Connection

Tom has a broad and eclectic background, with more than 30 years’ experience in diversity recruitment and college relations consulting, leadership and career development, graduate and professional school admissions, minority affairs and financial aid in higher education.

Working throughout the North Carolina and Washington, DC regions, Tom sees himself as a conduit for accurate academic advising and career information for college-aged young persons from disadvantaged and minority communities. His passions are graduate and professional school advising, with a particular interest in working toward eliminating health disparities through health education and workforce diversity.

Sarah Martin, MEd - Assistant Director, Duke Global Health Institute

Sarah manages graduate admissions for the Duke Master of Science in Global Health program, as well as two opportunities for doctoral-level students at Duke University. She also helps DGHI develop new programs and respond to opportunities to enhance existing global health educational programming at Duke. A Durham-native, Sarah returned to North Carolina after many years living in colder climates. She holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont, and before coming to DGHI, served as the Director of University Relations at World Learning/SIT Study Abroad.

Camille Mason, M.Ed. - Career Services Coordinator, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Camille G. Mason is the Career Services Coordinator for the Gillings School of Public Health. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and her Master of Education from Winthrop University.  Ms. Mason is experienced in providing comprehensive career services to a diverse population of students, including career development, job search and graduate school preparation, and major exploration.

Jacqueline Olich, PhD, Vice President University Partnerships, RTI International

 Jacqueline Olich, PhD, is an administrator, educator, author, speaker, and entrepreneur with experience building partnerships and developing innovative interdisciplinary projects. As RTI International’s Vice President, University Collaborations, Jacqueline Olich leads the institute’s University Collaboration Office (UCO), which serves as a catalyst and hub for outreach at the university level, developing and managing partnerships with leading regional, national, and international academic institutions. She establishes networks to link ideas and people and oversees the RTI University Scholars Program and the RTI Internship Program. 

She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Public Health Leadership Program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and also serves on the Duke University NEH Next Generation PhD Advisory Committee. Dr. Olich is a graduate and former Advisory Board member of the BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women Program. She received a Triangle Business Journal 2017 Women in Business Award for her commitment to mentorship. Dr. Olich is a member of the 2016-2017 class of Leadership North Carolina. 

Wendy Prudhomme-O'Meara, PhD - Associate Professor of Medicine and Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute

Dr. Wendy O’Meara is an Associate Professor at Duke University School of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, visiting professor at Moi University, and the Senior Advisor for Research Strategy at DGHI. She has been based full-time in Kenya since 2007. Her work has two major themes - implementation science to improve rational drug use for suspected malaria cases and elucidating malaria transmission networks combining fine-scale epidemiologic and entomologic investigations with next generation sequencing approaches. She is an engineer by training and mapped a unique path to a global health career. 

Lisa Simutami, Chief Operating Officer, Ipas

Prior to joining Ipas in 2016, Ms. Simutami served as Vice President for East Africa at PSI where she led and managed a region of 11 countries and more than 1700 staff, annual revenue of approximately 185 million and diverse programs that ranged from reproductive health to sanitation, and market solutions to health system strengthening. She has also served as program manager for West Africa, country representative for PSI Rwanda, global financial services manager and senior director of procurement, contracts and grants. Before joining PSI, Ms. Simutami was a peace corps volunteer in Gabon and an associate program officer at Family Health International.

Aaron Turner - Talent Aquisition Manager, RTI International

Aaron Turner has over 20 years of talent acquisition experience. He is currently the Talent Acquisition Manager at RTI, supporting Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences Organization (SSES).


Prior to joining RTI, Aaron worked in the government contracting space in many areas, including life sciences, research & development, information technology and management consulting. Earlier in his career, he was part of the executive management team for a consulting firm which - in addition to the human capital aspect - allowed him to get a view of business from the sales, execution and delivery points of view.

Aaron is very passionate about employee development. He recognizes the need to constantly develop talent and prepare employees for the next step in their careers. He strives to understand internal client needs in order to strategically build teams, ensure growth opportunities, and deliver results.

Leigh Warren - Senior Recruiter, International Development, FHI 360

Leigh Warren has over 19 years of Recruitment experience with 9+ years focused on global health, international exchanges, and clinical research/trials. She graduated from Clemson University with a Sociology degree and worked in the staffing industry for nearly 10 years.  

She is currently at FHI 360 as a Senior Recruiter with a primary focus on recruiting for the Global Health portfolio.  She is PHR and SHRM-CP certified and is working towards the World @ Work Compensation certification.  She has lived in North Carolina for over 12 years where she met her husband and has and has the best dog ever.  She is an avid runner and enjoys travelling.  Being a recruiter in the international development sector, she truly finds joy in making even the smallest impact in someone’s life.

Stephanie Watson-Grant, DrPH - Director, Field Operations, MEASURE Evaluation

Stephanie Watson-Grant, DrPH, has 17 years of experience in public health and development, with 14 years of which is working with organizations at the country level. Dr. Watson-Grant held positions in USAID and UNAIDS and has extensive experience in a diverse portfolio of work including routine monitoring with mHealth resources, outcome monitoring surveys, outcome evaluations, evaluation capacity building, causal loop mapping to assess risks to task shifting from facilities to communities and has publications focused on measurement of country ownership in global health.


In her most recent position, she serves as the Director of Field Operations for MEASURE Evaluation where she leads a team of four country portfolio managers who provide oversight to 36 country operations, implementing activities related to more than eight different earmarks.

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