Founders and Board of Directors:
Sarah Hillware, Founder
Sarah is a longtime champion of women's and girls' empowerment, as she believes it is central to poverty eradication, community empowerment and economic growth.
She recognized a growing need for health education in the school system, and began researching the topic in-depth while studying at The George Washington University. Upon receiving a small grant, she piloted health education workshops in Washington, DC, and also performed secondary research in other low-income communities throughout the US, as well as Kenya and India. What she found was a missed opportunity to empower adolescent girls during a critical window of time, and it inspired her to formalize her operations and establish Girls Health Ed. Sarah strongly believes in the power of education and the power of women. Through her global studies of public health, and her personal and professional experiences, she has learned that the empowered girl is unstoppable.
Dr. Angela Jones, MD, FACOG
Dr. Angela of AskDrAngela.com is equal parts best girlfriend and bold professional, supporting women’s health with innovative approaches to care and heavy doses of humor. Dr. Angela has done more than launch a successful practice, she has defined herself as a voice for a new generation of womanhood, established her Ask Dr. Angela brand committed to authenticity, and built a community rooted in trust, candor, and compassion. She is a wife, a mother, a Midwesterner, and an award-winning OB/GYN.
Gaby Grebski, LICSW
Gaby Grebski is a licensed social worker who has been working with students as a counselor, health & sexuality educator, and coach since 2003 at both the high school and collegiate levels. She has spent much of her career on the ground counseling, teaching, and mentoring youth and has spent summers working for organizations like the Girls Leadership Institute and LearnServe International. She has worked abroad in Guatemala, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Zambia to help bring awareness to the many issues facing young girls including gender inequality, access to education, and HIV prevention. Gaby is also on the Board of Directors for the Girls Gotta Run Foundation, working with adolescent female runners in Ethiopia. Originally from New York, Gaby earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Yale University and her Master of Science in Social Work at Columbia University. She is passionate about empowering, advocating for, and tapping into the potential of girls and young women worldwide.
Dr. Kathryn Kelly
Dr. Kathryn Kelly is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Kelly is the President/Owner of Kelly Collaborative Medicine focusing on Primary Care. Dr. Kelly has a passion for the underserved and community service through healthcare and works to provide Comprehensive, Compassionate Care to her patients. Dr. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2001 from Howard University and worked towards her Masters in Education at City College of New York and Brooklyn College while teaching High School science in the Bronx, New York from 2001-2003. Dr. Kelly received her Medical Degree from Howard University in 2007 and completed her Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Kelly is a board Member for Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, Incorporated where she previously served as the Organization’s National President from 2015-2017. Dr. Kelly also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Howard University Medical Alumni Association. Dr. Kelly is married to Jackie Kelly, Jr., a lobbyist for the American Trucking Association. She also has two daughters, Ajzha and Reagan,and a son, Jackson. The Kelly Family resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Jeff S. Puretz
Jeff Puretz is active in supporting several charitable organizations. He joined the Board of Directors for Girls Health Ed in 2019. After previously serving as a legal adviser to the organization, Jeff was moved by GHE’s mission and its people. Jeff also serves as the Chair of the Board of Visitors of Catholic University Law School, and the Chair Elect to the Charles E Smith Life Communities, which includes the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. Until his retirement at the end of 2018, Jeff practiced law with the global firm of Dechert LLP for 33 years where his practice involved securities representation of mutual funds, mutual fund boards, investment advisers, and insurance companies. Jeff was included in The Best Lawyers in America, was widely quoted in the financial press, and his work has been cited by the SEC and the courts.
Natasha Yousaf McKay, M.D.
Natasha is a physician who is passionate about health education and preventive care. She is board-certified in internal medicine, and specializes in acute inpatient care. Upon graduating from the University of Florida with a BA in Food Science and Human Nutrition, then from Ross University School of Medicine with high honors, she completed her residency at the Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center program in Washington, DC. Dr. Yousaf McKay has participated in health fairs and patient awareness seminars and has worked internationally. Her most recent endeavor was in Kenya, where she worked with girls recovering from female genital mutation. From mentoring students to contributing to our curriculum development, she has an overall vision for utilizing her talents to educate and empower youth.
Sandy Salinas is part of the local and regional leadership team for a Global Wealth Management. Sandy is a Texas native and started her career as a Financial Advisor at Salomon Smith Barney and Merrill Lynch in Dallas. After a decade as an advisor, her journey to management took her across the county and now has brought her to Virginia. Through these experiences, Sandy has seen the challenges that girls and young women face across the nation and believes education in health and finances will enhance their quality of life with the ability to make informed decisions. She believes health and financial literacy will in turn provide a positive impact within their families and community. She is a member at St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington D.C and currently sits on her company’s local diversity council. Over the years her stewardship includes - Board Member of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, University of North Texas FIREL Advisory Board, UNT Alumni Selection Committee, ALPFA, Collin County Committee on Aging, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation and the Dallas Symphony.
Honorary Board Members:
Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, Hollywood film producer, and a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album in 2015. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, CTI, ColorJar, and more. Jeff serves on boards of companies in the US, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in more than 150 countries. He supports the White House, the US State Department, the United Nations, and many foreign governments on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs. Jeff is also a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.
Anna Blue, M.Ed.
Anna Blue is the Deputy Director of Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign. Led by a community of half a million passionate advocates, Girl Up engages girls to take action on behalf of the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl. An innovator in youth engagement, Anna has helped move Girl Up from a budding youth empowerment campaign, to a true global movement that is developing a new generation of female leaders.
Melissa Jane Kronfeld, Ph.D.
Melissa Jane Kronfeld is a Ph.D. (ABD) in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. In 2012, she was awarded first place in the Richard A. Clarke National Security and Counter-Terrorism Scholarship contest and in 2014, the Rutgers University Walter F. Weiker scholarship celebrating students who possess academic excellence and a commitment to exceptional contributions to society. Melissa has been featured in many major publications. In 2014 she launched Party For A Purpose and in 2015 PFAP Consulting, a full service social impact event and development agency. Melissa also serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Service Corps.
Staff and Volunteers:
Bhavna Bhatia, MS, Director of Marketing
Bhavna is a digital marketing professional who is passionate about health education. Bhavna completed her M.S. in Public Communication where she focused her research on the effectiveness of patient-provider communication. She has served as a professor at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College, instructing on various communication skill enhancement courses for young adults. Bhavna aims to understand how the evolution of technology has impacted our ability to learn and grow, and hopes to translate this knowledge into successful marketing strategies that will expand GHE's reach across the nation and globe.
Genevieve Cowan, Director of Finance
Genevieve is a graduate of Miami University where she double majored in Political Science and International Studies, with a concentration in conflict, peace, and diplomacy. After graduation, she moved back to her hometown of Washington, DC. She currently works for the Joint Committee on Taxation where she analyzes a diverse portfolio of tax law and financial policy issues. What really sparked Genevieve’s interest in girl’s health was her time studying abroad in Egypt. While in Egypt, she studied the dynamics of social change immediately preceding the Arab Spring and focused on the societal role of women and girls in rural versus urban areas. It was through this experience that she learned firsthand how empowered women and girls could be a catalyst for positive change. In her free time, Genevieve is an avid yogi, cyclist, and runner, who enjoys trying new work outs with friends all over the DC metropolitan area. She also loves to visit local farmers markets and create healthy meals.
Pavita Singh, MPH, Director of Programs and National Outreach
Pavita is a graduate of Yale University where she received her Master of Public Health in Social & Behavioral Sciences. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Linguistics, and Child & Adolescent Mental Health from New York University. Pavita's passions and interests include mental health, youth development, education, empowerment of girls and women, and creative arts. Pavita joined the Girls Health Ed team because she believes in the organization's mission of teaching girls about health, well-being, and self-care as a means of empowering them to make an impact in their communities and to become the women they want to be.
Roxana Muzzammel, Director of Fundraising and Donor Development
Roxana Muzzammel is the Director of Fundraising and Donor Development for Girls Health Ed since December 2014. She has effectively led two fundraising campaigns annually for the organization since her involvement with Girls Health Ed. Roxana comes from a background in event planning and fundraising for several other charities and holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Northeastern University. Roxana's philanthropic involvement also includes being on the Leadership Team for the National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) since 2013 and is currently on the board for Green Deshis. Roxana currently works for CACI International Inc. as a Business Process Analyst on a Cybersecurity project. She is also the founder for Grassroots-Fund, an automated fundraising platform. Roxana understands how to fundraise effectively via successful and proven grassroots fundraising outreach methods from her experience surpassing monetary goals for organizations. Coupled with her tech knowledge from over 10+ years in the technology sector, Roxana is skilled in leading the Girls Health Ed in effective fundraising methods.