Founders and Board of Directors:
Sarah Hillware, Founder and Board Chair
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.
Pavita Singh, MPH, Acting Executive Director
Pavita Singh is the Acting Executive Director of Girls Health Ed. She is a graduate of Yale University, where she received her Master of Public Health in Social & Behavioral Sciences. Her graduate thesis explored the relationship between digital intimate partner violence and mental health outcomes. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Linguistics, and Child & Adolescent Mental Health from New York University, where she completed her thesis on the mental health treatment of South Asian immigrant women in the United States. Prior to taking over as Girls Health Ed's Acting Executive Director, Pavita served for six years as the organization's Director of Programs & Outreach, during which time she created and tailored Girls Health Ed’s curriculum, trained over 100 Teaching Fellows, built partnerships with 50 schools and community centers across all program locations, and taught workshops in the United States and Kenya. Some of her accomplishments as Acting Executive Director have included spearheading fundraising campaigns and programmatic partnerships with other organizations and organizing and moderating a roundtable discussion that Girls Health Ed co-hosted with the United Nations Population Fund on the importance of gender-transformative comprehensive sexuality education during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Pavita is a long-time advocate for youth empowerment, particularly the empowerment of girls and young women, and for holistic health and wellness and has spoken at the White House about youth leadership development programs combating school bullying.
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.
Jeff S. Puretz, J.D., Secretary and Legal Council
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.
Kathryn Kelly, M.D.
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.
Geoffrey Chorbajian is currently the co-owner of Blue in Green, a clothing boutique in NYC. Originally from upstate NY, Geoffrey attended Northeastern University where he graduated with a degree in finance. After college, his career took an unexpected turn and he found himself at CARE International. There he spent over 10 years honing his skills in development, specifically individual major gifts. While at CARE, Geoffrey had the great privilege to travel the world and visit programs in several countries. It was during these trips that he developed a strong understanding of international development and the importance of targeting women and girls. After a life-changing career at CARE, Geoffrey went on to work for a few smaller non-profits where his responsibility was to design and implement major giving strategies as well as board management. Most of the organizations with which Geoffrey has worked have a focus on empowering women and girls. As the father of two daughters, he understands the value and importance of such work. More recently, Geoffrey moved to New Orleans where he continues to manage his store while raising his two daughters and doing some consulting work. His wife, Shaily Rahman, PhD, works at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she does research in the field of marine science.
Katherine Tan, M.B.A., Vice Chair
Katherine is a Program Officer in the Development Policy and Finance group at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she manages a portfolio of grants related to development finance policy and is building an internal advisory practice to help program teams mobilize external co-financing to scale strategic priorities. Prior to the Gates Foundation, she was a Senior Program Officer in the Finance Investment and Trade group at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. At MCC, she led the development of a $12.5 million program to fund climate-resilient agricultural investments as part of MCC's $437 million compact with the Government of Niger, the largest bi-lateral donor investment in Niger. She also helped secure and manage partnerships with the World Bank, African Development Bank, US African Development Foundation, and Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.
She began her career in the leadership development program at Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund with $160B AUM, where she served as chief-of-staff to Bridgewater’s President and Co-CEO, managing stakeholder relations and implementing priorities across his portfolio. Following Bridgewater, she was selected as one of fifteen Bankers without Borders Fellows from 650 applicants at Grameen Foundation, an international NGO. Katherine has worked in various international contexts, including Niger, Benin, Zambia, the Philippines, India, China, and Argentina.
Katherine has an MBA with honors from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated in the top 20% of her MBA for Executives Class. She graduated cum laude with honors from Harvard College with a B.A. in Economics. She consulted for BizCorps, a start-up founded by Robert Mosbacher Jr., former CEO of the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and served on a taskforce to redesign impact measurement at StartingBloc, a social enterprise. She served as a Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Fellow in Sustainable Development, with publications appearing in the Huffington Post, Devex, and other outlets. She is an honorable mention finalist for the Society for International Development’s Andrew E. Rice Award for Outstanding Young Professional in International Development, a Shafik Gabr Fellow for dialogue with Egypt, a StartingBloc Fellow, a member of the Nexus Global Youth network, a SandBox member, and a Coca-Cola Scholar. She has served as Board Secretary on the Executive Board of Harvard Global Women’s Empowerment, an alumni organization. She is passionate about women and girls’ issues and is a longtime volunteer on issues related to sexual and relationship violence and girls’ education.
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 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 country 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.
Staff and Volunteers:
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.
Diana Kasuku, Kenya Program Coordinator
Diana Kasuku, Kenya Program Coordinator, has a Bachelor of Arts from Nairobi University in Communication and Sociology. Her entire career has centered around the empowerment of adolescent girls through health education, which she started in high school as a peer educator. She has been a lead on a TV series sponsored by USAID and Population Services International on reproductive health, AIDS, poverty, and nutrition and worked in operations and project management for organizations dedicated to the prevention of female genital mutilation (FGM). Prior to joining Girls Health Ed, she was a project manager at the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation.
Angela Young, Director of Communications
Angela is the Director of Communications of Girls Health Ed. She joined the organization as a teaching fellow in 2014, providing our evidence-based curriculum to girls, ages 8-17, throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Over the course of her career, Angela has worked with a wide range of companies, nonprofit organizations, and federal agencies to design and implement successful strategies that educate, motivate, and transform health behaviors at local, national, and international levels.
An award-winning communications professional and health promotion strategist, Angela has used her strategic communications skills to address critical issues including veteran mental health, nutrition education, cancer research, women’s health and so much more. Her work on various projects has earned several awards including Excellence in Communication, Hermes Platinum, Silver Communicator, and Videographer of the Year.
With a passion for social marketing, Angela has dedicated her free time to helping local communities improve their health through tobacco cessation, fitness, and reproductive health awareness programs.
She earned her Master of Professional Studies in strategic public relations from The George Washington University in 2011. She previously earned a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a concentration in Journalism and New Media from Towson University.
Julia Granitto, Communications Associate
Julia has been involved in Girls Health Ed’s Communications Team since the summer of 2019. She now serves as a Communications Associate. This role includes creating content for Girls Health Ed’s social media pages. She is currently a senior at Georgetown University where she is studying political science and public health. On campus, Julia has worked as a Program Assistant for Georgetown University Health Education Services. She has a passion for sexual and reproductive health promotion.