Founders and Board of Directors:
Sarah Hillware, Founder
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.
Gaby Grebski, MSW
Gaby Grebski, LICSW is a licensed social worker who has been working as a school counselor and health educator in the classroom for almost 14 years. She is currently helping to build the high school counseling and health & wellness program in several DC schools. Gaby feels strongly about empowering girls, having spends summers working with organizations such as the Girls Leadership Institute and is on the board of Girls Gotta Run, Inc.
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.
Marisa Westbrook, MPH
Marisa Westbrook is a public health researcher interested in chronic disease prevention, community engagement, adolescent wellness, and social epidemiology. She has worked projects ranging from diabetes prevention to high school sleep interventions, with a focus on improving health outcomes in vulnerable populations. She is currently completing her Masters in Public Health in Health and Social Behavior at UC Berkeley. In her free time, she creates recipes for her website, UprootKitchen.com, and enjoys urban gardening at her home in Denver.
Melissa Jane Kronfeld, Ph.D.
Natasha Ghent-Rodriguez, VP of Operations
Natasha is a nonprofit professional with expertise in operations, outreach, and organizational management. Over the years, Natasha has studied organizational management and shifted her career to focus on the nexus of operations and programs. Natasha is currently completing her Master's at Georgetown and previously served as the Vice President of the for-profit subsidiary of a 100-yr old national nonprofit association.
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 Sandy has over 20 years of experience in the banking and investment arena. After ten years as a financial advisor, she currently sits on her firm’s local diversity council and over the years has been involved with various organizations. In 2007, she received the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 1st Annual "La Cima" Volunteerism Award For fun, she is devoted to Pure-Barre, is a huge baseball fan and a classical music enthusiast. Her golf game is "a work in progress."
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.
Marissa Mattar, Regional Expansion Coordinator
Marissa Mattar graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. While at GWU, Marissa spent much of her time volunteering at clinics in underprivileged neighborhoods in the DC metro area. She currently works as a researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY, generating preclinical models that are used to develop and test the efficacy of various treatments to treat cancers. Marissa has played an integral role in establishing GHE programming in New York. Marissa got involved with GHE in an effort to help combat the many health and self-esteem related obstacles that young girls face. She truly believes that knowledge is power and that providing our young girls with a comprehensive health knowledge base is paramount for their ability to lead healthy and successful lives.
Roxana Muzzammel, Director of Fundraising and Donor Development
Roxana Muzzammel comes from a background in event planning and fundraising for nonprofits. Roxana currently serves on the Leadership Committee for the National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) since 2013. Roxana has garnered the title First Runner-Up 2013 LLS Woman of the Year back in June 2013, where she had raised over $96,000 for cancer research in 10-weeks. She had been inspired to fundraise and promote awareness for cancer research through events after the loss of her father to leukemia in 2011. Roxana currently works as an IT Consultant for CRGT Inc. Roxana is a graduate of Northeastern University where she had earned her Bachelors of Science in Management Information Systems.
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.