Dr. Mekebeb Negerie (Mike) has 25 years of experience managing and mentoring teams engaged in improving public health. Mike began his academic studies with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture then went on to obtain a Masters degree in Public Health from the Philippines Union College and a Doctorate of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University in California. Mike specializes in care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, child survival and reproductive health. He has work experience in 40 countries and has participated in numerous assessments and evaluations of health programs, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Mike is skilled at participatory design of projects as well as monitoring amd evaluation systems. Much of his work has focused on training, capacity building, and provision of technical support to strengthen community, public, and civil society programs and structures. He has authored over 20 articles include five that have appeared in peer reviewed publications.
Kevin is an independent advisor to a range of companies and organizations—providing agricultural value chain development, supply chain sustainability, and business advisory services. A Marine veteran, former presidential appointee, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), Kevin has over 13 years of government, private sector, and nonprofit strategy, business development, marketing, communications, and program design and delivery experience. Proficient in Fulani and French, he has managed private sector and donor-funded programs in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, led cross-functional teams, and developed and directly overseen annual budgets in excess of $15MM. He has lived and worked in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, and Tanzania. Separately, Kevin has program design and delivery experience in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, and Uganda. Independently, Kevin co-chairs the Society for International Development's Private Sector Development Workgroup, is a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (National Capital Area), and is affiliated with several international development and military veteran’s associations.
Jack Marrkand is the Executive Director of Partners for Development, having been in this position from 1991-2002 and again from 2007 to the present. He is also an ex-officio non-voting trustee on the PfD Board of Directors and in this capacity serves in the officer position of Secretary. Mr. Marrkand worked with staff and partners on operationalizing PfD’s initial programs – in Cambodia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Somalia, Rwanda, and Nigeria -- and in developing its policies and procedures. He has extensive experience in food aid management, especially monetization programs; has previously run or worked for programs with other international NGO in Africa – Catholic Relief Services, Technoserve, and Africare; and in the 1980s served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso. Also, between 2004-2006 Mr. Marrkand worked as Executive Director for Sustainable Food Center in Austin, TX and for Habitat for Humanity of Southern Maryland. He earned an M.A. in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, having written a thesis on literacy. Mr. Marrkand lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, two children, and several pets.Send an Email
Donna Ellis has been working as a Senior Accountant for PfD since 2005. During that time she has been a key component to a multitude of proposals and has consistently managed and prepared the internal budget. Ms. Ellis previously has experience in a similar position at the House of Ruth where she was in charge of annual reporting for all government contracts. She has also held positions with the International Republican Institute, Lockheed Engineering and Management Services Company and holds technical certificates from USDA for nonprofit entities. Ms. Ellis attended the University of Maryland for her undergraduate degree in education.Send an Email
Anna Titulaer started at PfD in July 2014 with a background in business development and program operations. Prior to joining PfD, Ms. Titulaer managed business development efforts at the International Youth Foundation (IYF) where she led on large-scale public and private sector business development opportunities in Latin American and the Caribbean and Africa. From 2008 to 2012, she served in various capacities at DAI, ranging from training, new business, operations, recruitment and project implementation – all with continuous advancement. Working on projects for USAID, Ms. Titulaer served in Afghanistan and Pakisatan. Prior to her work with DAI, she held a position with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. She holds a Master’s Degree (MA) in Peace Education from the United Nations University for Peace, and speaks basic Spanish.Send an Email
Ediri Kingsley Iruaga is currently serving as Country Program Director in Nigeria. Previously Ediri served as Deputy Country Program Director in Nigeria. He was born in Delta state, Nigeria and has a Master’s degree in Agronomy from the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Before joining PfD, he had over 10 years of experience in community development, program design, implementation and evaluation with substantial focus on women and youth. He is experienced in developing proposals, project reports and designing entrepreneurship training for micro and small enterprises and loan recipients (women and youth) in underserved and conflict areas. His area of specialization is microfinance and business development services and he is a master trainer for a curriculum which PfD helped to develop which is entitled Nigerian Agricultural Enterprise Curriculum (NAEC).Send an Email
Dr. Im Sarun has served as Partners for Development’s Country Program Director in Cambodia since 2009. Prior to his current position, Dr. Sarun was the Executive Director of Partners for Development Cambodia (PfDC) - a local Cambodian NGO affiliated with PfD. Dr. Sarun also served as country program director for four years under the Canada South East Asia Regional HIV/AIDS Program, as well as working with the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and a range of NGOs based in Phnom Penh such as Reproductive and Child Health Alliance and Transcultural Psycho-Social Organization. Dr. Sarun earned a MD from the University of Health Science in Phnom Penh and later, as a Fulbright Scholar Dr. Sarun achieved a Master’s in Public Health from St. Louis University with a focus on International Community Health Education and concentrations in Behavioral Science, Program Planning and Management and Monitoring and Evaluation. Dr. Sarun also speaks Khmer, English and French.Send an Email
Cynthia Taha is the Chief of Party for PfD’s Benin office where she leads the Pineapple Processing for Export (PINEX) and Growing Resources for Enhanced Agriculture Enterprises and Nutrition (GREEN) projects in southern Benin. PINEX will strengthen the pineapple value chain at all levels while GREEN seeks to help vegetable and fruit farmers to improve production and increase crop revenues. Prior to her work with PfD, Ms. Taha led USAID educational projects, USDA agricultural projects as well as a USDO anti-trafficking project. Through her experiences at PfD and elsewhere Cynthia has attained skills in project design, monitoring and evaluation, and management. Ms. Taha has lived and worked in Benin for 18 years and she speak both French and English fluently. She holds a Master’s degree in Administration.Send an Email
Crystal Oluwadamilare started with Pfd in September 2016. Crystal received her B.A degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. She double majored in History and Government and Politics with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. In 2011, she won a Boren Scholarship to Nigeria, where she learned Yoruba at the University of Ibadan. She has interned with the African Development Corps and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. She has also volunteered as a classroom assistant for the Nigerian Red Cross Society Motherless Babies Home and Daycare in Lagos, Nigeria. Crystal is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at Howard University, studying African Studies with a concentration in Public Policy and Development. She speaks intermediate Yoruba.Send an Email
Jeremy Moskow recently started with Partners For Development, an international relief and development organization, in Silver Spring, Maryland. He joins them through the Washington Center, a non-profit that connects young people to DC-area internships. Jeremy is a second semester senior who will graduate from Hofstra University – located about 25 miles east of New York City – with a B.A. in Global Studies and minors in Political Science and Geography. Jeremy has served in the Student Senate at Hofstra and has gained some international experience with Cross Cultural Solutions through which he has undertaken volunteer assignments in Costa Rica, Peru, and India. In these assignments Jeremy has facilitated English language instruction with disadvantaged youth and also assisted on improving infrastructure at various facilities in those countries. Jeremy has also interned at Empire Gate Medical Group, an outpatient clinic in Jamaica, Queens, Data Driven Delivery Systems, Pricefalls.com and gained experience as an assistant preschool teacher at Mrs. Sues Nursery School and Diane-Linder Goldberg Childcare. Jeremy will be with Partners for Development until December. Jeremy can be reached at email@example.com or on his cell 954-562-2614Send an Email
Lola Owokoniran started with PfD in February 2016 as an intern in the PfD Silver Spring office. Prior to starting with PfD, Ms. Owokoniran garnered community development experience, as an intern for FACETS, a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter, food, sustainable housing, and medical needs to families and individuals suffering the effects of poverty in Fairfax County, Virginia and surrounding areas. While with FACETS, Lola developed and managed a summer lunch program that provided nutritious meals to children living in public housing units. Ms. Owokoniran joined PfD with over 4 years of combined professional and educational experience in business administration functions and communications with a background in community and global health. Lola is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health from George Mason University, and speaks Basic Spanish.Send an Email
Mamie Clarke started with PfD in May 2016 as an intern. Prior to joining PfD, Ms. Clarke worked for the University of Maine's Student Wellness Resource Center as a the Program Specialist for Health Promotion. In this position, she was actively engaged in developing, implementing and evaluating health and wellness programs within her community. In addition, she has interned for the Mercy Corps as a Graduate Policy and Research Intern where she performed in-depth research on aid transparency and multi-year funding. Ms. Clarke completed her B.A. in International Affairs/ Anthropology in August 2015 at UMaine. Ms. Clarke is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Global Policy from the University of Maine, and speaks Spanish.
Julia started at PfD in 2016 as a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis double majoring in Global Health and the Environment and Political Science. She recently completed a semester abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where she spent four months volunteering and conducting research at the Brooklyn Chest Tuberculosis Hospital. Ms. Mulroy previously interned at Panagora Group, a woman-owned small business, and was also an intern in the Emergency Preparedness Division of the St. Louis County Department of Health in spring 2015. At Washington University in St. Louis, she is the co-president of Timmy Global Health, a national organization with multiple university chapters and international partners combating global health inequity. Ms. Mulroy has served on the executive board for two years and traveled with the organization to the Dominican Republic to work with a partner health clinic in Monte Cristi last May. She speaks proficient French and basic Spanish.Send an Email