CAPT Paul Reed, MD is a senior US Public Health Service officer currently assigned as Interim Director at the Center for Global Health Engagement. CAPT Reed holds faculty appointments in Global Health, Military and Emergency Medicine, and Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), in Bethesda, MD.
CAPT Reed held previous positions as the Deputy Director for Operations in the Division of Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC) and Director for Global Health Operations for the US Public Health Service, within the Office of the US Surgeon General. In these capacities, his responsibilities included support for volunteer readiness and coordinating the readiness and deployment of Commissioned Corps officers for domestic and international operations, including humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, civic assistance, emergency response, and training.
CAPT Reed is a former US Navy medical officer with fourteen years in active naval service, culminating as Department Head of Pediatrics – NNMC until his separation in July 2008. CAPT Reed has extensive experience in operational medicine and applied public health, serving in numerous capacities in both domestic and international humanitarian assistance/disaster response activities.
As the Acting Chief of Staff for CGHE, Dr. Riley is responsible for the managerial oversight of Center activities, and developing Global Health Engagement (GHE) activities for a variety of projects within select regional combatant commands in the areas of disaster preparedness/response, public and environmental health, and civil-military operations. He also serves as the practicum site preceptor for select student programs that include medical student electives, Master of Public Health (MPH) practicum programs, and resident electives in disaster preparedness and complex humanitarian emergencies.
Dr. Riley retired from the US Air Force, Medical Service Corps, with experience in health services, humanitarian assistance and contingency operations planning. He has held leadership positions in the field, in academia, and at the strategic level culminating with an assignment as the Chief of Special Operation Forces medical education for US Special Operations Command. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and to over 45 nations worldwide. He has coordinated and executed several military humanitarian assistance missions and served in major contingency operations in Panama, Haiti, Kosovo, and Iraq.
Rear Admiral (Ret) Thomas R. Cullison has been actively involved in health policy and international health engagement issues since retiring in 2010 following a 38-year Navy career that culminated in service as Deputy Surgeon General. Prior to joining CGHE, he was Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy and Deputy Chief Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He began as a surface warfare officer in USS Charles R. Ware (DD 865), participated in riverine salvage operations in Vietnam and served as a saturation diving officer. Dr. Cullison received his doctor of medicine degree in 1979 from Indiana University School of Medicine. Following a surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Naval Medical Center, San Diego his clinical assignments included Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery and Naval Medical Center, San Diego as Assistant Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery and Director, Sports Medicine Service. During this period he deployed as Leader of Surgical Team Seven and Commander Amphibious Task Force Surgeon.
Rear Admiral Cullison’s Navy Medicine leadership career began in San Diego as Surgeon General Specialty Leader for Orthopedic Surgery and Director of Surgical Services. He later served as Deputy Commander Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Commanding Officer Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Fleet Surgeon U.S. Pacific Fleet, Command Surgeon U.S. Pacific Command, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps, Commander Naval Medical Center Portsmouth VA and Commander Navy Medicine East. His personal awards include Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three gold stars, Bronze Star with Combat V, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.
His professional activities have included: Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USU), Clinical Assistant Professor of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Diplomate American College of Healthcare Executives, Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Board of Directors for the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons and Fellow American Orthopaedic Association.
Jane Greulich presently serves as the Senior Division Manager for Programs and Partnerships at CGHE, coordinating DoD Global Health Engagement efforts within CGHE, with USU and across the DoD and the wider US Government. Prior to this, Jane facilitated implementation of US Africa Command’s (USAFRICOM) Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) which focused on partnering with African nations to enhance their disaster management capabilities—particularly disease threats.
Jane received her BA in International Relations from Bucknell University and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health from The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and has previously worked with the United Nations Foundation, United Nations World Food Programme and the Global Health Council.
Department of Primary Appointment: Position: USU Staff Title: Senior Interagency Liaison, HJF CTR
Megan DuLaney serves as the Senior Interagency Liaison providing support to the CGHE Doctrine and Strategic Partnership Division and the OSD Office of Global Health Engagement. She has extensive experience operating at senior levels of the U.S. government, successfully managing relationships within the DoD and across US government agencies, international organizations, thinks tanks, and non-governmental organizations.
Her professional and academic background encompasses comprehensive subject matter expertise in civil-military relationships and the complex intersection of health, diplomacy, and security-related policy and operations.
Yara Francis serves as Senior Strategic Communications Officer, providing communications support to CGHE and the Doctrine and Strategic Partnership Division. She is a communications professional with over 15 years experience in print and audiovisual media, corporate and government consulting, international relations, and quantitative/qualitative media analysis. Ms. Francis is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. She has worked in various capacities as a communications advisor and managing editor for a diverse set of government clients, including DOD, DoS and USAID.
Ms. Francis has a BA in Communication Arts from Lebanese American University and an MA in International Relations and Political Communication from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Department of Primary Appointment: CGHE Position: USU Staff Title: Project Officer, HJF CTR
Affiliated Center: CGHE
Jessica Taylor serves as the Administrative Coordinator and Project Officer for CGHE. She directly supports the center director, as well as the Doctrine and Strategic Partnership Division and the Programs and Joint Force Support division.
Jessica received her BA in Japanese and a certificate in East Asian Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park
CAPT James Reeves serves as the Director of Training and Professional Development for the CGHE where he oversees global health education efforts from medical students to training at the combatant commands. He also serves as head of Navy psychiatry and is responsible for the assignment of 130 Navy psychiatrists and advises the Navy Surgeon General on mental health issues. Prior to this, he served as Director for Mental Health where he led 320 personnel across Hampton Roads to include inpatient, outpatient, and substance abuse services as well as two training programs and served on the Command Executive Board.
Born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Houston, Texas, CAPT Reeves graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in Biology in 1992. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 1996 and his residency in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill where he was chief resident in 2000. He has deployed multiple times, served in the Pentagon in OSD-Policy overseeing global health efforts, spent two years in the US Marine Corps with the 1st Marine Division and has held multiple positions in the Navy’s largest medical centers as well as in Spain and Japan. CAPT Reeves remains an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and previously served as a board examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Dr. Zuerlein serves as the Deputy Director and Senior Program Manager for the Training and Professional Development Division. In this capacity he guides program activities to develop and conduct training and professional development activities to equip military health system professionals to plan and conduct global health engagement activities. Dr. Zuerlein also supports Center efforts by offering a range of expertise and experience in the areas of health services administration, health policy, public health, and global health systems engagement and development.
Dr. Zuerlein served 22 years as a Medical Service Corps Officer within the US Air Force Medical Service, his active service concluded with an assignment as the Medical Security Cooperation lead within the US Central Command’s Command Surgeons Office. Dr. Zuerlein earned his Bachelor of Science degree in General Business Management from the University of Wyoming, his Master's in Health Services Administration from the Army-Baylor University, and his Doctorate in Health Policy and Management from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.
Dr. Sayed Alam Shinwari works as an International Health Systems Advisor for the Training & Professional Development Division and the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program. Dr. Shinwari specializes in the reconstruction and stabilization of healthcare systems in post-conflict environments. Dr. Shinwari is a faculty member, Assistant Professor, and Director at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).
Dr. Shinwari is a graduate of Kabul Medical University (KMU) Kabul, Afghanistan and received a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health from The George Washington University. He started his career working as a general practitioner in Kabul, before joining various US Army-sponsored medical trainings and observation programs in hospitals located in Afghanistan, India, and the US. Since the onset of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dr. Shinwari has worked as a public health coordinator for the U.S. Army (2003-2007). He coordinated and conducted various public health projects, serving as a liaison between the Afghan National Army/National Police, the Afghan public health sector, the Afghan population, the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), NATO, International Organizations, NGOs, and U.S. Army officials. Dr. Shinwari was born in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province and was raised in Kabul. He speaks Pashto (Native), Dari (Native), Farsi, Urdu and English.
CAPT Danny Shiau is Director of the Programs and Joint Force Support Division at the USU Center for Global Health Engagement. He previously served as Director of Public Health and Force Health Protection at the USPACOM Surgeon’s Office. CAPT Shiau is a board-certified preventive medicine physician. He received a Biological Sciences degree from Stanford University and earned his Doctorate in Medicine from USU. He then completed a pediatric internship and served as the medical officer for USS Harpers Ferry. He went on to complete his preventive medicine residency at USU.
CAPT Shiau deployed as the OIC for Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit in Kuwait and served as Head of Threat Assessment as a preventive medicine officer at Navy Preventive Medicine Unit TWO. While there, he provided operational consultation and surveillance to units deploying to USCENTCOM, USAFRICOM, and USSOUTHCOM. He then served as Deputy Director for Emergency Preparedness, M3/5 Medical Operations at Navy Bureaus of Medicine and Surgery. His primary focus was Pandemic Influenza policy and planning, ensuring emergency preparedness at Navy medical facilities worldwide. He was attached to OPNAV 093, designated by the Surgeon General as the Navy’s Senior Public Health Emergency Officer, providing public health consultation to senior commanders.
Department of Primary Appointment: CGHE Position: USU Staff Title: Deputy Director, Program & Joint Force Support Division
Affiliated Center: CGHE
LTC Sueann Ramsey joined the Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, as Deputy Director of the Programs and Joint Force Support Division in July 2017. She serves as CGHE’s senior Army Environmental Science and Engineering Officer and facilitates collaboration and synchronization of global health efforts in support of Combatant Commands, Service Components, and other Department of Defense agencies. Her last three assignments before CGHE were at the Joint Task Force Civil Support, Fort Monroe, VA, as Force Health Protection Officer; at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, VA, as Executive Officer for the Command Surgeon; and at U.S. Africa Command, as Chief, Force Health Protection Branch, Office of the Command Surgeon, Stuttgart, Germany.
LTC Ramsey enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1992 and completed Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She served as a Preventive Medicine Specialist before receiving her direct commission as a Second Lieutenant in June 1994. In 1994, LTC Ramsey was assigned to William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Preventive Medicine Department, Fort Bliss, Texas. She served in two key positions including Installation Environmental Science Officer and Chief of Environmental Health, which was a field grade officer position. In 1997, she was assigned to Martin Army Community Hospital, Preventive Medicine Department, Fort Benning, Georgia, as Chief of Environmental Health. In 2000, she was assigned to the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, Camp Zama, Japan, where she served in a variety of positions to include Detachment Commander for 18 months, Industrial Hygiene Project Officer, and Chief of Field Preventive Medicine. She was assigned to Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia in 2004 and served as Regional Environmental Science Officer, providing environmental health consultation and support to 7 Army installations in the southeast region.
LTC Ramsey has 25 years of active duty service. In 2006, she completed Command and General Staff College and was deployed to Iraq for 12 months as Chief of Preventive Medicine at the Multi-National Corps-Iraq headquarters, Camp Victory. She also served as Preventive Medicine advisor to the Director of Preventive Medicine for the Iraqi Armed Forces. In addition, she spearheaded the coordination and establishment of the Iraqi Public Health program.
LTC Ramsey’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5), Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal (2).
LTC Ramsey has a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California and a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University, Alabama. In 2011, she earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. She is a fluent Thai speaker.
Doctor Charles W. Beadling, Col (ret), MC, USAF is an Associate Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Previously, he was the Director, Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) which was the focal point of expertise for the Department of Defense in the evolving missions of Global Health Engagements. He serves as lead on several programs He currently serves as Principal Investigator of the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP) program at the USUHS Center for Global Health Engagement.
Dr. Beadling was commissioned in the Air Force in 1975 after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences at the USAF Academy. He attended Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather Air Force Base, California, and served as squadron navigator until 1980. That year, he entered medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Upon graduating from medical school in 1984, Dr. Beadling began a residency in Family Practice at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, California. He had numerous operational, academic, leadership and command assignments until his retirement from the US Air Force, as a Colonel, effective 1 March 2009.
Dr. Beadling is a Fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine, holds the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University, and also holds the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes from the Society of the Apothecaries of London, and has been appointed the Deputy Convener for the United States by the Society. He also serves as the Global Health Section Editor for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Doctor Beadling is married to the former Carol Hileman of Richmond, Indiana, and they have two daughters, Sarah and Matilda.
Dr. Geoffrey Oravec is a Principal Investigator on the Pacific Asia India Resilience (PAIR) Program. Dr. Oravec began his career in global health at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, before receiving his medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine. He later earned a Master of Public Health in Global Health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and went on to complete a fellowship in Disaster and Preventive Psychiatry. During his career, Dr. Oravec has worked on seven continents addressing global health issues ranging from the lack of mental health resources in Southeast Asia to whole-of-society disaster planning and preparedness in Africa.
Rebecca Chestnutt serves as CGHE's expert in humanitarian assistance and disaster response, including health and civil-military collaboration matters. This comprises leadership and support to programs and research at CGHE as well as educational programs with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Ms. Chestnutt has twenty years of experience in humanitarian assistance, planning, disaster response, pandemics, disaster risk reduction and health systems strengthening, spanning work with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, healthcare organizations, refugee organizations and the military. She provides subject matter expertise across the full cycle of disaster preparedness and response, including assessment, planning, execution and evaluation, as well as leadership and management practices, stakeholder engagement and systems development.
Additionally, Ms. Chestnutt has served as an educator, speaker, and consultant on a variety of related topics. She is currently faculty at Georgetown University and USU. She earned her MA from Oxford Brookes University as part of the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice, and her BA from the College of William and Mary, and has lived and worked throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean.
Margot Craig-Louden is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with over fifteen years of experience in the hospitality industry (having worked for luxury brand hoteliers; Kempinski Hotels and Resorts, The Leading Hotels of the World, and Princess Hotels) in addition to the last seven years in meeting management for the Center. Planning and executing meetings/conferences both domestically and internationally, her competency in the implementation and management of meetings, workshops, and conferences of varying levels and sizes, has been predominantly for the US government, specifically, the Department of Defense; working with US Embassy officials, foreign ministries and cabinets, high ranking military officers (domestic and foreign), local and national government officials in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and North America, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Margot has delivered responsive, efficient, cost-effective, proactive, and client-focused service during the planning phase(s) of meetings/conferences under her management through the development of timelines; preparing and managing budgets; completing expenditure reports; developing and producing/reproducing all documentation necessary to support conferences, including meeting materials and registration website content; preparing agendas and producing participant information. Additionally, she has working knowledge of the regulations and guidelines of the Federal Travel Regulation. Her support of these education and training programs, which have spanned across all six combatant commands, has allowed her to maintain and sustain successful partnerships [and friendships] with many of those whom she has worked with as a result of her engagement with them during those programs.
Ms. Ellis has 20+ years of experience as a senior-level conference manager providing conference support to the Federal Government and the private sector. She attained the status of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) in 2002 and is certified through 2017. She has an in-depth knowledge of federal meeting guidelines and standard operating procedure and is efficient in the coordination of multiple federal contracting vehicles. Ms. Ellis has demonstrated the ability to balance priorities, meet short demanding timelines and produce goal-oriented results.
Ms. Ellis has managed multiple meetings concurrently in the US and in over 37 countries. She has hired and supervised conference staff; developed policies and procedures for streamlining all phases of conference management and is effective in organizing and employing resources to achieve project objectives. She is experienced in managing multi-year federal tasks orders and contracts and developing and maintaining multi-million dollar budgets. Ms. Ellis is experienced working with senior government and military officials and senior-level corporate managers. She has served as project director and program manager on several multi-year, multi-million dollar task orders under HRSA and NIDA, and supported several grant reviews under FDA and the Department of State.
Dr. Jawad joined the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences in October 2006 as a faculty member and Assistant Professor at the Military and Emergency Medicine Department. During that time, he also served as a senior technical Adviser to Project Hope. In 2007, he was extensively involved in developing the International Health Division at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs where his primary role was to develop DoD policy on Global Health Engagements through considering the host nation’s perspective. Dr. Jawad has served as senior adviser and subject matter expert in assessing training requirements and curriculum development and testing for the Defense Medical Language Initiative (DMLI) pilot program. Currently, Dr. Jawad is a senior advisor on global health engagements, providing his subject matter expertise to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency/Cooperative Biological Engagement Program. Dr. Jawad is an Affiliate Professor and distinguished senior fellow at the Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices at George Mason University and is a member of the editorial board of the World Medical and Health Policy Journal.
Prior to arriving to the United States in August 2006, Dr. Jawad, served as Director General for operations and technical affairs at the Iraqi Ministry of Health. He played a critical role in reconstructing and overseeing the medical component of the New Iraqi army. At great personal risk and sacrifice to himself and his family, Dr. Jawad proposed and led the Ministry of Health effort to rehire 18,000 health providers from the disbanded Iraqi Ministry of Defense. This was in coordination with the Coalition Provisional Authority’s Health Team. His work with the coalition forces to resuscitate and stabilize the Iraqi national health system reduced the impact and damage caused by the invasion and saved thousands of lives. Before 2003, Dr. Jawad served with distinction for 26 years as a military medical officer in different units; his last rank was MG (sel) serving as the chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hammad Shihab Military teaching Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq. Dr. Jawad was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq and graduated from Al Almustansiryah medical school in 1981; he is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and has a combined experience of 39 years serving in and outside Iraq.
Nicole Bradstreet serves as Program Manager for the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP). Nicole has previous experience working in the global vaccine field, as well federal appropriations and government relations. Nicole holds a Master of Public Policy in global health policy from The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration at The George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American studies and government from the University of Texas at Austin.
Department of Primary Appointment: Military & Emergency Medicine Position: USU Staff Title: Training Coordinator, APRRP, HJF CTR
Affiliated Center: CGHE
Jordan Limoges is the Training Coordinator for the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP). As such, she liaises with U.S. instructors and partner country stakeholders to develop training materials and facilitate implementation of APRRP engagements. Prior to CGHE, Ms. Limoges served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine and Lesotho, executing education and health projects in local communities. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Stanford University.
Laura is the Program Manager of CGHE's Cooperative Biological Engagement Program. As a member of this program, she collaborates with international military medical partners whom the DoD engages and supports through biosafety, biosecurity, biorisk management and biosurveillance training and capacity-building initiatives. Laura received her BS in Public Health from Indiana University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Boston University, where she concentrated on global health and managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. Laura has experience working on public health programs at the local, state, and federal levels.
Donald Whitley presently serves as the Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division Manager and the Research Division Manager for CGHE, supporting DoD Global Health Engagement (GHE) assessment and research efforts within CGHE. Previously, Mr. Whitley worked as a contracted consultant supporting the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Joint Staff, Air Force Medical Service, and Navy Medicine as a GHE expert specializing in the study and improvement of military GHE capabilities.
Mr. Whitley received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, focusing on Management Entrepreneurship Studies, from the University of Notre Dame. He previously worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, in that firm’s Military Health group.
Audrey Berard serves as the Research Coordinator supporting the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Global Health Engagement Research Program. She functions as the liaison between Principal Investigators, CGHE Research Division, USU research administration, and Henry M Jackson Foundation headquarters staff to support pre- and post-award administration of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
Ms. Berard received her BA in English and Communication from University of Maryland, College Park.
Sidwell Ferguson-English serves as the Senior Data Manager for the Measures Of effectiveness in Defense Engagement and Learning (MODEL) study. The MODEL study is primarily concerned with producing analytic tools for measuring the efficacy of Global Health Engagements (GHEs) and security cooperation engagements. In this role, Mr. Ferguson-English facilitates and assists in the use of quantitative assessment tools to provide insight into issues relevant to defense stakeholders through an interactive approach with various data.
Mr. Ferguson-English received his Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Louisville, where his principal field of study was voter behavior with an emphasis on quantitative analysis. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Berea College.
E. Anna Johnston serves as the Component Assessment Lead for the Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation Division at CGHE. In her current position, Ms. Johnston liaises with component partners, as well as helps them develop in-country capacity assessments and monitoring and evaluation measurement tools to target their Global Health Engagement (GHE) objectives.
Prior to her work at CGHE, Ms. Johnston worked on a variety of global health projects in the Washington, DC area and abroad, namely in sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Johnston received her Master of Public Health in Global Health Design, Monitoring and Evaluation from the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Tennessee.
Solomon Major currently serves as a Senior Econometrician for CGHE's Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division. In this position, Dr. Major develops qualitative and quantitative methods with which CGHE and the wider defense community might assess the policy, health, and security impact of Global Health Engagements (GHEs) and security cooperation engagements. Prior to this, Dr. Major served as an associate professor at the US Naval War College, where he carried out similar assessment-based research and taught in the University's National Security Affairs Department.
Dr. Major received both Doctoral and Master's degrees from Stanford University's Department of Political Science, a Master's from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to working at the US Naval War College, Dr. Major held teaching positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Clemson University. Dr. Major has published widely in leading political science and defense journals on international economic sanctions and humanitarian aid and defense-related impact assessment.
Department of Primary Appointment: Military & Emergency Medicine Position: USU Staff Title: Senior Researcher, HJF CTR
Affiliated Center: CGHE
Rita Ismaylov currently serves as the Senior Researcher for the Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation Division at CGHE. In this role, Ms. Ismaylov leads research design and implementation of formative and impact evaluations of DoD Global Health Engagements (GHEs) using quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Prior to joining CGHE, Ms. Ismaylov worked as a Data Scientist to develop econometric and machine intelligence models for disease prediction. She has also worked as an Economist to re-engineer system design. She is published in the fields of gender economics and foreign direct investment. Ms. Ismaylov received her Master of Arts in Economics from American University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts.
Department of Primary Appointment: CGHE Position: USU Staff Title: Component Analyst, HJF CTR
Affiliated Center: CGHE
Hannah Fitter serves as the Component Assessment Analyst for the Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation Division at CGHE. In her current position, Ms. Fitter develops evaluation protocols and carries out relevant research methodologies including surveys (of Readiness), opinion polls (of Partner Nations), pre/post tests, and in-depth interviews. Currently, her work supports formative evaluation across the services and geographic combatant commands to assist decision-makers in planning more effective, sustainable global health engagements (GHE).
Prior to her work at CGHE, Ms. Fitter worked with various NGOs in Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (DM&E) roles mainly in the international development and conflict resolution sectors, based out of Washington, DC, Dakar, Senegal, and Maputo, Mozambique. She received her MA in Evidence-based International Decision-Making from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs (Concentrating in International Development) from The George Washington University's Elliott School.
Department of Primary Appointment: Position: USU Staff Title: Program Manager, HJF CTR
Jeff Zimmerman has been with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for 12 years providing Information Technology support to CGHE. Recently, he has transitioned into a program management role providing support for the Center's programs and operations. Mr. Zimmerman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Information Technology from the University of Baltimore and is currently a Microsoft Certified Professional as well as CCENT certified from Cisco. He is finishing up the requirements to receive CCNA designation and is A+ and Network+ certified.
G. Raymond Handel has been serving with Uniformed University of the Health Sciences (USU) since 1999. A retired naval officer, Mr. Handel has knowledge of the regulations and doctrine required to safely move Center personnel into and out of the many countries its staff is supporting. Mr. Handel has a BS from George Washington University with a specialty in Paramedic Medicine. He has served as CGHE's Landmine Action Officer and is also an instructor in Military and Emergency Medicine at USU.