Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)- State University of New York Plattsburgh
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)-University of Washington
Master of Public Health (MPH)-San Diego State University
CAPT Carolyn Currie is Director, Training and Professional Development Division of the USU Center for Global Health Engagement. . Prior to joining CGHE, she served as the Regional Public Health Emergencies Officer for Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. and Medical Directorate Senior Nursing Officer at USHN Naples, Italy. CAPT Currie is a board-certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP). She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from State University of New York at Plattsburgh and earned her Master of Public from San Diego State University. She previously served as the Navy Public Health Nursing Specialty Leader.
CAPT Currie became a plank owner and Deputy Director of the Global Health Engagement Office, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in 2012. . She deployed to Kuwait in 2006 as the first WHNP to support OIF/OEF. She was selected by Pacific Fleet N5 to be the Medical Assessment Officer aboard USS Pearl Harbor during Pacific Partnership 2013 deployment. CAPT Currie has worked with the Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program since 2007. She has engaged in medical activities with the Zambian Defense Force and Uganda Peoples Defence Force supporting cervical cancer screening programs and adolescent friendly health services for HIV positive beneficiaries. She also served on the DHAPP Funding Review Board responsible for appropriation of DoD and PEPFAR funding to organizations in over 80 countries.
Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (1), Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and several unit awards.
BA in Biological Sciences
Master in Public Administration
Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies
LTC Sueann Ramsey, a native of Los Angeles, California, joined the Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, as the Deputy Director, Programs and Joint Force Support (PJFS) Division, in July 2017. She later became the Director of PJFS Division in Dec 2017. She serves as the senior Army Environmental Science and Engineering Officer at CGHE and facilitates collaboration and synchronization of global health efforts in support of Combatant Commands, Service Components, and other Department of Defense agencies.
LTC Ramsey enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1992 and completed Basic Training 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 the 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 the 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 he 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 the Regional Environmental Science Officer, providing environmental health consultation and support to 7 Army installations in the southeast region. Her last three assignments before arriving to CGHE in Jul 2017 was at the Joint Task Force Civil Support, Fort Monroe, VA, as the Force Health Protection Officer, at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, VA, as the Executive Officer for the Command Surgeon, and at the U.S. Africa Command, as the Chief, Force Health Protection Branch, Office of the Command Surgeon, Stuttgart, Germany.
LTC Ramsey currently 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 the Chief of Preventive Medicine at the Multi-National Corps-Iraq headquarters, Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq. She served as the 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 graduated from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences. In 2003, she earned a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University, Dothan, Alabama, and in 2011, earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. She is a fluent Thai speaker.
2004 University of Washington School of Public Health, MPH in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
1995 The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine M.D.
1991 Dordt College, BA in Chemistry and Biology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Currently serving as the Chief of Staff, Center for Global Health Engagement, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Responsible for managing and coordinating a professional staff involved in a variety of projects within select Regional Combatant Commands in the areas of military Global Health Engagement activities as well as overseeing the operational execution of the multitude of tasks within the Center mission domain.
Cumulative experience is based on more than 32 years of direct participation, management, and coordination of military health engagement programs and missions in the areas of disaster preparedness and response, public health capacity building, and civil-military operations. Retired Medical Service Corps Officer in the United States Air Force with specific experiences in humanitarian assistance and contingency operations planning during contingency operations from Panama in 1989, through Operation Desert Storm, Haiti, Kosovo, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
BS Biology Stanford University 1988
MD Medicine USU 1997
MPH Public Health USU 2005
CAPT Danny Shiau is Director of the USU Center for Global Health Engagement. He previously served as Director of the Programs and Joint Force Support Division at the Center. Prior to joining CGHE, he 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.
University of Massachusetts Amherst - Masters in International Education
Michael Acosta is a Training Coordinator in support of the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP) at USU's Center for Global Health Engagement. Previously, he was a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow with the Kosovo Ministry of Education, where he conducted training and coordinated local researchers. In addition, he was a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Madagascar.
Ms. Garcelle Alequine serves as a Curriculum Specialist at USUHS' Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). Prior to joining CGHE, Garcelle worked as a program monitoring and evaluation specialist for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and maternal and child health programs in Zambia. She also previously served as an international education advisor at the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Garcelle earned her Master of Public Health from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, focusing on global health and the challenging process of evaluating outcomes and impacts of global health development programs. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina.
Juan G. Alpirez Sr. serves as an Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Global Health Engagement in support of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Juan, after serving in various positions of increasing responsibility, retired from the United States Army. He holds the Senior Aviation Badge and Air Assault Badge. His awards include the: Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (six oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal (one bronze service star), Army Overseas Service Ribbon (award numeral 3), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (award numeral 3), and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
During his military service, Juan received his Associate of Science in Computer Science from Hawai'i Pacific University, Honolulu Hawaii, and a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, Albany New York.
Audrey Berard serves as the Program Manager for CGHE's Research and Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (AME) division. She manages the Global Health Engagement Research Initiative and the AME team in implementing multiple projects in support of DoD global health engagements.
MA – Arizona State University - 2018
BA – University of Maryland, College Park - 2010
Ms. Centeno is an IMPACT Evaluator and Project Coordinator supporting the Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). She earned a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Arizona State University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her previous work experience includes questionnaire design, survey methodology and instrumentation, data analysis, with an emphasis on qualitative research methods.
MPH, Global Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
BA, International Relations, Bucknell University
Jane Diehl Greulich presently serves as the Senior Program Manager for CGHE, coordinating the Center’s efforts with USU, across the DoD global health engagement enterprise and the wider US Government. Prior to this, Ms. Greulich 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 in planning for and mitigating disease threats.
Ms. Diehl Greulich received her BA in International Relations from Bucknell University, a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and has previously worked with several health-focused international and non-governmental organizations.
Elma Diggs serves as the Program Manager for the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership
(APPRP). In this role she supports the implementation of APRRP; which is designed to strengthen the
capacity of African troop-contributing countries, specifically Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, and Ghana, to
rapidly respond to emerging crises in Africa.
Previously she managed global health, epidemiology, biosafety and biosecurity initiatives in Sub-Saharan
Africa. Elma holds a Master of Public Health degree from Mercer University School of Medicine and
Bachelor of Science from Liberty University in Health Promotion.
Maria Echeverry serves as Program Coordinator in support of the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ (USU) Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). APRRP is a Department of State-funded program executed by US Africa Command and designed to strengthen the capacity of African troop-contributing countries to rapidly respond to emerging crises in Africa. Maria is an alumna of the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.
Ms. Ellis has 27+ years of experience as a senior-level conference manager providing conference support to the Federal Government and the private sector. She has in-depth knowledge of Federal meeting guidelines and standard operating procedure and is efficient in the coordination of multiple federal contracting vehicles. She has demonstrated the ability to balance priorities, streamline processes, meet short demanding timelines and produce goal-oriented results. Ms. Ellis attained the status of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) in 2002 and is certified through 2022. She has coordinated and managed more than 70 international meetings and more than 350 domestic meetings; is experienced in managing multiple meetings concurrently, hiring and supervising conference staff; developing 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 managing multi-year federal tasks orders and contracts; developing and maintaining multi-million dollar budgets and working with senior government officials and senior-level corporate managers.
Ms. Ellis has managed multiple conferences The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center for Global Health Engagement (formally Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine), Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Combatant Commands, Department of Defense, Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of the Surgeon General, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, Environmental Protection Agency, National Cancer Institute, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Food and Drug Administration, Office for Human Research Protections, Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of State.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication - University of Maryland, College Park
Ms. Tala Farr serves as the Program Coordinator for the Combatant Commands (CCMD) Disease Surveillance Coordination Project within the Center for Global Health Engagement's (CGHE) Program and Joint Force Support (PJFS) Division. In her role, she coordinates and develops regionally-focused infectious disease surveillance workshops to coordinate infectious disease surveillance activities among DoD and USG agencies and to identify and fill surveillance gaps in support of geographic CCMD force health protection (FHP) decision making and security cooperation planning.
Ms. Farr is an experienced program management professional with 10+ years of event/meeting planning and program/project management experience. She has worked in various capacities executing and facilitating meetings and events for both social and corporate engagements, as well as supported and managed an array of DoD, military health entities and university research programs and/or projects. Ms. Farr has a BA in Communication from University of Maryland, College Park and is fluent in English and Farsi.
Master of Arts in International Relations and Political Communication from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University at Beirut, Lebanon.
Yara Francis is currently the Strategy and Communications Manager at USU's Center for Global Health Engagement. Ms. Francis is a strategic communications professional with over 15 years experience in print and audiovisual media, corporate and government consulting, international relations, and quantitative/qualitative media analysis. She 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 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.
Laura Freedenberg is a Program Manager at the Uniformed Services University's Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). In her role, she manages CGHE’s programmatic and subject matter expert support to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency's (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP). Prior to her current role, Laura supported CGHE’s Training and Professional Development Division through teaching and curriculum development for a number of global health engagement courses geared towards various U.S. Military Health System audiences.
Laura received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Indiana University and a Master of Public Health from Boston University, where she concentrated on global health and managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. She has experience working on public health and preparedness programs at local, state, and federal government levels.
PhD, Johns Hopkins University
MPH, Columbia University
BA, Bryn Mawr College
Dr. Tsega Gebreyesus is a Senior Global Health Researcher at the USU Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). She spent over a decade studying and working in diverse contexts throughout Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Prior to joining CGHE, she trained and worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in the Office on Smoking and Health’s Policy Branch and the Office for Public Health Preparedness and Response’s Division for Emergency Operations. She also worked as a lead international consultant on a multi-country research project with Catholic Relief Services and as an Associate Protection Officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She obtained her PhD in International Health from the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and her MPH in Epidemiology and Global Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She received her BA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.
Columbia University, Department of Epidemiology, Sidney Kark Award for Excellence in Global Health Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellence in Policy
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellence in Emergency Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellence in Communications
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Excellence in Domestic Response
Department of State, Critical Language Scholarship
Alliance Francaise Fellow
Bryn Mawr Summer Fellow
Life on the margins: the experiences of sexual violence and exploitation among Eritrean asylum-seeking women in Israel. Gebreyesus T, Sultan Z, Ghebrezghiabher HM, Tol WA, Winch PJ, Davidovitch N, Surkan PJ. BMC Womens Health. 2018 Aug 8;18(1):135. doi: 10.1186/s12905-018-0624-y.
Barriers to contraceptive careseeking: the experience of Eritrean asylum-seeking women in Israel. Gebreyesus T, Gottlieb N, Sultan Z, Ghebrezghiabher HM, Tol W, Winch PJ, Davidovitch N, Surkan PJ. Ethn Health. 2017 Dec 28:1-18. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2017.1418299.
Insights into the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria in Ghana: the role of caregivers and licensed chemical sellers in four regions. Adjei AA, Winch P, Laar A, Sullivan DJ Jr, Sakyi KS, Stephens JK, Adjei GO, Boateng IA, Aubyn VN, Kubio C, Tuakli J, Vanotoo L, Bortei BB, Amo-Addae M, Sorvor F, Coleman N, Dalglish S, Owusu R, Gebreyesus T, Essuman E, Greene R, Ankomah E, Houston K, Bart-Plange C, Salamat S, Addison EA, Quakyi IA. Malar J. 2016 May 10;15(1):263. doi: 10.1186/s12936-016-1307-5.
Asylum seekers' access to health care in Israel. Gottlieb N, Ghebrezghiabher H, Gebreyesus T. Lancet. 2015 Jul 4;386(9988):25. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)61194-1.
A qualitative study exploring barriers related to use of footwear in rural highland ethiopia: implications for neglected tropical disease control. Ayode D, McBride CM, de Heer HD, Watanabe E, Gebreyesus T, Tora A, Tadele G, Davey G. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013 Apr 25;7(4):e2199. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002199.
The association of beliefs about heredity with preventive and interpersonal behaviors in communities affected by podoconiosis in rural Ethiopia. Ayode D, McBride CM, de Heer H, Watanabe E, Gebreyesus T, Tadele G, Tora A, Davey G. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Oct;87(4):623-30. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0204.
Bodies in the Desert, Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine and the Huffington Post
D.V.M. Iowa State University 1983
M.P.H. USUHS 2002
Dipl. ACVPM 2005
Mike Hartzell, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM
Global Health Engagement Liaison to EUCOM/AFRICOM , HJF CTR
Dr. Hartzell is CGHE’s Global Health Engagement Liaison for USEUCOM & USAFRICOM. In this capacity, he provides subject matter expertise, support and guidance in the COCOM’s global health engagement activities and programs. In addition to his global health engagement program planning/developing/execution with US Partner Nations experience, Dr. Hartzell also supports CGHE’s efforts by his range of knowledge and experience in other areas such as military public health, epidemiology, and veterinary medicine.
Dr. Hartzell served over 25 years as a military officer first as a USA Veterinary Corps officer concluding as a USAF Public Health Officer until his retirement in 2016. His last 7 years on active duty were spent in direct global health engagement activities first at Air Force Special Operations Command where he stood up the Air Force Medical Service’s first Irregular Warfare/Medical Stability Operations Division 2010-2011. This was followed by 5 years at USEUCOM as the Chief, Medical Stability Operations where he was responsible for developing, planning, and execution of USEUCOM global health engagements ranging from Wounded Warrior and amputee care program development in Estonia and Georgia, to NATO Role 2 medical capability capacity building in the Balkans and Ukraine to assisting Partner Nations improve their control of MDR-TB in Romania and Moldova.
Dr. Hartzell has additional professional experiences outside the military ranging from 7 years working as a small animal/emergency veterinary clinician to 4 years as a field veterinary epidemiologist with the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service where he led the USDA’s brucellosis and pseudorabies disease eradication programs in western Iowa. Additionally, Dr. Hartzell has a post-baccalaureate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University.
Jessica Jackson is a health behavior researcher and program evaluator. Ms. Jackson’s ten plus years in public health have included working with diverse organizations and stakeholders; including governmental agencies, hospitals, healthcare systems, and academic institutions. Her approach to evaluation involves translating public health surveillance, health care, and programmatic data into actionable products that can be used to drive decision making and ultimately, empower communities. Most notably, Ms. Jackson’s experience lies in community health, with an emphasis on needs assessment, community-based participatory research, strategic planning, and innovation. Other areas of expertise include performance monitoring and evaluation, mental health, HIV/AIDS, health disparities, and substance abuse disorders.
Ms. Jackson’s theory of evaluation centers on creating collective efforts that result in recommendations that are implemented, have value, and result in positive changes for the most relevant stakeholders. Her belief is that organizations can and will change, but only through a guided coaching process that builds excitement to improve; recognizes limitations and strategizes for innovative solutions; builds capacity to continuously improve processes and offerings; and establishes infrastructure that assures sustainability.
Ms. Jackson is an alumna of Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development. She also attended Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA), where she obtained a Master of Arts in Psychology in Health Behavior Research and Evaluation. While at CGU, she concurrently earned a Master of Public Health in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology.
1981: M.D, Al Almustansiryah medical school, Baghdad Iraq
1990: M.Sc University of Baghdad
1991: Ph.D. Iraqi Board of medical Specializations. (Combined, Board certificate in Orthopedic Surgery and a Ph.D. degree)
Dr. Jawad joined the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences in October 2006 as a faculty member (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 partner 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 Engagement, providing his subject matter expertise to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency/Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (DTRA/CBEP). 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 in 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 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. Dr. Jawad survived three assassination attempts on his life because of his close association and work with the US government in Iraq. 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; has a Master’s Degree in Biomechanics of stress fractures and a combined Ph.D./ Board certificate in Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Jawad has a combined experience of 37 years serving in and outside the United States.
MA Diplomacy - Norwich University, Northfield, VT
BA International Studies - Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
Josh Kumpf serves as Course Director and Instructor at USUHS' Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). Josh has previous experience working in military infectious disease research and international women-focused development.
Josh holds a Master of Arts in Diplomacy from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, where he focused on international development and human rights. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Kenyon College in Ohio.
Neuroscience, BS (2016)
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Miami
Maura Lapoff is an Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation Analyst for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) in the Middle East and Africa. She previously worked in Amman, Jordan as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for a USAID-funded Syrian essential services, governance and livelihoods project. Ms. Lapoff is a 2015 Boren Scholar (Arabic) and graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry, International Studies, and Arabic Studies.
Bachelor's of Science Degree in Healthcare Management
Chief Petty Officer Lynsay Pallas joined the Uniformed Services University (USU) Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE) in September 2018 as the LCPO of Operations. She previously served as the USU Chief of Brigade Operations Department.
Chief Pallas enlisted in the Navy in 2002. Following graduation of Basic Training, she attended and graduated from Hospital Corpsman “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Chief Petty Officer Pallas’ tours include Naval Branch Health Clinic, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Virginia; USS SAIPAN (LHA-2), homeport in Norfolk, Virginia; Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit TWO (NEPMU-2), Norfolk, Virginia; Naval Branch Health Clinic Fallon, Nevada; Washington Navy Yard Branch Health Clinic, Washington, D.C.; and her current position at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland.
During her career, Chief Petty Officer Pallas has supported a variety of operational deployments to include: medical care in support of detainees based at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay; Commander, FIFTH and SIXTH Fleet maritime deployments that supported the Global War on Terrorism and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM onboard USS SAIPAN; forward-deployed Preventive Medicine support to U.S. bases supporting deployed service members in Kuwait; and an Individual Augmentation, combat deployment with First Medical Battalion to Afghanistan.
Chief Petty Officer Pallas has earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Healthcare Management, from Trident University. Her personal awards include the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various service and campaign awards. She has also earned her Fleet Marine Force Warfare Qualification, the Enlisted Surface and Air Warfare Qualifications, and is a certified Master Training Specialist.
- George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC
MPH/ Global Health Management
- Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India
June 2007 – August 2007
Clinical observation in the areas of echocardiography, angiography, and cardiovascular surgery
- Riley Hospitals for Children, Indiana School of Medicine, Indiana, USA
January 2006 – February 2006
Training observation in the areas of hematology/oncology, nephrology, rheumatology, infectious diseases, endocrinology, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, neonatal intensive care, and general pediatric care.
- Kabul Medical University (KMU), Kabul, Afghanistan
Dr. Sayed Alam Shinwari works as an International Health Systems Advisor for Training & Professional Development Division at Center for Global Health Engagement. Dr. Shinwari is serving as a Global Health Engagement consultant specializing in the reconstruction and stabilization of healthcare systems in post-conflict environments. Dr. Shinwari is a Faculty member, Assistant Professor, and Course Director at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).
Dr. Shinwari is a graduate of Kabul Medical University (KMU) Kabul, Afghanistan (2006) and received a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health from George Washington University (2011). 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 has been serving as the President of Afghan Medical Professionals Associations of America since 2015. Dr. Shinwari was born in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province and was raised in Kabul. He speaks Pashto (Native), Dari (Native), Farsi, Urdu and English.
MBA – University of Maryland University College -2016
MHA – University of Maryland University College -2014
BS – Wayland Baptist University -2011
Mr. Taylor serves as a Project Manager at the USU’s Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). In his role as the Playbooks Initiative Project Manager, he supports implementation of the research, development, monitoring, and evaluation of the Playbooks Initiative; which is an initiative to develop operational support tools for Global Health Engagement activities.
Prior to joining CGHE, Mr. Taylor was a Senior Operations Coordinator supporting the Defense Health Agency’s Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch. He provided strategic, administrative, and operational leadership and support to staff conducting near real time event and indicator based disease surveillance and epidemiological reporting for the Department of Defense.
Mr. Taylor served 20 years in the US Air Force as a Public Health Technician and retired as a Senior Non Commissioned Officer. His active military service concluded with an assignment to the US Air Force Medical Support Agency (AFMSA) as the Superintendent of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center.
Mr. Taylor earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University, and his Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration, both from the University of Maryland University College.
Master of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Humanities, English, Penn State University, Pennsylvania
Maria Truskey is currently the Knowledge Management Specialist at USU's Center for Global Health Engagement. Ms. Truskey is an information professional with a successful background as a trainer, advocate, and consultant in information strategies, including access models, information-seeking behavior, and functional knowledge bases. Prior to working at CGHE, Ms. Truskey worked at Johns Hopkins University & Medicine as a Global Health Informationist where she delivered services and trainings across the research project management lifecycle, including systematic search strategies for guideline publications in infectious diseases and international health, best practices for information and knowledge management tools and processes, and education on publication models and researcher metrics. Ms. Truskey also worked at Stevenson University, Maryland, where she taught information searching skills and performed outreach for library services. In addition to serving academic and medical audiences, she has also worked in various capacities for public libraries and non-profit historical archives.
PhD Candidate, Population Health Sciences (University of Edinburgh, 2016-2020)
MA, History of Medicine (Newcastle University, 2012)
MS, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases (Yale University, 2010)
BS, Zoology; History/History of Science, Medicine and Technology (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009)
Janelle Winters serves as Training Manager in support of the medical component of the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP) at USU's Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE). As training manager, she supports the delivery of APRRP medical courses targeted at building rapid deployment capacity of peacekeeping forces in Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda, and Senegal. Ms. Winters is currently finishing her PhD in the Global Health Governance Group at the University of Edinburgh's School of Medicine. Her major research interests are in global infectious disease surveillance and the governance of health. Prior to joining CGHE, Ms. Winters worked as Program Specialist at the American Society for Microbiology, where she managed Biosecurity Engagement Program and Global Health Security Agenda projects in India, Egypt, and Indonesia. She has also previously taught epidemiology in Bangladesh; worked as a biology teacher; and held positions in the history of medicine/science research at the National Institutes of Health and the Smithsonian Institution.
2009, Doctor of Philosophy, Health Policy and Management, College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
1996, Master of Health Services Administration, Army-Baylor University, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
1988, Bachelor of Science, General Business Management, College of Business, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.
Dr. Zuerlein currently serves as Global Health Engagement Liaison to US Central Command for the USU Center for Global Health Engagement. He previously served as Deputy Director and Senior Program Manager for the Education and Training Division at CGHE. 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.
2018-present: Global Health Engagement Liaison to US Central Command, North Carolina
2015-2018: Deputy Director, Training and Professional Development Division, Center for Global Health Engagement, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
2014-2015: Senior Program Manager, Disaster Preparedness Program, Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, and Global Health Engagement Education and Training Program, Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.
2013-2014: Senior Program Manager, Disaster Preparedness Program, Defense Medical Language Initiative, and Medical Stability Operations Curriculum Development Program, Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.
2011-2013: Program Manager, Defense Medical Language Initiative and Medical Stability Operations Curriculum Development Program, Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.
2011-2011: Senior Scientist, Cooperative Biological Engagement Program and Program Manager, Defense Medical Language Initiative, Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.
2005-2011: Chief, International Health Engagement Programs, Command Surgeon’s Office, US Central Command, MacDill AFB, FL.
2009-2010: Medical Plans and Operations Officer, US Forces Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan.
2002-2005: Graduate Student (Doctoral Studies), University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
1999-2002: Director, Business Operations and Beneficiary Services Office, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Ambulatory Care Clinic, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina.