Who We Are

Family Planning Advisory Board

Dr. Yilma Yelkamu

Director of Program IPPF Central Office

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John W Townsend, PhD

Director, Country Strategy Acting Senegal and Mexico Country Director Population Council

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Susana Medina Salas

Senior Research and Evaluation Consultant IPPF

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Dr. Dhammika Perera MBBS, MPH, HonFPPH

Global Medical Director Marie Stopes International

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Roy Jacobstein

Senior Medical Advisor, IntraHealth

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Dr. Dominick Shattuck, PhD

Technical Director LIFT II FHI 360

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Dr Gianni Carlo Decastro

Executive Director, Profamil Haiti

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Dr. Pío Iván Gómez-Sánchez, M.D.

OB & GYN-Epidemiologist, Fellow American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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Shreejana Bajracharya

Young Leader, Women Deliver

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Dr. Solomon Marsden, MBCHB, M, MED OBS/GYN(UON)

Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID funded AFYA Uzazi (RHMNCANH/FP)

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Marta Royo

Executive Dorector, Profamilia Colombia

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David C. Sokal, MD

Chair and Director, Male Contraceptive Initiative

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Boniface Sebikali, MD, MPH, MBA

Senior Clinical Advisor, IntraHealth International North Carolina

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Dr. Bulbul Sood

Country Director, Jhpeigo India

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Stan Becker, PhD

Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Homewood

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Ana Karina De la Vega Millor

Mexico and Central America Director, DKT International

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MEDIA ADVISORY BOARD

Alan Vera Vasquez

Director de Mercadotecnia de DKT México

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Senna Akoi Mark Jackson

Independent Film-maker and Journalist

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Ruth Cross

Partner & Producer DNX Media

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Vandana Sood-Giddings

Independent Documentary filmmaker and writer

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Dedra Smith

WVD Senior Advisor

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Patricia Finneran

Director of Development, US, Doc Society, Program Producer, Good Pitch

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MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. Doug Stein

vasweb.com

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Dr. Charles Ochieng

Director, Wispivas Ltd

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Dr. Michel Labrecque, M.D.

Professor, Laval University

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Charles L. Wilson, M.D.

Proprietor, Dr. Snip

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Dr. Ramon Suarez, M.D.

Urologist, Co-founder and President of No-Scalpel Vasectomy International (NSVI)

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Dr. Nicholas Demediuk

Specialist General Practitioner

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Dr. John Curington

Asst Clinical Professor in Family Medicine; University of California San Diego School of Medicine

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Dr. Robert Kulik, M.D., PTG, PTA

Gynecologist & Andrologyst

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Dr. Sarah Miller, M.D., M.P.H.

Family Physician

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Dr. Simon Snook, MBChB, MRCGPdist, FRNZCGP, DFFP, RCOG

Medical Director; Snip Vasectomy Clinic

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Dr. John Mc Cormick

MD

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Dr. Alyssa Yee

Managing Director, Maimonides Medical Center

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Esgar Guarin

Managing Director, FAAFP SimpleVas® Vasectomy

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Dr. Jose Viladoms

Head of Andrology at Teknon Medical Center, Barcelona

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Justin Low

Doctor, Marie Stopes Australia

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Renee Johannensen, MD FACOG

Assistant Clinic Professor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and NYC.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jonathan Stack

Co-Founder and Producer

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Doug Stein

Co-Founder and Urologist

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Simon Nasht

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OUR STAFF

Jonathan Stack

Executive Director

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Alison Hoover

Program Manager

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Sheila Gabeya

Project Manager, Africa

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Nicolás Cuellar

Director of Content

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Dr. Anicet Nzabonimpa

Chief of Party, Rwanda

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DONORS

WE WANT TO EXTEND A HEARTFELT THANKS
TO OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTERS

Dr. Yilma Yelkamu

Director of Program IPPF Central Office

Yilma is a Medical Doctor. He joined IPPF in 2009 and served as Director of Programs and Technical Support for the Africa Region prior to taking up the position of Director of Programs in Central Office, London, in 2016. Since then, he has been a driving force behind IPPF’s establishing new areas of work such as humanitarian work and new business development. He has over 20 years of program management experience in family planning, comprehensive abortion care, quality of care, HIV and AIDS, safe motherhood, and social franchising of sexual and reproductive health services. Before joining IPPF, Dr. Melkamu worked for Pathfinder International and Marie Stopes International in Ethiopia. He consulted on public health at the national and international level for the Ministry of Health, United Nations, and several universities. He has been a lecturer at the Addis Ababa University and published in the areas of family planning, maternal and newborn health, comprehensive abortion care, and HIV and AIDS.

John W Townsend, PhD

Director, Country Strategy Acting Senegal and Mexico Country Director Population Council

John Townsend, PhD, is Director of Country Strategy at the Population Council. In this role, he provides leadership and support across the Population Council’s country offices with the aim to maximize the Council’s positive impact and ensure the organization’s knowledge is effectively influencing national policy and programs. He is responsible for the initiation, development, and monitoring of Council country strategies and provides technical and managerial guidance related to program priorities in Reproductive Health; Poverty, Gender, and Youth; and HIV/AIDS as well as support for the introduction of new health technologies in countries with Council presence.
Townsend joined the Council in 1984. He served as director of the Frontiers in Reproductive Health program; director of operations research programs in Asia and the Near East (1993–1998) in New Delhi; regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico (1990–1993); director of operations research in Latin America and the Caribbean (1985–1990); country director for the Council’s Colombia office (1984); and was Vice President and Director of the Reproductive Health program from 2006 to 2017. In each of these roles, he supported policy development and designed and tested interventions that improved the coverage, quality, and sustainability of reproductive health service delivery systems, each with a focus on client rights.

Susana Medina Salas

Senior Research and Evaluation Consultant IPPF

Susana is currently Senior Research and Evaluation Consultant at IPPF/WHR and as over 20 years of experience working on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has been a consultant and advisor to international organizations such as UNICEF and UNFPA. She has taught and researched at the Psychology School of the Catholic University Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela with publications in gender, sexual and reproductive health, specifically around sexual violence, abortion and intimate violence. Susana has a Psychology degree and a Masters Social Psychology degree, both from Catholic University Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela.

Dr. Dhammika Perera MBBS, MPH, HonFPPH

Global Medical Director Marie Stopes International

Dr. Perera is the Global Medical Director of Marie Stopes International, a position that he has held since 2014. He holds a medical degree from the University of Colombo, a public health masters’ degree from the University of Manchester, and is in the dissertation phase of a PhD from Walden University, Minnesota. He has also been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the UK Faculty of Public Health. He is a public health professional with 19 years' experience as a medical doctor and with 15 years’ experience in international healthcare. He has work experience in the field of reproductive healthcare in multiple countries across several continents, and has led quality improvement support to reproductive health service programmes at global level for the past 8 years.

Roy Jacobstein

Senior Medical Advisor, IntraHealth

Roy Jacobstein is a Senior Medical Advisor at IntraHealth International. He has authored many peer-reviewed papers on a range of FP/RH topics including contraceptive implants, vasectomy, female sterilization, fostering change in medical settings, and the importance of constructive male engagement. He has served as an expert technical advisor to the World Health Organization on the Medical Eligibility for Contraceptive Use and FP: A Global Handbook for Providers and to USAID’s Technical Advisory Group on High Impact Practices. A pediatrician and public health physician, Dr. Jacobstein has MD and MPH degrees from the University of Michigan and an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health.

Dr. Dominick Shattuck, PhD

Technical Director LIFT II FHI 360

Dominick Shattuck’s work promotes human welfare through understanding and enhancing relationships between social systems and individual well-being in the community context. A PhD in Community Psychology, Dr. Shattuck has worked for the past 20 years in a wide array of sectors ranging from gender and masculinity, male-involvement to education and family planning and HIV and AIDS prevention, care and support. His range of experience has provided a strong understanding of the intersection between health, education and livelihoods interventions and their related outcomes.

Dr. Shattuck currently serves as Technical Director for the LIFT II project at FHI 360, where he is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating dynamic research and evaluation activities that promote increase adherence and retention to HIV-related services. His primary work experiences are in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the United States where he works collaboratively with local government officials and community based organizations. Dr. Shattuck manages international teams, provides technical assistance and training to collaborating organizations, as well as, program, research and evaluation staff. He writes quantitative analysis plans and conducts statistical analyses that include multivariate and longitudinal data sets. He has provided statistical training to MOH officials in Ethiopia, developed training materials including study manuals and standardized operating procedures, and co-authored a process evaluation for the Key Populations Project in Kenya.
http://www.fhi360.org/experts/dominick-shattuck-phd

Dr Gianni Carlo Decastro

Executive Director, Profamil Haiti

Dr Gianni Carlo Decastro is a Haitian medical doctor with a master in health administration who has been working in the health sector for more than fifteen years. He is result driven and team oriented health professional with strong and proven analytical, leadership, managerial and human resources skills. He also has strong incisive business acumen coupled with distinguished communication, interpersonal and organizational skills. His latest experience in PROFAMIL which is a leading player in Haiti in the field of sexual and reproductive health had exposed him to a certain reality regarding male engagement in Family planning. Since then he had become a strong advocate.

Dr. Pío Iván Gómez-Sánchez, M.D.

OB & GYN-Epidemiologist, Fellow American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Pío Iván Gómez-Sánchez is the Senior Medical Advisor for IPPF/WHR and Chair of the FLASOG Committee on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive (Federation of Latin American Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology). Gómez-Sánchez is also a FIGO’s Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights Committee member. Gómez-Sánchez is a tenured professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Director of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Research team at the National University of Colombi. He is an International expert in Sexual and Reproductive Health with more than 120 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals in the fields of sexual and reproductive health, as well as eleven books and 35 chapter books.

Shreejana Bajracharya

Young Leader, Women Deliver

Shreejana is an open-minded individual, responsible, intelligent and experienced professional with an extensive background working for young people's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. She is also a resourceful project leader possess an excellent ability to motivate others, coupled with the ability to communicate comfortably at all levels, therefore ensuring an excellent working environment for all members of the team to perform at their bests, Have experience of more than 5 years volunteering with Family Planning Association of Nepal, one of the most recognized NGOs, in youth programs nationwide with human right-based approach which strongly focused on empowering young people, improving their sexual and reproductive health, information and education and gender equality in rural an urban sector of Nepal. Proven Leadership and conflict resolution expertise and skills with ability to quickly adapt and acquire technical knowledge and skills. Former President of Bhaktapur Youth Information Forum Library (BylFL), a youth led NGo in Bhaktapur, working on advocacy regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people. Recognized Youth Champion of Asia Safe Abortion Parrnerihip (ASAP). Featured panel speaker on "Women, Nutrition & Maternal Health" session. Selected to represent Nepal as one of 100 global youth leaders in Women Deliver 2013.

Dr. Solomon Marsden, MBCHB, M, MED OBS/GYN(UON)

Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID funded AFYA Uzazi (RHMNCANH/FP)

Dr Solomon is an accomplished physician and consultant Gynecologist and Obstetrician with over 20 years’ experience in reproductive health (RH)/family planning (FP) and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) service delivery. Dr. Solomon has over 5 years’ experience in quality assurance (QA)/quality improvement (QI) in health programs, operations research, health system strengthening, HIV/AIDS programming and integrated public health programs design, implementation and management. He successfully served as Project Director for the USAID‐funded Program Research for Strengthening Services (PROGRESS) and Preventive Technology Agreement (PTA) projects as implemented by FHI 360 in Kenya. Prior to this, he served as Associate Director and as Regional Medical Advisor providing RH/MNCH/FP support to FHI 360’s APHIA II and APHIA Plus Nuru ya Bonde projects in Kenya and other FHI 360 projects in the East, Central, Southern & West Africa region
Dr Solomon, holds a Master of Medicine degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Nairobi. He is also fluent in both English and Kiswahili

Marta Royo

Executive Dorector, Profamilia Colombia

Marta Royo is the Executive Director of Profamilia, a non-governmental organization in Colombia leader in sexual and reproductive health. For over 53 years, Profamilia has worked alongside the Colombian people to protect their sexual and reproductive rights.

Since 2012, Marta has led the way for deep organizational change in Profamilia, transforming it into an innovative organization with good business practices that fall in line with those practices of some of the best and most well-recognized companies in Colombia. Also, based on social enterprise models, she has developed new strategic lines of action in order to expand the social impact that Profamilia’s programs and initiatives have on Colombia, focusing especially among Colombia’s most vulnerable populations that experience greater inequality and inequity.

Marta's career has focused on the health sector within the framework for protecting the human rights of all people. Before joining Profamilia in 2012, Marta worked with Farmasanitas, one of the four main agencies of Organización Sanitas Internacional. She served as Business Manager there and succeeded at increasing the company’s financial and commercial revenue by 29%. Marta also has a Master’s in Social Economy from the University of Barcelona, a Master’s in Literature from New York University and a Bachelor’s in Economy and History from Dartmouth College.

David C. Sokal, MD

Chair and Director, Male Contraceptive Initiative

After obtaining his medical degree from SUNY Buffalo and completing a pediatric residency, Dr. Sokal joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1978, and worked in Burkina Faso, West Africa for a total of five years, 1980-82 and 1985-87. After his work in Africa, Dr. Sokal joined FHI 360, where he worked for 25 years, focusing on HIV prevention and contraceptive research. He led FHI 360's research on clinical studies of vasectomy techniques, and was a member of the American Urological Association (AUA) Committee on Vasectomy Guidelines.

After retiring from FHI 360 in 2012, Dr. Sokal co-founded the Male Contraceptive Initiative, the only non-profit organization in the United States focused on developing new male contraceptives. He is an author of over 70 articles, speaks French fluently, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Gillings School of Public Health, UNC/Chapel Hill.

Boniface Sebikali, MD, MPH, MBA

Senior Clinical Advisor, IntraHealth International North Carolina

Boniface has over 20 years of experience in supporting improvements in RMNCH/FP service delivery. He has extensive experience in quality improvement/supportive supervision, management and implementation of clinical and community-based service programs in public-private sector across Africa and Caribbean region. He has contributed to the development of national service guidelines in many countries including Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Togo and Rwanda. He has trained several health professionals in RMNCH/FP, Nutrition, STI/HIV prevention, infection prevention, and community health services in West, Central and South Africa, and Eastern-Caribbean. He contributed to the introduction of active management of the third stage of labor in Mali and Benin before any other country in West Africa. He co-led the introduction of postpartum intra-uterine devices and implants in Cameroon.

He contributed to the introduction of community-provider partnership approach to quality in Rwanda, Benin, Madagascar and Senegal. He co-led the development of a toolkit for Optimizing performance and quality, one of IntraHealth’ s signature methodologies to improve the quality of facility and community health services and to build capacity of local organizations to achieve health or institutional goals. Sebikali used to perform over 40 minilaps and 4 no-scalpel vasectomies per month in his native country. Sebikali was involved in the 2016 World Vasectomy Day (WVD) in Kenya and he was the principal investigator for the exploratory study on vasectomy provision and uptake in four counties in Kenya after the WVD. Dr. Sebikali is currently Senior Clinical Advisor at IntraHealth International in North Carolina.

Dr. Bulbul Sood

Country Director, Jhpeigo India

Dr. Bulbul Sood is a public health professional with more than 45 years of experience and has been Jhpiego’s India Country Director since 2009. She is known for her experience in international health and development and has effectively demonstrated her ability to take programs forward in a holistic manner. She has strong technical expertise in reproductive health, extensive program management experience and is well-known in the field of family planning, maternal and reproductive health—both in India and internationally and has been successful in revitalizing the PPFP and introduction of PPIUCD in India which has led to paradigm shift in promotion of spacing methods in the country.

Dr Sood is a member of Family Planning Medical Eligibility decision making committee of WHO and USAID over last several years, member of the INFO Editorial Advisory Committee of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, peer reviewer for Continuous Identification of Research Evidence (CIRE) system, which is a collaborative effort of WHO’s department of Reproductive Health and Research and CDC, Atlanta and is the peer-reviewer of the WHO’s Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) and the Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use (SPR) guidelines. Dr. Sood was Co-Chairperson of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in India (WRAI) from 2003 to 2009 and is TAG member of the Maternal Health Task Force of Harvard School of Public Health and member of RMNCH Coalition, Maternal Health Task force and Stillbirth Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Stan Becker, PhD

Professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Homewood

Stan Becker is a professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. He obtained his BA in Public Affairs and MA in Demography at the University of Chicago and doctorate in demography at the Population Dynamics Department of JHU. He then worked overseas–three years at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Reserach, Bangladesh, one year at L’Institut National d’etudes Demographiques in Paris and 3 years at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium, all as a demographer.

He teaches a course, Population Health and Development to undergraduates at Homewood. He also teaches the course “Couples and Reproductive Health” at the SPH and helps in the demographic methods sequence in which he taught for many years. He is current head of the Pop and Health faculty group in the department. His research interests are interventions with couples in reproductive health and estimation of fertility and mortality in developing countries.

Ana Karina De la Vega Millor

Mexico and Central America Director, DKT International

Marketing and MBA professional, experienced in social marketing, commercial marketing and strategic planning. Karina De la Vega has worked for more than 20 years in the Health Care sector in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela and Caribbean. She has helped to design and launch different programs at public and private level: Universal Vaccination Campaign trainings and the use of syringe incinerators in rural areas, Bio-Hazardous Waste Disposal and respective Mexican Norm reinforcement, Infection Control program during Infusion Therapy processes, Newborn Screening program; and more recently, she has worked with DKT International, representing Mexico and Central America to implement social marketing initiatives to increase the use of condoms, short and long term contraceptives and vasectomies; as well to increase awareness among the youngest to prevent ITS and unplanned pregnancies in teenagers.

Alan Vera Vasquez

Director de Mercadotecnia de DKT México

Mercadólogo con Experiencia en publicidad para la industria farmacéutica de 10 años, elaborando campañas para marcas como Prozac (Pfizer), Humira (Abvie) Spiriva (Boehringer), trabajando para la línea OTC de DKT en México elaborando campañas 360 para la marca Prudence hace año y medio.

Marketing director experienced in advertising for the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years, developing campaigns for brands such as Prozac (Pfizer), Humira (Abvie) Spiriva (Boehringer), currently working for the OTC line of DKT in Mexico, developing 360 campaigns for the Prudence brand for the last year and a half.

Senna Akoi Mark Jackson

Independent Film-maker and Journalist

Senna is a Social Entrepreneur, harnessing the God given creative talents as Poet, Writer, Photographer, Filmmaker and an eye for deep insightful stories through his journalism in Kenya where he is based. Senna joined World Vasectomy Day in 2016 and his massive media efforts to shade positive light on vasectomy are still powering all Kenya and encouraging more Kenyan men to have a vasectomy and engage in family planning conversations.

Ruth Cross

Partner & Producer DNX Media

Ruth Cross has been a producer and head of development for Sydney-based production company Smith&Nasht since it was founded in 2011. In late 2017 she became a founding partner and producer of DNX Media, a new joint venture bringing together leading Australian producers December Media and Smith&Nasht to produce long-form documentary content for global audiences. Her producing credits include THE VASECTOMIST for SBS, CBC, VPRO, DR and its groundbreaking outreach campaign, WORLD VASECTOMY DAY; a two-part documentary series HOWARD ON MENZIES for ABC featuring former Australian Prime Minister John Howard; and JOYRIDE, a one-off documentary ZDF/Arte, CBC, DR, NRK, SVT, ABC, VPRO, DBS, Knowledge Network and RDI.

Alongside production, Ruth has a background in film programming including for Adelaide Film Festival and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), where she also ran the industry marketplace programs and was seconded to the Sheffield Doc/Fest team to produce the UK MeetMarket. Ruth holds an MA in Documentary Production from the University of Salford UK where she was selected to participate in an exchange program at the prestigious Cuban film school, Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV).

Vandana Sood-Giddings

Independent Documentary filmmaker and writer

Vandana Sood-Giddings completed her MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College- CUNY in New York in 2009. She is originally from India where she worked with the Ministry of Culture, an art gallery and with an Indo- Japanese company as their media consultant. In New Delhi she received her Masters in Mass communication from the Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC).

In New York City. Vandana worked in post production for MTV’s reality show ‘Teen Moms’ and PBS’s program, ‘In the Mix’. Vandana was part of the editorial team at Fox’s website Beliefnet and worked on outreach and digital strategy at Alwan for the Arts and Innovation Pavillion in Colorado. Her work was awarded the PEO Peace Scholarship for two consecutive years. She was the recipient of the Davis Peace Project grant in 2008 and the Commonwealth Vision Award in 2004. Vandana was part of the Wheelchair Sports Federation’s media team to the Paralympics in PyeongChang. Vandana does social media strategy for Lockhorn Cider and runs her own independent yoga and art organization, Prana Buzz in Bozeman, Montana.

Dedra Smith

WVD Senior Advisor

Dedra Smith was the World Vasectomy Day producer since 2014. She has a BA in Administration of non-profits, and ran a successful consulting business for 25 years in magazine publishing. Prior to that, she worked in the non-profit sector, writing grants, managing a variety of programs, and working with volunteers.

As producer, Dedra not only ran day to day operations, but took on tasks such as managing the WVD website and helping turn the organization into a respected 501(c)3. Dedra is responsible for building a network of sustaining members, and continues seeking support for our various programs.

Although no longer a full time staff member, she is one of our most loyal and engaged members and Senior Advisor.

Patricia Finneran

Director of Development, US, Doc Society, Program Producer, Good Pitch

Patricia is a nonprofit arts leader with more than two decades of experience in documentary media. At Doc Society, she facilitates the successful expansion of the Good Pitch program which connects non-fiction films to social justice change-makers globally. Her work connects media makers with funders, organizations, media platforms and other partners to advance social good, and supports the growth of a vibrant ecosystem of high impact public media. She previously worked with the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program as Creative Producer for the Sundance | Skoll Stories of Change project and representative of the Fund globally. As Director of SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival from 2003 to 2008, she lead its growth to become the largest documentary festival in the US and created the International Documentary Conference. She served as Artistic Director of the IFP Market in New York. In 2012, she founded Story Matters, which created content, campaigns and events at the intersection of non-fiction film and social change. Projects include the Alliance 2016 conference, campaigns for films l“Bully” “How To Survive A Plague” and “The Revolutionary Optimists”; clients included Britdoc, Hot Docs, Kering, and Results for America.

Her current passion project is “Cumari: Jungle to Table” a TV series about Latin American chefs partnering with indigenous peoples to create sustainable markets for Amazonian food. She is a graduate of from Barnard College, Columbia University and the AFI (American Film Institute) Conservatory.

Dr. Doug Stein

vasweb.com

A board-certified urologist since 1983, Doug Stein has focused his practice on vasectomy and vasectomy reversal since 2000. He provides vasectomy services at 17 locations in Florida and, as Development Director of No-Scalpel Vasectomy International (NSVI.org), he has helped develop vasectomy programs in the Philippines, Haiti, and Kenya. By a stroke of good fortune, he was “discovered” by filmmaker Jonathan Stack (the Founder of World Vasectomy Day), and so played a central role in “The Vasectomist” documentary and in the first World Vasectomy Day.

Dr. Charles Ochieng

Director, Wispivas Ltd

Dr. Ochieng is the founder and director at Winam Safe Parenthood Initiative, a community based organisation in Kenya (2011 to present). He is the director of Wispivas Ltd, with provision of vasectomy services being the core business (2013 to present). He is the medical director for No Scalpel Vasectomy International (NSVI), the Kenya chapter (2012 to present), He is a member of the Medical advisory Board for World vasectomy Day (2013 to present)

Dr. Michel Labrecque, M.D.

Professor, Laval University

Dr. Michel Labrecque is a full-professor from the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine at Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. He has performed over 22 000 NSV (no scalpel vasectomy) since 1992 and about 25 000 in his career. He was the first NSV practitioner in Canada. He has taught NSV to over 40 clinicians nationally and internationally, has been invited to speak at many international conferences, and wrote extensively on the topic. He also worked as a consultant for two international NGOs (FHI 360 and EngenderHealth) promoting safe family planning practices in developing world.
www.vasectomie.net

Charles L. Wilson, M.D.

Proprietor, Dr. Snip

Dr. Chic Wilson is a Seattle native and graduate of the UW School of Medicine. For over 30 years he has collaborated with other interested vasectomy doctors to advance modern vasectomy technique. His contributions include the Wilson vasectomy forceps, the no-scalpel vasectomy training model and training videos, procedure workshops on No-Scalpel Vasectomy, Advanced Vasectomy Techniques, and No-Needle Anesthesia. He created the peer-reviewed AAFP monograph and video guide No-Scalpel Vasectomy for the Family Physician.

In 1999, Dr. Wilson originated the No-Needle Vasectomy technique. He authored the Vasectomy Chapter in the 4th edition of Pfenninger and Fowler’s Procedures for Primary Care.

In addition to private practice, Dr. Wilson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he teaches medicine and surgery to physicians and medical students. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Ramon Suarez, M.D.

Urologist, Co-founder and President of No-Scalpel Vasectomy International (NSVI)

Dr. Ramon Suarez graduated with an M.D. degree at Southwestern University, Cebu City, Philippines in 1962. Suarez completed my Surgical/Urological Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pa in 1971. Suarez was in a private practice in Urology for over 30 years in Lebanon and Hershey, Pa. and became a Clinical Assistant Professor and Faculty in Urology at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa. He is one of the first American physician trained and certified by Dr. Li Shunqiang, the inventor of No-Scalpel Vasectomy in China. A diplomat of the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Suarez is a co-founder and current president of No-Scalpel Vasectomy International (NSVI), a (501)(c)(3) charitable organization providing FREE vasectomy in the Philippines, Haiti, Kenya and other developing countries. On August 12, 2013, he will summit Mt. Kilimanjaro to unfurl the banner of the first WVD.
www.nsvi.org, vasweb.com

Dr. Nicholas Demediuk

Specialist General Practitioner

Dr Nick Demediuk is an Australian procedural general practitioner performing vasectomies and skin cancer surgery. He has a special interest in infection prevention and control in his office based practice and has advised, authored works, and developed standards for both government and professional bodies.He practices in 2 states, Keysborough (suburban Melbourne Victoria) and Bokarina (on the Sunshine Coast Queensland). He has worked as a member of the ‘No Scalpel Vasectomy International’ group in the Philippines.
dr.n.demediuk@pmc.net.au

Dr. John Curington

Asst Clinical Professor in Family Medicine; University of California San Diego School of Medicine

Dr. John Curington graduated with honors from the University of California Davis School of Medicine. He is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Curington teaches medical students both in the classroom and in the clinics, and his clinical practice focuses on health care for the underserved and contraception. In addition to his vasectomy practice in the US, he has performed and taught vasectomies in the Philippines, Kenya, and Mexico, and wishes his colleagues a successful World Vasectomy Day all across the globe.
http://curingtoncenter.com/about-the-doctor/

Dr. Robert Kulik, M.D., PTG, PTA

Gynecologist & Andrologyst

Dr. Robert Kulik is a gynecologist and Andrologyst. He works in Warsaw, Poland, dealing with male and female infertility and general gynecology and vasectomy. Vasectomy, for Dr. Kulik, is an important addition of complementary offer for women who cannot use conventional methods of contraception. Dr. Kulik graduated from medical school in 1992. Dr. Doug Stein in Tampa, Florida taught me the art of NSV.

http://wazektomia.warszawa.pl

Dr. Sarah Miller, M.D., M.P.H.

Family Physician

Dr. Sarah Miller is a family doctor and family planning specialist who provides primary care and family planning services throughout New York City. In addition to her own clinical work, Dr. Miller trains medical students, residents, and fellows through academic affiliations with Mount Sinai, Montefiore Medical Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, and the Institute for Family Health. In these settings, she teaches medical professionals procedural care and ways to integrate full-spectrum family planning services into the primary care setting. She is a board-certified family physician and a fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health. Her current passion is working to enhance male involvement in family planning.

http://newyorkvasectomy.com/about-us/

Dr. Simon Snook, MBChB, MRCGPdist, FRNZCGP, DFFP, RCOG

Medical Director; Snip Vasectomy Clinic

Dr. Simon Snook is the medical director of New Zealand’s largest vasectomy provider Snip Vasectomy Clinic. In addition to his interest in vasectomy, Dr. Snook works as a specialist in Sexual Health and Reproductive Medicine within the New Zealand public health sector. He graduated from the University of Birmingham, England in 1996 and holds post graduate qualifications in Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Family Planning. He lives on a small farm with his wife Kelly and a few too many children for a man dedicated to contraceptive care.

Dr. John Mc Cormick

MD

Dr. John Mc Cormick graduated from the Royal college of Surgeons in Ireland in 2001. He subsequently completed a postgraduate doctorate degree and worked in general surgery and as a primary care surgeon. He has been fortunate enough to dedicate his full time practise to no-scalpel vasectomy and he divides his time between clinics in Dublin and Cork, in Ireland.
john@vasectomyireland.ie

Dr. Alyssa Yee

Managing Director, Maimonides Medical Center

Alyssa Yee is a urological surgery resident in Brooklyn, NY who came to medicine through the reproductive health and justice route. A longstanding career in patient advocacy and sexual health/wellness inspired her choice of specialty and continues to inform her practice in the Men’s Health field. She strongly believes in engaging men in the family planning conversation and its role in promoting happy and healthy relationships. With her perspective as a resident physician, Alyssa hopes to expand vasectomy education and training for healthcare providers with the World Vasectomy Day team.

When not in the hospital, Alyssa is a part-time flying trapeze instructor and enthusiast. She loves cooking, hanging upside-down, dogs, fiber arts, painting, and travel.

Esgar Guarin

Managing Director, FAAFP SimpleVas® Vasectomy

ESGAR GUARIN, MD FAAFP. Family Medicine specialist with focused practice in Maternal, Child and Reproductive Health. He completed a Maternal and Child Health fellowship, and postgraduate public health training, at Brown University in Providence (RI). He’s a Fellow member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and an Associate Member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He’s been involved with Non Scalpel Vasectomy International (NSVI) since 2013, and has participated in missionary work in Haiti as well as World Vasectomy Day. He’s committed to increase the access to affordable and reliable vasectomy services in Iowa (US) through his SimpleVas® Vasectomy practice (www.simplevas.net) while he maintains an active Maternal and Child Health practice.

Esgar Guarin, MD FAAFP

Dr. Jose Viladoms

Head of Andrology at Teknon Medical Center, Barcelona

Dr. Jose Viladoms is a urologist from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Puigvert Foundation) and Head of Andrology at Teknon Medical Center, Barcelona. Introducer of the VSB (NSV- no-scalpel vasectomy) in Spain in 1993, after attending the first training course in Europe, with P.S.Li. Introducer of the VSBSA in Spain (NNNSV no-needle-no-scalpel vasectomy) in 2005 (With D.Stein)

Justin Low

Doctor, Marie Stopes Australia

Dr Justin Low graduated from Sydney University in 1987. He entered the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioner’s Family Medicine Program (FMP) in 1990 and obtained the FRACGP in 1993.
He has worked in Australia and the UK in various roles and trained in vasectomies in 2011. Since then he has performed vasectomies in 8 centres across the state of New South Wales in Australia performing around 1,300 vasectomies a year.
He has been involved in various medical aid and disaster relief campaigns over the years in Romania, Sri Lanka and Rwanda.
His current role is as National Director of Vasectomies at Marie Stopes Australia, the country’s largest vasectomy provider.

Renee Johannensen, MD FACOG

Assistant Clinic Professor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and NYC.

Dr. Johannensen is a board certified Ob/Gyn and family planning specialist. She is a Assistant Clinical Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She trains resident physicians and medical students from a number academic institutions and residency and fellowship training programs. She helped develop the Ryan Resident Family Planning training program at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and was formerly the director of Family Planning at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She is a member of Physicians for Reproductive Health and the Society of Family Planning.

Jonathan Stack

Co-Founder and Producer

Born in New York City, Jonathan spent much of his 20’s exploring the world during which time he took an interest to film.

Jonathan Stack is an Emmy Award winning and two- time Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker. In 1991 he founded GABRIEL FILMS and has since gone on to produce over fifty films for dozens of cable channels in the US and many television partners abroad. He has released several films theatrically and shown his work at many of the major festivals including Sundance where he won the Grand Jury Prize in 1998.

While working as an independent filmmaker Stack has earned a reputation for his unique ability to gain access into forbidden and even dangerous worlds. His exclusives include, President Charles Taylor’s farewell speech to the nation of Liberia and a rare interview with David Miscaivage, head of the Church of Scientology. He has filmed inside Angola Prison over 15 years, travelled with militias in Guinea and Liberia and been to a last supper four times. He has filmed 10,000 feet below sea level and 20,000 feet above, told a few stories that took place thousands of years ago and even more stories that are happening today.

He founded World Vasectomy Day with Dr. Doug Stein to inspire men world wide to part of the most important decision of our lives.

Doug Stein

Co-Founder and Urologist

A board-certified urologist since 1983, Doug Stein has focused his practice on vasectomy and vasectomy reversal since 2000. He provides vasectomy services at 17 locations in Florida and, as Development Director of No-Scalpel Vasectomy International (NSVI.org), he has helped develop vasectomy programs in the Philippines, Haiti, and Kenya. By a stroke of good fortune, he was “discovered” by filmmaker Jonathan Stack (the Founder of World Vasectomy Day), and so played a central role in “The Vasectomist” documentary and in the first World Vasectomy Day.

Simon Nasht

Simon is an internationally experienced documentary film producer who has worked extensively in Europe, the US and Australia, running successful production companies on three continents. He has previously been on the board of global media NGO Internews,has been on the selection committee of theEuropean Union’s Media Program and has worked for the Soros Foundation in Eastern Europe. A former foreign correspondent for Australia’s national public broadcaster, the ABC, he has also been a teacher at the European Film College in Denmark and guest lectured at many of the world’s leading film schools. He had written best selling biographies and is married with two adult children. He currently lives in Sydney.

Jonathan Stack

Executive Director

Born in New York City, Jonathan spent much of his 20’s exploring the world during which time he took an interest to film.

Jonathan Stack is an Emmy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker. In 1991 he founded GABRIEL FILMS, and has since gone on to produce over fifty films for dozens of cable channels in the US and many television partners abroad. He has released several films theatrically and shown his work at many of the major festivals, including Sundance where he won the Grand Jury Prize in 1998.

While working as an independent filmmaker Stack has earned a reputation for his unique ability to gain access into forbidden and even dangerous worlds. His exclusives include President Charles Taylor’s farewell speech to the nation of Liberia and a rare interview with David Miscaivage, head of the Church of Scientology. He has filmed inside Angola Prison over 15 years, travelled with militias in Guinea and Liberia and been to a last supper four times. He has filmed 10,000 feet below sea level and 20,000 feet above, told a few stories that took place thousands of years ago and even more stories that are happening today.

He founded World Vasectomy Day with Dr. Doug Stein to inspire men world wide to part of the most important decision of our lives.

Alison Hoover

Program Manager

Alison Hoover has worked with nonprofits around the world to empower youth, monitor sexual health and family planning programs, and contribute to advocacy on issues related to international sexual and reproductive health and rights. As Program Manager, she has developed, managed, monitored and scaled an eight-step framework for sustainable vasectomy programs in India, Mexico, Haiti and Rwanda.

Before joining WVD, she worked in Asia with various global non-profits including UNFPA, USAID, PATH, PSI and FHI 360. She also co-founded a comprehensive sexuality education social enterprise that used profits from organic and ethically-sourced cotton products to fund education workshops across Vietnam. Prior to that, she worked on abortion research in Chile and child labor policy in Ghana.

Sheila Gabeya

Project Manager, Africa

Sheila is Regional Manager, Africa at World Vasectomy Day where she works closely with the Executive Director and coordinates all other logistics in Africa. She has specialized knowledge in project management and evaluation, family and reproductive health and gender equity. Sheila has an Undergraduate degree in International Business. When she is not working with World Vasectomy Day, she works part-time with a community development NGO.

Nicolás Cuellar

Director of Content

Nicolás joined World Vasectomy Day in 2014, as an adjunct to his projects working with Jonathan Stack at Gabriel Films.

He's a gifted director who is fluent in English, Spanish and French, and is able to convey his vision to the many local media makers that WVD works with to produce our events each year.

Nicolás has been a creative force behind the innovative content that WVD creates for all our events, and a great mentor for the filmmakers, editors, and producers that work locally with WVD each year.

Dr. Anicet Nzabonimpa

Chief of Party, Rwanda

Dr. Anicet Nzabonimpa is the Chief of Party for WVD-Rwanda since October 1st, 2018. He graduated as medical doctor in 2011 and has a long experience in Reproductive Health programs management since 2004.
He worked as PF Integration Advisor in Rwanda Biomedical Center/MOH from October 2015 to September 2018.
He worked also as FP/HIV Integration Coordinator in MCH department/MoH from August 2008 to September 2015. He provided a technical support to design and implement the integrated package MCH/FP/HIV services known as ONE STOP MODEL of integration. He provided a technical support to the coordination of different technical working groups and committees in Rwanda (FP TWG, Logistics committee, m4RH TWG, Fistula Committee, FP/HIV integration committee).
He worked as HIV Clinical Specialist at ICAP/Columbia University from February 2006 to August 2008 and was responsible for the overall medical coordination of HIV Clinical Program activities in western region of Rwanda.
Prior to working at ICAP, he worked at the Treatment & Research Aids Center(TRAC) as Program Manager and helped to initiate and supervise VCT/PMTCT and ART sites in Rwanda. He is National Trainer and Mentor for Reproductive health services (HIV, FP, Gender&GBV, ASRH and MCH related fields).
He also worked at BUSHENGE district hospital as a Clinician/General Practitioner from 2001 to 2004.
He worked also as Teacher of Bio-medical Sciences in Nursing Secondary School of Butare from 1997-1999.