Melanie Croce-Galis, RN, MPH is a founding Member, Executive Director and a main co-author of the award-winning website www.whatworksforwomen.org, an online compendium of effective HIV interventions for women and girls. With nearly 20 years of health, communication and project management experience, she uses creative communications strategies to bridge the gap between research and policy to help organizations around the world reach their goals of influencing public policy and promoting social change. With extensive experience managing multi-million dollar projects and partners in multiple countries, Ms. Croce-Galis often works hand in hand with local partners around the world to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women and men.
Jill Gay, M.A., is a founding Member and the Chief Technical Officer. She is the lead author for www.whatworksforwomen.org and has far-reaching knowledge of the literature on effective gender approaches to HIV. She has spent a significant amount of time working with developing country partners to identify country-specific gender transformative programming. She has worked as a consultant for UNDP in Kenya and under WWA/UNAIDS in Gabon, Tajikistan, Lao PDR and Myanmar, among other countries. She has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on HIV, reproductive health and gender. She evaluated USAID’s activities on gender and reproductive health in Benin. She also assessed, for the Board of the MacArthur Foundation, the Foundation’s programs on maternal health in Mexico. She has collaborated with ICRW and CARE to evaluate gender and sexuality work in Vietnam and India. Ms. Gay has also implemented a quality of care project in several countries in Latin America with Ministries of Health and women’s advocates through PAHO. She has worked for the US Institute of Medicine. She served on the IRB of NIAID.
Karen Hardee, Ph.D., is a founding Member of What Works Association and is a frequent collaborator on technical work with the Association.
Board of Directors: Betty L. Farrell, Board Chair, Consultant and former Senior Technical Advisor for Service Integration, EngenderHealth Kate Lasso, Board Treasurer, Director of Finance and Administration, Consumer Health Foundation Jeff Meer, Executive Director, Handicap International Kendell Burroughs, Chief Financial Officer, RAIN (Regional Aid for Interim Needs)
Emeritus: Shannon Kowalski, Director of Advocacy and Policy at International Women's Health Coalition Nduku Kilonzo, Director, National AIDS Control Council, Kenya