Carla Eckhardt, Senior Director, Global Women's Health & Special Issues in Women’s Health
Carla Eckhardt has been in the health care field for over 25 years. She has worked in the US and internationally with non-profit health care organizations, for-profit health centers, university medical centers, and academic think tanks. She has held numerous management positions, and has been responsible for large operating budgets up to $23 million, and has simultaneously managed multiple delivery care sites and large service staffs. Ms. Eckhardt has experience working with labor unions, and has sat on Boards and executive teams. She has a talent for working with a diverse labor force, from C level executives to front line staff in diverse cultural settings. Ms. Eckhardt ran her own consulting firm for eight years concentrating on clinic sustainability, efficiency, quality improvement programs, and team development. Before joining ACOG, Ms. Eckhardt held the Country Director positions at Marie Stopes International in Ethiopia and Mexico. She is a graduate of Yale University.
Elizabeth O’Connell, MPIA, Director of Development
Elizabeth has 15+ years of progressive experience in organizational development, fundraising, strategic planning, managing strategic partnerships, coordinating international fundraising programs, representing organizations to diverse stakeholders, crafting communications tools, and managing staff in fast-paced, dynamic non-profit organizations. She has worked on issues ranging from women’s political participation and economic empowerment, improving access to clean water and safe sanitation to environmental protection and combatting climate change. Elizabeth has worked in the United States and Ghana and with international organizations with field staff throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Vineeta Gupta, MD, JD, LL.M, Technical Director
Vineeta Gupta has 25+ years of extensive global experience in women’s health, organizational development, training, capacity building, gender and health policy analysis, and mobilizing for women’s rights. She is the recipient of the 2001 Rotary Service to Humanity Award. She is an obstetrician and a human rights lawyer, and practiced MNCH in India. She has managed programs in over 19 Countries. Prior to joining The College, Dr. Gupta worked for Global AIDS Alliance, The Global Fund for Children, PATH, and UNAIDS.
Berhanu Tadesse Taye, MD, MBA, Program Director
Dr. Berhanu comes with a wealth of experience in Ethiopia as a surgeon and a leader in the University of Addis Ababa. He most recently worked with the Clinton Global Initiative generating a guideline for medical schools/teaching institutions and PACT on leadership training of medical students and professors and with MSH on health system strengthening in 2 regions in Ethiopia. He wrote his master’s thesis on the importance of women in leadership. He has a deep commitment to the advancement of medical education, to the enrichment of the academic efforts in Ethiopia, and most importantly to the improvement of healthcare for women, specifically reducing maternal mortality worldwide.
Fiona Clem, MLIS, Information Manager
Prior to ACOG, Fiona was an Internet Support Specialist on a web site design and support project for the U.S. House of Representatives, Technology Manager for the National Environmental Education Foundation and librarian for several organizations. At ACOG, Fiona develops and maintain the OGWH on-line repository for women’s health education, interactive tools for sharing information and opportunities for ACOG Fellows, U.S. universities and their partners in low-resource countries, and global colleagues.
Andrea S. Momoh, MPH, Program Administrator
Andrea Momoh is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. For her masters’ thesis, Andrea traveled to rural Ghana to conduct research on maternal health issues related to reproductive health disparities. During her time there, she engaged with diverse populations to improve health and inform policy. At ACOG, Andrea will provide programmatic support and assistance to the Office of Global Women's Health. With experiences ranging from women’s health nonprofits to health systems research, Andrea will bring a unique perspective to the team.
Ariana Rua, Program Administrator
Ariana Rua is a Program Administrator at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) working in the Global Womens Health department specifically working on the Zika program in Central America funded by US-AID. Previously, Ariana worked at Lockheed Martin, specifically in the Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business area. She worked closely with her leadership on contract management, database operations, and web services for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help manage over 28,000 web pages. In 2013, 2014, and 2016 she was awarded with the SRA award, an award that recognizes individuals for their superior performance, leadership, and customer service. In 2011, she graduated with a B.A. in Marketing with a concentration in International Business. She worked at CrosStar Network Solutions in New York City, where she worked alongside the executive board of directors assisting with account management and database entry. Ariana has also briefly served on the national board of directors for Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. as the Director of Communications. Her passion for leadership, personal development, and education has inspired her to enhance her philanthropic efforts to help the Hispanic community increase and strengthen educational opportunities. Ariana serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair for the Associate Council for Edu-Futuro, and non-profit organization that 'empowers under-resourced Latino and other immigrant youth through education, leadership development, and family engagement, to become the next generation of professionals who transform their communities'.
Hanan Abdulahi, MPP, Program Specialist of ACOG-ESOG Program
Hanan Abdulahi is a Program Specialist for the ACOG-ESOG program. She provides program and administrative support for the ACOG-ESOG collaborative program. In her previous experience, she has worked on issues regarding health disparities in infant mortality, community health and fair housing policy. She has a Master's degree in Public Policy with an emphasis in Health Policy from George Mason University.
Sandra Menendez, Program Specialist
Sandra Menendez is the new Program Specialist for the ACOG Office of Global Women’s Health. Previously, she served as the Program Assistant for the ACOG American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health Program where she organized consultative site visits, postgraduate education opportunities, and managed a LARC training program for providers in rural/remote areas serving American Indian/Alaska Native Women. Ms. Menendez joined ACOG in September 2015 after attaining an undergraduate degree with high distinction from the University of Virginia. There, she served as the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Services intern at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center and then as the student liaison on Campus Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence to the Office of the Dean of Students. Ms. Menendez also interned in the Elson Student Health gynecology department and participated in peer education programs concerning family planning and first-time gynecologic visits for college-age women. She is active in humanitarian efforts, health care access and women’s equality.