Staff Bios

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. 

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
Fiona Clem is the senior information manager in the Office of Global Women’s Health at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Fiona believes that the best stories are the ones that are shared. Fiona works with OGWH program staff to craft marketing materials, create proposals, and write articles. Fiona also manages the member communications including updating the OGWH webpages and the on-line repository for women’s health education, and managing the listserv. Fiona works to translate program activities in to information for ACOG members and funders as well as broader audiences, and understanding of OGWH’s programs, and member engagement, has risen steadily since Fiona joined ACOG in 2015. Prior to ACOG, Fiona worked at the U.S. House of Representatives as an Internet Support Specialist and as the Technology Manager for the National Environmental Education Foundation. Fiona holds a master’s degree in library science and a bachelor’s in English.

Faisa Ali, Program Administrator
Faisa Ali is the Program Administrator for the Office of Global Women’s Health. She manages the Essential Training in Operative Obstetric program (FKA SOO) and lends her support to other programs within the office. She was a Communications Coordinator at the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Most recently, she was a Public Affairs consultant at the various African embassies in Washington, D.C. Her enthusiasm for fighting for women’s rights to health has led her in numerous leadership roles within various NGO’s implemented by the Somali Diaspora. Faisa’s passion for maternal and child health grew when she was a public health volunteer at Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland. During her time there, she created awareness for female genital mutilation and led various seminars. She facilitated in creating literary works about obstetric fistula and FGM. Prior to her work in East Africa, she was a Digital Communications intern at the National Geographic Society. She holds a bachelor degree in Biology, and plans to finish her Masters in Public Health.

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'.

Sue Viana, MS, Program Specialist
Sue Viana is the Program Specialist supporting the various projects and programs of the Office of Global Women's Health. After spending two years studying the health of Latin-American mothers and daughters, Sue joined ACOG to assist the Accreditation Committee of the FECASOG-ACOG (CAFA) and its annual residency exam, which is administered in six countries within Central America. Sue is also supporting the Global Operations Advisory Group (GOAG), the closure of Survive & Thrive project, and the OGWH Awards Program. Sue graduated with an Outstanding Research Award from George Mason University with a Master of Science in Global Health and a Certificate in Public Health.


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