Our Team: Headquarters

VillageReach employs staff with diverse professional backgrounds, covering public health, law, business development/marketing, finance, and software development. The majority of our team is located in the communities we serve.

USA/Headquarters - Leadership

Evan Simpson

Evan Simpson - President

Evan joined VillageReach as President in July 2016. He has worked in global health for more than 15 years. Evan oversees all aspects of VillageReach’s strategic development. Prior to VillageReach, most of his career has been spent at PATH where he managed a diverse portfolio of projects and teams working in diarrheal disease control in Africa and Asia, including Rotavirus vaccine introduction and scale-up of community case management approaches to treatment and prevention.

From 2010-2014 he lead a large team that conducted extensive market research in India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso to examine reasons mothers and providers use or do not use various therapeutic interventions for diarrhea.  In addition, Evan led the RESTORS project which conducted clinical trials to determine the efficacy of a new oral rehydration therapy in Bangladesh.  He was the architect of a cross-program initiative at PATH to integrate various diarrhea-related treatment and prevention interventions into a singular country-level program approach. In 2015, Evan became the Co-Chair of PATH’s Research Ethics Committee, and most recently was the interim Country Progam Director for PATH India.

Evan holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington, and is currently completing a Doctor of Public Health in public health leadership and management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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Emily Bancroft

Emily Bancroft - Vice President

As Vice President, Emily is responsible for the strategy, oversight, and management of all VillageReach programs across our three key areas of work:  health systems; information systems; and social business.  Emily is also responsible for building new relationships and opportunities to help bring VillageReach innovations to scale and sustainability through strategic partnerships and relationships with governments, donors, and implementing partners. Emily joined VillageReach in 2010, leading the design and development of VillageReach innovations for the health systems team. Emily has fifteen years of experience in building successful health systems interventions both domestically and in sub-Saharan Africa, including specific expertise in program development, assessment and management, monitoring and evaluation, health informatics, advocacy, and human resources for health.

Prior to joining VillageReach, Emily worked with the International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH), Physicians for Human Rights, and NPower. In January 2012, Emily was appointed as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Health Services of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. Emily has an MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine and a BA from Princeton University.

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Jessica Crawford

Jessica Crawford - Senior Manager & Group Lead, Health Systems

Jess has developed and led a broad portfolio of health innovations focused on health systems strengthening and improved performance at the last mile of the health system with expertise in supply chain, human resources development, mHealth, and community health programs. Jess has over ten years of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health system programs in both in the USA and abroad. She has led projects in Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

Jess helped establish the VillageReach Malawi Country Office, serving as the first Malawi Country Director. Prior to joining VillageReach, Jess worked in Health Services Administration at the University of Washington specializing in quality improvement and previously served as a community health educator in Tanzania with the Peace Corps. Jess holds a MPH in Health Services and a MA in Policy Studies from the University of Washington and as well as a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology and BA in Sociology.

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Nancy Geiger

Nancy Geiger - Director, Finance & Operations

Nancy is responsible for overseeing financial and administrative matters at VillageReach including financial management and accounting, compliance, human resources, and HQ business information systems and facilities. An experienced nonprofit financial & operations professional, Nancy brings three decades of experience to the position.

Prior to joining VillageReach Nancy served as Vice President & CFO of KCTS 9, Seattle’s iconic local public television station.  She previously worked as Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and in administrative and financial management positions at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Washington Community Mental Health Council. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Oberlin College and a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Washington School of Public Health & Community Medicine. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1985 and a Certified Management Accountant in 1989.

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Jake Watson

Jake Watson - Director & Group Lead, Information Systems

Jake leads the Information Systems Group, providing oversight for the use of technologies within VillageReach. He is responsible for the development of creative applications of ICT that will improve healthcare delivery support at the last mile. Jake has more than 15 years of experience developing large-scale enterprise, cloud and mobile software systems in the private sector.

He has most recently worked as a Solutions Architect in the humanitarian assistance field, providing strategic leadership for the use of ICTs in humanitarian programming. He has also taught secondary education in the US public school system. Jake holds a BA in Humanities from Hampden-Sydney College and is a current Masters candidate, International Relations, at the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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Matt DeGooyer

Matt DeGooyer - Director of Development

Matt joined VillageReach as the Director of Development in October 2016. In this position, Matt leads the strategic fundraising efforts of VillageReach including personal giving, corporate giving, and foundations. He has heldleadership positions at non-profit healthcare organizations in fundraising for over 12 years.

Most recently he served as the Executive Director for the American Lung Association, following work as the Associate Executive Director for the JDRF Northwest Chapter.  Previous to that he served as a Director of Development for Seattle Children’s and as the Director of International Student Services at Shoreline Community College.  Matt holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from Wake Forest University.

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Melissa West

Melissa West - Director & Group Lead, Advocacy

Melissa is responsible for advocacy across VillageReach programs in order to advance the organization’s mission of ensuring access to quality healthcare for underserved communities.  She has more than twenty years of experience building partnerships and developing strategies to influence stakeholders and motivate action.  Most recently, Melissa worked as a Senior Program Officer in global policy and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  In addition to working on issues including nutrition and MNCH, for many years she led advocacy for polio eradication, working with partners at global, national and local levels to ensure funding and political will for ending the disease.

Prior to VillageReach, Melissa served in government relations, marketing, and communications for organizations including Amgen and Microsoft.  She serves on the board of One By One, an organization fighting obstetric fistula, and is actively involved in Wheelchairs for Nigeria, Eastlake Community Church, and her daughters’ schools. She holds an M.A. in applied international studies from University of Washington as well as a B.A. in business administration.

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Health Systems Group

Jessica Crawford

Jessica Crawford - Senior Manager & Group Lead, Health Systems

Jess has developed and led a broad portfolio of health innovations focused on health systems strengthening and improved performance at the last mile of the health system with expertise in supply chain, human resources development, mHealth, and community health programs. Jess has over ten years of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health system programs in both in the USA and abroad. She has led projects in Malawi, Tanzania, and Mozambique.

Jess helped establish the VillageReach Malawi Country Office, serving as the first Malawi Country Director. Prior to joining VillageReach, Jess worked in Health Services Administration at the University of Washington specializing in quality improvement and previously served as a community health educator in Tanzania with the Peace Corps. Jess holds a MPH in Health Services and a MA in Policy Studies from the University of Washington and as well as a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology and BA in Sociology.

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Dr. Olivier Defawe, PhD

Dr. Olivier Defawe, PhD - Senior Manager, Health Systems

Olivier leads the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of health system programs, with particular focus on Francophile countries (e.g. Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo). He supports the operations of existing health system programs as well as the development and implementation of new programs.

Prior to VillageReach, Olivier was with ITECH, managing health information (e.g. EMR, LIMS) and laboratory systems implementation in the Haiti and Côte d’Ivoire teams.  Prior, Olivier was the Operations Manager for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network laboratory program at Fred Hutchinson CancerResearch Center.   Olivier holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Liège in Belgium, completing his post-doctorate work at the University of Washington.

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Erin Larsen-Cooper

Erin Larsen-Cooper - Manager, Health Systems

Erin Larsen-Cooper is responsible for supporting the design, implementation and evaluation of health system programs at VillageReach. Erin brings experience in analyzing health and logistics data for program improvement, monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining VillageReach, Erin worked in various public health and non-profit settings, including serving as a community health volunteer in Uganda for the United States Peace Corps.

Erin holds a MPH in Community Oriented Public Health Practice, an MSW in Community Centered Integrative Practice from the University of Washington and a BS in Community Health from Western Washington University.

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Vidya Sampath

Vidya Sampath - Manager, Health Systems

Vidya Sampath works on the design and oversight of impact and process evaluations of various HSG programs, while providing technical and management assistance to day-to-day project implementation and advocacy work.  Vidya has over five years of international development experience in South Asia and East Africa, carrying out project start-up efforts, implementation, M&E, trainings, capacity-building, and community-based and lead participatory research.

Prior to joining VillageReach, Vidya worked with Plan International, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the World Health Organization. Vidya holds an MSPH in International Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College.

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Jodi-Ann Burey

Jodi-Ann Burey - Associate, Health Systems

As Program Associate, Jodi-Ann supports the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of VillageReach health systems programs. In addition to previous work in global health, Jodi-Ann brings experience in business management, financial consulting, and organizational efficiency to the health systems team.  She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Boston College.

Nora Phillips

Nora Phillips - Associate, Health Systems

Nora provides support and oversight in the design, management and evaluation of programs to improve health systems. Prior to working at VillageReach, she served for three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, where she worked on a variety of public health issues, including water, sanitation, hygiene improvement and youth reproductive health education. Nora holds a MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

Ana Costache

Ana Costache - Associate, Health Systems

Ana is responsible for supporting the design, implementation and evaluation of health system programs, focusing primarily on Mozambique. Ana brings experience in program implementation and healthcare operations. Prior to joining VillageReach, Ana worked with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, managing their Brazil collaborations. Ana holds an MS in Health Systems Management from the University of Baltimore.

Dorothy Thomas

Dorothy Thomas - Associate, Health Systems

Dorothy supports HSG program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for VillageReach programs in francophone West & Central Africa. Prior to joining the VillageReach team, Dorothy worked as an RA at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and most recently at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington and a BA in Neuroscience & Behavior and French from Vassar College.

Katie Reynolds

Katie Reynolds - Research Assistant

Katie supports HSG program design, implementation and evaluation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Colgate University. Prior to joining VillageReach she worked as a Program Manager at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. She is currently pursuing her Master’s of Public Health in Health Services with a certificate in the Global Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children at the University of Washington.

Information Systems Group

Jake Watson

Jake Watson - Director & Group Lead, Information Systems

Jake leads the Information Systems Group, providing oversight for the use of technologies within VillageReach. He is responsible for the development of creative applications of ICT that will improve healthcare delivery support at the last mile. Jake has more than 15 years of experience developing large-scale enterprise, cloud and mobile software systems in the private sector.

He has most recently worked as a Solutions Architect in the humanitarian assistance field, providing strategic leadership for the use of ICTs in humanitarian programming. He has also taught secondary education in the US public school system. Jake holds a BA in Humanities from Hampden-Sydney College and is a current Masters candidate, International Relations, at the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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Brandon Bowersox-Johnson

Brandon Bowersox-Johnson - Software Development Manager

Brandon serves as the Software Development Manager, responsible for leading VillageReach’s software innovation. In his 20 years of IT experience, he has served as a CTO and co-owner of a software development consultancy and also as a board member of a public fiber optic network. He is passionate about making software a strategic contributor to VillageReach’s overall mission of health for all.

Chongsun Ahn

Chongsun Ahn - Software Development Engineer

Chongsun works in the Information Systems Group primarily focused on software development on the OpenLMIS platform. He brings to VillageReach over 5 years of full-stack software development in Java and Web technologies.

He also brings a diverse background of technical experience working in both for-profit and non-profit. He has taught computer classes in community centers, done technology program development, performed technical support for low-resource individuals, built websites for clients, and handled systems and database administration. Chongsun has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

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Ben Leibert

Ben Leibert - Software Development Engineer

Ben is part of the Information Systems Group and contributes to the development of OpenLMIS. He has over 10 years of experience as a software developer and has worked in the defense, logistics, telecom, and manufacturing industries. He has also spearheaded the development efforts for a variety of public websites, and served as a technical-recruiter. Ben has a Computing and Software Systems degree from the University of Washington.

Josh Zamor

Josh Zamor - Senior Software Engineer

Josh Zamor works with the Information Systems Group as a Software Development Engineer and is responsible for technical development of VillageReach’s software technologies. Josh brings to VillageReach five years of experience developing web-applications for government and non-profit organizations and more than two years’ experience working and living in Tanzania from his service with the United States Peace Corps as an Information Communications Technology teacher.

Josh’s past projects include the development of Grand Canyon National Park’s Online Weighted Lottery web-application, Grand Canyon River Outfitters Association’s Online Launch Calendar web-application, co-founding Peace Corps Tanzania’s ICT Committee and developing Peace Corps Tanzania’s Volunteer Resource website.  Josh has a B.S. in Computer Science from Northern Arizona University.

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Mary Jo Kochendorfer

Mary Jo Kochendorfer - Manager, Information Systems

Mary Jo is a part of the Information Systems Group and serves as the Product Owner for the OpenLMIS community.  She focuses on understanding the community’s product needs, defining the feature roadmap, and delivering on the product strategy. Mary Jo has more than eight years of experience addressing challenges across the global development sector, from implementing mobile health solutions to measuring social impact.

Most recently Mary Jo worked at Grameen Foundation as the Program Manager for MOTECH, an open-source platform used to cultivate demand for health services through behavior change communications.  She worked on developing and implementing solutions in low-resource settings within the public health sector, specifically in Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH), HIV/AIDS treatment, and vaccinations.

Mary Jo has worked and lived in multiple countries in Latin America, Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.  She earned her Bachelors in International Business and Marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota University.

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Tenly Snow

Tenly Snow - OpenLMIS Community Manager

As VillageReach’s first official OpenLMIS Community Manager, Tenly will be working with existing and new OpenLMIS partners – including implementers, software developers, and countries – to strengthen the initiative and build a vibrant OpenLMIS community. Tenly has worked in international development in Africa for eight years, her previous projects focusing on logistics and supply chain oversight and design, primarily in West Africa.

Tenly also brings experience working with a natural resource collaborative in Montana and Idaho, bringing parties with diverse interests together to collaboratively develop land use policy. Prior to joining VillageReach she served as an Urban Agriculture Agent with the Peace Corps in Senegal. She is fluent in French and the Senegalese dialect of Wolof.

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Rachel Powers

Rachel Powers - Associate, Information Systems

Rachel works in integrated technology support and implementation for global health systems projects at VillageReach. Her current projects focus on Android platform mobile tools and streamlining data flow in low resource areas. She has additional experience in international ICT policy in the fields of accessibility for Persons with Disabilities and engaging youth with ICTs. Rachel has an Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) from the University of Colorado Boulder School of Engineering.

Christine Lenihan

Christine Lenihan - Associate, Information Systems

Christine works on the development and implementation of VillageReach’s technology initiatives including OpenLMIS and CCPF (Health Center by Phone). She provides project management and support for software development to ensure high quality deliverables and community impact. Christine brings experience in research as well as the design and implementation of mobile applications in low resource areas.

Prior to joining VillageReach, she spent 3 years implementing electronic medical record (EMR) systems in hospitals throughout the United States and Canada. Christine has a Master of Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in International Relations from Connecticut College.

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Operations, Marketing & Administration

Nancy Geiger

Nancy Geiger - Director, Finance & Operations

Nancy is responsible for overseeing financial and administrative matters at VillageReach including financial management and accounting, compliance, human resources, and HQ business information systems and facilities. An experienced nonprofit financial & operations professional, Nancy brings three decades of experience to the position.

Prior to joining VillageReach Nancy served as Vice President & CFO of KCTS 9, Seattle’s iconic local public television station.  She previously worked as Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and in administrative and financial management positions at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Washington Community Mental Health Council. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Oberlin College and a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Washington School of Public Health & Community Medicine. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1985 and a Certified Management Accountant in 1989.

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Matt DeGooyer

Matt DeGooyer - Director of Development

Matt joined VillageReach as the Director of Development in October 2016. In this position, Matt leads the strategic fundraising efforts of VillageReach including personal giving, corporate giving, and foundations. He has heldleadership positions at non-profit healthcare organizations in fundraising for over 12 years.

Most recently he served as the Executive Director for the American Lung Association, following work as the Associate Executive Director for the JDRF Northwest Chapter.  Previous to that he served as a Director of Development for Seattle Children’s and as the Director of International Student Services at Shoreline Community College.  Matt holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from Wake Forest University.

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Sandy Hawley

Sandy Hawley - Manager, Communications & Development

Sandy is responsible for the execution and management of internal and external communications as well as supporting key leadership in all development and fundraising efforts. She develops collateral, strategies and best practices to ensure cohesive branding and messaging across all communications channels serving a diversified audience of advocates, media, technical partners, grantors, individual donors and VillageReach employees. Sandy has over 15 years of experience in the field of communications in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Prior to VillageReach, she served as PR and Communications Director for several Seattle-based non-profit organizations in addition to honing her skills in corporate communications and marketing for global advertising agencies and clients, including Microsoft. Sandy holds a BA from University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication.

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Olivia Price

Olivia Price - Associate, Finance & Operations

Olivia provides administrative and operational support to the VillageReach office. In 2005, Olivia founded the Tibetan Orphan Fund, an organization with the goal of reducing infant mortality rates in rural Tibet, after visiting the region on a school trip to China. Since then, she has spent time studying the role NGOs play in social activism in Bangalore, India and lived in Spain for six months to better her language skills.

Olivia graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, with minors in Spanish and Global Health, from the University of Washington Honors Program.

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Rossner Gideon

Rossner Gideon - Bookkeeper

Rossner supports accounting and administrative operations for VillageReach. He works to accurately and efficiently gather, connect, and record financial information for the organization. Rossner brings skills in accounting and operations management. He received his degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Western Washington University.

Gabriella Ailstock

Gabriella Ailstock - Assistant, Finance and Operations

Gabriella provides administrative and operational support for grants and contracts. Previously, she lived in India where she volunteered for an NGO focused on community-based mental health interventions. There she developed and implemented mental health resiliency curriculum for school-aged children. Prior to joining VillageReach, she was employed at Swedish Medical Center. Gabriella graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Human Physiology and completed minors in Nonprofit Management and Biology.

Alice Fu - Assistant II, Finance and Operations

Alice supports administrative and financial operations including human resources, account, and communication.  Prior to VillageReach, Alice worked in the financial industry from banking to retirements.  With her skills in detail and organization, she helps support the director of Finance & Operations.  Alice is a graduate of University of Washington with the studies of Sociology, Diversity and Woman Studies.

Anna Shaw

Anna Shaw - Assistant, Communications & Development

Anna supports the coordination and execution of internal and external communications as well as the developmental and fundraising efforts of VillageReach. Anna has prior experience at several international development organizations where she worked on grant writing, program management, social media, and other external communication. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, Anna focused on global health issues including HIV and malaria. She holds an MA in Post-War Recovery and Development and a BA in Political Science, both from the University of York in the UK.

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