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What We Do   |   Our Team

A diverse, curious
and nimble

locally-driven and
globally-connected team

Diversity by the Numbers

VillageReach is committed to improving racial, cultural and experiential diversity within our team. An inclusive environment enables and promotes employee contributions that are critical to achieving our mission.

180+ Employees

13 Countries

70% Africa-based

48% Female Staff

Global Team of Experts

VillageReach employs 180+ staff who work across disciplines and technical areas—including public health, technology, supply chain, finance, private sector engagement, and—to create systemic change.

Retired Partner, Perkins Coie, USA

Alexandra Brookshire, Esq., Advisor

Retired Partner, Perkins Coie, USA

Alexandra Brookshire, Esq is a Director Emeritus at VillageReach, having served on the Board of Advisors and Board of Directors since VillageReach’s inception.  She attended the University of Texas and Stanford University’s law schools, graduating with honors from the University of Texas in 1981. She began her professional career in New York City at the firm of Dewey Ballentine. After New York, she moved to Seattle and was a partner at Seattle’s largest corporate and securities law firm, Perkins Coie. There, she specialized for 10 years in corporate finance, mergers and acquisition, and intellectual property for technology companies.

Head of Human Resources and Administration Department, UNC Project

Andrew M.A. Machado, Malawi Trustee

Head of Human Resources and Administration Department, UNC Project

Mr. Andrew M.A. Machado heads the Human Resources and Administration Department at the UNC Project. Before joining the UNC Project, he has served as Director of Operations and Compliance at the International Training and Education Centre for Health (I-TECH Malawi), overseeing operations management of the organization. He worked with the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training as a Labor Officer. He is also the former Chairperson of the Advisory Council for World Vision Malawi, and was also a Board Member for the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi (CADECOM). He is the current Board Chairperson for VillageReach Trust in Malawi.  Mr. Machado holds a Master of Science, Leadership and Change Management Degree from Leeds Beckett University and also a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University of Malawi, The Polytechnic.

Director, Reproductive Health Services at the Ministry of Health

Dr. Fannie Kachale, Malawi Trustee

Director, Reproductive Health Services at the Ministry of Health

Dr. Fannie Kachale is the Director of Reproductive Health Services at the Ministry of Health in Malawi.  She is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with extensive experience in the health sector. Fannie has worked at both district and central hospitals in clinical and administrative positions. She is committed to improving sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents, women, men, and under-served populations. Fannie is a self-starter, who is innovative and is very passionate about reproductive health issues and is one of the champions of the Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (Health Centre by Phone) initiative. She holds a Master of Nursing Science Degree from the University of Namibia and a PhD in Inter-Professional Health Care Leadership Degree from Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi.

Retired, Global Integration Partner, K&L Gates LLP

Karen (Kari) E. Glover, Advisor

Retired, Global Integration Partner, K&L Gates LLP

Karen (Kari) E. Glover is a Director Emeritus at VillageReach. She practiced law for over 30 years as a corporate and health care regulatory lawyer, and was Firm Managing Partner of Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, a Seattle-based firm of 430 lawyers with eleven offices in Washington, D.C., the West Coast and Greater China. As such, she presided over its merger to form K&L Gates, an international law firm comprising about 1,700 lawyers on three continents, including Europe and the United Kingdom. Ms. Glover has long experience in civic leadership, including as Chair of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Chair of United Way of King County; President of the King County Library System; and Chair of the Board of Whitman College. Ms. Glover holds degrees with honors from Whitman College (A.B., Philosophy, 1972) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1975).

Partner, Dalberg

Laura Herman

Partner, Dalberg

Laura is a Director Emeritus at VillageReach. She recently joined Essilor’s Mission team in Singapore as the VP of Strategy, Advocacy and Innovation to help drive the company’s goal of serving the 2.5 billion people who don’t have access to eye glasses. Laura’s team engages in long term partnerships that are critical to achieving the Essilor Group’s mission. Prior to joining Essilor, Laura was a Managing Director at FSG, a boutique social sector consulting firm. Her clients included leading non-profit organizations, private foundations, and corporations focused on strategy, evaluation, stakeholder engagement, and collective impact. Her work included in-country research in dozens of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor to AshokaU and is an expert reviewer for global health innovators at the CAMTech Innovation Platform at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health.

Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Academy

Mari Anderson, Advisor

Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Academy

Mari has significant business, operational and community experience through her current role as Chief Operating Officer at Seattle Academy as well as her time as Vice President of People, Customer & Facility Services at PEMCO Insurance and serving 19 years at McKinstry Co. as their VP of Corporate Development. In 2012, Mari spent two+ years in rural Kenya as the Country Director for Med25 International in their “One Community at a Time” project. She worked in partnership with the MoH, community leaders and local stakeholders to identify and implement sustainable social enterprises to provide locally-funded, quality, affordable health care. She served as Board Chair on the Med25 Board of Directors from 2009 until Med25 joined VillageReach in 2017.

Consultant, Global Health Technologies

Michael J. Free, OBE, PhD, Advisor, Director Emeritus

Consultant, Global Health Technologies

Dr. Michael Free is a Director Emeritus at VillageReach. He is a citizen of Great Britain, and has spent the past four decades in the service of creating and introducing appropriate and affordable technologies that address the health care needs of resource-poor populations in developing countries. Starting in 1977, Dr. Free helped to build a new nonprofit organization, now known as PATH, committed to building partnerships with the private for-profit sector to solve special health care needs in the developing world. Currently, Dr Free is an independent advisor and consultant. Since 2013 he has acted a s technical expert and advisor to VentureWell, coaching and mentoring Grand Challenge awardees. He serves as Senior Advisor for Health to the CAPRIA/UNITUS Seed Fund (India), and advisor to several other non-profit organizations. Dr. Free currently serves on WHO’s Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (IPAC) and on the steering committee for the GAVI Vaccine Innovation Prioritization Strategy.

Senior Chief of Ngoni Tribe

Senior Chief Kwataine, Malawi Trustee

Senior Chief of Ngoni Tribe

Senior Chief Kwataine was crowned as Senior Chief of the Ngoni tribe in 1999 and he manages a total of 279 villages under his jurisdiction. His efforts and commitment on issues of health development date back to 2004 when he was identified as an outstanding Chief to advance issues of safe motherhood in an effort to curb maternal deaths in the country. In April 2012, he was appointed by the former President of Malawi, Dr. Joyce Banda, to become Board Chairperson of the Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood.  He currently also leads the efforts for community mobilization, training of fellow Chiefs, and the championing of  the “back to school” campaign for girls in Malawi.

Social Technologist

Will Poole, Advisor

Social Technologist

Will Poole is a serial entrepreneur and venture investor. He is co-founder and managing partner of Capria Ventures, a global financial services firm that partners with and invests in impact fund managers in developing markets of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Will also co-founded Unitus Ventures, India’s leading impact fund that invests in early-stage businesses innovating for the masses, specializing in the areas of ed-tech, health-tech, and financial inclusion. Focused on local innovation as well, Will is a managing director of W Fund, a Seattle-based tech and life-sciences investor affiliated with the University of Washington. Will serves on boards of Village Reach, Global Washington and blended-finance pioneer Convergence Blended Finance.

Principal, Rivers of Change LLC

Allen Wilcox, Advisor

Principal, Rivers of Change LLC

Allen is an experienced leader of positive change within complex systems across all three sectors – private, public, and social. He has had a long association with VillageReach, first as a part-time volunteer and then as president, a position in which he served as a full-time volunteer from May 2008 until July 2016. At VillageReach, he created a new strategic model for scaling and sustaining proven system solutions through large public and private sector institutions. During Allen’s eight-year tenure as president, he sourced and managed 50% year-over-year average revenue growth transforming VillageReach from a six-employee, one country operation into a 120+ employee organization operating across sub-Saharan Africa and Pakistan.

Global Vision. Local Experience.

VillageReach’s experts live and work across the globe, building on what we know works to introduce and improve people-centered health care. But our story begins in sub-Saharan Africa, where we have offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique.

20 Years of Health Care Delivered: Thank You to Our Supporters

In this special video, our staff show their gratitude for our partners and donors. Their incredible support over the last twenty years has allowed us to increase access to quality health care for 58 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.

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