Overview

The Task Force is led by the Office of the President and the seven-member executive team. The Task Force’s eight programs are led by world-leading experts in the fields of infectious disease, public health informatics, and field epidemiology.

David A. Ross, ScD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dave Ross, ScD, is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Ross provides strategic direction to The Task Force and oversees eight programs focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, and public health informatics. Dr. Ross assumed leadership of The Task Force on May 1, 2016, after 16 years as director of The Task Force’s Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) and its predecessor All Kids Count. Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. Ross was founding director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s first national initiative to improve the information infrastructure of public health in the United States.

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William P. Nichols, MPA

Chief Operating Officer

Bill Nichols, MPA, is the chief operating officer (COO) for The Task Force for Global Health and its subsidiary, Global Health Solutions, Inc. In this role, he manages the Integrated Program Services unit that provides administrative and operational support to Task Force programs and projects. Bill also serves on The Task Force executive team; is treasurer for The Task Force Board of Directors; and provides fiduciary responsibility for the organization’s operating budget, reserve funds, and donations. Prior to joining The Task Force, Bill held senior leadership positions at the program and business services levels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including COO, director of the Financial Management Office (FMO), director of the Procurement and Grants Office (PGO), and management officer for multiple programmatic centers.

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Heather Brooks, MS

Director of Organizational Effectiveness

Heather Brooks, MS, is the director, organizational effectiveness at The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, she ensures that the organization is well positioned in an evolving global environment by being an agent for ongoing organizational development. As a member of The Task Force’s executive team, Ms. Brooks, in collaboration with this team, sets overall organizational policies and priorities, and promotes overall organizational effectiveness by supporting The Task Force’s strategic planning and leadership development. In addition, she leads and directs The Task Force’s Human Resources team and is responsible for enhancing overall organizational effectiveness by promoting integration of programs at The Task Force. Prior to joining The Task Force, Ms. Brooks was a senior HR advisor for global staff and organizational development at CARE. Ms. Brooks is a board member of Global Health Solutions and a former board member of the Refugee Family Services.

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Paul Emerson, PhD

Director, International Trachoma Initiative

Paul Emerson, PhD, is director of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), a program of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Emerson is responsible for the overall success of ITI’s trachoma elimination efforts with program partner Pfizer to achieve the global elimination of blinding trachoma by the year 2020. Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. Emerson was the director for the Trachoma Control program at The Carter Center, where he provided oversight to program activities in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Ghana, South Sudan, Sudan, and Ethiopia. Dr. Emerson also served as the co-director of the Malaria Control Program at The Carter Center.

 

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Rubina Imtiaz, MD

Director, Children Without Worms

Rubina Imtiaz, MD, is director for Children Without Worms, a program of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Imtiaz oversees The Task Force’s work to reduce intestinal worm infections that affect more than one billion people worldwide. Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. Imtiaz worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more than 20 years. Most recently, she managed CDC’s West Africa regional programs for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in seven African countries. Prior to CDC, Dr. Imtiaz worked in roles at UNICEF and The Carter Center. In the latter position, she was an integral contributor to Guinea worm eradication in Pakistan.

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Patrick Lammie, PhD

Director, Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center

Patrick Lammie, PhD, is the director for the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC), a program of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Lammie provides technical guidance and strategic oversight to NTD-SC’s operational research projects.

 

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Daniel Martins, MBA, JM, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Dan Martins, MBA, is the chief financial officer (CFO) for The Task Force for Global Health. As CFO, Dan ensures compliance with government and donor regulations; sets The Task Force’s financial policy and direction; leads financial administration, business planning, budgeting, auditing, and contract management; and works closely with the audit/finance committee of The Task Force Board of Directors. Prior to coming to The Task Force, Dan was a financial analyst for an Atlanta-based firm, an accounting supervisor, and an audit manager for firms in Milwaukee and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Ghana.

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Mark McKinlay, PhD

Director, Center for Vaccine Equity

Mark McKinlay, PhD, is director for the Center for Vaccine Equity (CVE), a program of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. McKinlay oversees The Task Force’s work to increase access to vaccines for cholera and influenza in developing countries. He also guides The Task Force’s work to help eradicate polio. Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. McKinlay co-founded two pharmaceutical companies where he focused on the development of novel medicines to treat cancer and the common cold.

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James Nguyen, MBA

Chief Information Officer

James Nguyen, MBA, MISM, is chief information officer (CIO) for The Task Force fort Global Health. As CIO, James leads The Task Force in planning and implementing information systems to support and achieve more effective organization-wide information technology operations. He is responsible for the management of multiple information and communication systems and projects, including voice, data, print, security, and office automation.

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Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH

Head, Health Systems Strengthening Sector

Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACMI, is head of The Task Force’s health systems strengthening sector. In this role, Dr. O’Carroll provides overall strategic and operational direction to the sector that currently consists of the Public Health Informatics Institute, TEPHINET, the African Health Workforce Project, and MedSurplus Alliance.​ Dr. O’Carroll also serves on The Task Force executive team. Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. O’Carroll was the regional health administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region X serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. He was also HHS deputy assistant secretary for health (science and medicine) and senior advisor to the acting assistant secretary for health.

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Poul Olson, MS

Chief Communications and Development Officer

Poul Olson, MS, serves as chief communications and development officer at The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, he is responsible for directing The Task Force’s communication efforts using traditional and digital media to engage diverse audiences with the organization. He also leads the cultivation and solicitation of gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations and serves on The Task Force executive team. Before joining The Task Force, Poul was a vice president at Ogilvy Public Relations where he provided senior-level policy communications support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also held various communications roles for a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project in Ethiopia and ICAP, the HIV organization based at Columbia University.

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Eric Ottesen, MD

Senior Advisor, Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center

Eric Ottesen, MD, is the senior advisor of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center (NTD-SC), a program of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Ottesen oversees The Task Force’s operational research on tools and techniques to improve NTD control and elimination programs. Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. Ottesen served as project leader of the Filariasis Elimination Programme at the World Health Organization.

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Martha Rogers, MD

Director, African Health Workforce Project

Martha Rogers, MD, serves as director of the African Health Workforce Project, a project of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Rogers focuses on building strong human resource information systems for managing healthcare workers in Kenya and Zambia. These systems help ensure quality healthcare by tracking the training, regulation, and deployment of the healthcare workforce, and help inform health care policy in these countries. Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. Rogers spent 19 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mostly in work related to the control of HIV/AIDS worldwide.

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Vivian Singletary, MBA

Director, Public Health Informatics Institute

Vivian Singletary, MBA, serves as director of the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), a program of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Vivian guides PHII’s work to improve health outcomes worldwide by strengthening health practitioners’ abilities to use information effectively. Vivian joined The Task Force for Global Health in 2009 after more than 15 years in leadership positions in supply chain management for Home Depot and M&M Mars.

 

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Yao Sodahlon, MD, MSc

Director, Mectizan Donation Program

Yao Sodahlon, MD, MSc, is director of the Mectizan Donation Program (MDP), a program of The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, Dr. Sodahlon works closely with public and private partners, including Merck and GSK, to provide medicines to eliminate river blindness worldwide, and lymphatic filariasis in countries where the two diseases are co-endemic. Dr. Sodahlon assumed leadership of MDP in October of 2016, after serving ten years as the program’s Senior Associate Director. Prior to joining The Task Force, he worked in the Ministry of Health of Togo, leading a range of public health and disease-control programs, including malaria, tuberculosis, schistosomiasis, and lymphatic filariasis.

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Ellen Wild, MPH

Director of Business Strategy

Ellen Wild, MPH, is the director of business strategy for The Task Force for Global Health. In this role, she provides overall strategic and operational support to The Task Force executive team in the areas of business development and capacity building. Ellen has been with The Task Force for 20 years. Most recently, she was the deputy director of The Task Force’s Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), where she established core lines of business for PHII and provided strategic direction and oversight to PHII’s program and projects.

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