The Task Force team consists of 120 scientists, program experts, and other global health professionals who share a commitment to providing all people with equal access to the means for good health. The staff’s expertise includes, but is not limited to, global health program management, informatics, training, finance, logistics, communications, IT, operations, human resources, and data management. Learn more about our program staff:
Following is a small sample of the 120 dedicated employees who work each day to improve the health needs of the world’s poor. These profiles feature staff members at entry and leadership levels; with expertise in program implementation, public health informatics, and operational research; and across The Task Force’s portfolio of programs.
Jedidiah Snyder, MPH
Senior Program Associate, Children Without Worms
An engineering background is not the traditional pathway to a career in global health. But for Jedidiah Snyder, this has given him the skills to look at global health problems in unconventional ways.
“Global health issues are so complex,” said Jed, a data manager for The Task Force’s Children Without Worms programs. “To solve them, you need people from all types of backgrounds that have unique skill sets and perspectives. I think this is one of The Task Force’s strengths and something that I really value.”
Jed joined The Task Force to continue using his engineering and scientific background to help those most in need. He previously worked in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and as a fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“It’s a different atmosphere here, especially the focus on collaboration,” said Jed. “I get to work with hundreds of partners in this field and help them use health information more effectively. That’s a truly unique opportunity.”
Vivian Singletary, MBA
Director, Public Health Informatics Institute
Vivian Singletary’s work in the private sector prepared her well for the mission and work of The Task Force for Global Health.
Before joining The Task Force in 2009, Vivian spent more than 15 years in supply chain management for two major U.S. corporations—Home Depot and M&M Mars—where she managed teams and developed systematic approaches to improve business processes. “At The Task Force, I have used these same skills,” she said.
Vivian started at The Task Force as global supply chain manager for the International Trachoma Initiative and managed the distribution of Pfizer’s antibiotic donation for the control and elimination of blinding trachoma. She later joined the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) where she has held successively more responsible roles and now serves as its director.
The Task Force has afforded Vivian opportunities to interact with and learn about people from different countries and cultures. In one notable project, she worked with representatives from several countries to define requirements for emerging national insurance information systems. Vivian has also been actively involved on the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) initiative, which aims to understand and address the causes of childhood deaths and serious illness in developing countries.
“The work is not about me,” she said. “It’s about helping others.”
Yao Sodahlon, MD
Director, Mectizan Donation Program
Yao Sodahlon has witnessed firsthand the pain and suffering caused by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) such as lymphatic filariasis (LF). A native of Togo, Yao worked for more than ten years in the Togo Ministry of Health. As program manager for the country’s LF elimination program, Yao was in charge of his country’s efforts to eliminate this painful and disfiguring disease caused by parasitic worms.
In 2006, Yao joined The Task Force’s Mectizan Donation Program (MDP), which provides medicines for mass drug administrations (MDAs) to 36 countries to treat and eliminate LF and another NTD called river blindness. He now works with ministries of health, public, and private partners all over the world to help eliminate these diseases.
Three MDP beneficiaries – Malawi, Togo, and Yemen – have been able to stop MDA for LF and many other countries will soon also be rid of this disease. Reflecting on their achievement, Yao said, “It is so rewarding to know that our common effort is having a meaningful impact.”
Maria Rebollo Polo, MD, MPH
Director of Programs, Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center
For some, the call to help others comes very early on.
Such was the case for Dr. Maria Rebollo Polo, who–as a child growing up in Spain–was so moved by images of malnourished children in Africa that she decided to dedicate her live to them. She started selling candy at her school to raise funds for them. That same drive carried her through her medical training.
“Every day you have to demonstrate your love for others,” said Maria, director of programs for The Task Force’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center. “Taking care of someone as a medical doctor is a way to demonstrate love for them.”
Maria joined the Task Force to stay true to that aim–although in a different capacity.
“Now I’m able to reach even more people through public health programs,” said Maria. “And improve the lives of the most impoverished populations.”
Having previously worked at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and founded a humanitarian organization in Cameroon, Maria now works to help secure a healthier future for as many as one billion people who are burdened by a group of infectious diseases called the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). In her role, she provides technical support to global programs aimed at controlling and eliminating NTDs.
“Every day is relevant,” said Maria. “Every day I try to be creative, always asking myself: what can we do next?”