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  • Peggy Alevrontas, Production & Design Assistant
    Peggy’s bio
    Ms. Alevrontas holds a B.S. in Computer Science, Studio Art and Elementary Education from Hunter College. She also holds an M.S. in Early Childhood Elementary Education from Hunter College. She also holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Before joining Gynuity, Ms. Alevrontas worked as a graphic design production associate for OnEarth Magazine formally known as the Amicus Journal.
  • Fatoumata Bah, Program Assistant II
    Fatoumata’s bio

    Fatoumata Bah received her B.A in Africana Studies from Bowdoin College. Before joining Gynuity, she held administrative assistant roles at the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Pancreas Center at Columbia University Medical Center. She has also interned at other health institutions, including the NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. At Gynuity, Fatoumata will be supporting the TelAbortion and One and Done projects.

  • Paul Blumenthal, Senior Clinical Adviser
    Paul’s bio
    While maintaining an active practice in obstetrics and gynecology, Paul Blumenthal is Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Stanford University. He serves as Director of the Stanford Program for International Reproductive Education and Services (SPIRES) and also the Section of Family Planning Services and Research. Dr. Blumenthal was educated at the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the Chicago Medical School (MD). He did his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago/Michael Reese Medical Center and at UCLA (MPH). He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Abortion Federation (NAF), and is an advisor to the World Health Organization. Dr. Blumenthal is committed to the development and implementation of innovative approaches to reproductive health issues in both the domestic and international arenas.
  • Manuel Bousiéguez, Consulting Program Research Coordinator
    Manuel’s bio

    Mr. Bousiéguez holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a MBA from the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas in Mexico. Over the past 15 years, he has been involved in consulting work for a number of key organizations conducting research in reproductive and sexual health in Mexico, including Gynuity. Prior to Gynuity, he was a researcher at the Population Council’s Mexico office.

  • Michelle Cardona, Office Manager
    Michelle’s bio

    Michelle is the Office Manager at Gynuity Health Projects, where she ensures the daily operations run smoothly and efficiently. To the Gynuity Team she brings her passion for Business Operation: Michelle has decades of experience in business management and coordination to which she’s honed and executed to reach numerous company goals. She’s always found the importance of women’s health; Mind and Body. Being an avid cyclist, a yoga enthusiast, and a mother of three; Balance is the KEY to Happiness.

  • Rodica Comendant, Senior Consulting Associate
    Rodica’s bio

    Dr. Rodica Comendant is an attendant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Moldova. She also serves as the coordinator of the International Consortium for Medical Abortion (ICMA), the head of the Reproductive Health Training Center in Chisinau, Moldova and a regional trainer for medical abortion and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) for early abortion. She is currently engaged in clinical studies for medical abortion and incomplete abortion. Dr. Comendant received her medical degree from the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Moldova and a Ph.D. in Obstetrics from the N. Testemitanu State University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Moldova.

  • Jill Durocher, Senior Director
    Jill’s bio

    Jill Durocher, a Director at Gynuity Health Projects, oversees the planning and implementation of a large portfolio of work on testing new approaches to deliver more effective care for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in low resource settings. She participates in the design, coordination, and monitoring of field work on the use of promising PPH technologies and new models of care in facilities and community deliveries. She has worked in wide range of countries, including Pakistan, Uganda, and Ecuador, and has a strong track record in facilitating effective dissemination and advocacy of the research with governments, donors, and program agencies. Her specific research interests include identifying innovative ways and practical solutions for improving the diagnosis of PPH and offering more timely care. Prior to joining Gynuity in 2005, she supported research and program activities at the Population Council, including on medical abortion, postabortion care, and safe motherhood. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of Michigan and completed graduate coursework in participatory development and planning at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies.

  • Ilana Dzuba, Senior Director
    Ilana’s bio

    At Gynuity, Ilana Dzuba develops and leads strategic initiatives and partnerships in Latin America on medical abortion. She also designs and manages global multi-center research to expand access to safe abortion and simplify models of care, and provides technical support to health systems, hospitals/clinics and provider networks to enhance the quality of evidence-based medical abortion services, including in Mexico, Indonesia and Chile. Prior to joining Gynuity in 2005, she focused on cervical cancer prevention strategies and research at EngenderHealth and in Mexico with the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) and the Mexican Institute for Social Security (IMSS). A former full-spectrum doula, Ilana received a dual B.A. degree in Latin American Studies and American Civilization from Brown University and a Master of Health Sciences degree from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (International Health).

  • Yelena Elyukin, Senior Director of Finance and Administration
    Yelena’s bio

    Ms. Elyukin holds a B.A. in Economics from Tashkent State Institute of Finance in the former Soviet Union. Before joining Gynuity, Ms. Elyukin worked as an office manager for Softlabs, LLC and as a bookkeeper for Fine Art Acrylic, Inc.

  • Laura Frye, Director
    Laura’s bio

    Ms. Frye received her B.A. in International Relations and Community Health from Tufts University and her Masters in Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health. Before joining Gynuity, she was a Senior Management Consultant at Public Health Solutions where she provided training and technical assistance to non-profits in the areas of program planning, monitoring and evaluation, and behavioral science. Ms. Frye was a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco.

  • Julia Habbe, Program Assistant II
    Julia’s bio

    Julia Habbe received B.A.s in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before joining the team at Gynuity, she worked in various positions for social and environmental justice -- providing accessible legal services for immigrants and refugees, working in the field for wildlife conservation efforts, and organizing for interfaith community spaces in Israel. At Gynuity Julia supports the TelAbortion and TeleILE projects, as well as other maternal health and abortion initiatives.

  • Danielle Larsen, Contracts and Finance Assistant
    Danielle’s bio

    Danielle holds a BA in Visual Arts from Pine Manor College and a Master of Science in Human Services from Northeastern University. Prior to joining Gynuity, she held various positions at Gallagher Student Health & Special Risk, based out of Quincy, MA, before transferring to the Gallagher office in New York City.

  • Nguyen Thi Nhu Ngoc, Senior Consulting Associate
    Nguyen Thi Nhu’s bio

    Dr. Ngoc is a practicing gynecologist with expertise in clinical practice and research. Previously, she was Vice Director of Research and International Collaboration at Hungvuong Hospital, one of the largest Ob-Gyn hospitals in Vietnam. She has also worked as a consultant for the Population Council on safe motherhood and medical abortion research, helping pave the way for the introduction of medical abortion in Vietnam. She is consulting on Gynuity's portfolio of research around misoprostol for a range of obstetric and gynecological indications. Her other interests include research and training on emergency obstetric care, infertility and medical abortion. She received her medical training at Saigon University and her Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

  • Melanie Peña, Consulting Senior Director
    Melanie’s bio

    Ms. Peña, MPH, MA, has worked at Gynuity since 2004 on a broad portfolio of projects including research, training and technical support to governments and health systems on medical abortion, postabortion care, postpartum hemorrhage, preeclampsia, and increasing access to quality maternal and reproductive health care through task-sharing initiatives. She has supported a growing body of work in Mexico since 2007. Prior to joining Gynuity Ms. Peña worked for various NGOs managing reproductive and sexual health and rights education and advocacy initiatives in Latin America and the United States. She has a strong track record developing training curricula for a range of audiences including youth, health care providers, health systems administrators and other professional groups. Ms. Peña holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Chico, and dual Masters degrees in Public Health and in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a native English speaker, fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

  • Elizabeth Raymond, Senior Medical Associate
    Elizabeth’s bio
    Dr. Raymond received her MD degree from Columbia University, completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University, and received a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins. After several years as an epidemiology fellow at the National Institutes of Health, she joined the staff of Family Health International in 1994, where she spent 16 years conducting clinical, behavioral, and programmatic research in contraception and related reproductive health areas. She serves as a consultant or board member for a number of institutions conducting research and advocacy work related to contraception. She has written or coauthored more than 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She joined the staff of Gynuity in November 2010.
  • Wendy Sheldon, Senior Consulting Associate
    Wendy’s bio

    Wendy Sheldon is a Senior Consulting Associate at Gynuity Health Projects in New York where she conducts and oversees clinical, social science and implementation research. She has more than 15 years of experience in the global reproductive health movement and her work has spanned a range of topics including abortion, contraception, HIV, postpartum hemorrhage and intimate partner abuse. Before joining Gynuity, Dr. Sheldon worked as Evaluation Specialist at Planned Parenthood Global and as Program Officer for Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She holds a Doctoral degree in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Tara Shochet, Director
    Tara’s bio

    Dr. Shochet joined Gynuity in 2013. Her primary focus is on medical abortion and contraception in the United States. Before joining Gynuity, she spent several years as a Research Consultant working for non-profit organizations (including Gynuity) on projects related to women’s health. She has over 20 years of research experience, primarily in the areas of abortion and contraception. Previous places of employment include the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Princeton University’s Office of Population Research. Dr. Shochet holds a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan and an MPH in Population and Family Health from Columbia University. She is fluent in English and French.

  • Tamar Tsereteli, Senior Consulting Associate
    Tamar’s bio

    Dr. Tsereteli received her M.D. degree from Tbilisi State Medical University; a Master of Science in Reproductive Health from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Reproductive Health from the Scientific Academy of Georgia. Dr. Tsereteli joined Gynuity in 2006. From her base in Tbilisi, Georgia, she coordinates Gynuity's work on medical abortion in the EE/CA region. Before joining Gynuity, she was a Research/Clinical Manager of an STI/HIV Prevention Project in Georgia implemented by Save the Children. She also worked with John Snow Research and Training Institute where she served as clinical coordinator for the project which focused on improving reproductive health in Georgia. While practicing medicine, Dr. Tsereteli was involved as an investigator in WHO clinical studies of mifepristone medical abortion and emergency contraception. In addition to her native Georgian, she is fluent in English and Russian.

  • Beverly Winikoff, President
    Beverly’s bio
    Beverly Winikoff, M.D., M.P.H., President, Gynuity Health Projects. Before beginning work on Gynuity, Dr. Winikoff was employed for 25 years at the Population Council where she was Director for Reproductive Health and a Senior Medical Associate. She developed and managed the Council’s Ebert Program on Critical Issues in Reproductive Health, including work on Safe Motherhood, prevention of STDs/AIDS, prevention of unsafe abortion, provision of safe abortion care, and improving postpartum care for mothers and babies. Prior to joining the Council in 1978, she was Assistant Director for Health Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation. Her work has focused on issues of reproductive choice, contraception, abortion, and women’s health. Dr. Winikoff graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude, earned her M.D. degree from New York University and her M.P.H. degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has served on numerous boards of directors including the Reproductive Health Technologies Project (founding member), Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health (PRCH, founding member), the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), the National Abortion Federation, The MediTeam Trust in South Africa, The Society of Family Planning, and Medicines360. Dr. Winikoff received the Carl S. Schultz Award from the American Public Health Association in 2007 and the Irvin M. Cushner Lectureship award from the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals in 2009. Dr. Winikoff is also a Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University in New York.