Board Members

Linda Alexander, Chair of the Board

Dr. Alexander has worked extensively in public health and women’s health. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Women’s Health and Global Advocacy at QIAGEN. In this role, she oversaw corporate women’s health program efforts in the public sector and advocacy support initiatives in global cervical cancer prevention. Her previous professional positions included serving as Vice President, Women’s Health at Digene Corporation and President and CEO of the American Social Health Association (ASHA). At ASHA she provided national leadership and worked in close partnership with industry and federal leaders to promote national awareness for all sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Alexander is also a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She is nationally known for her leadership in women’s health advocacy and has published extensively on women’s health issues.

Dr. Imane Khachani, Board Member

Imane Khachani is a Medical Doctor graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Rabat (Morocco); and holds a TropED Masters degree in International Health, from the Royal Tropical Institute (Amsterdam), Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh) and Karolinska Institute (Stockholm). She carried her MD thesis on the impact of educational and psychosocial interventions on treatment adherence and quality of life among HIV positive patients in resource-limited settings and conducted her Masters research project on the situation of young people’s sexual and reproductive health in Morocco, analysing the country’s progress on the ICPD Programme of Action. She is currently an MD Resident in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine at the Maternity Hospital Les Orangers, National Reference Center in Reproductive Health, in Rabat.

She was a Special Youth Fellow at the United Nations’ Fund for Population (UNFPA) in New York, where she participated to the design and implementation of sexual and reproductive health programs for adolescents and young people in the Arab region and in the development of a reference guide on addressing adolescents sexual and reproductive health needs in humanitarian settings. Imane currently sits on the Guttmacher Institute Board of Directors.

Dame Billie Miller, Board Member

Dame Billie Miller was Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados until early 2008. An attorney by profession, Dame Miller was elected Member of Parliament in 1976 and was the first woman to be named minister in Barbados. She has held a number of ministerial portfolios, including those of health and national insurance; education and culture; foreign affairs and international business; and tourism and international transport.

Dame Miller has been promoting population and gender issues in many capacities, having served as Chair of the NGO Planning Committee for the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) and as President of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. She was also President of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. As such, during its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2004, the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region honoured Dame Miller for her lifelong contributions to sexual and reproductive health.

Saundra Pelletier, Board Member

Ms. Pelletier is the CEO of WomanCare Global, a nonprofit organization that seeks to significantly impact the lives of women around the world by providing access to affordable, quality reproductive health care products. Ms. Pelletier has dedicated her life and career to empowering women. She traveled the country as part of her book tour, “Saddle Up Your Own White Horse” and she has raised awareness for international equality. Ms. Pelletier has worked tirelessly to grow WomanCare Global’s reach to over 100 countries with a focus on underserved markets in Africa and Asia.

Ms. Pelletier has over 20 years of experience as an international marketing expert in addition to being a published author, keynote speaker and executive coach. She served as Vice President of Pharmaceuticals for Women First HealthCare, where she was accountable for Sales, Marketing, Operations, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. Prior to Women First HealthCare, Ms. Pelletier served as International Franchise Leader for Searle Pharmaceutical, where she assessed country infrastructure, developed commercialization plans and hired full scale teams to support company initiatives. She also managed worldwide partnerships, including contract sales forces in the United States, Canada and Japan.

Dr. Fred Sai, Board Member

Dr. Fred Sai, a Ghanaian family health physician, trained in the Universities of London, Edinburgh and Harvard, is an internationally recognized gender and reproductive health advocate. He served as the chairman for the Main Committee of the International Conference on Population and Development, ICPD, in Cairo in 1994, which produced the Programme of Action, emphasizing the centrality of women to all development programmes and called for world attention to the improvement in the status of women and for equity and equality between the sexes as the basis of all human relationships. Dr. Sai recently authored a memoir, With heart and voice: Fred Sai remembers. Beginning with his childhood in the colonial Gold Coast, these memoirs cover his medical training in post-war London, his public health work in Ghana after Independence, and his further education in Edinburgh and Harvard. This book is US$20.00 or £20.00 and can be ordered directly from the publishers by contacting bart@ourplanet.com.

Jill Sheffield, Board Member and President

Jill Sheffield is the founder of Women Deliver, and also the founder of Family Care International (FCI), a distinguished non-governmental organization and winner of the 2008 United Nations Population Award for outstanding work in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Jill completed advanced degrees at Columbia University, Teachers College, where she was later recognized as a distinguished alumna for her international work in women's health and education, and she also received the American Public Health Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. She was Director of International Programmes at the Carnegie Corporation, and founded FCI in 1987 in response to the call at the Women's Decade Conference in Nairobi which identified the silent tragedy that one woman dies each minute from pregnancy related causes. Though she has played a central role in several key world conferences, Jill Sheffield believes her true education came when she worked in the family planning/reproductive health outpatient clinic of Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

 
 
 

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