Raised by a strong mama, Anna strives to create positive global change for women's rights in reproductive and maternal health. She has a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Arkansas and her M.A. in Public Policy from Central European University. Anna has previously collaborated with the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent and United Nations Development Programme on projects and has worked closely with women's rights advocacy organizations both in Europe and in the U.S.
Leah's operations background includes work in both corporate and non-profit sectors. She graduated with a B.A. in both Latin American Studies and Business Administration from Baylor University. She also spent time in study abroad programs in Costa Rica and Cuba. Several humanitarian trips to Latin America inspired her to work in social justice, specifically relating to women's healthcare and sustainable agriculture. Her professional experience includes fundraising and program management for healthcare and refugee resettlement organizations.
Amanda Quraishi is a digital media professional and diversity activist living in Austin, Texas. She is the Director of Social Media at the Texas Association of School Boards and the Principle Digital Media Strategist for BlogathonATX. Amanda is an accomplished speaker and trainer on the topics of: American Muslim culture; Muslim women’s issues; digital media strategies for business and online activism; and political engagement on issues affecting faith communities in America.
Molly supported COHI on group prenatal care and domestic violence prevention projects in Haiti in August 2011 and January 2012. She also worked in Gabon, Africa, on adolescent sexual health programming as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow. Domestically, Molly has worked with refugee and immigrant populations surrounding maternal health and mental health issues. Molly’s public health interests include sexual health advocacy and autonomy for vulnerable populations. Molly received a BA in Women’s Studies and French from The University of Michigan and her Master’s of Public Health Degree from the Boston University School of Public Health.
PJ Christie is the founder of Big Wheel, a marketing and business development agency in Austin, Texas. His clients include non-profits, but also tech, education, legal, and finance. PJ volunteers his talents developed in support of his corporate clients for COHI to build donations and engagement to our fundraising campaigns. Areas of expertise include organic SEO, digital advertising (PPC/AdWords), lead generation, and conversion optimization. He is a songwriter, husband to a potter, and father to two boys, and a funky dancer.
Anne-Charlotte Patterson is a design and marketing professional. Her boutique design firm, Southern Combustion Creative, handles a wide range of projects including branding, web design, publication and book design, and event promotion. She works with clients in a variety of industries, but those in the education and nonprofit fields are the most numerous, as well as the nearest and dearest to her heart. She recently served on Austin ISD's Educational Materials Adoption Committee and currently serves on Campus Advisory Boards for Austin Community College and AISD. She loves to bake cakes and dance the polka, and she has been known to raise charitable funds by arm-wrestling.
Chris Sutton leads the editorial team for a major tech firm. Since 2006, he has managed COHI's online presence and email marketing initiatives. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism (News/Editorial) and French Literature from the University of Oregon, and a Masters in Middle East Studies from Ben Gurion University in Be're Sheva, Israel. His development experience involves service in the Peace Corps (Republic of Benin, 2005) and at an Arab human rights NGO in Northern Israel. Chris is passionate about the health rights of all people, and is proud of his modest role in COHI's past successes on behalf of women in crisis and disaster.
Annie has a B.A in Plan II/English from the University of Texas and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She has worked in publishing for over twenty years, and her poems, short stories, and essays have appeared in a wide variety of publications. Two of her passions – international travel and a love and respect for the midwifery profession – led her to volunteer with Circle of Health International.
Lucas is a recent graduate from Kenyon College who studied International Studies and Studio Art. Having lived and worked in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic as an English instructor, he is committed to cross-cultural understanding. Raised in a family of public health advocates and practicing physicians, the core values of health care remain tantamount to his leading principles. Apart from global development, Lucas pursues painting, hip hop, cooking, and fitness when seeking a balanced lifestyle.
Lakhpreet Kaur is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Kaur Life, a non-profit online magazine geared to empowering Kaurs (Sikh women). She is also a freelance writer and has been published on NBC News, Ms. Magazine, Huffington Post, and other online journals. Lakhpreet's personal purpose is to help create a more just, compassionate, sustainable, and creative world, specifically through healing the environment, advocating for Sikh rights, and promoting women's empowerment while embracing beauty and humor.
ShiShi Rose is a writer, activist, and public speaker with most work centering around black womens rights.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor Degree in International Relations and Global Studies. She is a native to the U.S.-Mexico border region encompassing El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juarez. Jennifer is passionate about relief and advocacy work related to sustainable development, humanitarian action, and the delivery of quality healthcare for vulnerable populations. Having observed the harsh conditions of refugee camps during her time abroad in Belgium, she has developed a passion for healthcare delivery and humanitarian response for communities in times of crisis and disaster. Her role as an intern for COHI fuels her interest on multilateral cooperation for the development of healthcare access. Enjoys foreign films, dancing, cross-cultural experiences, and Italian cuisine.
Divya is a second-year student at the University of Texas at Austin and is working towards earning her Bachelor Degree in Health and Society. Her focus in on healthcare and economy and she hopes to one day work in Healthcare Consulting. She is very involved on campus at UT; she founded a student organization for her major, is an editor for The Undergraduate Law Review and is a leader in various other student organizations. She is super excited to work with COHI and looks forward to helping build business partnerships to aid in bringing healthcare to mothers and children in underserved communities.
Jameson's passion in the health sector was prompted by the new healthcare initiatives that are paving the way in giving low-income communities the ability to have access to affordable care. His interests lie in innovative technology, energy sector, market research, and business development. He is hoping to pursue a career in health sector management in order to utilize our existing health system infrastructure to further our nation’s healthcare goals. Previously, he and a peer conducted an intervention plan to lessen the incidence of sanitation-related diseases in the region of Goa, India. These diseases disproportionately affect women and children. Our plans for infrastructural and staffing changes led to a comprehensive approach to end this crisis in the region. COHI and their agenda align with my beliefs in outreach and a particular emphasis on culture-centered quality healthcare.
After almost a decade of working in public media, nonprofit management, and philanthropy, Kate recently completed her Masters in Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA where she lives with her accordion-playing husband and music-loving toddler. Kate grew up on an island on the coast of Maine and enjoys swimming in the Atlantic Ocean any time of year. Raised by Quaker educators to be a lifelong advocate for peace and social justice, Kate is grateful to have the opportunity to offer her skills to help further COHI's mission.
Emilee Gettle lives in southern Missouri with her husband and two daughters. She has a Bachelor of Science in Maternal Child Health. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor and Advanced Lactation Consultant. When she isn't being entertained by her busy little family she loves painting, crafting, and gardening.