Thomas Kenyon, M.D., M.P.H.
President and C.E.O.
Dr. Thomas Kenyon became Project HOPE's President and Chief Executive Officer in September of 2015. Prior to returning to Project HOPE, Dr. Kenyon served 21 years with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most recently as Director of the Center for Global Health, where he was responsible for overseeing four major global health Divisions: Global HIV/AIDS, Global Immunizations, Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, and Global Health Protection. Earlier in his career, Dr. Kenyon served as Project HOPE's Country Director for Swaziland from 1987 to 1992. He also worked as a Consultant Pediatrician for Project HOPE at St. George's Hospital in Grenada, West Indies from 1985 to 1987.
Dr. Kenyon’s undergraduate degree in Zoology is from Indiana University, his M.D. is from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, and his Master’s in Public Health is from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He completed training in pediatrics at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, and completed training as a field epidemiologist in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Division of TB Elimination, at the CDC in Atlanta.
Linda N. Heitzman
Executive Vice President
Linda Heitzman joined Project HOPE in 2014 as Executive Vice President responsible for the organization’s strategic direction, business and operating plans and program success. Linda has more than 20 years of experience in the life sciences and health care industries. She held senior positions at both Delloitte Consulting LLP and Ernst & Young Management Consulting, where she developed and implemented initiatives supporting operational improvements in delivering humanitarian aid, disaster relief and public health programs.
Linda holds a B.A. in Political Science from DePauw University.
Vice President of Development and Communications
Franklin Guerrero joined Project HOPE in February of 2016 as Vice President of Development and Communications responsible for developing strategic partnerships and creating new opportunities to increase the reach of HOPE’s impact. Formerly a Senior Director of Development for Individual and Major Gifts at USA for UNHCR in Washington D.C., Frank has a background in professional fundraising, international development and nonprofit management. He has substantial expertise in leading global fundraising campaigns and cultivating successful partnerships with corporations, institutions, NGOs and advocacy groups. He also had a nine-year tenure in senior leadership positions at the Missouri-based NGO, Children International, including as Vice President of Development and Advancement.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Frank holds a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Illinois and a B.A. in Social Sciences, Justice and Legal Systems from the University of the Sacred Heart in Puerto Rico.
Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Julia Soyars leads Project HOPE’s global legal and compliance strategy, ensuring the NGO maintains a culture of integrity and transparency. Julia has devoted more than two decades of her legal career to humanitarian causes. Prior to joining Project HOPE in October 2016, Julia served as General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Grameen Foundation USA for 11 years. She also worked in the legal department at The American National Red Cross, handling domestic and international transactions for 11 years. Julia began her legal career as an associate with Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro in Washington, D.C. She holds a JD Magna Cum Laude and a B.A. Cum Laude in Sociology from Syracuse University. Julia is a founding member of the Council of Counsels and a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
M. Miriam Wardak
Vice President, Management and Operations and Chief Administration Officer
Miriam Wardak is responsible for global finance, IT, human resources, and facilities operations of the organization. Miriam joined Project HOPE in 2008 as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer responsible for global human resources and administration. She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in a variety of sectors including consulting, government contracting, software, transportation and telecommunication, most recently as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at ICF International, a Washington DC-based government consulting organization and Senior Vice President of Human Resources at i2 Technologies, a supply chain software company in Dallas.
Miriam was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, grew up in Germany, and has been living in the United States since 1990. She is fluent in German and Farsi and conversational in Italian and French. Miriam holds a B.A. from George Mason University and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas.
Vice President/Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs
Alan Weil joined Project HOPE in 2014 as Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, the leading peer-reviewed journal about health, health care and policy that is published by Project HOPE. Alan was previously the executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) since 2004. Prior to his leadership at NASHP, he directed the Urban Institute’s “Assessing New Federalism” project, served as the executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, was a health policy advisor to Colorado’s former governor Roy Romer and was the assistant general counsel in the Massachusetts Department of Medical Security.
Alan is a frequent speaker on national and state health policy, Medicaid, federalism, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in economics and political science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D.
Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D. joined Project HOPE in 1993. She is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE. Prior to joining Project HOPE, Gail directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior adviser on health and welfare issues to President George H.W. Bush. She was also the first chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Her expertise is on strategies to reform health care in the United States, with particular emphasis on Medicare, comparative effectiveness research and military health care.
Gail testifies frequently before Congressional committees, serves as an adviser to members of Congress and other elected officials and speaks nationally and internationally. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.
Associate Vice President, Finance and Accounting
Kathleen Glover has 24 years of experience leading finance and accounting teams at nonprofit organizations. She has worked at Project HOPE for 15 years, previously as Controller, providing oversight to all financial areas including the international global finance team. She was responsible for leading very successful annual audits for Project HOPE. She designed forward looking financial analysis reports to aid in strategic decision making. She has been responsible for benchmark analysis, financial metrics and best practice monitoring.
Kathleen holds a B.S. in Accounting from George Mason University. She is a CPA and CGMA.
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