CEO Project HOPE Tom Kenyon, M.D., M.P.H.

Thomas Kenyon, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Thomas Kenyon joined Project HOPE 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.

Rabih Torbay, President of Project HOPE

Rabih Torbay

Rabih Torbay joined Project HOPE in February of 2017, playing a key role in advancing HOPE’s international development strategy and maximizing the impact of HOPE’s global health teams worldwide. Rabih previously served as Senior Vice President of International Operations at International Medical Corps, leading all global programs and a staff of 10,000 in 37 countries. During his 17-year tenure at IMC, Rabih worked hand-in-hand with local governments, health officials and health care providers to create and expand programs to advance health care solutions in several leadership positions. He has served as a policy advisor to members of Congress, the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Special Representative to the UN on sensitive issues including Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Iraq and Lebanon. He also advised the world body on the West Africa Ebola response. 

Rabih holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the American University in Beirut and completed the Executive Education Program in Humanitarian Leadership at Harvard Business School. 

Chris Skopec, Executive Vice President, Project HOPE

Chris Skopec
Executive Vice President

Chris Skopec joined Project HOPE in December of 2016 as Executive Vice President responsible for overseeing the organization’s global health programs worldwide and leading emergency response. He previously served as Senior Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response at International Medical Corps (IMC) after leading IMC’s International Operations for four years. There, he managed 30 country programs in five regions of the world, overseeing thousands of field staff, hundreds of projects and over $260 million in annual project work since 2011.

Chris holds a Master's degree from Georgetown University in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, and a B.A. in Anthropology from University of California, San Diego.

Franklin Guerrero

Franklin Guerrero
Vice President, Chief Development and Communications Officer

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.

Julia Soyars, Chief Legal & Compliance Officer

Julia Soyars
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

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.

Alan Weil

Alan Weil
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.
Senior Fellow

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. Read recent articles from Gail Wilensky.

Kathleen Glover, Project HOPE's Associate Vice President, Finance and Accounting

Kathleen Glover
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.

Niranjan Seevaratnam
Senior Director, Global IT Operations

Niranjan Seevaratnam joined Project HOPE in September of 2017 as Senior Director, Global IT Operations responsible for providing technology vision and leadership for strategic planning, development & delivery of the organization’s IT solutions and services.

He has over 20 years of global IT experience and has held various senior leadership positions at multinational and mid-size organizations in a variety of sectors (consulting, software, nonprofit, higher education, lottery and retail). He has successfully delivered numerous IT initiatives in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa. Prior to joining Project HOPE, he was responsible for providing CIO consulting services to various nonprofits, associations and foundations. He has previously held senior management positions at Virtusa, Aitken Spence GTECH and Oracle.

Niranjan holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Shenandoah University and a Masters in Engineering Management from The George Washington University.

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