Sarah Cycon — Global Health Program Fellow
Jane Sakovitz Dale, MS — Development Director
Ariel Irene Delaney, MA — Program Manager
Kyle Engelman, MPH — Program Manager
Justin Mool — Communications Specialist
Kayla Moore, MPH — Senior Program Manager
Amanda Olney — Office Manager
Barinia Osejo, MD — In-country Coordinator, Nicaragua
Martha Pineda, Licenciada — In-country Coordinator, Peru
Ellen Starr, NP — Clinical Director
August Burns, MPH, CM, PA
Ms. Burns has worked in women’s health as a midwife, clinical practitioner, and as a consultant to USAID and international reproductive health programs. She has taught courses on global issues in reproductive health at both Tulane University School of Public Health and the University of Vermont. She was a contributor to the most recent edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, and a co-author of Where Women Have No Doctor, a health guide for women in low-resource settings that has been translated into over 40 languages and is used around the world. Ms. Burns is also a member of the World Health Organization’s Technical Advisory Group on Cervical Cancer, which is tasked with creating new international guidelines for cervical cancer prevention. Ms Burns is fluent in Spanish.
Global Health Program Fellow
Sarah is a recent graduate of Pitzer college with a degree in Community and Global Health. Specifically interested in the intersection between women’s and environmental health, Sarah completed a thesis analyzing the reproductive health impacts of pesticide use in Mexico and India. Prior to joining the Grounds for Health team, she worked at East Valley Community Health Center in Pomona, California conducting sexual health education workshops at crisis, correctional, and rehabilitation facilities. Ms. Cycon also worked for a small NGO in Jodhpur, India that implemented HIV education and prevention programs for female sex workers. In 2007, Sarah founded Comunidades de Hermanas Inteligentes con Corazones Abiertos (CHICA), a program conducting community and trust building workshops with indigenous teenage girls in Guatemala. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Hindi.
Jane Sakovitz Dale, MS
Jane Sakovitz Dale has more than 25 years of professional experience in health care, communications and development. For the past decade she has been working closely with a number of Fortune 500 clients to help them align their philanthropic activities with their business objectives while advancing social causes that seek private sector support and engagement. She holds a Masters Degree in Communications from Syracuse University, as well as accreditation from the Public Relations Society of American.
Ariel Irene Delaney, MA
Ariel comes to Grounds for Health bringing experience in managing the full life cycles of rural community development projects. As a knowledgeable development practitioner, she brings skills in project design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and handover while incorporating sustainability throughout project lifespan. Ms. Delaney has field experience in various sectors including livelihoods, food security, and health. Prior to joining Grounds for Health, Ms. Delaney worked as a Project Officer for the Natural Resources Management (NRM) environmental program at African Development Solutions (Adeso) based in Somalia. Ms. Delaney is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, serving as a Community Health Development Volunteer in rural Morocco with additional field experience in Latin America. Ms. Delaney received her Master’s Degree in sustainable international development at the Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University. She is fluent in Spanish and Shila (Berber Dialect), with some knowledge of Somali, Moroccan Arabic and French.
Kyle Engelman, MPH
Ms. Engelman started working in international health and development in 2005 while at Dartmouth College and graduated with her Master’s in Public Health from University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with a focus on Global Maternal & Child Health. While in college, she volunteered in health clinics and provided prevention programming to communities in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Peru. After university, she worked in international governance for a USAID-contractor in Washington, D.C. and then served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Juneau, AK as a crew leader for at-risk teens and then as a domestic violence and sexual assault advocate for women and children. In graduate school, she studied issues affecting the reproductive health of women and adolescents worldwide and spent her summer developing curriculum for and evaluating an education and life skills program for Muslim girls in northern Nigeria. She is passionate about the health, safety, and empowerment of women and girls as well as strategy and management approaches that enable organizations to achieve sustainable social impact. She is fluent in Spanish.
Justin works as a contractor for Grounds for Health and manages its Websites, Facebook page and all marketing campaigns, including print ads, the annual report and the E-newsletter. Grounds for Health is Justin’s first real venture into the nonprofit sector and is a welcomed addition to his client base at Discern Marketing, Inc, where he is currently President. Prior to Grounds for Health, Justin spent three years as a content manager at outdoor gear etailer Backcountry.com. Mr. Mool graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Northwestern University.
Kayla Moore, MPH
Senior Program Officer
Kayla Moore has worked in the field of global health and development since 2002. She is an experienced program manager with proven skills in program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to working at Grounds for Health she worked as a Senior Program Officer at Management Sciences for Health where she oversaw home office support for all Tanzania programs in the Center for Leadership and Management and managed e-learning programs to build management and leadership capacity of developing country health organizations. Ms. Moore has experience managing public health programs at all stages of development, from start-up to close down. In addition, she has facilitated workshops on organizational assessment, monitoring and evaluation, visioning and has developed tools based on successful innovations in program development. Ms Moore has worked in Mexico, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Spain. She is fluent in Spanish.
Amanda Olney comes to Grounds for Health with a long history working in the Private Country Club industry where she gained valuable experience in administration, human resources, communication, organization and member recruitment. In addition to working full time for Grounds for Health, Amanda is also the part-time Business Manager and former Board president of a local non-profit childcare center and preschool. Her academic background is in Psychology with a minor in Business Management and Computer Information Systems, with a degree from Roger Williams University. Amanda combines this education with strong organizational skills and experience in non-profit management.
Dr. Osejo is Grounds for Health’s first in-country physician on staff. Dr. Osejo has been an invaluable addition, coordinating patient follow-up, coaching local doctors and nurses to provide continued women’s health care, and expanding community training and outreach.
Martha Pineda, Licenciada
In-country Program Coordinator, Peru
Martha Pineda is a Licenciada, or Registered Nurse, with a great deal of experience in program coordination, having worked for the Institute of Nutrition of Peru on a project called Ninos del Milenio. She was involved for almost a decade in this longitudinal study that has tried to track the causes of poverty. Through this work she has trained health care workers, interfaced with local ministry of health officials, community leaders and residents of rural areas. She has a great deal of experience in rural areas and enjoys spending time there. As a native Peruvian, Martha is a fluent Spanish speaker, but also speaks English, and is a skillful communicator in bridging cultural gaps. She is based in Peru and has lived in the US and Saudi Arabia.
Ellen Starr, NP
Ellen Starr is a nurse practitioner with over 27 years experience working in women’s health with a special focus on gynecology, family planning and abortion services. Over these years she has worked as a provider at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England where she became a Site Manager, Regional Manager and eventually Vice President of Health Center Operations. She developed strong leadership and management skills while continuing her clinical practice. As the Program Director, Ellen supervises the country leads in each country where Grounds for Health works. She started as a volunteer on trips to Tanzania, working as a trainer and preceptor, before deciding to join the staff at Grounds for Health as a Senior Clinical Officer. She has had oversight of the Grounds for Health program in Tanzania where the cervical cancer prevention program has strengthened dramatically at the national level.