USA-Based Staff

Guy Stallworthy, MHS, MA

President & Chief Executive Officer

Guy Stallworthy comes to Grounds for Health with 30 years experience in mission-driven health care initiatives and international development. Stallworthy spent the last seven years as Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led development of innovative models to improve primary health care systems and services in Africa and Asia. Prior to the Gates Foundation, he spent 11 years with Population Services International (PSI), where he served as Country Director of Myanmar, Executive Director of PSI Europe, Senior Director of Technical Services, and Program Manager for Eastern and Southern Africa. He has lived and worked in more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and holds two master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University: an MHS in International Health and Population Dynamics, and an MA in International Affairs and Economics.

Pam Kahl

Vice President, Communications and Development

Pam Kahl is a senior marketing and communications executive with a unique mix of experience in technology, international development, health care, education, sustainability and specialty coffee. Prior to joining Grounds for Health, Pam held leadership positions at FamilyCare Health Plans, Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers and Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. She was also founder and President of verbal800 Communications, a strategic marketing communications agency specializing in raising awareness for world-changing ideas. She has worked with organizations such as Microsoft, CARE USA, Mercy Corps, University of Washington, and Lewis & Clark College and developed and executed go-to-market strategies for several start-up companies.  

Pam’s skill at building strategic messaging platforms, identifying storytelling opportunities and building relationships with influence has increased brand value, expanded sales channels and garnered high-visibility coverage in outlets such as CNN, Good Morning America, The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio, among others.

Pam holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington, and a certificate in International Development Management & Policy from the Evans School of Public Affairs at UW.

Kyle Engelman, MPH

Program Manager

Kyle 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.

Kathy Hollandsworth

Administration Manager

Bio coming soon.

Justin Mool

Communications Specialist

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 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.

Ellen Starr, NP

Clinical Director

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.

Ariel Irene Delaney, MA

Program Manager

Ariel Delaney 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.

In-Country Staff

Ashenafi Argata, MPH

Program Coordinator, Ethiopia

Ashenafi Argata has 28 years of technical and managerial experience in the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. His previous experience includes heath center staff nurse, health center technical coordinator, head of a district health office, program coordinator for zonal health department and tropical diseases consultant for WHO. Ashenafi is committed to working with the rural communities and believes that they are the primary change agents for any health intervention. Ashenafi holds a Master of Public Health in field epidemiology from Addis Ababa University and a BA in public health from Dilla University and nursing diploma from Jimma University. He is fluent in English, Amharic and Sidamigna.

Abiy Semunigus Dejene, MS

Community Coordinator, Ethiopia

Abiy Semunigus Dejene is a licensed public health educator with more than nine years of experience in higher education and education projects. In 2004, Abiy obtained his Master of Science in rural development and also holds a bachelor’s degree in public health education and promotion, a diploma in English language, and certificates in project management/public health. Before joining Grounds for Health, Abiy was working in Hawassa with SOS children’s village program as a program officer and as a country manager for Student Leaders of the World, Inc. Abiy has experience working as a vocational counselor, English and Amharic language teacher, consultant and trainer in governmental and non-governmental organizations and as a freelancer in local mass media. Abiy is passionate about development management, leadership and communication, particularly in the areas of health, education, research and capacity building. Abiy speaks English, Amharic and Sidamigna.

Martha Pineda Guerrera, RN

Program Coordinator, Peru

Martha Pineda Guerrera is a Licenciada, or Registered Nurse, with a great deal of experience in program coordination, having worked for the Peruvian Institute for Nutritional Research (IIN) on a project called Ninos del Milenio (Young Lives). She was involved for almost a decade in this multinational, longitudinal study of the causes and consequences of poverty. She trained health care workers and interfaced with local ministry of health officials, community leaders and residents of rural areas. She has a great deal of experience in rural areas of Peru. She speaks English, as well as her native Spanish, and has lived in the USA and Saudi Arabia. She is currently based in the Cajamarca province of northern Peru.

Marlene del Carmen Suarez, RN



Program Coordinator, Nicaragua

Marlene is a licensed registered nurse (Licenciada) with a postgraduate diploma (completed in Spain) in Social Development and Management for the Promotion of Human Rights of Children, Adolescents and Youth. Her technical skills include micro-computing and graphic design. Throughout Marlene’s career she has worked in multicultural environments with humanitarian organizations such as Doctors without Borders, Plan International, as well as local organizations in Nicaragua. Although her titles have varied from health educator to administrator of health centers and hospitals to administration of the Women’s Center of Ixchen in Cuidad Sandino, Marlene’s focus has always been in cervical and breast cancer prevention, family planning, HIV-AIDS prevention and domestic violence. She brings strong skills in administration, community mobilization, and inter-institutional management with Ministry of Health, local leaders, social organizations and cooperatives.

Coordinadora General de Programas, Nicaragua

Es licenciada, Enfermera registrada con post grado en Promoción de los Derechos de la Niñez, Adolescencia y Juventud y, en Gerencia para el Desarrollo Social realizado en España. Es técnica en micro computación y Diseñadora gráfica. Ha trabajado en ambientes multiculturales con experiencia laboral en organismos humanitarios como Médicos sin Fronteras, Plan Internacional y organismos locales de Nicaragua. Ha desempeñado cargos de educadora, administración de Centros de salud, jefatura en hospitales y la dirección del Centro de Mujeres Ixchen en Ciudad Sandino, trabajando las áreas de Prevención del Cáncer de útero y de mamas, Planificación Familiar, VIH-Sida y no a la violencia hacia las Mujeres. Posee fortalezas: en Administración, Formación de líderes Comunitarios, conformación de red de casas bases, Gestiones interinstitucionales ante el MINSA, Alcaldías, organizaciones sociales y cooperativas.