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Our US team

Meet our U.S.-based staff, who draw on their significant experience from multiple sectors, as well as our U.S. Board of Directors, who are legally responsible for the management and conduct of the organization.

Staff

Jeff Meer, U.S. Executive Director

Phone: +1 (301) 891-2138
Email: [email protected]

Finance

Kelley Skelton, U.S. Director of Finance

Administration

Diána Hromockyj, U.S. Administrative Services Manager

Institutional Funding

Business Development - [email protected]
Hannah Deutsch, U.S. Director of Institutional Funding
Phone: +1 (240) 450-3533

Zach Eaton, U.S. Senior Institutional Partnerships Officer

Daniel Ginsburg, U.S. Foundations Officer
Phone: +1 (301) 891-6776

Grants Management & Compliance - [email protected]
Hamed Aziz, U.S. Deputy Director of Grants Management & Compliance​​​​​​​

Morgan Sutton, U.S. Grants Management & Compliance Officer

Kiara Walker, U.S. Grants Management & Compliance Officer

Sofiane Manai, U.S. Grants Finance Officer

Communications & Development

Elizabeth Johnson Sellers, U.S. Director of Communications & Development
Phone: +1 (240) 450-3538
Email: [email protected]  

Mira Adam, U.S. Senior Media Officer (Press Contact) 
Email: [email protected]

Anna Custis, U.S. Development Officer
Email: [email protected]

Danielle Ballard, U.S. Digital Marketing Officer

Technical Advisors

Meritt Buyer, Economic Inclusion Policy Development Officer

Stephanie Peña, Inclusive Education Policy and Development Lead

Madeline Sahagun, Global Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor

Board of Directors

Nancy A. Kelly, President

Nancy A. Kelly served as the founding executive director of Health Volunteers Overseas retiring after 36 years in March of 2023. Previously, she worked for the National Council for International Health (now called the Global Health Council) and she served as a maternal-child health worker with the U.S. Peace Corps in Korea. Ms. Kelly graduated from the University of Virginia and received a Master of Health Science degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In addition to her board service with Humanity & Inclusion, Ms. Kelly serves as the chief operating officer (a voluntary position) for Friends of Korea. She also is an advisor to the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation which is raising funds to support the creation of a park near the U.S. Capital that will celebrate the mission and ideals of the Peace Corps.

In 1998, Ms. Kelly was inducted into Delta Omega (Alpha Chapter) Honorary Public Health Society in recognition of her role in founding Health Volunteers Overseas. In 2012, Ms. Kelly was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the International College of Dentists, as well as awarded an honorary membership in the American Dental Association for her contributions to the advancement of dentistry in global health.  

In 2021, the Women of Peace Corps Legacy recognized Ms. Kelly with the Deborah Harding Women of Achievement Award for her commitment to mentoring, fostering and developing leadership skills in women which has helped build a global cadre of talented, confident, and inspired women committed to advancing global health care – not to mention the lives of countless women and girls who have received improved quality of health care because of HVO’s work.

Board service since 2009

Christine Kanuch, Treasurer

Ms. Christine Kanuch is vice president of finance at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she is responsible for leading and managing the financial operations of the Chamber and each of its affiliated organizations. Ms. Kanuch designs and implements internal controls and financial systems to improve the accuracy and timeliness of reporting, analysis, and transaction processing. She also partners with managers throughout the organization to develop and support business solutions to streamline operations and improve financial results. Over the last 10 years, the Chamber's budget grew to $270 million, up from $130 million.

Previously, Ms. Kanuch was controller at the American Trucking Association from 1991-1999. She spent the first five years of her career in the audit practice of Ernst and Young.

Board service since 2013

Tony Searing, Secretary

Tony Searing is a multiple award-winning, retired business executive from Plattsburgh, New York. He continues membership in a range of community boards and civic clubs, several of which he has chaired. Upon retirement, he became an NYS emergency medical technician. He volunteers and serves as treasurer with the Morrisonville – Schuyler Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Mr. Searing has four decades of experience in manufacturing, engineering, and business leadership. His career has included international corporations, General Motors, Pactiv, and Johns Manville. He has used his experience assisting small business owners as a Certified New York State Small Business Adviser.

His leadership and employee recognition efforts have resulted in many rewarding professional relationships.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan and is a six-year U.S. Navy Vietnam-Era Veteran. Mr. Searing has been married for over 40 years and has two adult children.

Board service since 2015

Jeff Meer, Ex Officio Member

Jeff Meer is the U.S. Executive Director of Humanity & Inclusion, and as such an ex officio member of the board. Until February 2015, he served as the Special Advisor for Global Health Policy and Development at the Public Health Institute, where he worked to build PHI’s global health practice and conducted the organization's global health advocacy in Washington. Before joining PHI, Mr. Meer worked for Planned Parenthood of America as Director of International Advocacy. He also led external relations for the global nonprofit CHF International (now known as Global Communities).

As Executive Director of the U.S. Association for UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mr. Meer was responsible for all fundraising, program, advocacy and administrative functions. At the UN Foundation, he was the founding program officer for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, where he helped to develop the organization's signature program in mapping landmines. Previously, Mr. Meer had been a career Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State, where he served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs. He has worked and traveled extensively, and held U.S. Diplomatic and Consular postings in China and Germany. In addition to English, Mr. Meer speaks French, German and Cantonese Chinese.

He served as a member of the Humanity & Inclusion U.S. Board from 2013-February 2015.

John O'Donnell

Mr. John O’Donnell grew up in Buffalo, NY, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia and a Master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Mr. O’Donnell, now retired, had a 30-year career with the U.S. government, the last 22 years as a Field Examiner with the National Labor Relations Board, where he investigated unfair labor practice charges and conducted union representation elections.

He is a long-time donor to HI and also an active volunteer in his community, coaching Cross Country running at the high school level and doing food preparation for an organization in Washington D.C. that serves the homeless. In recent years, Mr. O’Donnell has gone blind from a degenerative retinal condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Board service since 2023

Joe O'Meara, CPA

Joe O'Meara, CPA, is a senior manager with BDO's Assurance practice serving nonprofit organizations by performing assurance and consulting services domestically and around the globe. He has worked with clients in many different sectors including international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), arts and cultural, environmental, social services, and private foundations. Mr. O'Meara has extensive knowledge of the Uniform Guidance rules and regulations.

As part of his work supporting international NGOs, he travels the world and visits remote locations to perform audit and consulting work for organizations with operations in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Mr. O'Meara assists clients in developing and implementing robust processes and procedures for donor compliance, providing them with peace of mind and allowing them to focus on their mission.

As a Senior Manager, Mr. O'Meara oversees the planning and administrative aspects of audit engagements by ensuring that all services are delivered in a thorough, professional and efficient manner, as well as presenting engagement results and recommendations to client management and governance.

Mr. O'Meara is the only auditor to be invited to join the Humentum trainer and consultant team. To further his knowledge of US Government Grant compliance for international NGOs, he became the first-ever audit professional to obtain Humentum’s Certification in USAID Award Management recognizing expertise in USAID rules and regulations, financial management, and procurement.

Mr. O'Meara received his B.A. and MAcc. from Washington State University.

Board service since 2023

Gael O’Sullivan, MBA

A social and behavior change (SBC) expert and social marketing thought leader with more than three decades of experience, Ms. O'Sullivan's health communication and social and commercial marketing skills have shaped projects addressing pandemic threats such as avian influenza in addition to projects focused on family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tobacco control and prevention, harmful alcohol consumption, chronic disease prevention, and child health in the U.S. and worldwide.

Currently, Ms. O’Sullivan is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she teaches ‘Social Marketing for Global Good’ in the MBA program. Ms. O’Sullivan is also a consultant, working with international development organizations such as ICF International and University Research Corporation.

Previously, she led SBC and social marketing efforts at Kantar Public’s International Development Practice, Business for Impact at Georgetown University, and Abt Associates. Ms. O’Sullivan has steered large, multi-year USAID health, SBC and social marketing projects and research activities with decentralized teams across three continents. Much of her work has focused on public/private/non-profit partnerships to address global health challenges. Ms. O’Sullivan holds a B.S. degree in French from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. in International Marketing from George Washington University. She has worked in more than 40 countries and has lived in Switzerland and Togo. Ms. O’Sullivan is a founding board member of the International Social Marketing Association.

Board service since 2017

Natoschia Scruggs, Ph.D.

Dr. Natoschia Scruggs is an Assistant Professor of African & African American Studies as well as Director of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center at New Jersey City University. Her research interests revolve around contemporary and historical public policy formation and analysis, particularly as they pertain to global migration. She specializes in using mixed methods to examine the personal narratives and life histories of individuals, alongside government documents and state-provided information, to discover how immigration and refugee policies are implemented, and how those policies shape people’s lived experiences across societies and time, with emphasis on urban spaces.

Before joining NJCU, Dr. Scruggs held positions at other academic institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and in government, including having served as principal advisor on research to Ambassador Susan Rice, Ambassador Samantha Power, and Ambassador Nikki Haley at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. In addition to hands-on, extensive experience working with conflict-affected populations, refugees, asylees, and survivors of gender-based violence, Dr. Scruggs has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters addressing family violence, elder abuse, sexual exploitation, displacement, and state violence. She earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in African Diaspora Studies with a focus on global migration and emphasis on women, gender and sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and was a Ford Foundation Fellow, Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, and American Field Service high school foreign exchange student.

Board service since 2023

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