JSI’s greatest resource has always been its dedicated staff, and for more than 30 years, it has been the beneficiary of the wisdom and energy of countless remarkable people. We would not be what we are today without the contributions of the bright minds and open hearts that have left life but linger in legacy. We remember and honor those colleagues here.
Kwyn Abrams came to JSI’s Washington, DC office in 1986. He was the first deputy director of FPLM and helped launch our global supply chain efforts, which presently include the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT (successor to FPLM), PEPFAR’s Supply Chain Management System, the Global Fund’s Voluntary Pooled Procurement mechanism, and the WHO/Global TB Drug Facility Procurement Services project.
Andy was an international tropical medicine expert and child survival advocate. He served as the chief of party for BASICS II in Nigeria from 2000 until 2004, working tirelessly to improve children’s survival and health. Andy’s career started at the CDC, where he spent 27 years focusing on, among other things, smallpox eradication. He went on to become the executive director of the Carter Center’s Global 2000 Program, and finally came to JSI, where he worked until the time of his death.
Richard Ashiono Aromba
Richard worked with JSI between 1996-2006, as a driver for FPLM and DELIVER in Kenya. When DELIVER ended in 2006, Richard went to Family Health International, where he worked until his death in 2009.
Brice worked on FPLM in JSI’s DC office and in Nigeria and in Nepal, where he served as chief of party.
Assefa Ayalew joined JSI in 2004, when he was hired as a field officer for the Ethiopia Essential Services for Health project. Assefa, whose background was in public and environmental health, was a trainer and community health organizer. He was not only a hard worker and dedicated staff member; he was a generous and caring person who frequently surprised people with his great sense of humor.
Assefa was a family-centered person who gave everything he had to better the lives of others. Colleagues in Ethiopia miss Assefa greatly and recall his special presence at staff events, where he evoked laughter with his imitations and had an uncanny ability to energize the team.
Krishna Badahur Basnet
Krishna was a security guard in Kathmandu for JSI’s programs in Nepal.
Ram Bahadur KC
Ram worked as a security guard in Kathmandu for JSI’s programs in Nepal.
Walter, a social psychologist and journalist, came to JSI’s Boston office in the late 1980’s to work on HIV/AIDS projects. In 1990, Walter moved to back to his native DC and began to work for JSI’s REACH (Resources for Child Health) project.
Lyndon worked on JSI’s REACH and BASICS projects between 1994 and 1998. Although he was based in JSI’s Washington, DC office, Lyndon spent as much time as he possibly could in the Central Asian countries, where JSI had child health activities.
In 1999, Lyndon and his family returned to Nepal, where he was a Child Survival Fellow with USAID/Kathmandu. Thereafter and until his death, Lyndon worked at USAID’s Global Bureau, coordinating technical support to Iraq, Yemen, Indonesia, and other countries in crisis.
During her three years as a finance officer for the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, Undraa Bold’s kind nature and strong work ethic were always in evidence. Originally from Mongolia, Undraa came to the U.S. to study, after which she was hired by JSI. She was a diligent, positive, and personable young woman. Undraa is survived by her husband, Tsolmo Batbayar, who also worked for JSI, and her mother, father, and younger brother.
Mamadou Camara Koulifan II
Dr. Mamadou Camara Koulifan II was the DELIVER resident technical advisor in Guinea. Dr. Camara came to JSI in 2012 and instantly became a vital part of the team. His untimely death is a tremendous loss for all, but especially his wife and three children.
Judy, a nurse-midwife, was JSI’s maternal health advisor in Cambodia for the SEATS Project and later for TASC. Judy also worked with JSI’s Reproductive and Child Health Alliance in Cambodia. Prior to JSI, Judy worked on developing safe motherhood capabilities in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Chama joined JSI’s DELIVER office in Zambia in 2006 to work as a laboratory logistics advisor. He provided clinical and technical guidance and advice in laboratory commodity logistics. Chama had more than 30 years of experience in his field and brought in many important partners in support of HIV and AIDS laboratory commodity logistics interventions. Chama was survived by his wife, Pezo, and four adult children.
Tom worked with JSI on a number of major projects, including Egypt Healthy Mother/Healthy Child and Healthy Women in Georgia. Tom was a great trainer, a strong researcher, and, in his time outside of work, a renowned and passionate birder.
Former JSI/Washington, DC, Human Resources Manager Debbie Cook passed away in December after a long struggle with cancer. Debbie was a music lover and scholar who always had a book in her hand. She is survived by her husband Rick, her three sisters, several nieces and nephews, and many friends and colleagues.
Shawn Ely DeLaVergne
Shawn was an administrative assistant in JSI’s DC office. His untimely death was mourned by his family and colleagues.
Teresa Frydryk worked on several projects, including Health Care for the Homeless and Try-to-Stop Tobacco, for JSI’s Health Services. She was also JSI’s first librarian, and established a full-service library for JSI. Teresa was deeply devoted to her family and her profession. She was a tireless social justice advocate for disadvantaged people, working passionately on literacy, health care, and education issues. Teresa is survived by her husband, Tom, and her children, Daniela and Mark.
Luel Gebrelibanos worked as a driver for DELIVER in Ethiopia from 2005 until the time of his death. Luel’s colleagues remember his bright smile, good nature, and commitment to his job. He is survived by his wife and children.
James Gondwe was the assistant logistics management information system (LMIS) associate for DELIVER in Malawi. James played an important role in implementing the automated LMIS system, which is now in full use in Malawi. James worked with DELIVER from 2004–2006. Prior to joining JSI, James was an information systems specialist for JHPIEGO. James’ colleagues recall him as being a hard worker, a quick study, and a good collaborator.
Diane Hedgecock dedicated her life to improving maternal health and child survival. In her role as senior technical advisor, Diane shepherded successful JSI projects such as the Romania Family Health Initiative, the BASICS child survival program, the Cambodia Community Outreach project, and the African portfolio of countries under SEATS. She received her Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which awarded her the prestigious Sydney S. Chipman award. In 2000, Diane became the deputy director of JSI’s Washington, DC office. Diane worked at JSI from 1985 until her death in 2008.
Euridice (Daisy) Amélia Iaice
Daisy was the receptionist in DELIVER’s Mozambique office from 2005 to 2006. Daisy is survived by her sister and her son.
Mawardi Ibrahim was the operations manager of Universal Immunization through Improving Family Health Services project in Ethiopia. She was a supportive colleague and a dedicated worker.
Marwardi was almost always cheerful and concerned for the happiness of others, even as she was hospitalized for the illness that ultimately claimed her life. Mawardi’s colleagues and family, especially her young daughter and two sons, loved her dearly.
Patrick Isingoma, who joined JSI in Uganda in 2002, provided immunization expertise to five projects, beginning with BASICS II and ending, pre-emptively, with the newly awarded Maternal and Child Survival Program.
Patrick led his professional life with the JSI values that we are all proud to share. He was a teacher and mentor for whom no task was too small or too daunting. Patrick’s mission was protecting kids and he did it with clear focus and a beaming positive attitude.
Dr. Olufunke Jibowu
Dr. Olufunke Lami Jibowu of Lagos, Nigeria joined JSI in 2006 as a technical advisor and later worked on the Making Medical Injections Safer and AIDSTAR-One projects. At the time of her death, Funke, as she was known, was a training advisor for AIDSFree Nigeria. She is remembered for her hard work, intelligence, smile, and warm disposition.
Susan worked for JSI at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she was an epidemiologist for the Massachusetts Bureau of Health’s AIDS Bureau and Bureau of Health Statistics. She graduated from Smith College in 1986 and earned a master’s degree in epidemiology at the University of Michigan in 1988.
Dhan Kumar Khadka
Dhan was a security guard for JSI’s Nepal programs in Kathmandu.
Dr. Lev Khodakevich was the chief of party for JSI’s CAPACITY project in Kazakhstan from 2004-2007. In the 1990s, Lev worked with UNAIDS, and over the course of his career worked on HIV-prevention with sex workers in India and injecting drug users in Eastern Europe. Lev inspired his many friends and colleagues, who remember him as someone who lived life to the fullest. He was especially passionate about his work and his grandchildren, and spent his final weeks surrounded by his loving family.
Phebe was a gifted health policy expert and writer who was deeply committed to increasing access to health care. In 1996, Phebe began working at JSI, first in the Boston office and then in the New Hampshire office. She went on to develop and direct the CarePartners Program, which provided health care access to adults on behalf of MaineHealth. Under her leadership, CarePartners won national awards as one of the country’s outstanding community health care-access programs. Phebe also served on the board of directors of the Maine Public Health Association.
In 2008, Ernest Knightley joined JSI in Liberia. Over the years, he worked on several projects; most recently as finance and operations manager for the Advancing Partners and Community project. Ernest had an exemplary work ethic and was devoted to JSI’s mission. Ernest is survived by his wife and two small children, and the many people he befriended and mentored at JSI.
Dmitry Komshyn was an interpreter and equipment procurement officer at JSI’s Maternal and Infant Health Project in Ukraine in 2004-2005. Dmitry graduated from the Kiev Institute of Foreign Languages. His high-quality translations of evidence-based medical materials were crucial to the project and to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Dmitry was a wonderful friend and unsurpassed colleague.
Dr. Goli Lamiri was a former employee of JSI who served as a senior technical advisor to the Nigeria TSHIP project. Goli’s WHO experience in Yemen, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and several remote areas of Northern Nigeria helped JSI develop large-scale maternal, newborn, and child health programs that work for communities in Sokoto State. Goli was very kind and generous and was a wise counsel. He is survived by his wife, three children, and parents.
Korbin Liu was one of the original JSI employees. He was born in Foochow, China and moved to Washington, DC in 1947. He received a doctorate in population sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1976.
After JSI, Korbin went on to work at the Urban Institute for more than two decades. He was a nationally-recognized expert on health care after acute hospitalizations and on Medicare and Medicaid coverage. Korbin focused on long-term-care services, and he studied the likelihood of patients being admitted to nursing homes, the duration of their stays, and their risks of depleting personal resources and becoming eligible for Medicaid coverage.
Kelvin was a transport logistics assistant at the USAID DISCOVER-Health Project hub site in Zambia’s Mongu district.
Kelvin came to JSI in June 2017. During the few months he was with the project he quickly became a valued team member. His colleagues remember him for his sense of humor and the dignity with which he dealt with the heart disease that claimed his 46-year life.
Mandla Alexander Motshweni
Mandla Motshweni joined JSI in December 2009 as a monitoring and evaluation advisor for orphans and vulnerable children programs on JSI’s USAID-funded Enhancing Strategic Information project in South Africa. Most recently, Mandla was the capacity-building advisor on JSI’s MEASURE Evaluation SIFSA project.
Mandla’s work in technical assistance and capacity enhancement was distinguished by enormous dedication to making health services available to people who need it most. Mandla’s family, colleagues, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing him miss him dearly.
Geoffrey Mulongoti joined the Supply Chain Management Systems (SCMS) project in Zambia in 2009 as an administrative assistant. He was responsible for driving and maintaining project vehicles. Additionally, he handled finances and documented expenditures to support technical activities in the field, including payment of participants, lodging, and other administrative arrangements. Geoffrey is survived by his wife, an 8-year-old daughter, and a 6-year-old son.
Mwiinde Munang’andu was a provincial public health logistics officer in USAID | DELIVER PROJECT’s Kasama, Zambia office and provided technical support to the logistics system for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Although Mwiinde had only worked with JSI since September 2012, he was recognized as a bright star and an inspiration to his colleagues. Mwiinde was only 25 and is survived by his mother and brother.
Willy Kabyua Mutshipay
Dr. Willy Kabyua Mutshipay devoted his life to working to improve the health and lives of people. Willy was an MD who joined JSI in February 2009 as a malaria logistics advisor for USAID | DELIVER PROJECT. He moved from his native country, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Lilongwe, Malawi, where he worked for more than 25 years to strengthen pharmaceutical systems and support malaria and vaccine management programs in Liberia, Rwanda, and especially the DRC.
Although Willy struggled with some health issues the last few years, it didn’t affect his positivity and how he related to people. Willy was a joy to be around and was loved by all; especially his wife and four children, who survive him.
John was a driver for JSI’s Family Planning Logistics Management project in Kenya.
Taye Nigatu was a driver for ESHE in Ethiopia. He joined JSI in 2004.
32-year old Amaka Ojugbana, MPH and pharmacist, was a procurement advisor on the Supply Chain Management System project in Nigeria. On June 3, 2012, Amaka, her 10-month-old son, and more than 140 other people died in a plane crash in Nigeria. Amaka joined JSI in 2009 and was one of the longest-serving and well-loved members of her project team.
John was a driver in Kampala at JSI’s UPHOLD office.
Larry Olijar joined JSI’s Rosslyn office in July 2008. Among his roles at JSI, Larry was the senior management information systems manager for the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT. Larry was a well-liked and dedicated professional who made sure that his projects’ software development activities were on track and his teams motivated.
Cliff Olson began his long association with JSI in the early 80’s, when he led a project in India. He went on to consult for FPLM/DELIVER and other projects, and was chief of party for JSI’s Albania family planning project. At the time of his death, Cliff was living in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and worked at USAID. One of his many responsibilities was oversight of DELIVER’s work in Bangladesh. Cliff is survived by his two daughters.
Gus Osorio began working with JSI in 1999, and was most recently art director and graphic designer for the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT. In addition to being a graphics and video master, he was a talented photographer. Those who knew Gus recall a kind and generous person who loved art and music. Gus is survived by his parents, two brothers, a sister, extended family, and countless friends and colleagues.
Trudee Parenteau joined JSI in its early years, from 1978 until 1982. While at JSI, Trudee worked on family planning in the US and on oral rehydration in Egypt. She also provided technical assistance to community health centers.
Trudee’s passion for public health took her from Hartford Hospital to Blue Cross/Blue Shield to the Boston Department of Health, where, as the assistant deputy commissioner, she was responsible for managing the ambulatory care center and emergency departments at Boston City Hospital. Trudee is survived by her husband, many friends, and colleagues.
Pete Paterson worked at JSI from 1985 until 1998. Pete started out in the Boston office, working with management information systems. Later in his JSI career, Pete worked on projects including AIDSCAP and FPLM in JSI’s Washington, DC office. Pete is survived by his wife and their two children.
Richa was a program officer in Rosslyn for the DELIVER project. Richa served from 2012 until 2016, when she went on long-term disability so she could be treated for leukemia. All who knew Richa mourn her untimely passing.
Bhuwan was a driver in for JSI’s office in Kathmandu.
From April 2008 until the time of his death, Salum Rashid worked with JSI’s USAID|DELIVER PROJECT in Tanzania as an office assistant. His colleagues remember him as a person who was kind and got along with everyone. Salum’s three teenage children survive him.
Rick Redpath worked at JSI for more than 20 years. Rick was a systems analyst who developed the Donor$ fundraising program for JSI. Born in Boston, Rick grew up in Winchester and went on to graduate from Tufts University. He was an avid Red Sox fan. Rick is survived by his wife and JSI colleague, Roberta, and their two children, Casey and Ian.
When Silverio Soares joined JSI’s Timor-Leste office in 2005, he was one of the first Timorese staff members. Silverio served as a district community mobilization officer with the Integrated Maternal and Child Health project (USAID/BASICS and IMMUNIZATIONbasics), which became USAID’s Timor-Leste Asisténsia Integradu Saúde (TAIS) project.
Silverio was an essential part of the TAIS I and II project teams from 2005-2011, acting as the national technical officer for health promotion and community mobilization. In November 2011, he joined the HIP team as a technical officer, and went on to become the national health promotion advisor.
Silverio’s contribution to his team and to the mothers and families of Timor-Leste was significant. This wonderful young man is remembered for his charisma, constant smile, energetic leadership, and his friendship with all those on staff. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
Luca was the country director in Haiti for JSI’s REACH project.
Ghatan Kosh Tandukar
Ghatan was the groundskeeper at JSI’s office in Nepal.
Dr. Emmanuel Taylor was a widely-respected and well-loved person who dedicated his professional life to improving the quality of health for women and children. Known for his work in immunization, logistics, malaria, and injection safety, Emmanuel joined JSI in 2008 as resident advisor in Liberia for the USAID | DELIVER Project, where he was responsible for logistics support for malaria control activities that emphasized insecticide-treated bednets. Prior to joining JSI, Emmanuel worked with UNICEF in Ethiopia, and with the World Health Organization for more than six years. He is survived by his wife and children.
Daniel Thompson came to JSI in 1993 as a senior technical advisor for DELIVER. He was instrumental in preparing national training strategies, designing and developing logistics management training curricula, and conducting national human resource needs assessments.
Daniel traveled widely and as often as possible to work with and advance the capabilities of host-country professionals. Over the course of his career, Daniel worked in more than 20 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Near East. He loved work that empowered people, built their capacity, and encouraged professional development. Daniel’s approach to his work was thoroughly participatory, practical, and always with just the right touch of support, information, and humor.
A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the first Peace Corps doctor in Morocco, Mel Thorne was not only an inspiration to his co-workers at JSI, but also to workers in the public health field across the globe. From 1972 until his death, Mel was a professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He taught classes that focused on health management systems, family planning programs in developing countries, international health population dynamics, and health services. From 1981 to 1984, Mel took a break from teaching to serve as JSI’s chief of party for the JSI/Nepal project. His five-person technical assistance team worked with the Nepal Ministry of Health to improve family planning, maternal health care, logistics for essential drugs, malaria control, and immunization. Mel leaves his wife, Dottie, their two children, James and Mary, and countless friends and colleagues.
Dr. Tumwesigye was the communicable disease specialist for JSI’s UPHOLD program in Kampala.
Serge Toureau worked in Haiti on JSI’s REACH project in the 1980s.
Joshua Asena Vigedi
Joshua was the senior driver in the Kenya office of JSI’s FPLM project. Joshua worked for JSI from 1993 until the time of his death in 2000.
Steve Wilbur joined JSI in 1995. He had more than 30 years of experience in designing, implementing, and managing international development programs. Prior to his death, Steve was working as the director of USAID | DELIVER avian influenza task order. Under his leadership, the project made unprecedented progress in creating new systems from scratch and delivering avian influenza commodities to the most at-risk countries worldwide.
Steve devoted his professional life to helping others and was deeply committed to international development and global health. He represented the best of JSI, and his spirit of adventure, compassion, and dedication to make a better world for the less fortunate will always be remembered.
Katherine Wildman was a reproductive health expert who lived, worked, and studied in several countries. When Katherine was based in Washington, DC, she worked at JSI for the FPLM project. Her officemate, Geb Berry, worked on SEATS. When Katherine moved to Paris to research maternal mortality in the US and Europe, Geb went with her. They were married in 1999. Katherine is survived by Geb and their two daughters.
Dr. Wondwossen Yiman came to JSI in 2004. He was the performance improvement specialist for the Essential Health Services in Ethiopia (ESHE) Proejct.
John Zingeni worked for DELIVER in Malawi.