Staff Bios

Core Team

Mary

Mary Mulhern Kincaid, MS, DrPH

Mary is a health policy and gender specialist, with twenty-five years of experience in international development. Prior to founding Iris Group in 2011, Mary spent twenty-one years at Futures Group as a senior policy advisor on large USAID projects in health policy (POLICY I and II, Health Policy...


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Hannah

Hannah Taukobong (formerly Fortune-Greeley), MPH

Hannah has fifteen years of experience in international development, largely focused on health, gender and social inclusion programming, research, design, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building. She is an experienced trainer with curriculum development expertise, and over her 14-year...


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Alysia

Alysia Suarez, ME

Alysia has ten years of experience providing financial, contractual, operations, and management support, as well as technical assistance to programs in developing countries. As a returned Peace Corps volunteer, she is familiar with grassroots development initiatives and is fluent in Spanish. She...


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Lara

Lara Diaconu, MBA, MA

Lara specializes in program design/management and organizational development. She has 18 years of experience supporting local partner organizations, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean and southeastern Europe, to design, deliver and resource community development programs in sectors...


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Mary Beth Hastings

Mary Beth Hastings

Mary Beth Hastings, a seasoned analyst of global health policies and their impact on women and girls, has more than twenty years academic and professional experience on international sexual and reproductive health, gender, and human rights issues. She is an accomplished designer of innovative...


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Jessica

Jessica Levy, MPH, PhD

Through research, policy development, and program implementation, Jessica has devoted her career to promoting women’s global sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has nearly fifteen years of experience working on issues related to family planning, domestic violence, gender equality, HIV...


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Shelah

Shelah Bloom, MA, SM, ScD

Shelah provides technical assistance and research services on GBV and M&E. She is Research Assistant Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Senior Technical Advisor on the USAID MEASURE Evaluation project. She is widely recognized for...


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Senior Fellows

Marguerite Berger

Marguerite Berger, PhD

Marguerite (Meg) Berger is an economist, evaluator and manager with over 30 years’ experience in international economic development in Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, focusing on gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, private sector and micro/small enterprise development, access...


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Anne Eckman

Anne K Eckman, PhD

Anne brings 20-plus years of experience in project design, qualitative research and gender analysis, capacity-building, and participatory learning approaches for sexual/reproductive health, HIV and the empowerment of women and girls. Anne's formative work experience and community commitments lie...


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Margaret Greene

Margaret Greene, PhD

Margaret has worked for twenty years on the social and cultural determinants of health, development policy and gender. She is widely known for her research and advocacy on the conditions faced by adolescents and by women in poor countries...


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Consultants

Nancy Alvey, MS

Nancy has over 25 years of experience in health program management at USAID in Latin America, with particular experience in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, family planning, and health-related human rights. During her career in USAID, she developed skills in government and civil society relations,...


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Whitney Fry

Whitney Fry, DrPH, MPH

Whitney has over a decade of professional engagement in global health initiatives, with a particular focus on male engagement in gender-based violence prevention. Applying strengths-based methodologies such as Appreciative Inquiry to facilitate positive change, Whitney has steered vision to...


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Florence Jean-Louis

Florence Jean-Louis, MD, MSc

Florence is a physician and public/community health and gender expert and a consultant with Iris Group.  She has extensive experience designing and conducting gender training and providing technical assistance on gender analysis,  integration and mainstreaming.  Florence is a trainer of trainers...


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Kathleen O'Reilly

Kathleen O’Reilly, PhD

Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly is an associate professor of geography and member of the faculty of the Water Management and Hydrological Sciences Program and the Women and Gender Studies Program at Texas A&M University and a consultant with Iris Group. She is a feminist geographer and South Asia...


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