Get to know our small but powerful team of faculty and staff committed to ensuring that everyone lives a healthy life on a thriving planet.
Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health
As a founder and director of the Stanford/Yale Global Health Scholars Program, Dr. Barry has sent more
than 2,000 physicians overseas to help strengthen health infrastructure in low-resource settings. She is an investigator in two NIH-HEPI (Health Professional Education Partnership) grants at the University of Zimbabwe and the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In addition, she is part of an NIH consortium sending researchers overseas as Global Health Equity Scholars. She launched the Women Leaders in Global Health conferences and WomenLift Health, a leadership accelerator for women working in global health. Dr Barry received the Elizabeth Blackburn Award for mentorship of women in careers in medicine. She also enjoys mentoring men.
Associate Dean for Global Health, Director of Research, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Dr. Luby’s research interests include identifying and interrupting pathways of infectious disease transmission in low-income countries. He works primarily in Bangladesh but also has projects in Western China and Liberia. His ongoing work includes 1) assessing the impact on health and child cognitive development ofscalable strategies to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene; 2) efforts to better understand the burden of disease from typhoid fever and evaluating approaches to reduce that burden; 3) developing and evaluating interventions to reduce the risk of a Nipah virus pandemic; and 4) evaluating the impact of the Bangladeshnational vaccine program on the burden of pneumococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type B infection.
Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Allison is passionate about multi-disciplinary approaches to improving the lives of women and children worldwide. Prior to joining CIGH, Allison was Deputy Director of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Malaria Elimination Initiative where she joined during the start-up phase and co-led strategic planning, fundraising, grant management, donor and partner relations, and team operations for a team that grew to 60 with an annual budget of $12million.
Prior to joining UCSF, Allison lived in Tanzania where she worked with a large NGO to lead malaria and HIV prevention education programs in rural communities. With over 15 years of global public health experience, Allison also worked with McKinsey and Company to recommend investment opportunities in the private health sector across Africa, worked on HIV/AIDS prevention in Thailand, and researched the relationship between modern and traditional medicine in India. Allison graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a degree in Medical Anthropology, and now lives in Menlo Park with her husband and two young daughters.
Program Coordinator, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health
Lina serves as the Program Assistant for Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, supporting the program and its team members in their commitment to Global Health. Previously, she was the office coordinator for the Office of the Dean, where she worked to maintain office operations and support the Dean’s executive team. In June 2018, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Linguistics and Language Studies. There, she was also a part of UCSC’s Global Start program, serving as a resource to incoming international students throughout the orientation stage. Lina has an interest in helping others and getting people connected, so please reach out to her if you would like to be involved with CIGH.
Senior Program Manager, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health
Yosefa Gilon serves as the Senior Program Manager for Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, supporting all global health education initiatives. Yosefa joined Stanford University in 2014, where she managed short-term international programs at the Bing Overseas Studies Program. One of the programs she managed was the Community Health in Oaxaca course, an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students interested in community and global health. In 2019 she joined Stanford’s Computer Science Department where she managed international computer science education programs. She joined CIGH in 2022.
Yosefa has a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Irvine and a M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training. She is very passionate about education equity and international education and has facilitated experiential education opportunities all over the world. While serving as the Logistics Director for THINK Global School, a traveling high school, she lived and worked in Argentina, Bhutan, Ecuador, Germany, India, Japan, and Thailand.
She is very excited to be collaborating with people across the university and beyond to bring global health education opportunities to the Stanford community.Feel free to reach out to her about anything global health education related.
Communications Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Jamie Hansen joined the Center for Innovation in Global Health in the fall of 2021. She serves as Communications Manager, helping to amplify the work of the center and its fellows through strong storytelling and multimedia communications.
Before coming to Stanford, Jamie worked as director of communications at the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) between 2015-2021. In this position, she developed SCOE’s strategic and crisis communications capacity, supporting her organization and the 40 school districts of Sonoma County through numerous crises and communications initiatives. This included responding the physical and mental health impacts of numerous devastating wildfires and navigating school policy during a global pandemic.
Prior to working in communications, she covered education and the environment as a print and multimedia journalist. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford and is accredited in public relations.
Jamie lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and two young daughters.
Human and Planetary Health Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Erika Veidis is the Human and Planetary Health Manager for the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health. Before joining the CIGH team, she spent three years at the Planetary Health Alliance, a non-profit organization housed at Harvard University focused on understanding and addressing the intersections between global environmental challenges and public health. In this role, she managed a global network of universities, NGOs, research institutes, and government entities and led community engagement, outreach, and education efforts. In addition to her work with the PHA, Erika conducted research in environmental economics, with a particular focus on microplastics and grassroots campaigns targeting relevant governmental and corporate policies, and advanced regenerative agriculture in rural Wisconsin. Most recently, Erika helped to launch a project highlighting Indigenous place names across California with the California Institute for Community, Art & Nature, which she continues to pursue on the side.
Erika graduated from Harvard in 2015 with a BA in Government and Mind/Brain/Behavior, holds an MBA from Cal Poly, and serves on the board of the Harvard Alumni for Agriculture and Food. She believes in the importance of integrated environmental and health action, locally-rooted economies, and cultivating a sense of responsibility to place. In her free time, she skis, hikes, writes, plays guitar, and enjoys spending time – especially outside – with family, friends, and the Latvian community.
Social Media and Digital Outreach Assistant, Center for Innovation in Global Health
LourDrick Valsote (‘24) is a junior at Stanford majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Cognitive and Developmental Neuroscience. His global health interests center around how policies can be implemented to promote better health and education outcomes in urban and rural communities in his home country of the Philippines. He serves as Social Media and Digital Outreach Assistant, sharing the work of CIGH and its fellows through digital communications.
At Stanford, LourDrick currently serves as Design and Publicity Co-Chair of the Pilipino American Student Union and Co-President of Stanford Taekwondo. He also works in the Knowles Lab, where he researches forms of pediatric epilepsy. In his free time, LourDrick can be found skateboarding around campus and filming videos for his YouTube channel.
Executive Assistant to Michele Barry, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Fanja Ramilison serves as Executive Assistant for the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health supporting Dr. Michele Barry and the CIGH team.
She joined Stanford Health Care in 2017 as the HR office administrative staff lead of the Chief Human Resources Officer and transferred to CIGH in 2022.
Born in Madagascar, Fanja left her native country to pursue her international studies in Europe. She graduated from Excelia Business School in La Rochelle, France with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration. She settled in France for 14 years before relocating to the Bay Area. She is passionate about world humanitarian activities that fight against child hunger and poverty, and initiatives that preserve Madagascar’s environment and endemic wildlife.
Fanja is fluent in three languages including English, French and Malagasy. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, playing tennis and making classic French dishes. She lives in West Santa Clara with her husband and three young sons.
Research Assistant, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Ola serves as a research assistant for Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health supporting different efforts in education and research. She has been involved with vulnerable populations in different capacities for more than 10 years. Ola’s areas of interest include forced displacement with focus on refugees, and women’s health. Her passion for global health and refugees stems from her personal experience in armed conflict and her own journey as a resettled refugee. Previously she served as the regional coordinator for International Services at the American Red Cross where she mostly worked with refugees and immigrants. She supported the establishment of the Refugee and Asylum-Seeker Health Initiative (RAHI) at UCSF that focuses on research, education and community engagement and she serves as both a steering committee member and research coordinator. Ola earned her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from UC Berkeley. She also holds an M.S. in Global Health Sciences from UCSF. She is fluent in English and Arabic and has a big interest in different languages.