Dr. Mary Ann Millsap brings over 40 years’ experience evaluating U.S. education programs, with special emphasis on programs designed to meet the needs of disadvantaged students. She first became involved with GTL in 2010 when she helped design interview guides and surveys of GTL students, served on the on-site team in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and analyzed and reported results to the GTL Board of Directors.
A resident of Newton, MA, Nancy Dougherty is a clinical specialist in community health nursing. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts. She has 25 years of experience working nationally and internationally in public health. For two years (1987-89), she lived and worked in rural Uganda, observing first-hand the everyday challenges faced by young women and children in that area. She also spent four years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted at the World Health Organization, New Delhi, India and has worked with the Massachusetts and Alaska State Departments of Public Health. In 2007, Nancy joined Novartis Vaccines in Cambridge, MA providing scientific expertise in support of the development and distribution of vaccines.
A resident of Concord, MA, Art Fitzgerald holds a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Boston University. After an early background in education, Art devoted most of his career to management of the delivery and financing of healthcare services. His involvement in rural community development began with his Peace Corps service in Morocco in 2013 - 2015. His travels in West and East Africa have confirmed the positive impact of supporting African girls in obtaining a secondary education and developing skills to contribute to the resilience of their communities.
Living in Boston, Monika Mako works in Financial Reporting and Investment Analytics. Growing up in Albania, she experienced equal education and equal encouragement of girls and boys and believes in education as a means to lift societies. She completed her undergraduate degree at Carlow University in Pittsburgh (PA), and graduate degree at Boston College (MBA/MSF). She is deeply invested in GTL’s accomplishing its mission.
Penny Wells is an attorney and nonprofit manager. Most recently, she served many years as Executive Director of SADD, Inc (Students Against Destructive Decisions, founded as Students Against Driving Drunk), a national nonprofit with middle and high school chapters focused on teens helping teens make good choices in their daily lives. She has a special appreciation for the creativity and resilience shown by adolescents navigating a particularly stressful time of life. Penny graduated from Wellesley College and Boston University School of Law.
Jennifer Logan Coyle, is a public health consultant specializing in building bridges between research and practice. Her work is dedicated to social justice and the elimination of health disparities among under-served communities. Jennifer has designed, implemented, and evaluated public health interventions on various issues and in diverse populations internationally and domestically. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic (1996-1998), has a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College University, and an M.S. in Public Health.
A resident of New York City, Ian Beckford is a Director of Assessment at a local community college. He has over 30 years of experience in educational research, evaluation and assessment. He has devoted his professional career to studying social justice issues as they pertain to students of color. He holds degrees from Hamilton College, Western Kentucky University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh.
Alexis Summit has always been passionate about advocating for women and has spent much of her free time supporting other women. She is a senior manager on the strategy team at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Boston. Her past experience also includes working in financial services as a Vice President at Duff and Phelps. Alexis holds degrees from Fordham University and the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
An Immigrant from Kenya and a resident of Rockland, MA; Jane Wambu is an Accountant for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has more than 25 Years of experience working as a Statistician, Accountant, and volunteer nationally and internationally in both public and private financial sector. She is very passionate about the GTL mission because it resonates with her personal experiences and those of many she grew up with. She has witnessed many intelligent and gifted students give up their education dreams for lack of financial support. There is a huge impact when you educate a girl, she not only changes her life but that of her community. She holds a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and a minor in Applied Statistics from Kenya Polytechnic.
HealthCare Quality Consultant A resident of Holden, MA, Dr. Schwartz holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Detroit, Mercy and Wayne State University, respectively. She also holds a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts. She is currently working as a Healthcare Quality Consultant specializing in international health care regulatory and quality improvement projects in developing countries after working many years in nursing serving on the faculty of nursing education programs. She has served on multiple healthcare committees at state and national levels. She became interested in GTL after traveling to East and South Africa where it was evident that the plight of women without education was a critical factor substantially impacting culture change and development in those areas.
A resident of Malden, MA; Caroline Kamau was born and educated in Kenya. She immigrated to the US in 2002 and now works for the Federal Reserve Bank as a Lead, Financial Performance specialist. Caroline has more than 10 years of Financial Audit/ Accounting experience, including at Ernst Young LLP. Her dedication to GTL’s mission comes from personal experiences having seen the challenges facing many academically capable and talented students, forced to drop out of school due to financial limitations and/or lack of support and guidance.