Celina Schocken

Celina Schocken

Executive Director
“When we prevent cervical cancer, we improve the lives of women all over the world. It’s affordable, effective, and it lifts up entire communities.”

Celina Schocken is the Executive Director of TogetHER, leading strategic direction and day to day operations for the partnership. Most recently, Ms. Schocken was the CEO of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a public private partnership focused on cervical and breast cancer. She has also consulted with Global Good, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jhpiego and others on scaling up new technologies for health. Previously, Ms. Schocken was Director of Policy and Advocacy at Merck for Mothers, and directed PSI’s work with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. She served as Chief Advisor to the Rwandan Minister of State for HIV/AIDS and Other Epidemics. In 2005, she was a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Kathy Vizas

Kathy Vizas

Board Chair
“No woman should die from cervical cancer.”

Kathy Vizas co-founded TogetHER with Celina Schocken in 2017. As a Founding Member of the Maverick Collective, Kathy worked in India to develop a PSI-led cervical cancer screening program. While pleased to be supporting women in India, Kathy felt frustrated by the extrememly low levels of support she saw globally for cervical cancer and felt motivated to examine the root problems – a lack of funding and knowledge about the disease. And ultimately, TogetHER was born. Prior to her work as an advocate for global health, Kathy practiced law for more than 20 years in law firms and corporations. She is Board Chair for SpringImpact, Inc. which works to support social sector organizations to scale, a member of the San Francisco Human Rights Watch Committee and on the Advisory Board of the Human Trafficking Legal Center.

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Jennie Aylward

Advocacy and Policy Expert
"By compounding political will and effective tools, we can end cervical cancer deaths."

Jennie Aylward supports TogetHER's advocacy and communications efforts. In recent years she has shaped and analyzed public health policies at both the national and international levels for clients including The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon. Ms. Aylward's past roles have included overseeing advocacy and policy activities at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, launching and managing an advocacy unit at Population Services International (PSI), and serving as a policy advisor to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.

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