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Heather White

Executive Director
"Everyday, women die from cervical cancer, and yet, this is a highly preventable disease. We know how to prevent and treat it. With sustained political will and targeted resources, we will eliminate cervical cancer."

Dr. Heather White is a global health specialist with twenty years of experience in program design, management, and evaluation across numerous practice areas, including non-communicable diseases (NCDs), HIV, family planning, and cervical cancer prevention. She has provided hands-on technical support to local teams in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Heather is the executive director at TogetHER for Health. Prior to her role at TogetHER, she worked at Population Services International (PSI), where she served as a program manager on the global business development team (2012-2014). Heather has experience working with complex international programs that engage multiple partners across civil society, corporate, and government sectors. Between 2014-2020, Heather served as PSI’s global technical advisor for NCDs. There, she provided technical guidance to PSI’s global field teams to design, implement and evaluate cervical cancer, hypertension and diabetes programs as part of PSI’s growing NCD portfolio. Heather also represented PSI externally in an advocacy role to increase visibility and resources to address NCDs as a growing public health threat worldwide.

Prior to joining PSI, Heather served in numerous administrative roles at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, most recently as director of educational programs at UAB’s Sparkman Center for Global Health. Heather served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa, after receiving her Master’s of Public Health degree in International Health and Epidemiology from UAB in 2001. She received her doctorate of public health from UAB in 2011. Her dissertation focused on uptake of cervical cancer screening among Zambian women.

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Raising Awareness for Cervical Cancer

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, Ms. Vizas worked in India to develop a PSI-led cervical cancer screening program. While pleased to be supporting women in India, Ms. Vizas felt frustrated by the extremely 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, Ms. Vizas 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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Tom Harmon

External Affairs Specialist
"Next-generation tools can end cervical cancer in the next generation of women."

Tom Harmon provides resource mobilization and public affairs support for TogetHER. His recent work includes the creation of policy research and advocacy content for the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, and strategic support for the Minnesota Brain Aging Research Collaborative. Prior to his work as a consultant, Mr. Harmon was instrumental in building the evidence base to catalyze political and financial support for HIV vaccine research as a staffer at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Mr. Harmon serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota International NGO Network.

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Petra Stankard

Senior Technical Advisor
"We must make global health markets work for women, and drastically expand access to life-saving prevention, screening and treatment technologies."

Petra Stankard provides technical guidance to TogetHER’s advocacy and grant-making activities. Ms. Stankard has more than a decade of experience in market development for new products and services in global health. She has helped the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, International Rescue Committee and others to develop strategic approaches that expand access to innovative health technologies. Prior to this work, Ms. Stankard served as Senior Technical Advisor at PSI where she led efforts to landscape the global HIV self-testing (HIVST) market and helped launch HIVST in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Sarah Bowler

Technical Advisor
"We have an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate cervical cancer in our lifetimes. Let's not let that opportunity slip away."

Sarah coordinates TogetHER’s webinar series and provides support for evidence collection and research initiatives. She is a doctoral student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Public Health studying Maternal & Child Health Policy. Her dissertation research focuses on the intersection of law and sexual & reproductive health issues. She has worked with the City of Philadelphia and surrounding counties to implement children’s health legislation and promote healthy housing initiatives. Prior to this work, Sarah assisted on a number of research projects looking at a variety of topics, from global HIV testing protocols to antimicrobial resistance mechanisms to children’s mental health issues.

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