Raising Awareness for Cervical Cancer

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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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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Raising Awareness for Cervical Cancer

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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TogetHER for Health team

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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TogetHER for Health team

Petra Stankard

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. Petra 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, Petra 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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