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Donna McKay

Donna McKay, MS

Executive Director, New York

Donna McKay joined PHR as executive director in February 2012, bringing more than 20 years of international and domestic nonprofit experience to the organization. She provides overall leadership and strategic direction and manages PHR’s staff and volunteers globally. After joining PHR, McKay moved the organization’s headquarters from Massachusetts to New York, and hired over 30 new, high-caliber staff with extensive human rights experience. Learn More »

Abdulrazzaq al-Saiedi

Abdulrazzaq al-Saiedi

Iraq Country Expert, International Forensic Program

Abdulrazzaq (Razzaq) al-Saiedi is an author and expert in human rights and transitional justice. His work at PHR supports local Iraqi initiatives that promote justice and strengthen democratic institutions in Northern Iraq. Learn More »

Christine Alai

Christine Alai, LLM

Head of Office, Kenya

Christine Alai is responsible for the advancement of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones in Kenya. She represents PHR to government, local, and international partners; develops and manages partnerships with individual and institutional collaborators; conducts advocacy; and coordinates and leads forensic trainings to influence collaboration among medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel with the goal of enhancing prosecutions and accountability for sexual violence in Kenya. Learn More »

Hannah Chotiner-Gardner

Hannah Chotiner-Gardner

Director of Institutional Development & Director of Budget, New York

Hannah Chotiner-Gardner is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to obtain institutional support for PHR projects and operations. To that end, she cultivates and maintains relationships with private foundations, corporations, government agencies, and other institutions. She is responsible for communicating information about PHR’s mission and accomplishments to current and prospective funders and identifying opportunities for them to help finance projects and initiatives that further their own missions and objectives. Learn More »

Jordan Daniels

Jordan Daniels

Research Consultant

Jordan Daniels is a research consultant for the Syria mapping project, providing open-source Arabic-language research on attacks on medical facilities as well as translation support. Learn More »

Sarah Dougherty

Sarah Dougherty, JD, MPH

Senior Fellow, U.S. Anti-Torture Program, Washington D.C.

Sarah Dougherty coordinates PHR’s U.S. Anti-Torture Program, which seeks to end torture in the United States, advance transparency and accountability for violations, and ensure that all detainees are treated in accordance with domestic and international laws. Learn More »

DeDe Dunevant

DeDe Dunevant

Director of Communications, New York

DeDe Dunevant oversees all communications efforts at PHR, including publications, media relations, and internet communications. Her communications career spans more than fifteen years and includes experience in the fields of drug policy reform, education, international volunteerism, and global public health. Learn More »

Stephen Fee

Stephen Fee

Media Relations Manager, New York

Stephen Fee is PHR’s main contact for both the domestic and international media, and works with reporters to publicize PHR’s work and the organization’s experts. Learn More »

Meredith Fortin

Meredith Fortin, JD

Asylum Program Officer, New York

Meredith Fortin oversees the development, recruitment, and training of the PHR Asylum Network, a cadre of more than 500 physicians, psychologists, and mental health professionals who provide pro bono forensic evaluations to asylum-seekers across the United States. Learn More »

Carolyn Greco, JD

Senior U.S. Policy Associate, Washington D.C.

Carolyn Greco is responsible for coordinating and advancing PHR's U.S. policy work. She performs strategic policy analysis for multiple programmatic initiatives, including anti-torture, medical neutrality, sexual violence, and war crimes accountability. Learn More »

Hannah Howroyd

Hannah Howroyd

Senior Development Associate, New York

Hannah Howroyd is responsible for providing administrative and technical support for PHR’s development department. She coordinates fundraising and direct response efforts, maintains the donor database, and produces regular department reports. Howroyd also assists the development team by managing prospect research and creating program and grant reports. Learn More »

Vincent Iacopino, MD

Vincent Iacopino, MD, PhD

Senior Medical Advisor

During his 22 years with PHR, Dr. Vincent Iacopino has conducted medical fact-finding investigations and documented a wide range of human rights violations all over the world, including in Afghanistan, Botswana, Burma, Chad, Chechyna, Iraq, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and Zimbabwe. Learn More »

Suzanne Kidenda

Suzanne Kidenda

Program Assistant, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Kenya

Suzanne Kidenda provides logistical and programmatic support for the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones in Kenya. Learn More »

Harmonie Kobanghe

Harmonie Kobanghe

Program Assistant, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Boston

Harmonie Kobanghe provides administrative, logistical, and programmatic support for the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones at PHR. She manages internal financial reporting, accounting, and both U.S.- and field-based program expenses. She also handles logistics for PHR’s trainings on the documentation of court-admissible evidence of sexual violence in Kenya and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Learn More »

Varduhi Kyureghyan

Varduhi Kyureghyan

Senior Accountant, New York

Varduhi Kyureghyan manages various accounting functions at Physicians for Human Rights, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, cash reconciliation, and investment accounts. She also assists in the yearly audit and works closely with the development department to reconcile monthly donor revenues. Learn More »

Jillian Laux

Institutional Development Manager

Jillian Laux is responsible for identifying new prospective donors and creating and implementing strategies for PHR’s institutional giving program consisting of foundations, governments, and corporate funders. She maintains PHR’s relationship with institutional funders, and is responsible for working with program teams to ensure compliance with all grant proposals and reporting requirements. Learn More »

Marygrace Lopez

Budget and Grants Manager

Marygrace Lopez joins PHR as the Budget and Grants Manager. She is the watchdog for the organizational budget’s well-being, as well as the various foundation, individual, and government funding PHR receives. She oversees the financial component of all phases of grant awards, including pre-award and post-award activities, and, in collaboration with program staff, ensures that all funding is expended in a manner that maximizes the benefits to PHR. Learn More »

Thomas McHale

Tom McHale, SM

Senior Program Officer, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Boston

Tom McHale provides programmatic and training-specific support for PHR’s Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones – a forensic training and advocacy initiative that helps forge networks of collaboration among medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel to support prosecutions and accountability for sexual violence in East and Central Africa. Learn More »

Christine Mehta

Christine Mehta

Researcher, New York

Christine Mehta conducts field and desk investigations documenting and exposing war crimes and mass atrocities. In addition, she is responsible for monitoring global human rights issues, producing reports, and conducting advocacy as part of the research and investigations team at PHR. Learn More »

Racha Mouawieh

Racha Mouawieh

Research Associate

Racha Mouawieh provides research support to the investigations team, primarily working on PHR’s Syria mapping project. She coordinates English and Arabic research on attacks on health care in Syria, in addition to organizing and analyzing data and corroborating attacks. Learn More »

Maureen Viata Muthinzi

Maureen Viata Muthinzi

Programs Assistant, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Kenya

Maureen Muthinzi provides programmatic, training, administrative, logistical, and advocacy support for the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones in Kenya. Learn More »

Marianne Mollmann

Marianne Møllmann, LLM, MSc

Director of Research and Investigations

Marianne Møllmann heads PHR’s research and investigations team, supporting the planning, coordination, and implementation of research by staff and volunteers. Learn More »

Karen Naimer

Karen Naimer, JD, LLM, MA

Director of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, Boston

Karen Naimer directs PHR's Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, a training and advocacy initiative that bolsters the ability of doctors, nurses, police officers, lawyers, and judges to support survivors of sexual violence and to collect, document, and preserve forensic evidence related to these crimes. The program cultivates networks of collaboration among medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel to strengthen prosecutions of and accountability for sexual violence in East and Central Africa and elsewhere. Learn More »

Claudia Rader

Claudia Rader, MS

Content and Marketing Manager, New York

Claudia Rader oversees the production of all PHR publications and creates content to raise PHR’s visibility and tell the organization’s story to new audiences. She brings 30 years of experience as a journalist, producer, and writer for international news organizations, UN agencies, and a range of development, humanitarian, and human rights groups. Learn More »

Brooke Sauro

Brooke Sauro

Research Assistant

Brooke Sauro provides support to PHR’s Syria mapping project, conducting Arabic-language open source research on attacks on medical care in Syria. She also assists investigations staff with trend analysis and the monthly review of data. Learn More »

Jennine Sawwan

Jennine Sawwan

Asylum Program Assistant, New York

Jennine Sawwan supports the Asylum Program at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) by handling daily operations, including logistics, travel, expense and budget tracking, outreach, meeting coordination, and communication with Asylum Network members. She also aids in the facilitation of case placements among network members. Learn More »

Kay Schaffer

Kay Schaffer

Executive Assistant, New York

Kay Schaffer is responsible for providing administrative support to the executive director of PHR. She assists the director in numerous capacities, including scheduling meetings, creating travel itineraries, and tracking financials. Schaffer is also responsible for office maintenance, including assisting visitors, fielding inquires, and completing other administrative tasks. Learn More »

Stefan Schmitt

Stefan Schmitt, MS

Director of the International Forensic Program

Stefan Schmitt directs PHR’s International Forensic Program. Most recently, Schmitt documented a massacre by Qaddafi forces in Tripoli for Libyan authorities and the International Criminal Court. Subsequently, the authorities asked him to assemble a team of forensic and legal experts to conduct a human identification needs assessment and gap analysis to advise on identifying the dead from Libya’s revolution. Learn More »

Beth Scully

Beth Scully

Grant Writer, New York

Beth Scully communicates with governments and institutional funders to garner financial support for PHR’s work around the world. Learn More »

Susannah Sirkin

Susannah Sirkin, MEd

Director of International Policy and Partnerships/Senior Advisor, Boston and New York

Susannah Sirkin oversees PHR’s international policy engagement including our work with the United Nations, domestic and international justice systems, and human rights coalitions. Sirkin is also responsible for managing and multiplying PHR’s strategic partnerships globally, expanding our volunteers from the medical and scientific community, and increasing our partnerships with NGOs, medical institutions, and other relationships that can enhance PHR’s effectiveness and grow the field of human rights activists. Learn More »

Linnea VanPilsum-Bloom

Linnea VanPilsum-Bloom

Operations Associate, New York

Linnea VanPilsum-Bloom assists PHR’s deputy director of information technology. In addition to supporting information technology, administration, and human resources functions, she is responsible for office management. Learn More »

Homer Venters

Homer Venters, MD

Director of Programs, New York

Homer Venters, MD, is a physician and epidemiologist and a nationally recognized leader in health and human rights. As PHR’s director of programs, he oversees research, investigations, monitoring and evaluation, documentation, advocacy, and capacity-building projects and supervises work ranging from PHR’s U.S. Asylum Network to international programs focused on documenting and addressing sexual violence and mass killings. Learn More »

Maria Westergren

Maria Westergren

DRC Coordinator, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Maria Westergren is responsible for the advancement of the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones in the DRC. Learn More »