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Donna McKay

Donna McKay, MS

Executive Director

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 »

Jennifer Atkinson

Media Relations Manager

Jen Atkinson 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. Before joining PHR, Jen Atkinson was the Multimedia Editor for North and South America for Thomson Reuters. Learn More »

Kristin Auerbach

Kristin Auerbach

Chief Development Officer

Kristin Auerbach leads PHR’s development efforts, providing vision and leadership to the organization’s ambitious $24 million fundraising campaign. She is a seasoned development professional recognized for her ability to conceptualize, develop, and manage comprehensive fundraising programs, including board development and management, major gift solicitation, special events, membership, and direct marketing campaigns. Learn More »

Hannah Chotiner-Gardner

Hannah Chotiner-Gardner

Director of Institutional Development and Director of Budget

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 »

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

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 »

Clémence Faust

Clemmie Faust

Associate Grant Writer

Clemmie Faust writes grant proposals to foundations, governments, and corporations. She is responsible for persuasively communicating PHR's mission and programs to potential funders, as well as supporting stewardship and cultivation efforts of both current funders and new prospects. Learn More »

Hajar Habbach

Hajar Habbach, MA

Program Assistant

Hajar Habbach provides administrative and programmatic support to PHR’s Asylum Program, which works with a network of over 1,000 clinicians to provide forensic evaluations to asylum seekers. Learn More »

Maram Haddad, MA

Maram Haddad, MA

Program Associate

Maram Haddad provides administrative, logistical, and programmatic support for PHR’s project on building forensic capacity to document, collect, analyze, and preserve evidence of international crimes in northern Iraq. She coordinates the Iraq project’s day-to-day activities, participates in the planning and development of programmatic activities, and cultivates and maintains strong relationships with stakeholders to advance the goals of the project. Learn More »

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Philip Hadley, MA

Digital Communications Manager

Philip Hadley brings more than 10 years of experience in non-profit digital communications to his work at PHR overseeing all things digital, including its website, social media, and online fundraising tools. He came to PHR from Washington, DC, where he worked for Children’s National Hospital Foundation in data analytics. Learn More »

Kathryn Hampton

Kathryn Hampton MSt

Network Program Officer

Kathryn coordinates PHR’s Asylum Network Program, an initiative which recruits, trains and supports a network of clinicians to provide forensic evaluations for asylum seekers and to advocate for human rights-based immigration policies. Learn More »

Hannah Howroyd

Hannah Howroyd, MA

Development Coordinator

Hannah Howroyd coordinates the development department’s fundraising and direct response efforts, donor analytics, and oversees research. She additionally supports the individual giving program in a variety of activities, including implementing systems and moves management. Prior to her current role, Howroyd served as development consultant and development intern for PHR. 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 »

Katy Johnson, MA

Program Officer

Katy Johnson provides programmatic and monitoring & evaluation support for the Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones program, forging networks of collaboration among medical, legal, and law enforcement personnel to support prosecutions and accountability. Learn More »

Suzanne Kidenda

Suzanne Kidenda

Program Associate, Kenya

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

Varduhi Kyureghyan

Varduhi Kyureghyan

Controller

Varduhi Kyureghyan manages all accounting functions at Physicians for Human Rights, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, cash reconciliation, and investment accounts. She oversees month end, quarter end, and year end closings and manages the annual financial audit while ensuring compliance with mandatory reporting such as the preparation of the Form 990 and A-133 SEFA. She successfully instituted the NICRA process at PHR which she monitors for compliance. Learn More »

Marygrace Lopez

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 »

Nadine Mansour

Nadine Mansour

Communications Associate

Nadine Mansour is responsible for supporting PHR’s communications portfolio, including media relations, digital content, social media, marketing, brand management, and publications. She brings to the role various nonprofit and human rights advocacy, journalism, and international experiences. Learn More »

Thomas McHale

Tom McHale, SM

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

Tom McHale provides programmatic and capacity development-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 areas that have experienced conflict-related sexual violence. Learn More »

Laurie E. McLeod

Director of Finance and Administration

Filling PHR’s newly created position of Director, Finance and Administration, Laurie McLeod oversees the continued development of PHR’s budget and financial systems, and manages and directs human resources, IT, and operations programs to support and sustain PHR’s growth plans. Learn More »

Joyeux Mushekuru

Joyeux Mushekuru

DRC Coordinator

Joyeux Mushekuru is the DRC Coordinator in the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones where he is in charge of the Democratic Republic of the Congo country office. Learn More »

Maureen Viata Muthinzi

Maureen Viata Muthinzi

Program and Operations Associate, Kenya

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

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 »

Elizabeth Raskin

Elizabeth Raskin

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

Elizabeth Raskin provides administrative, logistical, and programmatic support for the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones. 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 »

Beth Scully

Beth Scully

Grant Writer

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

Rachel Sherman-Presser

Executive Assistant

Rachel Sherman-Presser is responsible for providing support to the executive director of Physicians for Human Rights. Learn More »

Susannah Sirkin

Susannah Sirkin, MEd

Director of International Policy and Partnerships/Senior Advisor

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

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

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 »

Cate Walters

Cate Walters

Development Associate

Cate Walters is responsible for supporting the development team by conducting donor research and analytics, planning events, and managing databases. Learn More »