Our Leadership

Meet the Global WACh Leadership Team

Global WACh is continually innovating research, education, and leadership development to support sustainable improvements in the health of communities. We aim to have global breadth, and are unique in our lifecycle lens approach to the integration of woman, child, and adolescent health. We envision a world in which communities recognize the value of women, children and youth by assuring them access to quality health services and the educational, social and economic opportunities necessary to achieve health and well-being. Meet the people who drive our organization forward.

Chairs of Sponsoring UW Departments


Judith Wasserheit MD, MPH
Global Health


Bruder Stapleton MD


David Eschenbach MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Executive Committee


Grace John-Stewart MD, PhD, MPH
Center Director & Global Health Lead


King Holmes PhD, MD
Global Health

Dr. Maneesh Batra

Dr. Maneesh Batra MD
Associate Director


Jennifer Unger MD
Associate Director
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Judd Walson MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Allergy and Infectious Dis.
Associate Professor, Global Health
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology

Dr. Rachel Katzenellenbogen

Rachel Katzenellenbogen MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatrics
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Global Health

Dr. Carey Farquhar

Carey Farquhar MD, MPH
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Global Health
Director, International AIDS Research and Training Program (IARTP)
University of Washington
Director, Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship in African Global Health Leadership

Dr. Barbara Richardson

Barbra Richardson PhD
Research Professor, Biostatistics
Adjunct Research Professor, Global Health

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Pamela Kohler PhD, MPH
Assistant Director

Dr. Farel McClure

Farel McClure MA
Administrative Director
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Erin Allen

Erin Allen
Administrative and Financial Director

Leadership Team


Alison Drake PhD, MPH
Assistant Director

Jenn Slyker

Jennifer Slyker PhD, MSc
Assistant Director

Brandon Guthrie

Brandon Guthrie PhD, MPH
Curriculum Lead

Patty Pavlinac

Patricia Pavlinac PhD
Assistant Director



Margaret Thompson MS
Pre-Award Grants Manager

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Kate Pfizenmaier MPA
Program Manager

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Isabel Haggerty
Student Assistant