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

Barbara Goff MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Executive Committee

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

King Holmes PhD, MD
Global Health

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

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

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

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

Pamela Kohler PhD, MPH
Assistant Director

Farel McClure MA
Administrative Director
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Erin Allen
Administrative and Financial Director

Leadership Team

Alison Drake PhD, MPH
Assistant Director

Jennifer Slyker PhD, MSc
Assistant Director

Brandon Guthrie PhD, MPH
Curriculum Lead

Patricia Pavlinac PhD
Assistant Director


Margaret Thompson MS
Pre-Award Grants Manager

Kate Pfizenmaier MPA
Program Manager

Stephanie Edlund-Cho MSW
Program Coordinator