David Addiss, MD, MPH, Director
As Director of the Children Without Worms program, Dr. Addiss is responsible for the overall success of the program by providing leadership and technical expertise. He also oversees strategic program development, financial management, and collaboration with external partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank, NGOs and other organizations involved in the control of STH around the world.
Prior to joining the Task Force for Global Health, Dr. Addiss was a Physician Consultant at Holos Associates, PLC in Michigan where he provided services in preventive medicine, science, and global health. In addition, Dr. Addiss taught at Kalamazoo College, where he was a Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Dr. Addiss was also a Senior Program Officer at the Science and Spirituality Program at the Fetzer Institute in Michigan where he was responsible for directing and planning Fetzer’s research program. While at Fetzer, Dr. Addiss collaborated with the World Health Organization on violence prevention and with the Task Force for Global Health on the role of compassion in global health, among others. Prior to this, Dr. Addiss spent 20 years at CDC where he conducted research on the prevention and control of parasitic diseases, with an emphasis on lymphatic filariasis and other neglected tropical diseases. He co-founded and co-directed the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Control and Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis in the Americas, based at CDC. He also served as the CDC liaison to the Mectizan Expert Committee and as a technical advisor to the World Health Organization and the UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. Dr. Addiss received an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia and an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University.
Kim Koporc, MPH, MBA, Director of Program Implementation
Kim has over 20 years experience in international health and development. As Director of Program Implementation of Children Without Worms, she provides strategic oversight and liaises with program partners and recipients of donated albendazole and Vermox® (mebendazole) to promote comprehensive control of STH. Before joining the program, Kim served as a project manager for several programs of The Task Force for Global Health, including the Public Health Informatics Institute, the U.S. Wild Poliovirus Laboratory Containment Program, and the Malarone Donation Program. Prior to that, Kim worked for four years as a consultant, specializing in international health in East and West Africa. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, West Africa, where she established a district-wide water and sanitation health program. Kim received her Masters of Public Health from Tulane University and her Masters of Business Administration from Emory University.
Kerry Gallo, MPH, Senior Program Associate
Kerry provides technical and managerial support to Children Without Worms. She liaises with STH control programs of recipient countries and other partners to facilitate the donation and distribution of donated albendazole and Vermox and to ensure the implementation of comprehensive and sustainable STH control programs. Kerry has experience working on school-based water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs in Kenya. Prior to joining CWW, she worked in market research and communications, community service program development, and volunteered as an English teacher for refugee and immigrant groups in Atlanta. Kerry earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in global health and infectious disease from Emory University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.
Cassandra Holloway, Program Coordinator
Cassandra brings to Children Without Worms the ability to take on a variety of projects, including managing CWW’s database, forecasting and tracking donated Vermox, coordinating communications strategies, and providing program support to the CWW team and recipient countries. In her previous work, she was responsible for IT functions and more technical projects, such as automated reporting and database management. Cassandra is excited to apply these capabilities and her other skills to contribute to the work of CWW. Cassandra received her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Health from East Tennessee State University.
Stephanie Ogden, MPP, WASH/NTD Coordinator
Stephanie Ogden is CWW’s coordinator for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and the neglected tropical diseases (NTD). She also works with the International Trachoma Initiative at the Task Force for Global Health, and the Emory University Center for Global Safe Water. At CWW, she will encourage joint efforts by the WASH and NTD sectors to ensure that communities have access to water, sanitation and hygiene to protect families’ health.
Ms. Ogden has worked in and with the WASH sector since serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural El Salvador almost a decade ago. Since that time, she’s worked with several organizations in Latin America, Africa and Central Asia helping to improve sustainable community access to water and sanitation. Prior to joining CWW, Stephanie worked with UNICEF in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to analyze WASH in schools programs, and led Water for People’s research on integrated water resources management in Rwanda.
Ms. Ogden has a master’s degree in public policy from Oregon State University and a graduate certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation. She speaks Spanish and Russian.