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Team Members

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Peter Lochery is an environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience in the water sector. He has worked in the private sector, with the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program and latterly with CARE. Since joining CARE in 1995, he has been responsible for providing leadership to CARE’s programming in water and sanitation and water resources. He has worked closely with major US foundations to develop long-term programs with a focus on learning and has facilitated relationships with the private sector to extend corporate social responsibility into the sustainable provision of goods and services that contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.
Peter is a board member of three non-profits: Building Partnerships for Development in Water and Sanitation, the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates.

Dan Campbell
Knowledge Resources Specialist

Dan Campbell is the Knowledge Resources Specialist for the WASHplus Project. He works as a member of the WASHplus knowledge management team on WASHplus knowledge management services and products which include the project website and several blogs:
He has worked since 1984 on USAID sponsored contracts for water and sanitation projects and served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador from 1974-1977.

Helen Pankhurst
Senior Technical Advisor

Helen Pankhurst is the Senior Advisor for the Water Team of CARE USA, based in the UK, with a remit of support to CARE’s water sector work internationally. She has been a voice and a public face for gender issues and women’s rights within and beyond CARE, serving as CARE UK’s campaign ambassador for the Voices Against Violence and most recently the Walk in Her Shoes Campaigns. Prior to her current position, Helen worked for three years as Country Representative for WaterAid in Ethiopia, for five years as Head of International Programs at WOMANKIND Worldwide, a women’s rights and development organization and for five years as the Regional Manager for the Horn of Africa at the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD). Helen is also a trustee of WaterAid and Farm Africa.

Kemi Seesink
Global Policy and Advocacy Coordinator

Kemi Seesink is the Global Policy and Advocacy Coordinator of the Global Water Initiative. She has a background in environmental microbiology with a focus on water quality for community health, as well as in education for sustainable development. She has worked at various international and national level organisations on the interface between poverty reduction and environmental conservation. She has experience in the development and shaping of policies and the supporting processes required for improved participation in and monitoring of these policies. She has also been engaged in various policy arenas including the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements as well as various national policies and processes such as National Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers.

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Malaika Cheney-Coker
Senior Learning and Influencing Advisor

Malaika Cheney-Coker is the Senior Learning and Influencing
Advisor for the Water Team. Her work includes internal and external communications, the application and use of monitoring and evaluation tools, promoting reflective practice and providing technical guidance on learning strategies and activities within partnership programs of the Water Team. Malaika has served on the steering committee of the End Water Poverty Campaign and has worked previously in various capacity within the emergency and humanitarian assistance team and executive office at CARE and as a reporter with the Southwest Daily Times. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in International Affairs and Development.

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Misrak Fantaye Demissie
Grants and Finance Manager

Misrak Fantaye Demissie is Grants and Finance Manager for the Water Team (WT) of CARE USA based in Atlanta. In this role, Misrak provides managerial service to ensure effective and timely administration of grants, contracts and sub agreements through their life cycles. Prior to joining the WT, Misrak served as a Regional Grants Manager for the GWI’s East Africa Program based in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. She also worked for Bio economy Africa (as Administration and Finance Manager), International Livestock Research Institute (as Program Management Officer), and Marie Stopes International (as Grants Manager), all based in Ethiopia. Misrak holds a master’s Degree in Business Management (MBA), a bachelor’s degree in Literature and a Diploma in Office Management.

Sita Bio picture.jpgSita Zougouri
Gender and Development Advisor

Sita Zougouri is a sociologist, anthropologist, and communicator by training and currently an African Fellow in Political Science within the American Political Science Association. She has worked and conducted research on different questions related to development issues, natural resources management, land and forest tenure and policies, decentralization and local governance, and water and sanitation. Gender has been a cross cutting issue in all of her research and work. She is currently working for CARE as Gender Advisor and Regional Program Coordinator for the USAID WA-WASH program.

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Stephanie Ogden
Senior Water Policy Advisor

Stephanie Ogden is the Senior Water Policy Advisor for the Water Team. In this role, she works with country offices and key programs to identify and develop strategic approaches for addressing policy gaps, and confronting WASH issues at the policy level in order to achieve more systemic and lasting impact. Stephanie is also responsible for engagement in domestic advocacy towards improved U.S. policies that enable sustainable water use and resource management. Prior to joining CARE, Stephanie was the WASH Advisor and WASH/NTD Coordinator for the Task Force for Global Health, where she worked to encourage joint efforts between the WASH and neglected tropical disease (NTD) sectors and incorporate WASH into strategies for the long-term control of the NTDs. Stephanie has worked in and with the WASH sector since serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural El . She has worked with organizations in Latin America, Africa, and Central Asia helping to improve the enabling environment for sustainable access to water and sanitation. Stephanie has a master’s degree in International Environmental Policy and a graduate certificate in Water Conflict Management and Transformation.

Kate Scully
Communications Intern

Kate Scully is a second year MPH student at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory studying Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. She joined the CARE Water Team as a Communications Intern in September of 2015. In this role, she is working with various communications materials, providing writing and editing support, as well as assembling the Water Team’s bi-monthly bulletin and updating social media information. Prior to joining CARE, Kate was a Health Communications Intern in the Division of Global Health Protection in The Center for Global Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked with a variety of communications materials supporting the Ebola Response in West Africa. Kate has worked in and with Women’s Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health since serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Tanzania, 2007-2010. She has worked with non-profit organizations on three continents, Africa, Europe and North America, helping to improve health access and community health services for poor and disenfranchised women across the globe. Kate has a B.A. in English and Communications Arts and Environmental Studies and will graduate this May with a Master’s degree in Global Public Health and a graduate certificate in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 9.48.24 AM.pngErin Maurer
Learning Intern

Erin Maurer is a second year Global Epidemiology MPH student at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory. She joined the CARE Water Team as a Learning Intern in September 2015. Her work includes cataloging program approaches used by the water sector at CARE, updating and further developing the Water Team's program quality tools, disseminating tools and research findings, and conducting desk research. Prior to joining the Water Team, she worked as an intern with CARE's Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) Team. As an FNS intern, she drafted a toolkit for incorporating gender equity and women's empowerment into FNS programming, and analyzed FNS program baseline datasets. Erin has worked at the cross-section of WASH and nutrition since serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Senegal from 2012 to 2014.