Core Team

Our team of seasoned emergency response, logistics and laboratory specialists have decades of global health experience in Africa, Asia and South America. Core team members are fluent in French, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic and Spanish and have worked in multiple languages including Khmer. 

Members of our extensive network of subject matter experts have undertaken long-term overseas missions. We also work in transitional and post-conflict states. Our pool of talented, multilingual consultants has expertise in the full range of biomedical disciplines.

Paula Fernandes, MBA, PhD

Paula Fernandes has spent much of her career identifying, evaluating and increasing access to high-quality, well-established and novel diagnostics. A biomedical scientist with over 20 years of clinical, research and public health experience, Dr. Fernandes works on medical diagnostic and quality assurance challenges specific to resource-limited, conflict and post-conflict settings. She has led the establishment of laboratory quality improvement networks in West Africa and Southeast Asia and from November 2014 - January 2015 she was part of the Ebola emergency response team in Sierra Leone. Dr. Fernandes also has a special interest in health supply chain systems. With a PhD in Genetics from Cambridge University and an MBA in international business, she leads scientific direction and ensures streamlined business practices to maximize efficiency at GSSHealth. 

Founder & CEO

Martin Adams, MS

Martin Adams brings a wealth of expertise in biosafety, biosecurity, mobile outbreak response and laboratory capacity building. He has an extensive molecular biology laboratory skill set drawn from time working in research, diagnostic and industry environments. Mr. Adams previously worked for 6 years as the integrating contractor Science Lead in Baku, Azerbaijan on the US Department of Defense Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP). He holds a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from King’s College in London. At GSSHealth, he coordinates with partners and clients to ensure the detection and safe management of infectious diseases of international concern. Mr. Adams develops innovative electronic tools for use on GSSHealth programs and has a working knowledge of French.

Senior Biosecurity Specialist

Ekaterina Milgotina, MS, PhD, RAC

Ekaterina Milgotina possesses over 20 years of experience in biological sciences and laboratory quality assurance. Her expertise includes diagnostics product development for blood diseases, infectious disease research, and the development and establishment of QA programs for clinical malaria microscopy laboratories. In her time at GSSHealth, she has managed a multi-country clinical trial on malaria drug resistance, developed microscopy proficiency testing and inter-laboratory comparison programs, performed comprehensive analysis of HIV diagnostic survey data and provided technical review and editing for scientific journal submissions. Dr. Milgotina has Master's degrees in biotechnology and bioscience regulatory affairs and a PhD in bioorganic chemistry. She is also fluent in Russian.

Senior QA and Analytics Specialist

Rémi Charlebois, MS

Rémi Charlebois has significant technical experience as a biosafety and biosecurity lead. Apart from working as a biosafety officer for over four years in the private sector, Mr. Charlebois also worked as a laboratory specialist and a biosafety advocate in the Asia Pacific region. He holds a master degree in Microbiology from Laval University, Quebec City, and Fellowship in Biosecurity from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. With GSSHealth, Mr. Charlebois is a technical lead for the implementation of quality and biosafety standards in project countries. Mr. Charlebois is a native French speaker and is proficient in Spanish.

Global Health Technical Specialist

Michele Merkel, MS

Michele Merkel is a laboratory professional with deep experience operating and strengthening laboratories in low-resource settings. Ms. Merkel brings specific expertise implementing quality management systems in clinical laboratories, conducting research, developing lab and clinical trials networks, and managing clinical trials in the fields of HIV, oncology and cardiology. Ms. Merkel lived and worked in Kenya for 3 years managing an HIV laboratory and biorepository, and served as the laboratory lead for various HIV research projects in Western Kenya. At GSSHealth, Ms. Merkel oversees the implementation, tracking and completion of core programs, including providing technical assistance to deliver high quality program results. Ms. Merkel has a Master's degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. She is fluent in Spanish.

Senior Global Health Program Manager

Rosalie Whedbee, MPH

Rosalie Whedbee is a public health professional with experience in monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and stakeholder management, and program administration. She has a background in managing U.S. Federal and State Government grants and contracts, and in evaluating health programs. She is experienced in cross-cultural settings, having worked in Sierra Leone to establish a public health program. Her responsibilities at GSSHealth include ensuring the timely implementation of project activities, developing operational documents for program implementation, conducting research and analysis on markets for new diagnostics and public health interventions, and writing grant proposals. Ms. Whedbee is proficient in French.

Research Specialist Lead

Jorge Martins, BA

Jorge Martins is passionate about global health and brings significant experience in international healthcare, customer relationship management, project coordination, interpreting, and translation. Mr. Martins has worked in international care coordination for over six years at Johns Hopkins Medicine International in Baltimore, MD, and the Champalimaud Clinical Centre in Lisbon, Portugal. He also has professional experience in bilingual compliance analysis and video-conferencing technical support. At GSSHealth, he coordinates the administrative, logistical, and operational support of an international HIV program that extends clinical training to rural and underserved populations, and provides support for Portuguese language projects. Mr. Martins holds a BA in Mass Communication and is a certified healthcare interpreter and translator. He is a native Portuguese speaker.

Project Coordinator

Manal (Mona) Kiriakos, MS, MBA

Mona Kiriakos, a professional administrator with strong management and finance skills, has 25 years of experience in health program administration including financial reporting, human resource and medical practice management. She has spent the last seven years overseeing the administrative functions of U.S. Federal Government-funded programs at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine including financial reporting, payroll, human resources, preparation and the management of cooperative agreements and grants. Ms. Kiriakos is fluent in Arabic and French.

Administrative Director

Rachel Crane, MSW

With a background in International Relations and French, Rachel Crane has 10 years of experience managing global health projects. At GSSHealth, she tracks project process and keeps regular communication with clients to ensure the advancement of goals and objectives. Ms. Crane also supports operational, communications and marketing activities, co-developing GSSHealth processes, policies and content. Ms. Crane is fluent in French.

Program Manager II

Susan Grieco, BA

Susan Grieco has 30 years of experience in administration and client relations. At GSSHealth, Ms. Grieco supports core team member travel and other personnel needs. She is responsible for maintaining accounts payable and receivable, payroll, and acquisitions book-keeping. Ms. Grieco is trained on the GSA Federal Travel Regulations and DCAA booking and timekeeping practices.

Office Manager

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