Kerry B. Funkhouser, EdD, Executive Director, has more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including serving as the Director of a coordinated school health program developed for a national non-profit focused on the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease. She also has extensive experience in developing, writing, and implementing health promotion and disease prevention programs for children and adults. Prior to joining FWGBD, Kerry held the position of Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health at Reykjavik University in Iceland and was the Director of Education and a project manager for MDReview, an external medical peer review company.   

Melanie Croce-Galis, RN, MPH, Manager of Education, has two decades of experience in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Trained as a nurse with a master’s degree in international public health, Melanie is an expert in health education, advocacy, and communication with a focus on gender equality in sexual and reproductive health, including HIV in women and adolescents. Prior to joining FWGBD, she was the co-founder and executive director of What Works Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of women and girls by using evidence to improve policies and programs, and co-wrote the award-winning website What Works for Women and Girls: Evidence for HIV/AIDS Interventions ( Other previous positions include Senior Communications Associate for International Programs at the Guttmacher Institute and consultancies for a variety of UN agencies. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Public Health at Montclair State University.

Virginia Schulze, Operations Manager, brings to the position her accounting experience and her experience working with several non-profits. 

Elizabeth Kearns, Program Coordinator, after 16 years in magazine publishing as a business manager, Elizabeth brings her organization and budgeting skills to FWGBD, where she is very enthused to be a part of the Foundation and its mission.