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.
Marissa Clifford, MPH, CHES, Director of Education, has 20 years experience in the healthcare industry, in both the public and private sectors. Her work has focused on improving the health of populations by designing, implementing and evaluating health communication and educational programs for patients and providers. Prior to joining FWGBD, Marissa spent 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry, where she held a variety of marketing roles across a wide range of health conditions and served as the global marketing and engagement director for the deployment of a preventive health program to 129 countries. Other previous experiences include roles in cancer education, hospital quality improvement, Medicare, and Medicaid.
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 (www.whatworksforwomen.org). 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.
Rachel Moehl, MA, Manager, Digital Communications and Social Media, attended Boston University and received her master's degree from Rutgers University. She specializes in the strategy and management of integrated brand marketing and communications plans for websites, social media and other channels, and has worked at such companies as Wyndham Hotel Group and Prudential Financial. She's an active pro bono consultant with organizations like NJ Strays, Montclair Film Festival and the Anti-Violence Project. Her hobbies include exercise, socializing with family and friends, travel and PC gaming. She is also very passionate about women's rights! Rachel lives with her wonderful husband, clever daughter and three affectionate pets in Verona, New Jersey.
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.