Program Staff

Nikole Allen, Assistant Director
Nikole Allen is responsible for GHLI’s long term partnership with National Health Service England and new program and partnership development in China in addition to supporting field programs in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Liberia and South Africa. Before joining GHLI, Nikole served in the United States Peace Corps as a community HIV/AIDS advisor in Gondar, Ethiopia and as a hospital management advisor with the Clinton Health Access Initiative Ethiopian hospital management program. Nikole has a B.A. and Leadership Certificate from Western Oregon University and an M.P.H. from the University of Washington Department of Global Health.

Wesley Dixon, Program Manager
Wesley provides support for new GHLI programs in Ethiopia and China. In China, Wesley will provide support for a new Executive Health Leadership Education program, and in Ethiopia he will provide support for the establishment of the new GHLI Country Office. Prior to joining GHLI, Wesley conducted research at the Yale School of Public Health, served as a coordinator of the Social Justice Network at Yale and is a Connecticut Health Foundation Health Leadership Fellow. Wesley holds a degree in environmental engineering and African studies from Yale University. 

Katherine LaMonaca, Program Manager
Katherine LaMonaca manages implementation and evaluation activities for several international projects at GHLI, including the Project Last Mile partnership and PremieBreathe. She also coordinates the GHLI internship program and organizes key conferences and events. Previously, Katherine was responsible for developing and implementing new global health education programs at Quinnipiac University and worked for Partners In Health in Boston. She received her M.P.H from the Yale School of Public Health in 2012.

Marcia Mulligan, Director of U.S. Programs
Marcia Mulligan is the director of U.S. Programs at GHLI. She is responsible for assessing new opportunities, developing new proposals and budgets for U.S. programs, and overseeing the execution of all U.S. programmatic responsibilities. Ms. Mulligan also manages the research portfolio for GHLI reporting, analysis, forecasting, budget development, and compliance monitoring of multiple domestic and international projects to ensure compliance with both University and grant sponsored policies and procedures. Her previous work focused on research at the Yale School of Psychiatry in the division of substance abuse.

Kidest Nadew, Country Director of Ethiopia Programs
Kidest directs all GHLI programmatic activities in Ethiopia including Primary Healthcare Transformation Initiative and the Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative. These initiatives include the Master’s of Hospital and Healthcare Administration program, the Ethiopian Healthcare Alliance for Quality, and other hospital-related efforts. Prior to working in Ethiopia, Kidest worked in Rwanda, Australia, and Nigeria on program and service coordination in child health, pediatric HIV/AIDS, hospital management, human resources for health, and leadership mentoring. Kidest holds an MA in health science from the University of Sydney and various management certificates from TAFE college NSW Australia. 

Rex Wong, Director of Hospital Strengthening
Rex Wong leads GHLI’s in-hospital work to improve management capacity and promote quality improvement, with a focus on Rwanda and Ethiopia. He has held previous jobs in several countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, India, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Hong Kong and Australia. This work included supporting the establishment of new hospitals in the Middle East; managing a project with the government of Trinidad to strengthen the infrastructure and capacity of the public health care system; and serving as the interim CEO of a private hospital in Panama.

Abraham Zerihun, Director of the Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative
Abraham manages all aspects of the Primary Health Care Transformation Initiative for GHLI. Abraham holds an MBA and MPH and has many years of experience in various areas including hospital and health systems strengthening, maternal and child health, HIV, human resources for health programs in Ethiopia, Lesotho, Jamaica and most recently Rwanda.