IPO Faculty and Staff
Dr. Kwa Ekow Sey, Director of International Programs and Principal Investigator (Angola, Belize, Jamaica)
Dr. Sey is an epidemiologist with the Los Angeles County department of Public Health and Director of the International Health Program at Charles Drew University, where he holds a faculty appointment. Dr. Sey was born and raised in Ghana. At the age of 15, he won a Prince of Wales Scholarship to study at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, UK. After completing his studies in Wales, Dr. Sey attended college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where he majored in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Dr. Sey spent the year immediately after college teaching Science in a Preparatory school in Connecticut. He then enrolled in the UCLA School of Public Health where he completed an MPH in epidemiology and a PhD in Public Health. Dr. Sey has over 15 years of experience working in Public Health. His research interests include behavioral and serologic surveillance, variant, atypical and resistant HIV strains and economic evaluations of Health programs. He currently directs CDC funded HIV Behavioral Surveillance in Los Angeles and DHAPP funded HIV prevention programs in Angola, Belize, and Jamaica.
Charles L. Hilliard, Ph.D. - Principal Investigator/Program Director (Rwanda)
Charles L. Hilliard has extensive clinical, research and administrative experience that includes both domestic and international HIV/AIDS programs and services. Prior to serving as the Program Director of the HIV Treatment and Care with the Rwandan Defense Forces (DoD/PEPFAR) in Rwanda, Dr. Hilliard has implemented a substance abuse prevention and treatment program for high risk Black and Hispanic MSM and Transgenders (SAMHSA) and served as the Clinical Director of a mental health center serving both infected and affected individuals in South Los Angeles (SPECTRUM Community Services and Research). Dr. Hilliard also has experience conducting research with and providing services for recently paroled individuals living with HIV/AIDS--he is currently Co-PI for Research to Better Engage HIV+ Former Prisoners in Retention in Care Services, a UCLA-CTSI Community Engagement and Research Program (CERP) funded grant. His research and treatment projects have consistently addressed both the physical and psychosocial needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, including underserved populations in the U.S. and Rwanda.
Dr. Lejeune Y. Lockett, Operations Manager & Program Manager
Dr. Lockett received a BA degree in Psychobiology from the University of California at Davis. She earned a Masters of Science in Public Health degree, in Health Services Planning & Policy Analysis, from the UCLA School of Public Health. She also holds a Doctorate in Management & Organizational Leadership, from the University of Phoenix in Arizona. Dr. Lockett has extensive international experience and has travelled to nearly 40 countries within the Americas, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and Europe. She lived in Mexico for 10 years as well as the southern African country of Namibia for 6 years. Her international development leadership commenced as an International Population Fellow assigned to the National Institute of Public Health/School of Public Health of Mexico where she instructed master’s students and conducted research on health care access. She has held academic positions such as Adjunct Faculty &Program Coordinator at the Augsburg College Center for Global Education (CGE) in Mexico. She later served as Adjunct Faculty & Interim Director at CGE and in Namibia. In addition, Dr. Lockett worked as an Associate Director for the US Peace Corps in Namibia where she managed the national Community Health & HIV/AIDS Project. Upon her return to the US, Dr. Lockett joined CDU in 2010 as the Operations & Program Manager for International Programs. She currently manages and leads three US Department of Defense projects concerning HIV/AIDS prevention for militaries located in the countries of Angola, Belize, and Jamaica.
Azeb Teshome, Grant Accountant
Ms. Teshome assists the management team with the oversight of the financial and regulatory accounting aspects within each International Project. Ms. Teshome has been at CDU International Programs Department for over 8 years assisting in the oversight of fiscal reports submission, billing, revenue collection, audit, monitoring, certification compliance and other key administrative tasks within the department.
ff and Outreach Team
Greice Malengue, B.s. Pharm, - Country Director, Angola
Ms. Malengue received her training in pharmacy from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. In Brazil, Ms. Malengue worked in the administration sector of the Brazilian army. Afterwards, Ms. Malengue relocated to Angola under the United Nations for 6 years. As a UN representative, Ms. Malengue implemented effective National HIV prevention and treatment programs in partnership with the National Institute of Health (NIH). Ms. Malengue has worked under various leadership capacities in Angola, including a consultant, procurement officer and a deputy project manager in Angola. Currently, she is an MBA student. As the Country Director, Ms. Malengue organizes field efforts focused on HIV prevention and organizational capacity building with the Angolan Armed Forces in partnership with Charles Drew University and the US Department of Defense.
Sheila Middleton Kerr, M.Ed.- Project Director, Belize
Mrs. Kerr has extensive health education, management and consulting expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS workplace education and reproductive health. Her 12 years of experience include strategic marketing, training, behavior change communication, proposal writing, project management, and health advocacy. Mrs. Kerr began her career by receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Spalding University in Louisville Kentucky. She later worked at the Princess Royal Youth Hostel, Belize Family Life Association, ILO HIV Workplace Education Program and United Populations Fund (UNFPA). In 2009, Ms. Kerr completed a Masters degree in Education with concentration in Health Promotion from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus in Trinidad. At the UWI, Mrs. Kerr successfully managed a three year project funded by the Summit Foundation entitled “Improving Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health”. At UWI, Mrs. Kerr led a three-year project “HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Program” funded by the US Department of Labor and managed by the International Labor Organization in Geneva. She is a highly effective and dynamic communicator and trainer in the field of HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health. Kerr has conducted numerous health education training workshops, community outreach efforts and academic presentations. She has developed numerous key strategic communication materials and newsletters for international public awareness programs. Moreover, Mrs. Kerr has worked closely as a health consultant organizing the implementation of critical HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Programs for numerous countries. She has shared her experiences with effective strategic training programs internationally within the countries of Geneva, Guyana, South Africa, Ghana, Trinidad, Brazil, Barbados and the United States.
Terri Myrie, MBA- Project Director, Jamaica
Ms. Myrie hails from Kingston, Jamaica and is currently working as the CDU Project Director with the Jamaica Defense Force HIV Programs. Ms. Myrie holds Bachelor’s in Science degree from Florida International University and an MBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management from Mona School of Business at the University of the West Indies. Ms. Myrie has worked in the field of HIV for approximately 9 years. During this time, her portfolio has ranged from capacity building of HIV resources, stigma & discrimination, policy development, prevention, HIV counseling and testing. Ms. Myrie has also worked with the government of Jamaica, the private sector, non-profit organizations and faith based communities.
Eugene Sangano, MBA - Acting Country Director, Rwanda
Eugene Sangano holds an MBA from The Maastricht School of Management|The Netherlands and is currently the Interim Country Director for Drew Cares International (DCI) in Rwanda. He has spent the last 8 years serving in international NGOs working with military programs in the Health sector in Rwanda.
Mr. Sangano provides overall coordination and implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment activities within the Rwandan Defense Forces, one of CDU’s international health programs through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense/PEPFAR and Drew Cares International. Prior to his current position, Mr. Sangano held various leadership positions for DCI-Rwanda, initially as the Strategic Information Systems Manager. He also served as the Program Develop Director, which included responsibility for designing, testing and implementing data collection tools and training the end-users. Mr. Sangano has also provided leadership for program development related activities such as planning and implementing new initiatives, Monitoring & Evaluation, and programmatic reports to both the donor and government agencies. He has successfully implemented Performance Based Financing (PBF) and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) initiatives within the Rwandan Defense Forces healthcare facilities.
Prior to joining DCI, Mr. Eugene worked with Population Service International (PSI), where he served in various positions including IT Manager, IS Manager, as well as leading new initiatives involving Public Health research, including using Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to conduct surveys, an initiative he implemented and served as a trainer in the five countries of the East Africa Community (EAC).