WISER International Welcomes Three New Board Members

WISER is proud of the success we generate through our unmatched leadership at multiple levels whether it be our founders, our principal, our staff, or, of course, our boards. WISER’s boards in Kenya and the United States provide vital experience, integrity in oversight, and a substantial amount of volunteer time to ensure that WISER’s impact is as strong as it can be. Each member of the board brings specific expertise that makes WISER not only functional, but outstanding in its field.

That’s why we’re glad to formally announce that three new members will be joining the WISER International board in the US! Each of these additions to the team brings meaningful perspectives that will be integral in shaping WISER’s future and we welcome them to our growing team.


Kristin Ashcraft

Kristin Ashcraft is the VP of Alliance Management and a member of the Executive Leadership team at MyHealthTeams, a privately-held venture-backed digital health start-up. She is also a current Venture Partner with FundRx, a venture capital platform for next-generation healthcare and life sciences start-ups. Kristin brings expertise in strategic planning and direction, scalable growth, and developing organizational culture to the WISER International team. She holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA in Biology and Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.


Melissa Katz

Melissa is the Owner & Principal of Stony Hill Communications, LLC and has more than 25 years of healthcare public relations experience. She has a B.A. from Brandeis University in English and American Literature and minor in Journalism.  She began working with WISER in 2012 and has traveled to Muhuru Bay four times, which she has chronicled in her blog “Educate a Girl.” Twice, her husband, Michael Freidberg has joined her and in 2019, her daughter, Annie, made the trip for the first time. In addition to their daughter, Melissa and Michael have three sons.


Prashant Swaminathan

Prashant is a Director at LibreMax Capital, a New York based asset management firm, where he specializes in commercial real estate debt investments and has worked for over 8 years. Prior to that, he worked in Investment Banking at Barclays Capital on the Healthcare Leveraged Finance team. Prashant has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, along with a minor in Economics and certificate in Global Health. While at Duke, Prashant spent time working in Kenya and visited Muhuru Bay during the implementation of WISER’s first-ever programs.


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