WISER International’s mission is to work with girls to transcend poverty, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence by creating environments that produce exceptional young women who drive change in their communities.
It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in North Carolina and is the major fundraising and strategic partner for the Kenya-based WISER NGO.
Dr. Sherryl Broverman*
Sherryl is co-founder and chair of the WISER NGO board in Kenya and founder and President of WISER Intl. She is a professor of biology and global health at Duke University. She has won the David and Janet von Brooks Award for exemplary teaching in the sciences, the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award for humanitarianism from Duke University, and the William E. Bennett Award for Extraordinary Contributions to Citizen Science.
Carrie has led product innovation, research and development, regulatory compliance, and manufacturing operations on twenty products during her 25+-year career in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and North America. She holds a Master of Science in medical microbiology from the University of Minnesota, a Bachelor of Science in natural science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, in addition to PMP and Green Belt certifications.
Joseph is currently the President and COO of Familywize Community Service Partnership, an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities by making prescription medication more affordable and more accessible for all. Prior to his involvement with Familywize, he spent more than 28 years with several Fortune 500 organizations including over 20 years with Express Scripts.
Sara Benjamin Neelon PhD, JD
Sara is a child nutritionist and Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins University. She is also an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge. Sara’s research focuses on policy and environmental approaches to obesity prevention and health promotion in vulnerable populations globally.
Michael is an experienced leader of with a particular interest and capacity in organizational growth and strategic implementation. Michael has served in leadership roles for Deloitte Consulting, United Way, GBCHealth, Concern Worldwide, and RFKennedy Human Rights. Michael has a BA in Economics & International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA from Duke University.
Steve is a business development executive with extensive experience in the start-up and leadership of innovation in the Health and Mobile/Digital sectors. He is currently consulting with a high profile organization to identify and scale solutions to global health issues. Steve is also the Co-Founder of Robertos Kids and serves as a board member with EveryoneOn and SEEDS Together.
Frances is the People Director for the Walton Family Foundation. With more than 20 years’ experience as a human resources executive, Frances has held key senior leadership roles with The One Campaign, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Human Rights First. A graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, Frances also possesses an advanced degree in HR Management.
Kristin Ashcraft is the VP of Alliance Management and a member of the Executive Leadership team at MyHealthTeams, a venture-backed digital health start-up. Kristin brings expertise in strategic planning and direction, scalable growth, and developing organizational culture to the WISER International team. She holds an MBA from UCLA and a BA in Biology and Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.
Melissa is the Owner & Principal of Stony Hill Communications, LLC and has more than 25 years of healthcare public relations experience. She began working with WISER in 2012 and has traveled to Muhuru Bay four times. 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 is a Director at LibreMax Capital, 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.
*Sherryl and Carrie serve concurrently on the WISER NGO Board.
WISER International Staff
Zack Fowler – Executive Director
Michelle Gherardi, MPA – Operations Manager
Emily Dake, MPH – Development Manager
Susan Joines – Operations and Finance Assistant
Liddy Grantland – Communications and Development Assistant