Senior Leadership Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer Charles Lyons joined EGPAF in 2010 after many years managing and developing programs for leading global nonprofits. With a professional emphasis on children's welfare, HIV/AIDS, and global development, Lyons brings a deep commitment to support those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In his role as President and CEO, Lyons is responsible for the strategic, programmatic, fundraising, financial, and management operations of the organization.
Prior to joining EGPAF, Lyons was director of special initiatives in the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led a team dedicated to global poverty reduction. Prior to his work at the Gates Foundation, Lyons spent more than 20 years in increasingly prominent roles with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), to include program officer, UNICEF Mozambique; chief of staff to the executive director at UNICEF headquarters; and president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. A longtime advocate for global health, he is a member of the Human Rights Watch Health and Human Rights Advisory Committee and worked from its inception to develop the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), serving on the Board of the GAVI Fund and chairing its executive committee from 2004 to 2006.
From 2015-2016 Lyons served as U.S. Representative to the Executive Board of UNICEF under President Barack Obama, and previously served as the U.S. Alternate Representative (2011-2015).
Lyons studied political economy at the New School for Social Research in New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Minnesota.
Chief Operating Officer
Brad Kiley is responsible for overseeing and managing EGPAF's business operations functions, and for translating the programmatic needs of EGPAF's numerous field offices into deliverables. He has deep experience in operations and in the development of business models that are fit for the rapidly changing environment in which EGPAF works to eliminate pediatric AIDS.
Previous to his tenure at EGPAF, Mr. Kiley served as Assistant to the President of the United States for Management and Administration at the White House. As a member of the President’s senior staff, he directed the day-to-day management and operations of the White House Complex, and held responsibility for finance, budgeting, information technology, facilities management, human resources operations, and strategic planning for the Executive Office of the President (EOP). Earlier, in 2008, Mr. Kiley helped lead the transition team of then President-Elect Barack Obama in 2008, which built upon key operations positions he held in the Clinton White House and with the Democratic National Committee.
Mr. Kiley also has significant experience in the not-for-profit world as an original start-up staffer at the Center for American Progress, an educational institute dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action, and as an organizer of the International AIDS Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS globally.
Trish Devine Karlin
Executive Vice President, External Affairs and Business Development
Trish Karlin is the Executive Vice President, External Affairs and Business Development, for EGPAF. Trish leads a global team that directs business planning, resource development, marketing and communications for EGPAF’s international programs, which represented $140 million in HIV service delivery, advocacy and research in 2013.
Trish joined EGPAF in its early days, and has supported its exponential growth over the past 20 years, particularly in the development and successful implementation of international AIDS care and research programs in countries hardest hit by the pandemic. Since joining EGPAF in 1994, Trish has played a central role in the establishment of HIV prevention and care programs in more than 20 countries, including India, China, and multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Trish holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and a B.A. in Public Policy and Child Development from Hampshire College. Trish serves on the Advisory Board of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the John M Lloyd Foundation. Trish is a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business Society and Business Lab.
Anja Giphart, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs
Dr. Anja Giphart is responsible for providing technical leadership and direction for the long-term strategic vision for the Foundation’s implementation and research initiatives. She is responsible for furthering the Foundation’s leadership in pediatric HIV/AIDS by developing, maintaining and expanding the depth and breadth of relationships with key governmental agencies, multilateral organizations, and other strategic partners. As a member of EGPAF’s team since 2004, Anja has served since 2010 as Vice President for Program Implementation, responsible for managing the implementation and programmatic operations in our country programs, overseeing the technical aspects of EGPAF's in-country work, including monitoring and evaluation activities, quality assurance, country support, and technical assistance Previous to her role supporting global program implementation, Dr. Giphart worked for EGPAF in Tanzania, first as the organization’s in-country technical director and later as the country director. Prior to joining EGPAF, she worked as an international health specialist for Macro International, and held positions in Zambia and Mozambique providing and supervising clinic services at area hospitals. Dr. Giphart received her degree in medicine from Erasmus University, and her master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Laura Guay, MD
Vice President, Research
Dr. Laura Guay serves a dual appointment as vice president of research at EGPAF and as research professor at The George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health and Health Services. She received her M.D. from GWU in 1985, and went on to a pediatrics residency at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Guay was a visiting lecturer at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda from 1988 to 1991, and then returned to CWRU to complete her fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. She then spent seven more years in Uganda, where she worked on the landmark HIVNET 012 trial, which determined the effectiveness of single-dose nevirapine in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Prior to joining GWU, Dr. Guay was a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.Her previous research focused on identifying interventions to reduce the rate of HIV transmission in breast-feeding infants and on the testing of an HIV vaccine in infants. Her current work focuses on how to translate the key scientific breakthroughs in HIV prevention and treatment in women and children into the field in settings with limited resources and infrastructure.
Vice President, Awards, Compliance & International Operations
Doug Horner is responsible for leading EGPAF’s global contracts, grants and procurement functions; and compliance and risk management initiatives. He has over 20 years of experience in evaluating and administering publicly-funded programs. Before coming to EGPAF, Horner held senior management positions in two of the U.S. Department of Justice’s major grant-making agencies, reporting to Presidentially-appointed directors. He also served at the Government Accountability Office and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Horner earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and graduated with honors from Duke University with a bachelor of arts degree.
Tami Ward-Dahl, SPHR/GPHR
Vice President, Human Resources and Administration
Tami Ward-Dahl is responsible for developing and managing the overall strategic human resource systems, practices, and approaches to support EGPAF’s organizational growth and development. Prior to joining EGPAF, she held executive positions at Ruesch International, IOMEGA Corporation, and OTC Division. Ward-Dahl is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, a Global Professional in Human Resources, and a Certified Compensation Professional.
Stephen Lee, MD
Vice President, Program Implementation and Country Management
Dr. Stephen Lee, is a Global HIV/AIDS expert. Dr. Lee is the Vice President, Program Implementation and Country Management, for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Dr. Lee manages the development and implementation of programs that provide prevention, care, and treatment services to individuals affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining EGPAF, Dr. Lee acted as senior advisor for HIV/AIDS care and treatment in the Bureau of Global Health at USAID. There, he supported HIV/AIDS care and treatment program development, evaluated existing HIV/AIDS programs and policies, and analyzed HIV/AIDS research. Additionally, he worked as an HIV/AIDS infectious disease advisor for USAID, focusing on disease prevention and monitoring throughout Europe and Eurasia. Dr. Lee has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University, a degree in medicine from Emory University School of Medicine, an MBA from Heriot Watt University and a post graduate diploma in health systems management from the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Vice President, Finance and Accounting
Daniel Warco is responsible for leading EGPAF’s global finance and accounting functions. Prior to joining EGPAF, Mr. Warco worked in the audit practice of Deloitte and Touche in McLean, Virginia, specializing in audits of not-for-profit membership organizations and NGOs and also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa. Mr. Warco is a certified public accountant in the state of Virginia and received degrees in music and accounting from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Nicholas Hellmann, MD
Strategy and Science Advisor
Dr. Nicholas Hellmann is responsible for providing strategic, programmatic, and scientific input for EGPAF's initiatives, ensuring that children are at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Hellmann was the Executive Vice President of Medical and Scientific Affairs at EGPAF from June 2008 to April 2014 and had formerly played key leadership roles, primarily focused on HIV/AIDS, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ViroLogic, Inc., Gilead Sciences, Roche Molecular Systems, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute. He received his M.D. from the University of Kentucky, completed an internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and served as an assistant professor in the Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases Division at UCSF.
Jill Mathis, MPH
Vice President, New Business Development
Jill Mathis serves as the Vice President of New Business Development for EGPAF, where she is responsible for revenue generation towards achieving the organization’s mission to eliminate pediatric AIDS. Ms. Mathis leads a high-performing team responsible for business development, new program planning, and proposal design. Success in these efforts has ensured a high level of support and growth in funding for EGPAF’s critical HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs. Ms. Mathis also leads a set of structured program planning efforts that include donor trends analysis, business planning, and strategic resource mobilization planning. Prior to joining EGPAF, Ms. Mathis served in positions at USAID, Deloitte, and Cardno Emerging Markets. Ms. Mathis has a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a BA from Davidson College.
Shabbir Ismail Abbas, MD, MPH
Senior Director, Strategic Information and Evaluation
Dr. Shabbir Abbas oversees program monitoring, evaluation, informatics, data use and quality management and improvement at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, managing standardization, development and operations of the organization’s data management systems and policies since October 2010. As the senior director, Dr. Abbas ensures that the Foundation’s Strategic Information Standards are met across all the country programs, including data collected from program sites are of optimal quality and are adequately utilized to continually optimize the Foundation’s programs. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Abbas led Harvard University’s Tanzania HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Program as the Assistant Country Director, where he provided technical oversight to the provision of HIV prevention, care and treatment services at more than 50 health facilities in Dar es Salaam. Previous to his tenure with Harvard University, Dr. Abbas served multiple roles at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office in Ethiopia, most recently as Head of the Strategic Information Branch. In his earlier career, Dr. Abbas served as the Associate Professor of Public Health at Addis Ababa University. Dr. Abbas holds a medical doctors degree and a master’s degree in public health from Addis Ababa University.
Senior Director, External Affairs
Clare oversees all external communications functions at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), to promote, enhance, and protect the organization’s global brand reputation. Clare manages the development, integration, and implementation of a broad range of communication products and activities and advances the EGPAF’s position with relevant constituents, to drive broader awareness of our impact and build stakeholder support for our mission.
Clare joined EGPAF’s staff over a decade ago, and has held senior positions in Public Policy and the Office of the President. Prior to her work at EGPAF Clare served as Director, International Programs at the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and as Deputy Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill. She holds a Masters in Urban Affairs and Planning from Hunter College and a B.A. in Communication from Boston University.
Catherine E. Connor
Senior Director, Public Policy and Advocacy
Catherine Connor is Senior Director of Public Policy at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation where she oversees both a domestic and global HIV and AIDS policy portfolio. Her work focuses on improving global HIV/AIDS financing policies and prioritizing pediatric HIV/AIDS within the global HIV/AIDS response. Specifically, Ms. Connor spearheads the Foundation’s U.S. legislative efforts and multilateral advocacy engagement on global health issues, including policies related to pediatric HIV/AIDS and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs. She also manages the Foundation’s global advocacy portfolio, working with field staff to advocate for the elimination of pediatric HIV and AIDS in individual countries and throughout the region.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2007, Ms. Connor worked at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C. as a lawyer and lobbyist specializing in U.S. health care law and public policy. Her clients included health care provider associations, patient and consumer groups, non-profit community organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. She earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism.
Director of Development
Craig Evans oversees all private unrestricted fundraising in support of EGPAF’s core mission. Craig has worked in non-profit fundraising for over 20 years. He’s had the privilege working with a variety of organizations including GLAAD, Parkinson’s Action Network and Marie Stopes International. Craig has a Masters in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University.