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.
In September 2011, Lyons was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. Alternate Representative to the UNICEF Executive Board.
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.
RJ Simonds, MD
Vice President, Program Innovation and Policy
Dr. RJ Simonds oversees EGPAF's work in global technical policy, knowledge management, dissemination of innovations, technical leadership, and exchange of best practices. Prior to joining EGPAF, he spent 20 years as a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its domestic and global AIDS programs, with a special focus on HIV prevention, care, and treatment of children. Most recently, Dr. Simonds served as deputy director for CDC's Global AIDS Program and as a deputy principal for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); he also assisted with the early development of the Global Health Initiative in 2009. Dr. Simonds received a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of California at Berkeley, earned a medical degree from the University of Hawaii, completed a pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and trained in CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service. In 2010 he was honored as a finalist for a Service to America Medal, an award celebrating federal employees for public service.
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.
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.
Richard Marlink, MD
Senior Advisor, Medical and Scientific Affairs
Dr. Richard Marlink oversees EGPAF’s efforts to expand global HIV/AIDS care and treatment services, including antiretroviral treatment. Currently a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Marlink was part of the team that initially identified HIV-2, the second type of HIV, and he helped coordinate research concerning the clinical and biologic characteristics of both HIV-1 and HIV-2. In addition to a number of Botswana clinical studies in which he participates, Dr. Marlink is the principal investigator of Botswana's first large-scale antiretroviral treatment study.
Philip O'Brien serves as Senior Advisor with a specific focus on furthering multi-lateral advocacy in Europe and Africa. Prior to joining EGPAF, O'Brien spent more than 20 years at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), most recently as the Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships, where he led global development, advocacy, and communications initiatives. In his role, O'Brien managed the relationship with 36 UNICEF national committees, providing guidance and strategic support related to the individual programs’ brand-building, fundraising, and outreach activities. O’Brien worked with international and non-governmental organizations in Europe, Sudan, Bangladesh, Yemen, and Tanzania. He received his undergraduate degree in social policy and administration, and a master's degree in economic science, at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is based in Geneva, Switzerland.