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Executive Management Team

Kathy Spahn
President and Chief Executive Officer

Kathy Spahn works closely with the Board of Trustees, global leaders in public health, staff members throughout Helen Keller Intl,…

Jim Cox
Chief Operating Officer

Jim Cox has 25 years of senior management experience in the field and in the US offices of international development…

Maura Fitzgerald
Vice President, People and Culture

Maura Fitzgerald leads Helen Keller Intl’s People and Culture team, overseeing organizational design; learning and development; people operations; and talent…

Susan Kotcher
Vice President, External Relations

Susan Kotcher is a seasoned senior leader, creative fundraising strategist, and external relations expert who has built, restructured, and led…

Patricia Manyari
Chief Financial Officer

Patricia Manyari oversees all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities of the organization. In her role, she ensures that Helen Keller Intl…

Vice Presidents

Rolf Klemm
Vice President, Nutrition

Rolf Klemm has more than 25 years of professional experience in international public health nutrition with expertise that spans nutrition…

Nicholas Kourgialis
Vice President, Eye Health

Nicholas Kourgialis provides administrative and programmatic direction and oversight for Helen Keller Intl’s eye health work worldwide, including Asia, Africa,…

Ric Plaisance
Vice President, Information and Operations Systems

Ric Plaisance has worked with Helen Keller Intl since 2004. He is responsible for the development and management of systems…

Dr. Angela Weaver
Vice President, Neglected Tropical Diseases

Dr. Angela Weaver is a public health professional with over 20 years of experience supporting, developing, and leading domestic and…

Helen Keller Europe

Alix de Nicolay
Managing Director, Helen Keller Europe

Alix de Nicolay reopened the Paris office in 1998 with the two-fold mission of raising funds and increasing visibility. She…

Board of Trustees

Bill Toppeta
Board Chair

President, Macomber Peak Partners

Henry C. Barkhorn III
Vice Chair

Retired Financial Executive

Desmond G. FitzGerald
Vice Chair

Senior Partner, Holyoke Partners LLC

Peirce Moser


David Glassman

President, Prince Management Consulting

Margaret Baker, PhD, MSc

Associate Professor, Department of Global Health, School of Health, Georgetown University

Jennifer A. Buda

Partner, Management & Capital Partners

R.V. Paul Chan, M.D., MSc, F.A.C.S.

Professor and Vice Chair Director, Pediatric Retina and ROP Service, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois

Anthony Dorment

COO, Authentic Artists, Inc.

Nchacha Etta

Senior Vice President and CFO, Essilor

Diana Fong

Freelance Journalist, Deutsche Welle

James Gaffey

President, Flying Monkeys Media LLC

Cutberto Garza, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Cornell University

Carla Hall

TV Personality and Author

Karen Harris

Partner and Managing Director, Macro Trends Group, Bain & Company

Gigi Jorissen

Retired Consultant

David P. LeCause

Vice President, US Eye Care Sales, Allergan, Inc.

Wendy D. Lee, CFA

Managing Partner, Fairview Capital Advisors

John “Jack” Linville, J.D.

Attorney, Law Office of John Linville

Janine Luke

Retired Financial Advisor

Reynaldo Martorell, Ph.D.

Robert W. Woodruff Professor of International Nutrition, Senior Advisor, Global Health Institute, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University

Mark J. Menting

Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP

Maria Morris

Retired Executive Vice President, Met Life, Inc.

Bradford Perkins, FAIA, MRAIC, AICP

Principal and Executive Director, Perkins Eastman Architects

Chantal Piani

CEO, CP Conseil, President, Helen Keller Intl Europe

Eunice Reddick

Retired US Ambassador

Bruce E. Spivey, M.D., M.S., M.Ed.

Past President International Council of Ophthalmology, Past President, Pacific Vision Foundation

James Tielsch, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Global Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Jean Trebek


Barbara W. Wall

Director, Gannett Co., Inc.