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STRATEGIC COLLABORATORS

Alana Kolundzija works at the intersection of public health, empowerment of women and girls, and social justice.  She applies an intersectional feminist approach to promote human rights, asset-based community development, and results-based accountability.

 

As the Founder of Collective Impact, Alana fosters cross-sector collaboration, promotes opportunities for meaningful community engagement, and supports the transformative power of artivism. 

 

As a public health consultant that specializes in sexual and reproductive health and rights, Alana works to build a multidisciplinary consortium of researchers and activists around the world that contribute to local and global policy debates through strategic policy-oriented research and analysis of current trends.  

Alana is also the Managing Editor of Global Public Health, an essential peer-reviewed journal that energetically engages with key public health issues and provides a space to develop alternative visions and thoughtful critiques of global policymaking. 

 

Alana has a Master of Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health from the Department of Socioeconomic Sciences.  She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. 

Dana Smiles is a public health professional, sociologist, community organizer, and activist whose work focuses on the integration of community-led solutions into programs and policies that affect the daily lives of the most excluded individuals, families, and communities across the world.  Using a rights-based social justice framework, Dana collaborates with community members, leaders, and key stakeholders in a range of geographies to co-create healthier and more equitable environments.

 

In her consulting practice, Dana specializes in program design and evaluation, training and facilitation, qualitative and community-based participatory research, and asset-based community development.  Her areas of expertise include sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice, gender and sexuality, adolescence, social determinants of health, linkage to care, and health equity.

 

Dana has advised, co-designed, and evaluated programs with international agencies, organizations, and governments in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and the United States including UNFPA, USAID, and CDC, and has lived in Ethiopia, France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the U.S.  Dana is also the co-author of “Growth and Changes,” a puberty guidebook made with and for Ethiopian girls, widely distributed throughout Ethiopia in three local languages.

 

Dana holds a M.P.H from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, a M.A. in Sociology from Brown University, and is currently working on her PhD in Public Health at Louisiana State University. Dana is also the Founder of L.O.V.E. (Lifting Our Voiced Experiences) a New Orleans-based health advocacy platform and direct service provider.

 

Dorian Nii Lantey Bortey has over 10+ years’ experience in project research management and design that has led to the implementation of HIV/AIDS and other public health and biotechnology projects in Africa and the United States. His expertise includes human and community development, research, training, and strategic planning of non-governmental organizations, government institutions, faith-based and community-based organizations' activities within U.S Government funded programming.

 

In 2016, Nii Lantey served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi as NGO Advisor/Coordinator for the PEPFAR DREAMS initiative. Apart from working closely with the USAID PEPFAR Team and other stakeholders to develop a framework for improved NGO coordination and efficiency, his leadership ensured a successful implementation of the Girl Roster™ to identify OVCs in Machinga District.

 

Nii Lantey has participated in many leadership and sustainable development conferences and workshops across East Asia, North America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. His role at Collective Impact enables him to bring to bear his vast experience in international development and proven track record of successfully leading and training teams engaged with diverse multilateral organizations and government institutions. 

Jennifer Whitney is a meditation and yoga instructor in Brooklyn, New York with extensive training and experience in working with trauma, at risk, and burnout populations.  Since 2006 she has explored how these healing modalities intersect with meaningful conversations on values and ethics to serve the well-being of these populations as well as in community settings.  Jen has taught across the country from Hawaii to New York, as well as internationally in France, Nicaragua and Panama.

 

Jen has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology at The New School for Social Research.  Her research focuses on the interpersonal effects of meditation in close relationships as well as in interracial dyads.  She also explores the ways meditation values deepen the field’s understanding of mindfulness and how it shapes personal and interpersonal health and well-being.  Clinically, Jen is interested in working with trauma populations, and integrating her yoga and meditation expertise into the therapy process for a whole-person integrated approach.