In 1999, Dr. Wilson originated the No-Needle Vasectomy technique. He authored the Vasectomy Chapter in the 4th edition of Pfenninger and Fowler’s Procedures for Primary Care.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Wilson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Washington School of Medicine, where he teaches medicine and surgery to physicians and medical students. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Wilson attended WVD 2017 in Mexico.
Dr. Kulik attended WVD in Indonesia, 2015.
When not in the hospital, Alyssa is a part-time flying trapeze instructor and enthusiast. She loves cooking, hanging upside-down, dogs, fiber arts, painting, and travel.
Dr. Guarin trained and did vasectomies in Mexico in 2017 and attended the first WVD planning meeting in Bogota, Colombia, in 2018.
Esgar Guarin, MD FAAFP
Dr. Viladoms attended WVD 2017 in Mexico and accompanied us to Havana, Cuba in 2016.
He has worked in Australia and the UK in various roles and trained in vasectomies in 2011. Since then he has performed vasectomies in 8 centres across the state of New South Wales in Australia performing around 1,300 vasectomies a year.
He has been involved in various medical aid and disaster relief campaigns over the years in Romania, Sri Lanka and Rwanda.
His current role is as National Director of Vasectomies at Marie Stopes Australia, the country’s largest vasectomy provider.
Dr. Johannensen was present for WVD 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda.
It was Dr. Castro Garduño who reached out to WVD in 2015 to invite us to participate in the Ministry’s annual vasectomy retreat and he has been a steady friend and supporter ever since.
SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD
Townsend joined the Council in 1984. He served as director of the Frontiers in Reproductive Health program; director of operations research programs in Asia and the Near East (1993–1998) in New Delhi; regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico (1990–1993); director of operations research in Latin America and the Caribbean (1985–1990); country director for the Council’s Colombia office (1984); and was Vice President and Director of the Reproductive Health program from 2006 to 2017. In each of these roles, he supported policy development and designed and tested interventions that improved the coverage, quality, and sustainability of reproductive health service delivery systems, each with a focus on client rights.
Townsend participated in WVD 2017 in Mexico.
Dr. Shattuck currently serves as Technical Director for the LIFT II project at FHI 360, where he is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating dynamic research and evaluation activities that promote increase adherence and retention to HIV-related services. His primary work experiences are in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the United States where he works collaboratively with local government officials and community based organizations. Dr. Shattuck manages international teams, provides technical assistance and training to collaborating organizations, as well as, program, research and evaluation staff. He writes quantitative analysis plans and conducts statistical analyses that include multivariate and longitudinal data sets. He has provided statistical training to MOH officials in Ethiopia, developed training materials including study manuals and standardized operating procedures, and co-authored a process evaluation for the Key Populations Project in Kenya.
Dr Solomon, holds a Master of Medicine degree in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Nairobi. He is also fluent in both English and Kiswahili
Since 2012, Marta has led the way for deep organizational change in Profamilia, transforming it into an innovative organization with good business practices that fall in line with those practices of some of the best and most well-recognized companies in Colombia. Also, based on social enterprise models, she has developed new strategic lines of action in order to expand the social impact that Profamilia’s programs and initiatives have on Colombia, focusing especially among Colombia’s most vulnerable populations that experience greater inequality and inequity.
Marta's career has focused on the health sector within the framework for protecting the human rights of all people. Before joining Profamilia in 2012, Marta worked with Farmasanitas, one of the four main agencies of Organización Sanitas Internacional. She served as Business Manager there and succeeded at increasing the company’s financial and commercial revenue by 29%. Marta also has a Master’s in Social Economy from the University of Barcelona, a Master’s in Literature from New York University and a Bachelor’s in Economy and History from Dartmouth College.
After retiring from FHI 360 in 2012, Dr. Sokal co-founded the Male Contraceptive Initiative, the only non-profit organization in the United States focused on developing new male contraceptives. He is an author of over 70 articles, speaks French fluently, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Gillings School of Public Health, UNC/Chapel Hill.
He contributed to the introduction of community-provider partnership approach to quality in Rwanda, Benin, Madagascar and Senegal. He co-led the development of a toolkit for Optimizing performance and quality, one of IntraHealth’ s signature methodologies to improve the quality of facility and community health services and to build capacity of local organizations to achieve health or institutional goals. Sebikali used to perform over 40 minilaps and 4 no-scalpel vasectomies per month in his native country. Sebikali was involved in the 2016 World Vasectomy Day (WVD) in Kenya and he was the principal investigator for the exploratory study on vasectomy provision and uptake in four counties in Kenya after the WVD. Dr. Sebikali is currently Senior Clinical Advisor at IntraHealth International in North Carolina.
Dr Sood is a member of Family Planning Medical Eligibility decision making committee of WHO and USAID over last several years, member of the INFO Editorial Advisory Committee of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, peer reviewer for Continuous Identification of Research Evidence (CIRE) system, which is a collaborative effort of WHO’s department of Reproductive Health and Research and CDC, Atlanta and is the peer-reviewer of the WHO’s Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) and the Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use (SPR) guidelines. Dr. Sood was Co-Chairperson of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in India (WRAI) from 2003 to 2009 and is TAG member of the Maternal Health Task Force of Harvard School of Public Health and member of RMNCH Coalition, Maternal Health Task force and Stillbirth Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
He teaches a course, Population Health and Development to undergraduates at Homewood. He also teaches the course “Couples and Reproductive Health” at the SPH and helps in the demographic methods sequence in which he taught for many years. He is current head of the Pop and Health faculty group in the department. His research interests are interventions with couples in reproductive health and estimation of fertility and mortality in developing countries.
CREATIVE ADVISORY BOARD
Marketing director experienced in advertising for the pharmaceutical industry for 10 years, developing campaigns for brands such as Prozac (Pfizer), Humira (Abvie) Spiriva (Boehringer), currently working for the OTC line of DKT in Mexico, developing 360 campaigns for the Prudence brand for the last year and a half.
Alongside production, Ruth has a background in film programming including for Adelaide Film Festival and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), where she also ran the industry marketplace programs and was seconded to the Sheffield Doc/Fest team to produce the UK MeetMarket. Ruth holds an MA in Documentary Production from the University of Salford UK where she was selected to participate in an exchange program at the prestigious Cuban film school, Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV).
In New York City. Vandana worked in post production for MTV’s reality show ‘Teen Moms’ and PBS’s program, ‘In the Mix’. Vandana was part of the editorial team at Fox’s website Beliefnet and worked on outreach and digital strategy at Alwan for the Arts and Innovation Pavillion in Colorado. Her work was awarded the PEO Peace Scholarship for two consecutive years. She was the recipient of the Davis Peace Project grant in 2008 and the Commonwealth Vision Award in 2004. Vandana was part of the Wheelchair Sports Federation’s media team to the Paralympics in PyeongChang. Vandana does social media strategy for Lockhorn Cider and runs her own independent yoga and art organization, Prana Buzz in Bozeman, Montana.
Vandana was present in New Dehli, India filming in 2018.
Her current passion project is “Cumari: Jungle to Table” a TV series about Latin American chefs partnering with indigenous peoples to create sustainable markets for Amazonian food. She is a graduate of from Barnard College, Columbia University and the AFI (American Film Institute) Conservatory.
Mr. Ryerson has a 47-year history of working in the field of reproductive health, including three decades of experience adapting the Sabido methodology of social change communications to various cultural settings worldwide.
Ryerson received a B.A. in Biology (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College and an M.Phil. in Biology from Yale University (with specialization in Ecology and Evolution). He served as Director of the Population Institute's Youth and Student Division, Development Director of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Executive Vice President of Population Communications International before founding Population Media Center in 1998.
Sonia graduated with an M.S. at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and Magna Cum Laude at Barnard College. She has been executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, based in New York, an organization that monitors press freedom worldwide, and will work at the United Nations in that city and in Haiti.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As producer, Dedra not only ran day to day operations, but took on tasks such as managing the WVD website and helping turn the organization into a respected 501(c)3. Dedra is responsible for building a network of sustaining members, and continues seeking support for our various programs.
Although no longer a full time staff member, she is one of our most loyal and engaged members and Senior Advisor.