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River Blindness Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program Staff

Frank O. Richards Jr., M.D.
Director, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program
Dr. Richards is an expert in parasitic and tropical diseases, who has worked extensively in Latin America and Africa. His professional interest is in the safe and effective delivery of available tools to control or eliminate tropical infectious diseases. The health programs he directs at The Carter Center have helped ministries of health and local communities to provide more than 200 million preventive chemotherapy treatments for parasitic disease in 11 countries. Dr. Richards came to The Carter Center from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he spent 23 years in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. Over the course of his career he has worked and published on lymphatic filariasis, schiostosomiasis, Guinea worm, cysticercosis, and malaria. Dr. Richards' particular expertise however is mass ivermectin administration programs for river blindness (onchocerciasis), and guiding mass ivermectin (Mectizan®). He has been involved in the Guatemalan onchocerciasis elimination program since 1987 and in the onchocerciasis elimination program since 1992. He participated in the launching and operation of two major regional river blindness programs: the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas (OEPA – launched in 1992), which reaches six countries in the Americas, and the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (launched in 1996), reaching 31 countries in Africa. Dr. Richards currently chairs the Program Coordinating Committee for OEPA;  and serves on the Executive Group of the Global Alliance for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis, the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), and the Mectizan Expert Committee. Read full bio.

 

Lindsay Rakers
Associate Director, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program

Ms. Rakers supports the Center's river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis programs in the countries where they operates, with particular focus on Nigeria and the Americas.  Her work includes technical assistance, strategic planning, program implementation, field office support, advocacy, operational research, and tracking and analysis of program activity data. She also writes papers, grant reports, annual program reports, and newsletter articles. Ms. Rakers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Penn State. She has been with the Carter Center health programs since 2001.

 

Emily Griswold
Associate Director, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program

As associate director, Ms. Griswold assists the Center's river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis programs by reviewing budgets, reports, and articles. In addition, she co-authors papers for journals, plans surveys, travels to field offices to assess program needs, conducts operational research studies and statistical analysis of program data, and evaluates program performance.

Prior to coming to the Center, Ms. Griswold worked for Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) supporting vaccine delivery technologies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Global HIV/AIDS. Ms. Griswold graduated from Macalester College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and German. She also received a Master of Public Health degree in 2014 from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

 

Lauri Hudson-Davis
Program Associate, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program

Ms. Hudson-Davis is the program associate for the Center's river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and schistosomiasis programs. She coordinates mass drug administrations and maintains treatment data for field offices in Latin America and Africa. Ms. Hudson-Davis travels to field offices to participate in meetings and provide program oversight/supervisory activities. She assists in grant reporting and the preparation of articles and program reports. She also assists in the preparation of budgets and program graphics and gives presentations to public groups interested in the health programs.

Before entering the field of public health, Ms. Hudson-Davis was associate director for a scholarship program in New Jersey that helped students in low income areas apply for scholarship opportunities and realize their dreams of attending college. Ms. Hudson-Davis graduated cum laude from Centenary College in New Jersey earning a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

 

Jennifer Lee
Program Assistant, River Blindness Elimination Program, Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program, and Schistosomiasis Control Program

Jennifer provides logistical and administrative support to the Highland Health Programs and projects. She acts as a liaison between program staff, field offices, and consultants. She coordinates annual program meetings and other events, compiles and edits program reports, conducts research and data management, and provides support to travelers. Jennifer graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2012 with a triple major in International Affairs, Spanish, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

 

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