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Program Staff: Trachoma Control Program

Trachoma Control Program Staff

E. Kelly Callahan, M.P.H.
Director, Trachoma Control Program

Kelly Callahan oversees the Carter Center’s Trachoma Control Program, which works in partnership with the ministries of health in six African countries to treat more than 37 million people annually. Callahan earned a master of public health degree from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. She holds an undergraduate degree in earth sciences and communications from the University of Cincinnati.

Callahan previously was assistant director of program support for Carter Center health programs. Prior to that, she was the country representative for the Center’s Sudan Program, operating out of Nairobi, Kenya. In that role, Callahan managed three health programs — Guinea worm disease elimination, river blindness control, and trachoma control — in more than 6,000 villages in an active war zone. During this time, she was responsible for the distribution of more than 9.2 million personal water filters and served as an elected representative to the U.N. umbrella organization Operation Lifeline Sudan.

She also served two years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Cote D’Ivoire, working on community development, Guinea worm disease control, and water quality issues. In 2017, the National Peace Corps Association bestowed on Callahan its annual Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service.

Callahan and the Trachoma Control Program’s work are featured in the documentary film Trachoma: Defeating a Blinding Curse, directed by Gary Strieker. Watch: Kelly Callahan at TEDxAtlanta. 

Scott Nash, Ph.D.
Epidemiologist, Trachoma Control Program

Scott Nash provides technical and scientific support to the Center's Trachoma Control Program. Nash conducts impact surveys, monitors and evaluates program activities, and develops measurable indicators for field research.

Prior to joining The Carter Center, Nash served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. His epidemiological experience includes global health research in sub-Saharan Africa, including a study on the role of environmental factors on the presence of blinding trachoma in Tanzania. Nash also served as an HIV/AIDS and biology educator with the U.S. Peace Corps volunteer for two years in rural Tanzania.

Nash earned both a master of science and doctorate in population health sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the lead epidemiologist for quality control and assurance for two large observational studies of the aging senses. He also holds a bachelor of science in education and zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Aisha Stewart, M.P.H. 
Associate Director, Trachoma Control Program

Aisha Stewart supports the Trachoma Control Program as the liaison to the Carter Center's field offices where the program works. She also oversees monthly tracking of trachoma interventions, supports operational research, provides technical assistance, evaluates program performance, and develops implementation strategies.

Previously, Stewart served as both a graduate assistant and a technical advisor to the program. She has also worked as a research assistant at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and spent two years in Niger as a community health agent for the U.S. Peace Corps, where she earned the Exceptional Peace Corps Volunteer Service Award.

Stewart holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from Dartmouth College and a master of public health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her thesis explored differences between school-attending and non-school-attending children in Amhara region, Ethiopia, specifically related to trachoma and intestinal parasites.

Angelia Sanders, M.A., M.P.H.
Associate Director, Trachoma Control Program

Ms. Sanders provides assistance to the national trachoma control programs supported by The Carter Center by writing grant proposals and reports; monitoring program activities and spending; and providing technical assistance to ministry of health and Carter Center field staff.

Ms. Sanders has an extensive background working in public health with a focus on program delivery in resource poor communities. She previously worked for The Carter Center in South Sudan, serving as a regional coordinator in the Guinea Worm Eradication Program before taking a position as a technical adviser in the Trachoma Control Program. Ms. Sanders also brings experience from serving in Kenya with the United States Peace Corps, the NATO Civil-Military Fusion Center, and the University of South Florida Global Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance.

Ms. Sanders holds Bachelor of Science degree in government administration from Christopher Newport University, a Master of Arts degree in international studies from Old Dominion University, and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida where she also received a graduate certificate in humanitarian assistance.

Nina Bloch, M.A. 
Program Associate, Trachoma Control Program

Nina Bloch assists the program in coordinating operational aspects including grant reporting, proposal writing, preparation of budgets, drafting articles and program reports, maintaining program databases, and preparation of program presentations. She works closely with the Carter Center's development offices to contribute to donor reporting and proposal development. She also manages the Trachoma Control Program's monthly and bimonthly program reports and supports the team for research studies and publications. Bloch works directly with field offices to support field visits and meetings and support program activities.

Prior to joining the Trachoma Control Program, Bloch worked as an intern in the Office of Institutional Development at The Carter Center. She has also held several project management positions with organizations such as South Arts, Art Papers, DAC Hospitality, and Wendover Art Group. Bloch holds a bachelor of arts in art history and a certificate in grant writing from Emory University. She also holds a master of arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Laurie Baxley
Program Assistant, Trachoma Control Program 

Laurie Baxley assists the rest of the Trachoma Control Program staff by arranging travel, organizing meetings, planning the calendar, and providing other office support. She also helps plan and coordinate the annual trachoma program review in Atlanta. Before joining The Carter Center staff full time, Baxley was a temporary administrative assistant in Health Program Support and a logistical coordinator for Carter Center health programs. She also owned a photography business.

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