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Meet Our Team Working To Defeat Malaria

Our Leadership

Nothing But Nets is a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria.

In 2006, sports columnist Rick Reilly wrote a column in Sports Illustrated challenging each of his readers to donate at least $10 to send insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families from malaria-carrying mosquitoes.

Margaret McDonnell

Executive Director

Margaret is the Executive Director of the Nothing But Nets campaign. She loves tackling complex problems to make the world a better place and taking adventures from Alaska to Guatemala to Rwanda. Margaret has three young kids, so she is particularly passionate about protecting children from malaria.

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Alison Oliveira Wheeler

Director

Alison is the Director of the Nothing But Nets campaign, oversees resource mobilization, partnerships, communications and marketing. When she is not advocating for kids around the world, she is rooting for her son and daughter on the basketball court.

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Patty Sanchez Bao

Senior Officer, Global Heath

Patty manages the implementation of the UN Foundation’s strategy to advance support for malaria elimination in the Americas. As an anthropologist, she is passionate about advancing human development for women, indigenous people and other vulnerable populations.

Amma Boateng

Campaign Associate

Amma grows the Nothing But Nets volunteer network by developing exciting, inclusive programs and events to turn advocates into champions! Amma’s Top 3: Oprah Winfrey, Eleanor Roosevelt, Michelle Obama.

Catherine Calvo

Grassroots Development Officer

Catherine has the privilege of working alongside our campaign’s dedicated and creative grassroots fundraisers, as she helps manage our digital and direct mail portfolios. When not working to create a world free of malaria, she’s most likely heading to yoga or planning her next travel adventure.

Emile Dawisha

Development Officer

Emile helps keep our campaign sustainable and innovative by growing our portfolio of foundation and corporate grant funders. In past lives, Emile has been a journalist, dog walker, tour guide, and a failed vegetarian.

Wendy Dimas

Grassroots Advocacy Officer

Wendy equips and empowers our grassroots advocates across the country to take action in the fight to end malaria. When not working to create a malaria-free world, Wendy enjoys connecting with friends and family, watching documentaries and practicing yoga.

Jacci Guy

Senior Manager, Global Health Advocacy

Jacci manages and builds relationships with Members of Congress and their staffs to amplify the importance of the fight to end malaria. Not one for a light schedule, Jacci also coaches fitness classes and spends every available minute with her pitbull and husband (in that order, of course).

Elizabeth Ivanovich

Global Health Director

Elizabeth manages the campaign’s relationship with the RBM Partnership to End Malaria and oversees the Nothing But Nets grant portfolio. Previously, Elizabeth served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador, and worked in Refugee Resettlement and Monitoring and Evaluation of malaria programs.

Tara Bracken

Malaria Advocacy and Communications Officer

Tara helps coordinate NBN’s work with the global malaria community through the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. As a former malaria biomedical researcher, Tara is passionate about sharing scientific discoveries with her community. Outside the office, she can be found serving as a docent at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Dana McLaughlin

Global Health Associate

Dana is a member of the UN Foundation’s Global Health team. She manages Nothing But Nets’ malaria grant portfolio and serves as the focal point for the UN agencies who receive grant funding from Nothing But Nets for malaria prevention and treatment. Outside of the office, you can find her on the soccer field trying to put the ball in the back of the net.

Jonathan Kidwell

Partnerships Officer

Jonathan manages the portfolio of amazing corporate partners for the Nothing But Nets campaign. When he isn’t collaborating with companies to end malaria, he is most likely spending time with his family, on his bike, or baking.

Chelsea Montes de Oca

Officer, Communications and Digital Media

Chelsea manages all things communications for Nothing But Nets: she runs our social media accounts, handles media relations and press pitching, and manages our blog and email communications. Previously, Chelsea served as a Global Health Corps fellow for a malaria elimination program in Zambia. When she’s not at work, you’ll probably find her traveling, kickboxing, or binging a great TV series.

Carly James

Campaign Associate

Carly supports all things fundraising, including grassroots initiatives, corporate partners and major donors. She also manages select development projects, provides donor services and campaign coordination. Outside of the fight against malaria, you can find her teaching yoga or exploring Washington DC.

Amardeep (Deep) Shergill

Fellow, Communications & Digital Media

Deep is a graduate student at Georgetown University studying towards his MS in Integrated Marketing Communications. He hopes to gain experience in social media management and branding, while expanding his skills in working with large teams and internal comms. Outside of the office, you’ll find him playing soccer, golfing, playing drums, or traveling.

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