Advisory Council

Advisory Council 2017-12-02T03:55:33+00:00

The Bulamu Advisory Council meets several times a year and provides advice on Bulamu’s strategic direction, operational challenges, improving effectiveness, and moving toward sustainability. Members have had a depth of experience in Third World settings as doctors, nurses, Peace Corps Volunteers, NGO executives, consultants, and trainers. Most have been to Uganda multiples times and several have lived there. They serve without compensation.

Shreya Agrawal, MPH, MBA
Shreya currently is a program manager for Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) working to reduce child-mortality due to diarrhea and pneumonia in Uganda and four other developing countries. She understands the health system in Uganda very well, having traveled frequently throughout the country. Previously, she earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management, where she focused on non-profit management and global social enterprise. Prior to Yale, Shreya engaged in fellowship and research projects across a range of international development issues, such as water and sanitation in Ghana, orphan care in Kenya, and nutrition and diarrhea management in Nigeria. For example, she has published a study on risk factors for landslide and flood injuries in Uganda. After receiving her Master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University, she worked in the USAID Global Health Division’s program for orphans and vulnerable children. Prior to graduate school, she spent two years addressing educational inequity in the United States through Teach for America, where she taught seventh-grade math in an inner-city school in Miami.

Ronald Ariagno, MD
Dr. Ronald Ariagno is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been on the faculty since 1975. Ron has conducted extensive research, published numerous articles and is a recognized expert in neonatal and perinatal health issues and the causes of infant mortality. In 2009, he received the Neonatal Education Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Currently, he is serving as neonatalogy consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration in the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics. His experience in third world healthcare issues includes visiting professorships at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Pune, India, and the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Ariagno received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and pediatric training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. His neonatology fellowship was at the University of California San Francisco and Children’s Hospital of San Francisco.

Christopher A. Crane, MBA
Chris Crane is founder and Chairman of, a nonprofit social enterprise that makes small business loans to Christ-centered schools educating impoverished children in Africa and Latin America. Edify has loaned $18 million to 1,600 schools since its first loan in 2010. Chris served as President/CEO of Opportunity International, the world’s largest faith-based microfinance organization with 10,000 direct and indirect staff, from 2002-2009. During this time, Opportunity grew from 375,000 clients to 1.5 million active clients. Private donations, the primary revenue source, grew from $8 million to $51 million, a compound annual growth rate of 30%. Before entering the NGO world, Chris had a successful business career as president and CEO of COMPS InfoSystems, Inc., a digital publisher of real estate information that he acquired in 1991 and took public in 1999. Crane was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in San Diego. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kay Daniels, MD
Dr. Kay Daniels is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where she has been on the faculty since 1994. She presently is the Director of the OB Simulation program for the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and a Fellow in the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford Medicine. Early in her career, she was a staff physician at a community clinic in Redwood City. She also has served as Medical Director of the Mobile Women’s Health Care Clinic (“Mommy Van.”) Her global work has including teaching obstetrical emergency care using simulation in low resources areas including Nicaragua, Guatemala, Eritrea and China. Kay completed her medical training at the University of Colorado, followed by an internship and residency at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland, California.

Genevieve Evenhouse, RN, NP
Genevieve is a certified Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner with extensive U.S. and international experience. She is currently a school nurse in the San Francisco Unified School District when not volunteering overseas. She served for many years with the Peace Corps in various overseas clinical and teaching roles, most recently as Volunteer Nurse Educator providing curriculum assistance and training at Muni University in Arua, Uganda. She worked as a Peace Corps Technical Advisor with Catholic-AIDSRelief in Guyana providing protocols for family education. In Talisayan, Philippines, she provided training on maternal and child healthcare delivery to the Peace Corps rural health units. In Zambia, she was a Peace Corps HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor to providers of home based and hospice care. In Guinea, West Africa, she supported the office of the prefectural health director in the quality assurance assessments of health services delivery of five district health centers. Prior to these experiences, she held positions as a staff nurse, school nurse, home healthcare nurse, research clinician and RN supervisor in a variety of settings both in the U.S. and Philippines.

Gavin Hartman, MD
Dr. Gavin Hartman is currently a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University, but is transitioning to a position in private practice in Reno, Nevada. Previously, he gained international experience in healthcare services and clinical research in Malawi, Uganda and Mexico. In Malawi, Gavin was a Peace Corps Volunteer working on HIV/AIDS prevention and education, child and maternal health, and with the under-five population along with the Malawian Ministry of Health. In Uganda, he worked at Mulago Hospital as a pediatrician in the Resuscitation Room and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. While a medical student, he led mobile free primary care health clinics in rural Mexico in the State of Veracruz. Gavin earned his MD degree at the University of Missouri, following laboratory and teaching positions in human physiology at Colorado State University Department of Biomedical Sciences. He helped organize and treated patients at Bulamu’s first medical camp in February 2016, served on the Bulamu Board of Directors in 2016-17, and remains as its Medical Director.

Marc Manashil, MSW, MPA
Marc Manashil has had 25 years of experience developing innovative programs in the nonprofit and philanthropic arena. Currently he is Co-Founder and Principal of 11plus, a consultancy that assists nonprofits and public sector organizations in addressing leadership challenges, while he also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Earlier Marc was US Executive Director of MUSO, an NGO that has developed an innovative, proactive approach to end preventable child mortality in West Africa. Marc spent ten years as Co-Founder and Executive Director of the The Clarence Foundation, establishing globally focused donor circles and providing grants and assistance to NGOs throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Marc began his career as a social worker, with a master’s degree from UC Berkeley, which he later followed up with a Master’s in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Leslie Nielsen, RN
Leslie Nielsen has lived in Uganda for the last 18 years, working in the field of HIV prevention research, and is currently the Director of African Partnerships for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). Leslie has been instrumental in securing major contracts with USAID, PEPFAR, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships. At a regional level in East Africa, she established a consortium of organizations to address primary healthcare needs in marginalized and vulnerable Lake Victoria fishing communities and has worked extensively with the Uganda Ministry of Health on health systems strengthening initiatives. Earlier in her career, Leslie was a practicing RN for 15 years and managed a pediatric HIV clinic at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She also spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger working on a maternal-child health and nutrition project in a rural village. She earned her nursing degree from Southern Vermont State College.