Our Team

FP CAPE is based at the Carolina Population Center (CPC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). Our project team includes experts in quantitative and qualitative research methods, systems science methods, spatial analysis, sampling, advanced statistical analysis, and public health communications. We prioritize working with local partners in the DRC and Nigeria to assist with implementation of evaluation activities in each country.

Siân Curtis, PhD
Project Director
FP CAPE, Carolina Population Center
Research Associate Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

As the Director of FP CAPE, Siân Curtis provides overall technical direction, leadership, and management for the project. Siân, a social statistician, has worked in the field of international health for over two decades. Her research and evaluation interests include contraceptive use dynamics, international reproductive and maternal health, monitoring and evaluation methods for population, health and food security programs, multilevel models, and statistical demography. Siân is currently a Senior Evaluation Specialist on the MEASURE Evaluation Phase IV Project, where she leads the evaluation portfolio of activities for the project. She is also the Co-Principal Investigator (PI) for the North Carolina Women’s Health Access Project, and was the PI for the Feed the Future Feedback Project. Previously, Siân was the Project Director for the MEASURE Evaluation Phase II and Phase III Projects, where she directed a portfolio of over 200 activities in more than 30 countries, and oversaw and participated in evaluation research in international health. Siân has extensive research experience in multiple countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine, and Zambia. She has participated in several World Health Organization consultative meetings on measurement issues, and was a member of the 2012 Family Planning Summit Monitoring and Accountability Advisory Group and Technical Working Group, the UNAIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group, and the Health Metrics Network Technical Advisory Group.
Meghan Corroon, MUFP, MPH
Associate Technical Director
FP CAPE, Carolina Population Center

As Associate Technical Director, Meghan Corroon works with the project Director to develop and implement the technical approach. She also leads the development and the implementation of tools and products. Meghan has 14 years of professional experience in public health, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation of health programs in sub-Saharan Africa. She specializes in the design and management of large-scale population and health facility surveys including both cross sectional and longitudinal study designs as well as data analysis and use. Previously, Meghan was the Technical Officer for Nigeria and Senegal for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation (MLE) for the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative project. Her research interests include maternal and child health, urban health, and issues of gender and poverty. Meghan has significant field experience in West and Central Africa, and is fluent in French.
Gabriela Escudero, MPH
Research Project Manager
FP CAPE, Carolina Population Center

Gabriela Escudero provides management and logistics support and coordination for FP CAPE activities. She also participates in the project’s technical activities, particularly in the DRC. Gabriela has worked in the field of public health for 20 years in more than a dozen countries. She has managed and supported personnel from Ministries of Health, USAID and NGOs in multiple countries in Africa, Central America, and South East Asia to develop monitoring and evaluation plans, implement evaluation activities related to family planning, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS, and coordinate large-scale health surveys. Gabriela has an MPH in Population Studies from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
Shelah Bloom, ScD
Senior Qualitative Advisor
FP CAPE, Carolina Population Center
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Shelah S. Bloom advises on the design and implementation of qualitative methods for FP CAPE, particularly for special studies. She is also a research assistant professor of maternal and child health with 30 years of experience working in international health. Her work in research, program design and monitoring and evaluation has focused on the effects of gender on health outcomes in Asia and Africa, with a particular focus on gender-based violence (GBV), HIV and AIDS, and maternal health.
Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD
Senior System Advisor
FP CAPE, Carolina Population Center
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Kristen Hassmiller Lich advises on application of systems tools in the evaluation approach. She also assists in development and implementation of systems approach such as system support mapping.
L. Lin Ong, PhD
Business Communications Consultant
FP CAPE, Carolina Population Center

With FP CAPE, L. Lin Ong combines her professional experience, academic background, and methodological knowledge to streamline communication of project outcomes and analyze project results. Lin provides support and guidance on strategic communications of findings, design of information products, and also advises on network analysis. Lin is an assistant professor in the International Business and Marketing department of the College of Business Administration at Cal Poly Pomona. She obtained her PhD in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego, with a concentration in International Management. Her research focuses on the quantitative study of low-income marketplaces worldwide, with a particular interest in the application of market-based solutions to strengthen poverty alleviation measures and improve small-scale entrepreneurship. Prior to entering academia, Lin was a management consultant in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice.
Peter M. Lance, PhD
Economist and Statistician
FP CAPE, Carolina Population Center

Peter Lance supports the various statistical analyses being performed under FP CAPE. Peter earned his PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on econometrics and health. Since earning his PhD, his work has focused on program impact evaluation, causal modelling, modelling of health behaviors and outcomes and survey sampling. He has served as a sampling expert and analyst at all phases of many surveys and analyzed secondary data of all sorts from all over the world.
Emery Ngamasana, MS
Research Associate
FP CAPE, Carolina Population Center

Having joined the Carolina Population Center in September 2016, Emery Ngamasana supports the implementation of FP CAPE’s evaluation activities, particularly for the DRC portfolio and quantitative analysis of family planning sentinel indicators. Emery has a background in Economics and obtained his Master of Sciences in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Witwatersrand of Johannesburg (Wits University) in 2015. He also worked for the Research Office at the faculty of Health Sciences at Wits University and for Wits Health Consortium. Emery’s research interests include biostatistics, survey methodology and analysis, health economics and socioeconomic network analysis.
Jean Lambert Chalachala, MD, MPH
DRC In-Country Representative
FP CAPE, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Jean Lambert Chalachala supports the implementation of FP CAPE’s evaluation activities and partner relationship in the DRC. He is also working part-time as Strategic Information Advisor for the project Linkages Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES) for the DRC and Cote d’Ivoire. Previously, he worked as a Clinician in rural areas of the DRC, where he provided care to people while facing the serious weaknesses of the health care system. He later joined international NGOs (Medicins Sans Frontieres, then World Health Organization), where he contributed to managing major public health problems, including outbreaks of measles, cholera, typhoid fever, Ebola, and endemic malnutrition, throughout the DRC. Before going back to school for his Masters’ degree, Jean Lambert worked as a Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator for several years with the UNC-DRC projects on HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, nutrition, bioethics and sexual and gender-based violence. He has collaborated as a Field Coordinator in several operational research projects, doctoral studies and publications within UNC. As a Rotary Peace Fellow and Peace Index Ambassador, Jean Lambert has participated in meetings and conferences in the US and the DRC where he is contributing by sharing his experience of war conditions and peace building.
Louis NKingi Rukunda
Administrative Assistant
FP CAPE, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

Louis NKingi Rukunda (King) provides administrative and logistics support to the FP CAPE activities in the DRC. Specifically, he assists the DRC Country Representative with the organizing and logistics for in-country meetings with stakeholders and grantees. King has also worked as administrative assistants for collaborative projects between the Kinshasa School of Public Health (KSPH) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Ohio State University. Before joining the KSPH, he worked as customs agent for the Comexas Afrique.
Huyen Vu, MSPH
Research Associate
FP CAPE, Carolina Population Center

Huyen Vu supports FP CAPE’s evaluation activities, particularly the Nigeria portfolio and qualitative analysis. She coordinates evaluation activities, such as data collection, data analysis, and content development for insight decks and reports. Prior to joining FP CAPE, Huyen worked on global and domestic public health programs, including HIV/AIDS, TB control, access to and irrational use of medicines, peer support in chronic disease management, and communications of tobacco risk. Huyen holds an MSPH in Health Policy and Management from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Emmanuel Adegbe, MD
Nigeria In-Country Representative

Emmanuel Adegbe has been a medical doctor for more than 21 years and has over 16 years’ experience in public health covering malaria, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS/TB, child welfare/immunization, and nutrition. Before joining FP CAPE, Emmanuel was the Health Team Lead and a Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist for the USAID funded Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program, backstopping the USAID Nigeria Health, Population and Nutrition, and HIV/TB Offices. Prior to that, he was the M&E Expert and Deputy Team Lead with Ecorys UK on the DFID funded, Independent Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (IMEP) to provide client focused monitoring and evaluation services to DFID in relation to a suite of five large multi-sectoral programs cutting across governance, civil society and demand creation, education, health, and economic growth. While at IMEP, Emmanuel was the focal person for the £150 million health project and participated in its annual performance review for three years as well as the final project evaluation in 2016. He is also in the process of completing a PhD in Public Health (Epidemiology) at Walden University.
Patrick Iyiwose, MSc
Research Associate
FP CAPE, Nigeria

As a Research Associate based in Abuja (Nigeria), Patrick Iyiwose supports the implementation of FP CAPE’s evaluation and BMGF coordination in Nigeria. Patrick has worked in different public health projects over the past 10 years with both local and international research organizations in Nigeria. Previously, he worked with Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) for the Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) as a field work quality assurance supervisor/research and an administrative specialist during the longitudinal and cross-sectional survey.