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Senior Advisors

Senior advisors

Senior advisors have longtime relationships with The Manoff Group and serve as invaluable resources for our work. They are called upon for periodic assistance as well as more extended involvement in our activities.

Gayle Gibbons

Gayle Gibbons, MEd, has more than 25 years of experience in development information and communications. As director of a USAID-supported international maternal and child health clearinghouse, she developed a range of activities and products to get the most appropriate information to practitioners and decision-makers. Lessons from this work have been applied to different sectors—including a global water and sanitation program and food security and behavior change projects. Her areas of expertise include: designing information strategies; organizing, packaging, producing, and disseminating information (print, video, and online); publications production and management; editing and writing; applications of new technologies; program development; and project management.

Catherine O'Brien

Catherine O'Brien, MPH, is an international public health and emergency health specialist with 20 years of experience in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Ms. O'Brien has expertise in program design, management, and evaluation for maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and hygiene promotion. She has developed and pre-tested behavior change communication (BCC) materials, curricula, and training programs and conducted program assessments for maximizing behavior change results. While a Manoff staff member, she served as the Behavior Change Specialist at the Hygiene Improvement Project (HIP) and prior to that, as BCC Advisor on an environmental health project in 59 communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Before joining The Manoff Group, Ms. O'Brien provided technical and managerial assistance to a variety of international and US-based NGOs, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the American Red Cross (ARC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Ms. O'Brien is proficient in French.

Janet Irene Picado

Janet Irene Picado, PhD, is based in Nicaragua and has over 20 years of experience in nutrition, training and behavior change communication BCC for nutrition and community-based growth promotion (CBGP). In Nicaragua, she worked with the World Bank and Ministry of Health on the inclusion of a nutrition component in the new poverty reduction strategy. Dr. Picado has provided technical assistance to the Ministries of Health in Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, and Eritrea on strengthening nutrition, CBGP, and community programming. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and speaks fluent French.

Adwoa Steel

Adwoa Steel, MD, MPH, began her career in international public health and nutrition as a Medical Officer in Ghana where she later became a National Health Education Team leader, responsible for the training of multi-disciplinary teams for health and nutrition projects. Dr. Steel then served as Project Director at Nurture for seven years, assisting community groups to implement and evaluate nutrition activities. In 1992, as Community Health Advisor on the Wellstart Expanded Promotion of Breastfeeding (EPB) project, she assessed country breastfeeding situations and promoted the integration of breastfeeding-improvement activities. As a Manoff Group staff member, she was responsible for nutrition activities for BASICS in Zambia and also developed a generic set of counseling cards on breastfeeding for the EPB project. She has consulted throughout Africa on nutrition and breastfeeding.

Mellen Duffy Tanamly

Mellen Duffy Tanamly, MSc, is a public health nutritionist with more than 30 years of experience developing, managing, and evaluating health and nutrition programs. As a USAID Health, Population, and Nutrition Officer for 27 years, Ms. Tanamly worked in the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Other experience includes consulting in Asia, serving as a school nutrition officer for the Government of the Virgin Islands, and working at the Boston Department of Maternal and Child Health. She currently teaches Maternal and Child Nutrition at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Sciences, as well as two graduate-level courses at George Mason University: “Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of Maternal and Child Nutrition Programs;” and “The US Role in Global Health, Nutrition, and Population–Past, Present and Future.” Ms. Tanamly speaks Spanish and has a working knowledge of French and Arabic.


Marco Polo Torres

Marco Polo Torres, MA, has more than 20 years experience in health promotion, behavior change, mass and interpersonal communications, and social marketing in the areas of environmental health, nutrition, and health.  He has provided intensive assistance to health, environment, and hygiene programs in Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, and Tanzania.  Mr. Torres has experience in the radio and television industry, as well as mass media production and advertising. He has participated in World Bank planning missions and program supervision and also worked with other international organizations, including UNESCO, Radio Netherlands, and The Inter-American Institute for Agricultural Cooperation (IICA). A native Spanish speaker, he is fluent in English.