Prior to joining StrongMinds, Hanna worked for 20 years in public health, mainly with Population Services International country programs. Hanna has developed and led projects and partnerships, introduced new technical areas, developed systems, and managed organizational change. She is comfortable working with field staff, technical experts, executive management, boards of directors, donors, and government agencies.…

Prior to joining StrongMinds, Carolyn Cresci worked at a number of grassroots organizations throughout Tanzania, Uganda, Peru, and New York. Her work focused on women’s and children’s issues, specifically gender-based violence and education rights, which sparked an interest in access to mental health treatment in vulnerable communities. Carolyn is a Long Island native with an…

Leah Tanner serves as our Program Associate, supporting our monitoring and evaluation work. Leah’s background in developing and implementing mental health programs for women and youth in low-resource and humanitarian settings. Her interests focus on connecting mental health research to practice, developing evidence-based programs, and capacity building for sustainable practice. Leah holds an MSPH in…

Ticiana Maloney serves as our Development Coordinator, supporting our fundraising efforts. Ticiana comes to StrongMinds with over fifteen years of experience in international development at UN agencies and international nonprofits. A native of Brazil, she holds a law degree and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Sao Paulo.

Leah Tanner brings to StrongMinds experience developing and implementing mental health programs for women and youth in low-resource and humanitarian settings. Her interests are in connecting mental health research to practice, developing evidence-based programs, and capacity building for sustainable practice. She holds an MSPH in international health from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in…

Ticiana Maloney joined StrongMinds as the new Development Coordinator to support our fundraising efforts. Ticiana comes to StrongMinds with over fifteen years of experience in international development at UN agencies and international nonprofits, where she focused on program development and communications. A native of Brazil, Ticiana holds a law degree and a master’s degree in…

Rasa Dawson is an experienced campaign manager with a keen interest in empowering women in Africa. She brings to StrongMinds extensive experience in working with influential supporters, increasing constituency and elevating brand awareness, most recently at Oxfam America. Previously, she was Development Manager at Physicians for Social Responsibility. Rasa holds a Master’s of Science in…

Jennifer Bass is passionate about the intersection of mental health and sustainable development. Before joining StrongMinds as communications manager, she led the North American communications team for the Rainforest Alliance and served as the communications manager at Worldwide Orphans. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Tufts University and a Master’s of Environmental Science from…

Frank Harle is Country Director of StrongMinds Zambia. He joined us in April 2018 as a consultant supporting the leadership team of StrongMinds Uganda. Following that, Frank led the process of selecting Zambia as our second country of operation. He subsequently oversaw the opening of our operations in Lusaka in early 2019. As Country Director of…

Dena Batrice

Dena Batrice is a social worker and an activist who is passionate about human rights – especially the rights of those who are struggling with mental health burdens. Ten years ago she pursued a Masters degree in International Mental Health – with the hope that one day an organization like StrongMinds would exist to help…