The secretariat is located at the Task Force for Global Health and manages the partnership’s daily operations, communications, and resource mobilization efforts.
Bill Gallo, Secretariat Director
Bill Gallo has over 30 years of experience with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in public health program management, policy, and administration. Bill served as Senior Advisor for the Pacific Islands in the CDC Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he worked with public health leadership in the US-affiliated Pacific Islands to coordinate and strengthen CDC support to the islands and assist health ministers in the strategic management of their CDC-funded programs. From 2003-2007, he served the CDC’s global health programs in Kenya, where he oversaw management and operations for one of CDC’s largest overseas programs.
From 1987-1999 he served as a CDC public health advisor with state and local sexually transmitted disease and immunization programs before joining CDC Atlanta as the Associate Director for Policy in the Immunization Services Division from 1999-2002. During his assignment in Atlanta, he also provided short term assistance with polio eradication and measles elimination efforts in Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, and Kenya.
Caroline Cassard, Communications Specialist
Caroline Cassard served in the Peace Corps in Indonesia as an English language teacher and teacher trainer from 2018 to 2020. Prior to Peace Corps service, she studied writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College and served in AmeriCorps as the education curriculum coordinator at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore, a residential college-access program for disadvantaged youth. She joined the Secretariat in 2020 as Communications Specialist.
Pam Jenkins, Financial Lead
Pam Jenkins is the financial lead for the GPZL, spending 30% of her time at the Partnership and the rest within another department at the Task Force for Global Health. She oversees financial management, budgeting, salary, payments, contracts and accounting for the GPZL. She has over 30 years’ experience in financial accounting including serving as the comptroller of a major Atlanta nonprofit organization and working as an accounting manager and financial management supervisor for two Atlanta-based corporations. Her career began as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, where she was in charge of the government’s special contracts invoice team, responsible for making payments in twelve different currencies. In this role she worked at posts all over the world including in South Korea and elsewhere.
Samridhi Rajbhandari, Communications Intern
Samridhi Rajbhandari is a graduate student at Emory University’s Masters in Development Practice program with a focus on Human Rights and Gender Justice. Prior to attending Emory and joining the Task Force for Global Health, she worked as a Frontline Representative at Greenpeace, where she focused on the Save Our Oceans campaign against plastic pollution. Sam was also the Global Business Development Intern at the International Development Enterprises in Denver, Colorado, where she gained significant insight into funds development for various country projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Her international exposure, upbringing, and volunteer experiences fuel her passion for development work. Sam is most excited to work with GPZL to destigmatize leprosy and combat discrimination against persons affected by leprosy in the Global South.
Andie Tucker, MDP, Project Manager
Andie Tucker joined the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy in 2019 as Communications Specialist, and transitioned to her role as Project Manager in 2020. Prior to working with the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy, she served as the Program Director at Restoration ATL, an organization that supports homeless women and children in Atlanta, and was a fellow in the Georgia’s Women’s Policy Institute class of 2016. In 2017 she obtained her Master’s in Development Practice at Emory University and joined the Child Health Mortality Prevention and Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network as a Public Health Partnerships Associate where she worked to connect CHAMPS’ work to external partners.