Our Leadership

The leaders whose vision and collaboration is making the Global Solidarity Fund a catalyst for sustainable development

Board of Directors

Anthony R. Tersigni

Anthony R. Tersigni

Chair of the Board of Directors

Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, is Executive Chair of Ascension Capital, LLC. Ascension Capital formalizes and expands Ascension’s direct strategic investment initiative ― building a portfolio of investments in companies that will serve to improve Ascension’s operations and clinical outcomes while generating capital gains that can be re-invested to support our Mission. Ascension Capital is also responsible for Ascension Investment Management, which manages Ascension’s investment portfolio, and Ascension Ventures, which continues to provide strategic insights to emerging technologies while generating expected financial returns.

Prior to this role, Dr. Tersigni served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension, an organization he grew into the largest Catholic healthcare system in the world dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care.

Throughout his more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Tersigni has garnered the ability to recognize, then capitalize, on growth opportunities to maximize success.

In addition to his appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Tersigni has shared his expertise with more than 20 professional organizations, serving as a board member and often as board chair.

Career History
Before becoming the first President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension in 2012, Dr. Tersigni had served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Health since 2004. Previously he served as Ascension Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2001 through 2003. From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Tersigni was President and Chief Executive Officer at St. John Health, Detroit (now Ascension St. John), which at that time was Ascension Health’s largest integrated health system.

Mike Hoffman

Mike Hoffman

Emeritus Chair

Mike Hoffman is the Chairman of Changing Our World, which he co-founded over two decades ago. Changing Our World was the first philanthropic services firm to provide fundraising, management and corporate social engagement strategy to nonprofits and corporations alike, and the first fundraising consultancy to become part of Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC). He is also the co-founder of Impact 360, a social impact technology company and chairs its nonprofit division, SoulfulImpact.org. In addition, Mike is president and CEO of The Hoffman Brothers Foundation and is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mike and his wife Maggie have 3 children Siobhan, Michael and Shannon.

Manisha Bharti

Manisha Bharti

Board Member and Secretary

Manisha Bharti is GHR Foundation’s chief of strategy and programs, as well as a member of GHR’s management team, In this role, Manisha oversees the evolution and implementation of each of the Foundation’s program strategies along with efforts to track, analyze and measure results and knowledge emerging from GHR’s grant-making. She also leads on several critical foundation partnerships.

Manisha was previously chief strategy officer of FHI 360, a leading global development implementation organization. She was a member of the executive leadership team and oversaw the corporate strategy, partnerships, communications and business development functions. Prior to her 11-year tenure at FHI 360, Manisha served a number of foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Foundation, in addition to working at McKinsey & Company, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS and the Canadian Government.

Manisha earned two masters’ degrees in business administration and public health from Johns Hopkins University and completed an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree at Harvard University in social studies.

Joe Cerrell

Joe Cerrell

Board Member

Joe Cerrell is Managing Director for Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He oversees the Foundation’s relationships with countries in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East that are the largest international donors to overseas development. His team also supports the Foundation’s partnerships with corporations, foundations and other non-governmental organizations within these countries to support increased engagement and progress on global health and agriculture. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in 2001, he served in senior roles in U.S. government and strategy consulting, including in the Clinton White House under former Vice President Al Gore and at APCO Worldwide. Cerrell currently serves on the boards of several organisations, including the ONE Campaign, Global Citizen, and the Global Institute for Disease Elimination. He is based in the Gates Foundation’s Europe and Middle East Office in London, which he opened in 2010.

Susan M. Huber

Susan M. Huber

Board Member and Treasurer

Susan Huber is President, Ascension Global Mission, and Senior Vice President, Ascension, a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care.

Ascension Global Mission engages in international efforts to improve health and living status for poor and vulnerable populations in low resource countries through collaborating with local and global communities, including sponsoring congregations, to foster long-term, sustainable change. Ascension Global Mission seeks to develop new models of partnership with other organizations and collaborate with local communities. In addition to her work with the Global Solidarity Fund, other international efforts include:
• Collaborating with a hospital in Haiti to enable quality healthcare through nursing education; developing a supply chain initiative to create a more reliable and sustainable source of supplies and equipment; and mentoring leadership, beginning with Human Resources, to ensure a qualified staff is recruited and retained.
• Creating systemic change in Guatemala through working with local communities to develop a “Model of Collaborative Governance,” a groundbreaking concept that works alongside community leaders to amplify their voice and empower them to create sustainable change in their communities.
• Leading efforts, consistent with Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, to collaborate with accredited Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations to provide refurbished equipment and supplies to low resource countries, ensuring that donated equipment is in good working condition and consumable supplies are of good quality and not expired.

Rebecca Marmot

Rebecca Marmot

Board Member

Rebecca Marmot is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever.

She is responsible for driving through advocacy and partnerships, transformational change on priority areas of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan: climate change and eliminating deforestation; sustainable agriculture & smallholder farmers; water, sanitation and hygiene; and opportunities for women.

Rebecca is a Non-Executive Director at WSUP – Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor.

Patrick W. McGrory

Patrick W. McGrory

Board Member

As a Private Wealth Advisor with Ameriprise Financial, Patrick McGrory specializes in investment management, retirement planning, estate planning and charitable giving. Having been in the industry for over twenty years, he has been awarded the designation of Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.

In addition to his work as an advisor, Patrick has played a significant role for over 25 years in his family’s foundation, the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, where he currently serves as the Chairman. Patrick is a member of various councils for the Diocese of Camden, including the Bishop’s Finance Council where he currently serves as the Vice Chair as well as the Chair of the Catholic Schools Oversite Committee. His charitable work continues in his roles as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Foundation and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities and as a Board Member of The Saint John Vianney Center.

Patrick received his undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he served as the Hawk mascot, and continues to be deeply involved with the university and its alumni activities. He received his Master of Science in Financial Services and is now a PhD Candidate in Financial and Retirement Planning at The American College in King of Prussia, PA.

Patrick was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and now resides in Vineland, New Jersey with his wife, son and daughter.

Walter Panzirer

Walter Panzirer

Board Member

A grandson of Leona Helmsley, Walter Panzirer has served as a paramedic, firefighter and law enforcement officer. This work sparked his passion for bettering the lives of people who live in underserved areas around the world. Walter studied history, business administration and pastoral directed studies. He has served on a number of nonprofit and educational boards and also owns and operates a hunting lodge in rural South Dakota.

Johannes van de Ven

Board Member

Johannes serves as the Executive Director of Good Energies Foundation, based in Zug (Switzerland). The mission of Good Energies is to prevent and mitigate future poverty caused by climate change, supporting interventions in two areas: energy (access to clean, renewable energy) and forestry (halting tropical deforestation and increasing landscape restoration and reforestation). In prior incarnations, Johannes was the Managing Director of Porticus Latin America, based in São Paulo (Brazil); and Vice-President at the global investment banking, securities and investment management firm Bozano, Simonsen, based in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and New York (United States).

In addition, Johannes currently serves as a Board member of World Resources Institute Brazil, a research organization promoting environmental sustainability, economic opportunity, human health and well-being. WRI’s activities are focused on seven areas: food, forests, water, energy, cities, climate and ocean. He also serves on the Board of Instituto Arapyaú, a non-profit organization committed to supporting sustainable development and the construction of a low-carbon economy in Brazil. Moreover, he serves on the Advisory Board of SELCO Solar Light Pvt. Ltd., a for-profit social enterprise based in Bangalore. SELCO plays an instrumental role in improving living standards of poor households in India. He also serves on the Investor Collaborative of the Global Commons Alliance, a partnership of more than 50 global organizations in philanthropy, science, business and advocacy, with a mission to create the most powerful network to scale science-based action to protect people and planet.

Johannes studied moral theology, business ethics and development economics, with graduate studies at the PUC-Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and holding a Ph.D. from Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).

Sister Jane Wakahiu

Sister Jane Wakahiu

Board Member

Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, Ph.D., is a member of the institute of the Little Sisters of Saint Francis, Kenya. Wakahiu oversees, the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative and its Catholic Education Programs. Her responsibilities are to advance the vitality of congregations of women religious globally, enabling sisters to contribute more profoundly to sustainable human development, as well as to enhance the effectiveness of Catholic schools. She also contributes to the Foundation’s strategic planning.

Prior to joining Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, she was the Executive Director of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) where she implemented the Collaborative’s many programs by working closely with conferences of major superiors, religious congregations and institutes, twenty-three partner colleges and universities in the United States and Africa, and major foundations. Wakahiu has extensively taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at Marywood University and has a breadth of teaching and administrative experience from leading a high school in Kenya and as a leader of women organizations. An accomplished author and editor, Wakahiu’s peer reviewed articles are published in national and international journals and a contributing writer for the Global Sisters Report.

Wakahiu earned a Bachelor of Education Degree from Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Kenya, a Master of Arts Degree from Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, New York, and Ph.D. in Human Development/Higher Education Administration from Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Executive Director

Marta Guglielmetti

Marta Guglielmetti

Executive Director

Marta Guglielmetti serves as Executive Director of the Global Solidarity Fund (GSF), which she contributed significantly to creating. At the direction of the Board Chair and in consultation with the Advisory Board Chair, she leads the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization, oversees all its activities, and manages relationships with external partners and other stakeholders.

Previously, Marta held different senior positions, when working for the United Nations (UN) in different agencies. At the World Health Organization (WHO) she worked for the Director-General’s Office in the Strategic Engagement Unit, managing the organization’s relations with selected European governments. Leading several programs to prevent major causes of noncommunicable diseases in a number of African countries, she engaged closely with African and European governments, philanthropies, and other global health stakeholders. At the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Marta was responsible for special initiatives on the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 debate, working in Rome, Brussels, and Quito. Marta also worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in London, leading external and government relations with Italy and the Holy See, liaising with international organizations, public/private partnerships, Catholic institutions, and international NGOs. She started her career at the European Parliament in Brussels and has also worked in an international NGO and a private company.

Marta has lived in several European countries (Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, the UK and Switzerland), and speaks English, French, German and Italian.

Team

Melanie Guard

Melanie Guard

Communications Manager

Melanie Guard serves as GSF’s Communications Manager, based in the United States. For the past 35 years, she has worked with numerous health care systems and hospitals leading broad-scale internal and external communications initiatives. Her expertise also includes event and conference planning; media relations and project management. Much of her career has supported Catholic organizations.

Paola Iappelli

Paola Iappelli

Event and Office Manager

Paola Iappelli serves as GSF’s Event and Office Manager. For 10 years she served in the office of the President and CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton, Italy, sustaining both the activities of the CEO and his institutional roles as Member of the Boards of Directors and Foundations. She also worked as Office Manager at the Rome Headquarters of Booz Allen. In Italy she has collaborated with Anthony R. Tersigni, former President and CEO of ASCENSION. She played an active role in the organization of the XXXII International Conference on Health Disparities (CISAC), which was held in the Vatican in November 2017. She has supported the activities of the Hon. Frederick Vreeland, former US Ambassador in Morocco and Under-Secretary of State, as well as Dennis Redmont, at the Council for the US and Italy. Paola also collaborated with Geneva-based Eurovision, backing up the Rome Bureau and its Vatican activities for papal trips and major events.

Tom Walsh

Tom Walsh

Head of Communications and Advocacy

Tom Walsh serves as GSF’s Head of Communications and Advocacy, based in London. Before joining GSF, he was a Senior Program Officer for Global Policy & Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, building partnerships to support governments in investing wisely in health and development. From 2004-2012, he worked on PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, at the State Department in Washington. He held a variety of roles, including as PEPFAR’s deputy head and its chief of staff, and served as its acting head for five months during the 2009 presidential transition. At both the Gates Foundation and PEPFAR, collaboration with faith leaders and communities was central to his work. Before that, Tom worked at the US Senate Committee on Finance on strengthening domestic health programs. He is an attorney by training.

Anna Springer

Executive Assistant

Anna Springer serves as GSF’s part-time Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, based in Rome. For the past 3 years, she has worked with the Eurovision Italy office, leading a remote-based team in providing administrative services to Eurovision Services in Geneva. She is experienced in archive management, travel logistics, invoice handling, and customer database management.

Jini Sebakunzi

Program and Grant Manager

Jini Sebakunzi is the Program and Grant Manager for the Global Solidarity Fund. He is responsible for overseeing and managing all GSF programs and grants.

Jini has more than 15 years of experience in business development and project management in both the public and private sectors. He has worked in various leadership roles supporting social enterprises in Africa in partnerships with foundations, impact investors and private corporations.

Previously he worked as a Program Manager at Regions of Climate Action (R20), where his team won a two-year grant and launched a solar enterprise for rural women in Burundi, that produced an inclusive economic impact.

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