Who are the people behind the Grandmother Project?


judiaubelDr. Judi Aubel is a specialist in community development, health and education. She has 20 years of experience working with community health programs primarily in Africa but also in Latin America, Asia and the Pacific. Her training is in adult education, medical anthropology and public health. Her focus is on developing community health and education programs that build on socio-cultural realities and resources and that empower communities to effectively promote their own wellbeing. She extensively worked to build the capacities of local NGOs and government institutions to implement grandmother inclusive and culturally grounded approaches to community development.

Elizabeth Mealey
Ms. Elisabeth Mealey is a communication specialist who has worked with international NGOs in Europe, Asia and the Pacific for more than 12 years. A journalist by training, her articles and programs on environmental and social issues have appeared in media outlets around the world. Her work focuses on indigenous land-rights issues, traditional cultural renewal and the impacts of development.

Board of Directors

President  Dr. Erma Manoncourt, President, M&D Consulting Inc., Paris, France
Secretary  Lillian Baer, Retired Director of ACI, Dakar, Senegal
Treasurer  Saul Helfenbein, Retired International Public Health Manager, Washington, D.C., USA

Other Members

  • Susan Anderson, Founder & CEO, ArtReach Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Saul Helfenbein, Consultant in Global Health & Development
  • Banda Ndiaye, M.Sc. International Development, Regional Advisor for West Africa, Micronutrient Initiative, Dakar, Senegal
  • Marilyn Rice, CEO, Marilyn E Rice Consulting International, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Pape Sene, Regional Director for West Africa, CLUSA, Dakar, Senegal
  • Judi Aubel, Executive Director, Grandmother Project, Rome, Italy and Mbour, Senegal

GMP Team Members

Full and Part-Time staff

  • Judi Aubel, Executive Director, Rome, Italy
  • Susie Carrington, Administration and Finance Manager, Rome Italy
  • Ndéye Rama Balde, Community Mobilizer, Vélingara, Senegal
  • Mamadou Coulibaly, Program Officer, Mbour, Senegal
  • Falilou Cissé, Community Development Coordinator, Mbour, Senegal
  • Khadidiatou Leye Cissé, Administrative and Financial Officer, Mbour, Senegal
  • Aminata Diallo, Community Mobilizer, Vélingara, Senegal
  • Mariama Kande, Community Mobilizer, Vélingara, Senegal
  • Alyssa Rychtarik, Senior Program Advisor, Rome, Italy


  • Mariette Banyton, Consultant in International Education, Vancouver, Canada
  • Ruth Castillo,  Website Designer, Latina, Italy
  • Khadidiatou Diallo, Sociologist, Thiès, Senegal
  • Francesca Lulli, Anthropologist, Research Consultant, Rome, Italy
  • Anneke Newman, Ph.D. student, IDS Sussex, Brighton, UK
  • Djingri Ouoba, Community Mobilization and Nutrition Consultant, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Malang Sagna, Education Sector Consultant, Velingara, Senegal
  • Mamadou Sow, Education Sector Consultant, Velingara, Senegal
  • Valerie Stetson, Traning Consultant, Baltimore, USA
  • Jitendra Joshi, Volunteer Webmaster, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Advisory Group

  • Mohamed Ag Bendech, Regional Nutrition Advisor, FAO, Accra, Ghana
  • Gretchen Bloom, Senior Gender Consultant, Retired World Food Program and USAID, Rome, Italy
  • Sandy Callier, Project Director, Hygiene Imporvement Project, Family Health International-360, Washington D.C., USA
  • Bill Clay, Retired Chief, Nutrition Service, FAO, Florida, USA
  • Margie Clay, Training & Curriculum Development Specialist, Florida, USA
  • Mouctar Coulibaly, Nutritionist, Rural Technical INstitute, Koulikoro, Mali
  • Frank Dall, Special Advisor on Education, retired UNICEF, Washington D.C., USA
  • Marta Escobar, Medical Antrhopologist, Quito, Ecuador
  • Michael Gibbons, Special Advisor on Education, Wellspring Foundation, Washington D.C., USA
  • Abou-Bakari Imorou, Socio-anthropologist, Assistant Professor, Université du Benin, Director of LASDEL, Benin
  • Judith Justice, Anthropologist, Retired Professor, School of Medicine, Univeristy of California San Francisco, USA
  • Memuna Kadie Sawi, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Home Sciences, Njala University, Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Makane Kane, UNFPA Representative, Bamako, Mali
  • Gertrudis Medrano, NICASALUD, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Jacqui Patterson, Special Advisor on Gender and Women Leadership DEvelopment, Washington D.C., USA
  • Joyce Olenja, PhD, School of Public Health, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Gretel Pelto, Department of International Nutrition, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
  • Assia Saou Musoko, Evaluation Independent Consultant, Rome, Italy
  • Betsy Stephens, Retired Health Planner, Institute of Science and Technology, Washington D.C., USA
  • Karen Z. Waltensperger, Regional Advisor for Health Programs in Africa, Save the Children, USA
  • Marian F. Zeitlin, Retired Professor, Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Dakar, Senegal

Volunteer Translators

  • Anna Bennett
  • Alain Duval
  • Ellen Hultgren
  • Elizabeth Lawler
  • Katherine Dominique Nield
  • Alessandra Norbis
  • Peter Suchowacky