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Secretariat Team


Teji Rakhra Burris

Teji Rakhra-Burris

President & CEO, GGMC

  • Research Program Leader, Sr, Center for Applied Genomics & Precision Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
  • Co-Founder, MeTree&You, Inc.
  • Biography
  • USA, North Carolina
Scott Sundseth

Scott Sundseth, Ph.D.

Program Director, IHCC

  • Founder, Sundseth Consulting, LLC
  • Member, G2MC
  • USA, North Carolina
Chisom Nwaneri

Chisom Nwaneri, Msc, PMP®

Program Manager, IHCC

  • USA, Georgia

Organizational Support

Hannah Kennel, M.M.B.

Administrative Program Manager, GGMC

  • Global Inside Sales Manager, Premier Consulting
  • USA, North Carolina
Farah Tekbali

Farah Tekbali

Program Coordinator, GGMC

  • USA, Arizona
Ytina Mangum

Ytina Mangum, M.S.

Finance Director, GGMC

  • Director of Administration and Finance, General Internal Medicine,
    Duke University Medical Center
  • USA, North Carolina
Sharelija Lawrence

Sharelija Lawrence, M.B.A, M.S.W.

Bookkeeper, GGMC

  • Permanency Planning Supervisor, Wake County Health and Human Services
  • USA, North Carolina

Communications & Technology

Cemal Tepe

Cemal Tepe, Ph.D., M.B.A.

Technology Services Director, GGMC

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland Global Campus
  • USA, North Carolina
Meredith Towery

Meredith Towery, M.S., M.B.A.

Communications Director, GGMC

  • Communications Manager, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • USA, North Carolina
Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson

Communications Specialist, GGMC

  • Digital Marketer, Bright Eyed Media, Volt Labs
  • Communications Specialist, Medical Minds Matter
  • USA, Nebraska

Project Managers

John Connolly, Ph.D.

Project Manager, Scientific Strategy and Cohorts Enhancement Working Group, IHCC

  • Scientist III, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
  • Program Manager, Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network
  • USA, Pennsylvania

Carles Garcia, Ph.D.

Project Manager, Data Standards and Infrastructure Working Group, IHCC

  •  Project Coordinator, “Common Infrastructure for National Cohorts in Europe, Canada, and Africa” (CINECA) project
  • Project Coordination Officer, EMBL-EBI
  • United Kingdom

Latifa El Hadri, Ph.D.

Project Manager, Workforce & Training Core Committee, GGMC

  • Global Health System Strengthening, Consultant
  • Former Visiting Fellow, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology in Duke University’s Medical Center
  • Member, French Alliance and International Students Organizations
  • Founder, Moroccan Association of NC
  • USA, North Carolina