Elizabeth Geier | Executive Director

Elizabeth has been managing programs in the field of international public health for the past six years. Her career in global health began working together with refugee populations to improve community health on the Thai-Burma border in two refugee camps as the Community Health Coordinator for the American Refugee Committee. She then went on to work for CARE International in Timor-Leste where she began as the Project Manager for a nationwide malaria project and then later became the Health Program Manager, managing various projects that supported government efforts to roll out satellite health posts for rural communities affected by war and unrest and to improve the health system’s response to childhood malnutrition. Most recently, she led a project setting up community nutrition centers for indigenous populations of the high Andes Mountains of Peru, working with Future Generations piloting a new strategy for monitoring childhood growth together with rural communities. These experiences of leading programs that strive to defend the right to health for people and communities have shaped her career. Elizabeth’s work has focused on community-led approaches to improving health as well as health system strengthening in the areas of disease prevention, behavior change and health promotion, monitoring and evaluation and improved engagement between government health systems and communities. She has a Masters of Science in International Public Health from the TropED program (a combined degree from Humboldt University, Heidelberg University, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and The Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam).

Luis Manuel Rosa Sosa | Public Health Programs Director

Luis Manuel Rosa Sosa completed medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) in 2004 in the Dominican Republic. He then went on to complete an International Master in Public Health from the Hebrew University Jerusalem Israel in 2007 and later a second master in Professional Epidemiology at Institute de Santé Publique et Development (ISPED) in Bordeaux, France, which he completed in 2009. Early on in his career Luis Rosa was inspired to work in the field of international health after he volunteered for the Dominican Red Cross. Before heading abroad he taught epidemiology and biostatistics, lecturing to medical school students at Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE). Luis Rosa’s international career began working with Aide Medical International in Afghanistan. Since then, he has worked with Medical Emergency Relief International (MERLIN) in the Philippines responding to Hurricane Ondoy, contributed to saving thousands of lives during the cholera epidemic in Haiti, and returned to Afghanistan to focus on Health Systems Strengthening and community health interventions. His most recent experience working with Medecins du Monde in Jordan focused on supporting the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis in the Middle East, helping improve health for both refugee and host community populations, including leading programs in the area of chronic diseases. Luis returned to the Dominican Republic to work with Health Horizons International beginning in October 2014. By joining Health Horizons International Luis will be enabled to help improve health and well-being in his home country.

Marinelli Gutierrez, Logistics Coordinator

Marinelli is the HHI Logistics Coordinator. She graduated from Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic with a degree in Executive Secretary. She has experience includes work as an Accounting Administrative Assistant in both lawyers’ and general offices. Those most in need, especially children, compel her to serve most. Her hobbies include watching cultural TV programs and listening to romantic music.

Carlos Castillo | Community Health Worker Coordinator

Carlos “Carlito” Castillo has lived in Pancho Mateo (one of the communities outside of Montellano where HHI works) since he was 10 years old. Raised by his mother to have a strong work ethic, Carlito has held a variety of jobs both in Puerto Plata and Montellano since a young age. In 2010, Carlito was introduced to HHI and was given the opportunity to be trained as a Community Health Worker. Given his natural leadership and strong dedication to HHI, three years later he was selected to be the first Community Health Worker Coordinator. Carlito enjoys his work with HHI because it allows him to help local communities and also develop his abilities as a professional. In addition to his fulltime position with HHI coordinating the Community Health Workers, he is also currently studying in Puerto Plata and takes English classes once a week in Montellano. In his free time Carlito enjoys playing basketball and his favorite food is Dominican rice and beans.

Haley Burns | Administrative Director

Haley is the Administrative Director of HHI, and helps coordinate state-side logistics for the Medical Service Trips. After graduating from the University of Hartford, she worked in administrative and operational roles for several years before joining HHI’s team in 2012. She lives with her husband and daughter in Connecticut.