Samatha joined ISDS in June 2015. She designs evaluation plans to monitor progress on ISDS program activity goals and a framework for knowledge management of ISDS project resources. She coordinates Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) and One Health Surveillance workgroups.
Samatha has over 15 years of experience in mixed-methods research and program evaluation and successfully managed and evaluated nutrition and health programs domestically and globally. Her doctoral thesis focused on health worker job satisfaction and retention in rural Zambia. Samatha worked at Boston Public Health Commission’s Research and Evaluation Office and developed evaluation plans and logic models for several chronic disease prevention programs implemented in the City of Boston. As a Research Faculty at The Institute of Health Systems (IHS), Hyderabad, India, she provided technical assistance to the State and Federal Ministries of Health on health systems and policy research. Earlier in her career, Samatha worked with CARE-India, implementing a community mobilization program to improve maternal health and nutrition in rural India.
Samatha has a BS and a MS in Nutrition from Sri Venkateswara University, India. She graduated from Boston University School of Public Health with a MPH in Maternal and Child Health and a DrPH in Global Health.
Katrina recently joined ISDS in the fall of 2014. Her responsibilities include supporting the Data Sharing Workshops and the BioSense Data Sharing Workgroup.
Before coming to ISDS, Katrina worked with the Minnesota Department of Health and a local health department in Minnetonka, MN. Katrina also spent time doing research in Cuenca, Ecuador, and she studied abroad in Costa Rica.
Katrina has a BA in Biochemistry and Spanish from Lawrence University and a MPH from University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Lauren is new to ISDS in the fall of 2014. Her responsibilities include coordinating pre-conference and annual conference logistics, committee logistics and ISDS communications. Before coming to ISDS, Lauren worked as an administrative assistant for Boston University’s Center for Global Health and Development. In the past, she has worked and studied abroad in Santiago, Chile and Kimana, Kenya.
Lauren graduated from Northwestern University in 2013 with a BA in Biological Sciences and recieved MPH with a focus on Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health in 2015.
Brooke Evans joined ISDS staff in early 2014. She coordinates the BioSense User Group, BioSense workgroups and the Public Health Practice Committee. She is currently working on the ISDS/CDC ICD-10 conversion project and heading ISDS’ social media. She supports the ISDS Board of Directors, and provides membership services such as the monthly ISDS newsletter.
Brooke has worked at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tufts School of Public Health, where she contributed to the Committee Assessment for Freeway Exposure and Health. She has lived most of her life in Saudi Arabia, and has also lived abroad in Beijing, China and Sydney, Australia.
Brooke graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a BA in Community Health and Chinese.