Frank Beadle de Palomo – President and Chief Executive Officer
Frank has over 26 years experience in the global health community that includes significant achievements in HIV prevention, domestic and global care, research, and advocacy. Before joining mothers2mothers (m2m) as CEO in 2012, Frank was Senior Vice President and Director of the Global Health, Population, and Nutrition Group at FHI 360. Previously, Frank was Senior Vice President and Director of the Academy for Educational Development (AED), where he re-established the organisation as a leader in global AIDS programmes. He also created and directed the National Council of La Raza ‘s Center for Health Promotion in the U.S.
Dr. Mitch Besser – Founder
An obstetrician and gynaecologist, Mitch’s career has been dedicated to the public health needs of women. In 1999, he joined the University of Cape Town, assisting with the development of services for HIV-positive pregnant women to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). It was through that work he recognised a need for an education and psychosocial support programme that would help PMTCT services achieve the best medical and social outcomes, founding m2m in 2001. Among the many awards Mitch has received are the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the Presidential Citizen’s Award.
Robin Allinson Smalley – Co-founder and Director, m2m U.S.
Robin enjoyed an award-winning career as a television producer/director/writer before realising that the legacy she wanted to leave had nothing to do with entertainment. Turning her attention to the non-profit world, she became the Executive Director of The Media Project, working to incorporate healthy messages around sexuality and reproductive health into television. From there, she moved her family to South Africa, to become m2m’s first Executive Director. Now back in the U.S., she is responsible for U.S. fundraising, partnership development, advocacy, and global communications.
Chad D. Rathner – Chief Operations Officer
Chad brings more than 18 years’ experience in the global health community and private sector. Before joining m2m as COO in 2014, Chad was the Deputy Country Director at FHI 360 Zambia as well as Chief of Party on USAID’s flagship HIV and AIDS Prevention programme in Zambia. In addition, from 2007-2010 Chad was the Academy for Educational Development (AED) Director of the Local Partners Capacity Building Program, a USAID funded Organization Development project. Chad’s new position with m2m utilises his expertise in developing solutions for a wide range of HIV and AIDS, family planning, maternal and child health, education, public/private partnership, and capacity building programmes.
Emma France – Director, m2m Europe
Emma established the European office of m2m in 2011. Emma began her career as a project finance lawyer at the International Law Firm, Allen & Overy. She has served in various board roles in national and local charities, including as Vice-Chair of Amnesty International UK and as governor of various primary schools. Emma is currently a trustee of the Amnesty International UK Charitable Trust. She has also served as a Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School whilst consulting with charities around strategy and change.
Chrissie Graham – Senior Business Development Manager
Chrissie is the newest member of m2m’s Senior Management Team, bringing almost nine years experience in the non-profit and private sectors. Before joining m2m as the Senior Business Development Manager in 2014, Chrissie worked in Washington, D.C. at Deloitte, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and the Academy for Educational Development (AED). Chrissie’s position with m2m utilises her expertise in capture planning, proposal development and writing, team management, and capacity building.
Sonja Kotze – Finance Director
Sonja has more than 15 years experience in financial and operations management in both the private and non-profit sectors. Before joining mothers2mothers in January 2013, she worked and consulted for various international NGOs focusing on financial and administrative policy development and related process design. Previous roles also extended her experience to human resources management, information technology, strategy development, project operations support, etc. She is an entrepreneur at heart with an activist soul and enjoys an environment where people feel empowered and inspired.
Gillian Mthandi – Human Resources Director
Gillian Mthandi is an HR generalist with 16 years of experience in human resource management. She spent 10 years of her career working as an HR Manager for various corporations in South Africa. Six years ago she made the decision to move into the nonprofit sector, joining m2m. Her first role within m2m was to give strategic HR support to the field operations in Southern Africa. She was later promoted to HR Director where she leads the global HR strategy for the organisation.
Dr. Kathrin Schmitz – Director, Programmes and Technical Support
Before joining m2m in 2005, Kathrin was Medical Director for Ikamva Labantu, a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town. Among her many responsibilities, she directed the organisation’s health and staff care and outreach programmes, developed community healthcare strategies, and managed many of the organisation’s projects and collaborations. At m2m, Kathrin has worked to implement organisation-wide systems and to standardise the m2m service delivery model across all programme sites.
David Torres – Special Advisor to the President and CEO
While traveling around the world with his family on a sabbatical from his role as a Managing Director at JPMorgan in London in 2005, David worked as a volunteer at m2m in Cape Town for two months. After returning to London, he decided to end his 22-year career in banking and join m2m as a permanent staff member, moving his wife and two children to South Africa. His role includes local and international fundraising and development, as well as the business side of m2m’s international expansion.