Board of Directors

Global Implementation Solutions (GIS) primarily works in Africa and the Middle East and is focused on providing support for One Health programs, biosecurity legislation development, and building laboratory diagnostic capacity. CEO and Executive Director, Kaitlin Sandhaus is one of the original founders and has been managing healthcare related programs in resource limited countries for ten years. GIS has a diverse Board of Directors and a cadre of technical consultants from Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and the US.

Board of Directors

Toria Shaw, MSW – Interim President

Toria Shaw studied Communications and Spanish at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). During her undergraduate studies, Toria spent a summer at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Following three years in Marketing, Toria spent two years in California working for Pacific Pride Foundation, an organization directed at the LGBT and HIV/AIDS care services, where she was responsible for office management, staffing a needle exchange program, and became a registered HIV Test counselor. Toria has worked in Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria to implement trainings and workshops focused on building sustainable healthcare related programs.

Toria was a founding member of Global Implementation Solutions and served as the Program Director until January 2013. She currently works at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management as a Program Manager and also serves as a GIS technical consultant.

Julie Schmitt—Treasurer

Julie Schmitt is Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Global Implementation Solutions, and currently resides in the metro Detroit area. She has degrees in Accountancy and Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She is a Certified Public Accountant, and has external and internal auditing experience working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Sony Electronics, Inc., respectively. Her nonprofit work includes a month-long volunteer teaching trip to Ethiopia, working on various church committees in her parish, after-school tutoring for low-income/minority children, and volunteer work during several walking/running events benefiting various organizations (Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, etc.). Julie is dedicated to helping and serving the underprivileged in her own community and abroad.

Robert Sandhaus, MD, PhD, FCCP—Secretary

Robert “Sandy” Sandhaus has degrees in molecular biology, biochemistry, and medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Critical Care Medicine. He has been a medical faculty member at UCSF and the University of Colorado. In 1981, he started the Alpha-1 Program at National Jewish Health in Denver and remains its director. In addition to his ongoing academic career, Dr. Sandhaus led clinical development programs at Cortech, NeXstar Pharmaceuticals, and Gilead Sciences during the 1990s.

Since 2000, he has been the Medical Director of AlphaNet and the Clinical Director of the Alpha-1 Foundation, while continuing to follow patients with genetic lung disease at National Jewish. Dr. Sandhaus has served on the Boards of Directors of the Alpha-1 Association and the Alpha-1 Foundation and is currently a board member of AlphaNet, the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, and the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs.


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