About Us

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, Uganda, Tanzania and the US.

Kaitlin Sandhaus, CEO and Executive Director

Kaitlin Sandhaus studied Intercultural Communications and East African Studies at the University of Kansas. After working in Marketing for 5 years, Kaitlin worked for four years coordinating and managing healthcare related projects funded through the PEPFAR initiative. She has served as a senior manager for laboratory strengthening trainings, workshops and site assessments in Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Cote D’Ivoire and Tanzania. Kaitlin has secured over 5 million dollars in funding over the last 4 years to implement programs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Egypt. She has managed the majority of the projects, workshops and meetings since the launch of GIS in 2009. Kaitlin is dedicated to building local-capacity in resource-limited settings through mentorship and coaching.

Board of Directors

Robin Jackson—President

Robin Jackson is president of the board of directors for Global Implementation Solutions. She has over 20 years of experience working with various nonprofit organizations. Her nonprofit work includes fundraising events, strategic planning, grant writing and start-up organization plans. Professionally she led a global team to reposition business strategies, managed industry relationships with associations and membership organizations, and currently is working with product development/management. Robin graduated from DePaul University.

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.

Stacia Whitmore—Member-at-Large

Stacia Whitmore, Vice President of Foundation and Government Relations, started at Chicago Children’s Museum in 2000 as the Grants Manager. Her current responsibilities as vice president include co-managing the development department, which focuses on raising funds for the museum’s operations, programs, capital and endowment needs. She also is responsible for managing all relationships with foundations and government agencies. Prior to coming to Chicago Children’s Museum, Stacia worked in fundraising at Advocate Health Care for five years. She has a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana University.

Toria Shaw, MSW – Member-at-Large

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.