HOPE Staff USA
Dr. Vidya Sharma, MD, MPH- Advisor, Research and Science
Dr. Vidya Sharma serves as HOPE’s Advisor on all research and science matters. Dr. Sharma just retired from position of Director, Physician Performance Improvement and Outcomes; Former Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Mercy Children’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Her specializations include pediatric dermatology as well as pediatric emergency medicine. She received her MBBS in India at Armed Forces Medical College and further received her MPH at the University of Kansas. A keen interest in children’s health research has resulted in several publications such as “State-level child health system performance and the likelihood of readmission to children’s hospitals”. Dr. Sharma’s work with HOPE Foundation is critical to establishing HOPE as a research center, starting with the study titled “Bangladesh Antenatal Care with SMS”, with the objective of evaluating the impact of a village health worker- mediated, SMS supplemented, home-based antenatal care program on the proportion of mothers who deliver with a skilled attendant versus unskilled.
Matthew Malin, MPH- Director of International Programs
Matthew Malin is a Senior Director of Product Strategy and Development for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing strategic partnerships and product strategy for various lines of business. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Malin was Director of Strategic Initiatives for WellCare Health Plans. WellCare provides Government sponsored healthcare plans that focus on Medicare and Medicaid insurance throughout the U.S. Mr. Malin has also held management positions within the healthcare industry with various companies, including Accenture’s Consulting Practice, Kaiser Permanente, and Aetna. In 2005, Mr. Malin graduated from UC Berkeley’s Masters of Public Health Program. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Biological Science from Clemson University in S.C, as well as a minor in Business Administration. Mr. Malin has a passion for creating models of high-quality, sustainable healthcare services in developing countries. As a seasoned healthcare executive, he inspires excellence by training physicians and their staff on how to be leaders and managers, combining their clinical expertise with wise business practices. Since 2010, Mr. Malin has shared his passion for Hope Foundation’s delivery of Maternal and Child Healthcare Services with Hope’s founder Dr. Mahmood. Mr. Malin lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife and 4 children.
Ashley Pugh, MA- Program Officer
Ashley Pugh is the Program Officer for HOPE’s US office. Ashley gained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations at Salisbury University where she furthermore earned four minors in Political Science, History, German and Conflict and Dispute Resolution. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Justin Y. Shen Award as the most Outstanding Undergraduate in her field. Following graduation, Ashley took a position with the International Rescue Committee as a Refugee Resettlement Case Manager, working with refugee populations from varying countries. Yearning to do work on a more global scale, Ashley decided to pursue her Masters degree. She enrolled at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies and earned her Master of Arts in International Development. Ashley’s background consists of work in varying international and local non-profits as well as think tanks in the fields of human rights, women’s empowerment, environmental protection, health and community development. Always passionate about women’s and children’s health and rights, Ashley was immediately drawn to the HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh.
Donna MacDonald, M.H.Sc.- Director of Program Development
Donna MacDonald is the Program Development Director for Hope Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh and works on a voluntary basis. She is responsible for program research and development and provides grant writing services for the Foundation. Ms. MacDonald graduated with a Master’s Degree in Health Science from the University of Toronto, with dual major in behavioral health and nutrition, and earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Human Nutrition at Ryerson University, Toronto. She has worked with a multitude of organizations in both Canada and the U.S. over the past 30 years in the areas of program development and implementation, evaluation, quality assurance monitoring, grant writing, budget development, and public information. Her background includes a broad spectrum of health, health education, children’s services, human services, education, housing/homelessness and workforce initiatives. She has lived in Miami, FL since 1990 and is from Toronto, Canada.