MEET OUR TEAM

Eugene Sangano, MBA, MSc

Executive Director
Eugene

Eugene Sangano, MBA, MSc, is the lead Co-Founder and the inaugural Executive Director of Alliance for Healthy Communities. A global health leader with over 14 years of experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Eugene has held numerous managerial roles in program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as in the general management of programs and technical hands-on work. Eugene also serves as Principal Investigator/Project Director to the U.S. DOD HIV Prevention Program in the Rwandan Defence Forces.

Prior to joining AHC, Eugene worked with Drew Cares International in Rwanda since 2007 and served as the Country Director from 2013 to 2017. Previously, Eugene worked at Population Service International from 2004 to 2007.

Eugene holds a Master of Business Administration from The Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands, a Master of Science in Global Healthy Delivery from the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rwanda (formerly known as the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology).

Eugene Rugira, MD

Clinical Services Director
Dr. Eugene

As the Director of Clinical Services at AHC, Eugene Rugira, MD, coordinates all clinical aspects of the HIV prevention, care and treatment program. Using data and behavior analysis for decision making, Dr. Rugira ensures activities are adapted to the needs of AHC’s clients.

Prior to joining AHC, Dr. Rugira worked as the Prevention Senior Officer at the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), where he focused on biomedical HIV prevention interventions such voluntary medical male circumcisions (VMMC), early infant medical circumcision (EIMC) and Prevention with Positives (PwP).

University of Rwanda”]Dr. Rugira graduated from the University of Rwanda with a degree in General Medicine.

Maguy Mbabazi, MD, MSc

Deputy Clinical Director
Maguy

As the Deputy Clinical Director of AHC, Dr. Maguy Mbabazi assists the Clinical Services Director in coordinating and supervising the HIV prevention, treatment and care program’s clinical activities, as well as provides capacity building for health care professionals across a variety of backgrounds.

Previously, Dr. Mbabazi served as the Deputy Clinical Director at Drew Cares International, where she worked to close the gap in access to HIV prevention measures for vulnerable and target populations. In this role, she also helped increase antiretroviral therapy coverage for target populations and HIV positive pregnant women. As a medical doctor, Dr. Mbabazi has supervised, trained and worked with patients in Rwanda’s Kibagabaga and Rutongo district hospitals in the pediatric, gynecology, and internal medicine departments. She has also volunteered with organizations providing surgical care and empowerment to women affected by fistula.

Dr. Mbabazi holds a Master’s of Science in Global Health Delivery from the University of Global Health Equity, and a Bachelor’s degree in Surgery and Medicine from University of Rwanda.

Monique Niyonzima

Prevention Coordinator
Monique

Monique works as AHC’s HIV/AIDs Prevention Coordinator, where she primarily focuses on psycho-social support of people living with HIV and prevention activities including positive behavior change communication. She also spearheads AHC’s Anti-AIDs Clubs, which aims to sensitize and mobilize communities to increase HIV related knowledge, reduce sexual risk behavior and change overall attitudes for healthier living.

Prior to joining AHC, Monique was the HIV/AIDS Prevention Coordinator for Drew Cares International in Rwanda since 2011. Earlier in her career, Monique worked as an Investigator at Family Health International and Care International supporting their family planning and gender-based violence programs.

Monique earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work Studies and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and Therapy from the University of Rwanda.

Dennis Tumwesigye, MA

HR & Finance Director
Dennis

As AHC’s Human Resources and Finance Director, Dennis manages the organization’s monthly and annual financial statements, budgets, internal controls, bank reconciliations and audits. He also works to ensure that the relationship between AHC and all staff is managed within a clear and appropriate framework.

Prior to joining AHC, Dennis served as Finance Manager and later Human Resources and Finance Director at Drew Cares International in Rwanda, from 2010 to 2017. Dennis has held numerous positions at leading companies in Rwanda, including as Senior Tax consultant at KPS Associates, Head of Audit Unit at Rwanda Revenue Authority, Head of Personnel and Administrative Unit for the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Rwanda, and Lead Personnel Development for the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Rwanda.

Dennis graduated from the University of Rwanda with a Bachelor’s degree in Management, as well as from Makerere University in Uganda with a degree in Economic Policy Management. In November 2018, Dennis will earn his Master of Business Administration and Finance from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Florence Tuyishime

Finance Assistant
Florence

Florence works as an Accounting Assistant, where she supports the Director of Finance in preparing the organization’s budget, ensuring finances are used according to the budget, as well as issuing payments to external vendors.

Prior to joining AHC, Florence supported the Finance Department at Drew Cares International in Rwanda.

Florence earned a Bachelor in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics.

Theodette M. Kazenga

Information Systems Specialist
Theodette

Theodette works as an Information Systems Specialist at AHC, where she spearheads the digitization of health information to share among the program staff, beneficiaries and wider public, as well as supports broader process automation internally.

Carnegie Mellon University”]Theodette graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Master’s degree in Information Technology.

Juliette Delman-Lagot

Health Communications Specialist
Juliette

As the Health Communications Specialist, Juliette works to design and implement AHC’s communications strategy to enhance brand presence and ensure positive health outcomes.

Prior to joining AHC, Juliette worked as an Advocacy and Communications Associate at Global Health Strategies, where she primarily consulted for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s neglected topical disease and vaccine teams.

Juliette graduated from New York University, with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.

Jean Claude Masabo

Driver
Jean

Jean Claude Masabo works as AHC’s primary driver, where he provides reliable transportation to help keep critical programs moving. Beyond staff and equipment transportation, Jean Claude also supports other office messenger work.

TECHNICAL ADVISORS

Charles Hilliard, Ph.D.

Technical Advisor
Charles

Dr. Charles L. Hilliard is a clinical psychologist, Assistant Clinical Professor, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and Clinical Director of SPECTRUM Community Services and Research, a mental health center in South Los Angeles serving individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Hilliard has dedicated himself to developing, establishing and leading HIV prevention, treatment and care programs in South Los Angeles, Rwanda and Zambia, particularly through the twin principles of capacity building and developing local leadership. For the past 23 years he has focused his clinical and research activities on mental health, HIV and under resourced communities, including the incarcerated, post-incarcerated, men who have sex with men, and adolescent girls and young women.

Norma S. Mtume, MA, MFT

Technical Advisor
Norma

Mrs. Mtume has over 45 years of experience in planning, implementing and administering safety net programs. She is the retired Co-Founder and Chief Financial and Operations Officer of SHIELDS for Families, a 27-year-old nonprofit serving families in South Los Angeles, as well as the co-founder to three community clinics and three social service agencies in the U.S. She also served as a Community Instructor at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science for seven years.

Currently, Mrs. Mtume works as a Community Engagement Advisor on an e-cigarette research study and a project aiming to imbed smoking cessation services in county medical and mental health clinics in Los Angeles. She also serves as a national mentor for SAMHSA’s Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute, mentoring women across the nation.

In 2012, Mrs. Mtume received the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals “Maya Angelou Award” for inspirational leadership in community health care and for working to eliminate health care disparities. She was awarded the California Black Women’s Health Project 2012 “Women Who Dared: Our Legacy and Our Future Award” for leadership in the field of women’s health. Most recently, in 2017, she was honored with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Alpha Omega Pearl Foundation Award for Community Service in the Areas of Health and Education.

Mrs. Mtume holds a Masters in Health Sciences and Safety Studies from California State University at Los Angeles, as well as a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy, with a focus on African American families, from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California.