CoMO's core team works to support our members, coordinate World Meningitis Day and other projects. The team consists of CoMO's Head Office staff and Regional Coordinators and we operate out of the UK, Spain, the U.S. and Australia.
Nadia Vaenerberg, Acting CoMO Network Lead
Nadia oversees all global CoMO projects and activities, including World Meningitis Day and CoMO's conferences, within CoMO's Head Office.
Please contact Nadia with any enquiries.
Tala Martelli, Communications and Administrative Assistant, (Bristol, UK)
Tala works alongside Nadia and assists with all CoMO projects and activities.
Please contact Tala with any enquiries.
Linda Gibbs, Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator (Perth, Australia)
Linda is responsible for the management of all Asia Pacific activities and planning, she is also Office Manager at the Meningitis Centre in Perth, Australia.
Contact Linda for all Asia Pacific member and activity enquiries.
Phone +61 8 6457 7399 or email Linda.
Elena Moya, Europe Africa Regional Coordinator (Madrid, Spain)
Elena supports CoMO to establish new relationships and opportunities in the Europe Africa region and is also the Vice President of Asociación Española Contra La Meningitis (AEM).
Contact Elena for all Europe member and activity enquiries.
Omorodion Rhoda Omoile, Africa Regional Coordinator (Nigeria)
Omorodion Rhoda is a social entrepreneur as well as a patient advocate based in Nigeria. She is highly committed to humanitarian, social works and services that aids in ameliorating the plights of the vulnerable of the society. Growing up as a vulnerable child exposed her to the reality of vulnerability; especially among the disadvantaged in a society.
Contact Rhoda for all Africa member and activity enquiries.
Regan Rogerson, Americas Regional Coordinator, (USA)
Our Advisory Council
CoMO’s work is governed by Meningitis Research Foundation's (MRF) Board of Trustees and overseen of by an Advisory Council, made up of elected CoMO members from each region.
Jane Plumb MBE, Chair and Europe Regional Representative, Group B Strep Support (Sussex, UK)
Jane Plumb MBE is the Chief Executive of GBSS, which she founded in 1996. GBSS supports UK families affected by group B Strep and health professionals by providing relevant, evidence-based information and education about Strep B.
Jane is vice-chair of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists’ Women’s Network, a member of the Pregnancy & Baby Charity Network and a member of the World Health Organization’s Extended Technical Taskforce on defeating meningitis by 2030. She has worked on NICE guidelines and quality standards, including the Antibiotics for Neonatal Infection, Preterm Labour & Birth and Neonatal Infection guidelines. She is currently a coapplicant on several GBS research trials.
Prof Dr Ghulam Mustafa, Asia Pacific Regional Representative, Helping Hands Foundation (Pakistan)
Dr Ghulam Mustafa is Professor of Pediatrics and the Chairman department of Pediatrics at the Nishtar medical university, Multan, Pakistan. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Helping Hands Foundation, a not for profit organization, working for the Health, Education and Community empowerment in Pakistan.
He has been proactively involved in vaccination campaigns for the children, through print & electronic media, to prevent Meningitis and other infectious diseases. He is managing to celebrate World Meningitis Day in the country for the last few years.
Dr Ravi Kumar. Asia Pacific Regional Representative,
Brain Child Trust (India)
MRCPCH, CCT in Paediatrics (UK), Fellowship in Paediatric Epilepsy (London), Fellow in Paediatric Neurology (London) and Consultant in Paediatric Neurology. Dr. C. P. Ravi Kumar is a highly qualified specialist in the field of Paediatric neurology, currently working as the Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Aster Women and Children Hospital in Whitefield, Bengaluru, India. Having a few years of experience in the field, Dr C. P. Ravi Kumar is well-known as the Best Pediatric Neurologists in Bangalore, India for offering comprehensive care to patients.
He has worked for some good private hospitals and has gained expertise in paediatric neurology. He did MBBS from Bangalore University in India. Later he attended MRCPCH in RCPCH, the UK in 2009 and obtained CCT in Paediatrics in 2013.
Maureen Moore, Americas Regional Representative (Texas, USA)
Maureen's experience with the immunization world began in 1998 when she became manager of Houston's federally-funded Vaccines for Children program which supplied free-of-charge vaccines to over 350 clinics. In 2008 she took a position with The Immunization Partnership (TIP) and that very year attended her first CoMO global conference in Orlando, FL. She retired from TIP in early 2016 but continues serving in a volunteer capacity as Co-Chair of the Immunization Coalition of Greater Houston as well as volunteering with the Immunization Project at Texas Children's Hospital.
Patsy Schanbaum, Americas Regional Representative, The J.A.M.I.E. Group (Austin, USA)
Patsy’s daughter Jamie lost both her legs below the knee after contracting meningitis and septicaemia in 2008 at 20 years of age. Patsy, Jamie and their family joined the fight against meningitis and created the Joint Advocacy for Meningococcal Information and Education (J.A.M.I.E.) Group. The Jamie Schanbaum / Nicolis Williams Act became law in Texas in 2011, and this now means all new college students will be vaccinated against the disease. Read Patsy and Jamie’s story.