Our People

Our Team

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.  

Sam Nye
Executive Director

(Bristol, UK)

Sam oversees all global CoMO projects and activities and is responsible for the day to day operation of CoMO.
 

Contact Sam for all global enquiries. 

Nadia Vaenerberg
Communications and Projects Manager

(Bristol, UK)

Nadia manages all communications channels and oversees projects, including World Meningitis Day and CoMO's conferences, within CoMO's Head Office.
 

Please contact Nadia with any enquiries. 

Tegwyn Collins
Americas Regional Coordinator

(Conneticut, USA)

Tegwyn is a communications expert who supports CoMO to establish new relationships and opportunities in the Americas region.
 

Contact Tegwyn for all Americas member and activity 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 and Africa member and activity enquiries.

 

Chris Head 

President (Bath, UK)

Chris has over 25 years’ experience in the charity sector and was CEO of Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF), the UK’s largest meningitis research charity, for eight years.
 

Chris is a member of the Institute of Fundraising, a former board member of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His previous experience includes work with Penny Brohn CancerCare and CLIC UK (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood).

Jane Plumb MBE

Group B Strep Support (Sussex, UK)

Europe Africa Regional Leader

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.

Maureen Moore

(Texas, USA)

Americas Regional Representative

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

The J.A.M.I.E. Group  (Austin, USA)

Americas Regional Leader

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.

Bruce Langoulant

The Meningitis Centre (Perth, Western Australia)

Asia Pacific Regional Leader

Bruce is Chairman of the Meningitis Centre Australia and the Disability Services Commission of Western Australia. A parent, advocate and businessman, Bruce’s passion for meningitis awareness comes from caring for his daughter Ashleigh, who contracted pneumococcal meningitis in 1989 at just six months of age. Read Bruce and Jenni’s story.

Mike Redfearn

Meningitis Foundation of Canada (Toronto, Canada)

Secretary and Americas Regional Representative

Mike has extensive experience in education and information technology sectors as well as more than 20 years as a teacher of English Literature, Religion, Communication Technology, Media and Business Studies. Mike is a founding board member of the Meningitis Foundation of Canada (MFC).

Wilma Witkamp

Nederlandse Meningitis Stichting (Zwijndrecht,
Netherlands)

Treasurer and Europe Africa Regional Representative

Wilma has been involved in the world of vaccines, meningitis and septicaemia for more than 26 years. Wilma started work as Chairperson of Nederlandse Meningitis Stichting (NMS) a few years ago. Her previous work includes projects for the World Health Organization, European Union, PATH, and the Meningitis Research Foundation.

Simone Feier-Leist

(Essen, Germany)

Europe Africa Regional Representative

Simone is a communication specialist with experience in public relations, TV and healthcare communications. Simone has been involved in the organization and communication of the first and subsequent World Meningitis Days in Germany and with the production of one of the first videos on the CoMO website. 

Dr Lulu Bravo

Immunization Partners in Asia Pacific, (Manila, Philippines)

Asia Pacific Regional Representative

Lulu Bravo is a Professor of Pediatric Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the University of the Philippines, Manila and President of the Immunization Partners in Asia Pacific (IPAP). Lulu has many years of experience working for the World Health Organization (WHO) and has published more than 80 Scientific papers and abstracts on various infectious disease topics.

Ericka "Kaye" I. De Jesus

Philippine Foundation for Vaccination, (Manila, Philippines)

Asia Pacific Regional Representative

Kaye is the Chair of the Committee on Advocacy & Networking of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination. Her passion for disease prevention through vaccination started 17 years ago when her eldest daughter was born. Every injection given to her daughter is an expression of love with the hope of providing a longer & healthier life free from diseases.

 

Her expertise & passion in marketing is aimed at influencing & educating people on the benefits of vaccination in preventing diseases & preserving life. 

Governing Council

CoMO’s work is overseen by a Governing Council made up of elected CoMO members and individuals who have been co-opted to bring additional skills into the organisation.

 
CoMO's Scientific Advisory Group

The CoMO Scientific Advisory Group (CSAG) is a reference group of medical experts and clinicians. The Group advise CoMO's Governing Council on meningitis and immunisation projects across CoMO's three regions - Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe Africa. 

Professor James Stuart

University of Bristol and WHO Consultant (UK).

CSAG Chair and CSAG Europe Africa Regional Representative

James Stuart is an honorary professor in population health sciences at the University of Bristol and a WHO consultant.  After qualifying in medicine, James worked for ten years as a clinical doctor in the UK and rural South Africa before specialising in public health and epidemiology of infectious diseases, particularly meningococcal meningitis. He has been involved in the investigation and control of outbreaks internationally and has published extensively on the epidemiology of meningococcal disease and carriage.  In recent years James has worked on a major research project into meningococcal carriage during the introduction of a serogroup A conjugate vaccine across the meningitis belt of Africa. He co-ordinated revision of WHO outbreak response guidelines for the meningitis belt and helped to develop the WHO global strategy on “Defeating Meningitis by 2030”. He chairs the CoMO Scientific Advisory Group." 

Doctor May Montellano

Dr May Montellano

Mary Chiles Hospital (Manila, Philippines)

CSAG Asia Pacific Regional Representative

May is a known Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist in the Philippines. She is one of the founding members of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines and Philippine Foundation for Vaccination. During her time, the Immunization Partners in Asia Pacific was organized.

 

Currently, she is the Dean of the College of Medicine of Manila Theological College and the Head of Clinical Research Unit of Mary Chiles General Hospital and Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation. She had several publications in the field of Clinical Research with more than 20 years of experience in vaccine clinical trials.

Professor Marco Aurélio P. Sáfadi

Santa Casa de São Paulo School of Medical Sciences (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

CSAG Americas Regional Representative

Marco is the Head of Paediatrics and Associate Professor at Santa Casa de São Paulo School of Medical Sciences. An infectious diseases specialist, Marco is an active member of the Advisory Board on Immunization Practices in Brazil. His research is focused on the epidemiology and prevention of community-acquired infections.

Doctor Mark Alderson

Dr Mark Alderson

Center for Vaccine Innovation and Access, PATH (Seattle, USA)

CSAG America's Regional Representative

Mark is Director of PATH's pneumococcal, group B streptococcal and polyvalent meninogococcal vaccine projects that seek to accelerate the development, licensure and availability of promising new vaccines for use in low-income settings. Mark is an immunologist with more than 30 years of experiences in medical research, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and vaccine development. 

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