The EnCompass Team

Senior Management


Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas is a co-founder of EnCompass, and serves as the CEO and CFO. She has led the development of responsible stewardship and strong management along with a transparent and inclusive corporate culture at EnCompass. Ms. Catsambas has over 25 years of experience in evaluation and organizational change. 

Ms. Catsambas has created and implemented an appreciative model for evaluating organizational and program performance, and is co-author of the first text on this topic (Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry, Sage Publications, June 2006). In 2015, she received the International EvalPartners Award in recognition of her leadership, creativity and exceptional contributions to the global evaluation community. In 2017, she was elected to a senior leadership position within the American Evaluation Association (AEA). Ms. Catsambas holds an MPP from Harvard University.

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Sherry Rockey is EnCompass' President, overseeing senior management, business development, partner engagement, and communications. She has more than 25 years of experience building and managing effective, innovative, and adaptable international organizations. 

Ms. Rockey's career has focused on enhancing organizational capacity through strategic planning, sophisticated  business  and marketing initiatives, and building effective teams. She brings technical expertise in the fields of women’s empowerment, media and communications, nonprofit organizations, and U.S. foreign policy.  She began working with EnCompass in 2003 and previously held positions as Vice President of Independent Sector, Executive Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation and Director of the League of Women Voters Education Fund. Ms. Rockey holds a Master’s Degree in Comparative Politics from American University.

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Vice President, Learning & Leadership Development

Kathy Callahan is Vice President of Learning and Leadership Development. She is certified in the design, facilitation, and evaluation of virtual instructor-led training, and has designed numerous e-learning programs for international and domestic organizations. Ms. Callahan holds an MA in Sociology, International Training and Education, from The American University.

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Vice President, Technical Assistance & Evaluation

Lynne Franco serves as Vice President of Technical Assistance and Evaluation. She has over 35 years' experience in international development. Dr. Franco holds an MHS in Health Planning and a ScD in International Health Systems from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.

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Vice President, Finance & Administration

Pam Homan is the Vice President of Finance and Administration. She has managed the daily operations of EnCompass’ domestic and international projects since its founding. Ms. Homan has over 25 years' experience in contract and financial management, and she holds a BA in International Business and Spanish from Grove City College.

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Director, Capacity Strengthening Programs

Sharon Bean serves as the Director of EnCompass’ Capacity Strengthening team. She has over 25 years of experience in building change strategies and organizational effectiveness capacity for public and private institutions. Ms. Bean holds an MPH in Public Health Policy and Resources from Yale University School of Medicine and an MA in International Education Development from Columbia University.

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Director, Gender & Inclusive Development

Lyn Messner is the Director of Gender and Inclusive Development activities, and serves as EnCompass' IDIQ Manager for the USAID ADVANTAGE program. Ms. Messner has 25 years of experience in project design, organizational development, training design and facilitiation, program evaluation, and gender analysis. She holds an MA in Development Anthropology from the George Washington University.

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Program Director, GHPOD II

Robert (Bob) Rice serves as the Program Director for the GHPOD II program. He has over 20 years of management experience in professional and organizational development, and over 30 years of international development experience, including extensive work with USAID Global Health. 

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Director, Strategic Initiatives

Beeta Shadman Tahmassebi is a Director of Strategic Initiatives, helping to oversee and implement programs that support EnCompass' strategic goals. She also has technical expertise in evaluation, learning and capacity strengthening, and organizational development. Ms. Tahmassebi holds an MBA from Georgetown University.

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Associate Director, Learning

Vera Connolly is an Associate Director managing workshop and course facilitation, curriculum design, and e-Learning programs. She brings over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Ms. Connolly holds an MBA and an MS in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland University College.

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Associate Director, Evaluation

Jonathan Jones is EnCompass' Associate Director of Evaluation. With twelve years of direct fieldwork experience in over 20 developing countries, he has led M&E efforts in several sectors including democracy assistance programs. Dr. Jones obtained a PhD in political science from the University of Florida, and has taught graduate level M&E courses at the George Washington University and Georgetown. 

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Associate Director, Business Development

Alaine Kennedy is the Associate Director, managing EnCompass' business development activities. She has over 15 years of experience in proposal design and writing for government agency and international development organization procurements. Ms. Kennedy holds an MA in International Relations and European Studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.

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Core Team

Curriculum Design Specialist
Business Development Assistant
Regional Senior Quality Improvement Advisor, VMMC
Visual Design Specialist
Gender and GBV Specialist
Quality Improvement Advisor, VMMC CQI, Malawi
Data Officer, VMMC CQI, Malawi
Training & Curriculum Design Specialist
Proposal Coordinator
Communications Coordinator
Finance and Operations Manager, Transform: PHC
Contract Specialist
Project Coordinator
Senior Program Manager, Learning
Evaluation Specialist
Senior Finance & Budget Specialist
Evaluation of Training Specialist
Business Manager, GHPOD II
Training Events Specialist, GHPOD II
Budget Coordinator
Instructional Technology Specialist
Senior Learning Specialist
Senior Research Specialist
Senior Capacity Strengthening Advisor, DHS
Project Coordinator
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Corporate Affairs Specialist
Program Coordinator, GHPOD II
Senior Associate
Technical Writer and Editor
Project Manager, TEI
Senior Professional Development Advisor, GHPOD II
Operations Assistant, GHPOD II
Accounts Receivable Specialist
QI Advisor, Data Officer, VMMC CQI, Namibia
Senior Business Development Manager
Regional Gender Officer, Transform: PHC
QI Advisor, VMMC CQI, Tanzania
Operations Coordinator
Senior Evaluation & Learning Advisor
Senior Evaluation Specialist
Regional Gender Officer, Transform: PHC
Senior Quality Improvement Advisor, ASSIST
Training Specialist
Senior Logistics Specialist
Senior Quality Improvement Advisor, VMMC CQI, Malawi & Tanzania
Blended Learning Instructional Designer
Quality Improvement Advisor, VMMC CQI, Tanzania
Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Special Assistant to the Executive Officers
Training Project Assistant
IT Coordinator
Senior Gender Integration Specialist
Senior IT Manager
Gender & Training Specialist
Finance Specialist
Senior Gender & Evaluation Specialist
Evaluation Specialist
Writer and Editor
Gender Integration Associate
Project Manager
Finance Specialist
Senior Gender Advisor, Transform: PHC
Project Coordinator, GHPOD II
Project Assistant
Evaluation Associate
Deputy Professional & Organizational Development Advisor, GHPOD II
Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Advisor, AIDSFree
HR Specialist
Project Coordinator, Leadership Development
Project Manager
Senior Learning Specialist

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