Our Staff

Galit M. Sacajiu, MD, MPH
President & Medical Education Director

Galit graduated from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and then continued at the NYU School of Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency at NYU/Bellevue Hospital and Preventative Medicine training at the NYC Department of Health and the Columbia School of Public Health, where she also earned a Masters in Public Health.

After completing her training, she worked as a faculty member at Montefiore Medical Center (MMC) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), where she served as the associate director of the Social Medicine and Primary Care Residency programs. Her time at MMC was allocated to teaching, social epidemiology research and clinical medicine. Among other responsibilities, she was the director of the residency research curriculum and was the founder and director of a Research Based Health Activism course. With the intention to work in the field of international health, she changed her academic status to an adjunct after ten years as faculty at MMC/AECOM. Since April 2010 she has been involved with the Haiti Medical Education (HME) Project.

Galit has presented at numerous national and international meetings, published multiple original articles and in peer reviewed journals and has been invited as a book-reviewer by leading academic publishers. She feels privileged to be an active member of the global health advocacy community and plans on being involved in this cause for years to come.

 

Michal Alter
Chief Operations Officer 

Michal recently arrived in NYC from Israel to further pursue her career in the non-profit world. In Israel, she served as the Refugee Affairs Coordinator for the municipality of Tel Aviv, working with refugees from Darfur and Eritrea, where she focused on providing accessibility to health and education services for the refugee community. Prior to her work in the social justice field, Michal worked for several years as a computer engineer in the high tech industry in Israel.

 

Drake Delvoix
Haiti Operations Director

Drake Delvoix was born and raised in Port-Au-Prince and attended Cote Plage College, the School of Chemistry of Haiti, and Quisqueya University. In addition, he studied web programming and information technology in the Dominican Republic. Drake left Haiti in 2004 for professional opportunities, but returned to his homeland after the January 2010 earthquake to contribute to the rebuilding efforts. As coordinator for the HME Project in Haiti, he directs the organization’s activities on the ground, serving as the liaison between the Haitian community and the HME Project staff members outside of Haiti.

 

Ellis Steven Lenger, MD
Medical Director

Steve received his BA from Brooklyn College and his MD from Downstate Medical School. After graduation, he served as both a medicine intern at New York Hospital and as an assistant resident in internal medicine. He did two fellowships in gastroenterology, one at Beth Israel Hospital and one at New England Deaconess Hospital, both in Boston, MA. In addition, he served as chief of the division of gastroenterology at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Jersey, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Israel Medical Association. He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the New Jersey Society of Gastroenterology, the Ileitis and Colitis Foundation, and the American Liver Foundation.

 

Cruff Renard, MD
Curriculum Consultant 

Cruff Renard grew up in the Central Plateau of Haiti and received his MD from the State University of Haiti in Port-au-Prince. After he completed his social service as a general practitioner in rural Haiti, he joined Partners in Health (PIH), where he served for five years as both Director of TB and HIV/AIDS programs at Bon Sauveur Hospital in Cange and Ste. Therese Hospital in Hinche. Through PIH, he also served as a senior trainer for the Caribbean HIV/AIDS and Regional Training Network (CHART), teaching physicians, medical students, nurses and community healthcare workers about HIV and tuberculosis management. In July 2010, Cruff started his residency in social and internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, and plans to do a fellowship in infectious diseases. His main interests are in global health and medical education. Cruff joined the staff of the HME Project in February 2011.

 

Lauren Madow
Head of Video Production/Operations Director

Lauren is a documentary filmmaker and activist living in Brooklyn, New York. Since earning her MFA in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York, she has managed video projects and educational initiatives with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Downtown Community Television Center, and the Tribeca Film Institute. She has also worked with Artistic Noise, an arts organization for youth in the juvenile justice system. In addition to screening her short documentaries in festivals internationally, she spent two years completing artists’ residencies in France, creating films and learning French.

 

Tara Anderson
Communications Director

Tara brings a decade of experience as a writer and radio producer to her work with the HME Project. She holds bachelor’s degrees in music and journalism from the University of Kentucky, and a masters degree in public communications from Fordham University in NYC. She spent 9 years at Fordham’s public radio station, WFUV, serving as assistant program director, while freelancing as a radio reporter for nationally syndicated radio shows including All Things Considered and The World. She currently makes her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where she works as a part-time radio host and a freelance writer, in addition to her work with the HME Project.   

 

Shamy Jean-Baptiste
Grant Manager
Shamy is responsible for preparing narrative and financial donor reports, and ensuring that all grant conditions have been met. She holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the HME Project, she was distinguished as a Leadership Corps Member at the Neighborhood Schools Program for her commitment to the education of Chicago Public Schools students as a Teacher’s Assistant. She also served as an Accounting Intern at R. J. O’Brien, organizing and reconciling bank statements. Ms. Jean-Baptiste resides in Tenafly, NJ, and loves learning new languages. She is currently improving her French and Creole.

 

Brandon Lee
Social Media Manager