Sara Casey, Director

Sara Casey, DrPH, is Assistant Professor and Director of the Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative. In this role, she collaborates with program partners to identify and respond to challenges to improve contraceptive and abortion-related services in countries whose health systems have been weakened by war or natural disaster. She has provided technical guidance to partners to establish program monitoring and evaluation systems and conduct health facility assessments, population-based surveys and other implementation research.  She has over 15 years of experience working on sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings.  Prior to joining RAISE, Dr. Casey worked with the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) in Rwanda, the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at Columbia University and with the Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium.  

Dr. Casey recieved a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree, a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Master of International Affairs (MIA) from Columbia University and bachelor’s degree (BA) from Washington University.  


Therese McGinn is  DrPH, is Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University Medical Center (retired) and Director Emeritus (and founding Director) of the RAISE Initiative.  She also previously served as deputy director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) and as director of the Monitoring and Evaluation Program of the Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium. During her 30+ years of public health work in resource-poor settings globally, Dr. McGinn has focused on using sound data collection and analysis to improve the scope and quality of reproductive health services, in order for men and women to make important choices about their sexual and reproductive lives. She has worked  extensively in Africa, and also in Latin America, Asia and Europe. Over the last two decades, her work has focused on implementation science related to establishing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in countries affected by armed conflict.

In addition to her applied research activities globally, Dr. McGinn taught applied programming skills to MPH students at Mailman.  She received a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from Columbia University, a Master of Publich Health (MPH) from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a BA from Cornell University.

Administrative Staff


Kim Norland is Administrative Coordinator for both AMDD and Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) specializing in travel coordination and logistics. Prior to joining RAISE/AMDD he served as Program Assistant for the Free To Grow National Program Office, handling site reporting and meeting coordination. Mr. Norland has more than 20 years’ experience with not-for-profit agencies in the field of social services, housing provision and the arts. A native of Detroit, he has been a volunteer and board member of arts, social and advocacy organizations in New York and Michigan.

Angélika Tapia, Business Manager

Ms. Tapia manages finances for the AMDD program. She has coordinated research funding, reconciliation, and reporting at Columbia University Medical Center since 2008. Prior to joining Columbia, Ms. Tapia worked in corporate finance and wealth management for UBS Wealth Management and Merrill Lynch. She has served on three non-profit boards and currently volunteers with South Bronx United Soccer League and New York Cares.

Ms. Tapia earned a BA in Romance Languages (French and Spanish) from Dartmouth College and a Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Business from Columbia University.