Staff - US
Dr. Jane Aronson
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Aronson is a board certified general pediatrician and pediatric infectious diseases specialist, and has been a practicing adoption medicine specialist for the past 12 years. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and the director of International Pediatric Health Services (IPH), which she opened in 2000. Since founding WWO in 1997, Dr. Aronson has visited orphanages in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Latin America. Dr. Aronson has two children: Desalegn, (adopted from Ethiopia) and Ben, (adopted from Vietnam). See full Bio.
Dr. Anthony Salandy
Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning Division
Dr. Anthony Salandy has over 20 years of experience working in the Legislative and Executive branches of the U.S. Government, academia and philanthropy. He is a skilled researcher and consultant whose work has guided the development of state and federal policies in education, child and family welfare, immigration, public health, and juvenile justice among others. He has worked in Africa and the Caribbean on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support projects. He was twice selected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Rust College and a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University.
Director of Finance
Prior to coming to WWO, Kristy worked for eight years as a Fund Accountant and Manager at a hedge fund based in New York City. In this role, she handled all daily management including investor relations. She also has numerous years in the public accounting field. Kristy earned her BS in Business and Economics with a major in Accounting from Lehigh University. She currently lives in Springfield with her husband and two daughters.
Ajay Saini has more than five years of experience in various fields of accounting. Prior to joining WWO, Ajay worked with NAWA, a non-profit organization for women’s artists, located in Manhattan, and before that he served as controller for Rangam Consultants, Inc. and was a Staff Accountant for a manufacturing company in Central NJ. Ajay earned his BS in Accounting from D.A.V College in Chandigarh, India. He currently lives with his wife in Colonia, NJ.
Rosy Evans comes to WWO with a background in child development and program experience as a consultant for the WWO Toy Library Early Intervention Project. She worked for seven years as a Child Life Specialist in New York City, developing and coordinating child development, play and psychosocial programs for children in a pediatric setting. Rosy is a graduate of the Bank Street Graduate School of Education where she received her M.S. in Child Life and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she received a B.A. in Psychology. Rosy is currently responsible for coordinating WWO Early Childhood Programs.
Melissa brings over twelve years of international experience to her work supporting global programming for WWO. Lessons learned as a former Peace Corps volunteer in a small village in West Africa (’02-’04), provide the foundation for her commitment to community-based participatory development. From West Africa, Melissa spent two years in Mozambique supporting Child Development programming with Food for the Hungry, and has most recently spent the last four years living and working in Haiti. Building local teams and assuring they are equipped to identify and respond to child protection/child development issues in their communities is the hallmark of Melissa’s approach as she continues to ‘work herself out of a job’ in every country she has served. Melissa speaks five languages, has an Undergraduate degree in History and Religious Studies, a Master’s in Business Administration, and is currently pursuing a PhD in International Psychology.
Interim Director of Development and Communications
Liliana has a broad professional background in the nonprofit sector. Most recently she worked at the United Way, where she was responsible for managing their corporate relationships, leading communication efforts, and establishing their Young Professionals volunteer group. Prior to that, Liliana instructed intermediate level English in Toulouse, France. Since 2008 she has been a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) volunteer, assisting local low-income families file their taxes. Liliana has a B.A. degree in Communications from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing an MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business. She is a long-time resident of Kearny, NJ.
Marketing and Communications Manager
Amie Herman has spent most of her 20 year career in sales, marketing, and organizational development. After beginning her career in international banking as a product manager, Amie founded and managed an independent training and marketing consultancy, working with a diverse group of corporate clients on organizational change management, sales and marketing messaging, and design and delivery of employee training to enhance sales, leadership, and communication skills. Prior to joining WWO, Amie was the New Jersey Marketing and Outreach Director for Girls Leadership Institute, a national non-profit organization based in Oakland, CA. Amie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia. She lives in Maplewood, NJ with her two daughters.
Database and Major Gifts Manager
Patrick comes to WWO with over twenty years experience in publishing, corporate marketing/ communications and arts administration. For the last decade, he worked as Deputy Director of the Closing Desk at Newsweek Magazine. Prior to Newsweek, he was producer of special events and trade shows in KPMG’S Marketing and Communications Department. He has also worked as a program specialist at the National Endowment for Arts, administrating fellowships and grants to artists and arts organizations.