Christopher H. Purdy
Chris is the Chairman of the Board of DKT International and also serves as president and CEO. From 1996 to 2011, he served as country director of DKT programs in Turkey, Ethiopia and Indonesia, where he managed the largest private social marketing family planning program in the world. He served as executive vice president from 2011 to 2013. He is also the founder and CEO of carafem, a network of reproductive health centers serving populations in the USA. He is the author of numerous articles on family planning and social entrepreneurship.
Dan is the Global Chief Operating Officer of DKT International. From 1997 to 2021, he served in multiple positions at DKT Brazil, where in 2007 he ascended to country director, and in 2016 to regional director for Latin America South. Managing one of the largest operations at DKT, he led the expansion into 9 Latin American countries with a diverse SRH product portfolio, delivering significant impacts to the lives of women and couples throughout the region. Dan is fully committed to the DKT mission and cause, social marketing, and social entrepreneurship. He graduated from the Catholic University of São Paulo and holds three master’s degrees in Public Finance, Business, and Business Economics. He loves spending time with his family, taking long walks, listening to music, and reading.
Keri is the Chief Financial Officer and leads DKT’s Global Finance and Accounting function. Keri has over 20 years combined experience in CFO advisory, public accounting and industry experience working in accounting and financial reporting roles for publicly traded companies. She has global working experience, and has worked onsite in Eastern Europe, UK, Asia and South America to assist organizations with post-acquisition finance integration and IPO readiness activities. Keri attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned a bachelor of science in accounting. Keri holds an active CPA license.
Michele is the Administrator and the head of Human Resources. Michele has been with DKT since the 1990s. She handles DKT’s administrative duties and provides support for employees at headquarters and at DKT offices oversees. Prior to joining DKT, Michele worked as an HIV/AIDS counselor and ran her own business. Michele’s passions include traveling, advocating for human rights, and spending time with her extended family and friends.
Tracy is the Global Corporate Controller and Vice President of Finance. Tracy has over 15 years of combined experience in external audit, internal audit, financial transformation, and technical accounting. Tracy obtained her undergraduate degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China, majoring in International Business – Industrial Foreign Trade. She also attended Texas A&M University, where she earned a Master’s degree in Accountancy. Tracy holds an active CPA license and CFA designation.
Valerie is the Director of Finance for DKT’s affiliate, carafem. She holds an MBA with a dual emphasis in Finance and Data Analytics from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. She brings over 20 years of experience including managing and consulting for domestic and international non-profit organizations, private sector companies, and the United Nations.
Carlos is the Financial Special Projects Manager. Previously, Carlos has been a proprietor of several small businesses in El Salvador, as the office coordinator for Pop Rocks, and worked in the Comptroller’s Office at American University in Washington, DC. He is experienced in all aspects of accounting and handles DKT’s payroll of domestic and international staff and the reconciliation of the general ledger of the DC Headquarters. Carlos has a passion for gourmet cooking and contemporary Latin American music.
Elizabeth is the Head of Programs and Development. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health in Global Health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. At DKT, Elizabeth leads a team that provides programmatic oversight and business development. She is also supporting the CDC to develop HIV self-testing guidelines. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Elizabeth appreciates that Washington DC has real seasons, and enjoys spending time exploring DC’s parks, supporting local sports teams, and eating through the district’s ramen restaurants.
Aviva is a staff accountant and a recent graduate from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Information Systems. Before joining DKT full-time, Aviva worked as a finance and accounting intern with DKT. During her leisure time, she enjoys making crafts, bullet-journaling, and reading novels.
Will Liu is a staff accountant at DKT HQ. He graduated in June 2020 from George Washington University with a Master’s degree in Accountancy. His main work includes providing accounting support to the DKT country offices for global reporting. He also assists the HQ month end closing by preparing journal entries and account reconciliations. In his spare time, Will likes to play basketball, watch movies, and travel with friends.
Lashelle is the Deputy Office Administrator. Lashelle provides support to the CEO and performs various HR/admin tasks. Prior to joining DKT she has years of experience in medical offices and is looking forward to bringing her skills to the non-profit arena. Originally from Connecticut, Lashelle attended the University of Connecticut where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Anthropology with a focus in Medical Anthropology. In her spare time Lashelle loves being outdoors, hanging out with her cat, learning new languages and cooking.
Michelle Schaner is a Communications Officer with DKT International. She is an international development and communications professional with 18+ years of experience working on programs that promote social change, mostly overseas (Myanmar, China and India). She holds two Master degrees – in Intercultural Relations (Lesley University) and Communication for Development and Social Change (Temple University). At DKT, Michelle leads the organization’s strategic communications effort.
Originally from the Midwest (Ohio), Michelle appreciates the chaos of a crowded Asian city as much as a long hike in the woods, a hot yoga class and a silent meditation retreat. She thinks animals make good company, too.
Maggie is a Program and Social Marketing Coordinator based in Accra, Ghana. From there, she supports D.C.’s Grants and Communications team. Maggie recently received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Virginia. She is excited to begin her career with DKT.
Eloïse is a Program Officer at DKT International. Originally from France, she is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. She graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Biology with the aim of working in global public health. While in college, she acquired public health and non-profit experience as a newsletter writer and leadership team member. She hopes to harness her skills to promote reproductive justice and health equity. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hiking, and reading.
Lea is a Program Officer working for the Department of Programs and Development on grant writing, social media, and other communications. Originally from Arlington, VA, Lea recently graduated from Carleton College with a degree in History. She is excited to use her writing and Spanish skills to support DKT’s mission. In her free time Lea enjoys baking, reading, and hiking.