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 a leader in experiential learning, blended learning, and the intersection between learning and technology with over 20 years of experience in international development at the local, regional, and global levels. She holds an MA in Sociology, International Training and Education from The American University.

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Vice President, Business Strategies

Michelle DeFayette is Vice President of Business Strategies, with over 25 years of experience as a versatile leader in design and implementation of adult learning, performance improvement, cross-cultural exchange, and development programs for government and non-profit organizations. In her role at EnCompass, she assesses and develops growth strategies with new and existing clients, positioning and preparing for larger and more complex opportunities and developing strategies for new business lines.

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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, Talent Management

Vera Connolly is the Director of Talent Management for EnCompass, 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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Director, Capacity Strengthening

Ann Hendrix-Jenkins is EnCompass’ Director of Capacity Strengthening, working closely with teams across the company including learning and leadership development and evaluation. She holds an MA in International Development from American University, and a BA in Literature and Art from Tulane University. She holds certificates in Systems Thinking and Data Visualization.

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Director, Business Development

Alaine Kennedy is EnCompass' Director of Business Development. 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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Director, Gender & Inclusive Development

Lyn Messner is the Director of Gender and Inclusive Development, 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, Finance

Nelson Fernandez has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit, government, academic, and private sectors. His expertise is in the financial management of grants and contracts, including international and domestic financial compliance, budgeting, and financial reporting.

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Associate Director, Evaluation

Jonathan Jones is Associate Director of Evaluation. With 12 years of direct fieldwork experience in over 20 developing countries, he has led M&E efforts in several sectors. 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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Core Team

Project Coordinator, Leadership Development
Senior Gender Specialist
Senior Evaluation Specialist
Special Projects Associate
Regional Senior Quality Improvement Advisor, VMMC
Senior Evaluation Advisor
Visual Design Specialist
Operations Manager, DEEP
Quality Improvement Advisor, VMMC CQI, Malawi
Technical Assistance & Evaluation Associate
Data Officer, VMMC CQI, Malawi
Training & Curriculum Design Specialist
Chief of Party, GROW
Proposal Coordinator
Communications Coordinator
Finance and Operations Manager, Transform: PHC
Gender Equality and GBV Specialist
Contract Specialist
Project Coordinator
Project Assistant
Technical Assistance and Evaluation Associate
Senior Program Manager, Learning
Evaluation Specialist II
Evaluation of Training Specialist
Finance Manager
Training Events Specialist, GHPOD II
Project Coordinator, Transform: PHC
Project Manager, GROW
Instructional Technology Specialist
Senior Learning Specialist
Senior Research Specialist
Editing and Product Development Associate
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Corporate Affairs Specialist
Program Coordinator, GHPOD II
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Senior Associate
Blended Learning Specialist
Project Manager, TEI
Operations Assistant, GHPOD II
Senior Learning Advisor
Accounts Receivable Specialist
Gender Project Assistant
Senior Business Development Manager
Regional Gender Officer, Transform: PHC
Senior Evaluation & Learning Advisor
Senior Evaluation Specialist
Senior Business Development Manager
Regional Gender Officer, Transform: PHC
Senior Quality Improvement Advisor, ASSIST
Senior Visual Design Specialist
Training Specialist
Senior Logistics Specialist
VMMC Quality Improvement Advisor, Malawi
VMMC Project Coordinator
Senior Quality Improvement Advisor, VMMC CQI, Malawi & Tanzania
Senior Evaluation Advisor
Project Manager
Senior Learning Specialist, GHPOD II
Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Blended Learning Specialist
Training Project Assistant
Project Assistant
IT Coordinator
Senior Gender Integration Specialist
Senior IT Manager
Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist
Gender & Training Specialist
Finance Specialist
Senior Contracts and Compliance Manager
Senior Gender & Evaluation Specialist
Evaluation Specialist
Writer and Editor
Gender and Evaluation Specialist
Gender Integration Associate
Business Manager, GHPOD II
Senior KM, Research, and Learning Specialist, DEEP
Senior Training Evaluation Specialist
Project Manager
Finance Specialist
Project Manager
Senior Gender Advisor, Transform: PHC
Project Coordinator, GHPOD II
Project Assistant
Editing and Product Development Associate
Budget Coordinator
Senior Learning Specialist
Administrative Assistant, Communications and TEI
Monitoring & Evaluation Technical Advisor, AIDSFree
Learning Specialist, GHPOD II
HR Specialist
Project Manager
Senior Learning Specialist

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