Meet the Chilombo Careers Team!

 

Vanessa Da Costa, MPH 

Founder/CEO & Career Consultant

 

Vanessa is a Data Analysis Advisor at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She is a Global Health Professional with over 5 years of experience in data analytics, management, and visualization in the context of HIV/AIDS and family planning. She holds a Master of Public Health Degree in Global Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Minor in African Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Go Heels! She has a strong interest in career development, and has spent the past 5 years working globally (U.S, Rwanda, South Africa) while simultaneously assisting students, colleagues, and peers revise and edit job applications, resumes, cover letters, essays, and providing them with academic and career advice.

 

Toska Cooper, MPH 

Operations Coordinator

 

Toska is a Project Manager at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Injury Prevention Research Center where she manages state and federal level funded opioid overdose prevention research projects. She has over 4 years of experience in public health team management, resource allocation, and technical writing. Toska holds a Master of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences from West Virginia University and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and SAS Programmer. She has a strong interest in helping others become the best version of themselves through professional and personal development. Toska is excited to put her skills to work for the betterment of Chilombo Careers and all clients.
 

 

Bianca Dominique

Social Media/Marketing Coordinator

Bianca is a Community Engagement Specialist and Public Health Advisor at New York City Health and Hospitals, where she identifies barriers to access for COVID-19 resources. She provides a solution-oriented approach to barriers spanning language, culture, immigration status, and accessibility, by connecting patients with the appropriate resources to fit their needs. She studied medical history and psychology at Columbia University in the City of New York. She completed an epigenetics research internship at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, presenting her novel findings to medical researchers at a school-wide poster session. She is (also) an experienced language specialist and provides interpreting and translation services in her spare time, fulfilling her mission to increase access and equity to services. Bianca is a first-generation Mexican-American and grew up in rural Alaska. Her move to urban New York City deepened her understanding of the breadth of experiences of minoritized persons. This impassioned her to broaden her scope of services to include social media and marketing, which she has assiduously cultivated over the last 8 years to effectively connect with (target) audiences. She is excited to bring these skills to Chilombo Careers.

 

Chelsea Douglas, MPH 

Career Coach 

Chelsea is a Program Analyst at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She is a behavioral researcher trained in qualitative data methods analysis and health education sciences. Her domestic research experiences have centered on examining the social contexts and structural exposures that increase HIV/STI risk among Black/African American women. She is interested in career services because she enjoys helping clients identify their strengths and gain clarity on their goals as they navigate all stages of their career.

 

Augustina Mensa-Kwao, MPH 

Career Coach

Tina is a Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has more than 5 years of experience in the private and public sector and academia. Tina received a Master’s in Public Health in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She is a versatile, savvy and passionate professional with unique international research experience in program monitoring and evaluation, qualitative research methods, community assessments, and project implementation. Her areas of expertise include mental health prevention, chronic disease, HIV/AIDS prevention, and maternal and child health.
 

 

Omome Izevbigie, MPH 

Outreach/Communications Specialist

 

Omo is a National Cancer Institute Communications Fellow at The National Cancer Institute (NCI) / The National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a public health and visuals enthusiast with over 4 years of public health experience, 7 years of communications experience, 6 years of graphic design experience, and 5 years of administrative experience, in global public health nonprofits, academia, and the federal government. Omo received her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion from The George Washington University, raise high! In April 2017, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Health Services, minor in Africana Studies, certificates in African Studies and Community Health Assessment, and learned Kiswahili (lakini anajua Kiswahili kidogo tu sasa) from the University of Pittsburgh. As a Nigerian immigrant, the move to the United States caused Omo to realize the extent of which her identity shaped an instrumental desire to improve the welfare and wellbeing of people back home. Omo is excited to utilize her acquired knowledge and skills in this role and to help Chilombo Careers continue to grow!