It is my great pleasure to introduce and welcome Edgar Castillo Lora as HHI's Executive Director. After an extensive search and recruitment process, we are thrilled to bring Edgar on board to lead our organization's mission forward. His first day will be October 16.
Edgar is passionate about community health and empowerment, and about bringing people and resources together to achieve impact. Prior to coming to HHI, he was the Executive Director of the Project Management Division in the Free Trade Zone in Santiago, Dominican Republic. He was responsible for leading a diverse portfolio of projects focusing on health, energy, education, and business development and innovation in the community. As part of the senior team that led strategic investment in the region, he collaborated with national and international funders and partners to reach program, talent, and revenue goals.
Edgar also served as a Senior Consultant to the President's Council on AIDS (COPRESIDA), leading project funded by The Global Fund that improved pharmaceutical and medical supply chain management across the country. With Family Health International in Santo Domingo, he served as a Quality Improvement Specialist, focusing on improving patient care quality and performance in 45 health centers in the national network. He has worked in numerous consulting capacities focused on process improvement in the Dominican Republic's health and energy sectors, including with Chemonics International, the National Council on Competitiveness, and Abt Associates. With his experience in the governmental, non-profit, and corporate sectors, his track record of success in results-driven leadership, and his collaborative approach to health program design, implementation, and evaluation, Edgar will bring important perspectives and expertise to HHI's work.
Edgar will be leading a dedicated group of team members who are equally passionate about the work they do to bring to fruition HHI's mission of strengthening the delivery of primary care and bettering public health in the Dominican Republic. I cannot pass up the opportunity to commend them. I also want to single out Laura McNulty for the outstanding job she did as the Transition Director while we searched for a permanent Executive Director. Laura will be working closely with Edgar and the team to ensure a smooth transition in management over the coming weeks.
Please join me in welcoming Edgar to HHI. As our supporters and partners, your continued involvement makes our mission possible, and we are excited for you to get to know Edgar as he steps into the Executive Director role. Thank you for your support as we begin this new chapter together.
Craig W. Czarsty, M.D., DABFM
President and Chair of the Board of Directors