Dr. Jane Aronson
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Jane 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, Research, Evaluation, and Metrics
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.
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Chief Program Officer
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.
Ticiana comes to WWO from the United Nations, where she has worked over the last 10 years in program management and communications, both in the US and overseas. Her experience includes supporting the local integration of refugees with UNHCR in Brazil, promoting the rights of marginalized and vulnerable children with UNICEF, and mainstreaming the human-rights based approach in UNFPA’s gender, health, population and development programs. Ticiana speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish and some French. She has a background in international law and human rights and an M.S. in Political Science from the University of Sao Paulo. She currently lives in South Orange, NJ, with her husband and two young daughters.
Director of Development and Communications
Angela Marie Tayco
Marketing and Communications Manager
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.