Luann is Executive Director at Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa (PATA). Luann is a social worker by training and an experienced project manager in the HIV and development sector. She started working in HIV as a clinic manager to Triangle Project. Luann went on to become Director for the National AIDS Convention of South Africa (NACOSA). NACOSA grew into a well-recognised civil society, networking and advocacy body with Luann representing the NGO sector on various committees and councils. Luann later moved to CARE to coordinate HIV development programming across South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Following a period at CARE, Luann served as Country Director to Cross-Cultural Solutions, where she established and managed an international cultural exchange programme prior to joining PATA. Luann has provided technical assistance to various development sector projects over the years. In addition to a degree in social work, Luann holds a MPhil in development studies.
Bringing more than 25 years of public health experience specialising in maternal, child and adolescent health, Agnes Ronan joined PATA as Senior Programmes Manager in January 2017. In her role, she is responsible for the overall management of all PATA programmes – READY+, REACH, Peers2Zero, C3 and SDSC.
Agnes previously held project management positions at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Public Medicine and Department of Adolescent Health. Prior to that, she worked at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, focusing on various clinical trials.
Agnes holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (University of Cape Town, SA), a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA, University of Reading, UK) and a BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration (University of Portsmouth, UK).
Glynis is a member of the PATA senior management team and has been an integral part of PATA since 2011. As Operations Manager, she oversees all logistics, office and human resource aspects of the organisation. Glynis has completed various courses whilst working at PATA which includes Human Resource Management and NPO leadership and strategy development. With a background in tourism, Glynis started her professional career working in Europe in 1997. She continued working at various tour operators in South Africa and gained extensive experience within the travel industry before joining PATA.
Margret is a public health specialist who is passionate about Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights since 2008. She has broad experience in Family Planning, Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Key Population SRHR/HIV programming and hopes to see a world where everybody is able to access SRHR services without discrimination. Margret earned her medical degree from Mbarara University of Science and Technology and her Public Health degree from Makerere University. Prior to joining PATA, she has managed Link Up, a project working with young key populations aged 10 to 24 years to access sexual reproductive health and HIV services.
Heleen is a Programmes Manager at Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa (PATA) for the Peers 2 Zero and Second Decade Second Chance programmes. Heleen has a MSc in Neuroscience and Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in Health and Life Science (specialising in International Public Health) from the University of Amsterdam and VU University respectively. The latter saw her saw her living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam, conducting research on the role of civil society organisations in innovating health systems. She has four years’ experience working in the HIV/AIDS field, and through her work at PATA, Heleen has technical experience in designing and organising capacity-building initiatives in a number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa, with a main focus on empowering frontline healthcare workers in paediatric HIV prevention, care and treatment.
Margail joined PATA in 2013 as Administrative Officer and has enthusiastically taken on increased responsibility over the years, resulting in her promotion to Senior Administrator earlier 2015, including tasks such as managing PATA’s social media marketing and graphic design support. As of August 2016, Margail moved into Programme and Grants Administration, which oversees the coordination of clinic applications and financial reporting, small grant administration, management of clinic Memorandum of Understanding, and support to the Programme management.
Margail holds a National Framework Qualification in Office Administration from the College of Cape Town and has completed various courses whilst working at PATA which includes Operational Research and, Financial Management through the University of Cape Town.
Matthew joined PATA in May 2016 as Monitoring, Evaluations and Research Assistant. Matthew holds a BCom (Hons) in Business Management from UNISA and has previously worked within the financial and business management sectors. In his spare time, Matthew, together with his wife, runs a community project called The Caring Family, which aims to provide support to caregivers.
Latiefa joined PATA in May 2017 as an office administrator. Latiefa has studied business administration at the College of Cape Town and has many years of experience working within the NGO environment. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering where needed in the local communities and has a huge passion for helping those who are affected by HIV/AIDS.