Team PATA Staff

Luann Hatane
Luann HataneExecutive Director

Luann Hatane is Executive Director at 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 the Triangle Project over two decades ago and later headed up the National AIDS Convention of South Africa (NACOSA), as well as coordinating HIV programming at CARE South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. Luann has provided technical assistance to various development sector projects over the years in Southern and Eastern Africa. In addition to a degree in social work, she holds an MPhil in development studies.

Luann is committed to working with health providers and communities to develop responsive programmes for adolescents and young people, with a focus on strengthening service delivery models that are youth-centred and stigma free. She is an active member on the Adolescent Treatment Coalition and the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS and has contributed to several papers and tools focusing on peer support and clinic-community collaboration. She most enjoys facilitating linking and learning PATA Forums for those on the frontline of service delivery.

Yvette Fleming
Yvette FlemingDirector of Partnership and Programmes

Yvette Fleming is the Director of Partnership and Programmes. She is a results-driven senior manager, a conceptual and strategic thinker, an organisational advisor with public health expertise as well as a community and health systems strengthening expert, (women’s, youth and children) rights expert, lobbyist and advocate for change. She spearheaded STOP AIDS NOW! and Aidsfonds´ teams responsible for innovative partnerships as well as programmes on women, youth and children. Yvette also developed the MaxART programme for better health and zero new HIV infections in Eswatini and was co-investigator of the MaxART Early Access to ART for All study.

Yvette is passionate about empowerment and leadership development from the ground (health providers, community organisations and youth) and supporting them to have a platform at national, regional and international levels to speak out. She works to ensure that all PATA partnerships and programmes are underpinned by the same principles, with the aim to link health facilities, frontline health providers and the community, in order to find and reach children and youth in need who would otherwise not access services.

Josephine Mukwendi
Josephine MukwendiHead of Finance and Operations

With a Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administration (CIS) qualification, an MBA and more than 20 years of experience in financial management, donor compliance, senior management and organisational development, Josephine joined PATA in May 2019 as the Head of Finance and Operations.

Before joining PATA, Josephine was responsible for spearheading and strategically directing the financial operations and administration components of major donors and funders and saw to the day to day operational functions of Open Africa. Other portfolios she held include that of Finance and Administration Manager, Reconciliations Manager and Accountant.

Josephine operates on the mindset of dedicating her expertise to help the underprivileged and describes herself as a highly competent, people-oriented professional, equipped with the relevant experiences and technical knowledge which can be readily applied in varying work environments

Josephine views her work as an opportunity to contribute fight for human rights to address the injustices against children.

Heleen Soeters
Heleen SoetersProgrammes Manager

Heleen has been working in the field of paediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS since 2012. She has two MSc degrees 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 in the Netherlands respectively.  Since 2016 she been focusing on the youth space, working with national and regional A/YPLHIV networks in sub-Saharan Africa in Peers2Zero (P2Z).

Gillian Makota
Gillian MakotaREACH Programme Manager

Gillian is the Re-engaging Adolescents and Children with HIV (REACH) Programme Manager. She brings 13 years’ experience in research, project management, monitoring and evaluation with expertise in HIV/AIDS, sexual and gender-based violence prevention, school safety, and sexual reproductive health.

Prior to joining PATA, Gillian was a Researcher at the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention and manages the Sexual Violence against young girls in Schools in South Africa (SeViSSA) project. In her role, she was responsible for designing and undertaking primary research as well as project coordination, management, monitoring and evaluation.

Before that, Gillian has previously worked with SAfAIDS and was part of the team that implemented the ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ – an advocacy project aimed at revisiting and challenging the traditional practices that perpetuate and encouraged gender-based violence and its linkages to HIV among women and girls in Southern Africa. She has also worked with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and the Zimbabwe AIDS Network involved in capacity building and institutional capacity strengthening for HIV/AIDS civil society organisations.

Gillian holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies (Nelson Mandela University, SA) and BA Honour’s degree in English and Communication Studies (Midlands State University, Zimbabwe).

Linda Ndlovu
Linda NdlovuC3 Project Officer

Linda joined Team PATA as a Project consultant for the DSD Project in March 2018. She later became a member of PATA staff and currently the C3 Support Officer. Linda has worked at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of the Western Cape (UWC), and she has research experience in HIV research in Maternal & Child health, and Health Systems strengthening. She is a Wits University alumni, completing her Masters in Public Health (MPH) at UCT.

Linda views her work as an opportunity to contribute skills, abilities and personality to providing solutions to the problems of the world. This makes her job that much more purposeful.

Tammy Burdock
Tammy BurdockCommunications Manager

Tammy joined PATA in September 2017 as Communications Manager. She has a Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Media Studies from Rhodes University and is currently studying a Masters in Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town.

Tammy is passionate about health communications and the role that communications can play in improving paediatric and adolescent HIV prevention, treatment, care and support in sub-Saharan Africa.

Lynn Phillips
Lynn PhillipsMonitoring, Evaluation & Research Manager

Lynn joined PATA in July 2018 as the Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Manager. She is an evaluation and research specialist with 8 years of experience in the NGO and Public Sector. Prior to joining PATA she worked at the Department of Social Development as a Social Researcher and the Assistant Director for Monitoring and Reporting. Lynn has also worked for various NGOs such as mothers2mothers, NACOSA, Marie Stopes South Africa, and the Black Sash Trust. She is also experienced in providing consulting services and has worked as a freelance consultant; conducting research and evaluations for Mosaic, the Children’s Radio Foundation, Marie Stopes South Africa and Faranani Facilitation Services.

She is adept in M&E framework and indicator development, developing M&E and data collection tools, implementing and facilitating programme evaluations, quantitative and qualitative research design and analysis, and report writing.

Her research areas of interest include HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and gender-based violence. Lynn holds a BSocSc degree in Psychology & Gender Studies (UCT), an Honours degree in Psychology (Stellenbosch University) and a Masters degree in Programme Evaluation (UCT).

Glynis Gossman
Glynis GossmanOperations Manager

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.

Chiedza Makoni
Chiedza MakoniFinance Officer

Schooled at the University of Zimbabwe majoring in accounting, Chiedza began her first job as an internal auditor for Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO). She later worked at The Women’s Trust during the Simuka Zimbabwe campaign.  Before joining PATA, she worked for The Caring Network and  JASS Southern Africa.

Chiedza has committed herself to the fight for human rights to address the injustices against children and women she sees all around her. During her free time, she likes to cook with her daughters and go beach walking in Cape Town.

Margail Brown
Margail BrownFinance and Grants Support Officer

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 in early 2015. In August 2016, Margail was promoted to Finance and Grants Support Officer which oversees the coordination of PATA affiliated health facilities and PATA Technical Advisory Memorandum of Understandings and the coordination of multi-dollar sub-grants and financial administration.

Margail holds a National Framework Qualification in Office Administration from the College of Cape Town and has completed various courses whilst working at PATA, including Early Childhood Development (ECD) Foundation Phase through the Department of Basic Education, South Africa and Financial Management through the University of Cape Town. She is currently working towards obtaining a National Framework Qualification in Bookkeeping through the South African College of Business.

Latiefa Leeman
Latiefa LeemanAdministrator

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.

Dr Daniella Mark
Dr Daniella MarkSenior Technical Advisor

Dr Daniella Mark is the Senior Technical Advisor at PATA and co-chairs the Child Survival Working Group, the global coalition that coordinates guidance to countries on paediatric and adolescent HIV care and treatment by UN agencies, the World Health Organisation and others. Daniella is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town where she received Bachelor, Honors, Masters and PhD degree in Psychology. Dr Mark is a board member of ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Children Fund, a UK funding agency which provides £50 million in aid to the sector. Daniella has contributed to global policy and was a member of the World Health Organisation Operational Guideline Development Group (GDG) for the latest consolidated guidelines.

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