UMCOR Names New Director of Global Health Programs
January 10, 2012, New York, NY—The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) announced today that Shannon Trilli will serve as the new director of the organization’s Global Health programs.
As the primary representative of UMCOR’s Global Health unit, Trilli will be the key liaison to all international, regional, and national collaborating health partners. She will provide strategic vision and leadership to all of UMCOR’s health initiatives and oversee the implementation of those initiatives in the United States and abroad.
“I am thrilled and believe we have made a great decision in appointing Shannon to this position,” said the Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, who, as deputy general secretary of UMCOR, is the head of the organization.
UMCOR’s Global Health programs, along with its work in international and US-based disaster response, are a top priority for the organization, which serves in more than 80 countries worldwide. UMCOR is part of the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Global Ministries, and its mission is to “alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people.”
Prior to her new appointment, Trilli served with UMCOR since 2007 as the executive of Program Monitoring and Evaluation for the Health unit. She developed a grant and program system for the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, and most recently served as the director of the Malaria Initiative.
Trilli designed and directed the Imagine No Malaria (INM) program, which focuses on implementing and scaling up community-based programs in 18 countries to reduce the mortality rate in sub-Saharan Africa due to malaria. Under her leadership, INM (on behalf of The United Methodist Church) distributed more than 600,000 mosquito nets in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Zimbabwe, among others.
The hallmark of the INM program was the expansion of UMCOR’s local implementation partners and international donors, including the United Nations Foundation, NetsForLife®, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as part of the global Alliance for Malaria Prevention.
Several African government national malaria-control programs recognized UMCOR and INM for their operational effectiveness and integration of malaria programs into larger maternal and child survival strategies, and for bringing to the forefront the role of United Methodists and faith-based organizations in global health strategies.
“It is 2012, and too many people, particularly women and children, continue to perish from preventable diseases, hunger, and lack of access to water and basic services,” Trilli said. “I firmly believe that United Methodists and our partner communities and organizations can build on our current efforts to combat those situations both in the US and around the globe.”
She added, “My aspiration is to position UMCOR’s Global Health programs as a thoughtful and passionate community-based partner that delivers excellent, results—healthier lives and stronger communities.”
Prior to joining UMCOR, Trilli served as a Peace Corps microenterprise volunteer in Bolivia and worked as the manager of Global Employee Programs for The McGraw-Hill Companies’ Community Partners Program. She holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.
About United Methodist Committee on Relief
UMCOR is the humanitarian relief and development agency of The United Methodist Church, a worldwide denomination. Compelled by Christ, UMCOR responds to natural or human-made disasters—those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own.
About UMCOR Global Health
UMCOR works within and through communities to promote good health in the United States and abroad. Health should be attainable, accessible, and sustainable—UMCOR Global Health programs work to make this goal a reality.
J. Rollins, Director of Marketing and Communications, UMCOR