KFLA Founding Director Martha Lee Steps Down after 18 Years of Service. Read More »

Interim Co-Leadership




Jaron Curtsinger is the Associate Director of KFLA. Since joining the organization in 2010, he has worked to support the mission and day-to-day operations of KFLA with robust technological resources. Today he oversees both internal and external communications and technology strategy at the Alliance, including web-presence, graphic design and branding, e-communication, databases, and the Kellogg Fellows Community.  He works with his colleagues to meet the evolving needs and potential of the KFLA Network with practical mission-driven technologies, programming, and communications.

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Pat Turner

PATRICIA TURNER (KNFP-14 & 16 Advisor)


Patricia M. Turner serves as a consultant and executive coach to foundations, corporations, municipalities, universities and non-profit organizations interested in organizational alignment, strategic planning and change management. Pat’s expertise in board and program development, evaluation, and resource management has been particularly helpful to new institutions and those in the midst of change.

Colleagues and clients appreciate Pat’s unique contribution to organizational challenges. Because she has been a trustee and staff member of institutions in the fields of higher education, arts and culture, and social service, she understands both perspectives.

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Dana Hughes



Dana Hughes is Professor Emeritus of Health Policy in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and at the Healthforce Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Before leaving the university, Dana taught health policy, public health in medicine and social & behavioral sciences and conducted research and evaluations. Her research focus included access to health and dental care among low income children, families, the disabled, and other underserved populations; analyses of systems, organizations and organizational behavior; and, evaluations of programs addressing social and economic inequalities that contribute to health disparities.

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The KFLA Team

Carmen Villa


Latin American & Caribbean Coordinator

Carmen is a native of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. She has a degree in Psychology by the Anahuac University of Yucatan and recently earned her master's degree in Integrated Studies in Education, specializing in Educational Leadership at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She was previously in charge of the project management of the Museum of the City of Tuxtla Gutierrez. She also served as program coordinator for the Social Development area of the Bancomer Foundation, where for 5 years she was in charge of the scholarship program in Chiapas.

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Emmy Odwyer

Emmy DaCosta Gomez O'Dwyer (CLN-01)


Emmy O’Dwyer is an educator and leader with a passion for social impact organizations that advance equity and innovation for youth. Her teaching career was influenced primarily by her work under with eighth grade students at the renowned New Orleans Charter Middle School. Building curriculum through great literature, the arts and in intensive teaching rotations, it was the highest performing, non-magnet school in the city. Emmy experienced firsthand how collaboration with students around their interests could yield strong outcomes.

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Gretchen Perryman


Executive Assistant

Gretchen Perryman grew up in East Texas Piney Woods and moved to Colorado in 1979. Gretchen has worked in the nonprofit sector for most of her career. She worked for the Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a unique, diverse, and vibrant downtown Denver community (1988-1996). She continued working for the betterment of Colorado at Great Outdoors Colorado, a state trust funded by lottery dollars that awards grants to preserve and enhance Colorado parks, wildlife, trails and open space (1996-2002).

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Mary Hlalele

Mary Hlalele (KILP-01)

Southern Africa Coordinator

Dr. Mary M. Hlalele recently stepped down as CEO of an eye health NGO in South Africa and is currently offering her services as a freelance consultant. In this capacity she works closely with organizations to facilitate empowerment and alignment of staff, while increasing their individual and collective capacities to achieve excellence in the structural aspects of organizations. She offers training and consulting services that encourage the development of client skills leading to desirable project transitions.

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Kellogg Fellows answer WDYDWYD?

My mom was not a very good cook (sorry mom)

I try to find interesting projects working on food and agriculture that bridge culture and business and that promote environmental sustainability and prosperity at the community level. That’s a mouthful in more ways than one.