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Lauren Allognon was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Upon graduating with her BA in Cultural Geography, she joined the Peace Corps and served in Benin, West Africa as a Community Natural Resource Advisor. Her time in Benin helped her to realize a passion for international development and environmental sustainability.

Upon returning to the US, Lauren pursued a Master’s Degree in International Development with a focus on environmental policy and sustainable development from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. While studying development, Lauren became interested in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and how this technology could be used to benefit NGO’s, particularly in data collection, analysis, and visualization.

Lauren had the opportunity to intern with the Freshwater Team at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington, DC as a Water, Sanitation (WASH), and GIS intern. While at WWF, she used GIS to highlight regions of the world that are underserved in terms of access to improved sources of water and sanitation facilities. This internship furthered her passion for using GIS to visually represent development issues.

Lauren is currently completing a Master’s Degree in GIS at the University of Denver in addition to having already completed an MA in International Development. This intersection of international development and GIS is what brings Lauren to emBOLDen Alliances as our GIS Specialist.

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For over three decades, Neena Jain MD MSTPH DTM&H has thrived in international Humanitarian Assistance and Global Health as Program Manager, Country Medical Director, Health Sector Lead, and Technical Advisor with many international organizations throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. These agencies have included Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, International Medical Corps, Australian Aid International, World Health Organization, and Save The Children, among others.

Dr. Jain was Board-certified in Emergency Medicine in 2001 and practiced as an Attending Physician at Swedish Medical Center and Denver Health Medical Center Emergency Departments. She developed programmatic structure and taught core content using innovative techniques as Director and Founding Deputy Director for the Program in Humanitarian Assistance and Adjunct Faculty for the Global Health Affairs Program at the University of Denver Korbel School of International Studies, as well as serving as Interim Global Health Affairs Program Director in 2017. As Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Health, she revamped and delivered unique coursework in International Disasters and Global Humanitarianism. Dr. Jain has also co-directed the Tropical Medicine Course and mentored students as Senior Clinical Instructor at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center. She completed epidemiologic studies and public health projects as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Jain completed her studies for a BA in Human Biology at Stanford University, MS in Tropical Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, MD at SUNY Brooklyn Health Sciences Center, and Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She was clinically trained as a General Surgery resident at Oregon Health Sciences University and Emergency Medicine resident at Denver Health Medical Center, including serving as a Chief Resident for the program.

She has been awarded: “Woman Leading Change Pathfinder Award” for International Women’s Day 2017, eTown “eChievement” Award 2016,  “Everyday Hero” by Mile High Chapter of American Red Cross, “Vince Markovchick Director Award for Excellence in Service” by Denver Health Medical Center Residency in Emergency Medicine, Membership into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society, and tuition scholarship by Harvard School of Public Health.


Bill Rohs brings an extensive background in Humanitarian Assistance and international development to emBOLDen Alliances. This experience is complemented by 20 years of business ownership, including developing businesses/restaurants from the ground up. Bill’s diverse skills in Humanitarian Assistance include:

  • Program Coordinator, Manager, Logistician.
  • Organizational infrastructure assessments, including budget and inventory analysis and operational evaluations.
  • Designing and implementing logistic, HR, and accounting procedures for field sites.
  • Managing and leading teams of 75 national and international staff.
  • Field diplomacy and collaboration with international organizations, donors, and various humanitarian aid sectors.
  • Building staff capacity, including Train-the-Trainer courses in the field and in classroom education.
  • Managing international programs ranging from volunteer coordination, construction, WASH, or education projects to girls empowerment and livelihoods programs.

His Jack-of-Many-Trades’ background outside of Humanitarian Assistance includes:

  • Being a successful artist, including winning numerous awards and being featured in visual and print media. Bill created all images representing emBOLDen Alliances and has been displaying his work throughout the US.
  • Renovating houses
  • Teaching art in middle school and high school
  • Owning and managing two successful restaurants in Colorado, Bill was the General Manager responsible for 30-person staff in each and received high awards for each restaurant, locally and nationally.