G4 Alliance Executive Team
daniel B. peterson, mba, cpa
Executive Director (Interim)
Daniel Peterson is a Principal Emeritus of ZS Associates, a global professional services firm which Dan joined as employee number four in 1984 and helped grow to a global firm of over 6000 employees in 25 offices in a dozen countries. ZS helps companies use data to make better decisions in sales, marketing and other fields, with deep experience in health care and other fields. Dan has served clients in 31 countries, and traveled to over 100 countries and territories.
Dan has a bachelor degree from Drake University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. Dan is a certified public accountant and a private pilot, and resides in Glenview, Illinois.
Mira Meheš, MES, MBA
Ms. Mira Meheš guides operations for the G4 Alliance and supports the organization's mission of advocating for greater prioritization of safe and cost-effective surgical, obstetric, trauma, and anaesthesia care as part of universal health coverage. Mira brings experience coordinating research and programming in maternal and child health and surgical care at Johns Hopkins, where she worked on projects with the World Health Organization and with local partners in Ghana and Uganda. She also worked with the Johns Hopkins Global Surgical Initiative to help advance global surgical care through research, training, programming, and policy-based initiatives. Mira coordinated the inaugural World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and Anaesthesia (WCSOTA) in 2013, hosted by the government of Trinidad and Tobago, in collaboration with the International College of Surgeons (ICS), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM).
Mira holds an MBA from The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School where she focused on social entrepreneurship as a means of combining innovation, sustainability and market-based strategies to address public health issues. She also has a background in public and community health, working in the field of HIV/AIDS, women’s health and policy. Previously, Mira consulted for Public Health Canada and for Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, an NGO with Special Consultative Status to the UN Economic and Social Council.
LAURA HOEMEKE, DrPH, MPH
Senior Advocacy and Policy Advisor
Dr. Laura Hoemeke has more than 25 years of experience in global health leadership, advocacy, communications, and program design and management, including 15 years of residence in Francophone Africa and short-term assignments throughout East, West, and Central Africa. She is currently president of Hoemeke Global, Ltd, a senior consultant with Clear Outcomes, and an adjunct professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Laura has technical expertise in reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and malaria control, as well as good governance, decentralization, health financing, and community health. She has led global, regional, and country-level policy analyses and advocacy initiatives.
Laura has a doctorate in health policy and management from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Laura received a BS from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Laura is fluent in English, French, and Sango.
NATALIE SHENEMAN, BA
Natalie Sheneman is a current Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health dual degree candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), focusing her studies on social impact measurement and finance for global health and development. She is also co-president of the UIC chapter of Net Impact, an international student organization committed to business for social good. Previously, Natalie worked for the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University, where she coordinated education programs and fundraising and conducted research on global health ethics and educational best practices. Prior to that, she worked for Northwestern Medicine and the food and agriculture program at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Natalie attended Carleton College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations.
Benjamin Many, MD
Benjamin Many, MD is a general surgery resident from Brooklyn, New York (SUNY Downstate). He is presently completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in the Division of Pediatric Surgery and is a postdoctoral scholar at the Northwestern University Institute for Public Health and Medicine. As an undergraduate, Benjamin organized medical mission trips for more than 50 students as President of the Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children (FIMRC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has volunteered in Uganda, Peru, and most recently Ghana and Liberia. He remains a primary organizer for mission trips to Ghana and Liberia on behalf of Humanity First USA to strengthen surgical systems and surgical capacity through education in laparoscopy. He is a pediatric surgery research fellow of Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. In his spare time, one can find Ben enjoying the beautiful Chicago seasons, biking along the lakefront, or reading a good mystery novel.
MeGAn BECK, MD
Megan Beck, MD is a general surgery resident at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is currently also completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in the Division of Pediatric Surgery and obtaining a Masters in Public Health from Northwestern University. Working under the mentorship of Dr. Fizan Abdullah, her primary research interests are in health disparities, health policy, surgical outcomes and global surgery. After majoring in Biology and Spanish as an undergraduate, Megan spent a year abroad in Madrid, Spain. During medical school, she worked as a manager of the Student Clinic for the Uninsured, working to expand access to specialty services, including surgery, for patients. She also worked extensively in advocacy, education and policy development to address the role of healthcare providers in identifying and caring for human trafficking victims. Additionally, she participated in medical rotations abroad in London, to better understand the intricacies of a national healthcare system and in rural Ecuador, to learn how care is delivered in limited resource settings. In her spare time, Megan enjoys exploring the local food scene, taking dance classes and traveling whenever able.