David Gazashvili is the Country Director of CARE Philippines. Prior to that, he held executive level positions with CARE’s emergency and humanitarian assistance teams. David has served as the acting director, deputy director, head of logistics, head of emergency preparedness, and team leader of emergency operations at CARE. David has considerable experience in the international development arena, including sustainable livelihoods, community mobilization and small business development.
David managed emergency and development programs for CARE and United Nations World Food Programme in the Philippines, South Sudan, Turkey, Georgia, Albania, Liberia, Sudan, Haiti, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Lebanon, Armenia and Azerbaijan. He also facilitated emergency preparedness trainings and simulations in over 40 country offices. Prior to moving to the Philippines in 2015, David also taught disaster response and humanitarian assistance at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
David is a recipient of a competitive Muskie fellowship. He earned MBA from Monterey Institute of International Studies, California in 2000. David also has civil engineering degree in water and sanitation from Georgian Technical University. In his early career, David worked as a civil engineer and construction supervisor in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. David speaks English, Georgian, and Russian.
MARIA TERESA BAYOMBONG
Maria Teresa “Tess” Francisco-Bayombong is currently the Project Team Leader for the Global Affairs Canada-funded project — Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance in the Philippines.
Tess brings 35 years of experience in development programming and humanitarian aid work. Her professional practice includes 24 years of solid experience in enterprise, economic/livelihood development and microfinance sectors. Since joining CARE in the Philippines in 1994, Tess has held various senior management and leadership positions, ranging from program manager, economic development sector advisor, chief executive officer, consortium coordinator, assistant country director for programs and country director. She led teams in program strategy development and implementation and has been involved in the highest level of organizational planning and management for achieving organizational viability.
Her stint in CARE encompassed international posts in various countries including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Indonesia and Tanzania, including short-term assignments in Georgia in USA, Ottawa in Canada, Kenya and Cambodia. Prior to joining CARE, Tess spent ten years working in development programs of Ayala Foundation and Philippine Development Assistance Program (PDAP).
Jerome Lanit is the Emergency Coordinator of CARE Philippines. Jerome is responsible for the entire emergency response and preparedness activities mainly working with local partners in different parts of the country. He led CARE’s Typhoon Haiyan response in Leyte as Area Manager for more than three years implementing the full range of emergency programming: from provision of food relief packs to shelter repair kit distribution to livelihood cash transfers utilizing the Humanitarian Partnership Platform approach – where he ensures genuine partnership engagement of CARE’s local partners in the humanitarian action.
Jerome has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of San Carlos and earned Master of Science units in Environmental Science at the University of the Philippines, Cebu campus.
Dennis works as Information, Communications and Knowledge Manager for CARE Philippines since January 2014. He has been part of various emergency and development projects of CARE in different parts of the country including responses to Typhoons Haiyan, Hagupit, Koppu, Melor, Haima, Sarika, Nock-ten, Mangkhut and the Marawi siege.
Dennis has nine years of combined experienced in broadcast communication, journalism, public relations (PR), advertising, development communication and knoweldge management.
Dennis previously worked at TV5, one of the largest TV networks in the Philippines, as a program producer and writer. He then joined Creative Point International, a Manila-based communications firm handling corporate and political PR, advertising, and social media engagement for top Philippine companies, institutions and personalities. He has also written for Rappler, BusinessMirror, People’s Journal and 7107 Islands Travel and Investment Magazine.
Dennis is currently completing Master of Development Communication at the University of the Philippines and earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila). He was a recipient of the Junior Anvil Award, given by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines, for his team’s PR campaign plan on voter’s education.
Francelline “France” Jimenez is the Project Manager of the TUKLAS Innovation Labs project for the Central and Southern Luzon Community Lab.
France is a development worker with a growing practice in disaster risk reduction, youth development, partnerships, resilience, and governance. After studying Political Science at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, she worked in research, risk management, and corporate social responsibility before fully transitioning to development work. France gravitates toward projects that facilitate emergent perspectives and solutions for communities and sectors. She previously developed and implemented projects in behalf of local government and non-government organizations, including The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, Save the Children, Talaandig Community Artist Guild, and PYXERA Global.
France was part of the Organizing Committee for the Children and Youth Forum at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. She is a member of the ASEAN Youth Network for Disaster Risk Reduction, the regional platform for youth practitioners in DRR collaborating with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). As a member of the ASEAN Emergency Response and Assessment Team (ASEAN-ERAT), she was part of the ASEAN-ERAT deployed in support of the Typhoon Haima response.
Mira works as the Human Resource (HR) and Administration Officer for CARE Philippines. She brings 10 years of experience in HR and admin supporting various projects and personnel of CARE in the country.
Mira is also the CARE Philippines representative to the CARE Asia HR Network as well as the current focal point person of the country office for Protection on Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse. As a certified Gender Equity and Diversity trainer, she conducts gender sensitivity training for CARE Philippines and partner staff.
Prior to joining CARE, Mira worked as Recruitment Officer for a business process outsourcing company and HR Officer in a manpower consultancy firm both in Ortigas City. She also previously worked as Counselor for a non-government organization in Cebu handling cases of sexually abused women and children.
Mira has a degree in Psychology from St. Theresa’s College-Cebu. She also completed the CARE USA Regional Leadership Program with a certification on Coaching Skills for Leaders course with Cornell University.
Jhallelah Joy Amer is the Project Officer of “Addressing Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) in Humanitarian Settings”, a three-year health project of CARE Philippines in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur. She is a registered nurse since 2011. Joy closely works with project participants and stakeholders from the Department of Health-Integrated Public Health Office of Lanao del Sur, City Health Office of Marawi, Department of Education and other civil society organizations in Bangsamoro. She also conducts information dissemination, training sessions, and awareness raising on NCDs particularly diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
Joy was also the Nurse Community Mobilizer for CARE’s project on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights implemented in Marawi and Lanao del Sur. Prior to joining CARE, she worked as Health Mobilizer for World Health Organization and the Department of Health-Northern Mindanao. She also worked as a nurse for three years in the Middle East.