Board of Directors

Dilys Walker, MD – President

Dilys Walker, MD, Co-Founder PRONTO International, Director of the Maternal Newborn and Child Global Research Group UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences, Professor Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health Sciences, UCSF | Dr. Walker is a recognized global expert in maternal newborn quality of care.  Most recently she was appointed by Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) on Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition.  She also serves as a member of the WHO maternal health perinatal guideline committee.  She is a frequent advisor to programs, organizations, ministries, and agencies on MNCH challenges.  Dr. Walker will provide strategic insight and direction to the effort and specialized technical and implementation guidance.

Susanna Cohen, CNM, MSN, MPH – Member

Susanna Cohen is a founding member of PRONTO International and specializes in curricular design, training material development and facilitator training. Susanna is a full-scope midwife, Assistant Professor and Director of the Nurse Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Utah. She received her Bachelors of Science from UC Davis, her Masters of Science from UCSF, and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Utah. She collaborated with the PRONTO team in the creation of the  PartoPantsTM- a low-cost birth simulator and the PRONTOPackTM. She is a leader the development of interprofessional training at the University of Utah, and low-tech, high-fidelity simulation globally. Susanna states that “Birthing PRONTO has been a labor of love and learning.”


Jen Fahey – Secretary

Jenifer Osorno Fahey, CNM, MSN, MSPH is a founding board member of PRONTO International.  She earned a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin. Jenifer also earned a M.S. in Public Health at Harvard University and a M.S. in Nursing (Midwifery) from Yale University and is currently a PhD student in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  She is currently Assistant Professor member at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimore) where in addition to faculty duties, she practices as a full-scope nurse midwife and also works as Director for the Center Director for the Maryland Advanced Perinatal Support Services and the Center for Outreach Medicine, Provider Awareness and Competency Training (COMPACT) – a center for simulation and other immersive training. Her research interests include breastfeeding, electronic fetal heart rate monitoring, simulation, shoulder dystocia and patient safety. Jenifer was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico.