Debra J. Millar

Debra Millar


Professional Summary

Public Health and Education Professional; unique background combining 25+ years of public health, education, and business, organizational and leadership development experience. Known for developing capacity of students, teams, programs, organizations, and governments; driven by a desire to see people achieve full potential. Excellent teaching skills; dedicated to inspiring students to use critical thinking to make a difference in our ever-changing world. Passionate about communicating cross-culturally, translating research into practice, and achieving sustainable results. Expertise:

  • Education
  • Training & Facilitation
  • Action Learning Coach
  • Communities of Practice Facilitator
  • Cirriculum Development
  • Grant Writing
  • Adult Learning
  • Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator

Professional Experience

California State University Stanislaus–School of Nursing
Assistant Professor
2013 - Present

  • Teaches under-graduate students enrolled in the pre-licensure and accelerated nursing programs.
  • Transcultural Nursing (Summer 2013, Fall 2013);
  • Community Health Practicum (Fall 2013);
  • Cultural Variations in Health Care (Fall 2013);
  • Utilizes Appreciative Inquiry, Adult Learning, and Action Learning methodologies in educational activities;
  • Revises and adapts curriculum to incorporate emerging trends in the field of Transcultural Nursing and Public Health.

California State University Stanislaus–School of Nursing Lecturer 2011-2013
Taught under-graduate students enrolled in the pre-licensure and accelerated nursing programs.

  • Three semesters of Health Assessment (Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013);
  • Transcultural Nursing (Summer 2013);
  • Utilized Appreciative Inquiry, Adult Learning, and Action Learning methodologies in educational activities;
  • Revised and adapted curriculum to incorporate emerging trends in the field;
  • Wrote one chapter and collaborated on a second chapter in public health nursing text book;
  • Developed Key Informant Interview template to glean qualitative data from students to inform program improvements.

Consultant – Public Health & Leadership Development Specialist 2011 - Present

Provided technical expertise, training, and facilitation services to non-profit and other institutions in the areas of public health, grant writing, leadership development, strategic planning, business development, program evaluation, team building, and staff development.

  • Provided curriculum development assistance to the newly funded National Leadership Academy for the
  • Public’s Health program;
  • Facilitated the transition of a $45M USAID public health program from the first award to the continuationaward, evaluating staffing patterns and recommending systems improvements;
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  • Designed, developed, and wrote four case studies evaluating and documenting successes of a public health leadership change projects;
  • Facilitated two senior management retreats, including team building and leadership development components;
  • Developed and wrote operational guidelines and a start-up manual to inform effective start-up of new public health programs;
  • Designed and facilitated a Communities of Practice mechanism for a large-scale public health capacity development program.

Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA Program Administrator 2012 - 2013

Provided oversight and management of the evaluation components of all programs implemented by the Center for Health Leadership and Practice, aimed at improving community health, including a nation-wide public health leadership development program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Programs are designed to develop the leadership capacity of multi-sector teams to improve community and population health.

  • Participated in curriculum design and roll out;
  • Designed all monitoring and evaluation (M&E) components, including program logic models and ongoing M&E;
  • Leaded the Quality Improvement Hub, charged with implementing continuous quality improvement activities;
  • Oversaw all award compliance issues and management of all sub-contracts and sub award grants;
  • Developed successful grant proposals for continued funding from CDC;
  • Developed successful grant proposal for augmented funding for expanded program evaluation from the Kresge Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Global Communities, Silver Spring, MD Senior Advisor for Global Health 2007 – 2011

Provided technical expertise, training, and mentoring for international public health programs funded by USAID, CDC, PEPFAR, and the Global Fund in Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Liberia, Georgia, Honduras, and Haiti. Assessed, analyzed, and evaluated quality of programming against goals; led proposal development efforts; and utilized strong organizational, planning, and communication skills toward improving operational efficiency.

  • Improved quality of programming by designing and implementing strategies and tools to incorporate emerging evidence-based practices in public health and multi-sector programs;
  • Utilized Appreciative Inquiry, Adult Learning, and Action Learning methodologies in educational activities;
  • Developed curriculum to train country teams, targeting leadership development and staff professional development for >250 staff in four countries that improved program performance;
  • Won new business awards totaling >$65M by conducting assessments, designing programs, and writing grant proposals and concept papers;
  • Provided technical assistance to a large USAID-funded capacity development program in Rwanda, assisting the local team in developing methodologies for assessing and measuring improved capacity of local partner organizations;
  • Revised and expanded standards and tools for operational management, capturing best practices and lessons learned across programs that improves knowledge management and replication of best practices, especially in the arena of capacity development;
  • Led the start-up of new blood safety and social services programs in Kenya and Rwanda using Causal Pathway methodology, ensuring that inputs, activities and outputs lead to the desired impact;
  • Collaborated with Country Directors to stimulate positive change and create new approaches/solutions to long-standing problems in a methodical and mutually respectful manner;
  • Trained field, HQ staff, and local organizations, ranging from “Mom & Pop” CBOs to high-profile $65M programs, utilizing participatory approaches and the Adult Learning Model to advance capacity development;
  • Assisted the close-out of a large CDC-funded program, including reporting and storage of documents;
  • Developed communications products to capture and brand programs, publicizing and promoting visibility;
  • Facilitated the Ministry of Health in Kenya in high-level strategic planning, design, and proposal development for subsequently funded programs to expand public health services nation-wide;
  • Formulated a cholera response program in Haiti that reached >45,000 individuals.

CHF International, Nairobi, Kenya Country Director 2004 - 2007

Led the start-up of CHF’s first health program in Kenya, achieving targets within the first 3 months and ultimately reaching over >1M Kenyans with HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services. The program goal was to develop the capacity of community organizations to improve and expand a range of HIV/AIDS services.

  • Led and supervised the start-up of the program, growing funding from $1.3M to >$10M annually based on quality deliverables achieved in the 1st year;
  • Recruited, hired, and trained a staff of >40, who ultimately owned and managed the program, including leadership development and staff mentoring;
  • Developed curriculum to train community health staff in delivering prevention, care, and support services;
  • Identified, selected, and established new offices, including procurement of equipment and supplies;
  • Managed program funds, including the administration of grants and contracts to local partners in compliance with USG rules/regulations, achieving program deliverables on-time and within budget;
  • Guided the Kenya Country Team in developing organizational assessments, analysis of gaps, and the development and implementation of capacity development strategies for local partner organizations;
  • Worked directly with >45 local organizations to build on existing strengths and address challenges, resulting in increased capacity to deliver quality services;
  • Improved quality and standardization of activities through development of capacity building strategies, methodologies and technical standards, and related tools, training materials guidelines, and manuals;
  • Supervised the assessment and evaluation of capacity development activities, including quantitative and qualitative evaluations, focus group discussions, and case studies.
  • Oversaw the expansion of programs in Kenya and in other health programming world-wide, including writing a proposal for successfully funded $35M program in Rwanda;
  • Provided technical assistance that led to the successful start-up of CHF’s first health program in Rwanda. Consultant Public Health Specialist (part-time) 2002 - 2004
  • Served as lead technical writer on a grant proposal that won multi-million $ funding for a public health program in Kenya;
  • Conducted detailed and comprehensive assessments of HIV/AIDS related activities in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Sudan, resulting in program designs aimed at addressing gaps in public health services;
  • Planned and conducted an assessment of families living in a Nairobi slum and are impacted by HIV/AIDS;
  • Provided an in-depth assessment of the nursing component of malaria research projects in Kenya;
  • Participated in a 5-member assessment team charged with establishing an assistance program in Eritrea.

United States Peace Corps Medical Officer 1994 - 2004

Served as a Peace Corps Medical Officer charged with establishing and delivering medical support services for Peace Corps Volunteers serving in a number of African countries.

  • Provided medical expertise to Peace Corps programs in seven African countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho,
  • Mozambique, Namibia, and Uganda, as well as in Bulgaria;
  • Implemented the start-up of medical programs providing primary care to Peace Corps Volunteers in Eritrea and Mozambique;
  • Developed curriculum to train Volunteers in health prevention and community approaches to population health;
  • Taught over 20 health prevention courses for Volunteers and host-country supervisors;
  • Provided preventive and primary health care to hundreds of Peace Corps Volunteers, including conducting comprehensive physical exams, annual exams, gynecological exams, mental health assessments and referrals as appropriate;
  • Provided emergency & trauma care to non-PCVs when requested by the American Ambassador, including the first response and evacuation of a landmine victim in Eritrea;
  • Initiated, coordinated and provided medical accompaniment of several critically ill or injured Peace Corps Volunteers from Africa to Washington DC, often from difficult locations and in challenging conditions;
  • Facilitated a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing following staff involvement in the removal of hundreds of human bodies from Lake Victoria during the 1994 Rwandan genocide;
  • Developed and implemented HIV prevention and surveillance activities, involving hundreds of Volunteers;
  • Initiated a research proposal to assess high-risk behaviors (including exposure to HIV) among Volunteers;
  • Developed assessment methodology, conducted assessment, and compiled an in-depth report with re-entry strategies for consideration by Peace Corps/Washington;
  • Initiated the development of regional medical clinics to provide routine, safe medical care to Peace Corps Volunteers in the field;
  • Facilitated the development of a Diversity/Peer Support Network;
  • Provided cross-cultural instruction at the community level;
  • Interviewed, hired, trained, and supervised 12 office staff, including training, mentoring, and supervising of local nursing staff in conducting physical examinations and history taking.

Madrugada, Ltd, Nakuru, Kenya Health & Welfare Officer 1992 - 1993

  • Supervised a clinic that provided primary care for all farm employees and their families;
  • Coordinated 12 preventative health seminars attended by approximately 600 farm employees and family members including prevention of STI, HIV/AIDS, family planning, immunizations, nutrition, and sanitation;
  • Managed budgeting and financial control for the entire farm, including preparation of all accounts, creditors, debtors, stocks, wages, and salaries;
  • Supervised 65 employees for over one year.

Pembroke House School, Gilgil, Kenya Nurse & Financial Officer 1988 - 1992

  • Provided primary care, including evaluation and management of medical needs for boarding students and adult staff;
  • Counseled staff on contraception, alcohol abuse, and STD/HIV prevention;
  • Managed budgeting and financial control for the entire school, including preparation of all accounts, creditors,debtors, stocks, wages, salaries, and the management of office routines;
  • Supervised 25 employees for five years.

World Vision, Kiwawa, Kenya Senior Nurse in Charge 1986 - 1988

  • Provided primary care to the Pokot Tribe via a medical dispensary and helicopter clinics in an extremely remote area of Kenya;
  • Coordinated sexually transmitted infections awareness programs;
  • Treated conditions included: malaria, tuberculosis, kalaazar, amebiasis, parasites, burns, schistosomiasis, gunshot and knife wounds, and female genital mutilation;
  • Trained Kenyan nurses in the delivery of health care;
  • Served as liaison with health authorities to plan for improved medical services in remote areas of Kenya;
  • Supervised 15 Kenyan staff for 18 months.

Josephine Memorial Hospital, Grants Pass, OR Nursing Supervisor 1975 - 1986

  • Performed a variety of nursing duties over an 11-year period in a 100-bed acute care hospital;
  • Acted as Nursing Supervisor for the evening shift, responsible for overall operation of and care provided to all patients throughout the hospital;
  • Provided supervision and management of 45 nursing staff for over five years;
  • Performed Quality Assurance Coordinator duties for the concurrent and retrospective research evaluating medical care provided by all services within the hospital;
  • Acted as the Infection Control Nurse, responsible for all activities related to surveillance and control of infectious diseases throughout the hospital;
  • Provided direct patient care in the ICU, CCU, and Emergency Departments.


Masters of Science in Nursing - University of Phoenix; 2004
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - San Jose State University; 1974

Certification, Registrations, and Affiliations

  • Registered Nurse, California (#252118)
  • Certified Public Health Nurse, California (#39763)
  • Advanced Public Health Nurse - Board Certified (c)
  • Kenya Registered Nurse (#9158)
  • Member of the Association of Public Health Nurses
  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Member of the International AIDS Society
  • Member Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
  • Member of American Public Health Association
  • Member of California Public Health Association - North
  • Member of National Public Health Leadership Development Network
  • Member of the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators

Papers and Presentations

  • Millar, D. & Warner K.D. (2013). Health promotion: Achieving change through education. In A. Allender, C. Rector, & K.D. Warner, Community & public health nursing: Promoting the public’s health (pp. 349-383). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkinson.
  • Millar, DebraPublic health nursing leadership development: An intersectoral approach to addressing health inequities." Abstract accepted for oral presentation at upcoming American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (Conference) (Boston: 5 Nov. 2013) 
  • Millar, D., Facilitator: National Public Health Leadership Development Network Annual Conference, (St. Louis, MO; 25 Apr. 2013)
  • Lugada, E., Millar, D., Haskew, J., Grabowsky, M., Garg, N., et al. (2010). Rapid implementation of an integrated large-scale HIV counseling and testing, malaria, and diarrhea prevention campaign in rural Kenya. PLoS ONE 5(8): e12435. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012435
  • Millar, Debra. “Building foundations for sustainable local responses to HIV/AIDS in Kenya.” Global Health Conference. Washington: DC. 31 May 2007.
  • Millar, Debra. “Building capacity for a local response to HIV/AIDS in Kenya.” Unite for Sight International Health Conference. Palo Alto: CA. 15 Apr. 2007.
  • Millar, D. “Proposal to conduct Africa-wise research on Peace Corps Volunteer high-risk behaviors.” Peace Corps Medical Conference. Washington: DC. 2003

Professional Development

  • American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA; 2013
  • National Public Health Leadership Development Network Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO; 2013
  • American Public Health Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA; 2012
  • Action Learning Coach-the-Coach Certification, Dinkin & Associates; 2012
  • National Public Health Leadership Development Network Annual Conference, Oakland, CA; 2011
  • Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training, Las Vegas, NV; 2011
  • Causal Pathway Logic Model: Quality Approaches to Program Design, Implementation, & Evaluation; Rwanda; 2009
  • XVII International AIDS Conference, Mexico City; 2008
  • Leadership Beyond Boundaries, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensborough, NC; 2007
  • HIV Disclosure in Children, CDC, Nairobi Kenya; 2007
  • Prevention with Positives: Theory & Best Practices, CDC, Nairobi, Kenya; 2007
  • Evidence-Based Programming on HIV/AIDS in Resources Limited Settings, University of Toronto, Canada; 2006
  • XVI International AIDS Conference, Toronto, Canada; 2006
  • The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Annual Meeting, South Africa; 2006
  • USAID Rules & Regulations Training, Association of PVO Financial Managers, Nairobi, Kenya; 2005
  • Scenario Building in HIV, London School of Economics, London, England; 2005
  • Peace Corps Medical Officer Continuing Medical Education Training: Orthopedics, Substance & Alcohol Abuse and Technical Guidelines; Nairobi, Kenya; 2001
  • Peace Corps Medical Officer Continuing Medical Education Training: Gynecology, Men’s Health and Mental Health, Windhoek, Namibia; 2000
  • Peace Corps Medical Officer Continuing Medical Education Training: Ear, Nose, Throat and Dermatology, Douala, Cameroon; 1999
  • Peace Corps Medical Officer Continuing Medical Education Training: Infectious Disease and Dental Evaluation, Miami, FL; 1998
  • Peace Corps Medical Officer, Physical Assessment Skills Training, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; 1994
  • Peace Corps Medical Officer Continuing Medical Education Training: Trauma Update Course; Johannesburg Hospital Trauma Unit, South Africa; 1994
  • Infection Control for Infection Control Nurses, Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA; 1982

Honors, Awards and Professional Activities

  • Volunteers with The Uzima Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to easing suffering in East Africa; Current
  • Outstanding Service Award, American Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; 2001
  • Outstanding Service Honor, U.S. Peace Corps; 1999
  • Volunteered as a member of a committee that established the first hospice-care organization in Kenya; 1990
  •  Volunteered as a foster parent to foster infants and small children with complex medical needs; 1985


Dr. Kristine Warner
Phone: (209) 222-7149

Martin Shapiro
Phone: (703) 899-3516

Anne Smith
Phone: (currently working out of the country; email best means of communication)