Management Team


Taraneh Shirazian, MD

President, Co-Founder & Medical Director

Dr. Shirazian is a practicing gynecologic surgeon and an Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. She received her M.D. through the accelerated program at Brown University, and completed her post-graduate residency training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Shirazian is recognized as an international leader in global women's health, and is frequently consulted by the national media for her expertise in this field. She is also an accomplished researcher focused on interventions designed to decrease maternal morbidity and mortality, and her work has been published in many prominent medical journals including the American Journal of Perinatology and ACOG Today.


Nichole Young-Lin, MD, MBA

Chairman of the Board & Co-founder 

Dr. Young-Lin received her MD from the University of California at San Francisco and her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is currently performing her post-graduate residency training at the Stanford University Medical Center.


Lisa Gilligan, MPH

Executive Director 

Lisa received her MPH from Columbia University. Prior to working with Saving Mothers, she served as curriculum consultant to the Mount Sinai School of Public Health and as an advisor to the low-resource OB/gyn clinic there. Lisa brings invaluable analytical skills and a strategic focus to our organization, and is also a frequent contributor to the development of Saving Mothers' research protocols.


Jessica Oliviera, MS, PA-C

Guatemala Program Director 

Jes is a Faculty Practice Physician Assistant in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Jes developed and implemented the curriculum for our School of POWHER in Guatemala, and is going on ground to run this program for us full time effective January 2016.

Samantha Smith, CRNA

Samantha Smith received her BS in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Following graduation, she worked at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York as a Labor & Delivery & SICU nurse. In 2016, Sam earned an MS in nursing from Columbia University, and is now a certified nurse anesthetist at NY Presbyterian - Weill Cornell Medical Center. Sam has been working with Saving Mothers since its inception in 2009, participating in numerous medical missions to our sites in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. One of her most significant accomplishments with us was the development and implementation of the surgical nursing protocols that are still used by our team today.


Dr. Dan Munyuny

OB/Gyn Medical Fellow, Kenya - Dr. Munyuny is a Medical Officer at Kapenguria District Hospital in Kenya. We have made a special arrangement with hospital management to provide clinical and surgical subspecialty training to Dr. Dan over the course of the next two years.