Board of Directors
Earl Babbie, Ph.D., Hot Springs Village, Arkansas – Emeritus professor of Behavioral Sciences at Chapman University and author of The Practice of Social Research and The Basics of Social Research, among other textbooks and scholarly works. He serves as a pro-bono research advisor to PMC. He received an A.B. from Harvard College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
William N. Ryerson, Shelburne, Vermont – PMC's founder and President, he has a 37-year history of working in the field of reproductive health, including two decades of experience adapting the Sabido methodology for behavior change communications to various cultural settings worldwide. He has also been involved in the design of research to measure the effects of such projects in a number of countries, one of which has led to a series of publications regarding a serialized radio drama in Tanzania and its effects on HIV/AIDS avoidance and family planning use. He received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.Phil. from Yale University. He served as Director of the Population Institute's Youth and Student Division, Development Director of Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Associate Director of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Executive Vice President of Population Communications International before founding Population Media Center in 1998. In 2006, he was awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage from the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development.
Jerri Lea Shaw, Columbia, Maryland – Founder and president of JBS International, a consulting firm focused on strengthening health care policy, financing and service delivery.
Timothy R. Williams, Arlington, Virginia – Senior Evaluation Advisor to John Snow, Inc. (JSI) since 1998, and currently Principal Investigator to the MEASURE Evaluation Project, he has over 22 years experience in monitoring and evaluation, applied research, and management of reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programs in developing countries. His focus areas of work have included adolescent sexual and reproductive health, quality of care of family planning programs, family planning supply chain logistics, and programmatic/financial sustainability, always with the aim of building host-country capacity in monitoring and evaluation approaches and use of information for program improvement. Before joining JSI, he held research and evaluation positions at the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, Association for Voluntary Surgical Contraception (now EngenderHealth), and PROFAMILIA (IPPF affiliate) in Colombia. He lived and worked for one year in Kenya and two years in Colombia, and has worked in 30 countries worldwide. He holds Masters degrees in Economics and Environmental Management from Yale University.