Making the connection between family planning and global sustainability.

WCG is an international non-profit organization committed to empowering, educating and enabling women and girls to make informed choices and access critical reproductive health products and services. WCG’s credentials in product introduction have made it a preferred partner of organizations looking to move products from laboratories and manufacturing plants to the women who need them. WCG excels at forming strategic partnerships to introduce and create access to new contraceptive methods around the world. WCG’s quality and regulatory departments are experienced in the global registration of drugs and devices, and in aiding manufacturers to improve their processes to meet international best practices. We create options for women when it comes to their reproductive health — no matter where they live.


Empower and enable women and girls to make informed choices about their reproductive and sexual health.

Our Leadership

WCG’s senior leadership team & board members share an unwavering commitment to women’s reproductive health information and access. As a woman-led organization, WCG is dedicated to ensuring that women around the world, regardless of location or socio-economic status have access to reproductive health solutions.

Meet the team

Shannon Bledsoe, Executive Director

Shannon Bledsoe is the Executive Director of WCG. She is responsible for leading overall organizational growth and strategic direction, and overseeing the quality of WCG’s programming. Ms. Bledsoe brings 20 years of experience in international development, public health and reproductive rights to this role, leading programs and platforms for both large and small global non-profit organizations.  She has designed and managed initiatives supporting women’s reproductive health worldwide. he has an advanced degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a BA from the University of California, San Diego.

Wilberto Robles, Sr. Director, Global Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance

Wilberto Robles B.S., MCC, MTOPRA is a global regulatory expert with over eighteen years of experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device and cosmetic industries.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Competitiveness of Pharmaceutical Products from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.

His previous experience includes positions at APP Pharmaceuticals, Blu Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Wyeth.  There, he developed his professional experience in Regulatory Affairs and held different leadership positions supporting Process / Equipment Validations, Product Registrations, Project Management, Quality Assurance / Compliance and Quality Control.

He is currently working at WCG Cares as the Senior Director, Global Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, in which he expanded his scope and manage the registrations of reproductive health drug products and medical devices in Africa, Asia, EU, Latin America and US.

Mr. Robles has publications in the TOPRA International Journal for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (Regulatory Rapporteur), the POLITECHNÊ journal, and SHPE (The Official Magazine of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers).  He is an active member of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) and Member of The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA).

Kate Morrison, Program Manager

Kate has eight years of experience in clinical research, survey design, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and working collaboratively and cross-culturally in low-resource environments. She joined WCG in 2014 to support the MAX program and currently is a Program Manager for a USAID-funded Grand Challenges project and new business development. Ms. Morrison received a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology from UCLA and a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health & International Health from Boston University.



Courtney Stachowski, Program Manager

Courtney joined WCG Cares as a Program Manager in 2016 and currently works in the Regulatory Affairs department. Courtney has eight years of experience working in the field of public health in both clinical and academic research capacities focusing on sexual and reproductive health, infectious diseases, and health systems research. Courtney has a B.A. from Bates College in Sociology and an MPH from Emory University in International Health / Sexual and Reproductive Health and Population Studies.

Danielle Harris, Senior Program Manager

Danielle joined WCG Cares as a Program Manager in April 2018, and manages a portfolio of projects piloting the introduction of new and improved contraceptive methods in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Danielle has an extensive background in managing international and domestic research projects focusing on maternal and child health as well as HIV prevention and treatment. Danielle holds a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Virginia Tech, an M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences and an M.A. in African Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Erica Chavin, Director of Finance

Erica joined WCG in February 2018 as the Accounting Manager, then transitioned to the Director of Finance in October. She has over 15 years experience working in the non-profit industry; most recently, serving as the Director of Finance, Sponsored Research and Administration at The Scintillon Institute in San Diego. Previously, Erica was a Senior Grant and Contract Administrator for La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology and also spent several years as a Supervisor in the Office of Sponsored Programs at The Scripps Research Institute and a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.  In these roles, Erica was recognized for implementing solution-based strategies, improving processes and supporting business operations. Erica has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is an Enrolled Agent.

Matthew DeVol, Finance Specialist

Matthew has over 30 years of experience in accounting and financial management, and has executive-level experience in 501(c)3 organizations. Prior to joining WCG, Matthew worked as the Senior Director, Finance & Grants Administration for the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. He has worked with San Diego by Project Concern International, furthering his work with USAID-funded international organizations on maternal and child healthcare, sanitation, water, and other donor-supported programs, prior to moving into the non-profit biotech field. Matthew is a certified C.P.A.

Shawna Robbins, Executive Assistant

Shawna joined WCG in 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director but her position has evolved to also supporting the Programs and Finance teams. She has worked in executive level managerial support roles for over 25 years. Throughout her career, she has also worked as a corporate trainer and coach which has helped her ability to communicate with individuals of all business levels. Shawna is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Business Administration at National University and is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP).

Jade Tshikosi, Regulatory Specialist

Jade joined WCG Cares as a Regulatory Specialist in January 2020. Jade holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology & Biochemistry, an Honors degree in Microbiology, and a Master’s degree in Nanoscience from University of Johannesburg. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry since 2017 and has experience in product registration and product safety for post-registered products. Jade started her pharmaceutical career as a regulatory affairs trainee before transitioning to a diabetes patient support program pharmacovigilance trainee, and eventually to clinical trials.

Jill Sheffield

Jill Sheffield is the founder of Women Deliver, an international advocacy organization that convenes global leaders to galvanize action on maternal health and women’s empowerment. Most recently, Ms. Sheffield was one of few civil society representatives appointed to the UN Secretary General’s Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health. Ms. Sheffield is the Chair of the FIGO Working Group on Contraception, serves as a Senior External Adviser to the IPPF Governing Council, and is on the Board of PPFA/Global. She is also a consultant/senior adviser to Global Health Strategies on reproductive health and choices.


Ms. Sheffield is also the founder of Family Care International (FCI), a distinguished non-governmental organization and winner of the 2008 United Nations Population Award for outstanding work in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Ms. Sheffield completed advanced degrees at Columbia University, Teachers College, where she was later recognized as a distinguished alumna for her international work in women’s health and education, and she also received the American Public Health Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. She was Director of International Programmes at the Carnegie Corporation, and founded FCI in 1987 in response to the call at the Women’s Decade Conference in Nairobi which identified the silent tragedy that one woman dies each minute from pregnancy related causes. Though she has played a central role in several key world conferences, Jill Sheffield believes her true education came in the late 1960s when she worked in Nairobi, Kenya’s Pumwani Hospital in the first family planning/reproductive health outpatient clinic opened in East Africa.


Saundra Pelletier

Saundra Pelletier is the founding CEO of WCG and she also is the CEO of Evofem Biosciences, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative healthcare products to address unmet needs in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Ms. Pelletier has extensive private sector experience in leadership, sales, domestic and international marketing, business development and life cycle management for a variety of women’s healthcare products including contraceptives, vaginal infectives, hormone replacement therapies and fertility treatments.

Kelly Culwell, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Culwell is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with over 16 years specializing in women’s health and contraceptive research. She has served as Evofem Biosciences’ Chief Medical Officer since April 2015. Prior to joining Evofem Biosciences, Dr. Culwell was the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest and maintained an academic clinical practice as the Director of Family Planning and Associate Clinical Professor at University of California, Davis. Dr. Culwell previously served as a Medical Officer with the World Health Organization where she developed global guidelines for clinical practice and is widely published in peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Culwell received a Bachelor of Science from California Lutheran University, a Medical Doctorate from the University of California, Davis and a Masters of Public Health from Northwestern University. Dr. Culwell completed her post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of California San Diego and her Family Planning Fellowship at Northwestern University. Dr. Culwell maintains appointments as Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Davis and San Diego campuses. Dr. Culwell is qualified as a Diplomat from the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As of January 2019, Dr. Culwell is a Director of WCG Cares, a 501c3 working in sexual and reproductive health globally.