Last Mile Health is thrilled to announce that Meggan Ireland has stepped into the Chief Financial & Operating Officer (CFOO) role, as of December 1, 2023.
Leveraging her eight-year tenure at Last Mile Health, Meggan brings strong experience, institutional knowledge, strategic thinking, and values to serve in this new role and strengthen our financial and compliance systems—ensuring we are able to meet our ambitious Closing the Distance strategic goals.
“I’m honored to step into this new position with Last Mile Health, particularly the opportunity to apply my finance and compliance experience with our mission to save lives in the world’s most remote communities,” says Meggan.
Meggan first joined the organization in 2016 in our Monrovia, Liberia office, where she led our grants management and partnerships functions during a period of rapid organizational growth. Most recently, she stepped into the role of Interim Chief Operating Officer in May 2023, providing direct oversight of our Finance team and setting up a new Risk, Compliance, and Management Systems team. Under her leadership, the Finance team has improved the timeliness and accuracy of reporting, developed important tools, and improved ways of working between intersecting functions. She has also worked closely with the Board of Directors to advance Last Mile Health’s risk framework.
“From building a new compliance function, to leading the annual budgeting process, and improving systems for revenue recognition, Meggan’s intersectional understanding of Last Mile Health’s strategy, finances, and operations makes her uniquely qualified to assume this position and to lead these functions moving forward,” says Lisha McCormick, CEO of Last Mile Health. “I’m also inspired by her commitment to our mission and vision, and her strong contributions to our team culture over the past eight years.”
In this new role, Meggan oversees financial and enterprise operations functions, including compliance and risk. She supervises the Finance and Risk, Compliance, & Management Systems teams, which span Last Mile Health’s four country program offices and our two global offices in Accra, Ghana and United States (where all staff work remotely). She also serves on the Global Officers Group.
“I have always been motivated by Last Mile Health’s desire and commitment to doing things differently. To see challenges that exist in remote healthcare and to change the way it’s delivered is powerful—while also bringing others on that journey to affect wider change,” says Meggan. That original motivation to tackle challenges, coupled with knowledge and skills gained through experience studying economics and working in the financial sector and overseeing a large Department for International Development-funded grant-making program in the United Kingdom, has sustained her over the past eight years.
“The culture and the structure of the organization encourage that kind of problem-solving, and there’s always space to be part of the solution,” she says. “For me, that means bringing financial, grants management, and organizational effectiveness perspectives and best practices to ensure a strong foundation for program delivery.”