Management Team


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Dale Brantner

President & CEO

Dale Brantner was appointed CEO and President of CURE International in May 2012 after serving for many years as Senior Vice President, responsible for leading the organization’s spiritual ministry and development efforts.

Dale has significant international professional and pastoral experience, including serving as department head of biblical studies, professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and then president of Theological College of Zimbabwe from 1996 to 2002. His work has also taken him to Israel and the West Bank, where he studied archaeology and the culture of the ancient Near East for three years.

Prior to coming to CURE, Dale was an associate pastor at West Shore Evangelical Free Church in Mechanicsburg, PA. He also served as adjunct faculty member of biblical studies at Messiah College in Grantham, PA.

Dale has a master’s degree from the Evangelical School of Theology and a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College. He has done both undergraduate and graduate work in Israel as well as Ph.D. work at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Dale is an outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, camping, hunting and fly fishing. He loves to travel and experience other cultures, as well as lead small study treks in Israel. He is passionate about integrity in biblical studies, spreading the gospel holistically and working among the poor in underserved regions of the world. Dale lives in Lewisberry, PA with his wife Dianne and their 3 children, Jordan, Shirah, and Taliah.

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Jeff Newman

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Newman joins CURE International as their Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for the daily operations throughout the organization, both in the United States and in the hospitals abroad.

Prior to joining CURE, Jeff served as Managing Partner of Colorado Business Associates. This entity worked with medical practices and independent physicians to improve performance in their business models. He has also negotiated physician contracts with many of the major hospital corporations in the US. He brings over 25 years of medical experience with him to CURE both clinically as a physical therapist, and by having held C-level positions in hospitals and medical businesses.

Jeff has a B.A. in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin as well as a B.S. in Physical Therapy from University of Texas Health Science Center in Dallas. He and his wife Barbie have two grown daughters and three grandchildren.

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Chris Lavy

Chief Medical Director

Chris Lavy is an orthopedic surgeon in Oxford, England and holds honorary professorships at Oxford University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Chris serves on the leadership council of the College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA). He was also elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Professor Lavy attended University College London and St. Bartholomew’s Medical School studying anthropology and then medicine. Lavy then pursued postgraduate training first as a general practitioner, then in orthopedics in Oxford, Norwich, Cambridge, Bath, Cape Town, London and Paris. He was appointed consultant orthopedic surgeon at University College Hospital and the Middlesex hospitals in 1992 and had a private practice in the West End of London.

He left London in 1996 to work with CBM International to set up orthopedic services in Malawi. There he was appointed professor at the University of Malawi College of Medicine and worked closely with CURE International to build the Beit CURE Children’s Hospital of Malawi in Blantyre, serving as the hospital's first Medical Director. He was a Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2002 and is an advisor in orthopedics to many organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO). He was involved with setting up orthopedic training in the East and Central region of Africa and received the rank of member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for this in 2007.

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Mark Knecht

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Knecht serves as the Chief Financial Officer of CURE International and is responsible for the financial operations of the organization. Prior to joining CURE, Mark served as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis of a publicly traded senior care company. He also served in various accounting and finance functions at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, a national health insurance company and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Mark is a Certified Management Accountant. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor's degree in Accounting. Mark and his wife Deb have two children, Kaitlyn and Anna.

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Jesse Johnston

Chief Sustainability Officer

In July 2013, Jesse Johnston, LEED AP BD+C, PMPC, CQM joined our team as CURE’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. Jesse has over 25 years of international experience in the private and public sectors throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to arriving at CURE, he served as a Senior Partner at a major design/build firm, consulting, leading, and managing the delivery of healthcare facilities in both the federal and private sectors. He holds the Project Management Professional Certification from Colorado State University as well as Airline Transport Pilot and FAA Affiliate certifications from Kent State University. Jesse has attended the International Linguistics Center in Dallas, TX, and speaks fluent French.

Jesse’s missions background includes serving with or managing projects for groups including Wycliffe, Samaritan’s Purse, and SIM in West Africa, as well as in Europe. He has previously presented international projects at the UN World Summit in Geneva and served as the US Embassy Warden in Cote d’Ivoire, Africa. Jesse has served as an International Liaison to UNESCO developing projects in countries throughout Africa and other emerging nations. During his time in Europe, Jesse also directed historical restoration projects in the heart of Paris, at Chatelet. He currently resides in Windsor, CO, with his wife, Kim, and their children.

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Joel Worrall

Chief Technology Officer

As the Chief Technology Officer, Joel leads CURE's technology, marketing, and creative teams - including the CUREkids program.

Since 1999, he has been working with Internet-based technology - delivering, supporting, and selling software solutions as an architect, executive, and consultant. At CURE, Joel and his team are working with open platforms and tech communities to pioneer ways for software and technology business principles and tools to influence the way charitable work is both conducted and supported. You can see a video on this topic here.

Joel holds a bachelor's in computer science from Messiah College and is a pursuing a Master's of Religion in Old Testament from Evangelical Theological Seminary. He, his wife Cre, and their two daughters reside in Mechanicsburg, PA.

To make a real-time impact for a specific child in a CURE hospital, send a get well message today at cure.org/getwell or through the CUREkids App at cure.org/app.

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Victor Nakah

Senior Vice President of Spiritual Ministry

Victor Nakah joins CURE International as the Senior Vice President of Spiritual Ministry. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. He is both a Langham and Overseas Council scholar and he has a PhD in Systematic Theology from Stellenbosch University near Cape Town, South Africa.

Prior to joining CURE, Victor served as the Africa Regional Director of Overseas Council International. For 10 years, he was the President of the Theological College of Zimbabwe (TCZ). He was the associate pastor at the City Presbyterian Church in Bulawayo and also served with Scripture Union (SU) and the Fellowship of Christian Unions (FOCUS-IFES) in Zimbabwe.

Victor and his wife, Nosizo, have three daughters and live in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

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Rick Klein

Senior Vice President of Development and Sustainability

Rick Klein joined CURE in 2004 and serves in the role as a Senior Vice President on the development team. He has the pleasure of sharing the CURE mission with current and potential partners. He works closely with the operational team to identify funding opportunities that will help our hospitals become more sustainable. He recently earned the designation of Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) from the American College, which he uses to assist friends of CURE with their stewardship to make a greater impact for the Kingdom.

Prior to CURE he served at his alma mater, Gordon College as the Director of Planned Gifts. He has a BA in Accounting and Business Administration from Gordon College. Rick serves on the board of Christian Ministries Foundation as well as the Generosity Counsel for the National Christian Foundation of North Texas. Rick enjoys traveling, reading, training and coaching the aspiring young athletes in his household. He and his wife, Sherrie, live in Frisco, TX, with their three children, Isaac, Matthew and Marliese.

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Tim Erickson

Vice President of Development and Sustainability

Tim Erickson joined CURE in 2006 and serves in the role of VP of Development and Sustainability. Tim helps lead the development team and is responsible for building relationships with individuals, families, and foundations who are partnering with CURE. Tim also serves as an operations advisor for the CURE Hydrocephalus program, a program he helped launch in 2011, which currently includes a network of hydrocephalus treatment locations in 14 countries around the world.

Tim is passionate about international ministry and spent a two year stint working in Honduras at an international school. He also spent three months working in Zambia and Zimbabwe for an economic development organization. Tim has a BA in Economics and Accounting from Gordon College and an MBA from Penn State University. He continues to be a student of the Spanish language. He is an avid water skier, golfer, and guitar player. Tim and his wife Kiera live in central Massachusetts and are blessed with three energetic young kids – Isaiah, Isabel, and Micah.

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Andy Groop

Vice President of Operations

Andy serves as Vice President of Operations. In that role, he oversees the opening and transition of new CURE hospitals from construction to the first 24 months of operations. He also provides oversight to CURE’s hospitals in Kenya, Niger and Ethiopia. Andy played a key role in the successful commissioning of CURE’s hospitals in Ethiopia, Honduras and Niger.

Prior to joining CURE, he worked in construction project management and as a sales engineer for a medical equipment company. Andy has bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and Biblical studies from Gordon College.

He is married with 2 adult children and lives in the scenic foothills of Dillsburg, PA. For rest and recreation, Andy enjoys family camping and ocean fishing when the opportunity allows.

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Erin Card

Vice President of Operations

Erin started with CURE International in 2004 and has served both in the US, as a consultant and a Resource Development Director; and at CURE’s Kabul facility as Patient Services Manager, Finance Director and Interim Executive Director. She currently serves as Vice President of Operations, partnering with the COO to oversee CURE's network of hospitals.

Erin’s work prior to CURE includes serving as an International Program Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Blantyre, Malawi; and years of experience in working in case management in the US social service sector. She holds her BA in Sociology from Wheaton College. Erin lives in Madison and enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee in any country where she can find a team.

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Jason Yakelis

Vice President of Accountability and Strategic Partnerships

As CURE's VP of Accountability & Strategic Partnerships, Jason leads the team responsible for ensuring all messaging and documentation to external partners accurately reflects the impact of CURE's activities throughout its network of hospitals and specialty programs, while utilizing this information to maintain CURE's commitment to, "do what we say and say what we do." In this role, he serves as the organization's strategic planning (StratOp) champion, guiding CURE's leadership in the operationalization of its current five-year plan. Jason also serves as the primary point of contact for all activities with USAID, as well as a key liaison with CURE's funding and operational partners.

Prior to joining CURE in 2010, he worked for close to ten years with Delta Development Group, a multi-disciplined consulting firm in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, focused on planning and implementing economic development initiatives for various clients around the United States. During his time with Delta, Jason managed and worked with interdisciplinary teams to develop public-private partnerships that utilized federal, state, local, and private funding sources to support projects initiated by entities ranging from real estate developers to local government to hospitals and universities.

Jason is a graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a concentration in International Relations. He is also a Certificate StratOp Facilitator through the Paterson Center in Littleton, Colorado. Jason resides just outside of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Meredith, and two daughters, Zoe and Sage.

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Stephen Miller

Vice President of International Operations

Stephen Miller is a graduate of Letourneau University in Longview, Texas and a Licensed Professional Engineer by the State of Oregon. He and his wife Audrey have four children, Miriam, Matt, Mike and Jake.

Stephen spent over 10 years working outside of the United States, mainly in Africa and Brazil, doing rural construction projects and design and installation of water and micro-hydro electrical systems.

While in Africa, Stephen joined CURE to manage the start up and construction of CURE's first two hospitals, Kenya and Uganda. In 2001, Stephen returned to the United States to work at the CURE headquarters. He now serves as Vice President of International Operations, managing all of CURE's hospital construction projects, overseeing the Gift In Kind program and assisting in other areas.