Spiritual DirectorHarold Haamumba is the spiritual director at the CURE Zambia hospital, where he has served since the hospital opened in 2006. “I and my wife, Rev. Namangolwa Ngonda Haamumba, always saw our calling as working with children. So when Beit CURE Hospital of Zambia opened its doors, we were excited to be part of the team,” he said. Harold received his theology training at Theological College of Zimbabwe, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in missions. Prior to joining CURE, Harold helped start the first ever English-speaking Brethren in Christ Church congregation in Zimbabwe. Harold and Na have three children: 7 year old Moses and a pair of twins, a girl named Tabo and a boy named Tebuho. Incidentally, Harold also has an identical twin, his brother Heath.
Staff NeurosurgeonDr. Kachinga Sichizya serves as one of two neurosurgeons at the Beit CURE International Hospital of Zambia. Kachinga received his medical training at the University of Zambia and then went on to the University of Cape Town, South Africa for his neurosurgery training.Kachinga lives in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, with his wife Sunkutu, a radiologist and has three children. Kachinga, a marathon runner and boxer, also loves mountain climbing and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for CURE and awareness for children with physical disabilities in the developing world.
Medical DirectorDr. Lastroni graduated from Milan University in Italy in 1997, always dreaming of working in Africa, with specific interest in paediatric orthopaedics. During his postgraduate training, he had the opportunity to work in Uganda with Dr. Norgrove Penny in 2001 while setting up the first Ponseti clubfoot project in the third world. After completing his education at the Institute for Orthopaedics “Gaetano Pini” in Milan, he started working as orthopaedic consultant in a public hospital in Italy in 2002, where he could be exposed to a wide spectrum of orthopaedic and trauma surgery. During those years he was in charge of trauma, paediatric orthopaedics and foot surgery. In 2009 he was able to spend three months with Dr. Mark Myerson at the Institute for Foot and Ankle reconstruction in Baltimore and had the chance to meet Dr. John Herzenberg, one of the first surgeons utilizing the Ponseti method for club feet in the US. He moved to Zambia in June 2009 and started working as a volunteer at the CURE Hospital in Lusaka. In June 2010 he assumed the role of Medical Director for this facility.
Executive Director - CURE ZambiaTim Ebbers serves as the Executive Director at the Beit CURE hospital in Zambia. He graduated with a B.S. and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1977. After briefly working in medical research at a VA hospital in Richmond, Virginia, Tim changed fields and designed Industrial Controls for CNC lathes & milling machines for General Electric. He and his wife, Melissa, and their two sons then moved to New York State where he worked for "Big Blue" (i.e., IBM) designing and managing 3D graphics computers. Another move with IBM took them to Vermont, where Tim managed departments and projects developing silicon chips. One of Tim's closest friends, Andy Groop, CURE's VP of Operations, challenged him to consider something completely different - working for CURE overseas. So, after 28 years with IBM, he left the cold, snowy climate of Vermont for the warm, sunny skies of Zambia in southern Africa.
Medical DirectorDr. Eric Gokcen is an orthopedic surgeon who previously oversaw the medical program at CURE International’s hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He provided a wide variety of both pediatric and adult surgical procedures at this facility including joint arthroscopies and total hip replacements. Prior to joining CURE, Dr. Gokcen was a partner in a sports medicine practice in the suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area.
Vice President of Patient RelationsTrey Hulsey is the Vice President of Patient Relations at CURE Oasis. He earned a BA in Biblical & Theological Studies from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. He then earned a MA in Religious Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, studying Early Christianity and its Jewish Matrix; following this he went on to Duke University and earned an MA in Religion, focusing on 1st century Judaism. Trey and his wife Jessie went to Bethlehem in the West Bank to work with an NGO in the areas of community development and relief in 2007. In 2010 he joined CURE Oasis. Trey speaks Hebrew and Arabic.
Medical DirectorDr. Arnold Jacobs serves as Medical Director for the Oasis Hospital, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. He graduated from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1968 and, following completion of his residency in ObGyn in 1981, he worked as Chef de Clinique for five years in a hospital in the eastern part of Holland. In 1985, Dr. Arnold took up the position of Consultant ObGyn in North Yemen where he remained for five years. In 1991, he moved to Saudi Arabia where he worked until 2001 as ObGyn Consultant in the Military Hospital in Taif. For a period from 2001 to 2003, Dr. Arnold lived with his family in the Philippines. In February 2004, he took up the position of Consultant ObGyn at Oasis Hospital, Al Ain, UAE, and was made Head of Department in 2005. Shortly after that, in October 2006, he was appointed Medical Director. Dr. Arnold is a Member of the Royal Dutch College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and his interests are focused on obstetrics.
Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Derek currently calls Uganda “home” as he serves as Executive Director of CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda. In the states for his wedding in August, Derek and his new wife, Julie (Friesen) Johnson, will return to Uganda in January 2012.
Derek joined CURE full-time five years ago, but his passion and love for the people of Africa developed earlier when he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe.
Remembering his time there, Derek said, “One of the lasting memories I have from Zimbabwe is of a young man who lived near my village struggling to travel the 12 kms to the bus stop because he fell victim to polio as a child. My heart did and does go out to those in this world that, through no fault of their own, struggle to merely provide for themselves and get through life like the rest of us. I vividly recall wondering what we could do to help him better his life. At CURE, I knew I found an organization tangibly doing something about it.”
Derek returned to the U.S. but the people of sub-Saharan Africa were never far from his mind. While working at a pharmaceutical company, he met Andy Mayo, executive director of CURE Clubfoot Worldwide, and first heard about the work CURE was doing internationally. As they say, the rest is history.
Julie’s shares the same passion for the people, the weather and the country of Uganda and hopes to use her doctorate in physical therapy to reach out to mothers and children there. Coming from a family who started a marriage and family therapy ministry, Julie is equally focused on being a wife and friend to their colleagues in Uganda.
CURE is blessed to have Derek and Julie Johnson as part of our team and is grateful for their devotion to helping children suffering with disabilities.
Medical DirectorDr. Mugamba serves as the medical director and neurosurgeon at CURE Children's Hospital of Uganda. He has been a practicing neurosurgeon for seven years following his graduation from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Dr. Mugamba worked for one year as a pediatric neurosurgery fellow under Dr. Ben Warf before taking over as medical director. Before he received his training in neurosurgery, he was a general surgeon at Mulago Referral Hospital in Uganda.
Spiritual DirectorMiriam Ongom has been with CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda since 2000, but her commitment to serving Uganda’s children stretches more than 20 years. Miriam began her career as a children’s minister at the Chrisco Church in Mbale. In 1988, she became head of the children’s department and a leader in the women’s ministry. Miriam also trained Sunday School teachers for her church and other churches in the area. In 2000, she joined the CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda as a playroom attendant, then Spiritual Center Coordinator and, finally, Spiritual Director. In addition to ministering to the hospital’s patients and their families, she continues to train Sunday School teachers during the hospital’s outreach campaigns.
Executive DirectorMr. Lehman has served as the Executive Director of the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines, since 2013. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of CURE Niger, starting in January, 2010. After Graduating from Messiah College with a degree in accounting, Leron spent over 10 years in public accounting, eventually becoming a Principal with a regional firm in Central Pennsylvania. He has also spent time in various senior operational and financial roles at three different early stage venture backed startup companies. These roles included VP of Finance at a telecom company, COO at a software company that developed donor management systems for small and medium sized not for profit organizations, and most recently Executive Vice President of a medical transcription company with clients in over 35 states. Leron and his wife Christine have three children.
Medical DirectorDr Jean-François Negrini serves as surgeon consultant at the CURE Hospital in Niger. He graduated from the University of Geneva in 1988 and did his post-graduate training in general surgery in Switzerland (1988-1997). He resigned from his job in 2000 and worked in Bangladesh with the Leprosy Mission (DBLM Hospital, Nilphamari), taking care of patients with disabilities both Leprosy and non Leprosy related. While in Bangladesh, he developed the expertise to handle children with tropical disabilities thanks to the input of expert visiting teams. He resigned in May 2010, due to the need for a school for his children, and started his new job with CURE Niger in August 2010.
Spiritual DirectorDan Karami Hassane is the Spiritual Director at the CURE Niger hospital, the organization’s newest facility. Hassane has a diverse professional background. Before coming to CURE, he trained leaders of public and private companies in management and computer systems. He also worked for the Nigerien government for more than 20 years in various IT-related functions. He has a master’s of science in computer science and has studied abroad in Gabon and Canada. Hassane has also been active in spiritual ministry in his home country, holding a Master’s of Divinity in Christian Education from Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology. His activities include: heading a committee that launched a national organization of Nigerien evangelical churches and missions, representing Niger’s Christians in the country’s parliament; teaching at a theological seminary; and starting a mission agency (ForMission) to train and send young Nigeriens into the mission field. He is married to a Kenyan missionary named Mary, and they have seven children.
Spiritual DirectorJoshua Korn serves as the Spiritual Director of CURE’s Hospital in Niamey, Niger. After growing up in West Africa (Togo and Ivory Coast), and in Israel, Joshua attended Gordon College, where he graduated with degrees in History and French. He returned to Israel and received an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva. After this, he then began working as a writer and editor for Musalaha, a Jerusalem-based non-profit organization which seeks to facilitate reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. Joshua and his wife Julie were married in Israel in 2008.
Executive DirectorJohn Philip Adams serves as the Executive Director at the CURE Niger Hospital in Niamey. Philip previously served CURE in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he was in charge of the Hospital Standards Program. He worked closely with the Afghan government to establish operational standards in leadership, management, organizational and facilities management for their hospitals. Philip and his wife, Jennifer, have spent more than 25 years as missionaries in many parts of the world. Philip is a native French speaker, raised by missionary parents in France. While in the United States, they call Knoxville, TN, home. Philip and Jennifer started their service in Niger at the end of 2012.
Art TherapistJulie Korn serves as an art therapist for the children at the CURE hospital in Niger, alongside her husband Joshua Korn, the CURE Niger Spiritual Director. She was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, where her father serves as the senior pastor of an International church. Julie completed high school in Jerusalem and then went to the United States for college where she received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Gordon College in Massachusetts. After shadowing an art therapist while teaching at a home for emotionally disturbed children in Massachusetts, she found her passion for working with children and helping them to heal emotionally through the use of art therapy. She returned to Israel and received her M.A. in art therapy from Lesley University in Netanya. She and her husband live in Niger and are in the process of adopting a precious little boy named Leon.
Spiritual DirectorScrivin Kamanga serves as Spiritual Director of the Beit CURE International Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. He graduated from African Bible College in Lilongwe, Malawi with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies and with a minor in Radio Communication in 1997. Immediately after graduation, he worked for Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) on a voluntary basis as Communications Officer for three years while serving as an associate pastor in his church. As a trained radio personality, Scrivin then joined Trans-World Radio as a producer and presenter in 2000. Later, Trans-World Radio moved him from Lilongwe to Blantyre to set up its fm network. It is here that he worked as producer, presenter, reporter and news reader before rising to the position of Station Manager. While working at this radio station, Scrivin served as a part-time pastor in his Church. He then left Trans-world Radio and became a full-time pastor. While serving as a pastor, his bishop seconded him to Global Ministries and Relief to set up a Bible Institute in conjunction with a missionary from the USA. He served the organization as its administrator and lecturer at the Bible Institute until January 2007. It is in March 2007 that Scrivin joined CURE Malawi as its Spiritual Director, a position he holds up to now.
Orthopedic ConsultantMr. Cashman serves as orthopaedics consultant for CURE in Blantyre, Malawi, providing reconstructive surgery to both children and adults. He has successfully upgraded the joint replacement capability of the Beit CURE International Hospital and conducts weekly private adult clinics in the capital city of Lilongwe. Prior to joining CURE, Mr. Cashman practiced at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children in Bristol, Great Britain. He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, the British Orthopaedic Society and the British Trauma Society. Throughout his twenty year tenure as a surgeon, he has been certified in over a dozen specialty areas including advanced laparoscopic techniques. He graduated with a medical degree from the Southhampton Medical School in the United Kingdom.
Medical DirectorDr. David Burgess came to Malawi from Virginia in the United States, where he was in private practice for 22 years. He trained at the Atlanta Medical Centre and the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. He then served in the United States Air Force in the Philippines and New Hampshire. Dr. Burgess is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He particularly enjoys patient care, having developed an interest in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, shoulder surgery, and joint replacement surgery. Dr. Burgess thrives on being involved in caring for the children as well as the adults at CURE Malawi, and his experience enhances the team approach to care and teaching by physicians, clinical officers, nurses, and physiotherapists.
AnesthesiologistDr. Charles Bruerd joined CURE in January of 2012 and serves as the Anesthesiologist for CURE in Blantyre, Malawi. Dr. Bruerd comes to CURE with significant experience in health care in developing countries, having worked in Latin America, West Africa, and the South Pacific. In Sierra Leone and in Papua New Guinea he was involved in both primary care and tertiary care. He was involved in the establishment of village-based primary care, mobile clinics, maternal-child health programs, and professional training programs. From August of 1998 through retirement in 2011, Dr. Bruerd focused on the delivery of anesthesia in the United States while continuing his participation in medical missions by serving on short term medical teams to various countries. In 2011, Charles and his wife, Yvonne, bought a small farm in Tennessee to eventually settle close to their children and grandchildren.
Executive DirectorRob, his wife Davina, and their family had lived in Blantyre, Malawi, for 8 years prior to his joining CURE in 2013. A chartered accountant by training, Rob joins CURE with over 20 years of experience in the finance, accounting, and NGO sector. Prior to moving to Malawi, Rob oversaw financial operations for a church-based non-profit in South Africa. Rob and Davina have four busy children and enjoy living near extended family in Malawi, even while they call the UK “home.”
Spiritual DirectorChristine Kithome is the spiritual director at AIC-CURE International Hospital of Kenya. She is oversees the hospital’s spiritual ministry staff and all spiritual ministry activities, including daily chapel services, bedside prayer, and mobile outreach clinics. Christine has was instrumental helping to define the spiritual ministry program and set goals and objectives.Christine received her degree in Bible and Theology from Moffat College of Bible. Before coming to CURE, Christine worked for the Africa Inland Church as a Christian Education worker conducting women’s fellowship, Sunday school classes, church services and bible studies. Christine went on to work for World Vision as an Assistant Manager/Senior Social Worker. She joined CURE in 1998 when the hospital in Kenya opened. Since it was CURE’s first hospital, Christine was instrumental in helping to define CURE’s spiritual ministry program that would later be carried over to other CURE hospitals.
Medical DirectorDr. Theuri joined CURE International immediately after his medical internship at Kijabe in January 1998. He went through an ‘on the job’ training in corrective surgery for children with physical disabilities for three years. In 2000, he was sponsored by CURE International to pursue an MMed degree in orthopedics at Makerere University, Uganda, which he got in 2003. He went back to Kijabe and has been working there as an orthopedic surgeon since then. He became a fellow of COSECSA in Orthopedics recently. Dr. Theuri together with others helped start the Clubfoot Care for Kenya project in 2005. He is the director of this program to date. He is also the Assistant Medical Director of AIC CURE, Kijabe. He is involved in leadership at the AIC Kijabe Local Church and also as a teacher in the children’s Sunday School at the same church. His wife is Lillian Theuri and his two sons are Daniel Macharia and David Mburu.
Executive DirectorPeter Kyalo is Executive Director of the AIC-CURE International Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Beit Trust CURE International Hospital of Zambia. He has served more than a decade with CURE International and has held key roles, from financial controller to executive director, throughout CURE’s hospital network in Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia. He earned his MBA from the United States International University and his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Executive DirectorAdey Abate has served as the Executive Director of the CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital since September 2007, having been integral in opening the hospital and then overseeing its operations since the facility's first surgery in January 2009. Adey is originally from Ethiopia but had lived in the United States since high school, moving back to her birth place to work with CURE International in Addis Ababa. Adey is very grateful for the opportunity, through CURE, to give back to her birth place and to be part of this mission. Adey has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Masters degree in Applied Economics. Adey’s experiences before joining CURE and returning to Ethiopia include roles as a Cost Management Analyst at Boeing Commercial Airplane, then with Boeing Defense as a subcontract manager on the Missile Defense Program, managing several subcontractors working under Boeing. She then went on to work with Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the biggest US federal government contractors, as a Senior Consultant.Adey enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures. She also enjoys the outdoors and sports. Adey is an avid tennis player, and played competitively both in high school and college.
Spiritual DirectorMesfin Taye is the spiritual director at CURE Ethiopia Children’s Hospital in Addis Ababa. Although Mesfin received his bachelor’s degree in counseling from Evangelical Theological College, he was involved in ministry from his youth. As a teenager, Mesfin joined Addis Ababa’s citywide youth ministry committee and served as a youth leader at his church before going on to train other youth leaders as a volunteer with Scripture Union. Mesfin also has experience as a high school Bible teacher and church ministry team member. Before coming to CURE, Mesfin worked as a country director for Divine Power Evangelistic Ministry and then served with Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia. He joined CURE International in 2007 as a CURE Clubfoot Worldwide coordinator before being promoted to spiritual director the following year.Mesfin has his degree in counseling and is an accredited international teacher of co-counseling. He and his wife Mahlet have three children, one boy (14) and two girls (11 and 5).
Medical DirectorMary was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Minnesota, then lived in Washington state with her husband Chris and their 4 children. She received her BS and MD from the University of Minnesota and did her residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She then served as a staff anesthesiologist at Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington state with the rank of Army Major and after as a civilian. In 2011 she joined CURE to serve as the anesthesiologist for CURE Ethiopia. She became Medical Director of CURE Ethiopia in 2013.
Executive Director - CURE DominicanaMiguel Colell Perez joined CURE Dominicana in June 2012, bringing years of experience as a business leader within the country. While Miguel studied and worked in New York City for many years, he most recently directed and served private sector companies in Santo Domingo, in addition to serving as a leader in his church, Iglesia Buenas Nuevas. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti in, he began volunteering and working more closely with in-country NGOs. His strong reputation within the business and faith community allow him to contribute to the team in a variety of ways.
Medical Director - CURE Dominican RepublicDr. Glen Rowe recently joined CURE as the Medical Director for CURE Dominican Republic. Dr. Rowe graduated from The Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed his residency training in Ohio. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and has worked a majority of his career stateside. Before heading into the mission field, Dr. Rowe and his family lived in Delaware where he was on staff at Kent General Hospital in Dover, DE. Dr. Rowe and his family served most recently served at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya through Samaritan’s Purse. Dr. Rowe and his wife, Lori, have 5 children. Three of their children are grown and living in the states, and their two youngest, Micah (12) and Isaiah (11), have joined them in Santo Domingo.
Medical DirectorDr. Manning has worked with CURE International since October 2004 when he participated in the planning, design and inception stages of the Kabul project. While initially serving as a consultant, he quickly moved on to work in a variety of key positions in Kabul. His roles over the past five years have included: technical support for the development/physical layout of the new operating theater; launching an MoPH recognized Surgical Fellowship program; launching Afghanistan’s first endoscopic and laparoscopic surgical services in the civilian health sector; and serving as the Medical Education Director. For the past year, he has served as the Medical Director in Kabul, where he mentors senior Afghan medical staff in strategic leadership, medical education and departmental administration to ensure sustainability and a solid Afghan leadership team at the foundation of CURE’s long term project. Together with his Afghan counterparts, Dr. Manning expanded CURE’s partnerships amongst health sector NGOs, Afghan government officials, surgical and medical suppliers, and other providers of medical education programs. Most recently Dr. Manning developed a customized training program for visiting Afghan physicians, surgeons, nurses and hospital administrators working in Afghan Provincial Hospitals. Early success of this didactic and practical training program on-site at the 90 bed CURE facility has led to a significant increase in demand for such services by Afghan hospital personnel across more than a dozen provinces. Dr. Manning completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania; medical school at the Thomas Jefferson University; and surgical training at the George Washington University Hospital.