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CURE Afghanistan

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George Găvruș

Executive Director

Afghanistan

George is the Executive Director at CURE Afghanistan. He grew up in Romania, and, in 1998, after receiving a bachelor's degree in Education from University of Bucharest, he went on to Afghanistan. During the 8 years he spent in Afghanistan he coordinated relief projects, helped establish a dental clinic, taught leadership classes, co-lead a school for kids, and managed a few small business. In Romania, he cofounded and lead an NGO that focused on youth camps and conferences. He also completed a master's degree in Education in Belgium.

In 2003, he married Georgiana, a psychologist who now coordinates a kindergarten for underprivileged kids in Kabul. They have two kids, Aida and Paul.

George joined CURE in March 2014, trusting that his in-country experience will be beneficial during these critical times of transformation in Afghanistan.

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Samuel Tsimbwela

Financial Controller

Afghanistan

Samuel Tsimbwela is the current Financial Controller at CURE Afghanistan. He brings over 8 years of experience with managing donor-funded projects in the developing world to his role at CURE. He is the former Finance and Administration Manager and Acting CEO for Friends Church Sabatia Eye Hospital, a project Funded by CBM International in Kenya. During his time there he helped turn the hospital into a financially self-sustaining business. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management in Accounting degree from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and a CPA II from KCA University.

Samuel is married to Sarah Kharinda and is blessed with three children, Mary, Beliet, and Ryan. During his free time he likes to volunteer with grassroots community groups for people living with disabilities.


CURE Dominican Republic

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Miguel Colell Perez

Executive Director

Dominican Republic

Miguel 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, he began volunteering and working more closely with in-country NGOs. His strong reputation within the business and faith community allows him to contribute to the team in a variety of ways.

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Glen Rowe

Medical Director

Dominican Republic

Dr. Glen Rowe serves as the Medical Director at 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 spent the 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 most recently served at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya, through Samaritan’s Purse. Dr. Rowe and his wife Lori have five children. Three of their children are grown and living in the states, and their two youngest, Micah and Isaiah, are living with them in Santo Domingo.

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Elba Lopez

Spiritual Director

Dominican Republic

Elba Lopez is the Spiritual Director at CURE Dominican Republic. She grew up in a large family, three brothers and two sisters, in the Dominican Republic. She moved to the United States when she was 10 years old to attend middle and high school. She returned to the Dominican Republic to go to law school. She graduated from Santiago University of Technology with a general law degree and started to work for Iberia Airlines. She quickly climbed the corporate ladder and became the station manager at the Santo Domingo International Airport. She spent 23 years there and felt God calling her to do more. She began to teach the Good Word on Sundays, became involved with the her church’s camping activities, and created a strong bond with the elders in her church.

Elba then became the Director of Sunday School and built a strong foundation for the children’s ministry. She also works with family counseling at her church and currently helps train and coach individual couples as well as other leaders. She is a Deacon and loves to serve. God blessed Elba and her husband with the opportunity to adopt a child, Juan Carlos. She stayed at home with their new child for a few years and then got involved with World Vision for 2 years. She began working for CURE Dominican Republic as the Spiritual Director in July 2012. She enjoys all aspects of her job, including going on home visits, looking for supporters, praying, counseling, and being the emotional support the child and parents need. She enjoys having groups visit CURE Dominican Republic and worshipping the Lord together, no matter if there is a language barrier.


CURE Ethiopia

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Mary Bernard

Medical Director

Ethiopia

Mary was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Minnesota, then lived in Washington State with her husband Chris and their four children. She received her bachelor's degree and medical degree 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 afterward as a civilian. She joined CURE in 2011 to serve as the anesthesiologist for CURE Ethiopia. She became Medical Director of CURE Ethiopia in 2013.

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Mesfin Taye

Spiritual Director

Ethiopia

Mesfin Taye is the Spiritual Director at CURE Ethiopia. He has been involved in ministry all his life. As a teenager, he 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 received his bachelor’s degree in counseling from Evangelical Theological College. He 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 and his wife Mahlet have three children: one boy and two girls.

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Adey Abate

Executive Director

Ethiopia

Adey Abate has served as the Executive Director of CURE Ethiopia since September 2007. She was integral in opening the hospital and 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. She moved back to her birth place to serve with CURE in Addis Ababa. Adey is very grateful for the opportunity to give back to her birth place and be part of CURE's mission. Adey has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a master's degree in Applied Economics. Her 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. She then went on to work with Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the largest US federal government contractors, as a Senior Consultant.

Adey enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures. She also enjoys the outdoors and sports. She is an avid tennis player, and played competitively both in high school and college.

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Rick Gardner

Orthopedic Surgeon

Ethiopia

Rick Gardner serves as an orthopedic surgeon at CURE Ethiopia. He completed his surgical training in the UK and spent his fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto, Canada. His first introduction to CURE was in 2009 as a surgical fellow at CURE Malawi. Seeing the burden of childhood disability firsthand in Sub-Saharan Africa and the impact that CURE was having in the country were instrumental his move to Ethiopia. His wife, Anne, is a microfinance consultant. They have an irrepressible two-year-old son, Ben.

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Tim Nunn

Orthopedic Surgeon

Ethiopia

Tim Nunn is an orthopedic surgeon who will be serving at CURE Ethiopia beginning in the fall of 2014. He trained in Yorkshire and has worked in South Africa and Kenya. He completed fellowships in Sheffield, United Kingdom, where he has been working as a pediatric orthopedic consultant.

Tim completed a one-year course in Biblical and Intercultural Studies at All Nations Christian College. He is married to Rachel, who works as a general practitioner. They have 3 children, Matt, Beka, and Joel.


CURE Kenya

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Peter Kyalo

Executive Director

Kenya

Peter Kyalo is the current Executive Director of CURE Kenya and was formerly the Executive Director of CURE Zambia. He has served with CURE International for more than a decade and has held key roles, from Financial Controller to Executive Director, throughout CURE’s network of hospitals 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.

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Christine Kithome

Spiritual Director

Kenya

Christine Kithome is the Spiritual Director at CURE Kenya. She oversees the hospital’s spiritual ministry staff and all spiritual ministry activities, including daily chapel services, bedside prayer, and mobile outreach clinics. Christine was instrumental in helping to define the spiritual ministry program and set the goals and objectives that led to its success.

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Joseph Theuri

Medical Director

Kenya

Dr. Theuri is the Medical Director of CURE Kenya. He joined CURE immediately after his medical internship in Kijabe in January 1998. He went through "on the job" training in corrective surgery for children with physical disabilities for 3 years. In 2000, he was sponsored by CURE to pursue a degree in orthopedics at Makerere University, Uganda, where he graduated in 2003. He is now a fellow of COSECSA. He went back to Kijabe and has been working there as an orthopedic surgeon ever since.

Dr. Theuri helped to start the Clubfoot Care for Kenya project in 2005. He is the current director of this program. He is also the current Medical Director of CURE Kenya. He is involved in leadership at the AIC Kijabe Local Church and is also a children's Sunday School teacher at the same church. He and his wife Lillian have two sons, Daniel Macharia and David Mburu.


CURE Malawi

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Kaiser Raphael

Anesthesiologist

Malawi

Dr. Kaiser is no stranger to CURE; he has served at various CURE hospitals over the years. Most recently, he served as the anesthesiologist at CURE Ethiopia. Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Kaiser and his family now serve at CURE Malawi. His family includes his wife Wajahat and their two children.

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Rob Brown

Executive Director

Malawi

Rob, his wife Davina, and their family had lived in Blantyre, Malawi, for 8 years prior to 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."

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Scrivin Kamanga

Spiritual Director

Malawi

Scrivin Kamanga serves as Spiritual Director at the Beit CURE International Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. He graduated from African Bible College in Lilongwe, Malawi, in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and a minor in Radio Communication. Immediately after graduation, he worked for the 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 the radio station, Scrivin also 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 recommended him to Global Ministries and Relief to set up a Bible Institute in conjunction with a missionary from the USA. He served the Institute as its administrator and lecturer until January 2007. In March 2007, Scrivin joined CURE Malawi as Spiritual Director.

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David Burgess

Medical Director

Malawi

Dr. David Burgess came to Malawi from Virginia, where he was in private practice for 22 years. He trained at the Atlanta Medical Center 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 Orthopedic Surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic 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.

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Orthopedic Consultant

Malawi

John Cashman serves as the Orthopedic Consultant for CURE Malawi, providing reconstructive surgery to both children and adults. He has successfully upgraded the joint replacement capability of CURE Malawi 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 Orthopedic Society, and the British Trauma Society. Throughout his 20-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.

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Nicholas Lubega

Orthopedic Surgeon

Malawi

Dr. Nicholas Lubega is an orthopedic surgeon at CURE Malawi. Nicholas received both his undergraduate and postgraduate medical training at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and joined CURE immediately after his postgraduate training in orthopedics. He later completed a trauma fellowship at Pretoria Academic Hospital in South Africa.

Nicholas is married to Susan; they have three children. He loves teaching and is an honorary lecturer at the University of Malawi, Department of Surgery. He also serves on the AO Africa Social Economic Committee steering body, an international surgeons organization dedicated to improving trauma care and surgical education around the world.

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Samuel Maina

Orthopedic Surgeon

Malawi

Dr. Samuel Maina is an orthopedic surgeon at CURE Malawi. He did his medical training at the University of Nairobi before proceeding to Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, for his residential training in Orthopedics and Trauma. He capped it all off with a fellowship in orthopedics and trauma from the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa.

Samuel lives in Blantyre, Malawi with his wife, Tabitha, and their three children. Prior to his residential training in orthopedics, he worked as a medical officer in orthopedics at CURE Kenya. His passion is serving the less privileged that are more often ignored by the society.


CURE Niger

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Julie Korn

Art Therapist

Niger

Julie Korn serves as Art Therapist for children at CURE Niger. She serves 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 bachelor's degree 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 master's degree in Art Therapy from Lesley University in Netanya. She and her husband Joshua live in Niger and are in the process of adopting a precious little boy named Leon.

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Hassane Dan Karami

Spiritual Director

Niger

Hassane Dan Karami is the Spiritual Director at CURE Niger. He 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 degree 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 up a committee that launched a national organization of Nigerian 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 Nigerians into the mission field. He is married to a Kenyan missionary named Mary. They have seven children.

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Joshua Korn

Spiritual Director

Niger

Joshua Korn serves as the Spiritual Director at CURE 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 a master's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva. 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.

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Jean-Francois Negrini

Medical Director

Niger

Dr. Jean-François Negrini serves as the Medical Director at CURE Niger. He graduated from the University of Geneva in 1988 and did his post-graduate training in general surgery in Switzerland from 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 both leprosy and non-leprosy related disabilities. While in Bangladesh, he developed the expertise to handle children with tropical disabilities, thanks to the input of expert visiting teams. He started working for CURE Niger in August 2010.

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Brian Van Hall

Executive Director

Niger

Brian is humbled and honored to serve as the Executive Director of CURE Niger. As a retired U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer, he brings over 22 years of leadership experience in operations and administration across diverse settings. Prior to joining CURE, Brian was a Director of Operations in a non-profit health system in Michigan, the Special Assistant to the U.S. Army Deputy Surgeon General in Virginia, and the VP of Operations at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Brian is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tampa and earned a Master of Health Administration and Master of Business Administration from Baylor University. Brian also holds a Balanced Scorecard Professional certificate from George Washington University and a certificate of Executive Project Management in Healthcare from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Brian and his wife, Beth, have been happily married for over 20 years and are blessed with an amazing teenage son, Ethan. They are forever grateful for the sacrifices of family and friends who support their commitment to serve the Kingdom.

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Elodie Py

Head Nurse

Niger

Elodie Py is the head nurse at CURE Niger. She is originally from France and before coming to CURE she worked alongside her husband, Yohann, in the Congo for two years with Samaritan’s Purse. When she arrived in Niger, Elodie worked as a volunteer at CURE for 7 months before assuming the role of head nurse. Having managed a large logistics and finance team before, she was well-equipped to take on the role. Elodie is passionate about patient care and enjoys responding to the emotional and spiritual needs of the patients. She is excited about working with CURE, especially since it allows her to work with children and to share the healing love of God with patients every day.

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Shabani Majaliwa

Anesthesiologist

Niger

Dr. Shabani Majaliwa serves at CURE Niger as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Shabani received his medical training at the University of Burundi and then went on to study at the University of Amiens and University of Lille in France for his anesthesia fellowship. Dr. Shabani joined CURE in 2012. He lives with his wife Farida and their three children in Niamey, Niger. His hobbies includes sports and oil painting.


CURE Philippines

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Leron Lehman

Executive Director

Philippines

Leron Lehman serves as the Executive Director of the Tebow CURE Hospital in Davao City, Philippines. He previously served as the Executive Director of CURE Niger.

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 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 non-profit organizations, and Executive Vice President of a medical transcription company with clients in over 35 states.

Leron and his wife Christine have three children.


CURE Uganda

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John Mugamba

Medical Director

Uganda

Dr. Mugamba serves as the Medical Director at CURE Uganda. He has been practicing neurosurgery ever since his graduation from the University of Cape Town in South Africa in 2003. Dr. Mugamba worked for one year as a pediatric neurosurgery fellow under Dr. Ben Warf before taking over as the Medical Director. Before he received his training in neurosurgery, he was a general surgeon at Mulago Referral Hospital in Uganda.

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Miriam Ongom

Spiritual Director

Uganda

Miriam Ongom has been with the 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 the 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 CURE Uganda as a playroom attendant. She worked as the Spiritual Center Coordinator for a time before moving into her current position as 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.

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Derek Johnson

Executive Director

Uganda

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Derek currently calls Uganda "home" as he serves as the Executive Director of CURE Uganda. Derek's passion and love for the people of Africa developed prior to his work with CURE 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 km to the bus stop because he fell victim to polio as a child. My heart did, and still 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 an employee of CURE and heard about the work CURE was doing internationally. As they say, the rest is history.

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Julie Johnson

Patient Outcomes Consultant

Uganda

Dr. Julie Johnson is a consultant Physical Therapist at CURE Uganda. She graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from St. Augustine University and is passionate about helping children and adults reach their full physical and spiritual potential. In 2009, Julie came to Uganda to volunteer with CURE. It is there that she met Derek, who is currently the Executive Director at CURE Uganda, and the rest, as they say, is history. Julie and Derek have an 8-month-old son, Nathan.

 

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Peter Ssenyonga

Assistant Medical Director

Uganda

Dr. Peter Ssenyonga serves as the Assistant Medical Director at CURE Uganda. Peter received his medical training at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in the western part of Uganda. After his internship at the Mulago National Referral Hospital, he worked as a medical officer with CURE Uganda for three and a half years under Dr. Ben Warf before doing his neurosurgery training at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He was awarded the Pediatric Neurosurgery Traveling Fellowship by the Pediatric Section of the AANS (American Association of Neurological Surgeons) and spent 3 months at the Neurosurgical Department at The Hospital For Sick Children, Toronto. He also serves as faculty at the African Pediatric Neurosurgery Course.

Peter is married to Lydia who is still in South Africa completing a Masters Degree in Nursing. Together, they have three lovely girls. When he is not at the hospital, he serves at his local church. He loves reading, following sports, watching movies, and listening to gospel music.


CURE United Arab Emirates

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Trey Hulsey

Vice President of Patient Services

UAE, United Arab Emirates

Trey Hulsey serves as the Vice President of Patient Services at Oasis Hospital. In this role he is responsible for raising the Christian profile of the hospital in the UAE and expanding Oasis Hospital's role in the community.

Prior to joining Oasis Hospital Trey worked as a Peace Development Officer in the West Bank where he oversaw development work with various NGOs. He draws on the experience he gained working in the developing world as Oasis Hospital works to help those in the broader Gulf region who can benefit from the medical expertise here at Oasis. Trey holds a Bachelors degree from Gordon College and a Masters degree from Duke University, North Carolina, USA, both in the field of Religious Studies.

Trey speaks fluent Arabic and enjoys spending his time visiting local families with his wife Jessica.

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Arnold Jacobs

Chief Medical Officer

UAE

Dr. Arnold Jacobs is the Medical Director at Oasis Hospital; he is the chief physician and clinical leader of the hospital. He oversees the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and best practices, including facility compliance with the local health authority. He also maintains his practice as a Consultant  in OBGYN with a focus on obstetrics.

Before working at Oasis Hospital, Dr. Arnold was a Consultant OBGYN in both Saudi Arabia and Yemen. He is a member of the Royal Dutch College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is licensed to practice in both Abu-Dhabi and the Netherlands. Dr. Arnold was educated at the Academic Hospital Vrije Universiteit both in Amsterdam and is fluent in both English and Dutch.

Dr. Arnold and his wife Esther enjoy spending time with their teenage daughter, Demi.

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Alex Jankuloski

Chief Clinical Officer

UAE

Alex joined Oasis Hospital in December 2013 and serves as Chief Clinical Officer. In this role, Alex oversees all clinical operations, including nursing services and all other support services that are directly related to patient care. In addition to this Alex is also responsible for the Quality and Staff Development Department. Alex has extensive experience working in the healthcare industry in the Middle East in various leadership positions.

Alex graduated as a nurse in Hamburg, Germany, and received a Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Queensland. Alex is also pursuing a Master's in Coaching at Brookes University, Oxford.

In his free time, Alex enjoys spending time with his three boys, climbing, and reading.

 

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Gabriel Neal

Deputy Medical Director

UAE

Dr. Gabriel Neal is the Deputy Medical Director and Consultant in Family Medicine. He currently maintains a full-spectrum family medicine practice, caring for adult, pediatric, and obstetric patients.

Before joining Oasis Hospital, Dr. Gabriel practiced Family Medicine in College Station, Texas, and remains a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. He has a Master of Arts in Bioethics and his teaching interests are clinical medicine and ethics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicains and is licensed to practice in Texas and Abu Dhabi.

Dr. Gabriel was educated at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children, as well as reading and traveling.

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Ben Thomas

Director of Human Resources

UAE

Ben Thomas serves as the Director of Human Resources at Oasis Hospital. In this role, Ben oversees the staffing and recruiting process for all staff at the hospital.

Ben joined Oasis Hospital in 2006 as the Assistant HR Manager. He received his Master's degree in Human Resource Management from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, and his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Human Resource from Southern New Hampshire University through the American College in Dubai.

In his free time, Ben enjoys traveling and exploring the seven different emirates with his friends.

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Sam McDowell

Vice President of Finance

UAE

Sam joined Oasis Hospital in June of 2013 and serves as the Vice President of Finance at Oasis Hospital. In this role, Sam oversees accounting and all financial responsibilities of the hospital.

Sam received his MBA from Washington University. He has extensive international experience working in healthcare, oil, gas, and airline industries in Algeria, Romania, Sudan, Indonesia, Micronesia, and the Philippines.

In his free time, Sam enjoys flying gliders.

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Trevor Bunch

Chief Information Officer

UAE

Trevor joined Oasis Hospital in June 2013 after volunteering with CURE International for the previous nine years. Trevor is responsible for the IT strategy of the hospital and is overseeing all IT operations. Prior to joining Oasis, Trevor worked as an enterprise architecture consultant within the public and nonprofit sectors in the United States.

Trevor earned his MBA from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.  He is current working on his dissertation for a degree from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In his free time, Trevor enjoys traveling with his wife, playing video games with his three children, and running.


CURE Zambia

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Harold Haamumba

Spiritual Director

Zambia

Harold Haamumba is the Spiritual Director at CURE Zambia, where he has served since the hospital opened 2006. “I and my wife, Rev. Namangolwa Ngonda Haamumba, always saw our calling as working with children. So when the 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 in Zimbabwe. Harold and Na have three children: 7-year-old Moses and twins, a girl named Tabo and a boy named Tebuho. Incidentally, Harold also has an identical twin, his brother Heath.

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Kachinga Sichizya

Neurosurgeon

Zambia

Dr. 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. They have 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.

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Tim Ebbers

Executive Director

Zambia

Tim Ebbers serves as the Executive Director at the Beit CURE Hospital in Zambia. He graduated with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree 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 General Electric. He, his wife Melissa, and their two sons then moved to New York State where he worked for "Big Blue," 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.

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Giorgio Lastroni

Medical Director

Zambia

Dr. Lastroni graduated from Milan University in Italy in 1997 and always dreamed of working in Africa, with a specific interest in pediatric orthopedics. In 2001, during his postgraduate training, he had the opportunity to work in Uganda with Dr. Norgrove Penny, setting up the first Ponseti clubfoot project in the third world. After completing his education at the Institute for Orthopedics in Milan, he started working as an orthopedic consultant for a public hospital in Italy in 2002, where he could be exposed to a wide spectrum of orthopedic and trauma surgery. During those years he was in charge of trauma, pediatric orthopedics, 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 clubfeet in the United States. He moved to Zambia in 2009 and started working as a volunteer at the CURE Hospital in Lusaka. In 2010, he assumed the role of Medical Director at CURE Zambia.

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Justin Onen

Neurosurgeon

Zambia

Justin Onen is a neurosurgeon at CURE Zambia. He joined CURE in December of 2005 as a medical officer at CURE Uganda. He studied neurosurgery from June 2008 to December 2013 and had a fellowship with CURE Uganda for several months in early 2014 before moving onto his current position at CURE Zambia. He is married and has a young son.


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Tim Mead

Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. Mead served as the Medical Director of CURE Kenya from 1999 until 2011. After that, he headed up orthopedics at the CURE Oasis Hospital in Al Ain, UAE. He is now serving CURE as the Senior Medical Advisor, traveling to various CURE hospitals and training younger surgeons in the techniques and tactics to which he has devoted his life. He is a U.S. board certified orthopedic surgeon from Muskegon, Michigan, with specialized training in pediatrics. Prior to joining CURE, Dr. Mead ran an orthopedic practice in western Michigan providing a broad range of surgical reconstructive services, including joint replacement and arthroscopic surgery.

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Tichawona Dzinotyiwei

Director of Development and Sustainability

United States

Tichawona (Tich) Dzinotyiwei serves as the Director of Development and Sustainability for our African programs. In this role, he is responsible for developing, cultivating, and managing donor relationships within Africa. Tich works closely with CURE Headquarters and the Executive Directors of the African hospitals to maximize relationships on the continent.

Prior to joining CURE, Tich has served as the General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Zimbabwe. Previously, he held roles as Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Harare, as well as Junior Lecturer with the Theological College of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. He has worked with the Heads of Christian Denominations in Zimbabwe, and also served as the Executive  Secretary of the Association of Baptist Denominations in Zimbabwe. As General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Zimbabwe, Tich was a member of the General Council of the Baptist World Alliance. He lives in Harare with his daughter Anesu and son Noah.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Scott Reichenbach

Operations Director

Scott serves as the Operations Director for CURE Clubfoot Worldwide. Previously, he pioneered the post-residency program at Samaritan’s Purse/World Medical Mission from its infancy, growing the team from 3 to 93 physicians serving at various hospitals worldwide. He also served as the Medical Response Coordinator on the Samaritan’s Purse Incident Response team for Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Scott and his wife Rachel have three children, Benjamin, Anna, and Julia.

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Charles Howard

Operations Director

Charles is the Operations Director for CURE Hydrocephalus. He was born at a mission hospital in Swaziland, Africa and has spent many years in Africa, including six years as the Executive Director of CURE Uganda. He has extensive experience in leadership and management experience in various settings. He most recently spent time as a professor at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and is doing his PhD research in Decision Making in Organizations Caring for Highly Vulnerable Children.

Charles and his wife Melissa have three daughters, Elyse, Bri, and Julia. He enjoys the outdoors, Indian cuisine, and is a lifelong, long suffering Cleveland sports fan.