Leadership Team


Justin Narducci

President and CEO

Justin Narducci serves as the President and CEO of CURE International. In this role, he is responsible for developing long term strategy and direction, leading innovative change, and building impactful relationships and partnerships for CURE’s network of Christian pediatric orthopedic hospitals. He joined CURE in June 2020 and brings over 15 years of faith-based nonprofit, leadership, and international business experience to the position. Justin began his career with The Boeing Company and most recently served as President/CEO of Lifewater International. He has an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BSc in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Justin and his wife Erin (a kindergarten teacher) have three children and enjoy experiencing different cultures all over the world as a family.

Dr. Rick Gardner

Chief Medical Officer / Medical, Zimbabwe

Rick Gardner serves as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for CURE International and the Medical Director at CURE Ethiopia. As CMO, Dr. Gardner engages regularly with the Medical Directors of each CURE hospital and is an active participant on the CURE Executive Leadership Team.

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 in his move to Ethiopia. He has served at CURE Ethiopia since September 2013, both as a Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon and as the Medical Director.

Dr. Gardner is married to Anne, a microfinance consultant, and they have three children.

Peter Kyalo

Chief Program Officer / Operations

Peter Kyalo serves as the Chief Program Officer providing oversight to hospital operations in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Niger, Ethiopia, Zambia, and the Philippines. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he previously served as Executive Director of CURE Kenya, CURE Zambia, CURE Malawi and Interim Executive Director of CURE Uganda.  Peter holds two Master degrees: one in Global Healthcare Management and Leadership and an MBA from the United States International University.

Outside of work, Peter spends his time with his wife, Jackie, and their four children. He enjoys serving at his church and mentoring young couples.

Dave Helman

Chief of Finance and Administration / Finance

Dave Helman serves as the Chief of Finance and Administration at CURE International. In 2013, he joined CURE as the Manager of Financial Reporting, and in 2017, was promoted to the Director of Finance. In his current role, he provides oversight to the finance and technology departments and has visited each of CURE’s hospitals. Dave is passionate about the mission of CURE and has enjoyed the opportunity to serve alongside many amazing co-workers and volunteers all around the globe. Before joining CURE, Dave worked in public accounting as an auditor specializing in non-profit organizations.

Dave, his wife Laura, and their adorable dog Surrey moved to Grand Rapids, MI when CURE relocated the Mission Support Center. They enjoy playing games, visiting local coffee shops, and spending time with friends and family.

Adey Abate

Executive Director / Ethiopia

Adey Abate serves as the Executive Director at CURE Ethiopia. She was integral in opening the hospital and has been overseeing its operations since the facility’s first surgery in January 2009.

Adey holds a Master’s degree from Seattle University. Before joining CURE and returning to Ethiopia, she was a Cost Management Analyst at Boeing Commercial Airplane, and a subcontract manager on the Missile Defense Program at Boeing Space and Defense, 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 is originally from Ethiopia but has lived in the United States in high school, throughout college, and most of her professional life.  She moved back to Ethiopia to serve with CURE in 2007.

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.  Adey is very grateful for the opportunity to give back to Ethiopia and be part of CURE’s mission to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God.

Abed Milelu

Abed Kilonzi

Executive Director / Kenya

Abed Kilonzi serves as Executive Director at CURE Kenya. In this position, Abed oversees the overall operations of the hospital and all other CURE programs in Kenya.

Abed joined CURE Kenya in 2012 as the Financial Controller and served in that position until April 2016, when he was promoted to the position of Executive Director. Prior to joining CURE, Abed worked in both corporate and humanitarian organizations. He has a rich portfolio of experience from the health, financial, commercial, and NGO sectors.

Abed holds a Global Executive Masters in Business Administration from United States International University, a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Moi University, and a Diploma in Project Management from Kenya Institute of Management. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member in good standing of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK).

Abed is happily married to Grace, a communication specialist, and they are blessed with two children, Teddy and Tiana. He also serves as a Deacon at his local church.

Elly Chemey

Executive Director / Malawi

Elly Chemey serves as the Executive Director at CURE Malawi. Originally from Kenya, Elly is no stranger to the country of Malawi, having served there with various mission organizations and NGOs for 17 years prior to joining CURE. Elly most recently worked for Child Legacy International, and previously for Clinton Health Access Initiative, Catholic Health Commission, and Trinity Mission Hospital.

Elly trained and practiced as a Clinician in Malawi before earning his BSc in Management from the International University of Management (Namibia), and he later attained graduate degrees from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and United States International University (Kenya).

Elly and his wife, Maggie (a Registered Nurse & Intellectual Property expert), have two sons, Ethan and Keagan.

George Găvruș

Executive Director / Niger

George Găvruș began serving as the Executive Director of CURE Niger in 2018. Previously, he served in the same role for CURE in Afghanistan, from 2014-2015. Between his CURE assignments, George provided leadership to Fundatia APME in Romania. With a passion for empowering others and ​a ​heart for education, George’s career has seen these threads interwoven through a variety of projects and settings, from leading a school for impoverished children to running a business incubator that taught job skills in a war-torn country. George has served with a number of organizations, including Shelter Now International, and has also held professorships a​t​ several educational institutions.

A native of Romania, George holds a BA in Pastoral Theology and Education from the University of Bucharest, studied at the Institute of Islamic Studies at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in the Philippines, received an MA in Biblical Studies from Continental Theological Seminary in Belgium, and is working towards an MBA from Hull University in the UK. George and his wife, Georgi​a​na, have three children.

Frida Kabasco

Executive Director / Zambia

Frida serves as Executive Director for CURE Zambia. In this role, she maintains overall accountability for the operational, financial, spiritual, and clinical health of the hospital. Frida holds an MSC in Development Management from Open University (UK) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Zambia. Previously, she has spent much of her career at International NGO’s and has worked as the Country Director for Voluntary Services Overseas, ActionAid, and mothers2mothers.

Frida joined CURE to unapologetically serve the Lord in the course of her daily professional work.  It’s a great opportunity to do good works as well as engage spiritually with the people that she is serving. Frida and her husband, Jerran Phiri, are blessed with four lovely children (Natasha, Angela, Dumisa, and Chimwemwe). Outside of work, Friday enjoys time with her family, especially during Christmas when everyone gets together.

Mike Hulland

Executive Director / Philippines

Mike Hulland serves as Executive Director at CURE Philippines. Mike earned his BSc in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Salford and his MBA from the University of Ulster. He started his career in prosthetics and orthotics. For several years he worked in Sri Lanka for an international NGO as a specialist advisor, responsible for the development of prosthetic and orthotic services in the post-conflict North and East of the country.

In time, Mike transitioned into management consultancy and was employed as a Strategy Consultant for a leading multinational firm, specializing in both international development and healthcare projects. Prior to joining CURE, Mike worked as the National Lead for Research and Development for the largest prosthetic and orthotic company in the UK.

Mike and his wife, Rachel, are from Northern Ireland. They have two sons, Joshua and Isaac. Outside of work, Mike is an avid kitesurfer and keen cyclist.

Tim Erickson

Executive Director / Uganda

Tim is the Executive Director of the CURE Children’s Hospital of Uganda. CURE Uganda is one of the world’s leading hospitals for treating children with hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and other neurosurgical conditions.

Tim joined CURE in 2006 and has served in a variety of roles, including VP of Development and Sustainability as well as Operations Director for CURE Hydrocephalus. In 2011, Tim helped launch the CURE Hydrocephalus program, which currently includes a network of hydrocephalus treatment locations around the world. Tim became Executive Director of CURE Uganda in 2015. Through these experiences working with vulnerable children battling hydrocephalus, Tim and his family developed a unique burden for these suffering children and their families.

Tim has a BA in Economics and Accounting from Gordon College and an MBA from Penn State University. He is an avid reader, golfer, water skier, and guitar player. Tim and his wife Kiera are blessed with three energetic young kids – Isaiah, Isabel, and Micah. They deeply appreciate your support for CURE and look forward to hosting many visitors at CURE Uganda!

Earnest Kioko

Senior Director of Spiritual Ministry / Spiritual Ministry

Earnest Kioko serves as the Senior Director of Spiritual Ministry. In this position, Earnest is responsible for providing technical and functional leadership to the Spiritual Ministry Teams at each of the CURE hospitals, as well as providing guidance to individuals engaging in spiritual ministry activities within CURE Neuro. In addition, he is responsible for the development, organization, and dissemination of Christian ministry resources across the CURE network.

Until 2018, Earnest served as the Spiritual Director of CURE Kenya. He joined CURE Kenya immediately after completing his theological studies at Scott Christian University in 2005. He served as a chaplain from 2005 to 2008, CURE Clubfoot Kenya Counseling Coordinator from 2008 to 2015, and Assistant Spiritual Director from 2010 to 2015. In June of 2015, Earnest transitioned to the role of Spiritual Director.

Earnest holds a bachelor’s degree in Theology and a master’s degree in Education from Scott Christian University in Kenya. He is an ordained Reverend with Africa Inland Church, Kenya. He is married to Winfred, a high school teacher, and they are blessed with two daughters, Ruth and Blessings.