Management Team



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Mark Knecht

Chief Financial Officer

Mark Knecht serves as the Chief Financial Officer of CURE International and is responsible for all 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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Greg Bellig

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Greg Bellig serves as Chief Medical Officer for CURE International. He has been a long-time friend and supporter of CURE and has also served with CURE in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, and Uganda.

Dr. Bellig earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed his residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago, and completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He holds a specialty board certification in anesthesiology as well as a subspecialty board certification in pediatric anesthesiology from the American Board of Anesthesiology. Since 2003, he has been a Shareholder/Partner Pediatric Anesthesiologist with Central Anesthesia Service Exchange, Inc. in Sacramento, California. Since 2007, he has also served as the Director of Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia.

Dr. Bellig resides in Pennsylvania with his wife Julie and their five children, Olivia, Charlotte, Miles, Adeline, and Esther. In his free time, he is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys exploring with his family.

 

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Jesse Johnston

Chief Sustainability Officer

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

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

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Joel Worrall

Chief Technology Officer

As the Chief Technology Officer, Joel leads CURE’s technology, marketing, creative, and CUREkids.

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 open source 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, here, or here.

Joel is the primary architect of CURE’s CUREkids platform and serves as the product manager for HospitalRun, an open source project led by CURE International to provide an offline-enabled, freely available medical records and hospital information platform for health care facilities in the developing world.

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

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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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Jason Yakelis

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Partnership Development

As CURE’s SVP for Strategy and Partnership Development, Jason serves as the organization’s strategic planning (StratOp) champion, guiding CURE’s leadership in the operationalization of its current plan and serving as lead facilitator in rolling out StratOp throughout the CURE network. Jason also serves as a board member for CURE’s sister affiliate, CURE International UK, as well as a liaison with other funding and operational partners.

Prior to joining CURE in 2010, Jason worked for Delta Development Group, a multi-disciplined consulting firm focused on planning and implementing economic development initiatives for various clients around the United States. During this time, he managed and worked alongside of interdisciplinary teams to develop public-private partnerships in support of projects initiated by private industries, real estate developers, municipal and county governments, hospitals, and universities.

Jason is a graduate of Messiah College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a concentration in International Relations. He is also a Certified 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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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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Cory DeAngelo

Senior Vice President of Operations

Cory DeAngelo serves as CURE’s Senior Vice President of Operations. Cory has 25 years of wide-ranging supply chain operations experience with Quaker Oats Company and Starbucks Coffee Company.

Cory holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of William & Mary, as well as a Master of Religion in Old Testament from Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is also Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and holds a Lean Six Sigma Certification from Villanova University.

Cory is well traveled internationally, passionate about missions, and speaks fluent Spanish. In addition to a good cup of coffee, he enjoys songwriting, leading worship, playing in a jazz trio with his sons, and competing in triathlons. Cory lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Emily, and their five children, Sam, Joe, Abby Jayne, Grace, and Micah.

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Andy Groop

Vice President of Technical Services

Andy serves as Vice President of Technical Services. In that role, he oversees CURE’s supply chain operations, capital management process, and maintenance and engineering functions for our global network. Andy played a key role in the successful commissioning of CURE’s hospitals in Ethiopia, Honduras, Niger, and the Philippines.

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 two 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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Peter Kyalo

Vice President of Operations

Peter Kyalo is a Vice President of Operations, providing oversight to hospital operations in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he previously served as Executive Director of CURE Kenya and CURE Zambia. Peter has held numerous roles throughout the network, including time in Uganda and Malawi. 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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Brian Van Hall

Vice President of Operations

Brian is humbled and honored to serve as Vice President of Operations for CURE International. As a retired U.S. Army Medical Service Corps officer, he brings over 25 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. He most recently served as the Executive Director of CURE Niger.

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 25 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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Paul Goldsmith

Vice President of Marketing

Paul Goldsmith serves as CURE’s Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining CURE, Paul spent over a decade marketing and programming for radio networks, including Air1, K-LOVE, and WAY-FM. Paul attended Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. He and his wife Maryanne have two children, Keaton and Adalyn.

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John Kleinschmidt

Vice President of Technology Innovation

John Kleinschmidt joined CURE in 2012 and serves as VP of Technology Innovation and the interim VP of Information Technology.  In these roles, John oversees the development of CURE’s websites (such as cure.org) and our operational technology needs. John is also leading the development of our open source Hospital Information System, HospitalRun.

John has over 20 years of experience in the software industry. His love of computers began in the 7th grade when he started building math games with a DEC PDP-11.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Bloomsburg University.  John, his wife Wendy, and their three kids live in Harrisburg, PA.