Texcoco, Mexico

Dental/Medical Mission

Florence Allbaugh – Team Leader 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
 

President of Florence Nightingale Global Health.

I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Ohio. I arrived in WNC in 2006 by way of Florida and South Carolina. I have a bachelor’s degree in science and education, and am currently preparing to pursue a masters degree in nursing.

I taught 6-8th grade for seven years and continue to substitute teach. I was vice-chair of the US civil rights committee for the SouthEast for 10 years. I have been an instructor and on call with the disaster services and local disaster action team with the Hendersonville chapter of the American Red Cross. I am trained as well in international humanitarian law.

I have been active as a Rotarian for 20 years, involved with the Gift of Life District 7770. I have been coordinating medical teams both stateside and abroad to improve and save the lives of countless indigent and underserved children for those 20 years as well. It is my passion to continue this work and reach those who have exhausted their resources.

My hobbies include photography, travel, hiking, reading and spending time with my family.

 

 

Ruby Midkiff – Co-Team Leader 2014, 2015

Ruby was born in Dilley, a small town in south Texas. The oldest of four siblings, Ruby experienced life in many different places due to her father’s service in Vietnam. Her mother, from a family of migrant workers, always stressed the importance of self-improvement and how education was the only path to a better life.

Ruby earned her Bachelors of Administration from Texas Lutheran University, and her MBA from Webster University.

Ruby worked for the government at the Migrant Head Start Schools, developing and teaching their programs. She has manufacturing experience as a statistical process controller for quality assurance. During this time, she created and managed the company newsletter and headed up the corporate recycling/ environmental awareness program in the community. She has experience in retail management, and has experience in the service sector as a licensed insurance agent and insurance/bank agent trainer.

Ruby is happily married to an amazing man – Mr. Midkiff is an executive safety consultant, working in international large-scale construction and petroleum. He has worked all over the world for many years, which has allowed the family to experience life in different countries and cultures. The Midkiffs will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary in 2014, and have two wonderful children: a twelve-year old son, and seven-year old daughter. Both are talented musicians and honor-roll students.

Currently, Ruby lives in Brevard, North Carolina. She is actively involved in her children’s educational development and community services which include teaching Hispanic children and adults English; helping seniors with solving their Medicare/Medicaid issues; assist in community food drives; worked in Santa’s Workshop to raise money for Brevard Elementary school teachers; and providing technical translation and being a translator for the Rotary Mission to Texcoco, Mexico.

She won awards as a child for her writing, and now carries on that tradition by writing fictional novels. She is currently in the process of publishing her first young-adult science fiction novel.

Ruby was born in Dilley, a small town in south Texas. The oldest of four siblings, Ruby experienced life in many different places due to her father’s service in Vietnam. Her mother, from a family of migrant workers, always stressed the importance of self-improvement and how education was the only path to a better life.

Ruby earned her Bachelors of Administration from Texas Lutheran University, and her MBA from Webster University.

Ruby worked for the government at the Migrant Head Start Schools, developing and teaching their programs. She has manufacturing experience as a statistical process controller for quality assurance. During this time, she created and managed the company newsletter and headed up the corporate recycling/ environmental awareness program in the community. She has experience in retail management, and has experience in the service sector as a licensed insurance agent and insurance/bank agent trainer.

Ruby is happily married to an amazing man – Mr. Midkiff is an executive safety consultant, working in international large-scale construction and petroleum. He has worked all over the world for many years, which has allowed the family to experience life in different countries and cultures. The Midkiffs will celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary in 2014, and have two wonderful children: a twelve-year old son, and seven-year old daughter. Both are talented musicians and honor-roll students.

Currently, Ruby lives in Brevard, North Carolina. She is actively involved in her children’s educational development and community services which include teaching Hispanic children and adults English; helping seniors with solving their Medicare/Medicaid issues; assist in community food drives; worked in Santa’s Workshop to raise money for Brevard Elementary school teachers; and providing technical translation and being a translator for the Rotary Mission to Texcoco, Mexico.

She won awards as a child for her writing, and now carries on that tradition by writing fictional novels. She is currently in the process of publishing her first young-adult science fiction novel.

 

 
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Stuart R. Kalmus, D.D.S., F.A.G.D – Lead Dentist, Volunteer 2014, 2015

North Babcock Dental Care, since 1981
Family: I was born in Ohio, but got to Texas as quickly as I could.                                                                                                          The 3rd son of a career Air Force officer, we lived in Ohio, California and Maryland before coming to Texas in 1967. My wife,Jan and I moved to San Antonio in 1977 when I started Dental School. Jan is a registered nurse, a graduate of Angelo State University, and worked at San Antonio Community Hospital whileI was in dental school.

     We are very proud of our daughter Kristen, a graduate of O’Connor High School and Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Kristen married Brooks Brininstool in 2006. Kristen is a very successful Senior Executive Director for “Thirty-One”. Brooks is a real estate agent with Full Spectrum Realty. Our granddaughter Brooklyn Jean Brininstool just turned 5 and her little sister Cora Jane turned one in June. Jan stays very busy helping out with the grandkids and helping at the office. Jan also spends time at Soft Surroundings at la Cantera as a fashion consultant.

Interests: Time away from the office is occupied with computers, photography, salt water fish, Texas two-step’in and of course, my family. My favorite pastime however is scuba diving, I am both a Master Diver as well as a Dive Master. We have been diving in Jamaica, the Cayman’s, Belize, Cozumel, Hawaii, Saba (N.E. Caribbean) and most recently a live-a-board dive trip to Belize in April of 2012.

 

 

                                                                                                                Jo Persons, RDH – Volunteer 2014, 2015

Jo Persons, RDH – Volunteer 2014, 2015

My name is Jo Persons, and I live and work in a small town called Dillon in southwestern Montana. I was connected with Rotary and our group through Mollie Fennimore; we worked in an office together in Asheville. I have been living in MT for almost a year now, and work as a hygienist for a non-profit providing affordable healthcare to migrant farm-workers. The majority of my patients are Hispanic, so being bilingual is an important part of my job. I also work part time at our local brewery, and teach the occasional yoga class. My boyfriend, who is a fly-fishing guide, and I spend lots of time enjoying the outdoors with our two dogs. Traveling is a part of my job, and something I’m always interested in doing. I’m very excited for both the working and the celebrating again in Texcoco!

 

 

Sunil Kashyap, DDS – Volunteer 2014, Lead Dentist 2015, 2016, 2017

Board Member and Dental Director for Florence Nightingale Global health.

Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, Chapel Hill NC
• Doctor of Dental Surgery (expected May 2014); GPA: 3.56
• CPR certified, NBDE Part 1 and 2 passed, CITA certified.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
                                                                                                               • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Economics, May 2009
Work Experience
AmeriCorps City Year Inc., Washington DC (8/2009 – 6/2010)
• Volunteered over 1700 hours as a tutor, mentor, and role model for children in high need, low income public schools.
Externship Experience
University of Virginia hospital rotation, Charlottesville VA (7/2013-8/2013)
• Externed at UVA hospital’s dental clinic, treated hospitalized medically compromised patients, gained oral surgery experience and learning to work on a hospital-based team.
Lincoln Dental Health Services, Lincolnton NC (5/2013-6/2013)
• Gained clinical pediatric dental experience, conducted numerous knee-to-knee exams; observed multiple operating room rehabilitation cases at the local hospital
CommWell Health Services, Four Oaks NC (8/2012)
• Treated 6-8 patients per day; gained clinical restorative experience.
Professional Experience
Dental Implant Surgery Elective (8/2013-present)
• Applied and was selected to treatment plan and place 2-3 implants during the 4th year.
Endodontic/Endodontic Emergency Experience (8/2012-present)
• Shadowed residents and treated patients in the endodontic and endodontic emergency clinic throughout third year and fourth year.
Academic Tutor (2/2013-present)
• Tutored first- and second- year basic science courses.
Community Service & Volunteer Experience
Mission of Mercy Clinics, North Carolina (2007-2013)
Samaritan’s Health Clinic, Durham NC (5/2011-present)
Student Health Action Coalition, Chapel Hill NC (2009-2013)
Boys and Girls Club, greater Raleigh area (9/2011-present)
Professional Memberships
• American Student Dental Association (2012-present)
• UNC Global Health Student Association (2010-present)
• Student member, American Association of Endodontics (2013-present)
• UNC Pediatric Dental interest Group (2012-2013)
Academic Awards
Dean’s list, UNC-CH School of Dentistry (Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
• Awarded to students maintaining a GPA 3.5 or greater during a single semester

 

 

Paul Coles – Web Developer, Tech Geek, Volunteer 2016, Medical 2017

Board member for Florence Nightingale Global Health.

Hi, I’m Paul Coles, my role in the mission to Texcoco is serving as Web Developer, Social Media Manager, and was the Mission Photographer.

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in the suburbs with my father, a commercial beekeeper, and mother, a special education teacher.

I served as a combat medic in the United States Army for 6 year and did 2 combat missions in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where I was injured by a blast from an improvised explosive device.

I currently live in Miami, Florida and have been living here for the past 5 years. Prior to that I was stationed all over the United States and Europe while in the Army.  I have lived in Illinois, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Germany but have have finally found a permanent home.

I was really proud to be part of the mission in Texcoco again this year, and I am looking forward to traveling to the Philippines in the autumn!

 

 

Olga Magali Alamilla (Magi)- Volunteer 2015, 2016, 2017

I am originally from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, a small border town south of Brownsville, Texas. The oldest of five children born to a Mexican engineer and his wife, who emigrated to the US in pursuit of a better education and opportunities for his family. My father always said that the best inheritance he could leave us was an education.

I began my career in dentistry my junior year in high school as a dental assistant in Brownsville, Texas. After graduating from high school I attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi and graduated in 1984 from the dental hygiene program. I practiced dental hygiene in south Texas until I moved to San Antonio in August 2013. I am currently employed with Dr. Jeffrey Nanos.

I have 3 wonderful children and I’m so happy to be a grandmother for the first time. My oldest daughter, Alexis Padilla is a color specialist and makeup artist at Salon David. Jose Luis Padilla, my second child is a second year dental student at Baylor School of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. My youngest daughter, Arielle Padilla is a scheduling coordinator at South Texas Orthodontics and working towards a dental hygiene degree.

In the valley I did volunteer work with the Dentists Who Care organization and promoted dental hygiene and careers in dentistry at various schools in South Texas throughout my 35 years in dentistry. My passion is and has always been dentistry and I hope this is the beginning of many more mission trips for me.

 

 

Katherine Tigani, DDS - Volunteer 2014, 2017

Bio: I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and am the middle of three girls. I went to N.C. State for undergrad where I got a B.S. in Nutrition Science and graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry this past May 2014. I studied abroad in Antigua, Guatemala in 2008 where I volunteered in a free health clinic. I love sports and my 8 month old puppy Dottie (a dachshund/ jack russell mix).

 

 

Janie T Pena, RDH - Volunteer 2014, 2014, 2017

Hello, everyone! I have three sons, Arnold 22, Ivan 16 and Jacob 13. I have been a Registered Dental Hygienist for 20 years. I graduated from Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. I worked in the valley in Edinburg and surrounding towns before temping in San Antonio, Texas where Dr Lorena Scott called me to see if I wanted a full time job at the Toyota Dental Clinic. I got the job and have been there 7 years! I work 10 hour shifts on Tues, Wed, Thurs, and Friday and one Sat each month! We only see Toyota workers, vendors and their families!

On Monday, I work for Dr Alma Garza if needed. I am a sales representative for LumaDent, selling dental loupes and lights to dentists and hygienists. I am also a Notary Public helping people sign their documents!

I love to volunteer for Haven for Hope on my days off. I have volunteered for Mission of Mercy in Texas for the past three years and have taken my three sons with me. I also volunteer for the San Antonio Food Bank with my kids. I believe that I was given a great career and I like to pay it forward wherever I go!

I am looking forward to this special trip to Mexico City with new friends to meet and working together for a great cause!

 

 

Elvia Garcia, RDH - Volunteer 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Hello everyone, my name is Elvia. I’m from the Texas Hill Country, lived here all my life. I graduated in 2010 from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio and have been in private practice since then. I’ve had the pleasure of going on a couple mission trips, one of which was dental related. I’m really excited to be a part of this team and looking forward to meeting                                                                                                                            everyone…

Grew up in the Texas Hill Country, the youngest of five girls. Graduated from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio 2010 with a B.S. in Dental Hygiene and has been working in private practice since then. Enjoys learning and reading. Loves to travel and has had the pleasure of going on previous mission trips, one so far that was dental related. Looking forward to serving those in Texcoco.

 

 
 

Aileen Seney, RDH - Volunteer 2014

I have been a Dental Hygienist for 22 years. I went to UTHSCSA and graduated in 1992. Worked in Texas for 5 years. I left Texas to come home, which is Washington State. Been here for 18 years now. I still have my Texas license because I plan to retire in both places someday or before I retire.

I have volunteered in Honduras as a supervisor for two consecutive years doing payroll, Teaching the Hondurans Technicians how to place sealants, driving to churches and schools, educating the children in good oral health, oral hygiene, tooth brushing and flossing. In Washington State I am licensed to give anesthetics and place fillings.

Comment from the peanut gallery (Glynna): “And recently married to the man of her dreams”

 

 

Rosie Felan, RDH - Volunteer 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

I am a Texas Native and graduated from The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1993. I currently reside in Houston with my husband of 18 years and our two boys, ages 14 and 8. We have a rescue dog-CeCe who joined our family about 2 years ago. She’s a smart dog!! My interests include traveling, photography and our boys’ sports activities. We are very involved in our kids Catholic School as well as the Church working with different ministries. I am coming up on 21 years as a Dental Hygienist and simply love my profession! My job as a hygienist is currently 4 days a week and gives me a great balance with the rest of our schedules. I am excited to have the opportunity to travel to Mexico and help the people of Texcoco. I know it will be a very rewarding experience!!

 

 

Stacey Kelly- Volunteer 2017

My name is Stacey Kelly and I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest just north of Seattle in the small town of Everett, WA.  I was the lead teacher in a progressive preschool for several years before deciding to return to college for my Graduate degree in Family Studies and Human Development.  I am currently two courses away from graduating from Arizona State University’s online Graduate Program.  My Master’s degree will include a Child Life Specialization deisgnation.  I am working once a week as a volunteer a Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA.  My work includes providing support for the In-Patient Department Child Life Specialists and medical staff by providing developmentally appropriate play activities to patients and assist families.  I envision utilizing my enthusiasm, ingenuity, and reflective thinking as a life-long learner within the greater community of children and family support services and the profession of Child Life specialization.  My passion is to serve my community on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of young children and their families.

 

Carina Diaz-Child Life Volunteer 2017

 

Hello, Everyone! I am excited to join everyone on this Dental Mission to Texcoco, Mexico.

My name is Carina Diaz, and I currently reside in Riverside, Ca with my husband of 19 years and our two children Bethany 18, and Matias 14 years of age and an amazing toy poodle named Choco. I have a Bachelor’s from Cal Baptist University in Liberal Studies and a second Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Intervention.  I am currently enrolled at the University of Santa Barbara Extension in the Child Life certificate program that I will complete in the fall 2017. In the process of pursuing a Master’s in Child Life program at Azusa Pacific University in the Spring 2018.

Currently, I am a Child Life Volunteer at Loma Linda’s Children Hospital in the Acute room and in the Hematology/Oncology child life department. My role as a volunteer is to provide an organized safe and learning playful environment and provide daily activities to further the social emotional, intellectual and physical development of pediatric patients and their siblings to reduce traumatic effects of illness and hospitalization in the Child life Dept.

  I have been part of the Head Start Program as a Bilingual Early Head Start/ Head Start teacher for the department of Health and Human Services in which provide comprehensive early education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families for the past 15 years for the Riverside County Office of Education.

My interests include traveling, flower designing, and spending quality time with my family. I look forward in traveling to Texcoco, Mexico and providing my volunteer services in child life to the children and families.


 

Courtney Moreland, MPH, CCLS - Volunteer 2017

Child Life United is the result of my love of travel, dedication to advancing the child life profession and a growing interest in global child life opportunities. Child Life United is a service aimed at supporting aspiring child life specialists, primarily those with a desire for international experiences.

During my 10 year career at Stanford Children’s Hospital as a Certified Child Life Specialist, I worked with a wide variety of children and families, becoming increasingly aware of the growing need to develop additional skills to support and complement the advancement of my professional development. 

After completing my Master's degree in Public Health with a focus in community health education from San Jose State University in 2013, I began teaching as an online instructor for the University of California Santa Barbara Extension program teaching Introduction to Child Life: Theory and Practice. During my experience as a University educator I met countless students with varying interests, including global child life. With that Child Life United was founded.
 

Philippine Advance Scouting Team, 2015

 

Florence N. B. Bernardo Allbaugh, Team Leader

President of Florence Nightingale Global Health.

I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Ohio. I arrived in WNC in 2006 by way of Florida and South Carolina. I have a bachelor’s degree in science and education, and am currently preparing to pursue a masters degree in nursing.

I taught 6-8th grade for seven years and continue to substitute teach. I was vice-chair of the US civil rights committee for the SouthEast for 10 years. I have been an instructor and on call with the disaster services and local disaster action team with the Hendersonville chapter of the American Red Cross. I am trained as well in international humanitarian law.

I have been active as a Rotarian for 20 years, involved with the Gift of Life District 7770. I have been coordinating medical teams both stateside and abroad to improve and save the lives of countless indigent and uderserved children for those 20 years as well. It is my passion to continue this work and reach those who have exhausted their resources.

My hobbies include photography, travel, hiking, reading and spending time with my family.

 

 

Dr. Jerome L Belinson, Ex-officio Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation 1990-2000

President, Preventive Oncology International, Inc.
Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Jerome L Belinson, MD is the Ex-officio Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation 1990-2000. He has dedicated his career to advancing the screening and treatment of gynecologic cancers. Dr Belinson serves as Professor of Surgery with the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of the Case Western Reserve University. Trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University’s Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, a Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dr Belinson began the first formal gynecologic oncology service at the University of Vermont in 1977. He has previously held full professorships at the University of Vermont (tenured) and The Ohio State University. Voted Teacher of The Year at the University of Vermont, and on two occasions at the Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Belinson received the 2004 distinguished graduate Citation of Merit from the University of Missouri Medical School, The Bruce Hubbard Stewart Award for Humanitarianism in Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, and is consistently listed among the “Best Doctors in America”.
Dr. Belinson is the founding director of Preventive Oncology International, Inc. (“P.O.I.”), a research organization that blends humanitarian work with investigative science. Dr. Belinson has served as an Advisor to the India Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology in 2001 and 2013; the medical advisory board for the Gates Foundation START project (to develop a rapid, low cost HPV test), and serves on the Board of Directors of Grounds for Health, an organization that provides care for women in coffee-growing regions of the world; the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer, http://giahc.org/; and the Global Coalition Against Cervical Cancer (GC3).
Dr Belinson has worked for more than 17 years in many rural Chinese provinces as well as in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Peru. His initial study in China, known as SPOCCS I, received international acclaim and continues to serve as a model for study design in epidemiology courses around the world. In 2010 Dr. Belinson was awarded “The People’s Republic of China Friendship Award”. This award established in the 1950’s is the People’s Republic of China’s highest award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social progress. Dr Belinson also received the Friendship Award from Futian, Shenzhen China in 2012.
The work of Dr. Belinson and his colleagues of Preventive Oncology International, Inc. have also been recognized for their careful adherence to and promotion of human values and the proper conduct of studies involving human subjects in the developing world. Over the past 17 years many studies have been completed resulting in dozens of publication and presentations in national and international meetings.
In addition to more than 200 scientific contributions on multiple topics in Gynecologic Oncology, the work of P.O.I. has defined the true sensitivity and specificity of multiple cervical cancer screening technologies – SPOCCS I; Introduced liquid based cytology and HPV testing into China; Exposed the real sensitivity of colposcopy and VIA (unaided visual inspection) – and in the process re-defined how colposcopy is done and used to verify new technologies; Defined the molecular differences between a self-sample for HPV testing and a health provider obtained specimen; Tested multiple new screening technologies; Defined how to make a self-sample equal in sensitivity to a physician collected specimen; Developed “Just for Me”, a kit for self-collection and specimen transport; Collaborated with BGI Shenzhen to develop SEQHPV (a Next Generation Sequencing based HPV assay; Developed a community based preventive healthcare model to enable all people to be reached with high quality cancer prevention technologies.
Dr Belinson has conducted dozens of educational sessions around the world and arranged international exchanges for numerous qualified physicians.
In China his activities lead his Chinese collaborators to develop a cervical cancer consortium throughout China, collaborations for the Chinese with the World Health Organization, the NIH, and the Gates Foundation, but most importantly almost 60,000 women who have participated in POI studies and a million more who have received screening for cervical cancer, often for the only time in their lives.

 

 

Ann E. Farash, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Education:

  • 1980 B.S. Biology       Adelphi University, New York; Magna Cum Laude
  • 1985 M.D. MedicineTulane University School of Medicine, Louisiana

Certification: & Licensure:

  • Current Medical Licensure: State of North Carolina
  • Board Certified in Pediatrics
  • Fellow American Board of Pediatrics

Professional Training:

  • 1985-1988 Pediatric Internship and Residency, Wilform Hall USAF Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas

Military Service:

  • 1985-2006 Active Duty United Air Force
  • Honorable Discharge and Retirement 2006 as USAF Colonel

Employment:

  • 2007 – Current   - Pediatrician: Hendersonville Pediatrics, 157 Medical Park Drive, Brevard, NC28712
  • Hospital Affiliations:  Transylvania Regional Hospital, Brevard, NC28712

Additional Professional Duties & Organizations:

  • Reach Out And Read, Medical Coordinator
  • Transylvania County Child Fatality Team, Member
  • Transylvania County Child Abuse Prevention Team, Member
  • Transylvania County School Health Advisory Team, Member
  • Pisgah Forest Rotary Club, Member

 

 

 

Dr. Paul Krogstad, Pediatrician & Infectious Disease Specialist UCLA

 

 

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases

Board-certified in Pediatrics, Feb 1989. Re-certified 1998, 2005, Meeting requirements for Maintenance of Certification. Board-certified in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 1994. Re-certified, 2002, 2009; Meeting requirements for Maintenance of Certification. Current Medical Licensure: State of California (A45301)(Previously licensed in WA and LA)

 

 

Gwen Koenig, Psychologist

 

 

Pambujan, Northern Samar, Philippines

Medical/Dental/Educational/Feeding Mission

 

Florence Allbaugh – Team Leader 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
 

President of Florence Nightingale Global Health.

I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Ohio. I arrived in WNC in 2006 by way of Florida and South Carolina. I have a bachelor’s degree in science and education, and am currently preparing to pursue a masters degree in nursing.

I taught 6-8th grade for seven years and continue to substitute teach. I was vice-chair of the US civil rights committee for the SouthEast for 10 years. I have been an instructor and on call with the disaster services and local disaster action team with the Hendersonville chapter of the American Red Cross. I am trained as well in international humanitarian law.

I have been active as a Rotarian for 20 years, involved with the Gift of Life District 7770. I have been coordinating medical teams both stateside and abroad to improve and save the lives of countless indigent and underserved children for those 20 years as well. It is my passion to continue this work and reach those who have exhausted their resources.

My hobbies include photography, travel, hiking, reading and spending time with my family.


 

Dr. Ann Farash - Volunteer 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018

Board member and Medical Director if Florence Nightingale Global Health.

Retired Colonel from the United States Air Force. Currently serves as a pediatrician at Hendersonville Pediatric. Dr. Farash is our Board Physician for Florence Nightingale Global Health and is our Medical Director.

She served in in the 2013 Open Heart Mission in Manila, and also in the 2015 and 2016 Pambujan, Northern Samar, Philippines missions with Florence Nightingale Global Health.  We know she will be an invaluabe asset when we return to the Philippines in 2018.

 

 

Dr Paul Onnink - Volunteer 2017

Dr Onnink is a retired dentist and a retired Colonel from the United States Air Force.  He is also a highly skilled Architect.

 
 

 

Paul Coles – Web Developer, Tech Geek, Volunteer 2016, Medical 2017

Board member for Florence Nightingale Global Health.

Hi, I’m Paul Coles, my role in the mission to Texcoco is serving as Web Developer, Social Media Manager, and was the Mission Photographer.

I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in the suburbs with my father, a commercial beekeeper, and mother, a special education teacher.

I served as a combat medic in the United States Army for 6 year and did 2 combat missions in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where I was injured by a blast from an improvised explosive device.

I currently live in Miami, Florida and have been living here for the past 5 years. Prior to that I was stationed all over the United States and Europe while in the Army.  I have lived in Illinois, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Germany but have have finally found a permanent home.

I was really proud to be part of the mission in Texcoco again this year, and I am looking forward to traveling to the Philippines in the autumn!