Staff and Executive Board

TITLES STAFFBOARD

MEDLIFE currently functions in the USA solely through the support of volunteer workers, including the members of our Executive Board. Dedicated students and professionals are truly essential to our operations in the USA. In Latin America and Africa, MEDLIFE employs a number of full-time staff to coordinate our Mobile Clinics and MEDLIFE Project Fund projects, and to provide year-round follow up care to patients we encounter during our Mobile Clinics.

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MEDLIFE Founder & CEO
 
Nick Ellis founded MEDLIFE as a University of Maine student group in 2004. On his own initiative, Nick began working with doctors in Ecuador to deliver medical services to rural villages in the Andes mountain range. After encountering patients who were in need of surgical intervention, Nick returned to Maine and, with the help of committed students, raised money to pay for these patients medical care.
In 2010, Nick received his Medical Doctorate from Dartmouth Medical School. He is currently a Emergency Medicine resident at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. His future goals for the organization are twofold.
Firstly, to develop MEDLIFE into a leading global health NGO that works in third world countries worldwide to establish better and more sustainable healthcare systems. Secondly, to educate and empower students along the way, setting anyone interested in global health or international development on a clear path toward impacting a positive change in our world. 
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MARTHA CHICAIZA
Director of MED Programs Latin America, Director of MED Programs Ecuador
 
Martha was born and has spent most of her life in Riobamba, Ecuador. She has been involved with MEDLIFE since 2002 and served as Director of MED Programs Ecuador since May, 2008.
Martha coordinates our Mobile Clinics and community development projects in Ecuador, arranges patient follow-up care, and assists MEDLIFE's interns.
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CARLOS BENAVIDES
Director of MED Programs Peru
 
Carlos has spent over 20 years living and working in the pueblos jovenes of Lima, serving as a community leader and participating in the neighborhood security program with the police department.
He has an incredible knowledge of each community in wich we work, as well strong community connections. Carlos currently directs all of our MEDLIFE Project Fund projects in Lima, and plays an essential role in our Mobile Clinics.
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ALBERTO PAREDES
Interim Director of Finances
 
MEDLIFE's first employee in Peru, Alberto has led every Mobile Clinic in the country since day one.
He is a skilled and efficient administrator, and coordinates all aspects of our Mobile Clinics in Lima and Cusco, working tirelessly to ensure that all participants have educational, meaningful, and safe experience
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NEEMA LYIMO
Director of Med Programs Tanzania
 
Neema is from Tanzania and holds a bachelors degree in Human Nutrition and a masters degree in Public Health. She was introduced to MEDLIFE at an autism conference in 2014, and since then, has become increasingly more involved in the development of the organization in Tanzania. She is excited to be part of a team that dedicates its work to helping communities in need, and looks forward to facilitating MEDLIFE's growth in her home country. 
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TIM ANSON
Director of Volunteer Affairs and Communications
 
Tim is originally from Vermont and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Franklin Pierce University. He moved to Peru in late 2012 to become the Marketing Director for a luxury travel agency. After sitting down to dinner with Nick Ellis in 2013, Tim was hooked on the idea of MEDLIFE and the goals that the organization carries. For Tim, MEDLIFE is the perfect fit: he can continue to work in his specialty while simultaneously helping the under-served communities of the world.
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ADAM LAUGHTER
Volunteer Coordinators Team Lead
 
Adam was born and raised in North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he received his degrees in International Studies and Spanish with a concentration in Latin America. Throughout his undergraduate career, he was able to fulfil his passion of working with under-served communities both abroad during his study abroad experiences and in his local college town. Adam moved to Lima, Peru in 2015 to join the MEDLIFE team as a Volunteer Coordinator. He is excited to be working with our volunteers and students as they seek to improve the quality of life for our MEDLIFE patients.
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LINA SHIN
Volunteer Coordinator
 
Lina grew up near Los Angeles, California and went to school at the University of California Santa Barbara where she graduated with a B.A. in Communication and Religious Studies. After graduating she spent time teaching abroad in Roatan, an island off of Honduras, and in a small town outside of Medellin, Colombia. She looks forward to working with MEDLIFE and being able to connect volunteers to sustainable projects that helps those in impoverished areas lead healthier lives. 
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KRISTINE PAISTE
Volunteer Coordinator
 
Born and raised in Lodi, California, Kristine first learned about MEDLIFE by joining a Mobile Clinic trip to Lima, Peru. After graduating with a B.S in Pharmacological Chemistry, Kristine continued service by interning with MEDLIFE's year-long program. As her aspirations grew through the internship, she decided to work full time with the organization. With MEDLIFE, Kristine hopes to continue to make a positive impact in under-served communities while engaging future generations of volunteers in what it means to be advocates for social justice change.
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ANDREW TRESKE
Volunteer Coordinator
 
Andrew is a proud North Carolinian and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with his B.A. in History and Global Studies with a concentration in Latin American Politics. Prior to MEDLIFE, Andrew worked as a college adviser in rural North Carolina for the Carolina College Advising Corps. He is passionate about empowering marginalized communities, access to healthcare and education, and sustainable development. He is incredibly excited to work with volunteers, students, and MEDLIFE communities to assist in creating sustainable and substantive change.
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SIMONE GORDON
Volunteer Coordinator
 
Simone was born in Jamaica and raised in New York. Simone graduated from City College of New York where she graduated with a B.S. in Childhood Education. After graduating, she received a Fulbright Grant as an English Teaching Assistant in Kolkata, India and then worked in two middle schools with an education non-profit, Global Kids. She looks forward to working with MEDLIFE to support initiatives in education, health and community development projects. 
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SARAH MARGOLIS
Expansion Team Lead
 
Sarah grew up in the Boston area and attended Ithaca College where she studied English and Spanish with a focus in Latin American Studies. As an undergraduate, she was able to explore her interests in Education and Public Health academically and through several volunteer and internship opportunities. Sarah is excited to combine these two passions at MEDLIFE where she hopes to help make healthcare available to those in need.
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ELIZABETH TRUFFA
Expansion Associate
 
Elizabeth Truffa attended college in Virginia, where she graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in Psychology and Social Justice, concentrating on Women`s and Gender Studies. She has strong, resilient passions for human rights, social justice, and international affairs. Prior to joining the Medlife team, Elizabeth explored her passions through studying, traveling, and volunteering abroad, including volunteering in Tanzania, studying human rights in Italy, and presenting research on reproductive rights in the Netherlands. Elizabeth is extremely excited to use her skills to work on the MEDLIFE mission.
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ASHLEY BARTRUD
Expansion Associate
 
Ashley was born and raised in the Midwest and received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota. She discovered her true passion for human rights while partnering with a NGO for immigrant services in Washington State and teaching minority students in Guizhou, China. Ashley is very excited to join the MEDLIFE team to continue advocating for global communities, sustainable development, and healthcare equality.
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GEORGIE FRYKBERG
Expansion Associate
 
Georgie grew up in Sydney, London and Singapore and graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with B.Bus in Marketing and B.A. in International Studies. After graduating, she developed her passions for community health and social justice whilst working for a medical non-profit in Australia and through her volunteer work in Latin America. Georgie is very excited to join MEDLIFE and its efforts to bring sustainable healthcare and education to the communities it works with.
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Director of MED Programs
 
Angie is a dentist by trade and graduated from the University of San Martin of LILLE 2 in France. She began working for MEDLIFE on a volunteer basis during her studies by managing the organization alongside Nick Ellis and helping it get off the ground. What Angie likes most about working with MEDLIFE is the follow-up patient program and being in charge of coordinating getting the patients the care they need. Throughout her work with MEDLIFE, Angie never loses sight of her goal of helping others overcome the obstacles that come along with poverty.
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MED Programs USA Associate
 
During her undergraduate studies at Pitzer College, Natalee encountered MEDLIFE as a volunteer with the first mobile clinic in Lima. This profound experience led her down the community and global health path. In 2013, she received her MPH from Claremont Graduate University.  She joined the Peace Corps in Peru from 2013 to 2015, working closely with community members and local authorities on health projects that addressed community priorities. She is excited to come around full circle, from MEDLIFE volunteer in 2009 to working in this new capacity; to contribute and serve others with as a part of MEDLIFE staff.
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ALEXANDRA PASTORE
MED Programs Associate
 
Allie completed her undergraduate career at the University of Maine Orono with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a minor in Human Nutrition. Since graduating, Allie has been working as an Emergency Department Registered Nurse and most recently has found herself exploring the United States as a traveling nurse. She is excited to become part of the MEDLIFE team and provide sustainable healthcare to communities in need.

 

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Patient Follow-up Team Lead Lima
 
Ruth was born in Lima, Peru, where she studied to become a certified nursing assistant. She's always felt the calling to help those in need, especially young children.
She first joined MEDLIFE as a field nurse in 2011, and now she is an important part of our patient follow-up program, which has been a great opportunity for her to use her skills to help others.
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Patient Follow-up Coordinator Lima
 
Janet was born in Ayacucho but has lived in Lima most of her life. She studied nursing, specializing in care for the elderly people and children. She also worked with the nonprofit called Manuela Ramos.
Since 2011, she has supported MEDLIFE as a nurse in the pharmacy area of the Mobile Clinics and as a Community Coordinator. Now Janet was promoted to full-time staff as Field Nurse Coordinator and we are sure that she will continue to do an excellent job! 
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CARMEN NARVAEZ
Patient Follow-up Coordinator Lima
 
 Carmen has been a nurse technician for the last 19 years. She likes to work directly with patients because it is beautiful to be able to look after their needs, support them, and make them happy because they are thankful other people who are not family are also worried about their health. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and cook. 
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BEATRIZ CARRANZA
Patient Follow-up Coordinator Lima

Beatriz has studied nursing and since she was 16 has been committed to helping others. She likes and enjoys her career and most of all puts her patients first.

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Patient Follow-Up Team Lead Ecuador
 
Born and raised in Cebadas, Ecuador, María speaks both Quechua and Spanish. She has been with MEDLIFE since 2007, and acts as a liaison between MEDLIFE and the communities we work in.
María announces Mobile Clinic visits, coordinates new projects, visits patients who require follow-up care and provides assistance in operating our Mobile Clinics.
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Patient Follow-Up Coordinator Ecuador
 
Valeria Maldonado was born in Riobamba. She studied and has always lived in Cebadas. She is currently studying Nursing at the Metropolitan University of Guayaquil and works with MEDLIFE as a Field Nurse doing social work in the communities where we held the Mobile Clinics. Valeria is really happy to work in MEDLIFE because she can make her dream come true: to support people from rural areas in her community.  
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RAUL HUAPAYA
Civil Engineer
 
Raúl has recently joined MEDLIFE in the MEDPrograms Team. Raul was born in Lima, Peru and is currently studying civil engineering. During his studies he noticed a lack of technical assessment in constructions in shanty towns. He is happy to be part of a great team!
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EDINSON ALIAGA
Architect
 
Edinson is currently studying architecture in Ricardo Palma University. In his free time he likes to play guitar and draw. He is happy to be part of MEDLIFE because of the service given to the people. He thinks that any career should be focused on giving back to others. Welcome Edinson!
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HEIDY ASPILCUETA
Director of Operations
 
Heidy was born in Cusco, Peru, where she graduated in Computer Engineering at San Antonio Abad University. She obtained a MBA at ESAN Business School with an emphasis in finance in 2011. She also completed a module of international business while on MBA at Florida International University, US in 2010. Heidy has about ten years of experience organizing travel, volunteer and other education programs for international participants in Peru and other countries in Latin America. She is now excited to start a new adventure at MEDLIFE making volunteer programs an unforgettable experience.
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ALEXANDRA PALACIOS 
Operations Team Lead
 
Alexandra was born in Lima and studied Hospitality Management at San Ignacio de Loyola Institute where she focused on her passions for traveling and interpersonal relationships. After finishing her studies she had the opportunity of traveling to different parts of Perú and South America where she was able to see different types of living situations. After years of working in hospitality she decided that she would like to work for a NGO that helps others and thats how she found MEDLIFE. Her passion is helping people making sure she is respecting their culture, customs, visions and desires.
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DANIELLA MALDONADO
Operations Associate 
Daniella was born in Lima, Peru but raised in Florida in the United States. She started working with MEDLIFE as a Translator and Mobile Clinic Assistant, but after seeing how well she interacted with the student volunteers and her excellent leadership skills, the Student Affairs Team decided to take her on as a full-time Associate of Student Affairs.
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VALERIA RAMIREZ
Operations Associate

Valeria was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She graduated with a degree in hotel management and tourism.  She has always liked to volunteer, but because of her schedule she couldn't find time to continue doing it-  until she discovered MEDLIFE. She has always believed that is important to be part of the change. Now,  she  is very proud to be part of Medlife where her job is to help her country become a better place.

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JANIA SEPULVEDA
Operations Associate

Jania has graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management at San Ignacio de Loyola University. She enjoys going to the theatre and dancing during her time off. She is very glad to be part of MEDLIFE and looks forward to help the community through her work.

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RODRIGO SALDARRIAGA
Operations Associate

Rodrigo was born in Lima and studied Hospitality Management in USIL. After finishing he started a second degree in business management. Since he finished his internship at the United Nations Development Program he discovered the passion for working in the social development sector and wants to keep working hard in that area to learn more and help society improve their reality. He is very happy to be part of MEDLIFE and make a difference.

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JORGE VIDAL
Administration
Jorge was born in Lima and graduated as a Dentist at the San Martin University in Lima. 
 Jorge has been supporting the MEDLIFE cause by acting as a principal dentist on our mobile clinics. His contribution towards MEDLIFE has benefited patients from all walks of life. Jorge's passion and dedication in his work on mobile clinics fills us with pride, knowing that we have determined memeber of staff that go the extra mile. As well as working in the field, Jorge supports MEDLIFE through working in the finance area in the office; a testimony to his dedication.
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BRENDA ELLIS
Administrative Assistant

Brenda Ellis received her degree from Husson College, Bangor ME and worked for many years in a major medical center in New Hampshire. Helping people has always been a passion of hers. With MEDLIFE she plans to continue to do this in anyway she can. She looks forward to visiting the areas served by MEDLIFE and being able to give support as needed. 

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RENATO EGOAVIL
Administration
 
Renato was born in Peru but has lived most of his life in Honduras, where he has done volunteer work as a Translator for American medical brigades. He moved back to Peru in 2009 and currently studies International Business at the University of Lima. He is a firm believer that health and education are two basic human rights, and the two most important things for improving the quality of life of any person. That is why he is happy to be a part of MEDLIFE and to contribute in any way to improve the situation of the most underprivileged people. 
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BRIGITTE EGOAVIL
Human Resources Intern
 
Brigitte was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She went to college in New York at St. Johns University and have a bachelors in Business Administration. During college she was part of a group who volunteered to help Adults with English as their second language. So, after graduating in 2014, she decided to come back to Peru and work in Human Resources. She is  excited to be part of the MEDLIFE team and contribute to serve their purpose
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AMPARO ULLOA
MED Programs Administrative Assistant
 
Amparo is a long-time supporter of MEDLIFE and wears may hats as a full-time employee with the organization. In addition to assisting in administrative duties, Amparo brightens the office with a positive, can-do spirit and boundless energy.
 
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ROSA ULISES
Administration
Rosa was born is Lima and studied accounting at the SISE Institute. After her experience working at an accounting firm, Rosa brought her skills to MEDLIFE and is now a member of the administration and finances department. She enjoys the work environment and likes getting to know the different areas within the organization, which all work towards the same goal: continuing to provide medicine, education and development to those in need.
 
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CARLOS SANCHEZ
Administration Intern
 
Carlos was born in Lima and currently studying Business Administration at the Lima University. He is now a member of the Accounting and Finance area and is very happy to become a part of MEDLIFE. Carlos feels MEDLIFE can help him learn a lot from the different areas in the organization. He is proud to be part of the development of his country! 
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PAULA SOLANO
Administration Associate
 
Paula was born in Lima, She attended San Ignacio de Loyola University where she studied Management with mention on Finance. During her studies she had the opportunity to travel to different places, that allowed her to have a better knowledge about her country and to learn about other cultures. She is passionate about using her capabilities and abilities to cause an impact in the development of the country and to improve the situation of the people who have less.
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Communications Team Lead
 
Born in Lima, Peru, Rosali graduated cum laude and first in her class from the Toulouse Lautrec Institute as a professional in Audiovisual Communication and Multimedia. Before joining MEDLIFE, Rosali worked in an interactive communication agency where she contributed to award-winning projects and became a specialist in multimedia development, video production and graphic design. She is now studying her second career in communications.
Rosali is excited to be a part of the MEDLIFE team because she is able to combine her two passions -- communications and social work.
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Communications Associate
 
Ximena was born in Lima, Peru, and studied Audiovisual Communications and Multimedia at Toulouse Lautrec School of Design and Communications. She took courses with Peruvian Red Cross, DOCUPERU and EICTV from Cuba, where she gained the skills that she needed to produce award-winning work in and out of school. Her passion for documentary filmmaking lead her to MEDLIFE, where as an associate, she had the chance to expand the themes of her work in photo & video to cover important Peruvian social issues. Ximena is looking forward to creating awareness continuing to be a voice of people in need.
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Communications Associate
 
Jake grew up near Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with Bachelors degrees in Psychology, Anthropology, and Journalism. Jake is passionate about using storytelling in various mediums to transport viewers into new worlds with the goal of creating understanding and positive change. After writing freelance stories for newspapers in Colorado, Jake found the opportunity he was looking for with MEDLIFE. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to capture the incredible stories of the people and communities that MEDLIFE works to support. 
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EDWARD DOHERTY
Communications Associate
 
After graduating university with a degree in television and video production, Edward left England to spend his time traveling Asia and Australia before settling in Lima.
It's here where his passion for documenting other cultures flourished and he was allowed an insight into the lives of those MEDLIFE works to help.
Not only does he love photographing the members of these communities, but he loves meeting them, talking to them and learning from them. He is proud to be able to share the stories of those that need our help and those that provide it. 
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SHEILA FUERTES
Communications Intern
 
Sheila was born in Lima and is currently in her last year of Entrepreneurship Graphic Design major at San Ignacio de Loyola University. She is very observant, intuitive and compromised, this helped her have a better knowledge of what surrounds her and understand how graphic design can be used as an agent of change and as a social tool. Sheila is now looking forward to help MEDLIFE with it's mission while putting her skills to work.
staff-pic-julia-fonseca JULIA ALFARO
Housekeeping 
 
Julia joined MEDLIFE through a connection with Carlos Benavides, MEDLIFE Peru's Director, and is currently in charge of housekeeping at the office. A vital piece of keeping the organization running, Julia helps out an immense amount during mobile clinics when important materials need shuffling around the office. Julia never skips a beat, she is always available and willing to help out others at the organization. We are lucky and very happy to have Julia as part of the MEDLIFE family. 

INTERNS

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SHAYNA HAMBURG
MED Programs Intern
2016
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ALISON BRADLEY
MED Programs Intern
2016
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KRISTINE ZIMMERMAN
Expansion Intern
2016
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JOE COMER
Expansion Intern
2016
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SEVAN MISIRLIYAN
Volunteer Affairs Intern
2016
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BRITTANY COOK
Volunteer Affairs Intern
2016
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EMILY GARDNER
Volunteer Affairs Intern
2016
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MARISSA REINHART
Volunteer Affairs Intern
2016
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ALLIE KRUGMAN
Volunteer Affairs Intern
2016
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TORY FINLEY
Volunteer Affairs Intern
2016
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MED Programs Intern
2016
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SAGE WHIPPLE
MED Programs Intern
2016
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CINTHIA GALAN
Communications Intern
2016
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SAM STEVENS
Communications Intern
2016
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SAM ROBERSON
Communications Intern
2016
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TIERSA CARLOS
Communications Intern
2016

THE MEDLIFE EXECUTIVE BOARD

The mission of the Executive Board is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives. The Executive Board oversees MEDLIFE's operations domestically and abroad and is fiscally and operationally responsible for MEDLIFE's Volunteer Trips and MEDLIFE Project Fund projects. The Executive Board also works with student groups to organize volunteer trips, fundraise, build greater support for MEDLIFE, and foster student leadership. The most committed, hard- working, and experienced individuals are invited to sit on the Executive Board. The Executive Board currently consists of six members:

Nick Ellis, MD, MEDLIFE Founder and CEO
Education: International Development Studies (B.A.) at McGill University
Pre-Medical post-baccalaureate, University of Maine
Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School 

Juan Camilo Vanegas
Education: Microbiology (B.A.) University of Maine

Jerry Ellis
Education: Counseling (M.S.) Oregon University
MDiv Boston University

Martha Chicaiza
Director of MEDPrograms Latin America
Director of MEDPrograms Ecuador

Carlos Benavides
Director of MEDPrograms Peru