What a year it has been thus far. Last year we found ourselves delving into plans that we hope will help sustain our little mission family and work for a long time. We have formed and developed a strong board of amazing folks. We are so grateful for all of them. Here is a little bit about each of them….
Ricky Zalamea, my brother, also a Thoracic Radiologist and logical thinker
Don Guimera, planner extraordinaire and Chair of our Fundraiser Gala Committee
John Shorb a trusted friend a colleague from both the art and non profit sector
Dr Carmelita Teeter, a volunteer from time ago and also a retired Psychiatrist
Dr Connie Babu, a passionate Anesthesiologist and family friend from the days of my childhood
Rob Conley, CRNA, one of our beloved long time volunteers who has been with the family from the beginning
Dr Tom Knipe, similarly has been with us for years, and began with us when he was still in training
Uncle Andy Eugenio, and while we may not be blood related, he is still an Uncle of mine, and is retired as a graphic designer from Fed Ex. He puts together beautiful materials that help us tell our story
Matt Ducklo, has a career in photography and owns Tops Gallery in Memphis, an excellent set of two spaces for various forms of contemporary art. He always has an eye on how we can better present ourselves to the larger community and he is also now my handsome husband!
Dr Van Alstine is a dear long time mission family member who has joined us on mission with his wife, Marcia, as an anesthesiologist. He has one of the most important jobs on the board and serves as our Board Treasurer
Dr Sam Verzosa is an internist here in Memphis who is a supporter of the mission, confidant and continually gives use wise counsel
Jeneba Winfrey-Porter is a dear colleague from the non-profit realm, wise in strategy and disciplined in process. She is our Board Secretary and a valued member of the team.
We have several valued board consultants and advisors as well who have committed to help us along the way:
Mark Crosby, a dear friend, is our counsel and serves as the mission Board attorney
Ken Waxman, a mentor and mission family member since residency in Santa Barbara, is an examiner for international JCAHO and has been our guide in design and build of our mission hospital
James Ferguson is a Certified Public Accountant who has been a friend of the mission from the beginning as well. He has assisted us and continues to assist in all things having to do with our accounting, policies and procedures and tax reporting.
Why the long update? Well, life has been busy, and time has been moving along quickly. We understand that this group started for a reason, that we were called to serve for a particular purpose, and that this commitment extends past our individual lives and lifetimes. In order to help facilitate the sustainability of our humble organization, and the work and services that we provide, we knew we needed to get organized, defined and delegate responsibility and opportunity.
Even more so now as we head into the next phase of our mission life, we are SO grateful for those of you who are with us. We are grateful for those who were with us in the beginning, in helping us vision, and being by mom and dad as they did the seemingly impossible. That effort has enabled our little mission group to provide over $17.2M worth of free surgical services to the poor in the Philippines since 1999. Their ongoing perspective and wisdom and spirit enables us to get up and do this again every day. We are grateful for those who has more recently joined us, for sharing in our vision and for maybe helping us see things through varying lenses. We hope to be humble, nimble, open and caring in everything that we do in and through our little mission group.
We are honored and excited to be a part of something so special and a group so passionate, and to be looking towards a better surgical future with our partners in the Philippines.