MEET THE TEAM

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The KidsCareEverywhere team is a group of physicians, healthcare professionals and children’s health advocates who dedicate themselves to KidsCareEverywhere’s mission of transforming pediatric care in under-resourced communities.

 

KidsCareEverywhere partners with other nonprofits, governments, grassroots community organizations, corporations, hospitals and individuals. Working towards a common goal, these partnerships allow KidsCareEverywhere to reach greater numbers of doctors by enhancing our resource base and providing new networks and avenues through which we can transform pediatric emergency care.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ron Dieckmann, MD, MPH

Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Dieckmann was educated at Harvard, Stanford Medical School, and the Berkeley School of Public Health. He is a Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Medicine at University of California, San Francisco and was the Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital for 25 years. Triple board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, and general emergency medicine, Dr. Dieckmann has edited five first edition medical textbooks, is a frequent speaker at national and international medical conferences, and has received national awards for service to American medical education and training. In 2003, he co-founded “PEMSoft-The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Software”, a decision-support software knowledge system which is now owned by EBSCO Publishing in Ipswich, MA. His international family travels led him to found KidsCareEverywhere, and to donate medical software to impoverished health systems in the low income world.

Stevan Cavalier, MD

Vice Chairman

Stevan received his BA from Amherst College in Massachusetts, MD from University of Minnesota, completed a pediatric Internship and residency at Stanford University Hospital. He retired from the Permanente Medical Group after a 35 year career in 2016, having served as Chief of Pediatrics in Walnut Creek and Director of Inpatient Pediatric Care for Kaiser's Diablo Service Area. He helped supervise the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and for 15 years prior to his retirement, served as Regional Director for Inpatient Pediatrics for Northern California Kaiser. Stevan is Board Certified by American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the California Medical Association, the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association, the California Perinatal Association, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is a certified instructor in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and author of several publications on drowning prevention in medical literature. Personal interests include classical chamber music performance and writing, and he has had the honor of performing at Davies Symphony Hall. He is the founder, director, and principal pianist of the Sierra Chamber Society, a professional musician group from the San Francisco Symphony and Opera Orchestras now in its 21st concert season.

Denis McGuirk

Treasurer

Denis McGuirk is a retired CPA who served 32 years as a financial and accounting leader at various financial institutions, including Citibank and American Express. Denis’ career spanned many areas of finance, including analysis of financial data relative to merger candidates, new product introductions, profitability studies, as well as traditional cost and staffing issues, and budgeting. Most recently, he worked as Vice President of Finance at Charles Schwab. He also served as Treasurer for the Friends of the Oakland Fox Theater, a nonprofit organization that raised millions to revitalize a beautiful, historic Art Deco building. He has both CPA and CMA credentials and obtained his BS from Manhattan College in NY. An avid traveler, skier and boater, tennis player and photographer, Denis spends time pursuing these with his wife and four children.

Drew Kemp

Board Member

Charles D. (Drew) Kemp is a recently retired engineer, looking for new adventures after a 28 year career in precision opto-mechanical engineering at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he conducted all manner of research in the field of X-Ray Optics and Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography.  He is currently a full time pilot and flight Instructor. Growing up in Berkeley, Drew earned his Private Pilot’s certificate at the age of 17, while attending Berkeley High School. He achieved his basic and advanced First Aid and CPR certificates in college at UC Davis, and immediately put them into practice with the National Ski Patrol as a volunteer ski patrolman at Heavenly Valley Ski Resort. He first met Dr. Ron Dieckmann as soccer dads, and they soon began working together as a medical team, along with their young daughters, with the Flying Samaritans organization at their medical clinic in Northern Baja, Mexico. In 2013, Drew served as the Co-Chair of the KidsCareEverywhere Gala, and along with his wife, Leslie produced the stunning video presentation for the event.  When he is not flying, you are likely to find Drew at home in the El Cerrito Hills, working on his never-ending patio/deck project, or playing the electric guitars that he builds by hand.

Monica McMillan, MD

Board Member

Dr. Monica McMillan is board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Diplomate of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Factors Engineering from The United States Military Academy at West Point and her Doctorate of Medicine from Dartmouth Medical School, then completed an emergency medicine residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. McMillan is currently the Director of Emergency Medical Services (PreHospital Care) and Pediatric Care Coordinator for the Emergency Department at Mercy Medical Center in Merced, California. Passionate about improving the quality of health care for impoverished children, she loves bringing the latest medical technology to resource-limited countries. A highly active and articulate spokesperson and global ambassador for KidsCareEverywhere, Dr. McMillan has trained hundreds of physicians in Rwanda and Ethiopia in utilization of decision support software. She is a nature enthusiast, surfer, motorcyclist and world traveler.

Fran Schreiberg

Board Member

Fran is a Bay Area attorney specializing in occupational safety and health. She received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her law degree from New York University School of Law. Fran’s prodigious career has spanned many areas of law practice, and her professional life has centered on public regulatory agencies, nonprofit organizations for the underserved and working class, and law school education. Her jobs have ranged from the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, Cal/OSHA, a professorship at the University of San Francisco School of Law, stints as a public defender in several jurisdictions, and legal counsel for the State Building & Construction Trades Council of California — the umbrella organization for building trades unions in California. Fran founded Worksafe, a visionary and influential California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating workplace hazards. Her current work focuses on legislative, regulatory and policy matters as well as impact litigation. She is admitted to the State Bars of New York and California.

Victor Silvestre, MD

Board Member

Dr. Victor Silvestre is a primary care internal medicine doctor at the Salud en Español (“Latino”) clinic at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. He was born in Miami, Florida of Cuban parents who emigrated and met in Miami in the mid 1940’s. Vic moved to California in 1973, where he attended U.C. Berkeley. In 1980, he graduated from University of Michigan Medical School, and returned to California for residency training and to resettle in the East Bay. After 18 years running a private practice, he moved his doctors and staff to Kaiser, where he has served in many roles– in patient safety, staff development, coaching and teaching, and as a Senior Medical Consultant for difficult cases. For leisure, Vic enjoys friends and family, music, hiking, skiing, travel and riding his Harley-Davidson.

Eric Snoey, MD

Board Member

Dr. Snoey was educated at the University of Michigan where he received his MD and BS in Biomedical Sciences. He is currently Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Alameda Health System – Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, and a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Snoey lectures nationally and internationally on a broad array of topics related to emergency medicine. He is also director of Graduate Medical Education for the Highland Medical Center, overseeing over 150 interns and residents. Dr. Snoey has worked extensively throughout Africa and Central America in the arena of international health. A founding member of Doctors of the World, USA, he served on their board of directors for over a decade.  Currently, Dr. Snoey remains engaged in human rights work by performing medical affidavits for torture victims seeking asylum – work he began in 1989 while treating political detainees in apartheid South Africa.   In 2013, Dr. Snoey and his two sons spent 2 months traveling Senegal, Morocco and Namibia as an ambassador for KCE.

 
 

Marlowe Dieckmann, MD, MPH

Advisory Board Member

Marlowe Dieckmann received her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Psychology from Smith College and her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley. She attended medical school at the University of Louisville where she also completed a special concentration in Global Health.  She has worked and volunteered for KidsCareEverywhere since 2007. She served as one of KCE’s first interns in Vietnam and Cambodia in Summer 2007. Since then, she has volunteered and/or worked for KidsCareEverywhere in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Vietnam. Her most recent trip with KCE was to Dar es Saalam, Tanzania where she conducted a utilization/feasibility analysis of PEMSoft Portable among pediatricians and emergency physician trainees at Muhimbili Hospital for three months. Marlowe is now an attending physician in family medicine in Grass Valley, California but continues to consult part-time for KidsCareEverywhere.  

Claudia Espinosa, MD

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Claudia Espinosa is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She is originally from Cali, Colombia and earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the Universidad del Cauca in Popayan, Colombia. Dr. Espinosa is faculty at the University of Louisville where she has clinical, teaching, and research responsibilities. She participates in the EBM curriculum, the Health Research Unit, and the Global Health Track in addition to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where she spends time developing protocols and helping with infection control issues. She frequently attends Pediatric and Infectious Diseases local and national meetings where she presents her research work. She enjoys traveling especially with her daughter who already wants to be a physician in a resource limited setting. Dr. Espinosa has been a key figure in the work of KCE in Latin America.

Richard Gaskin

Advisory Board Member

Richard Gaskin is the owner of Fourth World Systems, a software design and development consultancy in Los Angeles, California. Since founding the company in 1994 he’s developed dozens of applications used by a wide range of organizations, including FedEx, AOL, the US Library of Congress, and hundreds of hospitals and universities around the world. Having joined the PEMSoft team with Dr. Ron Dieckmann and Dr. Robert Pitt as its third member in 2003, Richard has built the content management system for PEMSoft, along with the custom search engine and publishing tools used in the product. When he’s not making software he enjoys backpacking in the Mojave desert, where he’s contributed to documenting an archaeology site.

Haile Girma

Advisory Board Member

Haile Girma helped found KidsCareEverywhere in 2007 and has been a critical advisor to the organization since its beginnings. He has almost 30 years of professional business experience, primarily auditing and consulting in the nonprofit and government sectors. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and left at age 20 due to the political turmoil at the time and has lived in the United States since the late 70’s. After graduating from Berkeley business school, Haile started his career with Coopers & Lybrand LLP (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) where he served as an audit manager. He has also served as an audit partner with Williams, Adley & Company, LLP before starting Haile Girma & Co. in 1997. He lives in the Oakland Hills with his wife Marsha Rose. They have two children. Haile loves music, gardening, gourmet food and international travel.

David Hytha

Advisory Board Member

David A. Hytha is a wireless executive and entrepreneur advising leading – edge firms in wireless communications as a General Partner at New Wave Partners. He serves as Executive-in-Residence at Sofinnova Ventures, a major venture capital firm in information technology and life sciences, and as a member of the Board of Directors of several private and public companies. He served in senior management roles in T Mobile, Motorola, AT&T and new ventures. He holds a MBA from Columbia University in New York and a BA from the College of the Holy Cross. He is active in community development and education in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Asia.

Tu Nguyen, MD

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Tu Van Nguyen was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, as the son of two nurses who met during the French-Vietnamese conflict. He grew up during the American conflict and served in the Vietnamese Air Force as a helicopter attendant. Inspired to become a physician by the needless deaths he witnessed during the war, in 1980 he began medical school in Ho Chi Minh City. Tu returned to Hanoi, in 1986, finished his specialist studies at Hanoi Medical School, then began his long career in pediatric intensive care. He is now the Vice Director of the pediatric intensive care unit in the National Hospital of Pediatrics in Hanoi, the major referral center for pediatrics in Southeast Asia. Tu has two daughters, Mai and Linh and his wife Ngoc works as a ENT nurse. He has been a principal advocate and teacher for PEMSoft for over two years and is striving to greatly expand distribution of the software in Vietnam.

Robert Pitt, MD

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Rob Pitt has been developing world-class medical software for 20 years. Not deterred by his daytime job as Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine for 25 years at Mater Childrens Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, Rob developed medical software for most of his adult life first as the creator of an informatics software used worldwide for emergency department information management, next as the originator of PaEDPac, an early model of medical decision support software, and for the last decade as developer and editor-in-chief with Dr. Ron Dieckmann of PEMSoft. Rob loves sailing, exploring and traveling in the developing world and lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland where he continues to practice as a Pediatrician while developing and publishing medical software.

 

ADVISORY BOARD

 

STAFF

Kerry McCulloch

Program Director

Kerry McCulloch is a graduate student getting a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and a Graduate Certificate in Global Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Oregon, and most recently taught English, Geography, and a mindfulness practice at a K-12 school in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Working in Mexico profoundly shifted her perspectives on health equity and social justice, motivating her to pursue an MPH and career in global health. She is thrilled to be joining the KCE team where her passion for health and education can be used to support doctors and children worldwide.

Bianca Maron

Program Associate

Bianca Maron is a premed student with a career interest in global health. She started as a KCE global health fellow in 2016 working in Peru and advanced to KCE Program Director. Bianca has been responsible for organizing trips to countries, preparing our teams, arranging logistics with the hospital leaders, and facilitating the trainings by our physician instructors. She has traveled with KCE on three continents and represented KCE at at the Annual American Public Health Association Meeting and the Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference.

 

GLOBAL HEALTH FELLOWS

From its very beginnings in 2007, KidsCareEverywhere has been committed to the education and training of future global health professionals. Our organization has been constantly engaged in providing supervised training experiences in the United States, and in impoverished countries of Asia, Africa and South America, for select individuals wishing to pursue careers in global health.

 

Each year, fellows join KCE to acquire global health leadership skills and to help improve children’s health in impoverished countries worldwide. Their primary tasks during the 1 month/3-4 month or year long fellowship are evaluating and understanding the utilization and bedside application of our mobile software DynaMed Plus, in public hospitals. Fellows are also involved in publishing scholarly articles and posters as well as presentations in global health conferences. The following fellows have already received KidsCareEverywhere mentorship and have all continued on to medical school, technology positions, and other careers associated with global health.

2019 FELLOW

Malena Outhay, MD

Global Health Fellow, Bolivia 2019

Malena is an Emergency Medicine resident at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA. She attended Hendrix College, where her travels to Peru, Costa Rica, Peru, and India ignited her interest in global health. During her time at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, she helped implement trauma first responder programs in Mozambique and Ethiopia. In 2015-2016, she served as a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellow in Mirebalais, Haiti, where she helped launch Haiti's first ever Emergency Medicine residency. She is excited to join KCE in Bolivia.

2018 FELLOWS

Elaine Yang, MD

Global Health Fellow, Peru 2018

Elaine is a resident in Emergency Medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA. Her interest in global health began while she was studying Anthropology at University of Pennsylvania, when she studied health outcomes in an indigenous group in northern Argentina. She then attended University of Southern California for medical school, where she fell in love with the vibrant international community of East Los Angeles. She is proud to be back home serving the Bay Area, and is excited to embark on a journey to Lima with KCE.

Thomas E. Wallach, MD

Global Health Fellow, Vietnam 2018

Dr. Wallach is a San Francisco based pediatrician, currently in his third year of fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of California San Francisco.   He complete his pediatric residency at Columbia University, New York, NY, and has held staff positions as an attending pediatrician at NYU and with the Pediatric Evening Referral Clinic of San Francisco.  He completed his medical training at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, and his bachelors degree at Pomona College, Los Angeles, CA.  He is initially from Washington, DC.

2017 FELLOW

Amarinder Singh, MD

Global Health Fellow, India 2017

Dr. Amarinder Singh accompanied KCE to Amritsar, India in February 2017. Dr. Singh is an accomplished Highland Hospital emergency medicine resident who is a California native with family roots in Amritsar. This connection to the Indian site made him a valuable asset and strong advocate for KCE’s involvement in the area. With these two esteemed fellows KCE is looking forward to a year of great progress and advancement of our mission for children in these two disadvantaged, global locations.

2016 FELLOW

Bianca Maron

Global Health Fellow, Peru 2016

Bianca Maron is a premed student with a career interest in global health. She started as a KCE global health fellow in 2016 working in Peru and advanced to KCE Program Director. Bianca has been responsible for organizing trips to countries, preparing our teams, arranging logistics with the hospital leaders, and facilitating the trainings by our physician instructors. She has traveled with KCE on three continents and represented KCE at at the Annual American Public Health Association Meeting and the Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference.

2014 FELLOWS

Mindy Le

Global Health Fellow, Vietnam 2014

ThanhPhuong “Mindy” Le graduated from CSU East Bay with a major in Biological Science and a minor in Chemistry in 2012. While in school, Mindy participated in meaningful career exposure programs that solidified her interest in the field of medicine. Since graduation, she has worked alongside a well-known neurologist in San Jose, CA and has learned to appreciate one-on-one patient interactions and the complexity of the healthcare system. Because of her strong belief in the power of prevention, she wishes to gain experience in clinical research and public health prior to her application to medical school. Mindy’s ultimate career goal is to become a compassionate and competent surgeon serving children from underserved backgrounds, especially those suffering from birth defects.

Nneka Okeke

Global Health Fellow, Vietnam 2014

Nneka Okeke recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Urban Studies and Planning and Health Education. Before receiving the KidsCareEverywhere/EBSCO Global Health Fellowship, Nneka was a SHARP Scholar at the HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Section at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Nneka developed a passion for children’s health, healthcare service delivery, and interventions after being selected to be a field assistant for ACHIEVE 2, a project with the University of California, San Francisco and the Society for Family Health in Nigeria. After the fellowship, Nneka plans to apply to PhD programs in Epidemiology and pursue a career in public health research.

2013 FELLOW

Marlowe Dieckmann, MD, MPH

2007-2013 Global Health Fellow (Vietnam, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, and Tanzania)

Marlowe Dieckmann received her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Psychology from Smith College and her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley. She attended medical school at the University of Louisville where she also completed a special concentration in Global Health.  She has worked and volunteered for KidsCareEverywhere since 2007. She served as one of KCE’s first interns in Vietnam and Cambodia in Summer 2007. Since then, she has volunteered and/or worked for KidsCareEverywhere in the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Vietnam. Her most recent trip with KCE was to Dar es Saalam, Tanzania where she conducted a utilization/feasibility analysis of PEMSoft Portable among pediatricians and emergency physician trainees at Muhimbili Hospital for three months. Marlowe is now an attending physician in family medicine in Grass Valley, California but continues to consult part-time for KidsCareEverywhere.  

2011 FELLOWS

Trevor Brooks, MD

Global Health Fellow, Vietnam 2011

Trevor Brooks was a KidsCareEverywhere fellow to Vietnam from October 2010 to April 2011. Trevor graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Sciences in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Prior to the KCE internship, Trevor conducted laboratory-based obesity research and worked as a camp counselor and tutor for underprivileged children in Detroit. Reflecting on the internship experience, Trevor says that he took away “an awe at the interconnectedness of the world and a drive to continue to travel the world in my future career.” He is currently a family medicine resident in Los Angeles with plans to continue his passion in global health.

Alex Miller

Global Health Fellow, Vietnam 2011

Alex Miller was a KidsCareEverywhere fellow to Vietnam from October 2010 to April 2011. Alex graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Neuroscience and is trained as an Emergency Medical Technician. After spending 6 months in Vietnam and learning how valuable software tools can be for clinicians, Alex has dedicated the last few years to building applications for clinicians, patients, and hospitals in the US. Alex is currently managing product for Sirono, a healthcare software startup in San Francisco. His current product brings together design and technology to inject transparency and flexibility into the medical billing process.

2007 FELLOW

Paget Allis, MD

2007 Global Health Fellow Vietnam and Cambodia

Paget Allis was a KCE fellow in Vietnam and Cambodia in 2007. Before that she had been working for the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health in the Microbiology Laboratory. After traveling internationally with KCE, she started Medical School at St. George’s University. She graduated in May 2014 and will complete her residency at Dartmouth in Family Medicine beginning Summer 2014. She plans to pursue a global health tract within her specialty of Family Medicine.

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