Our team works across 9 countries including 6 African countries in which we offer medical programs and 3 funding partner countries. Despite multiple languages, cultures and timezones our team works hard to collaborate remotely ensuring we offer the utmost in care to the children we serve, the families whose lives are transformed and the surgical trainees whose skills are honed.
Having lived in the Middle East since 2012 Peter now gives oversight to our international operations.
Director of Kenya
David grew up in Kenya and has been with BethanyKids for 15 years. He now oversees all of our work across Kenya.
Dr. Dan Poenaru
Clinical & Training Programs
Dan helped develop our pediatric training program in Kenya. He now helps support our work across 6 countries.
Malcolm has worked with charities for decades and now helps oversee our finance team.
Terri has a heart of gold and helps keep in touch with our donors across North America.
Alison is a teacher and a storyteller and helps BethanyKids share its story with the world.
Dr. Ken Muma
Ken is an accomplished surgeon who currently leads our pediatric training program in Kenya.
Dr. Frehun Ayele
Frehun is a graduate of our pediatrics program and continues to practice and train new surgeons in his home country of Ethiopia.
Dr. Heuric Rakotomalala
Our first graduate of our pediatrics program, Heuric now serves in his home country of Madagascar.
Dr. Martin Situma
Martin is a talented surgeon with a passion for serving children. He began the work of BethanyKids in Uganda in 2014.
Dr. Aiah Lebbie
Aiah is a graduate of our pediatrics program becoming the first formally trained pediatric surgeon in Sierra Leone, where he now practices.
Dr. Jason Axt
Jason is part of our teaching team and a well-researched pediatrics surgeon who has widely published on the topic of Wilms tumour in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenyan Rehab Team
Carol oversees our rehabilitaion work at the Joytown Schools serving up to 350 students with a range of disabilities.
Jane directs our mobile clinic team which serves across the country of Kenya. Read more about the program here.
Luke provides rehabilitation at our Kijabe Hospital site but also participates in our mobile clinics and provides mentorship to our rehab teams.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Since BethanyKids is made up of separate legal entities working together in the USA, Canada and the UK, we have three national Boards of Directors. In addition, we have an International Board made up of representatives from the three national Boards. These boards are made up of people who are leaders in their own fields and who voluntarily serve as sources of inspiration, guidance and wisdom for BethanyKids.
Canada Board of Directors
Kris Riseling, Board Chair
Bob Kallonen, MBA
Dan Poenaru, MD
Brendan Browne, PhD
Frehun Ayele, MD
USA Board of Directors
Mike Delorenzo, Board Chair
Jim Taubits, Treasurer
Cythina M. Gregg, MD
Fred Rescorla, MD
Justus Mwiti Marete, MPA
UK Board of Directors
Peter Smith, Board Chair
Ivan Stewart, MD
David Killingray, PhD