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Our Team

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.

Peter Lublink

Executive Director

Having lived in the Middle East since 2012 Peter now gives oversight to our international operations.

David Ng’ang’a

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 Robinson

Finance

Malcolm has worked with charities for decades and now helps oversee our finance team.

Terri Davis

Donor Relations

Terri has a heart of gold and helps keep in touch with our donors across North America.

Alison Lublink

Communications

Alison is a teacher and a storyteller and helps BethanyKids share its story with the world.

Surgical Team

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 Gakahu

Carol oversees our rehabilitaion work at the Joytown Schools serving up to 350 students with a range of disabilities.

Jane Mutinda

Jane directs our mobile clinic team which serves across the country of Kenya. Read more about the program here.

Luke McAuley

Luke provides rehabilitation at our Kijabe Hospital site but also participates in our mobile clinics and provides mentorship to our rehab teams.

Joab Matumbai

Joab oversees our growing assistive technology team providing, among other things, quality wheelchairs around the country.

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

Kerri Regan

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