"If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things
God may be praised through Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 4:11

MEDSEND TEAM

 
MedSend is blessed with a highly qualified and faithful staff, board of directors, and board of reference. We are also indebted to the organization's founders who continue to support and guide our efforts. Meet our team below:

 

MedSend Staff

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Rick Allen, President

Rick brings an extensive background in business and ministry to his role as MedSend's president. With a degree in finance and marketing from Temple University, he spent 25 years as a corporate executive, where he was instrumental in the rapid growth and turn-around of several high-tech businesses. In addition, Rick serves as Campus Pastor of a multi-site church in Stamford, Connecticut.

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Sheldon “Shelly” Wermes, Chief Development Officer

Shelly is a business development specialist who has started two successful companies and has more than 25 years of experience in working with business and ministry leaders. A Rochester Institute of Technology graduate, Shelly served as a U.S. Army Infantry Lieutenant in Vietnam. Shelly is active in his church and chairs the board of Christian Mission for the United Nations Community. He is licensed as an Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor.

 
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Randy Carey, National Donor Relations Manager

Randy retired from the Army after nearly 23 years of service to our country. With an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in theology from Wheaton College, he has a passion to see healthcare professionals get to where God has called them and has helped many realize their dreams over the last 11 years.  Randy lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife Beth and their youngest son, Max. 

 

Monique Wherry, National Donor Relations Manager

Monique's experience in generating revenue and increasing support bases for educational and non-profit organizations spans 15 years. She has served as a development professional for organizations such as Heifer International, United Negro College Fund and Care USA. Monique resides in the Atlanta, Georgia, area and holds a B.A. in history from Paine College and an M.A. in history from Arkansas State University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

 

Margaux Jordan, National Donor Relations Manager

Margaux's strong experience in fundraising and business development has included serving as executive director of a community college foundation. She is also the founder, CEO, and president of a multi-state direct sales company. She lives in California and volunteers with a number of community organizations including the Kiwanis, YWCA, and as a board member for Grandma's House of Hope.

 

Judy Heaton, Northwest Donor Relations Representative

Judy is a homemaker who lives in the Spokane, Washington, area and serves God full-time through a number of dynamic ministries, including sports and knitting outreach groups – and MedSend. Judy and her husband are also involved in short-term medical missions and serve on a board that ships medical equipment to Madagascar. An actuary by training, Judy homeschooled her children through eighth grade.

 

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Donna Perez, Southeast Donor Relations Representative

Donna is a homemaker who lives with her husband, Gerry, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, about nine months out of the year and in Franklin, North Carolina the other three.  With their two children grown and gone, Donna and Gerry have enjoyed taking five intensive apologetics classes over the course of a two-year period through their home church and a comprehensive Ravi Zacharias one-week study in Oxford, England.  And now, after prayerfully asking God, "What's next?" Donna is delighted and excited to volunteer time in service to Him working alongside the MedSend team!

 

 


Diane Bowerman, Office Manager

 

Jessica Schneider, Applicant and Recipient Liaison 

 

Alexis Casey, Communications Manager 

 

Ilona Palomba, Donor Relations Coordinator

 

Darnell Parker, Donor Relations/Database Coordinator 

 

Jacqui Williams, Accounting Supervisor 


 

MedSend Founders

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David Topazian, DDS, MSc, MBA, President Emeritus

Dr. Topazian is a retired Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon and a co-founder of MedSend. Dr. Topazian has extensive experience in missions, having served on more than 40 short-term mission projects around the world. In 1988, he joined TEAM as a full-time missionary and pastored a church in Venezuela for six years, after which TEAM seconded him to MedSend. Dr. Topazian served as MedSend's President and CEO until he retired in 2007.

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Daniel Fountain, MD (1930-2013)

Dr. Fountain was a general surgeon who served as a medical missionary in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) from 1960- 1996. An author and recognized expert in health development, he was a fellow at the Billy Graham Center and director of the Center for Global Health at King College's Peek School of Mission. In 1992, he co-founded MedSend with Dr. David Topazian to help alleviate a critical shortage of healthcare professionals on the mission field. Until his death in February 2013, he was a devoted and tireless supporter of MedSend, serving on the board of directors and developing and conducting programs for MedSend grant recipients and other healthcare missionaries. 

 

 

MedSend Board of Directors

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Douglas A. Drevets, MD, DTM&H, Chairman

Dr. Drevets is Professor and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is involved in biomedical research, education, and clinical care of patients including those with HIV/AIDS. He is active locally in Young Life and has participated in several short-term mission trips.

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Lawrence Hutchins, Treasurer

Mr. Hutchins was a senior vice president of investments with A.G. Edwards and Sons, Inc., where he ran one of the firm’s largest branch offices. While at A.G. Edwards, he built a substantial investment practice that serves individuals and corporations, as well as many Christian organizations. Mr. Hutchins has served on the board of an international mission and on several church and local mission boards.

 
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Kenneth Chrisman

Mr. Chrisman, an active Christian layman, is a Vice President at Sealed Air Corporation where he specializes in leadership development and business optimization.

 

Rev. Doug Christgau

Rev. Christgau is Pastor of World Outreach at Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, Connecticut. During his 28 years as a mission pastor for three churches, those churches have sent 37 long-term missionaries and he has led 67 short-term mission trips into 31 countries. Two of the churches have been listed in Tom Telford’s books on outstanding U.S. mission churches. He has served on the boards of Advancing Churches in Mission Commitment and the National Association of Mission Pastors and co-founded and chairs the Connecticut Mission Consortium.  He and his wife, Christine, have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.

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Janet Crow, MD

Dr. Crow is Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego. She has worked extensively among poor and undeserved patients in the U.S. and along the U.S.-Mexico border and has mentored medical students and residents who have an interest in both short- and long-term missions.

 

John P. Goetz

Mr. Goetz is a Managing Principal and Co-Chief Investment Officer at Pzena Investment Management. Prior to joining Pzena in 1996, Mr. Goetz held a range of key positions at Amoco Corporation for over 14 years and was employed by The Northern Trust Company and Bank of America.  He earned a BA summa cum laude in Mathematics and Economics from Wheaton College and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University where he was an Austin Scholar. He has held a number of local church leadership positions and supports mission and charitable organizations worldwide.   

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Calvin J. Johnson, MD

Dr. Johnson is a retired orthopedic surgeon who served for ten years in DRC (formerly Zaire), first in a mission hospital and later training African physicians in a post-graduate hospital-based program for the Zaire government. After returning to the U.S. and entering private practice, he continued to serve overseas on short-term missions and to advocate for missions in various churches. Since retiring, he has served part-time at three clinics in the Nashville area, providing non-surgical professional care to uninsured and low-income patients.

 

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Jun Hee Kang, MD

Dr. Kang is a neonatologist with Fairfax Neonatal Associates in Virginia and is currently the chairman of the Korean-American Mission Health Council. He attends McLean Bible Church in Virginia. He is also active in short-term medical missions.

 

 Janet Kim, MD, MPH, FAAP, MA (Bioethics)

Dr. Kim is dual board-certified in internal medicine & pediatrics and currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Beacon Christian Community Health Center, the first Christian faith-based community health center licensed in New York State. She is active in both Christian Medical & Dental Associations and in Christian Community Health Fellowship. She and her husband, Dr. David Kim, are passionate in their work with Intermed NYC, the local CMDA student ministry in NYC, to grow and cultivate the next generation of domestic and overseas missionaries. The Kim family resides near the health center in Staten Island, NY, along with their four children.

 

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Robin Nichols

Ms. Nichols is a Senior Financial executive with more than 30 years of extensive experience in healthcare.  She currently works for Warbird Consulting LLC as a project consultant.  She has demonstrated skills in operational responsibilties, strategic planning and financial management.  Her experience ranges from major teaching, community, governmental and rural hospitals, plus physician practice.  She has improved revenue cycle, debt restructuring, treasury management and IT integration.  She has a master's degree from Ohio University, a bachelor's from Lake Erie College and an active CPA license.

 
 

John T. Nwangwu, MD, PhD

Dr. Nwangwu is a specialist in infectious diseases and epidemiology and a consultant in infectious disease control to the World Health Organization. A tenured professor at Southern Connecticut State University, he also teaches at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. He has served on the board of the International and National Organizations of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology and on advisory committees of the National Institutes of Health, as well as with the African Christian Fellowship, Overseas Ministries Study Center, Christian Medical Fellowship, Faith Care and Kateri Clinics. He is married to Dr. Chioma U. Nwangwu and they have three children.

 

 Scott Reichenbach, BSN, RN

Mr. Reichenbach coordinated the Samaritan's Purse Post-Residency Program from 2005 – 2012 where he had the opportunity to work with many young missionary physicians and visit many Christian hospitals and clinics around the world.  He holds a BSN from Messiah College and currently works in the post-anesthesia care unit at Watauga Medical Center.   He resides in North Carolina with his wife, Rachel and their three children.

 Mark Topazian, MD

Dr. Topazian is a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After finishing medical residency, Mark and his wife Janet were missionaries in Liberia, West Africa for a year.  He subsequently taught on the faculty at Yale Medical School before moving to Minnesota.  Mark has served on the CME Commission of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, and participates in medical research and education with missionary partners in Africa and Asia.  He is currently an elder of Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester, MN.

 

 

 


 

MedSend Board of Reference

Randy Alcorn, DD

Dr. Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM). Prior to starting EPM, he served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has spoken around the world and has taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is a best-selling author of 27 books.

Thomas Hale, Jr., MD and Cynthia Hale, MD, MPH

Drs. Tom and Cynthia Hale served for 25 years as medical missionaries in Nepal. Cynthia is a pediatrician, public health educator and concert pianist, while Tom is a surgeon and the author of a number of highly acclaimed books on missionary life. Tom has also written a New Testament translated into a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, French, Marathi, Sinhalese, Filipino, and Yoruba. Since returning to the United States in 1996, the Hales have continued to speak and work on behalf of medical missions.

David Stevens, MD, MAv

Dr. David Stevens is CEO of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, the nation’s largest faith-based organization of doctors. Prior to this, he served as medical director of a Christian relief organization and as executive officer and medical superintendent of Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. Board-certified in family practice, Dr. Stevens is an author and a Fellow of the Biotechnology Policy Council of the Wilberforce Forum.