About Us 2017-05-15T14:28:58+00:00

ABOUT US

Paramedics for Children International (PFCI) provides medical care, education programs, and disaster relief to children, families, and communities in Central America and beyond. We serve without regard to religious beliefs, gender, race, or ethnic background.

We started out in 1996 by delivering school supplies to hundreds of Mayan Chortí Indian children in the mountain villages of Copán, Honduras. From there, we expanded to disaster response and training (by 2004 we had the largest all-volunteer ambulance services in all of Central America!), and established Clinica la Esperanza, which has treated more than 50,000 patients to date.

What started as a small group of paramedics, nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals has evolved into so much more. We now host volunteers from all walks of life, and we have a lot of fun while making a difference in our communities. Come join us!

OUR HISTORY

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OUR BOARD

Rodger Harrison - Paramedics for Children

RODGER HARRISON
Founder and Director of Honduran Operations

Business Leader, Paramedic, Musician, Pilot, Awarded the “Monja Blanca” medal by the Government of Guatemala for service to the Guatemalan people. Honorary Consul for Guatemala to the USA. Rodger led the Hurricane Mitch and Indonesian Tsunami relief teams and has served as our President for the last 20 years. Rodger remains the Director of Field Operations and oversees both Clinica la Esperanza and the school supply missions.

Roz Morton - Paramedics for Children

ROZ MORTON
Director of Finance

Media Consultant, successful business owner, former rock band manager, Roz keeps us going day to day and manages our business and financial affairs. If we’ve lost it, Roz usually knows where it is. When not being deluged with Paramedics for Children requests, Roz owns and operates MediaMark US, a successful media planning and buying firm.

SARAH VANDENBERG
VP, Development & Communications

Entrepreneur, gym rat, Washingtonian, future angel investor. Sarah has worked with NGOs worldwide since 2005 to develop and market sustainable volunteer programs. You can find some of her research and writing at Volunteer Forever, Go Overseas, Voluntourism Gal, and Frayed Passport. Outside of Paramedics for Children, Sarah operates Vandenberg DC, a small-but-mighty communications firm.

ROD WARD
Director at Large

Rod Ward is our longest-running Board member and is a Registered Nurse as well as Qualified Paramedic. A veteran of many PFC medical brigades including Hurricane Mitch in Honduras in 1998 as well as the Tsunami of Indonesia in 2004, Rod has always been our “go-to guy” for his sage advice as well as his ability to see any project through.

RON WIKE
Director at Large

Charlotte native. Retired Navy. Master’s degree in management. Successful business owner. 8 years’ experience in media planning. Ron has been on our board more than 12 years and has proven himself when it come to any type of fundraising event.

DANIEL VANDENBERG
Board Member

Originally from the Netherlands and now a DC resident, Daniel has worked for various tech companies over the years, managing teams and projects across the board. He enjoys thinking up creative solutions to a wide variety of problems, usually involving technology. Outside of work, he trains for triathlons, and he hopes to finish his first Ironman this October.

OUR LEADERSHIP

MIGUEL MORENO
Chief Physician

Dr. Miguel is a licensed Honduran doctor who brings with him an extensive and impressive body of medical experience and often acts as the Honduran advisor to many international medical brigades. His sub-specialties include labor and delivery, pediatrics and emergency room experience. He is also bilingual, speaking perfect English, which is a boon for our visiting interns.

SHAWN TALBOT
Advisory Board Member

Shawn Talbot began his photography career studying cinematography at several schools across Canada. He has spent the last 17 years working as an advertising photographer specializing primarily in marine, architectural and corporate photography. As one of the busiest advertising photographers in Canada, Shawn’s work has been recognized by Maclean’s Magazine, The Globe and Mail, National Geographic and The Smithsonian Institute. Shawn frequently travels to remote locations on a mission to capture some of the planet’s most stunning natural wonders. This endeavor resulted in Shawn being chosen as the featured photographer in the documentary series 1 Stop Closer.

BEVERLY CRAIG
Advisory Board Member

Beverly Craig is a highly respected business woman from North Carolina, where she works in the field of prefabricated architectural concrete. Known as The Precast Lady, Beverly does business with many contractors both in public and private sectors. Like all of our team, she is an active board member and brings to the table the perfect combination of business management, experience, and good common sense. She also works with the board on all aspects of both local and national fundraising. She enjoys hiking, frequenting the gym, and live rock and roll music. Beverly is a great addition to our team, and we are proud to have her onboard.

DAVID JENSEN
Advisory Board Member

With over 24 years of medical device industry experience, Mr. Jensen served 21 years of his career at Acumed, contributing to the design, marketing, business development, and the launch of several successful product lines in the orthopedic trauma segment. Using the ingenuity of their minds, the labor of their hands, and the compassion of their hearts, David drove stakeholders to accomplish the commercialization of multiple patented product solutions that solved a specific problem for end users, and supported the successful treatment of patients around the globe. In 2008, Mr. Jensen began to serve as president at Acumed, and strategically led the organization through 5 years of double-digit growth in revenue and income. He believes in a culture of stakeholder engagement and a workplace environment fostering trust, respect, and stewardship. David also served as President at SAM Medical Products, giving him experience in Emergency Medical Devices. He now uses his skills to support the objectives of various organizations, and to teach practical organizational strategies to clients and students.

CHRISTINA JEFFREY
Advisory Board Member

Christina comes from a diverse background of healthcare communications, health systems management consulting and mobile technology for public health. She is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships for Dimagi, a social impact technology company that creates simple mobile applications to improve access to health services globally. She first learned about Paramedics for Children while on a short vacation from her field work in Guatemala, and has since begun working on a mobile technology project for maternal and child health in Honduras. She speaks Spanish and has extensive experience working with Central American governments, healthcare NGOs and international volunteer programs. She holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Northeastern University. She is a Spanish speaker.

CONTACT US

General Information, Donations, and Business

2083 Egret CT | Rock Hill, SC 29732

Phone: 803-329-7942

Email: Roz.Morton@ParamedicsForChildren.org

Volunteer Opportunities and Honduran Operations

Phone: +504.2651.4676

Email: Rodger.Harrison@ParamedicsForChildren.org

For 20 years, supporters like you have helped Paramedics for Children advocate for and provide direct assistance in Central America and beyond. Let’s make 2017 our best year yet! 

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