Marinus H. Koning, MD, FACS (continued)
Marins [Dick] met his wife while they were both traveling in Asia. Upon their return to the United Stated, they relocated to Central Oregon, where Dr. Koning practiced surgery, specializing in general. laproscopic, trauma, and bariatric surgery.
Dr. Koning was the founding Director of Hospice of Redmond and Sisters [Oregon], and co-founder of the Rising Stars Preschool for Developmentally Disabled Children in Redmond, Oregon. He has been active in many professional and civic organizations, such as the Rotary Club and the City Club of Central Oregon.
Dr. Koning retired from his surgical practice in 2008, allowing him time to pursue international humanitarian work as a volunteer consultant and surgeon at the Myungsung Christian Medical Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
A year later he founded ReachAnother Foundation (RAF), inspired by his Ethiopian experiences and his unwavering belief that quality health care and special education services are basic human rights for all peoples.
Through RAF Dr. Koning strives to provide healthcare and special education services to Ethiopia's underserved communities. ReachAnother Foundation is presently concentrating its efforts in Ethiopia by working with medical professionals at the University Hospital at Addis Ababa University, the Myungsung Christian Medical Center, the Zewditu Memorial Hospital for Pediatric Neurosciences and various community hospitals throughout Ethiopia.
Since 2009 Dr. Koning has recruited more than 100 medical and educational professionals from the United States, Great Britain, New Zealand and The Netherlands, including his twin brother Dr. Jan Koning, to volunteer in Ethiopia.
Patricia O’Neill, Ph.D. continued)
Dr. O’Neill started her teaching career at the Central Oregon Community College in Bend, OR where she taught a variety of history courses, and served as Chair, Social Sciences Department. She also served on the adjunct faculty in the history department at the University of Oregon/Oregon State University Cascades Campus; and is presently an adjunct professor in history at the American Public University System and humanities at Excelsior College, and a mentor in the history department at Thomas Edison State University. She has also taught with the Study Abroad Program in England and on three voyages with Semester at Sea under the auspices of the University of Virginia.
Dr. O’Neill has created and taught more than 25 different history courses on subjects ranging from World History and Contemporary Chinese History to World War II and the Renaissance and Reformation. She is the recipient of the Judy Roberts Academic Achievement Award and the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, both from Central Oregon Community College. While also at COCC, she has served as Chair of the International-Multicultural Committee; President of the Faculty Forum; and Chair of the Social Sciences Department, among other administrative positions. She has published numerous papers on Chinese history and has been a guest lecturer at myriad academic seminars and conferences.
Since moving to Central Oregon with her husband, Dr. Koning, she has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations, many of them focusing on services for special education.
Patricia has made numerous humanitarian visits to Ethiopia as a volunteer member of the ReachAnother Foundation Teams.
John Moseley (continued)
John received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and received multiple awards for his undergraduate and graduate accomplishments. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the AAAs, is listed in Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, in America, and in the World, and has participated at the National and International level in numerous committees and activities. At the local level, he has participated in a number of research, economic development, and arts related initiatives.
Dr. Moseley retired in 2006. He and his wife, Susan, live in Eugene, OR.
John made his first humanitarian visit to Ethiopia as a volunteer member of the ReachAnother Foundation team 2015.
Leslie Conley (continued)
Ms. Conley received a BA in English from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed her post-graduate studies from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She taught high school and has published numerous articles for a daily newspaper prior to launching her marketing career.
Leslie has served on the Board of Directors of Nature of Words, Temple Beth Tikvah and Bend Neighborhood Associations.
Ashley Evert (continued)
Ms. Evert attended the University of Hawai'i in Hilo, and earned her BS in Business Administration and Management, with a Minor in Economics, fro the University of Oregon, where she was a member of the Entrepreneurship Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a Presidential Scholar.
A staunch believer in a healthy lifestyle and outdoor sports, Ms. Evert has earned a Level 2 certification in SCUBA diving, and can often be found in the yoga studio.
Ashley made her first humanitarian visit to Ethiopia as a volunteer member of the ReachAnother Foundation Team 2015.
Linda S. Johnson (continued)
The Bend 2030 Visioning Process was inspired and led by Ms. Johnson, involving 15,000 Bend residents in a process to envision their collective future. Additionally, she has served on a number of community boards, including United Way of Deschutes County, the Clean Washington Center, Saving Grace, Bend 2030, Shoreline Community College, St. Charles Foundation, and the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council.
Her desire for international service led Ms. Johnson to serve in the Community HIV Outreach Program as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, and to assist the ReachAnother Foundation to creating a five-year strategic plan for its Hydrocephalus Campaign in Ethiopia, focusing on prevention programs and training.
Ms. Johnson received her B.A. in biology from the University of Texas and a M.A. in health administration degree from the University of Washington. She also obtained her nursing degree from Shoreline Community College in Washington and worked in nursing and hospital administration for 17 years in both Washington and Oregon.
Ms. Johnson and her husband Fletcher Chamberlin reside in Bend, OR.
Rodney Huey, Ph.D. (continued)
He has taught at American University (Washington, DC), George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Lynchburg College (Lynchburg, VA), the University of Virginia's Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies program (Charlottesville, VA), and aboard two voyages of Semester at Sea.
Dr. Huey launched RAH PR STRATEGIES in 2004, offering strategic communications consulting services to national and international non-profit organizations such as the National Council for Adoption, the Outdoor Amusement Business Association and the Fédération Mondiale du Cirque de Monte-Carlo in Monaco.
He and his wife Susanne live in Nellysford, Virginia. They both made their first visit to Ethiopia as volunteer members of the ReachAnother Foundation Team 2015.
Hans van den Houten (continued)
He was executive recruiter with E. J. Lance Management Associates for eight years and has extensive experience in corporate banking, risk management, and marketing. During his career, he held senior executive positions with The Chase Manhattan Bank, Moody's Investors Service, Dun & Bradstreet International, Fitch Investors Service, and the Republic National Bank of New York. With Royal Dutch Shell, he spent several years in the Republics of the Congo Leopoldville and South Africa, and the Kingdom of Burundi.
Mr. van den Houten also has a distinguished career in the non-profit sector, including as CFO and director of finance at the Museum of Modern Art; president and vice chairman of the Netherland-America Foundation; chairman of the Artist Choice Museum in New York City; trustee of the New York Studio School; and served various functions with the Guggenheim Museum and Hofstra University.
He was a co-founder of the Chase Alumni Association, the Dutch Financial Club of New York and The Artist Choice Museum.
A native of the Netherlands, he was founder and past president of the Dutch Financial Club Alumni Nederland, and in 2013 was named president of the Smiling Hospital International Foundation based in Budapest, Hungary.
Mr. van den Houten received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and is accredited with the title of Doctorandus Economic Sciences in the Netherlands. On April 30, 2003, Hans was bestowed with the title of Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. He has also been honored by the City of New York for his contributions to NYC's Dutch community.
Mr. van den Houten and his wife Marian Was reside in Almelo, the Netherlands and Bend, Oregon.
Monica O’Neill (continued)
Prior to joining Tristan, Monica was Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations for Curzon Global Partners/AEW Europe for seven years, raising a multitude of funds across the risk spectrum, property type and geography, working closely with the AEW US and Asia platforms. She directed client service, business development, and marketing for the international firm which has over a €16 billion European assets under management. Based in London, she coordinated all the communication and marketing efforts of 250 colleagues in 11 offices throughout Europe and oversaw the coordination of business development efforts with French parent company Natixis Global Asset Management.
Previous to her move to London, Monica headed the economic development agency, The Greater Washington Initiative, a public/private partnership which promoted the business assets of the region around the globe.
Outside of work, Monica is former Deputy Chair of Council of The Institute of Contemporary Arts and a Founding Member of WIRE London. She also is a Patron of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, a Board Member of ReachAnother Foundation USA and a Member of the International Women’s Forums in DC and London
A graduate of Boston University, Monica recently relocated to the Washington, DC area. She has dual Irish and American citizenship.
Shanda Johnson (continued)
She looks forward to bringing back an energy that creates optimal success in the planning of ReachAnother’s main fundraising gala in October.
Shanda is married with two children. She feels extremely fortunate to have had the time to foster the passions of her son and daughter and hopes one day to share the value that ReachAnother Foundation has already brought to her own life.
Lewis Sperber (continued)
After working in the accounting profession, in 1971 he was named Chief Financial Officer of Colin Hochstin Co., a securities exchange firm in New York City. From 1978 to 1982, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Gem State Airlines, a regional carrier based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and later a CFO with Golden Gate Airlines of Monterrey, California.
In 1983 he was founding partner of the Westport, CT-based securities firm Sperber, Adams and Company, before moving to China in 1994 to open The Original Source / The Clark Collection, an import and wholesale giftware enterprise.
Lewis, his wife, Maggie, and their two sons, Jacob and Ari, live in Bend, Oregon. Lewis is an avid Giants [football] fan, and a huge supporter of the Bend Elks, amateur baseball team.
Ciara Baxter (continued)
Cope Foundation caters for 2,300 children and adults with intellectual disability through its 65 locations throughout Cork city and county. Ciara progressed from a newly qualified therapist to working as a senior Occupational Therapist whilst with the COPE Foundation. In her senior position, she served as senior clinician on a diagnostic and intervention service for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
In 2010, Ciara expanded her experience working in the field of Paediatrics by accepting a Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist at Carlow/Kilkenny (Ireland) HSE where she was responsible for Assessment of Need (AON) OT Assessments for Community Services. In 2011, Ciara worked with Enable Ireland as a senior Occupational Therapist on the Early Intervention, holding a specialist caseload of children 0-3 years. Enable Ireland provides free services to children and adults with disabilities and their families from 40 locations in 14 counties in Ireland.
Ciara moved to London, England in 2012, where she set up her own private practice. She has held specialist contracts with Down South London, The Portland Hospital, The Chelsea Group of Children and DownRight Excellent. She has worked as a volunteer consultant with Smiling Angels, a non-profit organization to support and develop autism services in Pakistan. Ciara has also developed the Newham Special Needs Rugby program, providing children with special needs the opportunity to participate in their local rugby club, East London RFC. Ciara is also captain of the East London Ladies Rugby Team.
Ciara volunteered her services as an autism specialist to ReachAnother Foundation in 2012, an assignment that took her to Ethiopia to teach more than 100 autism teachers in three Ethiopian autism centers that were established with the help of RAF. Ciara returned to school to earn a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Counseling from the University of East London’s School of Psychology in 2015. Ciara is converting this qualification to a Masters of Arts in Child Counselling by completing her research in the investigation of mental health needs in Irish primary schools.
Leah Olwen Llewellyn (continued)
In the UK, Leah runs her own company, Memorabeleah, which supports individuals to preserve their family histories and assists in building bridges with elderly relatives suffering from memory loss.
Additionally, Leah has recently produced a series of oral histories by the Congolese Diaspora in Manchester for the national archives and a documentary film Lisapo: A Living Archive.