Working together to make a difference in lives of children in Ethiopia.
Marinus H. Koning, MD, FACS
Founder and Board President
A native of the Netherlands, Dr. Koning received his MD from the Free University of Amsterdam Medical School before moving to the United States to complete his surgical residency at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York City. As a young man, he had a keen interest in tropical medicine, so after his residency program, Dr. Koning took a year off to visit tropical countries to gain firsthand knowledge about their medical practices.
John is a professor of Physics Emeritus, and former Vice President at University of Oregon with responsibility for most internal operations at the University. Prior to joining UO, he was a Research Physicist at SRI International, and has over 100 publications in Physics, as well as numerous grants and contracts supporting his research.
Board Member: Director of Fundraising
Ashley is an Operating Partner of Entrada Lodge, a hospitality company based in Bend, Oregon. In addition to her penchant for real estate development, she enjoys a passion for social entrepreneurship, humanitarian causes, and film making. Ms. Evert produced a mini-documentary entitled "The Definition of Happiness: A Mini-Documentary" while a student with Semester at Sea, and co-produced/directed a national exhibition entitled "The Evolution of Perspective: Cross-Cultural Currents around the Atlantic" in 2012.
Rodney Huey, Ph.D.
Board Member: Director of Communications
Rodney Huey, Ph.D., has been a strategic communication professional for more than 30 years.
Dr. Huey received a BA in Radio & TV and an MA in Journalism from the University of Alabama, and earned a doctorate in cultural studies from George Mason University.
With more than 25 years experience in asset management, Monica O’Neill was a Senior Partner in Tristan Capital Partners where she led the client relations team in successful fundraising campaigns that totaled over €3.5 billion that brought the firm’s asset under management to €7 billion. Additionally, she directed all global marketing and communications across the eight European locations of the Tristan business. Today she serves as a Senior Advisor at Tristan.
Legal, Financial and Governance Specialist
Lewis J. Sperber comes to the board of ReachAnother Foundation with a strong background in both business finance and as a practicing attorney. A native of New York City, Lewis earned his BBA degree in Business Administration from the City College of New York, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Brooklyn Law School.
Leah Olwen Llewellyn
Leah is a freelance video journalist with a background in mainstream media. She is currently working in Ethiopia and internationally with the ReachAnother Foundation, to document their work with children with hydrocephalus, spina bifida and autism, and to produce fund raising and training films for medical professionals and other interested parties.
Patricia O’Neill, Ph.D.
Board Member: Educational Initiatives
A distinguished professor of history for more than 30 years, Patricia earned her BA in history at the University of Pennsylvania; a MA in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo; and her PhD in history from the University of Washington in comparative Chinese-European History.
Board Member: Secretary and Media Consultant
A marketing and public relations specialist, Leslie created and directed marketing programs for communications companies in California's Silicon Valley for more than 30 years. After relocating to Bend, Oregon in 2004, she founded MarcomWorks, a marketing services firm for emerging and established companies.
Linda S. Johnson
Board Member: Director of Prevention
Throughout her professional career, Linda Johnson has also answered the call for public and humanitarian service. She served in the Washington State House of Representatives for two years, the Bend (OR) City Council for six years, and led the effort for Oregon State University that launched OSU-Cascades, creating the region's first university branch campus. She also created Bend's first residential treatment center for children and adolescents with severe mental health issues.
Hans van den Houten
Board Member: Director of Development
An executive management professional, Hans enjoyed a distinguished career as senior vice president and director of the Signature Practice, senior executive Coaching Division of Lee Hecht Harrison in New York City.
Shanda has been a small business owner and event planner in Central Oregon since 2004. She studied Animal Behavior at the University of California at Santa Cruz, spent 3 years abroad involved in study and travel, and then several years in rural Alaska learning about the culture and environment of native species.
Shanda is new to ReachAnother Foundation, and embracing the opportunity to experience yet another country and culture.
Director of RAF Autism Project
Ciara Baxter joined the ReachAnother Foundation board in 2016 after serving four years as a volunteer occupational therapy consultant during five service missions to Ethiopia. She earned her B.S. degree (with honors) in Occupational Therapy and Allied Health at the Canterbury Christ Church University in England in 2004, and upon graduation joined the COPE Foundation of County Cork, Ireland.