Monica O’Neill

Board Member

After living in London for 15 years, Monica O’Neill came back to Washington DC in 2016 and founded ENSO Advisors LLC, a comprehensive equity capital, marketing and product development consultancy. Leveraging over 30 years’ experience in equity capital fundraising, global marketing and market entry, risk management, ESG and compliance, Monica specializes in advising emerging managers in the alternatives space and social impact companies and funds. Monica first heard about ReachAnother from Patricia and Dick when they visited London in 2014, but was only able to fully engage since moving back in the States. As many know, once Dick has your attention he doesn’t let go until you commit!. So she joined the board in 2016 and experienced her first mission to Ethiopia in 2017. On that first mission, she observed several SBH operations up close – at the operating table close! “One memorable operation was on a 9-day old baby. He had a spina bifida bump but was so strong, so full of will, that little baby had more life force in him than I ever seen any place else. I thought to myself, this kid certainly deserves the best chance we can give him.” His surgery went well and he was recovering nicely when we left Addis. Monica serves on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards, but will always make time for the kids of ReachAnother.

“I will never forget that little baby and feel blessed to have witnessed first-hand what is achieved every day by the surgeons and teams supported by ReachAnother.”

What are spina bifida and hydrocephalus?

Spina bifida and hydrocephalus are neural tube defects (NTDs), which are birth defects that affect a baby’s spine, spinal cord, or brain.

Normally, a fetus’ neural tube develops into their brain, spinal cord, and spinal column, but if a mother does not have sufficient folic acid in her diet during pregnancy the neural tube does not fully form or close completely.

Spina bifida, “open back,” occurs when the spine has failed to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Surgery is needed to close the defect immediately after birth to prevent infection and preserve the existing function in the spinal nerves. Approximately 90% of babies born with spina bifida are also impacted by hydrocephalus, “water on the brain.”

Babies born with hydrocephalus suffer a fluid build up in their brain, which causes an enlarged head and, if untreated, will cause brain damage and death. Treatment of hydrocephalus consists of implanting a shunt to drain the excess fluid. When treated in a timely fashion, the overwhelming majority of these babies can go on to lead healthy lives.

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“It was incredible to be able to volunteer in the hospital as a medical student and watch as the life of a child with hydrocephalus was forever changed. But it also gave me the chance to realize that giving a life to one child also means helping that child's mother, father, family and loved ones. It provides the community with hope to know that someone cares and is willing to help.”

Lacey Menkin MD

Orlando, Florida Medical Student

We are committed to

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

John Moseley, PHD

Board Member

John received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and has received multiple awards for his research there, at SRI, and at UO. 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. He has participated at the National and International level in numerous scientific and educational 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 has participated in visits to Ethiopia as a volunteer member of the ReachAnother Foundation team 2015 and 2017.

"My wife Susan and I first became interested in the work in Ethiopia through our friendship with Dick and Patricia. After attending a fund-raising dinner in Bend in 2012, my wife we hosted one in Eugene, and became increasingly involved, so when I was asked to join the Board in 2014 I was more than happy to do so. Participating with the team in Ethiopia in 2015 helped me to realize the effectiveness and potential of this effort, and I have appreciated the opportunity to help ever since."

We’re in it for the babies. For the families.
For Ethiopia. For the world.
We are dedicated to this work, our human family and to one another.
We are united to transform.
We are a catalyst for change.