Our Team

ReachAnother’s work would not be possible without the tireless dedication of the Board of Directors, unwavering commitment of our Ethiopian partners, strategic collaboration with global peer organizations and above all support from our sister organization ReachAnother Netherlands, and our small but mighty team.

Board of Directors

Patricia O'Neill, PHD

Patricia O'Neill, PHD

Founder & President

Read Patricia’s full bio here.

Monica O’Neill

Monica O’Neill

Board Member

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Fran McCabe, MD

Fran McCabe, MD

Board Member

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John Moseley, PHD

John Moseley, PHD

Board Chair

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Godfrey Oakley

Godfrey Oakley

Board Member

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Ryan Kelley

Ryan Kelley

Board Member

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David Morrissey

David Morrissey

Board Vice Chair & Secretary

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Joanne Mathews

Joanne Mathews

Board Member

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Cindy Levine

Cindy Levine

Board Member

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In MEMORIAM – Our Founder

Marinus H. Koning, MD, FACS

Marinus H. Koning, MD, FACS

Founder

Read Dick’s full bio here.

Staff

Yakob Ahmed

Yakob Ahmed

Country Director Ethiopia

Dr. Mahder Deju

Dr. Mahder Deju

Program Director Ethiopia

Biniam Bahiru Tufa

Biniam Bahiru Tufa

Supply Chain Director Ethiopia

Dr. Nebiyat Tesfaye

Dr. Nebiyat Tesfaye

Technical Director Ethiopia

Chloe Honaker Richon

Chloe Honaker Richon

Operations Director

Read Chloe’s bio here.

Leah Llewellyn

Leah Llewellyn

Videographer + Media Specialist

ReachAnother US works closely with its sister organization ReachAnother NL to save the lives of babies born with neural tube defects in Ethiopia. We share a common mission and vision and collaborate on all of our projects.

Visit us online for more information about ReachAnother Nederland.

Efforts to expand pediatric neurosurgery capacity and prevent the prevalence of neural tube defects would not be possible without ReachAnother’s partners in Ethiopia.


  • Dr. Mersha Abebe – Neurosurgeon
  • Dr. Hagos Biluts – Neurosurgeon
  • Dr. Kibruyisfawe Zewdie – Neurosurgeon, Zewditu Hospital, Addis Ababa
  • Dr. Zelalem Chemdesa – CEO, Zewditu Hospital, Addis Ababa
  • Dr. Yordanos Ashagere – Neurosurgeon, Thibebe Ghion Specialized Hospital, Bahir Dar
  • Dr Yeshigeta Gelaw – CEO, Bahir Dar University, Thibebe Ghion Specialized Hospital, Bahir Dar
  • Dr. Esayas Adefris – Neurosurgeon, Gondar University Hospital, Gondar
  • Dr. Ashenafi Tazebew – CEO, Gondar University Hospital
  • Dr. Tony Magana – Neurosurgeon, Ayder C.S Hospital, Mekele
  • Dr Haile Amanuel – CEO, Ayder C.S Hospital, Mekele
  • Dr. Dagnachew Yohannes – Neurosurgeon, Hawassa University Hospital, Hawassa
  • Dr. Anteneh Gadisa – CEO, Hawassa University Hospital
  • Dr. Abdi Ermolo – Neurosurgeon, St Peter’s Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa
  • Dr. Nebiyat Tesfaye – SBH Program Team Leader, St Peter’s Specialized Hospital, Addis Ababa
  • Dr. Yakob Seman Ahmed – Director, Clinical Services Directorate, Ministry of Health
  • Dr. Masresha Tessema – Director of Nutrition, Ethiopia Public Health Institute
  • Ethiopian Public Health Institute
ReachAnother collaborates with peer organizations around the world to create a multiplier effect to reach further and have a greater impact on the ground in Ethiopia.


  • International Federation of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus – Brussels, Belgium
  • Child Help International – Brussels, Belgium
  • CURE-Neuro – M’Bale, Uganda
  • Neuro Kids, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Center for Spina Bifida Research, Prevention and Policy – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Nutrition International – Ottawa, Canada
  • Food Fortification Initiative – Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Children’s Hospital of Alabama – Birmingham, Alabama, USA
  • Rotary International – Evanston, Illinois, USA
  • Action for Hydrocephalus – London, UK
  • Light for the World – Vienna, Austria
  • Patricia O’Neill, Chair
  • Ashley Evert
  • Susan Fowles
  • Gabby Glenn
  • Tom Ryder
  • Sara Stafford
  • Hans van den Houten
  • Patricia O’Neill, Chair
  • Dr. Mersha Abebe
  • Ephrem Bililigne
  • Dr. Hagos Biluts
  • Rodney Huey
  • Pam Steinke
  • Toni Sternfeld