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 staff.

Board of Directors

Marinus H. Koning, MD, FACS

Marinus H. Koning, MD, FACS

Founder + Board President

Read Dick’s full bio here.

Monica O’Neill

Monica O’Neill

Board Member

Read Monica’s full bio here.

Mark Sternfeld, MD, PHD

Mark Sternfeld, MD, PHD

Board Member

Read Mark’s full bio here.

Patricia O'Neill, PHD

Patricia O'Neill, PHD

Board Member

Read Patricia’s full bio here.

Lewis Sperber

Lewis Sperber

Treasurer

Read Lewis’ full bio here.

David Morrissey

David Morrissey

Secretary

Read David’s full bio here.

John Moseley, PHD

John Moseley, PHD

Vice Chair

Read John’s full bio here.

Joanne Mathews

Joanne Mathews

Board Member

Read Joanne’s full bio here.

Ryan Kelley

Ryan Kelley

Board Member

Read Ryan’s full bio here.

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Mersha Abebe
  • Ciara Baxter
  • Ephrem Bililigne
  • Dr. Hagos Biluts
  • Leslie Conley
  • Ashley Evert
  • Gabrielle Glenn
  • Rodney Huey
  • Tom Ryder
  • Pam Steinke
  • Toni Sternfeld
  • Ralph Uri
  • Hans Van den Houten

Staff

Chloe Honaker Richon

Chloe Honaker Richon

Executive Assistant

Read Chloe’s bio here.
Ashley Hooper

Ashley Hooper

Communications + Engagement Coordinator

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. 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
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.