• Board of Directors

Kathleen G. Healy, Esq., President

Kathleen “Kate” Healy is a partner and vice chair of the Health Care Group at the New England law firm Verrill LLP. Her practice focuses on advising healthcare organizations, including hospitals and medical groups, with respect to healthcare transactions and regulatory compliance matters. Kate holds a law degree from Notre Dame Law School and a BA in a classics program from the University of Notre Dame. She previously served as a board member of a number of nonprofit organizations, including a home health and hospice organization.

Manuchca Marc Alcimé, MSN, RN, Vice President

Manuchca works at the Cap-Haitien, Haiti, national nursing school as a nurse instructor and clinical preceptor. She previously worked as a floor nurse in the urology unit at Justinien University Hospital, then at Konbit Sante as a wound care nurse specialist following the 2010 earthquake. Manuchca has a master's degree in nursing education and leadership from Regis College. She joined Konbit Sante’s Board of Directors in 2016.

Barbara Ginley, MPH, Vice President

Barbara’s professional career has focused on bridging systems of care with community assets and creating access for Maine’s most vulnerable populations. Her experience includes being a program manager at MaineHealth, chief technical officer/executive director of the Maine Migrant Health Program, project director for the Maine Community Health Worker Initiative, technical assistance director for the Maine AIDS Alliance, and HIV/STD program coordinator for the City of Portland.

Jeffrey Musich, PE, Secretary

Jeff is a senior vice president, environmental engineer, and member of the Board of Directors with Wright-Pierce engineering in Portland and Topsham, Maine. He has BS degrees in forestry and civil engineering. His interest and 30-plus-year career have focused on the planning, design, and construction of drinking water projects for towns and cities throughout the United States. Jeff has volunteered with Konbit Sante for more than 10 years, chairs the Communications & Fundraising Committee, and has helped with the design and implementation of sanitation projects facilities in North Haiti.

Frank (Rich) Feeley, JD, Treasurer

Rich Feeley trained as a lawyer and began his career in the United States with government agencies managing publicly funded health insurance and the regulation of health providers. Over the past 30 years, he has worked on problems of health financing and management in more than 25 developing and transitional countries. He has served on the boards of two Boston-area hospitals, and is former chair ad interim of the Department of Global Health Department at Boston University of Public Health, where he recently retired as an associate professor. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a doctorate of jurisprudence from Yale University.

Pascal S. Gaetjens

Pascale is a 40-year resident of Cap-Haitien, Haiti, with decades of experience in the tourism industry. She is involved in several charitable activities aimed at helping underprivileged children and young adults complete their education and eventually become professionals who are able to provide for themselves and their families. 

Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH

Eva is an associate professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Global Health at Emory University’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also assistant director of the Family Planning Fellowship at Emory. Eva was one of Konbit Sante's founding board members, and visits Haiti frequently to advance initiatives to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes. She also works regularly with Jhpiego and Population Services International to provide technical support for their global reproductive health programs.

Robert MacKinnon Jr.

Robert “Bob” MacKinnon is superintendent of the Yarmouth (Maine) Water District, a position he has held since 1988. He holds an AS in forest management from the University of Maine-Orono, a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Southern Maine, and a Class IV Water Operators’ License from the state of Maine. He has been a volunteer with Konbit Sante since 2009, and served as president of the Board of Directors for a couple of terms. Bob also serves on the Drinking Water Commission for the state of Maine and as treasurer of Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth.

Andre Jean Pierre

Andre was born in the Northwestern department of Haiti in a small town called Port de Paix. He and his family currently lives in Cap-Haitian, where Andre works for the Center for Nutrition and Education for Women and Children (C-NEW-C), a Haitian organization that seeks to empower families to develop health and self-sufficiency. Based in the heart of Cap-Haitien, C-NEW-C has been a longtime partner of Konbit Sante.

Meike Schleiff, DrPH, MSPH

Meike is an assistant scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she teaches courses and works on community health and primary healthcare research and technical assistance projects in East Africa and India, and on global capacity strengthening initiatives for public health systems. She has over a decade of experience working in North Haiti, including in education and public health projects, several in collaboration or volunteering with Konbit Sante.

Adam Silverman, MD

Adam provides clinical care in the pediatric intensive care unit and in the emergency department at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT. He is co-founder and director of the hospital’s Center for Global Health, and collaborates on multiple programs in Haiti to increase local capacity for pediatric care through innovative collaborative educational activities. He is also assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Adam holds a BA from Tufts University, an MA from Boston University, and an MD from the Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School.

Jonathon Simon, MPH, DSc

Jonathon is a scientist in the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) Department of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, a position he assumed after a 30-year career in public health research focused on child survival. He has worked in more than 25 low-income countries, mostly in Sub-saharan Africa and South Asia. Jonathon received his BS and MPH from the University of California at Berkeley, and his doctorate of science from the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Youseline Telemaque, MD

Youseline is a Haitian obstetrician, gynecologist, and family planning expert who is a leader in the field of reproductive health, family planning, and women's rights in Haiti. She has headed family planning programs for various international NGOs, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Jhpiego. Youseline began working with Konbit Sante in 2008, and served as the in-country director in Cap-Haitien from 2010 to 2012.

Hugh Tozer, PE

Hugh has worked with Konbit Sante as a volunteer and board member for more than 15 years. He is a water and wastewater engineer with Woodard & Curran in Portland, Maine, and focuses on infrastructure needs to support improved health care in Haiti. He served as the president of Konbit Sante’s Board of Directors for four years, and has traveled to Haiti more than 30 times. Hugh received a BA in chemistry from Grinnell College and an MS in civil engineering from the University of Vermont.

Michael Tranfaglia

Michael has more than 35 years of healthcare experience as a physician assistant. He has been part of the Portland medical community since 1993, working with several surgical and medical practices. He also is an adjunct clinical instructor at Tufts School of Medicine. Michael holds a BA from Mercy College/University of Detroit and a BS from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

John Wipfler, JD, MBA

John has more than 30 years of healthcare experience as an attorney, a regulator, and in executive leadership. His interests and career have focused on finding ways to improve the healthcare system and deliver quality care at reasonable cost. He is CEO of Eyecare Medical Group in Portland, Maine, past COO of Spectrum Medical Group, and past CEO of Orthopaedic Associates. John has also served as Maine’s assistant attorney general and as executive director for the Maine Health Care Finance Commission. He grew up in Latin America, and spent many of those years in the Dominican Republic.
  • Our Founders

J. Michael Taylor, MD, MPH

Michael is a retired dermatologist in Portland with a career-long interest in international and community medicine. He is a graduate of Amherst College, University of Buffalo Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health, and has completed residencies in internal medicine and dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco. Following medical school, Michael went to Nigeria as a US Peace Corps physician. He has taught epidemiology at Dartmouth College and was chief of the department of community medicine at Maine Medical Center, where he helped establish the Family Medicine Department and medical clinics in underserved parts of Maine. Konbit Sante was born from his vision.

Wendy Taylor

Wendy’s background is in market research and marketing planning. Following graduation from DePauw University, she worked for large financial institutions in Chicago and Colorado, and had a national market research business. Wendy taught marketing at the University of Colorado and critical decision making at the National School of Bank Marketing. She is a past board member of United Way of Greater Portland, where she was involved in community impact work.

  • Honorary Advisors

    Brian Dean Curran
    Polly Larned, RN
    Stephen Larned, MD
    Don Nicol                                                              Henry Perry, MD, PhD, MPH
    Malcolm Rogers, MD
    EJ Lovett, PhD

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