MedSend is blessed with a highly qualified and faithful board of directors, staff, and board of reference. We are also indebted to the organization’s founders whose vision and passion for healthcare missions continue to inspire the ministry of MedSend.

MedSend Staff

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Rick Allen, President & CEO

Rick brings an extensive background in business and ministry to his role as MedSend’s president & CEO. With a degree in finance and marketing from Temple University, he spent 25 years as a corporate executive, where he was instrumental in the rapid growth and turn-around of several high-tech businesses. In addition, Rick served as Campus Pastor of a multi-site church in Stamford, Connecticut.

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Morgan Boardman, CFRE, Chief Development Officer

Morgan brings over 30 years of business and ministry experience to the MedSend team.  Prior to joining MedSend, he spent 23 years with one of the nation’s leading fundraising consultancies serving churches, ministries and nonprofit organizations across the country and he has expertise in the areas of leadership, fundraising, stewardship, communication strategies and marketing, organizational management and business process. Morgan studied theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his degree in music education from West Texas A&M University.  He and his wife Teresa live in Garland, Texas, and enjoy spending time with their three adult children and grandchild. Morgan is grateful to be a part of the MedSend team and our mission to share God’s love through global healthcare missions.

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Randy Carey, Senior Vice President of Development & Global Ambassador

Randy retired from the Army after nearly 23 years of service to our country. With an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in theology from Wheaton College, he has a passion to see healthcare professionals get to where God has called them and has helped many realize their dreams over the last 16 years.  Randy lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with his wife Beth and their youngest son, Max.

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John Simontacchi, Senior Vice President of Development

John has over 35 years of executive and ministry experience. With a degree in engineering physics from Merrimack College and an MBA in finance/marketing from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, John turned around, started up and grew eight different businesses for five major companies. At his local churches, he has served in leadership roles and on the worldwide missions team for over 20 years. He has also led CBS/BSF bible studies. John is very passionate about glorifying God through MedSend’s ministry. John and his wife Jane live in Charlotte, NC, and enjoy spending family time with their three children and two grandchildren.

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Perry A. Jansen, MD, DTMH, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Jansen is a board certified family physician who served in Malawi from 2000-2016 where he played an integral role in supporting the government’s strategy to bring life-saving antiretroviral therapy to this very poor country. He founded the Malawi non-profit hospital Partners in Hope (PIH), which has grown to be one of the largest providers of HIV treatment in the region and is a key training partner with the Ministry of Health and USAID.  In 2016, Dr. Jansen realized his goal of handing over the hospital and training grants to national leadership. As a former MedSend grant recipient, Dr. Jansen is an example of how MedSend can have a lasting impact in the countries in which our grantees work. He and his wife have three children and one grandchild and live in Meridian, Idaho.

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Jessica Schneider, Associate Director of Grant Administration

Alexis Casey, Communications Director

Ilona Palomba, Donor Relations Coordinator

Darnell Parker, Donor Relations/Database Coordinator

Jacqui Williams, Accounting Supervisor


MedSend Founders

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David Topazian, DDS, MSc, MBA, President Emeritus

Dr. Topazian is a retired Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon and a co-founder of MedSend. Dr. Topazian has extensive experience in missions, having served on more than 40 short-term mission projects around the world. In 1988, he joined TEAM as a full-time missionary and pastored a church in Venezuela for six years, after which TEAM seconded him to MedSend. Dr. Topazian served as MedSend’s President and CEO until he retired in 2007.

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Daniel Fountain, MD (1930-2013)

Dr. Fountain was a general surgeon who served as a medical missionary in Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) from 1960- 1996. An author and recognized expert in health development, he was a fellow at the Billy Graham Center and director of the Center for Global Health at King College’s Peek School of Mission. In 1992, he co-founded MedSend with Dr. David Topazian to help alleviate a critical shortage of healthcare professionals on the mission field. Until his death in February 2013, he was a devoted and tireless supporter of MedSend, serving on the board of directors and developing and conducting programs for MedSend grant recipients and other healthcare missionaries.


MedSend Board of Directors

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Douglas A. Drevets, MD, DTM&H, Chairman

Dr. Drevets is Professor and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is involved in biomedical research, education, and clinical care of patients including those with HIV/AIDS. He is active locally in Young Life and has participated in several short-term mission trips.

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Robin Nichols, Treasurer

Ms. Nichols is a Senior Financial executive with more than 30 years of extensive experience in healthcare.  She currently works for Warbird Consulting LLC as a project consultant.  She has demonstrated skills in operational responsibilties, strategic planning and financial management.  Her experience ranges from major teaching, community, governmental and rural hospitals, plus physician practice.  She has improved revenue cycle, debt restructuring, treasury management and IT integration.  She has a master’s degree from Ohio University, a bachelor’s from Lake Erie College and an active CPA license.

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Janet Kim, MD, MPH, FAAP, MA (Bioethics), Secretary

Dr. Kim is dual board-certified in internal medicine & pediatrics and currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Beacon Christian Community Health Center, the first Christian faith-based community health center licensed in New York State. She is active in both Christian Medical & Dental Associations and in Christian Community Health Fellowship. She and her husband, Dr. David Kim, are passionate in their work with Intermed NYC, the local CMDA student ministry in NYC, to grow and cultivate the next generation of domestic and overseas missionaries. The Kim family resides near the health center in Staten Island, NY, along with their four children.

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David H. Chestnut, MD

Dr. Chestnut is Professor of Anesthesiology, and Chief of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesia, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He has previously held faculty positions at the University of Iowa, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Gundersen Health System, and the University of Wisconsin. For 12 years, Dr. Chestnut served as a director of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), and for five years, he served as ABA Executive Director for Professional Affairs. He is senior editor of the textbook Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice, which is now in its fifth edition and has been published in four languages. Dr. Chestnut has been married to his wife Janet for over 33 years. They have five adult children and six grandchildren.

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Rev. Doug Christgau

Rev. Christgau is Pastor of World Outreach at Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, Connecticut. During his 28 years as a mission pastor for three churches, those churches have sent 37 long-term missionaries and he has led 67 short-term mission trips into 31 countries. Two of the churches have been listed in Tom Telford’s books on outstanding U.S. mission churches. He has served on the boards of Advancing Churches in Mission Commitment and the National Association of Mission Pastors and co-founded and chairs the Connecticut Mission Consortium.  He and his wife, Christine, have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.

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Ken Dormer, MS, PhD

Dr. Dormer is Professor and Chair of the Integrative Physiology & Pharmacology Department at  Liberty University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. A world-recognized expert in hearing technology and cardiovascular research, he co-founded three not-for-profit corporations, two in Africa, to promote medical teaching and research, as well as the Hough Ear Institute (HEI),  a Christian, otologic research, education and humanitarian organization. He is co-inventor of several FDA-approved implantable hearing devices and co-founder of NanoMed Targeting Systems. He has served with MAP International Board and its International Medical Fellowships, and Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons and seeks to honor Jesus Christ through medical missions and preparing future physicians for serving the poorest of the poor.

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John P. Goetz

Mr. Goetz is a Managing Principal and Co-Chief Investment Officer at Pzena Investment Management. Prior to joining Pzena in 1996, Mr. Goetz held a range of key positions at Amoco Corporation for over 14 years and was employed by The Northern Trust Company and Bank of America.  He earned a BA summa cum laude in Mathematics and Economics from Wheaton College and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University where he was an Austin Scholar. He has held a number of local church leadership positions and supports mission and charitable organizations worldwide.

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Erin Goeldner

Ms. Goeldner currently serves as a Research Administrator in the Department of Surgery at University of Wisconsin – Madison. She previously worked with CURE International as Vice President of Operations and led financial strategy, hospital operations, and member support for staff and short-term volunteers in the Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Malawi, Zambia and beyond. Ms. Goeldner lived in Malawi and Afghanistan from 2002-2007 where she worked in public health and hospital management, resulting in an enduring commitment to international healthcare training and service delivery. She holds a BA in Sociology and Urban Studies from Wheaton College and enjoys exploring locally and globally with her husband, Terry, and their two children.

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Jun Hee Kang, MD

Dr. Kang is a neonatologist with Fairfax Neonatal Associates in Virginia and is currently the chairman of the Korean-American Mission Health Council. He attends McLean Bible Church in Virginia. He is also active in short-term medical missions.

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John T. Nwangwu, MD, PhD

Dr. Nwangwu is a specialist in infectious diseases and epidemiology and a consultant in infectious disease control to the World Health Organization. A tenured professor at Southern Connecticut State University, he also teaches at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. He has served on the board of the International and National Organizations of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology and on advisory committees of the National Institutes of Health, as well as with the African Christian Fellowship, Overseas Ministries Study Center, Christian Medical Fellowship, Faith Care and Kateri Clinics. He is married to Dr. Chioma U. Nwangwu and they have three children.

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Scott Reichenbach, BSN, RN

Mr. Reichenbach serves as Operations Director for CURE Clubfoot.  Previously, he coordinated the Post-Residency Program at Samaritan’s Purse/World Medical Mission to help young physicians transition from their medical or surgical training to a career in international medical missions. Mr. Reichenbach has a background in nursing, having worked in the Pediatric ICU and Recovery Room in hospitals around the U.S., in addition to participating in numerous short-term medical missions trips around the world. He resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Rachel and their three children.

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Russ White, MD

Dr. White has served as chief of surgery at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Kenya since 1997 and has been program director of Tenwek’s General Surgery Residency program since 2008. He is the Kenya country representative for the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa, responsible for examination and certification of surgeons in eleven different countries in the region.  He is also an associate professor of surgery at Brown University School of Medicine. His special interests include cancer of the esophagus, rheumatic heart disease and teaching and mentoring young surgeons in a distinctly Christian setting.

MedSend Board of Reference

Randy Alcorn, DD

Dr. Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM). Prior to starting EPM, he served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has spoken around the world and has taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is a best-selling author of 27 books.

Thomas Hale, Jr., MD and Cynthia Hale, MD, MPH

Drs. Tom and Cynthia Hale served for 25 years as medical missionaries in Nepal. Cynthia is a pediatrician, public health educator and concert pianist, while Tom is a surgeon and the author of a number of highly acclaimed books on missionary life. Tom has also written a New Testament translated into a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, French, Marathi, Sinhalese, Filipino, and Yoruba. Since returning to the United States in 1996, the Hales have continued to speak and work on behalf of medical missions.

David Stevens, MD, MAv

Dr. David Stevens is CEO of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, the nation’s largest faith-based organization of doctors. Prior to this, he served as medical director of a Christian relief organization and as executive officer and medical superintendent of Tenwek Hospital in Kenya. Board-certified in family practice, Dr. Stevens is an author and a Fellow of the Biotechnology Policy Council of the Wilberforce Forum.