Deborah TheobaldChief Executive Officer, Board Chair
Deborah co-founded Vecna Technologies in 1999 and the Vecna Cares Charitable Trust in 2008. During that time she guided the for profit company to its present position as the world leader in multiple health information technology and robotic product lines and established the Vecna Cares non-profit as a practical innovator in global health delivery. Deborah has won numerous awards for her company’s achievements as well as its strong commitment to being socially responsible and improving the world for future generations. At Vecna Cares, Deborah is using her experience in healthcare and technology to develop, integrate and deliver technology solutions to improve healthcare delivery systems in the places that need them most. Deborah is happy to use her MIT and UMD SSL (University of Maryland Space Systems Laboratory) degrees in Aerospace Engineering to impact world issues that shouldn't be rocket science.
Paul AmendolaExecutive Director
Paul Amendola, MPH, is the Executive Director of Vecna Cares Charitable Trust. He previously worked at the International Rescue Committee in Health Information Systems. Paul has designed and implemented data collection projects and epidemiology studies in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. His work focuses on increasing data quality through data training, reviewing and advising on information systems and database creation. Paul is based in Cambridge, MA.
Seth ReddyDirector of Programs
Seth holds a BS in Economics from the Ohio State University and an MA in International Development from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He is passionate about the positive impact that technology can have on healthcare systems, providers, and consumers. Prior to joining Vecna Cares, Seth was a Director of Implementation Services at the Advisory Board Company, where he oversaw technology implementations at hospitals across the United States. He has worked internationally as a pro bono consultant for iDE Bangladesh completing an impact evaluation of a rural sanitation project and as a Fulbright Grantee in South Korea. Outside of work Seth enjoys playing basketball, camping, cooking, and spending time with his wife.
Eric KrupkaSoftware Development Lead
In his role as Software Engineer for Vecna Cares, Eric leads the software team responsible for the upkeep and improvements of CliniPAKs software and the integration with external platforms and services. Eric manages the software updates and releases and works with partners and clients in designing standardized and custom software protocols. Eric has a BS in Computer Science from Washington University and an MS in Computer Science from Brown University. He has extensive experience in software architecture and design of real-time embedded telecom systems for Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent with a focus on databases, multi-level control, and redundancy.
Emily Ellison TaylorDirector of Communications
Emily Taylor has worked in global health for over 10 years, focusing on strengthening high-quality, patient-centered health services in LMICs. Her areas of expertise are in clinical quality improvement, process improvement and digital health initiatives. She has particular experience in proposal and grant development, business development, project management, strategic planning and board development. As the director of Maternova Research she managed several initiatives including a project in Bangladesh testing a smart-phone enabled urinalysis device for the detection of pre-eclampsia, a MacArthur Foundation project focused on mapping EmOC and BeMOC sites in Chiapas Mexico and the development of Maternova Research's strategic plan and board of directors. At the National Initiative [now Institute] for Children's Healthcare Quality she managed several large federally funded quality improvement projects focused on improving the quality of clinical care in pediatric settings.
Emily graduated from Brown University with an honors degree in Development Studies where is a Fellow of the Watson Institute for International Relations. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Boston University, where she earned a certificate in Nonprofit Management, and is a DONA trained labor doula.
Emily is based in Cambridge, MA where she lives with her husband and their son, Willard.
Emily WangProgram Director Emeritus
Emily graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Symbolic Systems. She has worked both internationally and domestically on various projects at the intersection of technology and social justice. She first worked internationally as a Global Health Corps fellow on an electronic health record project in Malawi. Thereafter, she managed Vecna Cares's expansion efforts in Kenya and Zanzibar before transitioning to the Cambridge office where she currently oversees project implementation and product development. Outside of work she enjoys adventures, knitting, and adventures in knitting.
Dan AcedaProgram Manager - East Africa
Dan holds two degrees from the University of Nairobi where he studied Architecture and Urban Design. in 2006 he started a Nairobi based media company The African Bonfire where he has completed numerous projects for a range of multinational organizations, including, Warner Bros, Concern Worldwide and USAID. In 2013 he joined Vecna Cares as a Global Health Corps Fellow where he has been involved in the management of CliniPAK deployments in Nigeria, Zanzibar and Kenya. In his spare time he is an accomplished singer and musician.
John SchmidtLead QA Engineer
John has over 15 years of Quality Assurance experience working on a wide variety of software systems and hardware platforms. From his role in NEC's notebook computer division, to his work with client-server database applications and on-line data archiving and compliance retention, John has developed a broad set of skill and approaches to software and platform evaluation, testing, and qualification. He has also worked with support teams in analyzing and debugging field issues and performing disaster recovery, and worked with IT teams in network design and storage planning and implementation. In his current role at Vecna Cares, he provides quality assurance for the various software systems under development and works with the development team on root cause analysis of field issues reported.
Jackline CheruiyotCountry Manager - Kenya
Jackline is a graduate of Business Administration with Information Technology from Maseno University in Kenya. In her role as Country Manager for Vecna Cares in Kenya, Jackline is responsible for operations, on-site support, training and relationship management. Since joining Vecna Cares, she has been instrumental in the implementation of the Clinipak project in Government Health Centers and Dispensaries in the rural Transmara District. Prior to joining Vecna Cares Jackline worked in the mhealth/ehealth sector in Kenya where she lead her team in winning several awards including Ericsson Application Awards 2012.
Priya PonnappanProgram Manager
Priya has over 10 years of experience implementing Healthcare IT systems for large and enterprise clients across the US. She has extensive experience in implementing Electronic Medical Records, telehealth projects and patient portals. Some of the clients she has implemented projects for include Partners Healthcare, Mount Auburn Hospital and Cook Children’s Hospital, Texas. Prior to implementing projects in the US , Priya implemented telemedicine systems across India for 3 years. She has a degree in Biomedical Engineering from Visvesvarya Technological University, India. Priya loves travel, foreign movies, hikes and photography.
Olivier DusabimanaSoftware Engineer
Olivier graduated with a degree in computer science from Université du Lac Tanganyika in Burundi. After completing his studies, Olivier joined Bluesquare.org, a non profit organization that implements PBF (Performance Based Financing) based on an open source software platform for health financing (OpenRBF). His exposure to health issues challenged Olivier to find better ways to use technology to solve health problems. With that in mind, he joined Vecna Cares as a Global Health Fellow, where he works as software engineer on the development of the CliniPAK Software. In his free time Olivier enjoys playing soccer and basketball, and trying out as many flavors of American ice-cream as possible.
William BurkeSoftware Engineer
William graduated in 2013 from Harvard University with his bachelors and a masters degrees in mechanical engineering. He worked as a management consultant for airlines, electric utilities, and banks before joining Vecna Cares in 2015 as a software engineer. Outside the office, William competes in Judo tournaments and is an avid runner.
Ankur MuleySoftware Engineer
Ankur is a student of Masters of Science in Information Systems at Northeastern University. He has experience working as a Data Analyst in India. His role with Vecna Cares is of SQL developer Intern. In his spare time Ankur like to read, cook, eat, travel, listen to music & go for runs.
Abigail Beaudette, MPHProject Manager, Global Health Corps Fellow
Abi Beaudette is a Program Manager at Vecna Cares and a Global Health Corps Fellow. She works with the International Rescue Committee, AmeriCares and the Transmara Digital District in Kenya. Abi comes from the Clinton Health Access Initiative where she worked on implementing a new integrated finance system. Abi received her MPH from Boston University with a focus on Maternal & Child Health and Global Health. Abi is from East Greenwich, RI and she loves to travel, bake, read, hike and listen to live music.
Justice Abinyui MuhProject Manager, Global Health Corps Fellow
Justice is an IT Professional and Health Research Ethicist. He has previously worked along a team of Information Security Specialists at the African Development Bank in Tunisia and at R4D International. The NIH Fogarty International Center funded his master’s degree in Health Research Ethics through the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. Justice also earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Communication Networks & Security at the University of Information Science and Technology "St Paul the Apostle" in Macedonia through the Macedonian Government Scholarship and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Buea. In addition, Justice has received a number of prestigious global awards from the Clinical Center, Department of Bioethics at the United States NIH for Bioethics training in Edinburgh UK and the Canadian IDRC through Research ICT Africa for ICT Policy and Regulation training in Johannesburg, South Africa. Justice is driven by a desire to design and implement health technologies which respects the dignity, safety and rights of individuals to ensure the highest norms and standards, including technical, ethical and methodological aspects. He was part of the 2016 Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences draft guideline review team, coordinated by the director of COHRED Group.
Christine Courtney has been a valuable Vecna employee for over 13 years, focusing on finance related tasks for most of that time. She began her work with Vecna Cares in December 2015. She is an integral part of the team, keeping finance related tasks and procedures organized and up to date. Christine is our top Robot Race fund raiser and enjoys running the race herself, often bringing family members along with her from her home in Maryland.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Paul Firth, MBCHb
Dr. Paul Firth,MBCHb is a pediatric anesthesiologist in academic practice at MGH Boston and on the Executive Committee of the MGH Center for Global Health. His primary main focus of work is in Global Health with a particular interests in alleviating the burden of surgical disease in low income or low resource settings. Since 2011 Dr. Firth has been working with colleagues in Uganda to improve peri-operative outcomes and anesthetic training at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. In 2011 he led an MGH group that introduced ultrasound guided regional anesthesia to Uganda, and continues these efforts. Dr. Firth has established an international (online) lecture series between the MGH and MRRH to support the anesthesiology training program. In addition, he is developing an electronic patient database for MRRH, with the objective of characterizing the detailed consequences of surgical disease. Dr. Firth studied medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and specialized in anesthesia at the MGH. He subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia, and practiced in Oxford, England, before joining the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the MGH in 2006.
Carla Marcinowski is a business management consultant specializing in services for companies in transition such as rapid growth, turnarounds, and mergers and acquisitions. She leverages her experience in the software and services industry to help organizations with strategy, change management, operations management, and service delivery, as well as organizational design and leadership coaching.
She has held leadership positions in public and private companies, from start-ups to global corporations, including IBM/Lotus Development, AT&T, Lightbridge, and Hollister. As a consultant, she has recently worked with a global technology company, a quasi-government healthcare agency, an innovative digital health company, and national professional services firm, helping them to move their organizations to their next phase of growth.
Ms. Marcinowski is serving as a mentor in The Commonwealth Institutes Mentoring Program for Emerging and High Potential Women Managers. She has served on the board of The Boston Club and chaired their Strategic Planning Committee and founded and co-chaired the United Way’s Women’s Initiative. Ms. Marcinowski graduated Bryant University with a BS in Business Management.
Barbara is a veteran leader in fundraising, community development and recruitment with a particular strength in medical, health, and community non-profit settings. She has worked at Mount Auburn Hospital for over 10 years as the Blood Donor Recruitment Coordinator establishing corporate blood drives as a vehicle for saving lives through corporate and private sponsorships. Ms. Moss is an active volunteer in the Boston community; currently serving as a member of the Board, on the Executive Committee, as well as the Chair-person of Events for the newly founded Water Works Museum in Chestnut Hill. Barbara previously served as President of the Brighton Public Library and the Founder and Past President of the Brighton Garden and Horticultural Society. Participating founder of the Brighton Heritage Museum and in 2008 she was the recipient of Mayor Thomas Menino's Unsung Hero Award for Community Service in the City of Boston. In 2004 Barbara was a recipient of the Dorothy West Foundation Award for Memoir Writing. Ms. Moss graduated with a BA from Queens College, New York and the University of Virginia.
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Vice President, Connected Health, Partners HealthCare, is creating a new model of health care delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients.
Dr. Kvedar is leveraging information technology – cell phones, computers, networked devices and remote health monitoring tools – to improve care delivery. Partners connected health programs are also helping providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Based on the technology platform developed at Partners, a personalized health technology company was launched and later acquired by a leading insurance company to support its program encouraging healthy behavior and wellness education among employee populations. In 2013, Dr. Kvedar launched Wellocracy, a leading source of impartial, easy-to-understand information on new personal “self-health” technologies like activity trackers, wireless devices and mobile apps to empower people to get and stay healthy.
He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 90 publications on the subject. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Qualcomm Life, West Health Institute, Puretech Ventures and BD Technologies, and is a mentor at Blueprint Health, providing guidance and insight to developing companies. Dr. Kvedar is also a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab and serves as a judge for its President's Challenge for Entrepreneurship.
Sean Kennedy, MS, PMP, MPH, is the Director, Solution Architect for Salesforce Healthcare and Life Sciences. As the head of Solution Architect Sean works to build scalable, frictionless and secure solutions that generate enormous value to customers. This includes establishing data pathways between Salesforce.com and client systems. Prior to Salesforce, Sean served as the Director Health Information Exchange for the Massachusetts eHealth Institute where he led the Institute’s signature health IT adoption programs, the Connected Community and eHealth eQuality initiatives.
Prior to joining MeHI, Sean worked at Mass General Hospital where he directed key technology and innovation leadership activities. Before Mass General he served in the United States Army where he was a Medical Service Corps officer specializing in Health Information Systems. Sean is a certified Project Management Professional and holds graduate degrees in Telecommunications and Public Health from the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, respectively.
Dr. Hiep T. Nguyen is a pediatric urologist; his focus is on patient care, research and teaching of congenital and acquired disorders of the genitourinary tract in children. He is currently the The Rose Zimmerman Mandell Chair in Innovative Urological Technology at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nguyen has a long-standing interest in the application of modern technology to health care. He is working with colleagues at many academic institutions and industries to design the next generation robotic instruments and devices. Dr. Nguyen is working to incorporate novel technology to daily medical and surgical practice. One of his principle interests is in international health. Dr. Nguyen has been a volunteer, board member for IVUmed for over 12 years and is currently the Chair of the Board. He is working to develop and modify sustainable technology for application in low resource countries. Dr. Hguyen completed his medical degree from UC San Francisco.
GLOBAL HEALTH CORP ALUMNI
Daniel DutSoftware Engineer
Corinne CarlandProject Manager
Meg NorthProgram Manager
Meg graduated from St. Lawrence University with degrees in Environmental Studies and African Studies. After graduating, she spent two years in the Alumnae and Development Office at the Westover School where she also coached squash. Meg continues to pursue her Masters in Public Health at Boston University with a focus on Global Health. Meg was a Program Manager for Vecna Cares where she was responsible for projects in Kenya, Nigeria, Haiti, and Worcester. In her spare time Meg enjoys running, playing squash, and knitting.
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