Elizabeth Fitzgerald, MD
Co-Founder, President, and Board Chair
Elizabeth is a pediatric emergency department physician. She began her career in global health in 2005 as the medical director of a clinic serving the Mayan mountain region of Southern Belize. Currently, Elizabeth's work focuses on developing comprehensive specialized pediatric services at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, as a means to reduce pediatric inpatient mortality.
Melissa Culp, MEd
Director of Finance and Communication
Melissa is a healthcare professional and educator with extensive non-profit leadership experience. She visited Malawi initially in 2013 and has supported programs since that time to advance health equity and human capacity development in the country.
Amy Bedier Kairys, MA
With a background in Clinical Psychology and Child Studies, Amy is dedicated to supporting children and their families. Through local charities and schools, she has worked to combat child malnutrition, promote literacy, and teach STEM enrichment programs for girls. Amy lives in Chapel Hill with her two teenagers and is honored to be a part of The Malawi Children’s Initiative.
Laura Ruegsegger, BSPH
Laura lived in Malawi as a medical student and research assistant for several studies including infant immunity, childhood pneumonia, and HIV. She currently works for UNC's CFAR HIV Clinical Cohort. Her main interests are in global health development and women and children's health.