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DAVID FITZGERALD, MD

Co-Founder

Dave is an infectious disease physician who has lived and worked with his family in Central America and Malawi and was inspired to start MCI after witnessing the suffering of children. He has 5 children, two of whom are twins adopted from Malawi. 

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DAVID McENTEE, CPA

Co-Founder

David has 3 children and is inspired by them to continue to improve the lives of children in Malawi. 

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AMY BEDIER KAIRYS, MA

Board Member

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.  

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EEAMON FITZGERALD

Board Member

Eamonn is a high school student who has lived in Central America and in Malawi and has grown up motivated to help the poor 

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MELISSA CULP, MEd, RT(R)(MR)

Advisory Board Member - non voting

Melissa is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at RAD-AID International, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity in official relations with the United Nations that aims to improve radiology services in global health. Additionally, she is an Assistant Professor at UNC in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and founder of the UNC RAD-AID Chapter. Melissa first traveled to Malawi in 2013. 

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LAURA RUEGSEGGER, BSPH

Board Member

Laura lived in Malawi as a 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.

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RHODA PHIRI

In-Country Project Director

Rhoda is our local Malawian that manages all of the logistical issues in Malawi for MCI. She is a great asset and an amazing person and has worked at the Baylor Center for HIV. She is pursuing a degree in Nutrition. 

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ROMULO COLINDRES, MD

Board Member

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JASON WARES, MBA

Board Member

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