Meet Bulamu Healthcare’s Leadership Team
We’re led by an active Board of Directors (BOD), an engaged Bulamu Advisory Council (BAC) with extensive international healthcare and nonprofit experience, and a growing program team in our Entebbe, Uganda, office.
Bulamu’s Board of Directors (BOD)
The Bulamu Board of Directors meets quarterly and sets strategy, provides governance, administers finances, secures funding, and oversees program activities in Uganda. Directors serve without compensation.
Richard Chandler, MBA
Board Chair & Chief Executive Officer
Dick Chandler was a director of Bulamu Healthcare and became Board Chair and CEO in May 2017, when co-founder Jim Balassone suddenly passed away. Since 2003, Dick has operated a management consulting firm, R. H. Chandler Co., working with a variety of companies in healthcare and technology. He also has been an adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Montana, where he teaches MBA courses in business strategy, entrepreneurship, negotiations, and CEO leadership.
In Dick’s management career, he was CEO of three healthcare companies: Abbey Medical (1977-1982), which operated a nationwide chain of home medical equipment stores; Sunrise Medical (1983-1999), a NYSE-listed global manufacturer of wheelchairs, respiratory equipment, and other medical devices, which he founded in 1983; and Freedom Scientific (2000-2002), a market leader in technology products for the blind. Earlier, he held management positions with Bell & Howell Co. and Sara Lee Corporation. Chandler graduated from Princeton University with a BA in history, earned an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago, and was awarded a License (Masters) in International Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.
Richard Siegler, MA
President & Director
Richard Siegler has worked in developing countries in East and West Africa for more than a decade since 2004, primarily with programs involved in education. After graduating from NYU with honors in 2004, Richard served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Benin from 2004 to 2007, initially as a Volunteer and then as a Volunteer Leader his last year. After earning an MA at UC-Davis, he returned to Africa, this time Rwanda, as a college professor and Fulbright Scholar. He then joined Bridge2Rwanda as a teacher and co-founder of its Scholars Program, where he served in multiple roles from 2011 to 2017. During that time, this NGO prepared more than 230 outstanding servant leaders from Rwanda, Burundi, DR-Congo, Liberia and South Sudan to accept $55 million in university scholarships in the US, a 10x increase compared to the 2005-09 period.
Richard grew up in a medically-oriented family, the son of a physician and professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. While with the Peace Corps in Benin, he raised funding and built a medical clinic in a rural area of 25,000 people that lacked access to health care. He has also lectured in public healthcare issues, with a focus on global health equity.
John Schniedwind, MBA, CFA
Chief Financial Officer & Director
John Schniedwind is a seasoned investment professional with over 25 years of experience managing a variety of investment strategies for institutional and retail clients. Since joining the Bulamu board in 2015, he has handled all of the organization’s legal, financial and administrative matters. For 15 years he served as Senior Vice President of American Century Investments in Mountain View, CA with oversight of a $7 billion equities portfolio. Prior to that, he was Senior VP for Research at Benham Management Company, also in Mountain View. John began his career as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen and Company. He earned his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley after BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue University. He also holds key volunteer positions with several other non-profit organizations, including serving as board and finance committee member of the Peninsula Open Space Trust and board member of the Channing House Retirement Community in Palo Alto, CA.
Ronald Ariagno, MD
Dr. Ronald Ariagno is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been on the faculty since 1975. Ron has conducted extensive research, published numerous articles and is a recognized expert in neonatal and perinatal health issues and the causes of infant mortality. In 2009, he received the Neonatal Education Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Currently, he is serving as neonatalogy consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration in the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics.
His experience in third world healthcare issues includes visiting professorships at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Pune, India, and the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Ariagno received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and pediatric training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. His neonatology fellowship was at the University of California San Francisco and Children’s Hospital of San Francisco.
Volker Kuebler, MBA, PhD
Dr. Volker Kuebler is a seasoned executive with extensive international business experience across all regions of the globe. Most recently, he has held executive and consulting positions with technology start-ups focusing on semantic artificial intelligence, machine learning, and mega-data mining. He is currently COO at Intellisophic/Linkapedia, a technology firm in semantic Artificial Intelligence. Before he held senior operating positions in data mining and with retailing giant Aldi, the owner of Trader Joe’s. He has had authored numerous publications, including a monograph entitled “Market Entry Strategies for Data-Mining Firms into Chinese Markets.”
Volker earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and PhD in international business and social science from the University of Heidelberg. A native of Germany who speaks five languages, Volker now is a member of the Rotary Club, which has taken a strong interest in Bulamu.
Bonnie Ng is a Chartered Accountant (Canadian equivalent of CPA) currently serving as Director of Revenue Accounting at Facebook. In that role she oversees the revenue controllership function for more than $60 billion in annual revenue, supporting business growth with a focus on sound internal controls, scalable finance operations, and large-scale automation. Prior to this, Bonnie held various finance leadership roles at Google, most recently as International Global Controller for Google’s Ads Revenue business.
Before this, Bonnie spent 10 years in M&A finance, including as a senior member of the M&A team at Google and as an M&A director at KPMG Transaction Services, where she performed due diligence and negotiated financial deal terms on a broad range of technology acquisitions. In addition to her extensive experience in finance and accounting, Bonnie brings a great heart for the poor in East Africa. To improve her understanding of Bulamu’s Uganda operations, she attended our November 2019 Supercamp in Masindi before joining the board of directors.
Christine Russell, MBA
Christine Russell has been a financial executive in technology businesses in Silicon Valley for over twenty-five years, while also serving as a director of public and private venture-backed tech companies. She was CFO of UniPixel, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNXL) until its recent merger. Previously, she served as CFO of Vendavo, Inc., EAG, Inc., Virage Logic, OuterBay Technologies, Ceva, Inc., Persistence Software, and Cygnus Solutions, most of which merged with larger companies or were sold to private equity. She is a current or former director of three public companies: eGain Corporation, Quick Logic Inc., and Peak International, Ltd. Earlier in her career, she held senior financial positions at Xerox and Measurex (Honeywell). Christine was an early friend and supporter of Bulamu Healthcare and shares a passion for our mission. She holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Bulamu Advisory Council (BAC)
Bulamu’s Advisory Council meets twice a year and provides advice on Bulamu’s strategic direction, operational challenges, partnership opportunities, government relations, and drive toward sustainability. Members have had in-depth experience in developing world settings as doctors, nurses, NGO executives, consultants, Peace Corps Volunteers, and trainers. The Council meetings provide valuable insights based on their many years of domain experience in providing healthcare and educational services in developing countries. Members of the Advisory Council also serve without compensation.
Christopher A. Crane, MBA
Chris Crane is Chairman and Co-Founder of Edify.org, a nonprofit social enterprise that makes small business loans to Christ-centered schools educating impoverished children in Africa and Latin America. Edify has loaned $18 million to 1,600 schools since its first loan in 2010. From 2002 to 2009, he served as President/CEO of Opportunity International, the world’s largest faith-based microfinance organization with 10,000 direct and indirect staff, During this time, Opportunity grew from 375,000 clients to 1.5 million active clients. Private donations, the primary revenue source, grew from $8 million to $51 million, a compound annual growth rate of 30%.
Before entering the NGO world, Chris had a successful business career as president and CEO of COMPS InfoSystems, Inc., a digital publisher of real estate information that he acquired in 1991, took public in 1999, and sold soon thereafter. He was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in San Diego. He earned a BA degree from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Rebecca DeBoer, MD, MA
Dr. Rebecca (Becky) DeBoer is a medical oncologist at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford and joint MD/MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern. As a medical student, Becky conducted a qualitative study in India about cancer treatment decision-making and research participation, which ultimately inspired her master’s thesis, “The Ethics of Global Cancer Care and Control.”
She completed internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago and clinical ethics fellowship at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. After residency, she worked as an oncology clinician at Butaro Hospital in Rwanda with Partners In Health for two years. During oncology fellowship at UCSF, Becky conducted implementation science and ethics research in Rwanda and Tanzania with support from the Fogarty GloCal Health Fellowship and a grant from the Greenwall Foundation. Becky remains involved in clinical accompaniment, research, and oncology capacity-building projects at Butaro Hospital in Rwanda and at Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Tanzania.
Trent Fuenmayor has worked in project management and execution for a variety of NGOs in East Africa and the Middle East. He is currently an MBA Candidate at the Yale School of Management, focusing on organizational leadership and social enterprise. Trent has unique experience in management systemization and organizational change management and has worked for more than 6 years in East Africa, with the majority of his time in the region spent in Uganda. During his years in the senior leadership of multiple NGOs, Trent’s work included the Irene Gleeson Foundation in Uganda from 2013-2015, where he served as Director of Development. He then served as Acting Country Director of Tutapona Trauma Rehabilitation in Uganda and Iraq from 2015-2017.
Most recently, Trent served as a Senior Management Associate Intern at Bridgewater Associates, working on their change management team. Trent holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University (Religion and Public Policy, African Studies). Additionally, at Yale, he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion at the Yale Divinity School with a focus on community organization.
Djordje (Djo) Gikic, MD, MPH
Dr. Djordje (Djo) Gikic is a public health physician with 20 years of experience. Djo currently serves on Gavi’s Independent Review Committee reviewing country requests for funding. He works with the Belgian government bilateral agency Enabel as health strategy and policy advisor and managing the Results-Based Financing scheme. After graduating from medical school in Geneva, Djo moved to Baltimore where he completed a residency in family medicine followed by a Master of Public Health and a preventive medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. After working with the World Bank on health reform and WHO on immunization, he then joined the management consulting firm McKinsey, where he worked for a range of government and private clients on health financing and health reform/insurance questions.
About ten years ago, he moved to Rwanda to serve as Country Director for Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), working on health system strengthening, especially the Human Resources for Health program. After a few years, he helped a Partners In Health affiliate, Pivot, establish a new branch in Madagascar with the objective to help build a model health district. Djo’s broad African public health experience also includes working on health resource tracking in Ethiopia.
Gavin Hartman, MD
Dr. Gavin Hartman is currently a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University, but is transitioning to a position in private practice in Reno, Nevada. Previously, he gained international experience in healthcare services and clinical research in Malawi, Uganda and Mexico. In Malawi, Gavin was a Peace Corps Volunteer working on HIV/AIDS prevention and education, child and maternal health, and with the under-five population along with the Malawian Ministry of Health. In Uganda, he worked at Mulago Hospital as a pediatrician in the Resuscitation Room and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. While a medical student, he led mobile free primary care health clinics in rural Mexico in the State of Veracruz. Gavin earned his MD degree at the University of Missouri, following laboratory and teaching positions in human physiology at Colorado State University Department of Biomedical Sciences. He helped organize and treated patients at Bulamu’s first medical camp in February 2016, served on the Bulamu Board of Directors in 2016-17, and remains as its Medical Director.
Marc Manashil, MSW, MPA
Marc Manashil has had 25 years of experience developing innovative programs in the nonprofit and philanthropic arena. Currently he is co-founder and principal of 11plus Philanthropy, a consultancy that assists nonprofits in addressing leadership challenges, while he also serves as Adjunct Lecturer at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Earlier, he was US Executive Director of MUSO, an African NGO that has developed an innovative, pro-active approach to end preventable child mortality in Mali.
Marc spent ten years as co-founder and executive director of The Clarence Foundation, which established giving circles and provided grants and assistance to NGOs throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Marc began his career as a social worker, with a master’s degree from UC Berkeley, which he later followed up with a Master’s in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Leslie Nielsen, RN
Leslie Nielsen has lived in Uganda for the last 18 years, working in the field of HIV prevention research, and is currently the Director of African Partnerships for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). Leslie has been instrumental in securing major contracts with USAID, PEPFAR, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships. At a regional level in East Africa, she established a consortium of organizations to address primary healthcare needs in marginalized and vulnerable Lake Victoria fishing communities and has worked extensively with the Uganda Ministry of Health on health systems strengthening initiatives.
Earlier in her career, Leslie was a practicing RN for 15 years and managed a pediatric HIV clinic at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She also spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger working on a maternal-child health and nutrition project in a rural village. She earned her nursing degree from Southern Vermont State College.
Scott Sabin, BS, MA
Since 1995, Scott Sabin has served as the Executive Director of Plant With Purpose an international Christian organization that empowers the poor in rural areas around the world where poverty is caused by deforestation. During that time the organization has grown from a single program in one country to include a staff of over 200 foresters, agronomists, pastors and facilitators in seven countries, including Tanzania, Burundi, and DR Congo. PWP has empowered farmers in more than 600 communities to plant over 26 million trees.
Through journal articles, public speaking and through his book, Tending to Eden, Scott has become an advocate for reforestation as a key component of sustainable community development around the world. Prior to working for Plant With Purpose, he served for seven years in the Navy. He holds a BS in Political Science from Oregon State University and an MA in International Relations from the University of San Diego.
Elizabeth (Libby) Shaefer, MD, MPH
Dr. Libby Schaefer is a primary care physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. After attending Harvard Medical School, Libby completed a four year residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, along with an Internship in Family Medicine at UCSF, Santa Rosa. She received her MPH in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health and worked as an Attending Physician at Brigham and Women’s within the Departments of General Internal Medicine and Global Health.
Previously, Libby worked with Partners In Health in Rwanda as both a medical student and resident and with PIH in Haiti as a resident. She has also worked with the Himalayan Health Exchange in Northern India, in The Gambia, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, and within inpatient medicine and pediatrics in La Paz, Bolivia, and Beijing. Libby is delighted to be supporting Bulamu’s mission of improving healthcare for the poor in Africa and continuing to use and build on her experience in Global Health.
JaBaris Swain, MD, MPH
Dr. JaBaris Swain attended the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with honors. He attended the Medical College of Georgia, after which he began general surgery residency at Morehouse School of Medicine. Upon completing PGY-2, JaBaris exited clinical training and joined the translational research lab of Dr. Charles Bridges as an NIH post-doctoral research fellow. He next continued his clinical training in Boston at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School.
At the Brigham, JaBaris completed one year as a junior clinical fellow in cardiovascular intensive care, earned his MPH at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and spent one year abroad in Rwanda, studying outcomes of cardiac surgery in kids and adolescents, while serving as a research advisor to the Rwandan Ministry of Health in the area of cardiovascular disease. He completed the general surgery residency at the Brigham and matched into the cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained for an additional year of advanced fellowship. Throughout his training, JaBaris has remained committed to humanitarian cardiac surgery and public health by returning to Rwanda annually to provide cardiovascular care, including surgery, to young adults and adolescents. He plans to visit Uganda in 2020.
Yvonne Vaucher, MD, MPH
Dr. Yvonne Vaucher recently retired as a full-time attending, board-certified neonatologist at the University of California, San Diego, where she directed the High-Risk Infant Neurodevelopment Follow-Up program for more than 25 years. In 1993, Yvonne obtained an MPH in International Health from Johns Hopkins, and she continues to be actively involved with study design and epidemiologic data analysis within her academic Neonatology Division at UCSD.
Since 1998, Yvonne has been a neonatal/perinatal consultant for the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Makerere University/Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, the national referral and professional training center for the country. She travels annually for 5-6 weeks to Uganda where she works closely with the residents, medical staff and nursing staff in the Special Care Baby Units (NICUs) at Mulago Hospital and Kawempe Referral to improve survival and quality of care. Kawempe Hospital is now the major obstetrical service and teaching hospital for Makerere University, with more than 30,000 deliveries per year, resulting in 3500 neonatal intensive care admissions. She also works with the District Hospitals in Northern and rural Uganda to develop newborn care facilities and with local communities to improve neonatal outcomes at all levels of care.
Stefanie Weiland, MSc
Stefanie Weiland has had wide ranging experience in international development and global health organizations, moving into increasingly responsible leadership positions across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. She is currently Vice President of Special Initiatives for American Leprosy Missions. For eight years prior she worked for LifeNet International, an NGO that provides clinic management services to private health facilities in central Africa. She began her career there as Country Manager in Burundi, and after four years was promoted to Executive Director of LifeNet in the U.S., managing a global team and scaling impact from ten clinics in one country in Africa to 130 clinics in four countries, including Uganda.
Stefanie received her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her MS in Development Studies from The London School of Economics. She has also studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy and received a certificate in development management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is currently pursuing a MS in Public Health from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Stefanie’s background is especially relevant as Bulamu expands the Health Center Excellence management program to government health facilities across Uganda.