Board of Directors

Chas Salmen, MD MPhil (Oxon.)

Founder, Board of Directors

Chas Salmen is the Founder and first Director of OHR. He is a medical anthropologist, Rhodes Scholar, and aspiring Family Physician. Chas grew up in the mountains of western Colorado. Chas’ HIV/AIDS experience in Western Kenya began in 2007, as a Community Mobilizer within the Prevention Department of AMPATH (Academic Model for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS)… Read more »

Kelsi Hines, CPM, LM

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As a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and global maternal health advocate, Kelsi is excited to weave together her leadership, global nonprofit and maternal health skills to help strengthen and guide our community based work on Mfangano Island. Serving first as the Director of Operations in 2012, and then leading OHR as the Executive Director from… Read more »

Katie Fiorella, PhD, MPH

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Katie first traveled to Mfangano in 2010, where she supported the first community research project launched and saw the installation of EK’s first computers. Katie lead the RECH (meaning ‘fish’ in Dholuo and standing for Research on Environmental and Community Health) research study and served, for many years, as OHR’s Research Co-Manager. Katie’s interests span… Read more »

Lily Muldoon, MD, MPH

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Lily Muldoon is committed to improving the health of rural island communities. She is also an emergency medicine physician in San Francisco working at the only Level One Trauma Center, San Francisco General Hospital. Beginning in April 2013, Lily collaborated with OHR-EK to design and implement the Health Navigator program and lived on Mfangano Island in 2014… Read more »

Matt Hickey, MD

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Matt has been working with OHR since 2010, conducting implementation research and helping OHR build its community-based research department. He lived and worked on Mfangano for a year in 2012-2013 as a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow. His work includes the Mfangano Island Healthy Networks Impact Study, the Healthy Networks Water Treatment Study, and… Read more »

Marco Salmen, MD

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Marco first visited Mfangano Island in 2008, and was inspired by the energy and passion that surrounded the community goal of constructing the Ekialo Kiona Center. He is happy that he has been able to add his knowledge and skills to the amazing local-global partnership ever since.  Marco attended Duke University and received a BS… Read more »

Gus A. Lundin

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Serving as OHR’s official chief financial officer, Gus has generously donated hundreds of hours of pro-bono financial and accounting services through Lundin & Lundin Inc., his family Certified Professional Accountant firm in Glenwood Springs, CO. Gus helped OHR become a  registered 501(c)3 organization in the USA and continues to navigate our small organization through all… Read more »

Jenna Hines

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Jenna is an agriculturist, conservationist, and educator. She has been working with the Organic Health Response since 2009 after spending 6 months as a WWOOFer (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) on Mfangano Island. Over the years, Jenna has developed and supported OHR’s agriculture and reforestation programs. In 2012 she returned to Mfangano to spend… Read more »

Ben Pederson, MD

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Ben Pederson is a faculty physician with the Oregon Providence Family Medicine Residency Program in Portland, Oregon.  He has been a part of the OHR team since 2012.  Dr. Pederson has formal clinical research training in rural Kenya as a National Institutes of Health Fogarty Clinical Research Scholar (2011-2012) during which time he worked with… Read more »

Nick DesLauriers

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Nick is a medical student at the University of Minnesota. He lived on Mfangano Island for a year as a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow in 2018-19, working with the Health Navigation program and as Student-PI of the MOMENTUM Study in partnership with the Ekialo Kiona Research Department. Nick first travelled to Kenya during… Read more »