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 »

Katie Fiorella

Board of Directors

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. She’s been back to Mfangano every year since and is currently directing the RECH (meaning ‘fish’ in Dholuo and standing for Research on Environmental and Community Health) research study and served, for… Read more »

Matt Hickey

Board of Directors

Matt Hickey has been working with OHR since 2010 to design and implement research studies aimed at directly translating findings to improved community-based health and livelihood programs. He is also in his first year as a medical resident at the University of California, San Francisco and has been living and working on Mfangano since July… Read more »

Rajaie Batniji, MD MA

Board of Directors

Rajaie Batniji is an internal medicine doctor and an international political economist. He first encountered Mfangano island in 2008 and has been excited by the fast, locally driven, growth of OHR, and the organization’s use of technology to promote health, share knowledge and create opportunities for economic growth.

Marco Salmen, MD

Board of Directors

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 »

Lily Bloom Muldoon

Board of Directors

Lily Bloom Muldoon is committed to improving the health of rural island communities. She is an emergency medicine physician with the University of California San Francisco emergency medicine residency. Beginning in April 2013, Lily collaborated with OHR-EK to design and implement the Health Navigator program and lived on Mfangano Island for 3 months in 2014… Read more »

Gus A. Lundin

Board of Directors

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

Board of Directors

In 2008, Jenna was a WWOOFer (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) at Joel and Richard’s farm on Mfangano for six months. Here, connecting with the people and finding deeper purpose in travel, the emerging OHR offered her an opportunity to stay connected to the community in a more dynamic way. Jenna graduated from the University of… Read more »

Adam Sewall

Board of Directors, OHR Co-Founder

Adam is an original founding member of OHR, renowned fisherman on Mfangano, and inspired traditional carpenter. Adam has been a team leader within the EK Sustainable Design Guild since its inception in 2008. Along with his fellow guild members, Adam has put in long hours under the hot sun to construct the EK Center by… Read more »

Ben Pederson, MD

Board of Directors

Ben met Chas at a global health conference in 2011 and was quickly convinced that Mfangano was a place me must visit to learn more about OHR. Serendipitously, Ben spent the following year in Western Kenya as an NIH Fogarty scholar and working on a TB diagnostic project with AMPATH based in Eldoret and was able… Read more »


Kelsi Hines

Executive Director

Kelsi has been working with Organic Health Response since she first stepped foot on Mfangano in 2008. Serving as the Director of Operations for over 5 years, Kelsi has learned the ins and outs of the organization, as well as the history of our intricate beginnings. Today Kelsi is excited to work hand in hand… Read more »

Flora Mendoza

Development Director

Flora comes to Organic Health Response as its first development director. She is currently based in the Bay Area, where she recently served as the manager of a winning ballot measure campaign that secured $580 million for affordable housing initiatives in the East Bay. Prior to that, she lived in New York City, where she… Read more »