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 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

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Ben Pederson, MD

Board of Directors

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 »


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 »