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Our People

Staff Nurse--Marie-Christine Mascary

Marie-Christine Mascary graduated from nursing school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She became a staff nurse at Kay Mackenson in 2013, and has undergone specialty nursing training in the areas of Kay Mackenson’s clinical programs.

Dr. Michael Zimbric

Michael Zimbric is a Pediatric Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics at UCSD/ Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego. He completed undergraduate work and medical school at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and pediatrics and neurology residencies at the University of California- San Diego. His main clinical focus is general neurological conditions, including epilepsy, migraine, concussion, and developmental impairments.  

Dr. Ric Bonnell

Ric Bonnell is a pediatric emergency physician and director of global health at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, TX.  Ric completed his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, TX, and worked for many years in the Emergency Room at Cook Children’s Hospital in Ft. Worth, TX. During this time he helped start Ruth’s Place, a free clinic for indigent patients.

Ric has provided medical services in Haiti since 2007 and has been particularly involved with coordination of surgical missions since the earthquake in 2010, and with chronic care delivery since 2012. Dr. Bonnell is one of the co-founders of Kay Mackenson.

Medical Director--Dr. Ketly Altenor

Ketly Altenor, a native of St. Marc, received her medical degree from the Haitian State Medical School (Hôpital Universitaire d’État Haïtien) in 2012. She has had a long-standing interest in children’s health and well-being and volunteered in a local prison for minors, as well as with Fondation Espoir during her time in medical school. Following her social services year, she completed her residency in pediatrics at Mirebalais University Hospital in November 2016. The Kay Mackenson Clinic team was fortunate to hire their first pediatrician as the medical director that same month.

Head Nurse--Viviane Lorgeat

Viviane Lorgeat, a native of St. Marc, Haiti, received her nursing degree from the St. Marc nursing school, Haiti. Since graduating in 2006, she worked primarily as a per diem nurse until joining Kay Mackenson as its first resident permanent nurse. She became head nurse shortly thereafter. Viviane has received intensive training in pediatric diabetes management and works at the level of a diabetes nurse educator. Specialty training in all clinical programs has followed, such that Viviane is the primary medical provider for most routine care at Kay Mackenson. Viviane offered her services to KM because she believes in its vision and goals. She strives daily to prove that Haitian women are intelligent, hard working leaders. She is pleased to have the opportunity to play a key role in the success of KM and is proud to contribute to a goal bigger than herself.

Special Projects Administrator--Edgard Miliace

Edgard Miliace, a Haitian native and project administrator for the faith-based non-governmental organization Project Help, has been involved with Kay Mackenson Clinic from its inception, and worked as our program administrator for 3 years before transitioning to a role as special projects administrator. Edgard is motivated by being part of a team that helps those who are in need, and by serving as a liaison and translator between the US and Haitian culture. He plays a key role in organizing the Kay Mackenson Diabetes Camp.

Dr. Liz Hunt

Liz Hunt is a pediatric nephrologist.  She completed medical school at the University of Vermont and did residency at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and pediatric nephrology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital.  She is now a pediatric nephrologist and assistant professor at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Dr. Julia von Oettingen 

Julia von Oettingen is a pediatric endocrinologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, who focuses on health care delivery of endocrine conditions in resource-limited settings. Julia gained global health experiences in Burkina Faso, Brazil and Peru before focusing her work on non-communicable diseases in Liberia and Haiti. She completed medical school at the University of Leipzig in Germany (her native country), pediatric residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. She has earned a master’s degree in clinical and translational research from Harvard Medical School. Julia is the founding medical director of Kay Mackenson.

Dr. Ayman Grada

Ayman Grada is a Dermatology Fellow at Boston University School of Medicine.  In addition to his expertise in general skin problems, Dr. Grada has a special interest in cutaneous wound healing and chronic wounds.  He has been collaborating with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide basic medical care to refugees displaced by war.   In 2011, Dr. Grada flew to North Africa and assembled the Libyan Humanitarian Action team to help refugees displaced by the Libyan civil war. He completed his medical school at the University of Tripoli, Libya, and dermatology postgraduate training at Boston Medical Center, USA.  He also holds a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Grada utilizes teledermatology to serve as a remote dermatology consultant for KM.

Lisa Dickey

Lisa Dickey is a public health specialist with a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University. She is a native English and Spanish speaker with oral fluency in French and Haitian Creole. She is currently the Clinic Operations Manager at the RotaCare clinic, a free clinic serving an underserved community in Oakland. Lisa has worked throughout the developing world providing patient advocacy, medical interpreting and facilitation of workshops with the goal of improving access to medical information and services. Lisa is the founding clinical director of Kay Mackenson and now serves as KM’s public health advisor.

International Consultants
On-site staff

Staff Nurse--Rosenette Mondesir

Rosenette Mondesir graduated from nursing school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She became the third staff nurse at Kay Mackenson in 2016, and was trained in pediatric chronic disease nursing in the areas of the Kay Mackenson clinical programs by her two colleagues. Similar to nurses Viviane and Marie-Christine, she has received supplementary training by the clinic’s international consultants.

Program Manager--Pierre Jacques Didieu

Pierre Jacques Didieu, a Haitian native with a background is in accounting and finance management, became the program manager for Kay Mackenson in 2016 after working for the clinic as assistant program administrator for two years. He is passionate about Kay Mackenson’s mission to better the health of children with chronic diseases in Haiti, and has played a key role in building and running the Kay Mackenson school support program.

Dr. Chris Carpenter 

Chris Carpenter is a pediatrician and Associate Professor at the University of California San Francisco. After graduating from Albert Einstein Medical College, he completed pediatric residency at the University of California San Francisco and earned a master’s degree in International Health at the BU School of Public Health. Having worked in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala, he sought additional global health field work experiences in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, East Timor and Liberia before returning to academia in 2011 to complete a fellowship in global child health at Boston Children’s Hospital. His training site was in Haiti, where he worked as a pediatrician at St. Nicholas hospital, a Partners in Health affiliated facility. Chris is one of the co-founders of Kay Mackenson.

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