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GOLDEN APPLE HONOREES

Since 2006, the Golden Apple award has recognized the members, volunteers, partners and supporters who make extraordinary contribution to the sustainability and effectiveness of Health Volunteers Overseas.

2020 HONOREES

Roland Beverly, MD

Since joining HVO in 2011, Dr. Roland Beverly has completed five volunteer assignments at University of Health Sciences and Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 2016, he became project director for the site. In addition, Dr. Beverly has provided continued support to the dermatology department at Preah Kossamak through the HVO e-volunteer initiative, helping the department to develop research protocols.

Dr. Beverly’s frequent trips to Cambodia and ongoing e-volunteer support have contributed to the advancement of patient care and expanded educational opportunities for dermatologists in Cambodia. Dr. Sithach Mey, head of the Department of Dermatology at University of Health Sciences and Preah Kossamak Hospital, reports that Dr. Beverly assisted in the organization of a specialty training program at the University of Health Sciences. Dr. Mey, who serves as onsite coordinator of the project, notes that Dr. Beverly’s efforts have improved the quality of teaching at the university through his bedside training and lectures. He has also improved patient care by introducing updated techniques and treatment modalities. In 2019, Dr. Beverly attended a meeting of the Cambodian Dermatology Society while on assignment with HVO and presented a lecture on vitiligo to the dozens of Cambodian dermatology residents and physicians in attendance.

Dr. Beverly is a dermatologist in private practice in California. He received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine and has practiced dermatology for more than 30 years. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Board of Internal Medicine, as well as a Fellow of the American Society of Mohs Surgery and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. In addition to his work with HVO, Dr. Beverly has completed volunteer work in Cuba and Pakistan, and he serves as a board member for Teen Challenge and Foothill Family Church.

Jill Derstine, EdD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Jill B. Derstine first joined HVO in 1994 and has remained actively engaged in HVO’s nursing education program for more than 25 years. She has completed 19 overseas assignments, served as project director for three sites, and served more than 20 years on the HVO nursing education steering committee, many of those as chair.

Dr. Derstine first volunteered with HVO’s USAID-funded rehabilitation program in Vietnam, a 14-year project that developed a team approach to caring for people with disabilities. As a nurse with expertise in rehabilitation, her initial contributions were to provide clinical education for staff nurses to advance their knowledge and skills for rehabilitation of patients following stroke, amputations, and other trauma, and she continued the project by educating nursing faculty to expand their teaching and training skills. She also served on the HVO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the USAID grant project to establish rehabilitation nursing and strengthen BSN nursing in Vietnam. Dr. Derstine made more than a dozen visits to the country throughout the duration of the project and worked with nursing faculty in Ho Chi Minh City Hue. She also volunteered in Da Nang and helped to develop the Vietnamese Nursing Association.

Dr. Derstine was instrumental in building the nursing education site in Hue, Vietnam and currently serves as project director. She coordinated efforts with the Dreyfus Foundation that led to HVO’s work on a quality assurance project. Dr. Derstine has also volunteered and served as project director for HVO’s nursing education site in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 2001 to 2016 and 2017 to 2019.

Dr. Derstine has been active in nursing education and rehabilitation nursing for more than 40 years, serving on the faculty at Temple and Drexel Universities. From 2002 through 2007, she was on the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and served as chair of the board for the last two years of her term. She also chaired the Report Review Committee, a subcommittee of the board, for four years. In addition to her contributions to nursing education in Vietnam and Cambodia, she has worked in Ukraine and India. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the National League for Nursing, as well as Sigma Theta Tau.

Dr. Derstine is presently engaged in a project with Eternal University School of Nursing in Baru Sahib, India, and has initiated a memorandum of understanding between that school and Drexel University. She is lead author of Comprehensive Rehabilitation Nursing, and she has presented on a variety of rehabilitation and international topics. Her commitment to global health has been shared with her students, and she is pleased to have some of her graduates now volunteering with HVO.

Susan Harris, MD

Dr. Susan Harris began her volunteer work with HVO in October 2010, when she first traveled to HVO’s hematology project in partnership with EsSalud in Arequipa, Peru. The following year, she became project director. In 2015, when the project with EsSalud was suspended, Dr. Harris arranged an affiliation with the medical school of Catholic University of Santa Maria in Arequipa, at its partner Hospital Escobedo, leading to the project reopening in the spring of 2016. She continued to serve as project director for the new site until the fall of 2019.

In addition to recruiting and screening volunteers for the project in Peru, Dr. Harris has assisted volunteers in planning their educational activities. She has also participated in monthly hematopathology-hematology conferences with Escobedo Hospital to help guide teams in diagnostic management. Her efforts have led to multiple return visits by volunteers. She worked with Dr. Michael Linden, who is a hematopathologist from University of Minnesota and current project codirector for HVO’s hematology project in Peru, to facilitate a hematopathology training visit in the US for a Peruvian pathologist. They have worked together to improve hematopathology diagnoses at HVO’s partner institutions.

Dr. Harris graduated from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed her fellowship in hematology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her initial work was on RBC enzymes, including the first description of RPK deficiency. Subsequently, she participated in some of the CALGB studies in leukemia and lymphoma. Her career has included service as head of the hematology clinic, attending physician at the Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and active participation on the transfusion and ethics committees of the hospital. She has also held professorships, and she was in private practice for more than 25 years. She remained on the faculty of Albert Einstein College of Medicine through the end of 2019, supervising the fellows in consultations in the hospital and participating in the hematology course.

Dr. Harris lives in northern Westchester, New York, with her husband. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Society of Hematology. In addition to her volunteer work with HVO, Dr. Harris is a singer/songwriter and has released seven CDs.

Patricia Larsen, PT, CWS, OMS

Patricia (Patty) Larsen joined HVO in 2017, volunteering at HVO’s wound care project at Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE (SHCH) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. After her second trip in 2018, she became the project director and, a year later, she helped to establish a new project in Kampot, Cambodia, at Sonja Kill Memorial Hospital.

Over the past three years, Mrs. Larsen has worked to bolster the wound care projects at the Phnom Penh and Kampot locations, helping to build a comprehensive wound care curriculum for the medical staff at both locations. Mrs. Many Chheng, the onsite coordinator for HVO’s wound care project at SHCH, noted that Mrs. Larsen has had a significant impact on both staff and patients at the hospital.

Mrs. Larsen grew up in Virginia, studying biology and competing as a Division I rower at the University of Virginia. After graduating from UVA in 1997, Mrs. Larsen moved to Austin and obtained her Master’s degree in Biomechanics from The University of Texas at Austin. Mrs. Larsen found her calling in the field of physical therapy and began her studies at Texas State University. While her primary interest was in neurologic physical therapy, Mrs. Larsen was drawn to the variety of educational opportunities that come in the acute trauma setting. She began working at University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin in 2005 and spent 10 years absorbing knowledge from a vast field of patients and coworkers. It did not take long for Mrs. Larsen to develop a passion for wound care. In 2011, Mrs. Larsen completed the requirements and passed the ABWM board exam to become a Certified Wound Specialist.

Over her 15 years of practice, Mrs. Larsen has become increasingly involved in various forms of teaching in the fields of wound care and physical therapy. She has taught at both the university and professional levels, and she has worked with Texas State University as both a regular guest lecturer and adjunct faculty. Mrs. Larsen is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Texas Physical Therapy Association.

Monika Mann, PT, MPH

Monika Mann first joined HVO in 1995, volunteering with HVO’s USAID rehabilitation project in Vietnam. Ms. Mann has served HVO’s physical therapy program in numerous capacities over the past 25 years. She completed overseas assignments at multiple project sites, including El Salvador, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Vietnam. She served on HVO’s physical therapy steering committee, coauthored research about her work with HVO for the HVO-sponsored Special Research Topic in Frontiers in Public Health, mentored fellow therapists abroad, and offered her expertise to guide HVO’s expanded efforts in rehabilitation.

Ms. Mann also served as project coordinator for HVO’s USAID-funded project, Advancement of Rwandan Rehabilitation Services. As project coordinator, Ms. Mann guided the activities of volunteers and ensured the successful provision of continuing education courses to Rwandan physical therapists across the country. She continued to provide support and advice to rehabilitation colleagues in Rwanda through HVO’s e-volunteering initiative.

Ms. Mann is an expert in international rehabilitation and disability, with a combined background in physiotherapy, teaching, course development, program management, and program evaluation. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Physical Therapy from California State University, Northridge and her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to her continued contributions to HVO’s physical therapy program as a steering committee member, Ms. Mann has served as an independent consultant to the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization where she has worked on strengthening the rehabilitation sector in health systems. She is an associate faculty member with the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and she is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Anne Marie Tietjen, PhD

Dr. Anne Marie Tietjen has volunteered as a clinical psychologist at HVO’s mental health project at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital in Bhutan for three months each year beginning in 2017. She has served as project director since 2018. She also provides additional support to her colleagues in Bhutan through HVO’s e-volunteering initiative, offering general mentoring support through online communication.

As project director, Dr. Tietjen provides essential support for volunteers traveling to Bhutan, guiding them in their educational activities. As a volunteer, she has taught courses on culture and mental illness and clinical counselling skills. Dr. Damber Kumar Nirola, HVO’s onsite coordinator for the mental health project in Bhutan, noted that Dr. Tietjen has been instrumental in transferring clinical skills to Bhutan’s health workers and clinical counselling students. A particular focus of her work has on been developing ways of incorporating Bhutanese cultural wisdom into psychotherapy for Bhutanese patients.

Dr. Tietjen is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her undergraduate degree from Occidental College and her PhD from Cornell University, where she studied with Urie Bronfenbrenner and did postdoctoral studies in clinical psychology at the University of Washington. She maintained a private practice in clinical psychology in Bellingham, Washington, from 1989 to 2017 and taught graduate- and undergraduate-level courses in the psychology department at Western Washington University. Since 2012, Dr. Tietjen has taught a seminar for senior psychology majors on International Perspectives on Culture and Mental Health at WWU. She has conducted research in Sweden, Canada, and Papua New Guinea. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.


2019 Honorees

Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) Team of Anesthesia Providers
Editors, HVO-Sponsored Frontiers in Public Health Special Topic eBook
Richard Fisher, MD
Christoph Funk, MUDr
Brian Hollander, DMD
Mimi Lhamu Mynak, MBBS, MD
George Pantely, MD

2018 Honorees

Janna Beling, PhD, PT
Pamela Cole, PT, CWS
Robert Hoffman, MD
Cynthia Howard, MD, MPHTM
Dashrath Kafle, BDS, MDS
Alexia Knapp, MD, MS
Sithach Mey, MD
George Meyer, MD
Prakash Neupane, MD

2017 Honorees

Charles Bloomer, DDS
Theresa Coetzer, PhD
Christian Fuentes, MD
David Goldstein, MBBS, FRACP, MRCP(UK)
Judith Hembree, PT, PhD
Silvia Plattner, PT
Julia Plotnick, RN, MPH, FAAN, RADM, USPHS(ret)

2016 Honorees

Kay Ahern, PT, CHT
Mary Christman, PT, MAEd
Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Chung
Jo Davies, MBBS, FRCA
Barry Gainor, MD
John P. W. Kelly, DMD, MD
Antoinette “Toni” Sander, PT, DPT, MS, CLT-LANA
Leila Srour, MD, MPH, DTM&H
N. Ewen Wang, MD

2015 Honorees

Gaston Barnechea, MD
Barbara Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, DPT, MS, GCS
Peter Curran, MD, MHCDS, FACP
Brian Failla
Donald Lalonde, MD, FRCSC
Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN
Susan Raber, PharmD, MPH
Peter Trafton, MD, FACS

2014 Honorees

Dino Aguilar, MD
Robert J. Buchholz, JR., CRNA, MSNA
David E. Frost, DDS, MS
Katharine Morley, MD, MPH
Tom Morton, MBChB, FACEM
Jose Angel Sanchez, MD
Linda Wolff, MPT

2013 Honorees

William Creasman, MD
Randall Culp, MD
Diana Davidson, CRNA
Norman James, MD
Robert Kalb, MD

2012 Honorees

Eugenio Beltran, DMD, MPH, DrPH, MS
T. Desmond Brown, MD
Linus T. Chuang, MD, MPH, MS
Lawrence Gordon, MD
Martin Hobdell, BDS, PhD, MA
Jared Hubbell, MD
Mark Makumbi Kayanja, MBchB, M.Med (Surg), M.Med (Ortho), PhD
Pfizer’s Global Health Fellows – India
Robert Stein, MD

2011 Honorees

Laura L. Fitzpatrick, MD
C. Fits Hunsel, PT, LMBT
Michelle James, MD
C. Neil Kay, BDS, MS
Isador Lieberman, MD, MBA, FRSC(c)
Fredric V. Price, MD
Vidya Swaminathan, PhD

2010 Honorees

Judy Canfield-Henry, PT, MSEd, EdD
Shaun Cleaver, PT, MSc
Denise English, PT
Mary Jo Geyer, PT, Phd, FCCWS, CLT-LANA, CPed
Victoria Seligman, MD
Lynne Welch, MSN, EdD, ApRN, FNP-BC

2009 Honorees

Caroline Dueger, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Kim Dunleavy, PT, PhD, OCS
Richard Henker, PhD, RN, CRNA
Elizabeth Kay, PT, PhD
Barbara Latenser, MD, FACS
Benedict Magsamen, MD
Joseph E. Sheppard, MD
David Spiegel, MD

2008 Honorees

Eugenio Beltran, DMD, MPH, DrPH, MS
Cary Bjork, MD, FACP
Ann Carroll, RNC, NNP
Larry Herman, DMD, MD
R. Byron McCord, MD
Ellen Milan, RNC
Michael O’Brien, MD
Celia Pechak, PHD, PT, MPH
Yvonne Vaucher, MD, MPH

2007 Honorees

Suzanne Brown, CRNA
Glen Crawford, MD
Lena Dohlman, MD, MPH
Marvin Godner, MD
Martin Hobdell, BDS, PhD, MA
Christopher Johnson,MD
William Laney, MD
John McFadden, MD
Puthocode Rajamani, MS
Wingfield Rehmus, MD, MPH

2006 Honorees

Mattilou Catchpole, CRNA, PhD
Ray DeFalque, MD
Nancy Descouteax, PT, BAC
Denise English, PT
Charles Jennings, MD
Marvin Lang, CRNA
Robert Nassau, MD
Tim O’Brien, MBBS
Alfred Scherzer, MD, MS EdD
Geoffrey Walker, FRCS
Harry Zutz, MD


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