Cristina Saenz de Tejada, PhD
Cristina Sáenz de Tejada is a Spanish teacher at an independent school in Baltimore and joined OCHO in 2007 as a translator. Since then, she has served several roles in the organization from translator to medical coordinator to logistic director of the annual brigade. She is currently in her second year as President of OCHO recruiting young volunteers, serving as the main contact with our partners in Honduras, and continuing her passion for designing cross-cultural, mutually-beneficial partnerships.
Ken Tellerman, MD
Vice President of Medical Outreach
Dr. Ken Tellerman is a pediatrician in Baltimore City and has been participating in the medical brigade to Honduras since 1999. As medical director he is involved in the recruitment of medical personnel for the brigade and the organization of medical supplies and equipment that is shipped to Atima. He has also been actively involved in the development of the water treatment facility and new medical center in Atima. He is currently coordinating the effort to build a school in Atima for developmentally disabled children.
Patrick M Ercole, PhD, MPH
Vice President of Public Health
Patrick Ercole has participated in Honduras outreach since our first exploratory trip in 1999 following the devastation of Hurricane Mitch. Since that time, he has moved from a student translator to a leadership role thanks to his graduate training in public health and epidemiology. Patrick serves as OCHO’s Vice President of Public Health, collaboratinon the water filtration and Atima clinic projects, leading fundraising campaigns and communications, as well as directing the annual OCHO 8K & 4K race.
Board of Directors
Cathy Lears Bennet
Catherine Bennet, has been involved in various capacities with the Honduras mission since its inception. Many years doing part of the organizational piece of the trip. She was fortunate to travel to Honduras on at least three occasions. She currently works at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center, and she is the Director of Michael Phelps Swimming.
Kristin Brockmeyer-Stubbs, MS, OTR/L
Kristin Brockmeyer-Stubbs is an occupational therapist (OT) who joined OCHO for the 2012 brigade and who now considers Atima and its community her summer home/family. The primary goal of OT is to enable people to participate in activities of everyday life. She is excited to partner with the Honduran teachers and the OCHO team to continue to eliminate barriers towards independence, to promote participation and engagement in childhood occupations and routines, and to advocate for the unique needs of children and families with special needs. She helps to identify, collect, fit and modify the therapy equipment donated each year.
Robert Ercole, Esq
Robert Ercole is a corporate and tax lawyer in Baltimore, and has been a member of the OCHO Board of Directors since its inception. Robert is also a board member and counselor to other charitable organizations and educational institutions in the Baltimore area.
Peter Kirchgraber, Esq.
Peter Kirchgraber, a writer and editor in Baltimore, joined OCHO in 2015, when his teenaged son signed on as a Spanish interpreter for the medical team. Peter serves as videographer for the group, and is helping to intensify OCHO’s communications outreach. As the father of an autistic adult, Peter is especially interested in OCHO’s work to build local capacity to serve the special-needs population of Atima and Choloma. His interest in grassroots international development stems from his years as a Washington-based international trade lawyer, and his later involvement with refugee resettlement.
Howard Hauptman, MD
Howard is one of the original team members and a veteran of 15 consecutive trips, where he functioned in many capacities. He helped in organizing pre-trip planning and arranged for vital equipment to be loaned for use in Atima. While in Atima, he treated internal medicine and rheumatology patients, and was responsible for the pharmacy. He remains committed to the work that continues to be done by OCHO, for the benefit of the people of Honduras.
Marc Honig, MD
Dr. Marc Honig is an ophthalmologist in Baltimore who has been a participant in the OCHO Medical Brigade since 2012. He directs the eye clinic in Atima, as well as outreach eye projects in Choloma and other remote villages. Dr. Honig is also responsible for the procurement of prescription eyeglasses, readers, and sunglasses for distribution to the Honduran residents, as well as obtaining ocular medications and equipment for the clinic in Atima. He performs eye examinations and vision-restoring cataract surgery at the clinic in Atima during each mission trip.
Hal Malone has worked with the Spanish speaking immigrant population in Baltimore and elsewhere for two decades, identifying community resources and more recently assisting with legal issues for a state-wide disability rights organization. He started serving OCHO in 2012, first as an interpreter and then as a liaison between volunteer teachers in Honduras and OCHO Occupational Therapists stateside. Hal has focused on the special needs school project and exploring ways to raise revenue for services through coffee importation. He joined the board two years ago.
James Rice, MD
Dr. James Rice is a pediatrician practicing in Annapolis. He initially joined an OCHO brigade in 2014. As a Spanish major before medical school, Dr. Rice enjoys working with Spanish speaking families in his practice in Annapolis as well as during the annual trips to Honduras. He has five children, two of whom have participated in OCHO brigades as students.
Helen Walker, MD
Dr. Helen Walker is an internist practicing in Baltimore County and has been volunteering on the medical missions with OCHO since 2010, providing healthcare to adult patients in Atima and Choloma. She is also active in recruiting volunteers for the brigade, gathering donations of clothing and medical equipment, and determining medication requirements for the mission.
Annemiek Wilms-Floet, MD
Dr. Anna Maria Wilms Floet is a behavioral/developmental pediatrician in Baltimore and has participated in OCHO brigade since 2014. She has joined the efforts of the outreach clinic team that visits children with special needs in and around the Atima. She coordinates the educational program that allows Honduran teachers and medical professionals to visit Baltimore as part of knowledge exchange. She is interested in finding ways to create sustainable services and healthy environments for children with special needs.