Executive Team


Ken Richardson

President

DINA PATEL

Vice-President

Karissa Russ

Global Marketing and Media Director

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Aaron Hunt

Administrative Officer

Kunjan Patel

Marketing & Development officer

THEDDEUS IHEANACHO

Director for Global Electives

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Jennifer Pharr

Global Research Officer

Michael Obiefune

Vice President of Implementation Nigeria

Ken Richardson

MA, MBA

Is a retired business executive with more than 20 years of experience managing non-profit corporations. He currently teaches for the Division of Educational Outreach at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

Dina Patel

RN, MSN, PNP | Vice President

Is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner by training with extensive experience in community-based interventions to promote maternal child health. She has developed and implemented congregation-based interventions that provide health services to people in a local community in Michigan. She currently works at the University of Nevada School of medicine where she provides both clinical and social support to a community of women and children infected/affected by HIV.

Karissa Russ

Global Marketing and Media Director

Is a young entrepreneur who owns and operates Karissa Russ & Co. Karissa is an experienced Web/Graphic designer, who also helps businesses with their social media management. Her main focus is to help businesses grow while providing an arrangement of services untimately being a one stop shop. She also specializing in Portrait photography and videography.

Aaron Hunt

MPH | Administrative Officer

Aaron Hunt is a public health specialist with experience in program management, data base development, and analysis. He currently is a program coordinator at the University Nevada School of Medicine.

Kunjan Patel

Engineer | Marketing & Development officer

Kunjan Patel is an Engineer at General Electric Aviation. Kunjan graduated from Michigan State University, and joined GE Aviation as Operations Management Leadership as a program associate. She is a Green Belt Lean Six Sigma certified. Through the program she has held various roles in Quality, Supplier Quality, Teaming Coach, and Customer Service. She has training experience in foundations of Leadership, and Operations Management. She has been a team lead for the community health projects in an Indian temple.

Theddeus Iheanacho

MD | Director for Global Electives

Theddeus Iheanacho is a Physician and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Medical Director of The Critical Time Intervention Program at the Yale-VA Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine. His clinical work is in community psychiatry and his research focuses dissemination of evidence of evidence-based interventions for common mental health disorders and substance use disorders in community settings using task-shifting, task-sharing, collaborative care models.

Jennifer Pharr

Ph.D | Global Research Officer

Dr. Pharr is Assistant Professor of Public Health at the School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition to her research activities, she focuses on mentoring students including Master’s theses and Ph.D. dissertations. Trainees who chose an elective with HSF will work closely with Dr. Pharr.

Michael Obiefune

MD | Vice President of Implementation Nigeria

Dr. Obiefune is the Executive Director of PeTR-Global Solutions, a local NGO transitioning partner of AIDSRelief Program. He was the Africa Regional Director of the University of Maryland, Institute of Human Virology and Country Director of the AIDSRelief program of the Catholic Relief Services. Dr. Obiefune is a pioneer member of the National Anti-Retroviral Technical Working Group for Nigeria. He directed the HIV program implementation strategies necessary for Rapid Expansion in ART for the AIDSRelief program in Nigeria, Rwanda and Tanzania. He helped implement two programs with a budget of over $75 million that in Nigeria alone have tested over 400,000 people in more than 200 health facilities in 26 states, provided care and treatment to over 300,000 HIV-infected patients and their families with over 120,000 patients currently receiving ART.