Who We Are
Chronic Care International was founded in Omaha Nebraska by Dr. Chuck Filipi and his daughter-in-law Linda Filipi when they realized the profound need of improved healthcare for poor individuals with diabetes and high blood pressure in the Dominican Republic.
Meet The Board
Charles Filipi, MD
Founder and the Chair of CCI’s Board of Directors
Charles is a professor of surgery at the Creighton University School of Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Hans Dethlefs, MD
President of CCI
Hans is a family medicine physician at One World Community Health Centers in Omaha, Nebraska and serves as the medical director for the Heartland Community Health Network.
Linda Filipi, RN, BSN, CDE
Vice President and one of the founders of CCI
Linda is a nurse and certified diabetes educator. She has traveled with CCI teams to the Dominican Republic many times since 2010.
Rachel Dowd, RN, BSN, CDE
Secretary of CCI
Rachel has worked in endocrinology ambulatory care for over 25 years and is a certified diabetes educator. She speaks Spanish and Haitian Kreyol, and she travels with the CCI team to the Dominican Republic each year.
Mark McCarville, MBA
Treasurer of CCI
Mark has more than thirty years of experience in corporate finance, including twenty-six years as a senior officer at the Sara Lee Corporation. He often travels with the CCI team to the Dominican Republic to assess management aspects of CCI’s projects.
John Bertoni, MD, PhD
John is a member of the Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and he chaired the Department of Neurology at Creighton University Medical Center for 19 years.
Kirk Blecha, JD
Kirk was an attorney at BairdHolm in Omaha, Nebraska, and his practice focused on all aspects of litigation including discovery, document retention and destruction, employment litigation, and complex commercial litigation.
Andrea Dethlefs, BS, BA
Andrea teaches elementary school, including teaching Spanish. She travels to the Dominican Republic with the CCI team, and she has served the poor in Honduras and Guatemala.
Frances Ann Filipi, RN
Frances is a founder of a nonprofit community hospice in Walla Walla, Washington. She has traveled with CCI teams to the Dominican Republic ever since CCI’s founding in 2010.
Vern Walker, PhD, JD
Vern is Professor Emeritus of Law at Hofstra University in New York, and the former Director of the Research Laboratory for Law, Logic & Technology. He travels with the CCI team to the Dominican Republic each year, and he is the videographer and photographer for the team.
Daniel Counts, BS
Daniel is a board member for CCI.
Pat O'Malley, MS
Pat specializes in business development and financial planning, and is the founder of Tax Help and O’Malley Financial Services in Omaha, Nebraska.
Elizabeth Arquin Walker, PhD, RN
Elizabeth is Professor Emerita of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York, and is a past President of the American Diabetes Association. She travels with the CCI team to the Dominican Republic every year, and she has led NIH-funded diabetes studies in minority populations in the U. S.
Anthony Hendrickson, PhD
Anthony is the Dean of the Heider College of Business at Creighton University.
Christian Warneke, MPA, MBA
Christian works for Spreetail in Financial Planning & Analysis, focusing on Fulfillment Center Finance. Previously, Christian worked in non-profit fundraising and capital campaign management.
Michael Chase, JD, MHA
Michael is a partner at Baird Holm law firm in Omaha. His practice focuses on health care regulatory and compliance matters. He previously served as a volunteer coordinator at ILAC in the Dominican Republic.
The Robert P. Heaney Family Fund
Patronaro de Lucha Contra La Diabetes de Santiago, Inc.
The generosity of these donors has been crucial to our early growth as a non-profit organization.