All of the Directors of Chronic Care International are volunteers who serve without pay.
This page lists the current members of the Board of Directors.
Charles Filipi, MD, a founder of CCI and the Chair of CCI’s Board of Directors, is a professor of surgery at the Creighton University School of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Chuck travels with CCI teams to the Dominican Republic each year, and he is also the founder of the nonprofit Hernia Repair for the Underserved.
Hans Dethlefs, MD, the President of CCI, is a family medicine physician at One World Community Health Centers in Omaha, Nebraska. Additionally, he serves as the medical director for the Heartland Community Health Network, an electronic health record collaboration of 9 community health centers. He is fluent in Spanish, and he leads CCI teams to the Dominican Republic about four times each year.
Below are pictures of Directors with the CCI team in the Dominican Republic.
Rachel Dowd, RN, BSN, CDE, the Secretary of CCI, 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, the Treasurer of CCI, 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, 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, is an attorney at BairdHolm in Omaha, Nebraska, and his practice focuses on all aspects of litigation including discovery, document retention and destruction, employment litigation, and complex commercial litigation.
Susan Corpuz, MEd, is an educator and motivational speaker, as well as the Director of Marketing and Office Manager for Corpuz Family Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska.
Andrea Dethlefs, BS, BA, 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, was 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.
Allison Lai, BS, expects to receive an MPH degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2018, and an MD degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine in 2019. She brings to CCI a strong interest and growing experience in global health initiatives.
Pat O’Malley, MS, 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, CDE, is Professor 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.
Vern Walker, PhD, JD, is Professor Emeritus of Law at Hofstra University in New York, and 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.
Linda Filipi, RN, BSN, CDE, a founder of CCI and the Vice President of CCI, is a nurse and certified diabetes educator. She has traveled with CCI teams to the Dominican Republic many times since 2010, and she is a founder of the nonprofit Water for Haiti.