Board of Directors
Gail Wagner, MD - Founder & President
Gail Wagner met young community organizer Daniel Ogola in Nairobi's Kibera slum in 2002. The two discussed an audacious idea for a comprehensive community health care system in Dan's impoverished rural home near Lake Victoria. They began with a trip of North American based medical volunteers.
Fourteen years later, Tiba Foundation helps support three outpatient clinics that treated 24,000 people in 2010, a phenomenally successful community health worker program in the villages that is changing not only the lives of patients, but the productivity of a community. The first phase of a beautiful new community hospital was opened in July 2011. Gail recently retired from her position as an oncologist at Kaiser Permanente. She describes the work she does in rural Kenya as "the most important thing I will ever do in my life."
Arne Wagner, JD, PhD - Treasurer
Arne Wagner is a retired attorney that specialized in commercial litigation, including financial services, securities and construction litigation. He partnered at Calvo & Clark LLP, a law firm with offices in Guam, San Francisco and Saipan, which represents clients across the Pacific Rim in litigation and transactional matters. Previously Arne was also a partner at Morrison & Foerster and director of worldwide litigation for Bank of America. He received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He received a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley. Arne brings discipline to planning and finance on the Tiba board. Very few people know that he is also a concert pianist.
Jill McCarthy - Vice President
Jill McCarthy is a public affairs strategist with 15-years of experience in leading global public-private partnerships, social impact and sustainability programs, and marketing & communications campaigns for high-profile global brands, executives, and policymakers. Jill began her career in democratic politics where she held senior staff roles working for Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and spent five years working for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) leading his re-election campaign and PAC until he passed away in 2009. On a trip to southern Africa in 2007 with a team from University of Pennsylvania, Jill discovered her interest in improving global health care in rural communities and consulted on funding opportunities for the Penn-Botswana Partnership. Her hobbies include international travel, endurance sports, and volunteering with the refugee community in the Bay area.
Paul, born and educated in Kenya, is a hotel consultant now living in Napa, California. He graduated from Kenya Utalii College a Swiss Hotel and Tourism School. His career as a hotelier took him from Nairobi to Cairo, London, and Birmingham, England. Paul moved with his family to the United States in 2001, where he has managed and owned hotels. He is the General Manager of Aegis Living in Napa, a leading company in the Senior Living industry. He is founder and principle at Pacific International Hotel Consultants and partner at Travel Square One LLC. He is a long time Rotary Club member whose knowledge of Kenyan politics, economics, and culture are a constant source of strength for the Tiba Board of Directors.
Norma Bozzini, MD
Norma began her medical practice as an internist in Atlanta, Georgia in 1978. She joined Kaiser Permanente in Hayward, California in 1983. In 1996 Norma began practicing full time in South San Francisco as a geriatrician, and served as the sole physician to a new Department of Continuing Care. Norma also served as Chief of the Department of Home Health. In 2004, Norma retired and made her first volunteer trip to Africa, after which she helped to found both the Tiba Foundation in the United States, and the Matibabu Foundation in Kenya. She is a founding board member at Tiba and currently serves as Vice President.
Bill Plautz, MD, MPH
Bill is the Health Plan Physician Advisor for Kaiser Permanente’s (KP) Northern California region and emergency physician at KP South San Francisco. He also serves as a member of the Northern California Kaiser Regional Quality Oversight and Risk Management Patient Safety Committees, which work to measure and improve the quality and safety of care in the KP system. Emergency medicine and quality improvement are excellent backgrounds from which to understand health care in developing counties. Bill also has a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley.
Bill brings not only this understanding to Tiba, but has traveled to Kenya extensively as a volunteer. “Being present for the groundbreaking of the new community hospital we are helping to build in Ukwala was a humbling and gratifying experience. Seeing the hope on the faces of thousands of people who had walked miles for the event inspires me to see the hospital project through to completion.”
Ram Ramachandra, MD
Srinivas "Ram" Ramachandra was born in Bangalore, India. He joined the Department of Surgery at Kaiser Permanente's Hayward Medical Center in 1982, and became Chief of Surgery in 1987. He is now in private practice in Danville, CA. Ram is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. He has a long history of volunteerism, and is Tiba's most active volunteer surgeon in Kenya, having performed many, many surgeries at the Siaya District Hospital. Ram also coordinates the surgical teams we send to Africa. In addition to English, he speaks Hindi, Kannada, and Tamil (with a sprinkling of Dholuo).
Amanda Schoenberg, MD
Dr. Amanda Schoenberg is a pediatrician who joined Kaiser Permanente's Hayward Medical Center in 2001. She has a special interest in ethics and medical education. Amanda is a member of Kaiser Permanente's Ethics Committee, and is on the clinical teaching faculty of University of California at San Francisco. As one of the most active medical volunteers in Tiba's community, Amanda has made yearly working trips to Kenya and Rwanda since 2004 to take care of children. She worked diligently with our local partner in Kenya, Dan Ogola, to spearhead a deworming project that has helped to significantly increase primary school graduation rates. Amanda's deep generosity in every form underscores her commitment to the communities we serve in Africa.
Peter Sherris, MD, MPH
Peter Sherris, a cardiologist and internist, practiced medicine for 30 years at Kaiser Permanente. There he held several administrative roles, including Assistant Chief Medicine, Chairman of Credentials Committee, Physician Manager of Outside Services, Director Short Appointment Clinics, Director of Medicine Quality Assurance, and helped establish a Hospital-Based Medicine Department. Peter first volunteered with Tiba in 2007, and promptly decided to retire and pursue a second career in international health. He earned an MPH at UC Berkeley in 2009. His focus is community health workers and community-based health care, with a particular interest in economic sustainability. Peter travels to Kenya frequently and works almost daily on supporting and enhancing the work to TIBA and Matibabu Foundation.
Diane Dodge, Executive Director
Diane Dodge, Executive Director of Tiba Foundation, has over 17 years of non-profit executive management and philanthropy experience and is committed to community-owned and -determined social transformation. She brings her expertise in organizational strategy and fund development, and her passion for grassroots international development. She wholeheartedly believes that quality health care is a basic human right and is passionate about improving medical access for the millions of people in need in Kenya.
Diane was most recently the Executive Director of The East Bay College Fund where she scaled the organization to serve thousands of students annually and co-founded the Oakland Promise, a cradle to career program to support all young person in Oakland to graduate from college. Previously she grew Seven Tepees Youth Program, an educational and outdoor and educational program for low-income youth, and before that she served as Associate Executive Director at the Berkeley YMCA responsible for overall program management. Diane taught English as a Second language in public secondary schools and developed programs for immigrant students. She has served for six years on the board of Thousand Currents, (formerly IDEX) International Grassroots organization and she has lived in India, Guatemala, and Spain. She is a recipient of the 2017 ‘02 Initiative Award and is a current LeaderSpring Executive Director Fellow. She is an avid traveler and sailor.
Tara Neuffer, Administration & Operations Manager
Tara Neuffer, from Chicago, Illinois, is a recent graduate in public health, international development and women’s studies. She has significant research experience and a profound interest in gender studies as they intersect with health systems, reproductive rights, race, education, and belief-systems. She has conducted extensive maternal health and ethnobotanical research in Malawi, partnering with the School of Agriculture for Family Independence, as well as the University of Malawi’s, College of Medicine. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate for the Global Truth Commission where she documented the minority experience of war and truth commissions. Tara also has a background working with victims of domestic violence from her time as a manager for the Center for Women and Children in Crisis— a shelter for families fleeing domestic violence in Utah. Tara loves animals, plants, swimming, biking, and is an appreciator of the arts.
Jocelyn Mizero, Development Intern
Jocelyn grew up with her parents and three siblings in Ruhuha, a small village just south of Kigali, Rwanda. Jocelyn moved to the US four years ago as a SHE-CAN scholar to pursue an undergraduate degree on a full scholarship at Lafayette College. She graduated in May 2018 with a B.S. in Biology.
At Lafayette College, Jocelyn was an active citizen engaged in the welfare of her community through various leadership and volunteering roles. She served at the Landis Community Outreach Center as a program coordinator for America Reads. As a member of Lafayette Initiative for Malagasy Education (LIME), she traveled to Madagascar in 2016 to support students in applying to U.S. colleges. In January 2018, she led a student group that volunteered with an NGO that identifies, advocates and educates women and children vulnerable to sex trafficking in the streets of Miami.
Combining her passion for health sciences and working with children, Jocelyn interned at Partners in Health (PIH) where she spent the summer of 2016 developing training materials to be used in the PIH Pediatric Development Clinic. During the summer of 2017, Jocelyn interned with Tiba Foundation at the Matibabu Hospital in Kenya where she worked in the Maternal and Child Health Clinic, helping with antenatal/postnatal care, immunizations, and family planning. This past summer she returned to Kenya through Tiba to research and develop a proposal for training emergency room nurses. In the fall of 2019, she plans to pursue a medical degree at the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners In Health in Rwanda. Jocelyn ultimately hopes to become a pediatrician and public health advocate in Rwanda.
Sharon Levine, MD
Sharon Levine, MD, is Director and Senior Advisor for Public Policy, Pharmacy, and Professional Development for The Permanente Medical Group of Northern California, and has held multiple leadership roles within the medical group and within Kaiser Permanente nationally. A board certified pediatrician, Dr. Levine has held multiple leadership roles within the profession, including academic appointments at Tufts University School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine, and spent two years as a Clinical Associate at the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Dr. Levine currently serves on the Medical Board of California (President of the Board from 2012 to 2014), Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), IMQ (Institute for Medical Quality) and The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). She was appointed a Governor on the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in September, 2010. A native of Boston, Dr. Levine received her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College at Harvard University, and her MD degree and pediatric training at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Levine is married and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Moya Meckel, RN, Coordinator of Tiba's Nurse Volunteers
Moya has practiced nursing for the past 10 years, with experience in emergency, trauma and perioperative care. Most recently, she worked for Kaiser Permanente San Jose and participated in the Kaiser Permanente Emerging Leader’s Development Program. She has traveled extensively and worked as a nursing volunteer in areas of need across North America, Central America and in Kenya. Her passion is to improve nursing education and nursing care in rural areas around the world and to represent nursing in executive leadership. As of Fall 2017, Moya lives with her two young children in Connecticut where she is studying for her Master’s Degree at Yale School of Nursing.
Monica Odero-Winegar, RN
Monica was born in Kenya and holds a myriad of degrees. In addition to a Bachelors in Communication Studies, a nursing degree, and masters in nursing, Monica is a qualified family nurse practitioner as well. She presently works as a nurse at Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, CA. Her passion for and knowledge of women's medicine is invaluable for both Tiba and our Kenyan partner, Matibabu Foundation.
At Kaiser, Monica has worked as an RN in the Maternal Child, Critical Care, and Medical-Surgical Units. She has extensive experience as Administrative Hospital Nursing Supervisor and as Nurse Manager in the Medical Telemetry Units at Kaiser Hospitals in Oakland and Fremont. She currently works in the Outpatient Travel Clinic at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland. Monica first volunteered to work in Ugenya in 2004, and joined the Tiba board in 2005.
Rowland Weinstein was born in New York City, and grew up in the Bay Area. He graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in accounting. He worked as an accountant for three years before he opened the Weinstein Gallery. The art gallery has thrived for 25 years. Rowland met Gail Wagner at his gallery and was inspired by her foundation, Tiba. He has two grown children and serves on the board of the San Francisco Playhouse.
Tiba Foundation has zero overhead costs. Tiba’s board of directors supports all infrastructure, fundraising, and program management costs. 100% of donor funds go to grants to our sister organizations on the ground in Kenya.