GERALD CAPOOT, M.D., President
I was born, raised and educated in the Chicago area, including medical school and an otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. My two years in the U.S. Navy included being the medical officer on a guided missile cruiser.After doing my internship at the old Denver General Hospital and a general surgery residency at the old Colorado General Hospital, I knew I would eventually return to Denver. I have now been in the private practice of otolaryngology for 38 years in Denver, Highlands Ranch and now Littleton.
My first surgical mission with Uplift Internationale was last February. I was so impressed by the quality of the work done by Uplift Internationale that I accepted an invitation to be on their Board of Directors and definitely plan to go on the next surgical mission in February 2012.
RICHARD HENDERSHOT, M.D., Head of Mission, Taghoy Committee, Chair of Anesthesia
Dr. Richard Hendershot is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. He received his training as an anesthesiologist in the United States Navy and subspecialty training in pediatric anesthesiology and critical care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He practiced and taught pediatric anesthesiology in both academic and private settings, most recently at Children’s Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado. After almost 40 years of active practice he retired in 2011.
Continuing an interest in providing medical care to underserved children, he joined Uplift Internationale. As a Board member, his emphasis will be on overseeing the recruitment of anesthesiologists and ensuring that adequate anesthesia equipment and supplies are available to allow for the successful completion of the annual medical mission to the Philippines. He participated at the 2013 mission at Siargao.
He and his wife Sandy have two children and four grandchildren and enjoy living in Colorado. Richard says: “to have the opportunity to make an improvement in the lives of children and their family is privilege and a blessing.”
STEPHEN KREBS, M.D. Taghoy Committee
Doctor Steve Krebs is a Colorado native and a graduate of the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He practices as a primary care Internist and serves as the CEO of Wheat Ridge Internal Medicine. He is also the Chief Medical Officer at Correctional Health Partners and Physician Health Partners.Steve has served on numerous boards and is actively involved as a clinical instructor. Steve’s first mission with Uplift Internationale was in 2010. For the 2012 and 2013 mission, he was appointed as the Head of Mission. He and his wife Ellen have three daughters and all enjoy running in their free time.
JAMES NIQUETTE, Finance Committee, Treasurer
MARY McNELIS, R.N., Development Committee Chair
FRANK DeANGELIS, Development Committee
LARRY WOLK, M.D.
Dr. Larry Wolk is Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Since joining the department in September 2013, Dr. Wolk’s mission has been to simplify the health system for the citizens of Colorado and to position the department as the leader in providing evidence-based health and environmental information. During his tenure, he has overseen flood recovery, a federal shutdown, and the promulgation of the nation’s first air quality rules specific to methane reduction for oil and gas operations. His new frontier is addressing the myriad issues surrounding medical and retail marijuana.
Before coming to the department, Dr. Wolk served as Chief Executive Officer of CORHIO, Colorado’s nonprofit health information exchange. He was an executive with Correctional Healthcare Companies, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Colorado, Prudential Healthcare of Colorado, and CIGNA Healthcare. In 1996, Dr. Wolk founded the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics, one of Colorado’s largest safety net clinics and a national model for providing care to the uninsured. He continues to practice medicine there.
Dr. Wolk has received many honors, including Colorado Pediatrician of the Year, Denver Business Journal Healthcare Executive of the Year, and the 7News Denver Everyday Hero award.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment provides high-quality, cost-effective public health and environmental protection services. The department plays a critical role in providing education to Colorado’s citizens so they can make informed choices. In addition, the department is charged with identifying and responding to emerging issues that could affect Colorado’s health and environment.
SALLY CAPOOT, R.N., Taghoy Committee, Nursing
I worked as an Operating Room Technician at Porter Memorial Hospital in Denver from 1977-1983, during which time I went back to school to earn my Registered Nurse degree. I continued to work in the operating room specializing on the cardiac surgical team until 1990. From 1990-2005 I worked as an office nurse and private scrub for Dr. Gerald Capoot. Most recently I have volunteered at the Dumb Friends League in Health Care/Surgery services. I had the opportunity to be a part of the surgical team on the 2011 Operation Taghoy Mission. It was such a rewarding experience that I plan on coming back for the 2012 mission. My favorite activities include skiing, golfing, bicycling, hiking and gardening.
GINA LUTTRELL, Taghoy Committee, Outreach Born and raised in Virginia. Colorado resident for 16 years. I work as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. That is where I first heard about Uplift Internationale. I went on my first mission in 2009. I was so moved by this organizations caring spirit, commitment and ability to change children’s lives forever that I have been involved every year since.
It is a sincere privilege to be a part of such a life changing transformation that occurs for each recipient.
EDITH PASION, R.N., Taghoy Committee, Nursing
Edith Pasion was born and raised in the Philippines. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Right after, she immigrated to Kansas City, Missouri, married, and thereafter moved to Colorado. Her husband, Wilbert, and Edith, in thirty years of marriage, have had two children, Eric and Jessica.
Edith has been working at Intensive Care Unit of Saint Joseph Hospital as a Staff Nurse and Clinical Scholar since moving to Colorado. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing: Leadership in the Health Care System at Regis University. Edith has assumed leadership positions in several Filipino-American and Asian Pacific organizations in the Metro Denver area; is a past president of the Philippine American Society of Colorado (PASCO); past Co-Chair of the Aurora Asian Pacific Community Partnership; and a founding president of the Philippine Nurses Association of Colorado.
Her involvement with Uplift Internationale started when she was president of PASCO, assisting with providing cultural presentations during fundraising events and promoting Uplift Internationale among the membership of the Filipino-American and Asian Pacific organizations. Prior to being a Board Member, Edith was part of the Circle of Advisors and medical mission volunteer.
Edith says: “providing excellent care to the poor children of the rural Philippines, that is what UI believes and delivers!”
CIRCLE OF ADVISORS
CASEY TIGHE, ESQ., Development Committee, Events/Media
JACK DAHL, M.D.