Here is a short introduction to some of the key personnel behind HEAL Africa: those who administer the hospital and organization locally in Goma, those who run the various programs sponsored by HEAL Africa, and the Board of Directors from the US-based fundraising organization (HEAL Africa USA). To read more about our staff, visit our Staff Spotlight page.
Staff of the Goma-based HEAL Africa non-governmental organization registered in DR Congo
Co-Founder and Legal Representative
Dr. Lusi has been an orthopedic surgeon in rural Congo for most of his adult life. He studied medicine at the University (formerly Louvanium) of Kinshasa, Congo, and did his orthopedics specialization in Belgium. After completing his studies, he returned to Nyankunde Mission Hospital, and worked there as an orthopedic surgeon for the next nineteen years.
In 1993 he joined MAP International in Nairobi as Regional Director of Health Development. He returned in 1994 to Goma, in Congo, and in 1996 began the work now registered in Congo as DOCS HEAL Africa, training young African doctors to carry on the work of mission hospitals in rural medicine. His vision and passion are inspiring the new generations of young medical professionals.
Dr. Lusi was a senator in the transitional government of Congo, but his first love is orthopedic outreach surgery for disabled children in remote corners of Congo.
Family Medicine, OB-Gyn, Assistant Legal Representative
Dr. Lussy recently completed his OB-GYN specialty at Makerere University of Uganda, and has returned to practice at HEAL Africa, Goma, where he mentors younger doctors.
HEAL Africa –USA Staff
Executive Director HEAL Africa-USA
Cal has served in leadership positions in the for-profit and the non-profit world for over 35 years. His service includes 10 years of executive leadership for an international ministry with offices in 10 countries. Most recently Cal served as CEO of Doctors on Call for Service (DOCS,) an organization focused on medical education in Africa. It was while in this position that he developed ties to HEAL Africa and its work. He says,” The vision of HEAL Africa for transforming communities by providing physical, educational, emotional and spiritual resources resonates with me and energizes me. I count it a privilege to serve with HEAL Africa”.
Board of Directors, HEAL Africa – USA
Theodore Ruel, MD is a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco. He first traveled to Goma in 2002, soon after the eruption of Mt. Nyiragongo that left the city in ruins. There he met Lyn and Jo Lusi and, impressed by their devotion and accomplishments, supported the creation and growth of HEAL Africa. He has been serving on the board of HEAL Africa USA since 2007.
Judy Gay Kee was born and raised in New England, educated at Gordon College, Johns Hopkins University and Frontier Nursing University, Hyden KY. Ms Kee served as a career medical missionary to the Democratic Republic of Congo for two decades, training nurses at the ITM, Evangelical Medical Center, Nyankunde in the northeast Congo. It was there she met and worked with Dr. Jo and Lyn Lusi. At the completion of her assignment, Ms Kee turned over her teaching, leadership development and supervision responsibility to a qualified nurse and former student, having accomplished the goal of training qualified nursing personnel for the future. She has traveled extensively, promoting local national leadership in the medical field and in local church-based ministries. She has returned to northeast Congo to support her former students in their continued commitment to health care and training of professionals.
Morgan Hodgson, a practicing attorney, is a partner in Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a national law firm. Morgan practices in the firm’s Washington, DC headquarters, where she is a senior member of the Litigation Department and specializes in the areas of employment and employee benefits law. Her clients include a wide range of employers, including small and large tax-exempt organizations and Fortune 100 companies. Morgan has also served as Vice Chair of Steptoe and chairs its Technology Committee. She has long been active in providing pro bono legal services as part of Steptoe’s pro bono program. Morgan is married, with five adult children, and is an active parishioner at Christ Church Georgetown, where she chairs its Finance Committee and has served on its Strategic Planning Committee.
Marc Erickson, MD is a retired Emergency Medicine MD; a retired senior pastor of East Rook Church; a consultant for HOME (Health outreach to the Middle East), married father of 5 married children and Grandfather to 22 Grandchildren.
Curtis Preik, MD is a practicing family physician and a clinic medical director for Cabarrus Family Medicine in Charlotte, NC. He also works as assistant medical director of PSG Canopy Electronic Health Records for Carolinas Healthcare System. The primary catalyst to his career in medicine and passion for the Congolese people was an extended volunteer opportunity working with Jo Lusi in Goma during the summer of 2000. Curtis also serves the DRC through work with Doctors on Call for Service as both a volunteer teaching physician and board member since 2008.