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. Justin Paluku is the Assistant Legal Representative (Deputy President) of HEAL Africa/DRC. He is also a qualified Obstetrician and Gynecologist.
As the very first resident doctor with HEAL Africa’s (formely DOCS) Family Medicine residency program in the year 2000, he has spent a significant amount of time mentoring many of the resident doctors who have later joined the residency program. After his Masters Degree in Family Medicine at the University of Limpopo (South Africa) in a distance learning program, he briefly served as the Medical Director of the HEAL Africa Hospital, when DOCS split up into DOCS and HEAL Africa in 2005.
In an effort to fill a need for a trained and qualified Ob/Gyn specialist to deal with the challenges of rape and vesico/recto-vaginal fistulae in the eastern part of the DRCongo, the HEAL Africa/DRC Board invested in Dr. Justin to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Makerere University.
In February 2011, the HEAL Africa DRC Board nominated him to be the Assistant Legal Representative of the organisation.
Deputy Chief of Finance
Janvier’s educational and professional background is in trade in and finance. He began his work with HEAL Africa as an accounting administrator in the Safe Motherhood program for two years and another two years as HEAL Africa hospital’s accountant before his current position. Between his work, spending time with his wife and eight children, Janvier relaxes with books and entertainment; and never misses his time of prayer and meditation to keep him grounded.
Between finishing medical school in Goma in 2002 and his residency with Doctors on Call for Service in Family Medicine, Dr. Luc spent some time working in a Rwanda refugee camp. In the period between 2005- 2007 Dr. Luc graduated in Family Medicine from Limpopo University in Pretoria while working as a Chief of Medical Staff and Coordinator of the Family Medicine Residency program at HEAL Africa. In the same year he joined Makerere University in Uganda to obtain a specialty in surgery. After his graduation in 2011, he later became a consulting surgeon with Makerere University. During 2010-2012 Dr. Luc acted as Chief Surgeon and Deputy Director of HEAL Africa hospital before beginning his current position in December of 2012.
Dr. Luc has a passion for promoting children’s health. He is from North Kivu and is married to Stéphanie Bake. They have 3 children.
Doctor William graduated from Goma Medical School in 2004. From 2009 until 2011, Dr. William completed his Masters degree in Public Health at Kinshasa University – School of Public Health. He worked at Nyakunde hospital in Beni in 2005 as a physician and at AMO-Congo HIV Clinic in Goma from 2005 to 2007 as Chief of Staff. He joined HEAL Africa in march 2007 and assumed the following responsibilities: Medical Coordinator of Heal My People Project funded by UNICEF, Medical Coordinator of HIV prevention Programs funded by Global Strategies, Deputy Program Manager in charge of Reproductive health and HIV, and has been a Program Manager since March 2013. He is the author and co-author of a number of articles on HIV/AIDS.
Dr. William is an engaged and committed HIV/AIDS philanthropist. He was born in North Kivu and is married with three children.
Executive Office Coordinator
HEAL Africa –USA Staff
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”.
Cherry comes to Heal Africa with a background in non-profits and community development. As the second staff member of HEAL Africa-USA she wears many hats to provide support.
She received her undergraduate degree from Calvin College and is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration. Outside of Heal Africa she enjoys meaningful discourse on international development topics, time with family, trail running, printmaking, exploring, eating, and laughing.
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.
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.