Board of Directors

Romiya Barry | President and Chair

Romiya started her career in research & development where she worked on medical devices for use in laboratory monitoring of patients with HIV in resource‐limited settings. She transitioned to the field of clinical research after recognizing how operations at clinical trial sites greatly affected the patients and, therefore, the immediate community the clinics served. Focusing on improvements to trial operations and management, she has provided oversight to several international, multi-center observational and comparative studies. Romiya has performed clinical research functions in regulatory affairs, clinical marketing, and program & project management. Her work has supported the development of medical devices for patients with critical care health issues and chronic diseases such as HIV, thrombotic and bleeding disorders, and Type 2 diabetes. She serves as a merit reviewer for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, volunteers for Project Managers without Borders, and maintains active participation in several professional and community organizations. Romiya holds an M.Sc. in Clinical Investigation from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a B.Sc. in Biology/Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Translational Health Sciences from The George Washington University. She lives in Groton, MA with her husband and their two children.

Chris Meelia | Vice President and Treasurer

Chris is a Professor of Business & Management at Wheaton College, focusing on entrepreneurship, ethics and business fundamentals. He is also the owner and Managing Partner of Meelia Ventures, a private equity investment firm focused on early-stage healthcare startups. Chris currently serves as a member of the Tufts Medical Center Board of Governors and plays an active role in the philanthropic community in Boston. Chris was previously a healthcare veteran with two decades of leadership experience at the intersection of healthcare, technology and finance. He has held leadership positions in large and small healthcare companies, including several startups. Chris has an undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell and a Masters degree in Healthcare Leadership (~Healthcare MBA) from Brown University.

Angi Kang, M.D., M.P.H. | Secretary

Angi is one of HHI’s co-founders and served as an International Programs Director from 2009-2010, establishing HHI’s on-the-ground presence in the Dominican Republic. She graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in International Relations and Community Health. Her coursework and interests span a variety of fields, from global poverty to performance. She graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2014 with an M.D., M.P.H, and is currently a chief medical resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital in their Internal Medicine Primary Care Program.

Craig W. Czarsty, M.D., DABFM | President Emeritus

Craig W. Czarsty, M.D., DABFM, is the Incorporator of Health Horizons and served as its first President from 2009 to 2017. He has been in the private practice of family medicine in Oakville, Connecticut, since 1983. He received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University and did his residency in Family Medicine at Roanoke Memorial Hospitals, Roanoke, VA. He has been very involved in organized medicine and is a Past-President of the Connecticut State Medical Society and the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians. He is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine, the organization which board certifies family physicians nationwide. He is currently the Chair of the ABFM Foundation. His first medical service trip to the Dominican Republic was in 2005. He and his wife, Margaret, live in Watertown, Connecticut, and have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Brad Wilkinson, M.D., DABFM | Director

Brad Wilkinson, M.D. is a semi-retired family physician living in Durham, Connecticut who now works solely in a volunteer capacity. He sees patients three days a week at the Malta House of Care, a mobile clinic serving the uninsured and underserved of central Connecticut, as well as two to three medical trips overseas annually, mostly with HHI. He and his wife Mary like to spend as much time as possible trying to (unsuccessfully) micromanage the lives of their five adult children and play with their three sainted grandchildren. He served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors from 2009 to 2017.

Anne Brewer, M.D. | Director

Anne recently left Stamford Hospital where she worked over 20 years serving as Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency and then Director of Palliative Care. She now practices rural medicine at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend VT. Anne has been a dedicated volunteer to HHI since her first medical service trip in 2008 and brings to the Board of Directors her experiences as a medical practitioner, her background in public health, and her perspectives as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She is married to The Very Rev James Kowalski, Emeritus Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC. She and her husband have 2 children, 1 grandson and another grandchild soon to be arriving.

Stacy Taylor, M.D. | Director

Stacy is a family physician with Hartford Healthcare Medical Group in Torrington, CT. and represents her area’s primary care physicians on the local hospital’s medical executive committee. She has had a lifetime of experience in volunteering for a wide variety of organizations but it is Health Horizons International which has provided the greatest amount of satisfaction since her first eye-opening January trip in 2010. Stacy also gets tremendous satisfaction from teaching and is a community faculty preceptor to both medical and physician assistant students. She volunteers as a medical director for a local hospice and is an active member of the diversity, equity and inclusion and palliative care committees for Hartford Healthcare. Stacy is an alternate delegate for the American Medical Association. She is on the boards of the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS) and Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP). She is the Legislative Chair and a past-president of the CAFP. Stacy is the Secretary of the CSMS, represents her county at the state level, and is the Chair of the CSMS Women’s Section as well as being on the legislative committee. Having a strong background and prior career in computer science, she has worked with IBM on Watson and is currently involved with launching an AI neurocognitive diagnostic tool, BrainCheck, throughout Hartford Healthcare primary care. She and her patient spouse, Richard, own numerous peacocks, dogs, and cats. They have a grown son, Marc in NYC, who, having grown up seeing his mother as both a computer scientist and a physician, chose to be a… (can you guess?)


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