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

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.

Cynthia McMurry | Treasurer

Cynthia's background is in international development. She spent the last seven years working for the micro-lending platform, focused on providing access to finance for poor entrepreneurs in the developing world. She held several different titles at Kiva, most recently serving as Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. In that role, she managed a team of Portfolio Managers and oversaw the regional implementation of Kiva's strategy from both a risk and social performance perspective. She has worked in more than 20 different countries, including extensive field work in South America, and has conducted due diligence on a range of microfinance institutions and social enterprises. Cynthia has a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University, and is currently pursuing an MBA and an MS in Environment and Resources at Stanford 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 Vice 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 a granddaughter.

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.

Teodoro Norman | Director

Teo is the Associate Vice President of Medicaid Clinical Operations for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health Plan. He has spent the past 15 years dedicated to improving population health outcomes and addressing health disparities primarily by forging strategic clinical partnerships between hospitals and community providers. Prior to joining UPMC, he served as the Administrative Director of Internal Medicine Associates at Mount Sinai Health System as well as the Senior Management Consultant tasked with restructuring ambulatory care for NYC Health +Hospitals, the largest public health system in the United States. In 2006, he obtained a Master's of Public Administration in Health Finance and Management from New York University, Robert F. Wagner, Graduate School of Public Service.
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