The Team

Meet some of our dedicated staff and volunteers who help keep Strong Villages super strong!
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Healthcare Providers


Dr. Laura Matsunaga

Dentist Anesthesiologist- CA

Having received her DDS from the USC School of Denistry, Dr. Matsunaga served her Dental Anesthesiology residency at LLUD. She taught at the USC School Of Dentistry. Dr. Matsunaga is also on the executive board for Strong Villages. Laura L. Matsunaga, D.D.S. - Dentist Anesthesiologist 

 

 

    Dr. Ananda Murthy

    Dentist- Long Beach, CA

    Dr. Ananda Murthy has been practicing dentistry for over 25 years. His private practice is located in Long Beach, California. He has received lots of praise from patients. Dr. Murthy also serves on the advisory board for Strong Villages. 

      Dr. Krishan Patel

      Dentist- Austin, TX

      Dr. Krishan Patel received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School Of Dentistry. After then, he worked in multiple practices. Then, in 2015 he purchased Parkfield Family Dental in Austin, Texas. He is fluent in  English, Gujarati and Spanish. Dr. Patel also serves on the advisory board for Strong Villages. Parkfield Family Dental 

        Dr. Charlie Arita

        Dentist- Morgan Hill, CA

        Dr. Arita received his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco Dental School in 1988. He served the next four years in the U.S. Navy stationed in the US and overseas. He received his post graduate endodontic certificate in 1994 from the UMD and practices in Morgan Hill, CA. He volunteers for the UCSF dental school, Flying Samaritans and Strong Villages.

          Dr. Bobby Stankov

          Dentist- LA,CA

          Dr. Stankov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and graduated from the Medical University of Sofia. He has practiced for over 27 years with offices in Woodland Hills, California. He is a member of: ADA, CDA, International Congress of Oral Implantologists and a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry.  New Look Dentistry: Stankov Bobby S DDS

            Dr. Zacharias J. Kalarickal

            Dentist-Wesley Chapel, FL

            Dr. Zacharias J. Kalarickal is a graduate of the USF and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree from Case Western Reserve University. Upon completing Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the US Naval Dental Center in NC, he served as a Navy dentist. In 2002 he began private practice in Wesley Chapel, FL and volunteers for ADA and Strong Villages.

              Shalaka Desai

              Denistry- India, US

              Shalaka Desai is a licensed dentist in India, and is a dental assistant in the US.  Currently she is pursueing a degree in dentistry from the US. She and her husband, who is an engineer live in northern California. They are involved in many organizations such as CDA events where they give back to society. Shalaka is also a coordinator for Strong Villages projects in India.

                Dr. Rupal Patel

                Dr. Rupal Patel graduated from The Ohio State University and licensed in Medical Doctor in State of Florida. She specializes in Internal Medicine. She is pursuing higher education while praticing in the Tamp Florida Area. She is also a Strong Villages volunteer.

                  Dr. Divya Raina

                  Dentist- Atlanta, GA

                  Dr. Divya Raina has been practicing for over fifteen years with her office located in the suburbs of Atlanta GA. Her husband,  Dr. Rakesh Raina is an endodontist with offices in the Atlanta area as well. Dr. Raina speaks English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. Dr. Raina is a Strong Villages Dentist.

                    Dr. Jenni Abramowicz

                    Dentist - Louisiana

                    Dr. Jenni is licensed as a DMD dentist, with offices located in Louisiana, USA. A native and a graduate from LSU as well as Midwestern University in Arizona, she was only 17 years old on her first dental & medical trip to Belize . Dr Jenni is a member of the advisory board of directors for Strong Villages.  Dr Jenni Triola Abramowicz @ LinkedIn

                      Wilma Redler Peterson

                      Lab Technician- LA, CA

                      Wilma is a leading master lab technician and designed labs for over four decades. She has worked for  Glidewell Laboratories in California. In addition, Wilma has a lifetime legacy of working with indigenous people, including those in the Philippine Islands. Wilma works with Strong Villages in Belize. 

                        Dr. Ami Majmundar

                        Dentist- Atlanta, GA

                        Dr. Ami Desai Majmundar has been practicing for over ten years and lives near Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Majmundar speaks multiple languages and loves to travel the world. She is a highly proficient and professional in her field. She recently traveled to Belize, Central America as a Strong Villages Global Volunteer Dentist.

                          Judith Aguinaga, RDH

                          Hygenist- New York, NY

                          Judy is a Registered Dental Hygienist, in the New York, NY area, who has a very gentle touch! Judy is very caring and concerned about her patients and makes them feel at ease. Judy is also fluent in Spanish. When Judy is not at work or with family and friends she travels as a Strong Villages Global Volunteer.

                            Melanie Alviar RDH

                            Hygenist- New York, NY

                            Melanie is a Registered Dental Hygienist, in the New York, NY area, who takes care of preventative dental care needs. She loves her patients! Melanie is originally from the Philippines and fluent in multiple languages. When Melanie is not at work or with family she travels as a Strong Villages Global Volunteer.

                              Dr.Paige Brainard

                              OB/GYN - Arizona, US

                              Dr. Paige Brainard has interests in Da Vinci Surgery, Diagnostic gynecology,Diagnostic Gynecologic Ultrasound.  Having received her education from ASU BSN Nursing, UOA Medical School and UOA OB/Gyn residency. She is a member of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Strong Villages volunteer.

                               

                                Dr. Fredy Perez

                                Optometrist - LA, CA

                                Dr. Fredy Perez is an Optometrist and originally from the Dominican Republic.  He is the past district governor for District 4-L1,  2015-2016 for Lions Club International, which provide services with an emphasis in eyesight and for over 100 years have brought care to millions.  He is serving on the board for multiple charitable organizations and is a Strong Villages volunteer.

                                  US Team Members


                                  Jeff MacIntyre

                                  Producer- LA, CA

                                  Jeff is an Emmy Award winning producer who has logged 15+ years as a freelance producer, shooter & editor for ABC News. Assignments have taken him to Africa, Europe, Indonesia, The Middle East as well as Central and South America. Jeff has won 11 Emmy Awards. He is a Strong Villages traveler and co-founder of Strong Villages Inc. Jeff's video production company, Content Media Group.

                                    Vicki Crawford Weiss

                                    Donor Relations - LA, CA

                                    Vicki Crawford Weiss is a licensed real estate agent and successful business woman with vast experience in publishing, marketing, and the travel industry. She helps cordinate Strong Villages dental and medical trips abroad and is involved in many fundraising activites. As a board member, she bring many years of valuable business experience to Strong Villages.

                                      Joe Bealer

                                      Group Leader - LA, CA

                                      Joe Bealer is  currently an economic student at California Lutherna University with an interest in finance, economics, demographic research forecasting and planning.  As a board member, he brings the voice of the youth to Strong Villages. He assist with fund raising activities, social media and team building for our dental and medical trips to Belize. Joe Bealer@LinkedIn

                                       

                                        Justin Sherrill

                                        Pilot- Los Angeles, CA

                                        Justin is a licensed pilot responsible for navigating international airspace to fly dental and medical teams to remote volunteer clinics in Baja, Mexico. He is involved in sales for the procurement and acquisition of domestic private aircraft to be sold to overseas clientele. He received his degree in International Development Studies from UCLA in 2015 and is a volunteer for the Flying Samaritans as well as Strong Villages.

                                          Mengjiao Wang

                                          Computer System Engineer

                                          Mengjiao is a international graduate student from California Lutheran University majored in Information System Technology. She comes from China and is being very supportive to villages culture. She is helping Strong Villages with data management, website management, office software and hardware, and so on. 

                                            Robert Romero

                                            Social Media Manager

                                            Robert Romero is currently a student who is going to Moorpark College in the near future and works for three companies. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and an excellent musician. He is a young man full of sense of responsibility and is inspired to work hard. He is in charge of Strong Villages' social media marketing.

                                              Lori Cohen Weiss

                                              Fundraising- LA, CA

                                              Lori has a business degree from UCLA and works in the manufacturing industry in Los Angeles, California. She has a life time of volunteerism with her synagogue, local schools, charities and foundations. She is our Strong Villages volunteer coordinator, a fundraiser and a Strong Village traveler.

                                                Blair Black

                                                Research Manager- LA, CA

                                                Blair is a UCLA Anthropology graduate and has worked on Anthropology Independent Research Projects where she assisted faculty members at UCLA to examine the development of multiculturalism in black cultural aesthetics through music.  Blair is a Project Research Manager for Strong Villages. Blair Black@ LinkedIn

                                                 

                                                 

                                                  Markisha Chong

                                                  Project Research- LA, CA

                                                  Markisha is a  UCLA International Development graduate and has experience as a Peer Advisor for the UCLA Shape Program. Markisha has also worked with ACPACYS ( Asociacion Cordobesa de Paralysis Cerebral y Afecciones Similares). Markisha is also a Strong Villages Project Researcher.   Markisha Chong@ LinkedIn

                                                    Chris Cummings

                                                    Web Developer- Cleveland, TN

                                                    Chris Cummings is the Strong Villages webmaster.  He lives in Cleveland, TN with his wife and two daughters and works full time as a web developer specializing in Wordpress and PHP programming. Chris and his wife, who is a nurse, are active in missions work in Mexico and look forward to working in other areas of the world.

                                                    Cindy Valero

                                                    Travel Coordinator - AZ

                                                    Cindy is a real estate lease up expert who works in Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California for Greystar Real Estate Management. She is a village traveler and coordinator for Strong Villages. She assit other villages travelers with support and information as they seek to provide services to indigenous people worldwide. Cindy Valero@ LinkedIn

                                                      Lynn Bealer

                                                      Director/Co-Founder

                                                      Lynn has traveled internationally for over 20 years with dental & medical missions allover the world and is the  Co-founder and International Director for Strong Villages. Lynn holds a RE Corporate License. She has a MA in Sociology with an emphasis in Gender Equality. She also is a member of the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section for the ASA. Lynn is a Strong Villages Global volunteer. Lynn Bealer @ LinkedIn

                                                        Belize Team Members


                                                        Justin Sherrill

                                                        Pilot- Los Angeles, CA

                                                        Justin is a licensed pilot responsible for navigating international airspace to fly dental and medical teams to remote volunteer clinics in Baja, Mexico. He is involved in sales for the procurement and acquisition of domestic private aircraft to be sold to overseas clientele. He received his degree in International Development Studies from UCLA in 2015 and is a volunteer for the Flying Samaritans as well as Strong Villages.

                                                          Everett Foster (Barts)

                                                          Rep-Toledo District, Belize

                                                          Mr. Everett Foster (Barts ) is the Toledo District Belize Representative for Strong Villages. With his vast experience of working with dental and volunteer groups for nearly twenty years, Barts is an intricate and essential part of the programs currently provided by Strong Villages in Belize. Barts is also a Ministry of Health ambulance driver for the Toledo District in Belize.

                                                            Dr. Charlie Arita

                                                            Dentist- Morgan Hill, CA

                                                            Dr. Arita received his dental degree from the University of California, San Francisco Dental School in 1988. He served the next four years in the U.S. Navy stationed in the US and overseas. He received his post graduate endodontic certificate in 1994 from the UMD and practices in Morgan Hill, CA. He volunteers for the UCSF dental school, Flying Samaritans and Strong Villages.

                                                              Dr. Zacharias J. Kalarickal

                                                              Dentist-Wesley Chapel, FL

                                                              Dr. Zacharias J. Kalarickal is a graduate of the USF and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery Degree from Case Western Reserve University. Upon completing Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency at the US Naval Dental Center in NC, he served as a Navy dentist. In 2002 he began private practice in Wesley Chapel, FL and volunteers for ADA and Strong Villages.

                                                                Zelda Tanner

                                                                Educator- Belize

                                                                Zelda Tanner is a resident teacher and mother living in the Toledo District of Belize. She speaks multiple languages and holds an important position as an interpreter and  Strong Villages representative in Belize, Central America. She is responsible for our electronic data clinical intake procedures and provides training to other volunteers. Zelda Tanner @ LinkedIn

                                                                  Mary Brioschi Arita

                                                                  Dental Assistant- Morgan Hill, CA

                                                                  Mary Brioschi Arita is a licensed dental assistant and works with her husband Dr. Charlie Arita at their practice in Morgan Hill, California. She is also a licensed cosmetologist and has such a giving heart and positive personality. Mary has volunteered many years in Mexico with the Flying Samaritans, as well as traveled on multiple volunteers missions to Vietnam and other remote destinations. She also volunteers in Belize for Strong Villages.

                                                                    Lynn Bealer

                                                                    Director/Co-Founder

                                                                    Lynn has traveled internationally for over 20 years with dental & medical missions allover the world and is the  Co-founder and International Director for Strong Villages. Lynn holds a RE Corporate License. She has a MA in Sociology with an emphasis in Gender Equality. She also is a member of the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section for the ASA. Lynn is a Strong Villages Global volunteer. Lynn Bealer @ LinkedIn

                                                                      Ecuador Team Members


                                                                      Marcia Campodonico Fallert

                                                                      Representative- Ecuador

                                                                      Marcia resides in Los Angeles, California and Zurich, Switzerland. She is originally for Guayaquil, Ecuador. She is fluent in Spanish, English and German. Marcia owned a successful travel agency for many years and help travelers, many famous celebrities travel to destinations such as Cuba, Ecuador, Chile and other places around the world. She loves her country of Ecuador and is a valuable member of the Strong Villages team!

                                                                        Chris Romero

                                                                        Group Leader-Ecuador

                                                                        Chris Romero is currently a nursing student at CSU Channel Islands, is bilingual fluent both in Spanish and English. He began his volunteerism in elementary school by collecting supplies such as toothbrushes and other needed items for the Quiche Mayan Indians in Belize. He is a Strong Villages volunteer and group leader for both Belize and  Ecuador.

                                                                          Lynn Bealer

                                                                          Director/Co-Founder

                                                                          Lynn has traveled internationally for over 20 years with dental & medical missions allover the world and is the  Co-founder and International Director for Strong Villages. Lynn holds a RE Corporate License. She has a MA in Sociology with an emphasis in Gender Equality. She also is a member of the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section for the ASA. Lynn is a Strong Villages Global volunteer. Lynn Bealer @ LinkedIn

                                                                            India Team Members


                                                                            Shalaka Desai

                                                                            Denistry- India, US

                                                                            Shalaka Desai is a licensed dentist in India, and is a dental assistant in the US.  Currently she is pursueing a degree in dentistry from the US. She and her husband, who is an engineer live in northern California. They are involved in many organizations such as CDA events where they give back to society. Shalaka is also a coordinator for Strong Villages projects in India.

                                                                              Dr. Fredy Perez

                                                                              Optometrist - LA, CA

                                                                              Dr. Fredy Perez is an Optometrist and originally from the Dominican Republic.  He is the past district governor for District 4-L1,  2015-2016 for Lions Club International, which provide services with an emphasis in eyesight and for over 100 years have brought care to millions.  He is serving on the board for multiple charitable organizations and is a Strong Villages volunteer.

                                                                                Lynn Bealer

                                                                                Director/Co-Founder

                                                                                Lynn has traveled internationally for over 20 years with dental & medical missions allover the world and is the  Co-founder and International Director for Strong Villages. Lynn holds a RE Corporate License. She has a MA in Sociology with an emphasis in Gender Equality. She also is a member of the Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity Section for the ASA. Lynn is a Strong Villages Global volunteer. Lynn Bealer @ LinkedIn