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Leadership and Board of Directors

Executive Leadership

Howard Hauptman, MD


Howard is one of the original team members and a veteran of 15 consecutive trips, where he functioned in many capacities. He helped in organizing pre-trip planning and arranged for vital equipment to be loaned for use in Atima. While in Atima, he treated internal medicine and rheumatology patients, and was responsible for the pharmacy. He remains committed to the work that continues to be done by OCHO, for the benefit of the people of Honduras.


Kristin Brockmeyer-Stubbs,


Kristin Brockmeyer-Stubbs is an occupational therapist (OT) who joined OCHO for the 2012 brigade and who now considers Atima and its community her summer home/family. The primary goal of OT is to enable people to participate in activities of everyday life.  She is excited to partner with the Honduran teachers and the OCHO team to continue to eliminate barriers towards independence, to promote participation and engagement in childhood occupations and routines, and to advocate for the unique needs of children and families with special needs.  She helps to identify, collect, fit and modify the therapy equipment donated each year.


Ali Allen

Vice President

Ali Allen is a foreign language teacher at Gilman, and is currently completing her masters in Spanish at Middlebury College. She joined OCHO in 2016 as an interpreter, translator, and co-leader in running workshops on public health and healthy relationships to the youth of rural communities in Honduras. She is an active member of the Fundraising and Marketing Committee.


Fatima Salem,


Fatima Salem is a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Speech and Language Pathologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders (KKI/CARD). She grew up speaking Spanish with her family who is Cuban-American, but really improved her skills when she started working with bilingual families.  Currently, Fatima leads group and individual treatment for children on the Autism Spectrum and over the past year has been a part of a diagnostic team that specifically serves Spanish speaking families. She has been involved with OCHO for 4 years, and has gone to Honduras with the brigade 3 times. She has lived in the neighborhood of Canton in Baltimore City for 8 years


Susan Emrich, MBA


Susan Emrich joined the OCHO Board of Directors in late 2019 as Treasurer.  She has 25 years experience in commercial banking at JPMorgan and looks forward to assisting to organization and operating communities with financial planning and fundraising initiatives.

Board of Directors

Cristina Sáenz de Tejada, PhD

Anna Maria Wilms Floet, MD

Dr. Anna Maria Wilms Floet is a behavioral/developmental pediatrician in Baltimore and has participated in OCHO brigade since 2014. She has joined the efforts of the outreach clinic team that visits children with special needs in and around the Atima. She coordinates the educational program that allows Honduran teachers and medical professionals to visit Baltimore as part of knowledge exchange. She is interested in finding ways to create sustainable services and healthy environments for children with special needs.

Single mom to an amazing 14 year old. Obtained bachelor of science in nursing in 1996 from Salisbury state university and University of Maryland Nurse practitioner in 2004. 2005 started working in Rheumatology private practice in Towson with Howard Hauptman and now Working in dermatology clinical education for Novartis. Ended up working in Rheumatology due to personal passion for psoriatic disease. Was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 1997 and have suffered with psoriasis since early childhood. Enjoy maintaining healthy active lifestyle which includes anything outdoors, hiking, kayaking, camping and gardening. First got involved with Honduras medical mission trips in 2009 and went to Atima three years in a row. Super excited to be back involved with OCHO

Veselina Mineva

Veselina Mineva graduated from Towson University, double majoring in International Studies and Spanish, with a minor in Italian. She joined OCHO as a Social Media intern during her senior year at TU and following graduation, was employed as Social Media Administrator. Amongst many things, her duties entail facilitating communication between OCHO members and followers and keeping our social media platforms and website updated.

Bo Brand

Bo Brand is a therapeutic assistant in a hospital in Baltimore and is an aspiring medical student. She has been a participant in the OCHO Medical Brigade since 2013. She has been the administrative assistant for OCHO since January 2020. As administrative assistant she is involved in preparing the brigade for the annual trip and facilitating communication with OCHO members.

Administrative Team

Bo Brand

Veselina Mineva
Former Board Members

Ken Tellerman, MD

Cathy Bennett

Patrick Ercole, PhD

Robert Ercole, Esq

Pat Hauptman, RN

Marc Honig, MD

Yves Joseph, PT

Peter Kirchgraber, Esq

Mike Linnan, DDS

Hal Malone

Will McConnell, MD

Dan Medani

Rev. Cristina Paglinauan

Jim Rice, MD

Rev. Paul Tunkle

Helen Walker, MD

John Wogan, MD

Elsy Vice

Cristina Sáenz de Tejada is a Spanish teacher at an independent school in Baltimore and joined OCHO in 2007 as a translator.  Since then, she has served several roles in the organization from translator to medical coordinator of the annual brigade to the serve as the most recent president.  She currently serves as the main point of contact with our partners in Honduras, as well as in Baltimore City. She is passionate about building cross-cultural and mutually-beneficial partnerships.

Rebecca Younglove Marsden, MSN, APRN, ANP-C

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