A diverse leadership team — utilizing skills and expertise from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds
Sean McKenna, Chair
Sean McKenna, M.D. is a general pediatrician who practices and teaches at the Children's Hospital of Richmond, where he has been a faculty member since 2003. He first traveled to Pampas Grande, Peru with a team from the University of Richmond in 2008. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford in 1999 and completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at the University of Chicago between 1999 and 2003. Professional interests include care for children with chronic illnesses, asthma, child passenger safety, medical informatics, and medical-legal partnerships. His international work has been a tremendous growth experience, which has given him utmost respect for Peru's health care system and providers and a deep love for the communities RGHA has visited. When away from work, Dr. McKenna loves spending time with his family and rooting for the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame!
Sid Dante, Executive Director, Treasurer
Sid Dante, M.D., Executive Director and Treasurer, is a co-founder of RGHA, which was formed in 2011. In 2012, he graduated from VCU/Medical College of Virginia as a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). Prior to medical school he worked as an inner-city paramedic in Pittsburgh, PA, Trenton, NJ, and his home town, Richmond, VA. During his undergraduate studies at Princeton University, he actively volunteered as an EMT/Rescue Technician. After completion of his Med-Peds residency at the University of Chicago, he plans to focus his work on developing effective clinical care systems in both the U.S. and abroad. Sid first went on the service trip to Pampas Grande, Peru in 2010. Since his first trip, he has been the catalyst behind the development of RGHA and its programs in Pampas Grande.
Sean Byrne, Legal Team Director
Sean Byrne, Esq. is the General Counsel for RGHA as well as the Legal Team Director. He is a health care attorney specializing in medical malpractice defense. He represents physicians and hospitals in state and federal courts and frequently provides health care risk management education and patient safety advice. Sean is a University of Richmond undergraduate and law alumnus, and is an adjunct faculty instructor at UR, teaching undergraduate and law school courses. A focus of his teaching is the intersection between law and medicine and collaboration between the disciplines. Sean has traveled to Peru annually since 2011 as part of the RGHA leadership team.
Emily Peron, Vice-Chair
Emily P. Peron, Pharm D, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Peron first traveled to Peru with the RGHA medical team in June 2013 and currently serves on the Board for both RGHA and VCU's Humanitarian Outreach Medical Brigade Relief Effort (HOMBRE). Dr. Peron earned her PharmD from Butler University and then completed a PGY-1 pharmacy residency and a PGY-2 geriatric pharmacy residency at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Dr. Peron then went on to earn her MS in clinical research while completing a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in geriatric pharmacotherapy at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Peron is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist and a fellow of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.
Paula Tamashiro, Medical Director
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Dr. Paula Tamashiro graduated from medical school with distinctions at the Universidad de San Martin de Porres in 2010. From 2010 to 2011, Dr. Tamashiro completed her rural rotations in Pampas Grande, Peru, where she provided primary care to 12 nearby communities. There, she met RGHA leaders and demonstrated her commitment to providing care to medically underserved communities. Upon the completion of her rural rotation, she continued to provide invaluable guidance and support to RGHA and returned to Pampas Grande with RGHA to provide medical care. In addition to her work with RGHA, she serves as the medical mission director of the Peruvian American Medical Society (PAMS).
KJ Josloff, Secretary
KJ is originally from Philadelphia, PA and plans to graduate from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a minor in Health Care Studies. He is the Vice President of the American Chemical Society student club on campus, and his undergraduate research focuses on the importance of phenolic compounds in breast cancer treatment. He became a certified EMT in the Summer of 2014 and volunteers for a station in Philadelphia. KJ first visited Pampas Grande with RGHA in the summer of 2015.
Blair Armistead, Public Health Director
Originally from Morgantown, WV, Blair Armistead lived in Richmond for 7 years while earning her bachelor of science in biology from the University of Richmond (2011) and her master of public health (MPH) from Virginia Commonwealth University (2013). While at VCU, she worked at Richmond City Health District on sexually transmitted disease prevention and as an adjunct faculty at Reynolds Community College Department of Nursing and Allied Health. She now attends the University of Washington in Seattle, where she is pursuing her PhD in pathobiology. Blair first traveled to Peru in 2009 as an undergraduate in Dr. Rick Mayes’s Cusco-based health care policy course. She has visited Pampas Grande, Peru four times since 2010, and directs projects and planning for RGHA’s women’s health initiative and Service Learning & Mentorship pillar.
In 2012, Charles Davidson joined RGHA as a legal intern. Prior to that time, he was the marketing and new business coordinator at Interbrand in Madrid, Spain; the global communications coordinator at Interbrand in New York, New York; and the national sales representative for Bone Collector Music. Charles is a native of Albany, Georgia and graduated from Georgia Southern University with degrees in political science, Spanish, and international studies. In September 2013, Charles was elected to RGHA's board. Currently, he is studying international law at the University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law.
Julie Armistead lives and practices women's health in Morgantown, WV. As a women's health nurse practitioner, she has worked for the Monongalia County Health Department for over 25 years. She earned her baccalaureate degree in nursing from West Virginia Wesleyan College and completed her post-graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania. She has special interest in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies. Her major focus within RGHA is the clinical branch of the women's health initiative, and she has visited Pampas Grande, Peru four times since 2010.
Maggie McKenna, Webmaster
Maggie McKenna is a freshman at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in Richmond, VA. She first began traveling to Peru in 2014, and has continued work with RGHA. Currently, she is in charge of maintaining the website.