After completing his undergraduate education in 1995, Adam joined the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, ultimately completing his service having attained the title of Rifle Platoon Commander. Afterwards, from 1999 to 2003, he went to medical school with the goal of becoming a doctor that specializes in emergency medicine. After graduating, when not practicing emergency medicine in the United States, he enjoyed engaging in volunteer work abroad. During one of these ventures, volunteering amidst the 2010 disaster in Haiti, Adam saw the need for a centralized network that could more strongly unite people engaged in this type of work. Equipped with military experience and a skill set in medicine, he set out to create Global First Responders (GFR) while continuing to provide health education and community development. GFR officially became a nonprofit organization in 2015. Years later, its goal remains the same: to recruit and build teams for international relief work, as well as serve as a centralized global network for agencies and individuals involved in the same. Adam enjoys the work he does and appreciates the people he has had the opportunity to work in partnership with or in service to.
Stacy has supported GFR since its inception by managing the website, social media, and behind the scenes logistics. She is the CFO of MayeCreate Design, a marketing firm that specializes in nonprofit and construction marketing. Stacy also has a background in agriculture and education as well as a true passion for helping people reach their full potential. Both Stacy’s passion and the mission of MayeCreate directly align with GFR.
Gregg is a retired Army Officer who served in peacekeeping, advisory and combat missions around the globe. Much of Gregg’s non-combat operations focused heavily on economic growth & development in several nations to rebuild key developmental provinces for infrastructure, essential services and economic development. Gregg will support GFR’s strategy, structure and assist in coordination with US Military Forces and host nation countries.
Experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the management of physicians and other clinicians across multiple specialties in the health care industry. Highly skilled in developing quality measures advancement, recruitment strategies, operational efficiencies, and revenue enhancements within large markets. A strong business development professional, a graduate of Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and Cornell University Medical College.
Russell has volunteered with Global First Responder in many ways throughout the years. He has put his construction background to use by leading trips throughout the world to improve the lives of those who need it most.
Owner of Handy Matt, LLC. Matt has been on several mission trips with GFR, where he helps build infrastructures such as shelves to house medicines and medical equipment, and constructs play areas for the local children.
J.D. has volunteered in Haiti and has pledged at least one mission per year. He enjoys helping with building projects, distribution of supplies, and what ever else the mission calls for. When he’s not on missions, he’s passionate about fundraising and helping GFR grow.
Sandra is a native of Gonaives, Haiti, and has lived in Columbia, Missouri, since 1992. Sandra is a nurse at Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She volunteers as a nurse and team leader and organizes teams of medical and non-medical volunteers for mission trips at a rural hospital 2-3 times a year in her homeland of Haiti. Sandra’s goal is to help make basic healthcare accessible to all Haitians.