Founder & CEO
Dr. Adam Beckett is Board Certified physician in Emergency Medicine and has been in active practice at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia since completing his residency at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago in 2006. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a BS degree in biology.
Following his undergraduate studies he spent 4 years in the United Sate Marine Corps as an infantry platoon commander in the First Marine Division. He was honorable discharged in 1999 and then attended medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Today he continues to work at the University of Missouri Hospital and at Truman Veterans Administration Hospital also located in Columbia. In 2011 Dr. Beckett organized Global First Responder LLC and personally funded all of its operations until 2014 when he founded Global First Responder Foundation (GFR) as a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt and all volunteer non-profit organization. GFR focuses its operations on providing medical and community infrastructure development missions across the globe.
Maternal and Infant Health & Wellness Programs
Carolyn started her career working in the Cable TV Industry for over 15 years for Time Warner Cable Inc. and Discovery Channel, researching consumer behavior, buying habits, and retention methods. Carolyn held positions as a Manager of Consumer Research at Time Warner and Sr. Manager at Discovery Communication Inc. These positions provided the knowledge to create segment marketing strategies prior to the social media era.
After leaving Discovery Channel, Carolyn transferred her knowledge and skills sets as a business consultant for McKinley Marketing in Alexandria Va. As a McKinley business consultant for over two years Carolyn worked with several Non Profit and For-Profit organizations, providing them with direct marking and sales strategies to increase sales and developing client loyalty programs.
After working for several Fortune 500 companies, Carolyn decided it was time for her to start my own company. She launched Momease in 1997. Momease has served over 13,500 new and expecting parents, averaging 900 a year in the Washington DC Metro area. Momease contracts with 4 out of 5 hospitals in the DC area, Sibley, Georgetown, Washington Hospital, and George Washington University Hospital. Momease provides services such as Childbirth Classes, Infant CPR, Baby Care, and Labor & Postpartum Doula services.
Carolyn is a Breastfeeding Basics Instructor, Trained Lamaze Childbirth Educator, and training Labor Doula. In the last ten years, she has attended over 530 births (93% Vaginal delivery rate, 3% VBACs and 4% Cesarean) and has taught over 3,300 expecting parents in childbirth classes. She is certified in Rebozo techniques and is a certified Breastfeeding and Lamaze trained educator. She is a certified childbirth educator with the International Childbirth Educator Association.
As an African American Business owner, Carolyn is focusing on decreasing the mortality and morbidity rate among all women, especially women of color.
Fundraising & Development
Donna Beckett is Dr. Adam Beckett’s mother. She is a 1969 graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in Education. She raised 4 sons, all of whom served in the Marine Corps.
She has worked in the airline, travel and clothing sales businesses and in 1992 she founded a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization, Assistance League of Mid-Missouri (ALMM). ALMM has grown into a successful philanthropic NGO with 315 members. ALMM is operated entirely by volunteers and has provided millions of dollars in assistance to schools, women and children in central Missouri.
Kelly Crowell graduated from Creighton University with a BA in Cultural and Medical Anthropology with an emphasis in Native American Culture. She is currently pursuing her MBA in International Business and Marketing at Northwest Missouri State University.
Kelly began her medical career in Pharmacy over 20 years ago and has worked as a Technician in Long Term Care, Retail, and Inpatient Hospital Pharmacies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. While she was with UNMC she also gained her National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) license and was a part of the City Wide Disaster Team, Decontamination and Haz Mat Response Team, and the Radiological Terrorism Response Team. Kelly also has experience working as a Heart Arrhythmia Specialist at the Creighton University Medical Center.
Kelly began serving overseas during the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and has been doing so ever since. She has over 12 years of working in leadership roles in various nonprofit organizations. Currently she is the Pharmacy Program Manager at the Charles Drew Health Center, a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC), in Omaha Nebraska who’s mission is to serve uninsured individuals and address health disparities within the community.
International Logistics & Field Operations
Amy Jordheim has a Master in Public Health from Benedictine University and has worked in all over the world in public health for 2 decades. She has published as author and co-author numerous continuing education courses designed to help medical personal to improve their cultural communication skills when talking about a variety of infectious and chronic diseases and to learn more about diseases that well known around the world but rare in the United States.
Amy has also authored many community health education courses including a course designed to help the spread of infectious disease that has been published in more than 10 languages. She has led more than 75 medical and dental teams into the field during disasters, for post-disaster recovery, and to improve the health and health education of many communities around the world.
In her spare time, Amy is a dedicated volunteer, a Nationally Registered Advanced EMT working on an ambulance and in a busy Emergency Department in rural Colorado, a photographer, a weaver, and most importantly, with her husband of 43 years, a parent and grandparent to a bunch of above-average children (in their own minds) and a wonderful dog named CIMO.
Volunteer & Community Health Education Programming
Aloha! I’m Suzie Lee, I live on the Big Island of Hawaii. I’m super excited to be a part of GFR. I’ve been a teacher for more than 25 years, certified in both general and special education.
My passion for helping others led me to volunteer, and I’ve been leading medical clinic trips all over the globe for close to ten years. It is truly one of my callings in life. Community sustainability is very important to me and GFR is committed in this direction. I look forward to seeing and working with you in the field!
International Development and Programs
Chris Troendle was born in the far northeast corner of Iowa. He graduated from Saint Mary’s University with degrees in Environmental Biology, Studio Art and Graphic Design. After graduation he went to work as an archeological consultant for the next ten years. Still being a young man, he decided that he wanted to give back to society and joined the Peace Corps, serving in The Gambia, West Africa.
While working in Africa he met his wonderful wife and returned to the U.S. to seek his master’s degree. He received his degree in International Development at Clark University with a Summa Cum Laude honors. He continued onto a PhD. that was a specialized combination of environmental conservation, sustainable agriculture, and food security. Shortly after graduating he worked as a consultant for numerous international agencies such as UNICEF, CRS, USAID, etc.… After fifteen years of world travel, he and his wife wanted to settle down and start a family and soon became the Director of Conservation and Land Management at Whiterock Conservancy in Coon Rapids, Iowa. After serving for five years for Whiterock, he was recruited to take on the role of Chief Executive for the Mid America Council for the Boy Scouts of America. There he had oversight of three states for overall programming, budgeting, and staffing.
Having six boys growing up so far from his home, the loss of his brother and aging parents, he soon came to realize it was time to go home. Within months of reaching his decision to make the next step, to his amazement he was approached to take on a new role as Vice President for Lansing Housing Products. He immediately found a new mission with a purpose. He could be part of a dynamic business that saves the lives of children by manufacturing high quality window screens. This new adventure has brought him home with a purpose and has given him an opportunity to work with an amazing group of people that are changing lives.