Brad Gautney MPH, MSN/PNP - President
Lydia Bristol - Regional Director, East Africa
Laci Spengler MSN, APRN, CNM - Regional Director, West Africa
Monica Gautney MA - Administration
Katelyn Yuen MPH - Research Associate
Sarah Finocchario-Kessler PhD, MPH - Kansas University Medical Center: Research Coordinator
May Maloba RN GHI Kenya Country Director
Irene Odera - Nairobi HITSystem Coordinator
Sharon Koech - Kericho and Kaspabet HITSystem Research Coordinator
Emmy Adagi - Kapsabet Peer Educator
Samoel Khamadi PhD, MPH, MBA - Research and Acting Laboratory Operations Director, HJFMRI
Farida Segesela BSc,Msc - Health Monitoring and Evaluation
Eddah Maseko MPH - Malawi Country Director
Karen Bhima - HITSystem Coordinator
Leonard Misomali - HITSystem Coordinator
Board of Directors
Dr. Sharon Spooner
Sharon is a Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Strabismus surgeon in Santa Monica, California. She has an beautiful heart for providing health care for women and children both in the US and abroad. Sharon and Brad first met when traveling to Malawi together where Sharon provided her medical input and expertise on building the Pothawira Hospital, which now sees roughly 200-300 mothers and their children per day.
Jenny grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. She left KC to attend Baylor University where she studied Studio Art and Photography. Jenny was an Art Teacher at Live Oak Classical School in Waco from 2006-2012 and now lives in Austin with her husband Ryan and son Callaghan. She has done photography work with GHI in the past and has visited GHI’s work in both Haiti and Malawi. Jenny is passionate about social and environmental justice and her experience will undoubtedly be a tremendous blessing to GHI. When she and family are not volunteering or traveling, you can find her and Cal hiking the greenbelts of Austin.
Amanda Brophy is a recent addition to the GHI board. She currently lives in Sioux City, Iowa with her husband Thomas (and their dog, Finn). There, she works for the Alzheimer’s Association as a Program Specialist. Amanda has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Nonprofit Leadership from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. She is passionate about the work that GHI does because she knows the importance of the family unit and the high calling of motherhood. She wants to work so that HIV/AIDS will no longer tear these families apart. She wants to see those who are HIV+ live a normal and fulfilling life, and for all those impacted by HIV/AIDS to get the lifesaving treatment that they need. What is so unique about GHI that makes Amanda that much more passionate about it is how obvious it is that God is working through the people in the organization and feels truly blessed to be involved with GHI.
Michael is married to Lorisa and have 4 beautiful children. He has lived and served in ministry in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for the past 18 years. He is currently serving as the founding director of the Upper Room in Dallas, Texas. The Upper Room is a multi-cultural resource center in the Urban Dallas area focusing on prayer and city transformation. Michael has been actively involved in international ministry since 2000 and continues to have a passion for people living in resource-limited areas. He has been involved with GHI since 2003.
Dr. Austin Lehr
Austin lives just outside Kansas City, Missouri with his wife of 20 years and five awesome children. He works as a general surgeon in Kansas City and has experience in advanced laparoscopy, robotic surgery, bariatrics, hepatobiliary procedures and surgical burn care. Austin became involved in international missions and ministry largely through his acquaintance with GHI’s founder and president and has a heart for providing medical care to the underserved as well as supplying other basic needs and services to lend a hand to the impoverished.
Dr. James Magera
Jim is a urologist and surgeon in Liberty, MO. Our GHI crew first started dreaming about how we could grow the HITSystem in Jim and Jody’s (his wife) living room back in 2011. And that was the moment GHI started to grow in ways we never thought we could. At the time, GHI had 2 hospitals and 300 HIV+ mothers/babies in our program. We now provide care for over 120,000 mothers and children. Jim has been to Kenya to meet the people we work with and see how HITS works first-hand.
Lisa is an attorney for the Social Security Administration in Dallas. She also has experience in providing legal counsel to governments and non-governmental organizations in various countries in Africa over the past several years. Her expertise and heart for this work has helped shape policy for vulnerable populations, which is so important to give so many of these mothers and babies a true voice of empowerment.
Lee lives with Amy, his wife of almost 20 years, and 3 children near Boulder, Colorado. He has worked in public accounting as well as financial roles in high tech companies during his career and is currently a controller with a dairy ingredients producer. His passion for hands on service and development began when he attended Pepperdine University and traveled with professors and fellow students to Mexico to build homes for shelterless families. Lee has served on the board of Global Health Innovations and its predecessor organization since 2004. He still likes to get his hands dirty but also assists with the financial aspects of GHI.
Brad is the President and Founder of Global Health Innovations (GHI). Brad is married to Monica, his wife of 25 years, and they live in Dallas with their children Hope, Emma, and Kado James. Brad is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health where he specialized in International Health. In addition to living and working in Haiti for several years, he works in multiple developing countries implementing new health programs to reach those most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as providing health care to orphaned and vulnerable children in Western and Eastern Africa. To provide comprehensive care for HIV-positive mothers and their children, Brad and his colleagues created the HITSystem© to directly address local and national challenges in HIV/AIDS care. This innovative intervention has proven to be a cost-effective method of providing optimal care for those most burdened by HIV/AIDS.