Africa Orphan Care
Giving Hope to Children


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Ron Benfield MBA

Ron, chairman of Africa Orphan Care, is a vice president and COO of Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Oregon with broad experience in healthcare administration. He has served as consultant on numerous international health care projects and developing world hospitals. As a boy he lived with his parents who worked as missionaries in Brazil. He has two grown daughters, Kristina and Kim, and lives with his wife Joyce in Happy Valley, Oregon.

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Brian Gosney CPA

Brian Gosney, treasurer of Africa Orphan Care, is a CPA and serves as undertreasurer for the Oregon Conference of the Adventist Church. Previously he served as vice president for finance of Portland Adventist Academy. Brian's wife, Sharon is an OB/GYN doctor with a practice in Portland. They live with their son Nicholas in Damascus, Oregon.

Marilyn Patchin RN

Marilyn Patchin is a nurse with a long history of international service. She and her husband Dan(OB/GYN physician) served as medical missionaries in Inter America. Marilyn has been a long time board member and current secretary/ treasurer of International Children's Care which ministers to orphans around the world. Marilyn and Dan have four grown children, Kelly, Danny, Mark and Beth and live in Gresham, OR.

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Mary Penner, RN, NP

Mary is a nurse practitioner practicing family and preventative medicine in Maine. She and her husband Greg(ENT surgeon) often lecture on preventative medicine topics and offer community based cooking and nutrition classes. Mary has led numerous medical and building trips to the Newstart Children's Home in Zimbabwe and has served as its principal fund raiser since its inception. Mary and Greg have three grown children, David, Jennifer and Julie and they live in Brunswick, Maine.

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Rick Westermeyer MD

Rick is an anesthesiologist practicing in Portland, Oregon. He has a diploma in tropical medicine from the London School of Tropical medicine. He has volunteered with disaster response teams from Medical Teams International to Afghanistan, Haiti, Rwanda and Ethiopia. With his wife Ann, a nurse, they have served in hospitals and clinics in New Guinea, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He lectures on disaster response medicine for the Oregon Health Sciences University Institute on Global Health. Rick and Ann have two grown daughters both nurses, Allison and Allana, and live in Damascus, Oregon.