Our Team

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Our Team

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Emergency Medicine Physician
MEDLIFE Executive Director & Founder
Dr. Ellis was first inspired to create MEDLIFE through working with a local organization in Panama in 2001.  It was there that he saw how effective a grassroots organization could be in listening to the needs of people living in resource-poor settings.  From there Dr. Ellis lived and worked in Ecuador and Peru.  He continued to see that organizations that had strong community ties were able to best meet the needs of these communities.  During that time he also translated for medical missions, he quickly appreciated the resources that could be brought to bear in a resource-poor community but felt the strong communities ties were missing.  It was here that the idea for MEDLIFE was born.  Dr. Ellis felt that if he could create a community-based, community-led development organization that prioritized listening and empowering community leaders and changing key elements to the medical mission model (working with local doctors, ensuring patient follow-up) that we could improve on the medical mission model.  In 2004 Dr. Ellis led the first trip of volunteers on what would become the mobile clinic model.
On his own initiative, Dr. Ellis began working with doctors in Ecuador to deliver medical services to rural villages in the Andes mountain range. After encountering patients who were in need of surgical intervention, Dr. Ellis returned to Maine and, with the help of committed students, raised money to pay for these patients medical care.
In 2011, Dr. Ellis received his Medical Doctorate from Dartmouth Medical School. He then went on to finish his Emergency Medicine residency at Dartmouth as well.  He says that he chose Emergency Medicine because often in resource-poor settings the ER is the primary care doctor and that trauma and EMS services are major areas for development in the developing world.
His future goals for the organization are twofold. Firstly, to develop MEDLIFE into a leading global health NGO that works in resource-poor settings worldwide to establish better and more sustainable access to healthcare, education and a safe home. Secondly, to educate and empower students along the way, setting anyone interested in global health or international development on a clear path toward impacting a positive change in our world.
Dr. Ellis currently lives with his wife and 3 dogs in Lima, Peru where he works out of our international headquarters.  Each month he travels to the US to work his ER shifts. 
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Director of MEDLIFE Ecuador
Martha was born and has spent most of her life in Riobamba, Ecuador. She has been involved with MEDLIFE since 2002 and served as Director of MED Programs Ecuador since May 2008. Martha coordinates our Mobile Clinics and community development projects in Ecuador arranges patient follow-up care and assists MEDLIFE's interns. 
Director of MEDLIFE Lima  & Director of Finances for Field Offices
MEDLIFE's first employee in Peru, Alberto has worked in the logistics of the Service Learning Trips in the country since day one.
He is a skilled and efficient administrator, and coordinates all aspects of our Mobile Clinics in Lima and Cusco, working tirelessly to ensure that all volunteers have an educational, meaningful, and safe experience.
Director of MEDLIFE Tanzania
Born in Tanzania, Neema holds a B.S. in Human Nutrition from the Sokoine University of Agriculture, and an MPH from the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences.
She was introduced to MEDLIFE in 2014, and since then, has become increasingly more involved in the development of the organization in Tanzania.
Director of MEDLIFE Cusco
Born in Cusco, Peru, Heidy graduated in Computer Engineering at the San Antonio Abad University and has an MBA from ESAN Business School with an emphasis on Finances. Heidy has about ten years of experience organizing travel, volunteer and other education programs for international volunteers in Peru and other countries in Latin America.
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Director of MED Programs Lima
Carlos has lived most of his life in Lima, Peru where spent over 20 years working in community development. Serving first as a community leader and later and larger scale community organizing efforts, Carlos joined the MEDLIFE team in 2010 right when it began in Lima. Carlos oversees all projects and clinics in Lima and helps build stronger working relationships with our communities. 
Director of MED International & Director of Communications
Tim is originally from Vermont and received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Franklin Pierce University. He moved to Peru in late 2012 to become the Marketing Director for a luxury travel agency. For Tim, MEDLIFE is the perfect fit: he can continue to work in his specialty while simultaneously helping the underserved communities of the world.
Vice President of MED International and Good Life Expeditions Sales

Leah is incredibly passionate about empowering impoverished communities in the fight for equal access to quality healthcare, education, and a safe home. Leah joined the MEDLIFE Movement in January 2019 and feels it is an honor to work hand in hand with so many talented people equally focused on supporting communities throughout Latin America and Africa as they overcome challenges. Equally important to her is providing students the opportunity to experience the educational and life-changing benefits of a Service Learning Trip. Leah's passion has always been centered on expanding knowledge, constantly working to understand other global perspectives. Throughout her career, she has worked for companies large and small and her travels have spanned four continents. She looks forward to growing the Movement, and meeting and hearing all about you, your schools, your students, your communities, and your own passion for joining the fight against the constraints of poverty!


Jorge graduated as a Dentist at the San Martin de Porres University in Lima. Jorge has been supporting the MEDLIFE mission by acting as a main dentist on our mobile clinics, where he attended thousand of patients with passion and dedication.
As well as working in the field, Jorge supports MEDLIFE through working in the administration area in the office.
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Lima Office Manager
Amparo is a long-time supporter of MEDLIFE and wears many hats as a full-time employee of the organization. In addition to assisting in administrative duties, Amparo brightens the office with a positive, can-do spirit and boundless energy.
Administrative Assitant
Brenda Ellis received her degree from Husson College in Bangor, Maine. She worked for many years in a major medical center in New Hampshire. Helping people has always been a passion of hers. From the MEDLIFE office in the USA,  she plans to continue to do this in any way she can. 
Good Life Expeditions Director of Sales
Born in Chicago and raised on its North Shore, Matt has lived and worked in Lima, Peru for virtually his entire professional life. He has over a decade of experience in the South American travel industry having personally planned thousands of unforgettable trips for all types of travelers with all types of budgets, managed dynamic and diverse sales teams of travel planners, and been blessed to experience firsthand some of the most spectacular and inspiring destinations in South America. As a result of his own travels, Matt truly believes in the transformative power of going new places, meeting new people, and seeing the world through fresh eyes — forging these new paths and connections brings the opportunity to better ourselves and the world around us, which is both bigger and smaller than we ever imagined.  
Operations Planning & Control Analyst
Rodrigo studied Hospitality Management at San Ignacio de Loyola University. After finishing he started a second degree in Business Management. Since he finished his internship at the United Nations Development Program he discovered the passion for working in the social development sector and wants to keep working hard in that area to learn more and help society improve their reality.

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Finances Planning & Control Analyst
Marcio studied Business Administration at the University of Lima. After graduation, he went to Spain to obtain a post-graduate degree at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. His professional experience is focused on finances, consulting, intern control, and project management. As an entrepreneur, he has a company dedicated to student exchange. Social causes have always fascinated him, and that is why he is very motivated to contribute to MEDLIFE. In his free time, Marcio enjoys cooking every weekend and also riding his bike on the Miraflores boardwalk. 
Operations Associate
Fatima was born in Leon, Nicaragua and studied Clinical Bioanalysis at the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua. During her time as an undergraduate, she volunteered at various health centers around Leon and at the Leon Hospital. Before joining MEDLIFE, Fatima initially worked at the Pediatric Oncology Hospital of Managua, later returning to her alma mater to become a research assistant in the microbiology department.
She is very happy to work with MEDLIFE because we bring free health services to the communities that need it most and we encourage the MEDLIFE volunteers to have a new perspective of the world around them.
Operations Associate
Domenica studied business management at Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola. Her interests include social responsibility and sustainability, which is why she's really excited about working at MEDLIFE. She hopes to learn as much as possible, as well as contribute to the Movement. She also loves music and all forms of art. In her free time, she likes cycling.

Operations Associate
Born and raised in Lima, Peru’s capital, Alexandra studied Hospitality Management at San Ignacio de Loyola Institute where she focused on her passions for traveling and interpersonal relationships. After finishing her studies she had the opportunity to travel to different parts of Peru, South America, and North America, where she learned about different cultures, people and business.

Now she is happy to be part of the MEDLIFE family.

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MEDLIFE Lima Nurse
Janet was born in Ayacucho, Peru but has lived in Lima most of her life. She studied nursing, specializing in care for the elderly and young children. Janet started with MEDLIFE in 2011 working in the pharmacy area during our mobile clinics and a community coordinator. Janet has since joined our full-time staff as a field nurse in our follow-up program.
MEDLIFE Lima Nurse
Carmen has been a nurse technician for the last 19 years. She loves working with her patients in our follow-up program because she enjoys helping people get well and supporting people through difficult times.
Outside of work, Carmen enjoys cooking and spending time with her two children and husband.
MEDLIFE Lima Nurse
Ruth was born in Lima, Peru where she studied Nursing. Ruth has always enjoyed working with children and serving those in need. She first began working with MEDLIFE in 2011 in our mobile clinics and later came on full-time as a field nurse. Ruth now manages our follow-up program in Lima and coordinates all medical professionals in the clinics.
MEDLIFE Ecuador Nurse
Valeria Maldonado was born in Riobamba, Ecuador. She is a nurse graduated from the Metropolitan University of Guayaquil and works with MEDLIFE as a Field Nurse doing social work in the communities where we held the Mobile Clinics. Valeria is really happy to work in MEDLIFE because she can support people from rural areas in her community.
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MEDLIFE Ecuador Nurse
Born and raised in Cebadas, Ecuador, Maria speaks both Quechua and Spanish. She has been with MEDLIFE since 2007 and acts as a liaison between MEDLIFE and the communities we work in. Mari­a announces Mobile Clinic visits, coordinates new projects, visits patients who require follow-up care and provides assistance in operating our Mobile Clinics.
MEDLIFE Cusco Nurse
Carmen was born in Quillabamba, Cusco, and studied Nursing at the Antonio Lorena Institute. She has extensive work experience within Cusco's healthcare system and has held jobs in public and private hospitals, pharmaceutical distributors and municipal social assistance organizations. She is proud to work with MEDLIFE because thanks to mobile clinics, medical assistance can be brought to even the most remote areas of Cusco.
MEDLIFE Cusco Nurse
Karen studied Nursing at the Technological University of the Andes where, as part of her training, she supported medical mission campaigns in rural areas of the Andean highlands. She is happy to join the MEDLIFE team where she can continue to help those patients who need it most.
MED Programs Lima Projects Associate
We met Ricardo during the construction of the staircases and the daycare at his community, Union Santa Fe. Thanks to Ricardo's extensive construction experience, we were able to optimize costs and logistics. Currently, Ricardo continues to work in the development of his community while working full-time in MEDLIFE.
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MED Programs Education Associate
Ariana feels highly motivated by educational development as she believes working with students worldwide can make a difference in the way countries develop, especially the ones whose social and economic needs are the highest like Peru. She has studied Educational Psychology. After being in charge of the Academic and Psychological department with a different NGO project, her commitment to social labor increased -- making her feel highly devoted to her role in MEDLIFE's educational program. She is very happy to be a part of the team.
MED Programs Lima Architect
Alba Lucía has a bachelor in Architecture and Urbanism from Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru. She is interested in sustainable city development and believes in public spaces as a key agent to change the way communities live. Since high school, she has been involved in volunteering and now, as an architect and MEDLIFE team member, she’s convinced that her career has the power to improve people’s lives in many different ways. She’s also passionate about music, a foodie, and a nature lover.
MED International Regional Manager
Kiki studied at Clark University where she studied and obtained a BA in Biology. While taking a gap year before pursuing medical school she applied for an internship with MEDLIFE.
During this internship, she fell in love with working with those most in need and decided to stay to continue being an advocate for public health. Kiki is excited to further develop her skills as a social justice pioneer for the communities we work with.
MED International Regional Manager
Ashley received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She discovered her true passion for human rights while partnering with an NGO for immigrant services in Washington State and teaching minority students in Guizhou, China.
Ashley is very excited to join the MEDLIFE team to continue advocating for global communities, sustainable development, and healthcare equality.
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MED International Associate
Liz graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Public Health. She went on to join the Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in Northern Peru. After over three years in the Piura Region with Peace Corps, Liz decided to relocate to Lima.
In her role at MEDLIFE, Liz is excited to share her passion for sustainable development and health equality with volunteers, colleagues, and the local communities.
MED International Associate
Kiki first came to Peru in 2014 as part of her studies in Communications & Human Services at Northeastern University. After later spending a year and a half in the Cusco region working in development & health, Kiki joined MEDLIFE in Lima to connect university students to service-learning opportunities because she knows how transformational international volunteering experiences are. 
MED International Associate
Originally from Washington, DC, Erin graduated from The George Washington University with degrees in International Affairs and Latin American Hemispheric Studies. While at University, Erin worked with LatinX immigrants at a non-profit law firm and a public health clinic.
She is excited to join the MEDLIFE International team and promote healthcare equality. 
Marketing & Content Executive
Originally from California, Caroline studied Advertising and Spanish at Syracuse University before spending the first few years of her career in New York City at an Advertising Agency. Looking for something a bit different, she left the states & headed to South America where she spent time volunteering in Ecuador, traveling, and working in marketing at a luxury travel agency before starting at MEDLIFE. Here she loves that she is able to combine her passions for storytelling, Latin America, and helping those in need.

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Marketing Associate
After growing up in Tasmania, Australia, Ellen moved to Melbourne to pursue her passion for social justice by completing a double degree in Law and Politics at Monash University. Alongside her studies, Ellen worked in digital content creation for research centers at her university and volunteered at centers providing legal services to vulnerable communities. After graduating, Ellen knew that she wanted to experience living abroad long-term and booked a one-way ticket to Peru. Ellen is thrilled to be contributing to the transformative work of MEDLIFE by putting her passions for storytelling and social justice into practice. 

Communications Team Lead
Rosali graduated in Audiovisual Communication and Multimedia from the Toulouse Lautrec Institute in Lima. She also holds a Bachelor degree in Communication Sciences from the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University. Before joining MEDLIFE, Rosali worked in interactive publicity agencies where she contributed to award-winning projects and became a specialist in website design, multimedia development, and video production.
She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Social Marketing and Communications for Development.
Communications Associate

Danixa was born in Chepen, La Libertad but she lived most of her life in Lima. She graduated in Arts and Graphic Design for Business from the San Ignacio de Loyola University in Lima. She is very responsible and committed to her work. Now that she is working in MEDLIFE, she will do everything possible to help in the mission that MEDLIFE has through graphic design.

Communications Associate
Ana Lía studied Audiovisual Communications at the Universidad Católica del Perú. She has experience creating documentary videos and photography for various companies and nonprofits.

She has always been involved in community service, and in MEDLIFE she has found an incredible opportunity to develop her skills as well as help empower people at the same time.   

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MEDLIFE International Associate
Emma graduated from Binghamton University in New York with a B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Anthropology. She owes her passion for health equality and justice to her time spent on service learning trips in Cusco, Riobamba, and Kilimanjaro. After helping found her school's chapter and spending two years on MEDLIFE's Student Advisory Board, she moved to Lima, Peru to continue her work with MEDLIFE. Hoping to pursue a career as a physician, Emma is excited to join the team and help spread the MEDLIFE movement.
Volunteer Support Representative
Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, Cristina received a B.A in Communication and Journalism and a M.A in Communication and Development with a focus on Gender and Sexuality Studies. For over three years she worked in corporations designing social responsibility and public relations strategies. She has also worked with rural communities in Colombia, Ecuador, and the United States implementing development projects alongside different organizations. In her role at MEDLIFE, Cristina is excited to support the coordination of transformative Service Learning Trips and to use her passion and love for social justice to generate sustainable solutions that recognize community members as powerful and unique agents of change.

MEDLIFE Lima Housekeeper
Julia joined MEDLIFE through a connection with Carlos Benavides, MEDLIFE Peru's Director, and is currently in charge of housekeeping at the office. A vital piece of keeping the organization running, Julia helps out an immense amount during mobile clinics when important materials need shuffling around the office. Julia never skips a beat, she is always available and willing to help out others in the organization.
Business Partnership Manager
Cara Hagan brings to MEDLIFE a deep understanding of responsible supply chain management and partnership building. She has managed and advised value chains for socially responsible businesses in Latin America, and grown the business for a product certification that eliminates child labor in textile supply chains in Asia. She holds an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Study at Monterey and serves as a US representative for Hecho x Nosotros, an Argentinian NGO that promotes ethical fashion in Latin America. At MEDLIFE, Cara is excited to build partnerships and grow our organization's impact on global communities. 

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MEDLIFE International Associate
Brianna is from Manhattan, New York and received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut. Prior to her work with MEDLIFE Brianna worked as an intern at the Peruvian Consulate in Hartford, CT and has volunteered in various service learning trips in Central America and the Caribbean. Brianna is very passionate about international development, and more importantly, helping others; she is excited to share her passion with others through her role with MEDLIFE.
MEDLIFE International Associate
Quinn graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where he received his undergraduate degree in Honours Biology. Quinn has spent the past four years working in various leadership capacities internationally, having spent summers in Norway and Spain. Quinn discovered his passion for international healthcare after volunteering in his first service learning trip in 2016. Quinn will be returning to Canada in 2020 to pursue a career in health law. He is excited to continue to develop his skills while spreading the MEDLIFE movement across Canada. 
MEDLIFE International Associate
Sameer graduated from the University of California Davis with a B.S. in Neurobiology Physiology and Behavior. After attending a service learning trip his first year in Davis he discovered his passion for global health and the empowerment of low-income communities. He went on to spend two years on MEDLIFE’s Student Advisory Board before moving to Lima to further support the MEDLIFE movement.
MED Programs Administration
Angie was born and raised in Lima, Peru where she studied dentistry at the University of San Martin de Porres as well as at the University of Lille 2 in France.
Angie started volunteering for MEDLIFE as a student and has since assumed various roles within the organization developing the Patient Follow-Up program.
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Finance Associate

Ayrton was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He studied Economics at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Perú. When he finished his career, he noticed a lot of people don’t have a social target, they just live with a selfish goal. Ayrton decided to do something more than work for a company, he decided to help people to generate more equal conditions to everyone. Because of his goals, when he listened about MEDLIFE, he decided to do his best to enter this ONG and develop his professional profile mine while he generates the impact he was looking for.

Finance Intern

Grecia is a student of Business Administration at the University of Lima. She is excited to put into practice her knowledge as a finance intern at MEDLIFE and at the same time,  motivated to give all possible support by being part of an organization and a team that wants to build a worldwide movement empowering vulnerable people in their fight for a better life quality.


Student Advisory Board


Our Executive Board

The mission of the Executive Board is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives. The Executive Board oversees MEDLIFE's operations domestically and abroad and is fiscally and operationally responsible for MEDLIFE's Service Learning Trips and MEDLIFE Project Fund projects. The Executive Board also works with student groups to organize volunteer trips, fundraise, build greater support for MEDLIFE, and foster student leadership. The most committed, hard-working, and experienced individuals are invited to sit on the Executive Board. The Executive Board currently consists of five members:

Nick Ellis, MD, MEDLIFE Founder and CEO
Education: International Development Studies (B.A.) at McGill University
Pre-Medical post-baccalaureate, University of Maine
Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School 

Juan Camilo Vanegas
Education: Microbiology (B.A.) University of Maine

Jerry Ellis
Education: Counseling (M.S.) Oregon University
MDiv Boston University

Martha Chicaiza
Director of MEDPrograms Latin America
Director of MEDPrograms Ecuador

Carlos Benavides
Director of MEDPrograms Peru