Our mission is to provide surgical and medical care in underserved communities throughout
the world and to positively impact the lives of children and their families.
Our History | Motivated by Medicine
Inspired by their personal experiences, Drs. Tony and Luz Racela founded Medical Missions Foundation in 1996.
In their homeland of the Philippines, they knew all too well the vast array of unmet medical needs of children in impoverished countries.
Medical Missions Foundation made its inaugural mission in 1996, to the Philippines during which a team of 16 volunteers examined 50 children in clinic and performed 133 surgeries. Now, Medical Missions Foundation directly affects thousands of children and their families yearly through surgeries and clinics.
Our History | Inspired by Art
Medical Missions Foundation believes that the healing power of art.
In addition to the medical staff, each mission includes individuals, whose primary role is to bring light and joy to patients through artistic endeavors.
From painting colorful murals in orphanages, making paper flowers with children awaiting surgery, to having an interpretive dance party in the burn ward to loosen scars, artists of all kinds have become a successful part of the mission experience.
Beyond sharing their talents during missions, many local, national and international artists generously donate their work to Medical Missions Foundation’s largest fundraising event “Art for the Children”. Held each February, this event serves as the primary fundraising event for the foundation.
By uniquely harnessing two great passions – medicine and art – our
vision of making a difference in the lives of the world’s forgotten children and families
now shines in brilliant color in the smallest corners of the globe. And with the help of
hundreds of donors and volunteers we’re working to touch even more.
Meet our Staff Team
Todd Stettner – Interim Executive Director
Rynn Day – Director of Marketing
Caroline Odell – Operations Administrator
Joy Makanga – Mission Support Administrator
Meet our 2017 Board of Directors
Lisa Heath, MD – President
Mark Shields – President-Elect
George Shadid – Co-Treasurer
Josie Bell, CRNA – Secretary
Tammy Neblock-Beirne, MD – Medical Director
Abigail Hayo – Marketing Committee Chair
Board Members At Large
Kathy Howell, RN
Jason Jonas, RN CNML
Pam Nicklaus, MD