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... provides life-changing surgeries to children worldwide.

 

mending kids staff

Marchelle L. Sellers, MBA

Marchelle L. Sellers, MBA

Executive Director

As a mother of a child who endured 14 surgeries in 13 years, I never realized the luxury of having top surgeons down the street that had all of the knowledge to do the best job for my son. I also never realized until I traveled to other countries, that mothers have no health insurance or options when they discover their child's life-saving surgery is something they will never be able to afford. What makes us so lucky to live in a country with everything we need to get help for our children, while others are so unfortunate. I work every day with a committed staff and Board to ensure that EVERY child and EVERY parent gets the surgery they need to live a long, healthy childhood. Medical care should not be optional or impossible.

 
Cristina Farrut

Cristina Farrut

Director of Social Services

I love working for Mending Kids International because we provide transformational surgeries to children from around the world, which otherwise will go untreated. Through God, we give our children an opportunity to live a normal and healthier life. It is a blessing for me to be a part of this amazing organization, in which, we not only changed the lives of children, but their entire family and their community. I believe that all children regardless of their background and financial situation should have access to medical and surgical care. There is nothing more beautiful for a mother, than to see their children healthy.

 
Isabelle Fox

Isabelle Fox

Mission Coordinator

Until I came into the the Mending Kids family I had never connected with a philanthropic organization and a group of dedicated people as inspiring to me as the staff, doctors and volunteers that belong to this one. Traveling with amazing pediatric surgical teams across the world, relaying their stories and those of the children whose lives we save has made me understand the power of the written word, the power of a hug when language fails and given me lessons in courage I never imagined I would ever have to face.

Where do we go next?

 
Chaoyi Liu

Chaoyi Liu

Social & Financial Services Manager

It was my Capstone class from USC's MPA program that led me to this amazing organization that does such great work around the world. I am an international student coming from a developing country, so I know how limited health resources are but more importantly, I understand how precious and rare and brave it is for organizations like Mending Kids to travel so far to so many countries and offer free surgeries to kids in need. As a Bachelor of Finance and with a heart full of passion in nonprofit, I volunteered to help out in the office in the accounting department and I feel so blessed to be a part of the team.

 
Caren Niewisch

Caren Niewisch

Director of Surgical Missions

I am humbled and privileged to be a part of an incredible journey that challenges me to serve in new ways to make a difference in the world for children and their families in need. Witnessing the small miracles that happen every day when ordinary people work together to do extraordinary things for other people, nurtures my spirit, inspires my soul and restores my faith in mankind. Seeing the light of hope in a mother's eyes where before there was none... is transformational for me and for them...there is no substitute for love and caring. Witnessing the ripple effect, the lasting impact of our work and partnerships on children, families, communities, countries, the world and ourselves. There are no coincidences...only Diosidencias...(God Incidents). I have been blessed to be a part of so many miracles and it is my absolute privilege, honor and duty to serve God the creator by sharing these experiences with others by giving them the opportunity to serve others less fortunate with love.

 

mending kids part-time staff

Editt Nikoyan, M.S.

Editt Nikoyan, M.S.

Program Coordinator

I believe that every child is entitled to a happy and healthy life, no matter where in the world they are born. In the time I’ve spent with Mending Kids, however, I have witnessed the ripple effect of their work go beyond just providing life-saving surgeries for children worldwide. It allows hope and happiness for families in otherwise impossible settings. It actively fosters long-term sustainability and progress among local surgeons and hospital staff. I am inspired every single day that I work with Mending Kids to further this cause. Our staff and volunteers are unrelenting humanitarians. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Mending Kids family, and to serve countless other families around the globe.

 
Kristen Regier

Kristen Regier

Special Events & Sponsor Relations

I am so honored and grateful to have the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful organization. It is an amazing feeling to know that the work you do results in the lives of children throughout the world being mended. I wake up every day with a renewed sense of purpose and a smile knowing that Mending Kids is transforming the lives of children. Sustained by compassion and support Mending Kids stands as the center of hope for those who need mending most.

 
Heidi Zabriskie

Heidi Zabriskie

Marketing Coordinator

Working with this incredible organization, Mending Kids, has allowed me to use my fortunate health and privileged education to aid my fellow humans that are in need and are not as lucky as I am. The more I learn about Mending Kids, the more I am inspired and undoubtedly impressed. The organization takes entire medical teams including brilliant doctors and passionate volunteers, and they not only tend to children, but they create sustainable and lasting resources to improve the lives for years to come. I am ever so thankful for the opportunity to give back to this world and to learn with such an amazing group of people.

 

mending kids consultants

Shirin Heydari, M.S.

Shirin Heydari, M.S.

USC Graduate Student
Master Degree in Global Medicine

As a graduate student in USC's Master of Science in Global Medicine program, I have learned the utmost importance of providing children with proper access to healthcare. I am proud to be a part of Mending Kids whose mission is to bridge the gap that exists by providing life-changing surgeries to children living in areas where access to care is difficult due to poverty and lack of infrastructure. It is my pleasure to be a part of an organization that works each day to make a difference in every life no matter how small.

 
Keever Rhodes

Keever Rhodes

Social Services Consultant

Working with Mending Kids is the most fulfilling social work that I have ever practiced. We not only mend broken bodies, but ultimately impact the child's family, community, and contribute to the building of a global community.

 
Liz Vail

Liz Vail

Development Consultant

I have always loved babies and I can't stand it when a child is hurting. What better way to help the hurt go away then to be involved with Mending Kids. We are all working towards one goal, mend the children, mend the family.

 
Jacqui Werbelow

Jacqui Werbelow

Development/Event Consultant

I consider myself truly blessed that I have been given the opportunity to work for such a wonderful organization like Mending Kids. Knowing that I am a part of a team that helps to improve the lives of children from all over the world, including the United States, just melts my heart and gives me a renewed sense of hope and humanity. Providing life-changing surgical care to a child brings a new sense of happiness and love to them (and us). We see new smiles, we see laughter and we see hope. I personally have seen the many ways people have committed to helping us with our mission. Truly life-changing. Working with Mending Kids seeks to change the lives of many and in return by working with them and seeing what they do, they have also indirectly changed mine.

 

mending kids interns

While earning a graduate degree in Global Medicine at USC, I was fortunate to work for Mending Kids as a Mission Coordinator Intern. This experience was formative in my professional development as I gained perspective on the immense endeavors of those committed to delivering surgical care to children in desperate need. As I complete medical school and transition into a surgical residency, these early experiences with Mending Kids have bolstered my aspirations to incorporate international humanitarian work into my future career in surgery. - Lia J. (Mending Kids Intern)

 
David Oh

David Oh

MKI Intern

As a child, I received my own life changing surgery for a middle ear infection and because of it, I was able to listen attentively in the classroom and stay focused. USC's Global Medicine program served as a reminder to me the importance of a healthy life for a child. My past experience with Healing Hearts in Mexico revealed to me the reality that many children in poverty face without healthcare. It is my joy to be a part of Mending Kids International which takes part in providing surgeries for children so that they too, could live a healthy life.

 
Simrit Warring

Simrit Warring

USC Graduate Student
Master Degree in Global Medicine
MKI Intern

The kindhearted individuals that make up the Mending Kids organization serve as advocates for disadvantaged children throughout the globe. Families from around the world have their faith restored when their children are given the opportunity to live a happy and healthy life. To be given the opportunity to work with and give my service to such an inspiring cause has been an extraordinary gift. I hope to dedicate my own life to helping those who do not have the resources or means to find help. My unrelenting passion and motivation to reach this aspiration has led me to pursue an education in Global Medicine at USC and has inspired me to give my service to the hardworking and dedicated Mending Kids team.

 

behind the scenes at mending kids

Michael Forgerson

Michael Forgerson

Internal Auditor

Mike worked as our bookkeeper for many years before continuing on as our internal auditor. He is a professor at a local college and has recently passed his bar exam to become an attorney. Mike is very supportive of Mending Kids and provides us with great assistance.

 
Stacie Roberts

Stacie Roberts

Graphic Designer

Working for Mending Kids, I get to help make differences in the lives of children who may not have had a chance otherwise. As a mom, I am passionate about keeping kids healthy, and can't imagine my child not being able to enjoy his childhood because he was sick. Knowing what I do is helping kids get back to being healthy, active and smiling again, is something that makes my job incredibly rewarding.

 
David Sellers

David Sellers

Internet Technologies / Website Development

I feel blessed being afforded the opportunity to work for such an amazing children's charitable organization like Mending Kids. In 2011, I traveled with Mending Kids to Guatemala and saw first hand the incredible work Mending Kids does in concert with doctors from the U.S. and local pediatric surgical teams. I was so inspired through my experience, when I returned from Guatemala, I resigned from my web development job at a local travel agency, so I could seek out more rewarding work that benefits children and have the opportunity to also work directly with Mending Kids. I couldn't be happier to be working alongside such passionate, giving and talented individuals.

 
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Mending Kids International

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