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Shoulder to Shoulder

 

Wayne Waite, Esq.

CEO & Chair

Mr. Wayne Waite is committed to the principle that the poor need an advocate and that poverty is urgent. He is a shareholder with the law firm Freund, Freeze and Arnold and served as the original incorporator of Shoulder to Shoulder, Inc. as well as incorporating Association Hombro a Hombro in Honduras. Both organizations are tax exempt charitable organizations with the same mission. Mr. Waite, along with Dr. Buten, serve on Shoulder to Shoulder’s and Hombro a Hombro’s Executive Committees.

Mr. Waite has been married to Christina Waite M.D. since 1976, has two boys, Daniel and Brian and currently live in Xenia, Ohio. His law practice is based in Dayton, Ohio were he specializes in commercial litigation and the representation of medical providers.


Plutarco Rivera, Esq.

Vice Chair

Plutarco became involved with Shoulder to Shoulder about 12 years ago when his cousin introduced him to Wayne Waite. As a lawyer he first committed to offering his legal services but he became more and more involved with each passing day. Currently he is connected to almost every aspect of the organization, something which he really enjoys. Through his commitment to Shoulder to Shoulder, he says he’s gotten to know many extraordinary people, both North Americans and Hondurans, and he intends to continue for many years to come. His ultimate hope would be for his children – Luisa, Camila, and Adriana – to also dedicate time to Shoulder to Shoulder. His wife, Patricia Maria Sikaffy, has also been essential to the organization’s success.

Plutarco was born in Tegucigalpa and attended an international school in San Pedro Sula. He then completed high school while living in Paris, France with his mother. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) and then completed his post-bac at the INCAE in Nicaragua.


Dwight Armstrong, PhD, CEO National FFA Organization

Secretary

Dwight Armstrong became chief executive officer for the National FFA Organization in October 2010. Previously he held the position of chief operating officer. Armstrong brings to his position a strong background in agricultural research, education and executive management. Prior to assuming his current position, he had his own consulting business. From 2000-2008, he was group vice president and director of the Americas for Provimi, a global animal nutrition company, where he also served as president and CEO of North American Nutrition Companies, Inc., representing the U.S. brands of Akey, Vigortone, Progressive Nutrition and Sunglow.

From 1982 until joining Provimi in 2000, Armstrong was vice president and general manager of Akey, Inc., an animal nutrition and research center. From 1975-1982 he served as an associate professor of animal science at North Carolina State University.

Armstrong is a former FFA member from Kentucky and served as the 2005 chairman of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board. His background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Murray State University. He later earned both a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in nutrition from Purdue University.


Richard E. Buten, PhD

Treasurer

Dick became involved in Shoulder to Shoulder almost 5 years ago based on an invitation by Art Ranz. His early work included construction and assisting Art in various computer and communications projects. More recently, he has created a comprehensive Health Information System to support the execution of a contract with the Honduran government and raise the level of our execution of integrated community-based health care and the development of the Shoulder to Shoulder organization.

Dick graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati majoring in physics. He received his MS in physics and PhD in Computer Sciences from Purdue University. He was retired from Procter & Gamble after a career of 27 years where he held various technical and managerial positions on the company’s Information Technology function. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Xavier University. He also did consulting for a number of major companies and is involved in a family real estate development business. Hobbies include golf, tennis, photography and cave diving.


Fide Gehner

Bilingual School & Scholarships

Fide has been involved with Shoulder to Shoulder for over 17 years. She has helped with different projects and served as a liaison between Shoulder to Shoulder in the U.S. and the local and national authorities in Honduras. She serves as the treasurer of the Assocacion Hombro a Hombro in Honduras. More recently, she has been focusing on the education aspect of the organization through oversight of the scholarship program and bilingual education.

Fide grew up in the rural community of Concepcion, Intibucá. After obtaining a teaching degree in Honduras, she came to the U.S through a scholarship program to further her education and learn English. Upon her return to Honduras, she became involved with Shoulder to Shoulder where she met her husband, Tim. She eventually moved to Cincinnati, OH. She has worked for Chiquita Brands International in their Human Resources Department for several years. Then she decided to stay home to raise her three daughters. She is involved with their school PTA’s, loves to do charity work and help to those less fortunate.


Susan T. Kaye, MD, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine

Medical Brigades

Susan became involved with Shoulder to Shoulder in 2003 when she met Dr. Jeff Heck at a professional organization on international health. Her special interest is in the development of the clinic in Concepción and the organization itself. To date, the Josephson Fund (which she directs) has provided Shoulder to Shoulder with over $250,000 to support the Concepción site.

Dr. Kaye holds a ScB degree from Brown University and is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine.  She has spent her career in medical education and is currently the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Overlook Medical Center, a founding member of Atlantic Health System in northern New Jersey. She is also on the Board of the Family Medicine Education Consortium, and directs the Josephson Fund, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to providing financial support to medical professionals who participate in medical volunteerism.

On a personal note, Susan has two children. Her daughter, Alicia, has spent considerable time in Intibucá, Honduras working with Shoulder to Shoulder. She holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, partially as a result of her time spent in Honduras, and currently works for Duke University. Her son, Evan received his MD/MPH from Jefferson Medical College and is currently in a Family Medicine residency training program. He too credits Shoulder to Shoulder with helping him develop his career choice. Together they form the Kaye family mini-medical brigade!


Gregory A. Reinhart, PhD, Vice President of Research and Nutrition, Mathile Institute

Nutrition & Water Projects

Dr. Greg Reinhart, Vice President of Research and Nutrition for the Mathile Institute, leverages his training and experience in the agricultural, human medical, and pet food industries to help alleviate malnutrition in young children and their families. He has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University. Dr. Reinhart is currently involved in infant and young children nutritional studies in Honduras, Guatemala and India as well as research evaluating nutritional needs of reproductive age women in India and Vietnam. He has published over 200 scientific papers and abstracts in peer reviewed journals and is an inventor on 14 United States patents.


Larry Tepe, DDS

Dental Department & Virtual Fiesta

Larry became involved with Shoulder to Shoulder in 1999 when his wife, Dr. Jan Tepe, accepted an invitation to travel to Honduras to provide dental treatment to the underserved. They then collected the necessary dental equipment and supplies to make a full service dental clinic a reality in Santa Lucia. Later, they did the same in Concepcion. Larry is responsible for keeping the equipment repaired and running for the clinic’s permanent dentists and visiting US dental brigades.

After many years of working to improve dental care, Larry and Jan realized that prevention and education were the keys to controlling dental disease in Honduras. For this reason they decided to begin a school-based dental program that provides prevention, education, and necessary treatments to over 700 students. Each year they continue to lead a brigade of volunteer dentists from the US to provide additional care to local residents. They have also provided continuing education seminars for Honduran dentists in the region. Their future goals are to work with the Honduran government to expand the prevention and education program as well as to improve coordination of dental volunteers from the US and existing Honduran dental clinics.

Larry has been in the practice of general dentistry for 37 years. He and his wife have two children. Their son, Adam, who lives in South Carolina with his wife Mary, has been to Honduras to complete construction projects at the clinics. Their daughter, Rachel, is also a dentist and has made several trips to Honduras to volunteer at the clinic.


Members at Large: Scott Armstrong, Jon Langdon, Patricia Maria Sikaffy, Esq., Roy Sanders, MD

 

Hombro a Hombro

 

Plutarco Rivera

President & CEO Hombro a Hombro

Plutarco became involved with Shoulder to Shoulder about 12 years ago when his cousin introduced him to Wayne Waite. As a lawyer he first committed to offering his legal services but he became more and more involved with each passing day. Currently he is connected to almost every aspect of the organization, something which he really enjoys. Through his commitment to Shoulder to Shoulder, he says he’s gotten to know many extraordinary people, both North Americans and Hondurans, and he intends to continue for many years to come. His ultimate hope would be for his children – Luisa, Camila, and Adriana – to also dedicate time to Shoulder to Shoulder. His wife, Patricia Maria Sikaffy, has also been essential to the organization’s success.

Plutarco was born in Tegucigalpa and attended an international school in San Pedro Sula. He then completed high school while living in Paris, France with his mother. He graduated from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) and then completed his post-bac at the INCAE in Nicaragua.


Wayne Waite, Esq.

Chair

Mr. Wayne Waite is committed to principle that the poor need an advocate and that poverty is urgent. He is a shareholder with the law firm Freund, Freeze and Arnold and served as the original incorporator of Shoulder to Shoulder, Inc. as well as incorporating Association Hombro a Hombro in Honduras. Both organizations are tax exempt charitable organizations with the same mission. Mr. Waite, along with Dr. Buten, serve on Shoulder to Shoulder’s and Hombro a Hombro’s Executive Committees.

Mr. Waite has been married to Christina Waite M.D. since 1976, has two boys, Daniel and Brian and currently live in Xenia, Ohio. His law practice is based in Dayton, Ohio were he specializes in commercial litigation and the representation of medical providers.


Patricia Maria Sikaffy, Esq.

Treasurer


Paul Failla Manship, LICSW

Laura Failla Manship, LICSW

General Directors, Hombro a Hombro, ex-oficio

Paul and Laura are both professional social workers.  Laura has two adult children.  Paul was a Roman Catholic priest for seventeen years.  They were married in July 2006.  They came to Honduras in September of 2013.  They took on the responsibilities of Directors of Communications and Development for Shoulder to Shoulder in November of 2014.  In September of 2015, they agreed to become the General Directors of Shoulder to Shoulder in Honduras.

They love the life they have found among friends in Honduras.  They firmly believe in the mission of Shoulder to Shoulder as an investment in the common dignity of humanity that empowers people to realize their fullest potential in life.


Richard E. Buten, PhD

Member at Large

Dick became involved in Shoulder to Shoulder almost 5 years ago based on an invitation by Art Ranz. His early work included construction and assisting Art in various computer and communications projects. More recently, he has created a comprehensive Health Information System to support the execution of a contract with the Honduran government and raise the level of our execution of integrated community-based health care and the development of the Shoulder to Shoulder organization.

Dick graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati majoring in physics. He received his MS in physics and PhD in Computer Sciences from Purdue University. He was retired from Procter & Gamble after a career of 27 years where he held various technical and managerial positions on the company’s Information Technology function. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Xavier University. He also did consulting for a number of major companies and is involved in a family real estate development business. Hobbies include golf, tennis, photography and cave diving.


Mary Flake de Flores

Member at Large

Mary was born in Memphis, Tennessee.  She moved to Cincinnati in the second grade.  She met her future husband, Carlos Roberto Flores Facusse, while studying at the University of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.  She has two children, Mary Elizabeth Flores and Carlos David Flores Flake.  Her daughter, Mary Elizabeth, is the Honduran Ambassador to the UN.  In 1996, Mary became the First Lady of Honduras after her husband was popularly elected president.  Throughout her time as First Lady and throughout her life, she has tirelessly advocated for women, particularly rural women, and children.  In the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricane Mitch in the Fall of 1998, she and her husband expended great energy in rebuilding Honduras.


Miguel Angel Bautista Gutierrez

Member at Large

Miguel is the mayor of the municipality of San Marcos de La Sierra, Intibuca.


Julio Adalberto Vasquez Lemus

Member at Large

The Honarable Julio Vasquez received his bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences with orientation in biochemistry from the Universidad Pedagógica (Teaching University) of Francisco Morazán in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  He was a profesor of Natural Sciences and head of the laboratory at the Saint Thomas Aquino Institute (High School), Camasca,  from 1991 through 2009.  He was elected mayor of Camasca in 2010 and still continues in that office.  He founded the Red Cross in Camasca and has served as a volunteer for seventeen years.  He is also the president of AMFI (the Association of Municipalities on the Frontier of Intibucá) for two terms.


Additional Members at Large: Dianne Castellanos, Plutarco Castellanos