Board Members

Ines Allen

Ines Allen

Director-President
Ines is responsible for overall medical mission planning and implementation and is IMAHelps’ chief representative with hospitals and government officials. This includes meeting with foreign ministries of health, determining the geographic locations in their countries with the greatest healthcare needs and working with local hospital officials to plan medical missions. Ines also oversees the setting of budgets; fundraising activities; recruitment, screening and retention of volunteers; the setting of board meetings; and overall management of the organization. She also regularly meets with major donors and potential donors and gives public presentations. Ines is originally from Quito, Ecuador, and co-founded IMAHelps with her husband, Tracey Allen, in 2000. The organization was originally called International Medical Alliance, but the name was subsequently changed to IMAHelps after the Board of Directors discovered that there were two other humanitarian organizations with variations of the same name.

Tracey Allen

Tracey Allen

Director-Vice President and Board Secretary
Tracey is a co-founder of IMAHelps and works closely with Ines and board Treasurer Ana Wood to determine the cost of each IMAHelps medical mission and to ensure that IMAHelps’ bills are paid and that taxes are filed in a timely manner. He also issues receipts for donations and documents IMAHelps board meetings.

Prior to co-founding IMAHelps, Tracey was a Sergeant with the Police Department in Banning, Calif. He also served on the Riverside County Sheriff’s Underwater Search and Recovery Team and volunteered with the Flying Samaritans, a group of doctors and dentists who fly small planes into Baja California, Mexico to provide care to some of the region’s poorest inhabitants. Tracey has also been involved in several efforts to refurbish ambulances, which have been sent to Mexico and Ecuador to serve the poor.

A past president of the Cathedral City Rotary Club (2008-09), Tracey currently works as the Director of Public Safety for the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

Ana Wood

Ana Wood

Director-Treasurer
Serves as Dental Team Leader and Treasurer. Ana works closely with IMAHelps co-founders Ines and Tracey Allen to determine the cost of each IMAHelps medical mission and to ensure that IMAHelps’ bills are paid and that taxes are filed in a timely manner.

Ana also works closely with hotels to ensure efficient check-in procedures for IMAHelps volunteers. She also works with hotel staffs to ensure that meals are appropriate and that the local bus companies are transporting IMAHelps volunteers to and from their intended destinations as agreed upon in their contracts. Ana also manages IMAHelps dental team volunteers.

Dr. Doriana Cosgrove

Dr. Doriana Cosgrove

Director
In addition to serving as an anesthesiologist on IMAHelps missions, Dr. Cosgrove helps with the initial inspection and selection of hospitals for IMAHelps medical missions in each country. She also manages the scheduling of medical mission surgeries. She usually arrives to each mission site a few days in advance to prepare the operating rooms for the efficient management of patients.

Dr. Cosgrove is originally from Romania, where she completed medical school. She completed a surgery internship at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles as well as an anesthesia residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif. She also completed a year of research at Loma Linda University Medical Center where she investigated cardiac issues in patients under anesthesia during surgery. Dr. Cosgrove later spent several years providing anesthesia for open heart surgery operations at Desert Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Palm Springs, Calif. She was the director of the private anesthesia group there and also served as the Chief of the Division of Anesthesia in the Department of Surgery at DRMC, which is the regional trauma center for Riverside County.

Dr. Cosgrove now works part time providing anesthesia at several facilities in the Coachella Valley, but she can usually be found at Desert Med Aesthetics (DMA), which she owns and directs. She and her staff provide cosmetic dermatology services at DMA, which shares an office with WellMax, which is owned by her husband, Dr. Daniel Cosgrove. They have three children and live in Rancho Mirage.

Jeff Crider

Jeff Crider

Director
Jeff provides IMAHelps with communications support in English and Spanish with news media and government officials. He frequently accompanies IMAHelps Founder and President Ines Allen in meetings with foreign government officials. In addition to overseeing written communications between IMAHelps and foreign governments, Jeff develops and pitches IMAHelps news releases and regularly writes about IMAHelps missions for publications across North America. He also documents IMAHelps medical missions with his photography; volunteers as a Spanish language interpreter for IMAHelps volunteers; and develops content for the IMAHelps website.

A self-employed public relations consultant in Palm Desert, Calif., Jeff was previously director of media relations for two public relations agencies, including Stoorza Communications Inc. in San Diego, Calif. and O’Reilly Public Relations in Riverside. He launched his public relations career in 1998 as public relations manager for USFilter, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Palm Desert.

Jeff previously worked as a reporter for several Southern California newspapers, including The Press-Enterprise in Riverside; The Desert Sun in Palm Springs; and the Imperial Valley Press in El Centro, where he covered economic, political and social issues on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Jeff has a double Master of Arts degree in Hispanic and International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif. and a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and European Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif. He studied at Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain during his junior year of college. He was admitted into both Sigma Delta Pi and Alpha Mu Gamma, national honor societies for excellence in the study of Spanish.

Jeff previously served on the board of directors of Desert Friends of the Developmentally Disabled, the non-profit organization that founded the We Care Dental Center in Rancho Mirage. He is also a member of the Noon Rotary Club of Cathedral City and was the club president for the term ending June 2014.

Gillian Cross

Gillian Cross

Director
As IMAHelps Mission Coordinator, Gillian works closely with Ines Allen on the planning and selection of accommodations and transportation for IMAHelps medical missions as well as the signing of contracts with hotels and transportation service providers. An IMAHelps volunteer since 2009, she regularly provides support to the mission pharmacy teams, translating prescriptions and providing other organizational support.

A resident of Cathedral City, Calif., Gillian has been an active community volunteer for many years. She started out on the Board of Directors for AYSO Palm Springs, then helped start the AYSO Region 1200 in Cathedral City, and served as Commissioner for four years.

She currently serves on the Palm Springs Unified School District Community Advisory Board as well as the Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Gillian has been active with Rotary Clubs in Cathedral City, having served twice as president of the noon club. She is now active with the evening club.

After Hurricane Katrina, she traveled to Mississippi for two consecutive years to help with a rebuilding project. She has previously served as Volunteer Coordinator for Rotary Club of Cathedral City’s annual Healing Field event, which gave her the opportunity to manage more than 100 volunteers each year.

Through her family’s company, Palm Springs-based Best Signs, Inc., Gillian has served as a mentor at Mt. San Jacinto High School. A troublemaker in her youth, she felt it was important to get the message across to students that the poor choices you make today don’t have to ruin your tomorrow.

Robert Openshaw

Robert Openshaw

Director
Robert is an Orthotics and Prosthetics Specialist who has volunteered with IMAHelps since 2007, when he joined the group on a medical mission to the Amazon jungle in Ecuador. Since then, Robert has fitted more than 300 indigent patients in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Mexico and California’s Coachella Valley with artificial limbs. His board assignments include working with prosthetic suppliers to obtain material donations. Robert owns and operates San Bernardino, Calif.-based Odyssey Prosthetics.

Cristobal Barrios Jr.

Cristobal Barrios Jr.

Director
Cristobal Barrios Jr., MD, FACS is a board certified General Surgeon with added qualifications in Surgical Critical Care. He is a Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the UC Irvine School of Medicine and is a practicing trauma and general surgeon. Dr. Barrios completed his training in Surgical Critical Care at UCI in June of 2007 and subsequently joined UCI in July of the same year. Dr. Barrios is the Director of the Trauma Division Research Program and Director of the Critical Care Core Lecture Series. He also serves as a member of the UCI School of Medicine Admission Committee and is Chair of the Organ Donor Council.

Dr. Barrios’ clinical research in trauma and critical care issues include the utility of thoracic CT imaging in trauma patients; anemia; traumatic brain injury; end of life issues; organ donation among minorities; geriatrics; and alcohol/drug use among trauma patients. His work has been presented at numerous professional conferences and has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Barrios is also a passionate humanitarian volunteer. Since 2011 he has participated in eight IMAHelps mission trips to date in Nicaragua, Peru and El Salvador.

Dr. Nina Maw Maw

Dr. Nina Maw Maw

Director
Born and raised in Myanmar, Dr. Maw Maw is a Rancho Mirage, Calif.-based family medicine doctor who regularly cares for patients at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs and Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. Dr. Maw Maw also serves as alternative medical director of Angel Hospice Provider in Rancho Cucamonga.

Dr. Maw Maw has volunteered on several IMAHelps missions in recent years, including Jinotega, Nicaragua in 2012; Huacho, Peru in 2013; Zacatecoluca, El Salvador in 2015; and Matagalpa, Nicaragua in 2016. She also volunteered with the IMAHelps team in a joint medical mission in Thermal in October 2015 with the Flying Doctors and Coachella Valley Medical Volunteers. Additionally, she volunteered with Berkeley-based Helping for Hands on a medical mission to China in 2014.

Fluent in Burmese and Hindi, Dr. Maw Maw earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Yangon in Yangon, Myanmar as well as a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery at Lady Hardinge Medical College at Delhi University, India. She completed her graduate training at Johnson City Family Practice Residency Program at East Tennessee State University, where she also taught interns and medical students. She continues to teach Family Medicine Residents at the University of California, Riverside and also Nurse Practitioner students.

Todd Swenning, MD

Todd Swenning, MD

Director
Dr. Swenning serves as the Medical Director for the Institute of Clinical Orthopedics and Neurosciences as well as the Director of Orthopedic Trauma at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif. In addition to providing local leadership, Dr. Swenning is actively involved in policy making and advocacy with the Orthopedic Trauma Association as well as the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Through his ongoing focus on education, Dr. Swenning teaches the principles of trauma management and patient advocacy both nationally and internationally. His passion for trauma and fracture prevention and preparedness have led to his participation in multiple research projects in fracture and trauma management.

As a member of the IMAHelps team, Dr. Swenning focuses on limb salvage, deformity correction and complex musculoskeletal infection surgeries.

Honorary Directors help IMAHelps recruit volunteers and donors to support IMAHelps missions. IMAHelps’ “Honorary Directors” include:

Dr. Khoi Minh Le

Dr. Khoi Minh Le

FACC, Medical and Health Advisor
Dr. Le has lectured and proctored internationally in the fields of interventional cardiology, coronary artery disease, and acute coronary syndromes. In 1997, he participated in the first coronary stent and mitral valvuloplasty procedures ever done in Vietnam. He has traveled on educational and humanitarian medical missions to Asia, Central America and South America and holds the title of Visiting Professor at several universities in Vietnam. His research interests include device and drug development for complex coronary and peripheral vascular disease.

Dr. Le oversees IMAHelps’ provision of medical and health education to foreign doctors and patients. Dr. Le is the director of the Eisenhower Medical Center Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and is a practicing interventional cardiologist at the Eisenhower Desert Cardiology Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Dr. Le earned his A.B. in molecular biology from Harvard University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. He completed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Le did his research and clinical cardiology fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was honored as the best teaching fellow. Dr. Le also served as an associate in interventional cardiology at the Andreas Gruentzig Cardiovascular Center at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and has been board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

Joan Delzangle-Hunter, Ph.D.

Joan Delzangle-Hunter, Ph.D.

Director Emeritus
A Shaver Lake, Calif.-based educator who has volunteered as a Spanish language interpreter on multiple IMAHelps missions in Ecuador and Nicaragua.

Dr. Sterling Alejandro (Alex) Meza

Dr. Sterling Alejandro (Alex) Meza

Anesthesiologist
An Anesthesiologist with Owensboro Anesthesia Services in Owensboro, Ky., Dr. Alejandro has volunteered on IMAHelps missions in Ecuador and Nicaragua.

Dr. Jeffrey Cassidy

Dr. Jeffrey Cassidy

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
A pediatric orthopedic surgeon from Grand Rapids, Mich., Dr. Cassidy has volunteered on IMAHelps missions in Ecuador, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

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