Meet our Team Leaders
Chad Fugate is a founding member of the Reach Out & Learn board of directors. His qualifications include serving as a board member of several humanitarian organizations including Chasqui Foundation, Ascend Alliance, and Idaho Condor. He has led more than 70 teams in Peru and Bolivia since 1999. His educational background includes graduation from Westminster College with a BA in liberal arts and a BS in Nursing. He completed Anesthesia Training in Wisconsin and has worked as a CRNA (Nurse Anesthetist) since 1981. He studies Organizational Leadership with Gonzaga University Masters program and has earned a certificate in Servant Leadership. He also enjoys teaching at Idaho State University as affiliate faculty in the PA program. His honors include Humanitarian of the year awarded by the Idaho State Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Chad runs his own anesthesia service business working in 8 hospitals and surgery centers. He is passionate about doing humanitarian work that provides sustainable results long after our carefully directed efforts. Chad speaks Spanish and is key to our work to “learn together” with and build strong relationships of trust with those we work with.
Mark A. Dowdle, MD
Mark A. Dowdle, MD is from Boise, Idaho. Mark is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and has helped with international projects for many years. He served on the board of the College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was educated at Brigham Young University where he received BS and then a MS in community health. He received his MD at University of Utah and his specialty at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. He enjoys teaching at Idaho State University as affiliate faculty in the PA program. He has served an LDS mission to Peru in 1972-1974. He married Terri Cornell who passed away from cancer in 2006. They have two children and five grandchildren. In 2007 he then married Nicki Darrington. Together, Mark and Nicki have worked to make a difference in Peru and it has been a positive process of growth and relationships. They feel that relationships are the key to the success in Peru and to long lasting results.
Sean Esplin, MD
Sean Esplin, MD from Provo, Utah received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. Dr. Esplin has worked at the University of Utah Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division since 2000, after completion of his Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah. He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and the subspecialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Esplin's main areas of interest are the genetic control of term and preterm labor and the role of inflammation in preterm birth. Dr. Esplin is currently involved in several ongoing research projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health aimed at identifying markers of preterm birth and obstetric complications. Dr. Esplin speaks Spanish, which adds to his ability to connect to those who attend his workshop training sessions.
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