Solomon Chipingo-Phiri, Country Manager, is concerned with overseeing, planning/designing, and controlling the deployment of health and education related services in Malawi. He provides direction and leadership for Camp Hope support programming for adolescents living with HIV and directly improves community structures and attitudes surrounding health. In addition to driving our healthcare initiatives, Chipingo, oversees the day-to-day operations of the regional team, managing the administrative, partner support, and operational functions.
Jesse Pipes, Co-founder/President, brings 15 years’ experience working in Malawi to Access Health Africa. He has a strong interest in exploring design, development and the interactions of economic, social and cultural influences regarding health and quality of life. He is currently a lecturer in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University developing courses in Social Entrepreneurship, Business for Good, and Opportunities in Entrepreneurship. He received an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Business Administration at Appalachian State University with concentrations in International and Sustainable Business. He has a passion for motivating others to explore, learn, and take action.
Baker Henson, Co-founder/Vice President, has been heavily involved since the beginning of World Camp and Access Health Africa since filing the original organizing documents. He has tackled numerous projects in East Africa and calls Malawi his second home. He is currently a general surgeon in Hickory, North Carolina and leads surgical teams and projects to Malawi as often as his schedule allows.
Amber E. Newell, D.O., is a board certified emergency medicine physician who currently lives and practices in Jacksonville, FL.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and obtained her medical degree from Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Newell’s passion for Africa was ignited during her first trip, in which she spent nearly a year volunteering and teaching math, science, English, and HIV/AIDS awareness & prevention practices to African youth. Upon completing her emergency medicine residency, she has returned to Malawi yearly to provide volunteer emergency medical services and to aid in the education of resident physicians.
Jennifer Mullarkey, DMD, a general dentist practicing in the Chicago area, began her relationship with AHA as a World Camp volunteer in both Honduras and Malawi. Originally from Boston, Dr. Mullarkey graduated with her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and continued her education at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, earning her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree. Her passion for dentistry and community service took her to Sri Lanka in 2015 where she provided dental treatment in rural and underserved communities throughout the country. This experience inspired Dr. Mullarkey to help AHA establish the dental project under the umbrella of Mediserv. She is looking forward to bringing US dentists and dental students to Malawi to provide much needed dental treatment and education.
Allegra Korver, AHA’s Media Director, began interning with Access Health Africa in early 2017 after working with Jesse as both a student and writer. She manages the design and content of the website while assisting in social media outreach and communication with the team in Malawi. A senior at Appalachian State University, she graduates in May 2017 with a BSBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. In addition to her marketing education, she brings experience in design, writing, service and photography to the table. She’s interested in investing in what matters.