Connect to Care

Learn about our volunteers and how you can support their volunteer service.

Upcoming Volunteers

Roxanne Jones, RN

serves in Ukraine

I am honored to lead primary care teams serving in Ukraine with our mobile medical clinics. In 2023, I will continue to lead monthly volunteer teams that provide ongoing medical care to people in need in central and southern Ukraine.

Aaron Mishler, RN

is going to Ukraine

I’ve always believed in what I call “fighting the good fight,” helping those who need help and trying to repair what’s broken in the world. That’s why I am going to Ukraine February 7-24, 2023 to serve with a primary care team. The people in Ukraine need help, and I would feel terrible if one day my daughter asked me why those people are suffering, and I could only say that I could have helped but chose not to, so I raised my hand to go. But most importantly, it’s the right thing to do.

Stephen Kineke, MD
Ann Schwanda, RN

are going to Ukraine

Ann is an RN and I am a Family Physician. Between us, we have performed medical missions in Haiti, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Oklahoma and Mississippi. I served with Global Care Force in Ukraine in September on their initial medical mission. I am looking forward to returning to Ukraine with my wife Ann in February 2023. The mission in September was very successful. Our group cared for many Ukrainians with acute and chronic medical problems as well as those traumatized emotionally by the war. The faith, courage, and resilience of the Ukrainian people is inspiring and the ability to serve in this area of need is a blessing.

Monte Schmidt, Volunteer

is going to Ukraine

Immediately upon hearing an interview with a Ukrainian Nazarene Pastor at the beginning of the war, I felt called to go and help. My wife and I volunteered twice in 2022 in Przemysl, Poland, at the Ukrainian border. I am ready to serve in Ukraine with Global Care Force February 7-24. Global Care Force is an ideal way to make a positive impact on the people of Ukraine.

Richard Patnoe, Volunteer

is going to Ukraine

I want to be helpful to others suffering hardship, trauma and deprivation. That is why I will volunteer with Global Care Force in Ukraine from February 7-24. It’s my way to pay back to those less fortunate since I’ve had a good home, good parents, and an appreciative family.

Michelle Whitford, MD

is going to Ukraine

I first heard of Global Care Force early in the pandemic as Native American reservations were flooded with cases and they came recommended by colleagues. I look forward to serving with them in Ukraine from February 7-24 and hopefully provide a little light and compassion, contributing whatever I can.

Michelle Martinez-Torrez, PA

is going to Ukraine

It is an honor to serve our Ukrainian brothers and sisters who have endured so much in the last year and have needs beyond our imagination. As I serve in Ukraine from February 7-24, I pray for God to give me courage, knowledge, and strength and provide the resources needed to to care for Ukrainians who have endured much in the last year. I am grateful for the opportunity to expand God’s love while helping bring medical relief in Ukraine. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

David Morgan Peterson, PA

is going to Ukraine

I prayed for a way to be of help in Ukraine, then Global Care Force opened a door that I am ready to walk through! I will join a mobile medical team from March 7 – 24 to provide primary and urgent care to Ukrainians impacted by the war. I hate the war and the pain that it brings. I hope to make a difference by being part of this team.

James Marcum, PA

is going to Ukraine

I’ve always told my kids to treat others well and to have no regrets on what you should have done. I am at the stage in my career where I felt I needed to do more rather than sit on the sidelines and watch what is going on in Ukraine. I knew if I didn’t do something now and take this opportunity to serve, I would regret it. I could have donated money, but I have a skill that I can offer to help others who are seeing their country slowly being destroyed. That’s why I am volunteering with the mobile medical team from March 7-24.

Kristina Shaffer-Zard, RN

is going to Ukraine

Like all of us, I was heartbroken watching the devastating and unfortunate events unfold in Ukraine. I have dedicated my entire career to easing the burden of my suffering patients, and a situation like this called to my heart. I want to help where I can, heal those in need, and more than anything provide comfort, compassion and humanity to those living through the trauma of the past year. That’s why I will serve with Global Care Force from April 11-28, providing medical relief, in hope to make a positive impact during such a catastrophic time.

Svetlana Reznikova, Physician

is going to Ukraine

Having been born and raised in Ukraine, this war is especially difficult to watch from afar. I volunteered at the Gmina Radymno refugee center at the beginning of the war and look forward to returning from April 11-28 to work in the mobile clinic with Global Care Force. I want to help care for those in need and who’ve had a hard time accessing medical care. It will be an honor to work alongside other volunteers doing the same.

Carlyn Coates, Physicians Assistant

is going to Ukraine

Medicine has always called to me as a way to serve others. I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of those around the world, but I often feel too small or insignificant to make actual changes or impact. In going to Ukraine from April 11-28 to serve those in crisis, I can give back a little of what has been given to me and be a force for good in a time of darkness.

Micaela Marker, PA

is going to Ukraine

I have long felt called to help people that find themselves suffering from unexpected circumstances. I am humbled to serve with Global Care Force from July 11-28 to restore some consistent medical care to the people in Ukraine whose lives have been completely upturned by a war they did not choose.

Kristeen Ryan, RN

is going to Ukraine

My husband and I have served the Church of the Nazarene as pastors and missionaries for 40 years. Since retiring from active nursing in 2019, I have prayed about opportunities to serve internationally. I feel my experience can be useful in Ukraine, so I am ready to serve with Global Care Force from July 11-28. There could not be a more needed place to show the love of God than in Ukraine.

David Hilmers, MD

is going to Ukraine

I have been doing medical missions in countries around the world for over 20 years. I have a special connection with Ukraine because my son was workking and living in Kyiv around the time the war started. I am really looking forward to being a team member with Global Care Force and serving the Ukrainian people from July 11-28.

Josh Wallbrecht, MD

served in Ukraine

I served with the mobile medical team in Ukraine in December. Global Care Force provided an opportunity to serve the medical needs of the Ukrainian people, who have weighed heavy on my heart since the war began. Please consider supporting future volunteers serving in Ukraine.

Sonia Santana, Medical Assistant

served in Ukraine

In December, I served in Ukraine with the primary care team because I wanted to try and make a difference in someone’s life. The faces of words and gratitude amid the tragedy and destruction will remain engraved in my memory forever. Please consider supporting future volunteers in Ukraine.

Cath Glennon, RN

served in Ukraine

I became a nurse because I have a heart for caring for those in need. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and watching what was happening in Ukraine, I decided to volunteer with the primary care team in December. I urge you to please consider supporting future volunteers serving in Ukraine.

Ryan Butler, DO

served in Ukraine

My volunteer service in Ukraine was an amazing opportunity. I served 17 days in December with the mobile medical teams. We helped hundreds of people who are likely going through the worst experience of their lives. Despite this, Ukrainians have been overwhelmingly hospitable and grateful for our help. They are resilient and determined people. Please consider supporting future volunteers to continue caring for the Ukrainian people.

Doug Amis, PA

served in Ukraine

I was honored to serve in Ukraine in November with the primary care team. The Ukrainian are beautiful people, the nicest people, but there’s a lot of PTSD and trauma. We play a lot of catch up with a lot of these patients who went too long without medical treatment. Please consider supporting future volunteer teams to continue caring for the Ukrainian people.

Eduardo Resto, RN

served in Ukraine

While I don’t want to sound like a cliche, if I can make a difference in someone’s life, that’s good, but is that enough? How can I know if my beliefs are solid if I don’t put them to the test? I’ve had many blessings, but one has to give back. My way to give back was to serve in Ukraine in November with the primary care team in the mobile clinics. The experience changed my life. Please consider supporting future volunteers to continue caring for the Ukrainian people.

Sergiy Dzyba

Ukrainian host

Pastor Sergiy Dzyba serves as the in-country host for the Global Care Force primary care teams in Ukraine. Sergiy organizes the mobile medical clinic locations and coordinates logistics such as food, lodging, transportation, and translator services. He provides spiritual care, food, and welfare checks for Ukrainians unable to evacuate from the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Donations to Pastor Dzyba cover his expenses in support of Global Care Force volunteers.

Guy and Marilynn Fiocco, MD

served in Ukraine

Giving back to those less fortunate has been the most rewarding experience of our medical careers. We have found that while we are giving back, what we have received has been much more. That was our experience serving in Ukraine in November with the primary care team. Health is a global human right and the Ukrainian people are in need. Please consider supporting future mobile medical volunteers to share their skills and offer comfort and hope to the Ukrainian people.

Jodi Cook, Surgical Technologist

served in Rosarito, Mexico

I feel God sent me to care for the elderly men in Rosarito. I traveled to Mexico in November to serve as a caregiver for these sweet men. I love working alongside the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity to provide wound care, physical therapy, administer medications, and anything else they need help with so these men know they are loved and respected. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Rosarito.

Ginny Gregory, NP

served in Ukraine

I was truly blessed to serve the people of Ukraine whose healthcare system had been disrupted by the war. I served with a primary care team in October and I hope in some small way made someone feel less afraid and not forgotten. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Ukraine.

Kirsten Larson, RN

served in Ukraine

As a nurse, I feel called to help those in need – to make someone’s bad day a little better. In October, I served in Ukraine with a primary care team. Serving the Ukrainian people whose lives have been so profoundly disrupted was a humbling experience. They continue to need our help. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Ukraine.

Stuart Richards, PA

served in Ukraine

I have spent my whole life helping others both as a civilian and in the government. I volunteered in Ukraine in October because I believe the work Global Care Force and others do is critically important both on a humanitarian front and also on a diplomatic front. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Ukraine.

Robert Winokur, MD

served in Ukraine

The need is obvious for the citizens of Ukraine, which is why I served in October with a primary care team. It was a privilege and an honor to serve those in need and provide much needed care and comfort to the Ukrainian people. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Ukraine.

 

Patrick Jordan, GP

served in Ukraine

My heart is in medical missions, and going where the need is great. That is why I served in Ukraine in October with Global Care Force providing primary care to Ukrainians who remain in the country they love so dearly. Please consider supporting future volunteers to Ukraine.

 

Andrew Villa, MD and Renee Villa

served in Ukraine

Andrew and I served on a primary and urgent care team in Ukraine from September 10-25. Andrew and I had a deep desire to go and serve those enduring the effects of the war and those bravely defending their country. Global

Care Force provided the unique opportunity to serve Ukrainians in more rural areas with less access to necessities and medical care, and also to assist local contacts with the work they are doing.

Stephen Kineke, MD

served in Ukraine

I deployed with the first Global Care Force primary and urgent care team in Ukraine from September 10-25. What is happening in Ukraine is heartbreaking and I felt the need to help. I will be returning with a team in February 2023.

 

Rebecca Reeser

served in Ukraine

I went back to school and embraced a second career in nursing so I could do medical missions. I deployed to Ukraine from September 10-25 where my hope was to be the hands and feet of Jesus and care for the Ukrainian people to they know they are not forgotten.

 

FAQ

What is “Connect to Care”?

“Connect to Care” is a hub for people to donate to a volunteer raising funds to cover the expenses of their volunteer service, helping them have a successful volunteer experience!

How are the fundraising goals calculated?

Fundraising goals are projected costs associated with the volunteer service, including travel, lodging, meals, and administrative services.

Who does my donation support?

Donations can be directed to individuals fundraising for a volunteer service or as an unrestricted gift to Global Care Force in support of any volunteer service in under-resourced communities.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes! Global Care Force is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Ready to volunteer?

GCF is seeking qualified medical volunteers to respond and care for displaced Ukrainians. Volunteers must be fluent in Ukrainian and/or Russian and able to volunteer for 14 days or more.