Medical Missionaries Board of Directors

PRESIDENT
Gilbert Irwin, MD

Gil, a practicing Internist in Manassas, Virginia, is the founder of Medical Missionaries.

VICE-PRESIDENT
Kenneth Kornetsky, MD

Ken has practiced nephrology and internal medicine in Warrenton, Culpepper, and Manassas (Virginia) for 29 years. He has worked with Medical Missionaries since 1999.

SECRETARY
Carolyn Jeans, RN

Carolyn has staffed the night shift in the critical care unit at Prince William Hospital for the past 30 years. She is one of the founding members of Medical Missionaries and has made one or more trips per year to serve the poor in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

TREASURER
Ed Wyrsch

Ed brings to Medical Missionaries a long history of accounting and tax work. He worked for the IRS for 31 years and before that for a corporate accounting firm in New York City.

Brian Brenner

Brian is owner and technician at Brenner’s Advanced Automotive, Inc. located in Manassas Park, Virginia, for 20+ years. Among his many contributions to Medical Missionaries, Brian provides mechanical advice, service, and supplies for the organization’s vehicles.

Peter Dirr, PhD

Peter was an educator, researcher, telecommunications specialist, and executive director of non-profit organizations for 40 years. He is putting his experience to work for Medical Missionaries by overseeing health projects, working with our Fellows, and seeking new sources of financing.

Debra Parrish, RN

Debra spent four years in the U.S. Air Force prior to working in the Operating Room at Prince William Hospital for the past 30 years. She has headed seven trips of surgical teams to Banica (Dominican Republic) and Thomassique (Haiti) for Medical Missionaries.

Anna Penna, MD

Anna graduated from Dartmouth Medical School. She specializes in Anesthesiology at Prince William Hospital.

David Snyder, MD

David is an orthopedic surgeon at Fauquier Hospital, with a private practice in Warrenton, VA. He is Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Verdun Adventurebound Youth Retreat Center in Rixeyville, VA. He is also District Chairman of the Piedmont Boyscouts, serving Culpepper and Fauquier counties. David is a motivational public speaker whose greatest recent joy is being a grandfather of four.

Gachard Jean Pierre, PA

Gachard is a Physician Assistant in Internal Medicine. She has made several trips to St. Joseph Clinic with medical teams. She is founder and advisor to the Gwoup Jenn Tet Ansanm (GJTA), a Thomassique youth group devoted to improving the quality of life in Thomassiique.

Drs. Julian Hertz and Nick Cuneo

Global Health Fellows Board Seat – This seat on the Medical Missionaries Board is currently shared by two of our early Global Health Fellows.

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