Medical Missionaries Board of Directors

PRESIDENT
Gilbert Irwin, MD

Gil, practiced internal medicine in Manassas, Virginia,  and 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 staffed the night shift in the critical care unit at Prince William Hospital for 30 years. She is one of the founding members of Medical Missionaries and has made many trips 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.

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.

Tim Purnell

Tim is the Senior Partner at Purnell, McKennett & Menke, PC in Manassas, VA and has practiced law for over 36 years.

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.

Medical Missionaries Holiday Toy Drive

Bring joy to the children of the Appalachia region of Southwest Virginia by donating to Medical Missionaries Holiday Toy Drive. Grundy is a poor community in Southwest, Virginia where many live in poverty

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Annual Appeal Letter 2022

Medical Missionaries 25th Anniversary year is coming to an end, and we are asking you to help make it go out with a bang! Read Dr Irwin’s Annual Appeal letter and donate!

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Medical Missionaries October 2022

Medical Missionaries celebrated its 25th Anniversary at Doukénie winery. It was the culmination of events throughout 2022 that have highlighted Medical Missionaries work in the community and around the world.

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Medical Missionaries Sep 2022 

Read our September newsletter and find out about our 25th Anniversary Celebration at Doukėnie Winery on October 16th, St Joseph Clinic update and how the community continues to support and be supported by Medical Missionaries.

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