MBF New Board Members

MBF (Medical Benevolence Foundation) Announces New Board Members

Houston, TX — 1/11/17, — MBF (Medical Benevolence Foundation), a leading Christian nonprofit focused on building sustainable medical care in developing countries, announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Trustees. The staff and current board of MBF are happy to welcome new Board members Steve Barnes, Gary Charbonneau, Douglas Mitchell, Barbara Swan M.D. and the Reverend Gary Watkins.

The Board of Trustees for MBF is made up of experienced professionals and church leadership who are committed to sharing the Gospel and helping our in-country partners build sustainable health care systems by building or expanding the services of hospitals, clinics and nursing schools in some of the poorest countries around the globe.

Steve BarnesSteve Barnes is the Human Resource Director for Saint-Gobain/CertainTeed in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Mr. Barnes received his Bachelors in Psychology from Texas A&M and his Masters in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Lamar University. Mr. Barnes is active in his church having served as a commissioned lay pastor and on the mission board for past congregations and is currently an Elder and active on the member nominating committee at his current church.


Gary Charbonneau

Gary Charbonneau is the Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Chase Pharmaceuticals in Irvine, California. Mr. Charbonneau received his Bachelors in Biological Science from California Polytechnic State University and his Masters in Regulatory Science from the University of Southern California. He has been on mission trips to Tijuana, Mexico; DR Congo and Haiti. Mr. Charbonneau is also active in his community; he serves on the Regulatory Science Advisory Board of USC; and was a formerly a board member for United Cerebral Palsy (UPC) and an advisory member for the Irvine Public School Foundation (IPSF).

Douglast MitchellDouglas Mitchell was formerly the Vice President of Retail Information and Planning at PNC Financial Services Group in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Mitchell received his Bachelors of Economics from DePauw University and his MBA in Finance/ Accounting from Indiana University. He has been on mission trips to Miraj/Sangli, India and is active in both his church and community. Mr. Mitchell has served his congregation by teaching Sunday School and serving on the Stewardship, Mission Outreach, Finance and Session committees. He is also the co-president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity House Corporation at DePauw University and is a co-chairman of the local Republican Committee Ward.

Barbara SwansBarbara Swan M.D. is a doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with Choice Care Physicians, PC in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Swan graduated from Penn State University for her undergrad work, and got her Medical Degree from Jefferson Medical College, now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Mrs. Swan has been on numerous mission trips, both stateside and abroad, including Mars Hill, NC; Pascagoula, MI; Philippines; Malawi; Haiti; and the Dominican Republic. She has served her church in a variety of capacities including being an Elder for two terms; chairing the Disability Issues and Mission committees, and World Mission, Benevolence and Campbell Scholarship subcommittees; being a member of the Wellness Committee, Chancel Choir and Westminster Handbell Choir; and coordinating the Partnership with Chonde CCAP in Malawi through the Pittsburgh Presbytery International Partnership.

Rev Gary WatkinsThe Reverend Gary Watkins is the Senior Pastor of Christ Pacific Church in Huntington Beach, California. The Reverend received his Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently serving with the General Council of the Presbytery of Southern California and after being an active member on the Mission Partnership Team (MPT) has been elected to serve as Chairman beginning in 2017. Reverend Watkins has also gone on mission trips to Mexico, Guatemala, Kenya and India.



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