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Member Category: Board

Carl R. Vahl
Staff

Carl R. Vahl

I began my international service work in 2005 by participating in Rotary National Immunization Day missions, immunizing children against polio in the slums of New Deli, India and in Niger’s rural desert villages in sub-Saharan Africa. Beginning in 2007 I lead a Rotary Club project that drilled 52 water wells and provided two schools and...

Jim Patrick
Staff

Jim Patrick

Jim Patrick is a third generation owner of Patrick & Co. founded by his grandfather in 1873. Jim found his calling to help others when he learned about cleft lip and palate and just how inexpensive it was to change a life with one surgery. From there he became a Co-Founder of Rotoplast 25 years ago and then in 2004...

Cecile Chiquette
Staff

Cecile Chiquette

Cecile is Public Fiduciary and has been a board member at AfS for three years. Previously she was President of San Francisco Rotary and Partner at Rina Accountancy.

Karl Wustrack, MD
Staff

Karl Wustrack, MD

I have been serving on cleft missions for 35 years now. My passion and dedication to this cause started after medical school at Yale. It was the answer to my personal question of how I could contribute to those who were born with less than I had. Although I have done 1,000 surgeries in many...

John O’Connor
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John O’Connor

I joined the AfS Board as a result of my friendship with, and admiration for Dr. Karl Wustrack, who has devoted himself for years to this great cause. After joining, I also have been inspired by the unstoppable energy Anita Stangl. I have been a litigating lawyer practicing in San Francisco for 45 years. Among...

Benjamin Lam
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Benjamin Lam

For me, AfS has been a breath of very fresh air since I joined the board more than 10 years ago after being in the financial services industry for over 30 years across Asia and the US, serving mostly the “haves” and the successful. My brother had cleft lip, and my family knew how much...

Anita Stangl
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Anita Stangl

I became involved with cleft lip and palate repair programs in 1994 when I volunteered for a medical mission to Chile. Since that time, my heart was taken by this type of work and my career shifted to developing cleft organizations. I was one of the six founders of Alliance for Smiles in 2004 along...

Rosemary Welde, RN
Staff

Rosemary Welde, RN

I was born in Philadelphia and went to nursing school there. I have lived in California since 1980. I have worked in numerous health care settings as a staff nurse, educator and administrative positions. I got interested in this type of volunteer work as a young OR nurse. Since then, I have been a member...

Karin Vargervik, DDS
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Karin Vargervik, DDS

After receiving my dental and orthodontic education in Norway where I was born, I received a Fulbright scholarship in Boston at Forsyth Institution and Harvard, which led me to a research appointment at the University of California focusing on speech in children with repaired cleft lip and palate. Since then, I have studied and worked...

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