The Wellbody Team

 
 
Executive Director
 
 
  Raphi first began working in Kono District during an undergraduate summer research internship, when, spending each day in the region's amputee camps, he witnessed first-hand the devestating poverty these post-war communities faced along with the hope they saw in Dr. Barrie and Dr. Kelly's small and young organization. Raphi returned each summer through college to continue his involvement with Wellbody Alliance as it has grown into a major healthcare provider in the country, and has worked as the designer and implementer of the amputee community healthworker program, an administrative coordinator, a maternal health program manager and since 2011 as the organization's US Managing Director.
 
Raphi graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy, where he was a winner of a 2011 Davis Projects for Peace Prize, the Adel Mahmoud Global Health Scholars prize, and the Henry R. Labouisse '26 Fellowship for international development. In June 2013, he assumed the position of Executive Director at Wellbody Alliance's new office at the Next Mile Project.
 
 

 
Dan Kelly, MD
Co-Founder, Chief Strategic Officer
 
Dan received his AB from Princeton University and MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine, and was awarded a 2011 Fulbright fellowship to study HIV/AIDS in Sierra Leone.

Dan’s passion for helping underserved populations grew out of his work as Spanish translator for Princeton’s free clinic and administrative lead for Albert Einstein's student-run free clinic. Dan left for Sierra Leone with the support of Albert Einstein’s Global Health Fellowship after his third year of medical school. The incredible need in Sierra Leone compelled Dan to partner with Dr. Mohammed Barrie to serve the health needs of its amputated civilians, and later start Wellbody Alliance's clinic in Kono.

In 2013, Dan will begin an Infectious Disease fellowship at University of California - San Francisco.

Mohamed Bailor Barrie, M.B.Ch.B.
Co-Founder, Chief Strategic Officer
 
Dr. Mohamed Bailor Barrie grew up in poverty in rural Sierra Leone. After finishing secondary school, he received one of two scholarships in the country to study medicine at the the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dr. Barrie trained in general medicine, building his skills in all areas of medicine. The civil war in Sierra Leone forced him to suspend his studies and, after two years as a refugee in neighboring Guinea, he graduated with his degree in medicine in 2004. After obtaining his degree Dr. Barrie worked as a medical officer at a rural nonprofit hospital and was one of two physicians in his graduating class to continue to practice medicine in Sierra Leone. He has also acted as a consultant for UNICEF and World Health Organization. In 2006 Dr. Barrie co-founded and became the executive and medical director of Wellbody Alliance, a nonprofit healthcare organization based in Kono District, Sierra Leone. His current role is as chief strategic officer. Dr. Barrie is the recipient of the 2013 Grace Humanitarian Award from Thomas Jefferson University. For 2013-2015, Dr. Barrie was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to study global health delivery at Harvard University. 
 
You can read more about Dr. Barrie's story here.


Yusupha Dibba, M.B.Ch.B.
Medical Director

Dr. Dibba completed his two pre-clinical years at the School of Medicine in Gambia’s capital, Banjul, before transferring to Freetown’s College of Medicine and Allied Health for the remainder of his medical school. He completed electives in surgery and internal medicine in the South of Germany at the Klinikum Kempten. Due to his skill, Dr. Dibba was offered a place in a post-graduate training program at the University of Ulm in Germany after his residency. Dr. Dibba has worked at several of the major private hospitals in Freetown as a General Practitioner, as well as public clinics in and around the city.

While completing his residency at the government hospitals in Freetown, Dr. Dibba met Dr. Barrie and Dr. Kelly at the compound they all shared. The three became quick friends over their shared humanitarian spirit. He admires Wellbody’s mission of serving everyone, regardless of socio-economic status: “Working here in Dorma, serving the poor, makes me feel very fulfilled in my medical practice. This is the place I want to be”.

 

Storm Portner

Global Operations Fellow

Storm first started working in Kono District as a summer research intern during 2013. His research comprised of evaluating TB REACH, a community-based tuberculosis screening and treatment program, and lead to his senior thesis on the challenges facing Global Health partnerships. 

Storm graduated from Princeton University as a premed with a degree in Anthropology and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. Upon graduation he received the Henry R. Labouisse '26 Prize Fellowship to help Wellbody operate and expand the initiatives of the new Birth Center.  Storm's current role is to oversee US operations.

 


Shannon Bragg

Development Associate

Shannon first joined Wellbody as a Development Intern at their Boston office at The Next Mile Project. Prior to Wellbody, she also interned at Gardens for Health, a fellow Next Mile organization that provides agricultural solutions to chronic malnutrition in Rwanda. She is currently a Research and Management Fellow at SheGives, a philanthropic giving circle, where she works alongside nonprofit consulting group Root Cause to vet Boston-based grant recipients excelling in social innovation. She holds a degree in Comparative Literature from the Sorbonne and a Master's degree in French from Brown University.

 

 


International Board of Directors

J. Daniel Kelly, MD, Chair of the Board, Co-Founder, Chief Strategic Officer

Dr. J. Daniel Kelly is an infectious disease fellow at the University of California - San Francisco. In 2006, he co-founded Wellbody Alliance and remains the organization’s Chief Strategic Officer. Dr. Kelly graduated from Princeton University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and was a recipient of a 2011 Fulbright Scholarship to study HIV/AIDS in Sierra Leone in collaboration with Ministry of Health.

 

Mohamed Bailor Barrie, M.B.Ch.B, Co-Founder, Chief Strategic Officer

Dr. Bailor Barrie is a General Practitioner born in Makeni, Sierra Leone, who studied at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He was a co-founder of Wellbody Alliance in 2006, and directed all in-country programs until 2013. He has worked as a consultant for UNICEF and the World Health Organization, and is currently studying for a Masters of Medical Science in Global Health Delivery on a Fulbright Scholarship at Harvard University.

 

Matt Brann, CFA

Matt Brann is a Portfolio Management expert who is currently Managing Director at Banyan Partners custom wealth management. He received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and his MS in Investment Management at Boston University School of Management.

 

Chifan Cheng, DDS

Dr. Chifan Cheng is a pediatric dentist from Chicago, Illinois. She received her dental degree at the National Taiwan University and completed her residency at the University of California - San Francisco. Dr. Cheng first developed Wellbody’s dental services in 2010 while volunteering at the clinic , and has supported it since as it has developed into the most accessible dental clinic in the region.

 

James Fields, MD

Dr. James Fields is a board-certified pediatrician practicing in Norman, Oklahoma who has been instrumental in developing Wellbody’s pediatric services since 2011. He has made two trips to Sierra Leone thus far. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma and completed a pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Oklahoma.

 

Joseph Kass, MD, JD

Dr. Joseph Kass is an Associate Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Medical Ethics at Baylor College of Medicine. He directs Baylor’s Neurology Residency Program and is the Chief of Neurology at Ben Taub General Hospital. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine and his degree in law from Columbia University School of Law.

 

Tanvee Mehra

Tanvee Mehra is a Los Angeles based branding and digital marketing specialist who is currently the CEO of Mehra Marketing Services. She previously worked as the Manager for Digital Marketing and CRM strategy for E&J Gallo Winery, and received her degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University

 

Eric Rugart

Eric Rugart is the Chief Executive Officer of Feta Med, Inc. a medical distribution company serving the perinatal needs of American hospitals. He is also the co-founder of ZSX Medical, a Philadelphia-based medical device company working to improve minimally-invasive surgery in women’s health. He received his degree from the University of Pennsylvania.


Founders

Dan Kelly
Mohamed Bailor Barrie
Kathy Kelly
Yachtz Radcliffe