Dr. Segun Ajayi works at Howard University Hospital and is an aspiring ophthalmologist seeking to specialize in glaucoma treatment. He is also the CEO/Founder of Hospitals for Humanity (HFH), a nonprofit organization based in the United States and Nigeria. HFH aims to decrease health care barriers for people living in the least developed countries of the world by organizing medical missions, constructing modern hospitals, and introducing current medical technology. HFH strives to build lasting infrastructure for carrying out sustained improvement in the global healthcare delivery system.
Since founding HFH in 2006, Dr. Ajayi has worked with several international government officials to organize and implement 25 Medical Mission Initiatives, where volunteer medical professionals provide free medical services to people who do not have access to quality health care. To date, Dr. Ajayi and HFH have procured over $50 million worth of free medication, medical equipment, surgeries, and volunteer services, enabling the organization to treat over 200,000 patients from communities in the Philippines, Haiti, Senegal, and Nigeria.
The work done by Dr. Ajayi and HFH in Kogi State, Nigeria, exemplifies the impact of MMIs. In 2008, HFH treated nearly 10,000 patients in Kogi State. The MMI team found that the number of patients left untreated was too many to count, however, which encouraged HFH to return to the region several times. In 2009, HFH again served nearly 10,000 patients in Kogi State. By 2011, HFH has provided free medical service to more than 50,000 patients in Kogi State, numbers that impelled Dr. Ajayi and HFH to assist in building a state-of-the-art health care center, which was completed in early 2012.
Another powerful example of the value of HFH MMIs was the work done in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake. Dr. Ajayi secured $30,000 in donations for a private jet to fly to Haiti and immediately mobilized a 59-member volunteer medical team including Orthopedic Surgeons; Family Medicine, OB-GYN, ER, Trauma, and Internal Medicine Physicians; Nurses; Nurse Practitioners; Physician Assistants; and Medical Students to provide emergency medical services to the earthquake victims. HFH committed to providing free health care to the Haitian people for at least one year, implementing monthly MMIs throughout 2010.
Dr. Ajayi holds a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. From 2001 to 2003 he was a Business Team Leader at Abbott Labs, a global broad based health care company, where he was in charge of implementing and supporting several Abbott Labs products. He graduated from the American International School of Medicine.
Kellye Smith-Essien received her Bachelors of Science degree in nursing from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. Ms. Smith-Essien is currently employed at Grady Hospital as Senior Staff Trauma Nurse. She recently received an award for nursing excellence. Nursing is a rewarding, exciting and challenging career and her goal is to always provide the highest quality of care possible.
Ololade Soyemi is the Managing Director at Hospitals for Humanity—Africa based in Nigeria. Previously a banker, Mr. Soyemi brings his experience in finance and investment to HFH, helping to advance positive organizational changes and transform existing procedures; define and close new business opportunities; and build team consensus. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Lagos State University, Ojo, Nigeria; a Postgraduate Diploma in Manpower Economics and Planning and a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria; a Master of Science degree in Business Analysis and Finance from University of Leicester, United Kingdom; and has passed Level 1 of the CFA Program.
Adanna Oji graduated from Governors State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Ms. Oji is the Public Relations Officer for the Nigerian Independence Day Education Fund (NIDEF), an organization that contributes to the development of Nigeria through educational initiatives. She currently works as a life insurance agent in Illinois.
Dr. Fola Oluwehinmi is the CEO of JC & Adfalin Healthcare. He graduated from College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, completed an Internal Medicine residency at Columbia University-Harlem Hospital, New York and a fellowship in Geriatrics at Emory University.
Yinka Owolabi received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Illinois Law Update, a monthly column published in the Illinois Bar Journal. Prior to attending law school, she worked at Walgreens Health Initiatives, Inc. where she managed the implementation of domestic pharmacy benefit programs and assisted clients in providing prescription drug coverage customized for Medicare and Medicaid populations. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Lake Forest College where she conducted a year-long independent study of medicinal practices among Yoruba people in Nigeria. She will join the Corporate and Health Care practice groups of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP as an Associate in January 2010.
Dr. Esther Lambo is the Project Manager for Hospitals for Humanity, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Lambo resides in Abuja, Nigeria and has contacts in the United States and United Kingdom. She is a former university lecturer, a freelance educational consultant, and CEO of Zion Health & Education Basics (ZHEB) Ltd/Gte, a non-governmental organization with a focus on research, creating awareness in communities on emergent issues, and conducting training on fire safety and medical emergencies in homes and public places. Dr. Lambo’s responsibilities with HFH include acting as the facilitator and coordinator of International Free Medical Missions and facilitator of Needs Assessment and donation of medical equipment and supplies to hospitals in Nigeria and elsewhere.
Marlene Grenier resides in Riverview, Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Worcester State College in Massachusetts and her Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts. She is board certified as an acute care nurse practitioner. She is employed by the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, where she works for the department of Internal and Hospital Medicine.
Head of Special Medical Services Department
Wande Ajetunmobi is a Data Analyst for a prestigious Warranty Company in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Clayton State University in Atlanta, Georgia and she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Project Management and Information Systems. She holds certifications in Logistics/Supply Chain Management and Application Software. Ms. Ajetunmobi has extensive experience in various projects related to sales, marketing, human resource management, and new-product launch. She has a passion for helping the less privileged and is excited to be a part of Hospitals for Humanity.
Head of Dentistry Department
Dr. Syreeta C. Jones is a general dentist in her hometown of Kankakee, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa. She is a member of several national, state, and local dental organizations and has received numerous honors for her commitment and dedication to the field of dentistry. She works tirelessly to educate her patients on the importance of oral health and its relevance to their overall well-being. Dr. Jones looks forward to spreading this same pertinent message to underserved populations around the world.
Head of Pharmacy Department
Elaine Brown-McRae received her pharmacy degree from the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy. She has over 20 years managerial experience holding positions as pharmacy manager/assistant manager with Kroger and CVS Drugs. Her pharmacy is a facilitator for pharmacy tech programs for several local schools providing practical and academic experience to students. Her dedication to giving the best possible patient care earned her the “Rx Excellence Award” from her current employer Kroger Pharmacy. Ms. Brown-McRae is proud to serve on the HFH team and to work with people with the same passion–to help those who are underserved around the world.
Gladys Okugbeni is a professor at Montgomery College in Maryland. She holds a master’s degree in Mathematics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Bethel College of Biblical Studies in Maryland; and has received scholarships from George Washington University and NASA. She is passionate about the welfare of people and enjoys sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. She has been an educator for more than fifteen years.