The Board of Directors
Our organization was founded by Dr. Stephen DeVore, a doctor and engineer from Iowa wanting to bring medicine to this remote country. It continues today through the work of our volunteers, partners in Mali, and our Board of Directors.
President: Dave Merschman
Dave has been involved with MFM since 2002, serving as treasurer from 2004 to 2008 and president since 2008. Dave achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Simpson College in 1979 and manages a local business. During his many trips to Mali, his main areas of involvement have been clean water and microfinance.
Vice-President: Jill E. DeVore, MS, MPH
Jill DeVore, MS, MPH has worked with Medicine for Mali (MFM) since 2000 when it was created by her late husband, Dr. Stephen DeVore, after their daughter’s (Elise DeVore Berlan, MD, MPH) trip to Mali, Africa in 2000. Jill worked as a teacher for over 20 years in Reading Recovery and Special Education. She received her Masters degree in Public Health in 2007 from Des Moines University in Iowa. Her work for MFM has centered on children and women. She has headed the Public Health and the Education programs for MFM with over 20 trips to Mali.
Board Secretary: D. Suzanne Johnson, CMA(AAMA)
Suzanne currently works for Des Moines University. During her many trips to Mali, starting in 2002, she has worked in the medical clinic and served as the clinic director.
Elise DeVore Berlan, MD, MPH
Dr. Berlan was a founding member of Medicine For Mali in 2000. Dr. Berlan is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Attending Physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
She has completed four trips to Mali and has been on the Board of Directors since 2009. She provides expertise in public health programming and medicine.
Treasurer: Jason Chance, CPA
Jason is a local businessman and has been on 2 trips to Mali serving on the construction crew.
Legal Counsel: Mike Cunningham, Attorney
Mike has served on the board since 2009
Laura Delaney, MPAS, PA-C.
Ms Delaney is on the faculty of Des Moines University in PA program. She has made numerous international medical trips with students from Des Moines University, including many with MFM.