We welcome volunteers aboard our team. This component of our organizational model is essential to maximizing CCC’s impact in saving women’s lives. CCC is unable to budget for volunteers’ room and board on our international trips, but this is an incredible opportunity, as an extensive medical background isn’t required to join the fight against cervical cancer. This is because the nature of our work allows for support in many different areas. If you’re interested in globetrotting with us, please fill out this form.
The CureCervicalCancer team welcomes all types of volunteers. Whether you’re an EMT, photographer, journalist, or enjoy welcoming and registering patients, we would love to have you join our team.
We’re looking for volunteers to join us on our medical missions around the globe. Volunteers are not required to have extensive medical backgrounds, because the nature of our work requires help in many different areas. In the past, we’ve had pre-medical students, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, doctors, EMTs, hospital administrators, and eager non-medical lay people join us on our programs.
Volunteers at CureCerivalCancer:
**Must be at least 21 years of age.
**Must have a passport valid for six months after date of return.
**Must independently be able to obtain all necessary vaccinations per own medical resource and expense(s).
**Must be able to pay for own travel expenses, including airfare, hotel, visas, food, and etc.
Volunteers will be selected on a space-available basis. Any other forms required for travel (ie. passport, visa, vaccinations (if required), etc.) will be requested prior to departure.
Can’t travel? No problem! We are open to any and all types of skill sets that will contribue to our direct service to women around the globe. If your strengths lie in graphic designing, research, or social networking communications for instance, we would love to help find a way for you to still be involved with CCC.
Erica Oberman received her medical degree from University of California, San Francisco and went on to complete her residency training at University of California, Los Angeles where she was elected Administrative Chief Resident. She has a long-standing history and involvement in global health issues, including service in the Peace Corps organizing the National Cervical Cancer Campaign in Suriname, South America. She also participated in the MUST/UCLA Fistula Camp in Mbarra, Uganda. She joined the CCC team for its first Vietnam program and has already committed to leading a trip to Guatemala in 2015. Dr Oberman currently works as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in the department of OB/GYN.
Lirona Katzir is a native of Los Angeles. She received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and went on to complete her residency training at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her interest in international health care started in medical school when she spent a month in Guatemala volunteering in several women’s health and pediatric clinics. She continued to pursue her interest in global health by doing an international rotation during her residency in Brazil. She joined the CCC team for its return visit to Vietnam in December 2014 and will be joining us for our Ethiopia mission in April 2015. Dr. Katzir currently works as a practicing OBGYN and clinical professor at the Olive View UCLA Medical Center In Sylmar, CA.
Rita Oregón is a native of Los Angeles. She attended medical school at University of California at Los Angeles (now known as the David Geffen School of Medicine) and then completed her residency training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. She has for many years been very actively involved in the UCLA OB/GYN Residency Training program and Medical Student teaching for the OB/GYN rotations as an Associate Clinical Professor at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar, CA. She currently still works at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center part-time.
Minako Watabe was born in Tokyo, Japan, lived in Belgium for a few years, and moved to the US at a young age. She grew up in the Chicago, New York, and New Jersey areas and graduated from UC Berkeley with an interdisciplinary studies major focusing on Health and Immigration in California. Minako went to medical school at Mount Sinai Medical School and spent two summers studying Spanish in Guatemala and Costa Rica. She always had a strong interest in international medicine and spent a month in Uganda during her Ob-Gyn residency at UCLA. She spent another month after finishing residency at UCLA helping to set up and execute a vesicovaginal fistula camp where she worked with two urogynecologists to cure 30 women suffering from vesicovaginal fistulas and provide them with postoperative care. Minako currently works in a rural community in Ventura County, CA where she takes care of a variety of patients including migrant farm workers. She has always been very dedicated to providing compassionate care to underserved women worldwide and thinks CCC’s mission is very much in line with her life goals.
Mamta Singhvi received her bachelors and medical degrees from UCLA, and continued at the same for her Radiation Oncology training where she served as Chief Resident. While at UCLA, she implemented stress reduction seminars for patients coping with the psychological and emotional impact of cancer. She is actively involved in the fight to cure cervical cancer, as she parlayed her modeling experience into public health campaigns and currently serves on the Board of the American Sexual Health Association and National Cervical Cancer Coalition.
Jade Singer is a Physician Assistant who has been practicing gynecology for over 25 years. She received her medical training at Harbor-UCLA as a women’s health specialist and then went on to get her master’s in public health with a specialty in health education. Jade has spent most of her career caring for women in the Los Angeles area who have limited health care options. As a faculty member of the Nurse Practitioner program at Harbor-UCLA and national speaker she has educated and influenced countless health care providers. Jade was invaluable as a CCC team member in Ethiopia and will also be participating in Guatemala 2013.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of CCC where I can utilize my knowledge and dedication to enhance the lives of women all over the world.”
Elsa Miramontes has been an Emergency Room nurse for 11 years. Her first medical mission was to Kenya in October of 2013. She was there with a few of her colleagues during which they met Dr. Gordon and learned about the CCC organization. Since then Elsa was fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in other missions. She is grateful for the opportunity to be able to make a difference in the lives of others through the See and Treat program.
Cullen Hallinan is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in Neuroscience and is pursuing a career in medicine. Of his many attributes, Cullen brings his skills as a certified EMT to CCC. Cullen joined CCC as a translator in Guatemala but his expertise in emergency oxygen lent itself perfectly to nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide maintenance and delivery for the CCC team’s cryotherapy. He assists CCC doctors in establishing permanent and sustainable clinics dedicated to diagnosing and treating precancerous cervical lesions in Guatemala, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. During his five trips to four counties he was also able to assist in the performance and teaching of the “See and Treat” procedure under the expert guidance of Dr. Patricia Gordon, and is thrilled to be able to utilize and broaden his skills to help underserved women abroad. He feels honored and blessed to work with compassionate and diverse groups of healthcare professionals dedicated and unrelenting about addressing a horrific epidemic that is one hundred percent preventable. He furthermore believes that saving women in particular has the most profound effect on communities and the families they are made up of.
Doris Pesina is originally from California and received her nursing degree from University of the State of New York 18 years ago. For the last 11 years, her focus has been in Emergency Nursing, working in various Emergency Departments throughout Los Angeles. Doris has been blessed to have traveled the world and to have had some great experiences, but she always knew she would never feel completely fulfilled until she “gave back.” Doris is thrilled to be joining CCC on their Kenya project for her first, of what she’s sure will be many, medical mission experiences. She can’t wait to perform the “See and Treat” method and see how many women will be saved from having to deal with the horrible disease of cervical cancer that devastates lives.
Originally from Mexico, Oskar received his medical degree with honors from the Autonomous University of Baja California, and practiced primary care medicine for 7 years before moving to the United States.
After careful consideration, he decided to re-engineer his career with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University, which he’s looking forward to begin in the fall of 2017. His goal lies in augmenting the medical field with computation, by designing interactive systems capable of saving lives.
As an avid self learner, and because of the close relationship with his future pursuits, he became proficient in the fields of digital design and content strategy, which inspired him to collaborate with incredible organizations, such as CureCervicalCancer.
My name is Donna K. Stellini and I was raised in Southern California. As a young girl, I was Miss California. It proved to be a great experience, since it took me all over the United States and around the world. Later, I became a successful model, which of course put me in front of the camera.
Now I have chosen to go behind the camera and photograph what I see, it has become so beneficial. I have found my love, and what I see with my eyes is my language to you. When I photograph my work, I want you to feel what I was seeing. I want you to see a story in my photography with layers of information. I started becoming interested in photojournalism in 2006. I decided I wanted to understand the camera, so I went back to school to learn. It entailed far more than I ever thought I was capable of doing. But you could not stop me, and now I have found a new direction in life which has become my passion. I am ready and full of good knowledge. To be able to take a pictures, and have you feel like your are there, is my gift.
I have volunteered to CCC, because if one can make a difference in this world, than it is up to us humans to give it our best. Thought my eye in photography, I hope to show you how beautiful that can be. What it takes to put this all together. To be able to show the fine work of all the doctors, volunteers, and the people, who make this climb to cure cervical cancer.
Rhia Bello was born in Missouri and raised in Manila, Philippines where she obtained her BSN at the University of Santo Tomas. She started her career with research at an allergy and immunology clinic, followed by Home Health then Emergency Nursing where she met Ms. Doris Pesina. Rhia states: “Being raised in a third world country, I have seen the realities and the plight in our inner city communities, help is always welcome and is NEVER enough, this may be my first international medical mission but where I came from it is a way of life.”
Chelsea Kennard has worked for the past two years as a licensed LVN working as a Wellness Nurse for Sunrise Assisted Living in Beverly Hills, CA. She is a student at West Coast University pursuing her BSN. Chelsea has participated in many community volunteer programs such as the El Monte Food Drive, American Red Cross Blood Drive, and Alzheimer’s Association. She is passionate caregiver and dedicated to her work. This is Chelsea’s first trip with the CCC organization, and she is excited to work with an organization that is dedicated to making a difference impact in the lives of women.
Rick has worked as an investment manager in Minneapolis for almost 30 years. Prior to that, he served as Director of Planning at the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.
Rick and his wife, Carol – a Pilates instructor – enjoy fitness and travel.
He is also an EMT and has made several trips to Haiti to do emergency medical work in Port au Prince. Rick connected to CCC’s work through a relative of Dr. Gordon. He’s trained in VIA and cryotherapy on his first trip with us in May of 2015. He’s excited especially about the sustainability of the CCC model through which local nurses and other health professionals are trained and continue seeing and treating patients after the CCC team leaves.
Melanie Miller was a LAUSD educator for 25 years, teaching art to high school seniors at Cleveland Humanities Magnet. After meeting Dr. Gordon and hearing about CCC, she immediately knew she had to be part of the team. She was enthralled by the simplicity and efficacy in CCC’s program of diagnosis, treatment and education, and its ongoing commitment to not only creating, but also maintaining clinics. She is excited to be going to Vietnam to manage the onsite office, as well as to learn to perform the “See and Treat”.
Bradley Neutel recently graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Exercise Biology and is pursuing a career in medicine. Brad currently works as a clinical research coordinator and conducts influenza, hypertension and diabetes clinical research in Orange County, California. He is traveling with CCC to Ethiopia in April 2015. There he will assist the CCC physicians and team with establishing sustainable ongoing cervical cancer screening clinics and help teach the “See and Treat” method to local healthcare providers. Brad is excited to travel with CCC and help thousands of Ethiopian women.
Kimberly Borden recently graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Art History and is pursuing a career in medicine. She is very excited to be working with Cure Cervical Cancer and to be part of the CCC team. Kim is actively involved in the coordination of and will be participating in the next five projects: Guatemala; Engos, Kenya; Haiti; Vietnam; and Kisumu, Kenya. Kim will assist CCC doctors in the performance and teaching of the “See and Treat” method, which she has learned through dedicated shadowing of Dr. Gordon and Jade Singer PA. She will also help in the management of the sustainable, ongoing CCC cervical cancer clinics. Kim is eager to learn and is thrilled to be able to help to improve the lives of thousands of women and their families worldwide.
Ellen Nong graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelors of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology and one day hopes to become a Physician Assistant. With a background in medical assisting, scribing, and volunteering in various healthcare facilities, Ellen is eager to practice in medicine and continue serving resource-poor communities around the world. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, traveling, and being with her family and friends. At CCC, Ellen helped coordinate global projects, screened hundreds of women, and aided the team design various digital marketing tools. She is very thankful to have worked with CCC and learned the “See and Treat” method under Dr. Patricia Gordon.
Having recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a B.S. in Biochemistry, Shivam Zaver is excited to be the next addition to the CureCervicalCancer team. A recipient of the prestigious Beckman Scholarship, Shivam is a strong advocate for preventative medicine especially in the field of women’s health who ardently pursues cutting edge scientific research. While pursuing a career in Academic medicine, he hopes to bring his passion for service and health education to the underserved communities in Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya, and Vietnam under the guidance of Dr. Gordon. Over the next year, Shivam will help set up new CCC clinics while aiding in the management of the many, already existing clinics. Shivam is very excited to have this opportunity to help improve the lives of so many women around the world.
Stephen Morris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Biology and Political Science and plans to pursue a future career in medicine. In his first year with CCC, he traveled to Vietnam, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, China, and Guatemala to help establish sustainable cervical cancer prevention centers. Under guidance of Drs. Gordon and Lang, he has gained hands-on medical and teaching experience with the “See and Treat” procedure. Stephen brings his experience of phlebotomy, patient care, student government, and volunteer work to the table and enjoys applying his skills to the many operations of CCC. He looks forward to continuing to help CCC grow as an organization in the upcoming year, and feels honored to be working for a cause that benefits countless women and and their communities around the world.
Yvonne Nong graduated from UCLA with a B.S in Biochemistry and is working towards a career in medicine. Since joining the team in January 2015, Yvonne has helped to train many of our providers while gaining hands-on experience in “See and Treat” under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Gordon and our lovely group of volunteer Ob/Gyns. While on missions, Yvonne is most enthusiastic about getting to meet patients and learn more about their culture and helping the healthcare providers become proficient in “See and Treat”. She has been to Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya and Tanzania and looks forward to coordinating potential missions to India, Nepal, Vietnam, and Ethiopia.
Jacquelyn Dang completed her undergraduate education at UCLA with a B.S. in Psychobiology and is currently pursuing a career in medicine. She has extensive volunteer experience as a Vietnamese youth group leader and also as a learning coordinator and reader to elementary school children. She is committed to community service and hopes to bring this passion to CureCervicalCancer and help extend the reach of CCC’s mission to women who need it most. As Senior Coordinator of CCC, Jacquelyn has actively coordinated and worked on medical missions in Haiti, Kenya, Guatemala, China, and Vietnam to establish sustainable cervical cancer “See and Treat” clinics in these developing countries where cervical cancer is epidemic. CCC has not only given her exceptional clinical experience, but through these missions, she experienced human suffering, challenging and helping her to understand both foreign and familiar aspects of this career choice. She looks forward to contributing her efforts to future CCC endeavors.
Jessie Margolis is a Master’s student in Biology at University of California, San Diego and is pursuing a career in medicine. She is a Student Researcher at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla and a Research Assistant at the San Diego VA Hospital. Jessie will join the Cure Cervical Cancer team for the 2013 Guatemala project, during which she will assist CCC doctors in teaching the “See and Treat” method and help establish sustainable cervical cancer clinics in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala. She is very excited to be a part of the CCC team.
Alison Schmitz is completing her last semester as an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Microbiology and a Certificate in Global Health. She is currently involved in creating Cure Cervical Cancer’s quarterly newsletters and promotes CCC missions on her university’s campus. Alison has given informative presentations to Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and Global and Public Health Club (GPHC) student organizations. As a new member of the team, Alison is eager to learn about the missions of this nonprofit organization and get involved in spreading cervical cancer awareness in her community. She is very passionate about helping people in need and hopes to one day participate in the establishment of a new CCC clinic.
Jonathan Loewenberg is now attending Johns Hopkins University. He is actively involved in coordinating CCC’s projects to set up sustainable clinics in developing countries. He is also engaged in local outreach in the Los Angeles Area to raise awareness about cervical cancer causes and prevention. Jonathan will continue to collect and analyze patient data from CCC’s projects worldwide while he studies at Johns Hopkins. Data collection and critical analysis are important for assessment of the progress of the CCC clinics. Jonathan is passionate about his work with CCC and feels
honored to have the opportunity to facilitate the organization’s valuable undertakings that contribute to the welfare of women with unattended gynecological health issues locally and in developing countries.
Grants are available to allow a small number of residents in gynecology and/or radiation oncology to join us on a future trip (some travel costs covered). Residents should be interested in global women’s health issues. To learn more please contact us with a few details about yourself and how you learned about our organization, and we’ll be in touch to discuss the application process. All resident grants will be vetted by the Board.