The incredible woman above is Kevin Travia's grandmother, Kathy Minardi. During the holidays, she takes the train from Connecticut to small town, North Carolina, to visit. One time, she spoke about all the abandoned train cars she saw on the side of the rails and the opportunity to use them for good. It's important to give her full credit for the idea of Railcare Health, as she has been the inspiration behind the whole organization. And just like that Railcare Health was born with the goal of converting an abandoned train into a mobile healthcare clinic. We are starting out small with a more sustainable and mobile clinic that operates out of a shuttle bus, but the dream of increasing rural healthcare access is still at the heart of our mission. By working together with a network of doctors, medical students, and the local community, we hope to make a difference in the lives of many North Carolinians.
Katherine is a rising junior at UNC studying biology and psychology. She is excited to be taking on the role of CEO within Railcare! Her vision for the future includes expansion of Railcare's services to reach even more underserved communities in rural North Carolina. Outside of Railcare, she is involved in public health advocacy and research on social cognition in schizophrenia. Katherine has a passion for reaching underserved populations through healthcare and mental health services.
Railcare Health is built on the idea that different perspectives are key to making the dream work. The person responsible for making sure our operations aren't running wild is the same person that ensures this diverse thinking is at the forefront of any decision making. Marissa is a biology major with a heavy interest in public health that shows with her years of dedication to the YMCA Camp Weaver. She is involved with cutting edge research at various international universities and volunteers her time as a tutor for students that may be struggling in certain science classes. As the COO, Marissa will strengthen the core values we've built at Railcare Health and push us towards a prosperous future: shaping the healthcare landscape to one where everyone has access to the care they need.
Dr. Fozia Khan, MD is an internal medicine specialist in Burlington, NC. She graduated from Nishtar Medical College and completed her residency in internal medicine at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine. She brings more than 20 years of medical experience, and has already started a free clinic of her own in Burlington called the AL-AQSA clinic committed to serving those without insurance. Her life has been dedicated to serving those in the community and we all share a similar sense of urgency to help rural individuals in North Carolina. We value her expertise and insight into patient care and together have crafted our practice to reflect only the best quality of care our patients deserve. Because she believes in our mission of serving the community, we have been able to open our doors and make this dream into reality.
Farrah is our Human Resources Coordinator Committee Chair. She works with new volunteers and helps with staffing at Railcare Health. She ensures that all volunteers are adequately prepared to provide the best service possible at clinic days. Farrah is a sophomore at UNC and plans to continue working with underserved communities well after graduating from college. She joined Railcare because she is passionate about providing equal access to health care to everyone across North Carolina.
Emma Marchese has been a critical cog in our wheel of success because we wouldn't be where we are without her. She has been an active part of Railcare Health since the beginning stages and has provided invaluable information and support to the board. She is the Communications Committee Chair for Railcare and has the job of contributing expertise to assist staff in establishing organizational marketing, branding, and communication plans. She is responsible for developing various marketing and communication channels as well as balancing public relations. In addition to all of this, Emma is a full-time student at UNC and actively pursues a Chemistry major. We are delighted that Emma is a member of our team and cannot wait to work more with her!
Jackson Mabon is our Legal Committee Chair. He is a Sophomore at Elon University studying History and Political Science. He is a Resident Advisor and enjoys mentoring first-year students. Jack is interested in pursuing law school after finishing his undergraduate education. With Railcare, Jack works to ensure that the organization is in compliance with all federal guidelines and handles our licensing documentation for volunteers. He is passionate about helping others navigate the healthcare system and bringing care to underserved patients.
Shatera McNair is our Public Relations Subcommittee Chair. She is responsible for public outreach to the local communities we serve. Shatera uses a wide range of media and engagement in order to effectively broadcast the mission of Railcare Health. She connects with members in the communities we serve in prior to our clinic days to get the word out about our upcoming events. Shatera is a undergraduate at UNC that strives to work with disadvantaged populations through comprehensive reform strategies that aim to systematically reallocate resources and money to providing equitable services for the underserved.
Iris Brammer is an undergraduate at UNC majoring in Sociolinguistics and minoring in Chemistry and Spanish for the Medical Professions. She hopes to obtain a Masters in Narrative Medicine prior to medical school. She is currently serving as the Executive Assistant, Privacy Officer, and Clinical Operations Subcommittee Chairs. Since beginning with Railcare, she has dedicated herself to the cause of rural healthcare and is excited to aid in the organization’s mission and future. Outside of Railcare Health, Iris is involved with cellular biology research and public health education. She has a strong passion for languages, speaking Chinese, Spanish, and English fluently and hopes to bring diversity and enhance healthcare access around the world as a future medical practitioner.
Clare is a North Carolina native with a passion for medicine and social justice. At Railcare, Clare serves as one of the Clinic Operations Subcommittee Chairs working to plan site visits and ensures lasting relationships between Railcare and the communities we serve. As a student at UNC, Clare is pursing degrees in psychology and biology with the aim of becoming a Physician Assistant and continuing to work for healthcare equity in North Carolina.
Above is a visual diagram that represents delegation of power between Committee Chairs (red circles) and Subcommittee Chairs (blue circles). This an inside scoop of how our organization operates!
Aaron served in the United States Army Reserve for twenty-one years. During his time in the US Army Reserve, he earned degrees in Aviation Technology and Business Management. Aaron worked for General Motors until the company was sold to Rolls-Royce North America. He continued his employment there, retiring from the company with 30 years of service. Upon retiring from Rolls-Royce North America, Aaron continued his career by forming Mueller Business Associates, LLC in 2008. Given his extensive experience with business relations and negotiating, he is able to offer valuable insight to the governance of Railcare Health. Aaron is an asset to Railcare Health and we greatly appreciate the time and effort he contributes to our organization.
Cory is the director of client engagement at Alcone Marketing Company where he uses his 22 years of brand-development and marketing experience to advance the image of different world-wide companies. He has been generous enough to assist Railcare Health in the world of marketing and assist with our long-term marketing goals. He will contribute to and review the marketing plan to ensure progress toward annual goals as well as provide annual marketing budget recommendations. As an experienced marketing wiz, Cory will greatly increase our positive image to the community and help spread our story. We are blessed as an organization to have Cory’s unique touch and are very excited to hear about his ideas to make Railcare Health a patient-friendly nonprofit that all will trust.
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