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Meet our Board

Jennifer Perry, MD

President and co-founder

Dr. Jen was raised in Michigan's upper peninsula and attended Michigan State University for her undergraduate and medical education.  Jen completed her pediatric training in Grand Rapids, MI and now practices in the community.  Jen was always interested in global health and started working in Haiti during residency.  She has traveled to Haiti 7 times and loves the long term relationships and growth she's been able to build with the children and community.  Her experiences in Haiti both before and after the earthquake opened her eyes even more to the heart of the Haitian people and strengthened her long term commitment to serve

 

Jeri Kessenich, MD

Vice President and co-founder

Dr. Jeri Kessenich is a pediatrician with a longstanding interest in global health.  She has been doing international medical relief work for over 19 years and started working in Haiti in 2009.  Dr. Jeri is passionate about pediatrics and strongly believes that all children deserve access to preventive medical care and a medical home. 

Nick Kokx, MD

Director of Educational Curriculum

Dr. Nick Kokx is a pediatrician that has been working in West Michigan since 1979.  He first became involved in global health 15 years ago.  His children attended medical trips with him and he was impressed with the positive effect the experiences had on them and on their lives since.  He feels that extending this same experience to young medical professionals is very important.  Working with Kids Health for Haiti gives Dr. Kokx an opportunity to provide medical care to children in Haiti and to be part of the professional development of medical professionals.

 

Annette Walen, MD

Board Member

Annette Walen is a pediatrician in Grand Rapids, MI.  She attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, and completed her pediatric training at Butterworth Hosptial in Grand Rapids.  She has worked at Alger Pediatrics  for almost twenty years.  Dr. Walen first committed to working in Haiti after reading  Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder's book about Dr. Paul Farmer.   She was particularly impressed by Dr. Farmer's firm belief that people in Haiti and other impoverished countries deserve good medical care, not the "better than nothing" or "possibly adequate" medical care that is often offered by relief organizations.  Dr. Walen Believes that this is also the goal of KHH. 


Dr Aimee in Haiti

Aimee Tow, DO

Board Member

Dr. Aimee is a pediatrician that lives in Grand Rapids, MI.  She currently volunteers with nonprofit organizations to assist those that are delivering healthcare in medically underserved settings.  She has served in Africa and travels to Haiti multiple times each year.  She graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her pediatric residency in Grand Rapids, MI.