Ama Ahenkorah is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Edward M Kennedy Health Center in Worcester, MA. She migrated from Ghana to the US in 2003 and obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Education- Ghana where she received a Bachelor of Education.
Ama received her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Medical School – Graduate School of Nursing and currently board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Her experience as a teacher and currently as a primary care provider at a federally qualified health center has contributed to her immense passion to help improve the health of the under privileged.
As an immigrant from a developing country, she has an immense passion for working with underserved populations.
She is the founder and president of Boston Medical Services Ghana. Ama volunteers her time working with African immigrants at local churches in the Worcester area on modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, preconception care, contraception, and routine age appropriate screenings.
Dr. McKenry has a BS and a MBS in Nursing, an MBA in International Business, a PhD in International Health Development, and certification as a nurse practitioner in primary health care. Her expertise is in the areas of clinical excellence in primary health care, development of primary health facilities in developing countries. Dr. McKenry’s international work has taken place in Colombia, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Ghana, West Africa. She has served as a manager, educator and consultant at the local, regional and national level. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Emmanuel Asonganyi (Secretary)
Emmanuel Asonganyi was born in Buea, Cameroon, but after graduating from Baptist High School Buea BHS, and few years in the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon he left his country to search for better opportunities. He arrived the U.S in 2005 and decided to pursue his academic desires, and in 2011 he graduated from Salem State University, MA, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.
He has been a member of the America Chemical Society ACS, and during his last year as undergraduate in 2010, he and his lab mates came out with an alternative greener method for the preparation of Alkenes from Alcohol using clay. This greener and environmental friendly method was recognized by the ACS during its general seminal that was held on 2012 in San Diego, CA.
It takes special talent and wisdom to be so committed in voluntary and community activities which Mr. Asonganyi got this special skills from his traveling experiences to different countries of the world. He is serving as Director and Sectary of Boston Medical Services Ghana.
Prior to becoming a board and founding member of Boston Medical Service, Ghana, he spent his working hours in the U.S at the Dept of Health. He had work with Massachusetts State Dept of Mental Retarded, Jewish Rehab Center, on Alzheimer/dementia unit, and presently as an Assistant Administrator with T&N Reliable skilled Home Health Aide Agency, Boston MA.
In the past he had voluntee with other not for profit organizations such as Christine Cares International, assisting to raise funds to help under privileged communities in developing countries. His experience has made the people of his community of origin resident in MA, to elect him as chair of Board of Director of LECDA New England, a Not for profit Organization.
Micheala Essam-Agbesi (Treasurer)
Michaela Essam-Agbesi, BSc, MSN, is a dedicated Adult Acute Care NP with extensive background in acute/critical patient care. She has 7+ years of professional experience in acute/critical care nursing. She earned her Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA and her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the KNUST, Kumis, Ghana. She currently works as Hospitalist NP at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA and Acute care NP with IPC Hospitalist of New England.
Ms Essam-Agbesi is committed to providing patient-focused primary care to acutely/critically ill adults. She is highly proficient in assessing and monitoring patient care and committed to serving as a liaison between the facility, patients and family members. Her superior oral and written communications skills enable effective collaboration between interdisciplinary team, providers and other health care professionals.
She is certified to perform emergency medical procedures, such as basic cardiac life support (BLS), and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS).
She is an active member of the Church of Pentecost in Worcester, Massachusetts, and with her husband they are raising three wonderful children.
Robin Tuft Klar, PhD, DNSc, RN
Toft Klar DNSc, RN is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester.
Her clinical area of expertise is community/public health. She has conducted clinical research with multiple populations in the U.S., Ghana, and Papua New Guinea examining how people keep themselves well. She recently completed a fellowship in Global Health and is currently participating in a geriatric health fellowship. She has served various leadership roles for the Massachusetts Public Health Association and the Akwaaba Clinic. She has been a member of both the American Public Health Association and Sigma Theta Tau International (an international nursing honor society) for more than 30 years.
Rosemary Theuroux, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC
Rosemary Theroux has been a certified women’s health nurse practitioner for 26 years. She obtained her nursing diploma from Faulkner Hospital, her BSN from Worcester State College, her MS in women’s health nursing from Boston College, and her PhD in nursing from University of Massachusetts Worcester. She has been a faculty member in nursing departments of several universities, and has taught women’s health, maternal/child health, research, and community health courses.
She has practiced in a variety of settings: private practice, clinic, and free clinic. Her research interests have focused on women’s self-care, decision-making for menopause, African women’s health, as well as African immigrant women’s health.
She became involved in African immigrant women’s health during her community clerkship course at University of Massachusetts Worcester. Her student group focused on the high infant mortality rate in Worcester, which increased as more women emigrated from Africa. The majority of the women were from Ghana.
During 2007-2010 she made several trips to Pokuase, Ghana in collaboration with the Women’s Trust Non-Government Organization, as well as other nurse researchers and clinicians. During these trips direct care and screening of women for hypertension and anemia was performed in Pokuase, as well as research with women about their self-care practices. In addition, visits to several health care facilities were made to better understand the health care system in Ghana.
In the Worcester, MA area Dr. Theroux has become involved in developing a free clinic for African immigrants, and served on the board of direc
tors for several years. In addition, she has cared for many African immigrant women in the Community Women’s Care at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
The research from the trips to Ghana has been written, submitted, and accepted by the journal Health Care for Women International. It will be in print in 2013.
Freda E. Archeval
A devoted social worker, and a married mother of two, educated at Mfanstiman Girls Secondary School, Saltpond, Ghana. She attained HND in Institutional Management from Takoradi and HO Polytechnic. Freda continued her education in Human Service at Mount
Wachussett Community College and St. Joseph’s of Maine University both in the USA.
Before she came on board as Board Member of Boston Medical Services, she works as a Program Director for Seven Hills Clinical Associates, an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, Worcester Mass for over ten years. Her services are also extended to Ghana where she worked at New Horizon Special School as an expatriate staff on behalf of Seven Hills Foundation.