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The Casa de Luz Board of Directors is composed of the following members:
President: Kelly A. Hutcheson. MD
Medical Director: Marlet G. Bazemore, MD
Member: Jonathan O.Taylormoore, MD
Member: Theresa L. Fitzpatrick, RN
Member: James B. Greenlees
Secretary and Treasurer: James E. Hutcheson 

Kelly Hutcheson Biography

Kelly Hutcheson, MD,MBA is the President and co-founder of Casa de Luz.  She began this trip as a joint initiative with her co-worker, Sherry Jorgensen, after Hurricane Katrina inspired the need to give back.  Dr. Hutcheson has participated in all of the trips since the inception of the program in 2006.  On each trip, she plans and organizes, prepares supplies and equipment, oversees safety and quality, trains residents, works in the Clinic, and performs surgery.  Dr. Hutcheson is now assisted by Dr. Bazemore in these functions.  Dr. Hutcheson’s goal has been to provide medical and surgical care in the Dominican Republic to help as many people as possible in the safest possible way. 

Dr. Hutcheson is the Division Chief of Ophthalmology at Sidra Medical and Research Center- Weill Cornell School of Medicine in Doha, Qatar. Dr. Hutcheson moved to Sidra from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC where she was an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. Prior to that, she was the Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Director of Ophthalmology Inpatient Services at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, where she was elected as the Faculty Teacher of the Year. She has participated in educational, leadership, and research roles regionally and nationally; is the author of numerous scholarly articles, abstracts, and presentations; served as journal section editor; and has been on many committees for her specialty and subspecialty societies. Dr. Hutcheson received specialty training in pediatric ophthalmology at Emory University. She obtained her medical degree with honors from University of Virginia. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from George Washington University. 


Marlet Bazemore Biography


Marlet G. Bazemore, MD, MPH is the Medical Director of Casa de Luz since April 2015. She joined the mission in 2008 and has been a member of the Casa de Luz Board of Directors since its formal incorporation in 2009. On trips, she performs surgeries, cares for patients in the eye clinic, teaches residents and fellows, and, when necessary, problem-solves. In her newer role as Medical Director, she oversees the organization of surgical supply donation and acquisition, medical/ surgical teams recruitment, and mission strategies for a successful trip. This involves planning and leading the running of an eye clinic all week, and running three operating/ procedure rooms, with 5 surgical cases going on simultaneously, throughout the week. 

 

Marlet G. Bazemore, MD, MPH, serves as the Associate Director of the Children’s National Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship, the oldest and largest fellowship training program for pediatric ophthalmology in the country. She is an assistant professor of ophthalmology, associated with both Children’s National Health Systems and the George Washington Department of Ophthalmology. She was on faculty at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati Department of Ophthalmology for several years prior to coming to Washington, DC. Prior to joining Casa de Luz, she had coordinated a surgical mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras in 2003, after having served communities in rural Honduras. Dr. Bazemore received fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins. She obtained her medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. 


Jon Taylormoore Biography
 
  
 

Terry Fitzpatrick Biography 
 
Theresa Lobb Fitzpatrick  RN CPN has been a member of   Casa –de- Luz  Mission and on the Board of Directors since 2006. Her duties include coordinating pre-op procedures and facilitating the movement of patients from registration to recovery the day of their surgery. She has held a position at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. for the last 34 years. Her experience at Children’s National Medical Center includes Infant Toddler unit, Emergency Room, Gastroenterology and Radiology Sedation with Anesthesia Department. She is a graduate of Marymount University and has her Certification in Pediatric Nursing. She is married with four children loves kayaking with her husband, traveling, gardening and bee-keeping. 
 
 

Jim Greenlees Biography 
 
Jim Greenlees has been a volunteer on Casa de Luz mission trips to the Dominican Republic since 2009.  On the missions, Jim coordinates surgery scheduling and manages the Eye Clinic.  He is a member of the Board of Directors, and tracks donations made to Casa de Luz.  Jim has a Master's in Public Policy, and is a senior study director at a survey research firm outside Washington, DC.   His medical knowledge is based on what he has learned on the missions and from his wife, Meg Numata.  Jim and Meg live outside of Washington, DC, sharing a house with greyhounds, galgos, cats, and dust bunnies. 
 

 Ed Hutcheson Biography 
  
Ed Hutcheson is the Secretary and Treasurer of Casa de Luz. He was recruited by his daughter, Dr Kelly Hutcheson, to manage the business activities of the organization and has been a member of the Casa de Luz Board of Directors since its formal incorporation in August of 2009.  Ed has participated in all except one of the eye surgery trips to the Dominican Republic since 2008 (The first eye surgery trip was in 2006). Ed participates in the mission trips by serving as the surgery scheduling coordinator after initial scheduling is completed in the clinic. He maintains the master record of surgeries performed and patient records. Ed is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and has a Master’s Degree in Operations Research. He is retired from the US Navy and his own consulting business. His hobbies and pastimes include hiking, biking, skiing, travel, and Casa de Luz. 


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