Board and Staff

Board & Staff Info – West Africa Fistula Foundation

Information concerning the workings of the Board & Staff members of West Africa Fistula Foundation are listed below.
 Board Members

Dr. Darius Maggi Dr. Darius R. Maggi   founded the West Africa Fistula Foundation (WAFF) in 2004 upon retiring from an accomplished 22 year career as an OB/GYN in Denison, Texas. Dr. Maggi traveled to Ghana in 2000 in search of a way to assist women of underdeveloped countries with obstetric fistula, a complication of obstructed labor virtually unseen in a more developed country, such as the United States of America.In November, 2002, Dr. Maggi traveled to Sierra Leone and upon meeting and serving the people of this impoverished culture, he was inspired to dedicate his retirement to performing as many fistula surgeries as possible.Since his initial visit to Sierra Leone in 2002, Dr. Maggi has made over 42 trips to Sierra Leone performing these fistula surgeries for the female populace of Sierra Leone and helping in any other ways that he can.Attended Medical School – University of Oklahoma 1970 – 1974
Rotating Internship: St Johns Hospital, Tulsa, OK – 1974-1975
Residency: Charity Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana 1975-1978
Board Certification: American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1981
Private Practice: Durant OK, 1979 – 1980 Denison TX 1980 -1999
Kurt Stumpff Kurt Stumpff   OCCE (Oklahoma College of Continuing Education) Nursing Home Administration School (lic. #908)Employment: Worked for Stumpff Family Enterprises. Recreational Facility, Video Vending Business Owned/Operated Red River Management (Heath Care Provider) Nursing Homes, Geriatric Rehabilitation and Hospice Services in Southern Oklahoma and North Texas. Operated facilities for 24 years. Sold operations in 2006.Current: Have jointure ownership in Polar Sales and Leasing Co. Sell and lease ice machines and restaurant equipment. Ardmore Ice Company, LLC, Ice Vending Machine Company bulk and bag ice. Working on Renewable Energy project for Chapman family.Family: Married 29 years – Elise Chapman Stumpff, employed Durant Public Schools. Daughters Alexa 18 will be attending OSU, Stillwater, OK. Hannah 15, Sophomore at Durant High SchoolCommunity: Past Rotarian, V.P. Durant Multi Sports Complex, Advisor to Durant Community Facilities Authority, VP Durant Gold Ball Club


Dr. Susan Hardwick-Smith, M.D., is from Houston, TX and attended Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Hardwick-Smith is an associate of the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of America, the American Academy of Cosmetic Gynecologists, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and is the first gynecologist in Houston to focus on cosmetic gynecology. She is frequently invited to speak at national conferences on cosmetic gynecologic topics and her opinions have been published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. From 2004 to 2012, Dr. Hardwick-Smith has been honored 6 times as a “Texas Superdoctor” in Texas Monthly magazine. She was also honored in H Texas magazine as one of Houston’s “Top Doctors for Women” from 2006 to 2008, as well as Houston’s “Top Doctors” annually from 2006 to 2012.Dr. Hardwick-Smith is an experienced marathon runner and triathlete, and completed her first Ironman distance triathlon in 2012. She enjoys swimming, biking, running, decorating and spending time with her husband, son and twin daughters when she is not at the office.
Shawn Graft has spent the last ten years building technology to solve business problems for firms including Allstate, Vertis, Sun Microsystems, and Kraft Foods. He specializes in strategy and implementation of mobile technologies.  Shawn and his wife reside in Los Angeles, CA.  He enjoys human-powered endeavors that require patience, skill and practice, including cycling, mountain biking, running, surfing, yoga, and the culinary arts. Shawn graduated from Indiana University with a BS in computer information systems.





Samuel Hingha Pieh Samuel Hingha PiehExecutive Director for all Christian Health Hospitals and Clinics in Sierra Leone is the Country Representative for WAFF. He has responsibility for facilitation of partnership with government and international and national organizations addressing health issues and problems especially for women. Samuel has a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Michigan, He is a descendant of the Amistad Saga leader. He will be the Keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King Program at the University of Indianapolis in 2008.
Dr. Phillip A. Koroma Dr. Philip A. KoromaDr. Koroma attended the Milton Margai Teacher’s College and received his medical degree from the Vitebsk Medical Institute in the former USSR. He specialized in OB/GYN at the Krasnador Medical Academy and has worked in all major hospitals located in Freetown as well as with the International Rescue Committee during the civil war. Currently he serves as the Medical Superintendent at the Bo Government Hospital
Dahan A. Sheref, MD, MSPH   Dr. Dahan Sheref is a Public Health Physician serving as a missionary in West Africa. Born in Sierra Leone, and educated in the United States, Dr. Sheref spent 36 years in the United States, and studied at some of the finest universities, including Rutgers University in New Jersey and Tulane University in Louisiana. Out of love for his people of Sierra Leone, Dr. Sheref founded Hope Medical Mission to address the health care needs of the poor in Sierra Leone. In 2002, Dr. Dahan Sheref pioneered the establishment of Grace International Chapel to preach and spread the gospel among his people. Dr. Sheref founded Grace School of Science in 2008 to prepare students for careers in medicine and the sciences. Dr. Sheref is currently working with Dr. Darius Maggi, Founder of the West Africa Fistula Foundation to facilitate the establishment of the West Africa Medical Center in Bo, Sierra Leone.
Dr. Michael Henderson   Executive director of Heart of Africa, a specialized mission which helps African Christian leaders design effective programs in outreach, training, publishing, community development, discipleship, and church planting, and which assists Americans who want to make an effective investment in African Christian ministries.Has been a pastor and college/seminary professor for more than forty years, specializing in personal discipleship and small groups. He was most recently the teaching pastor at Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Florida, a multi-site church which ministers to more than 7,000 people every weekend in five locations. He is still active at Northland, but is concentrating his energies on writing, teaching, conducting workshops on making disciples, and leading the work of Heart of Africa.Education:
A.B., Asbury College
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary (missions)
S.T.M., Yale University (History, Reformation)
M.A., Indiana University (non-formal education)
M.S. in Ed., Indiana University (instructional systems technology)
Ph.D., Indiana University (adult education)
Dr. Robert F Scanlon Jr.   A native of Huntington, New York, where he presently is in private practice at the North Shore Medical Group, attending physician at Huntington Hospital. He is a Clinical Instructor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, and Director of Maternal Health Services and Board Member of Maternal Life International, Butte, Montana.Dr. Scanlon earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University in 1978, an MBA from Duke University in 1981 and an MD from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. His post-graduate studies include a Family Medicine Rotating Internship and an Obstetrics/Gynecology Specialty residency, both at the University Hospital, Stony Brook, New York. He is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with the most recent recertification in 2006.Dr. Scanlon’s international work includes fistula surgical repair at the Baptist Medical Center in Ghana and emergency obstetrical care instruction and training in Nigeria with a Maternal Life International team of specialists.He coaches basketball, baseball and softball in his spare time. He and his wife, Cathleen, live in Huntington, New York with their three children; Robert, Timmy and Elizabeth.Download Dr. Robert Scanlon Jr.’s CV by clicking here.
Dr. George Mulcaire-Jones is from Montana and attended the University of Washington Medical School, graduating with an MD degree in 1981. His medical internship and residency was at Deaconess Hospital, Spokane; a Family Practice Residency at the University of Minnesota; a surgery internship at St. Peter’s Hospital, Helena; and an obstetric fellowship at Sacred Heart and Deaconess hospitals, Spokane. Mulcaire-Jones began his family medical practice in 1984 in Long Beach and Anaheim, California with the Mission Doctors Association, transferring to Cameroon, West Africa later that year. He returned to America in 1987 and continued his practice in the Seattle area before moving to Butte, Montana, in 1992.In 1997, he formed what eventually became Maternal Life International, a nonprofit organization providing training and resource support for AIDS prevention and care, and maternal health services to developing countries, mainly in Africa.While living in Butte, Dr. Mulcaire-Jones has been a little league baseball coach and a youth soccer league coach. George and his wife, Mary, have six children.

Staff Photo Gallery

Jacqueline Mends - head nurse Marian Kondoh - nurse Aminata-Swaray-nurse Victoria Togbie - nurse Veronica Kamara - nurse
Jacqueline Mends – head nurse Marian Kondoh
Aminata Swaray
Victoria Togbie
Veronica Kamara
Naomi Jigba - nurse Benjamin Rogers - Head Of Facilities Benedict E. Lansana -Accountant/Admin Officer Kabba Jalloh - driver Mohamed Kamara driver
Naomi Jigba
Benjamin Rogers –
Head Of Facilities
Benedict E. Lansana -Accountant/Admin Officer Kabba Jalloh – driver Mohamed Kamara driver
Ernest Kamara - driver Abigal-Margai-skills trainer Fatmata Jusu - head caterer Kadiatu Samai - assistant caterer Safula Kamara - volunteer house caterer
Ernest Kamara
Abigal Margai-
skills trainer
Fatmata Jusu – head caterer Kadiatu Samai – assistant caterer Safula Kamara – volunteer house
Monica Kamura - assistant caterer Amara-Koroma-head of laundry and volunteer house care taker Baimba Lakai - laundryassistant Kadiata Sesay - ward cleaner Fennia Jarwarnia - WAFF Ambassador and Diversion Advocate
Monica Kamura – assistant caterer Amara Koroma-head of laundry and volunteer house care take Baimba Lakai –
laundry assistant
Kadiata Sesay – ward cleaner Fennia Jarwarnia – WAFF Ambassador and Diversion Advocate
Feremusu Marrah - WAFF Ambassador and Diversion Advocate Memuna Mansaray - ward cleaner - WAFF Ambassador and Diversion Advocate
Feremusu Marrah – WAFF Ambassador and Diversion Advocate Memuna Mansaray – ward cleaner – WAFF Ambassador and Diversion Advocate

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