Allan R. Handysides, MBChB, FRCPC, FRCSC, FACOG
Director, Health Ministries Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Dr Allan Handysides received his MBCHB degree from the University of Edinburgh, UK having started his studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He specialised in Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto, Canada and became a Fellow of the Royal College for Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Having worked for many years as a clinician and lecturer in Toronto, he also served the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Africa as Medical Director at the Maluti Adventist Hospital, Lesotho and as Health Ministries Director in the Trans-Africa and Eastern Africa Divisions. He has been serving as Director of the Health Ministries Department at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Church – World Headquarters - USA. He is married to Janet, a registered nurse, and the couple has three grown children.
Andras David Nagy, MD, PhD
Associate professor, University of Pécs Medical School, Department of Anatomy, Pécs, Hungary
Dr András Nagy is an adjunct lecturer at his home University in Hungary, where he has been teaching Human Anatomy, Histology and Embryology for international medical students, dentistry and pharmacy students since his graduation in 2003. He has conducted research about circadian clock genes both in animal models (pineal biology, eight publications) and in human studies (malignant melanoma, one publication). He completed a research partnership in Japan recently, where he participated in the establishment of a new experimental model of seasonal affective disorder. He is a member of the European Biological Rhythms Society, he is an elected member of the steering committee of the International Society of Avian Endocrinologists, and he is involved in international research with colleagues in Cambridge (UK), Irvine (US), Fukuoka and Nagoya (Japan). He is an invited lecturer at the Hungarian Adventist Theological Seminar where he teaches Functional Anatomy for lifestyle consultants. He and his wife, Zsuzsanna enjoy family life with their two little children kids, Domonkos (5) and Kornelia (2).
Bernd Quoss, MBA
CEO of Hospital Waldfriede Berlin, Germany
Bernd Quoss has a bachelor degree in health insurance. His business administration studies at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg focused on hospital and health economics. In 2007, he completed a traineeship for hospital management in Loma Linda University and Florida Hospital (AHS). For 23 years he worked and held leadership positions in the largest public health insurance company in Germany. His responsibilities also included field audit and management consultancies for medical care providers, especially in the field of corruption in the health care sector. He is presently the CEO of two hospitals and three care facilities in Berlin, and lectures in the University Friedensau in health and social management. He is also engaged in various working groups in health politics and is a member of the Economic Council Germany. He and his wife, Ottilie (a dentist) have two children.
Bernard Davy, MD, MPH
Medical Director Lake Geneva Sanitarium President of the AMALF, Association of French Speaking Adventist health professionals
Dr Bernard Davy received his medical degree from the University of Paris, France. He served full time in the Health department of the Franco-Belgian Union, conducting smoking cessation programmes. He later received his MPH at Loma Linda, USA. He moved to Switzerland to work for Lake Geneva Sanitarium (Clinique La Ligniere) and for several university hospitals. He completed a post-graduate degree in Internal Medicine, and ten years later a post-graduate degree in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy. Dr Davy has a keen interest in combining both specialties in his practice. At present he also works as a medical director at the Lake Geneva Sanitarium (Clinique La Lignière) in Switzerland, an institution specializing in rehabilitation (cardio-vascular, orthopedic, neurological, internal medicine, oncology) and psychiatry. He is president of the AMALF, an association of French speaking Adventist health professionals willing to support the health work in developing countries and Eastern Europe. Dr Davy and his wife, Chantal, have three grown children.
Bertil Wiklander, DrTh
President, Trans-European Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Dr Bertil Wiklander received his Doctor in Theology degree from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. An ordained Minister, he served in the Swedish Union of Seventh-day Adventists as Education and Communication Department Director, Ministerial Secretary, Union Secretary, and Union President. He also worked as Associate Secretary of the Swedish Bible Translation Committee. Since 1995 he has been serving as President of the Trans-European Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, with headquarters in St. Albans, UK. Dr Wiklander is married to Rosanna de Dominicis and the couple has two grown children. He enjoys classical music and reading.
Bruno Vertallier, DMin
President, Inter-European Division* of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (*previously Euro-Africa Division)
Dr Bruno Vertallier received his Doctor in Ministry degree from Andrews University. During his almost 40 years of service in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, he worked in Madagascar in the early years of his ministry and later as a teacher at the Adventist Seminary in Collonges-sous-Saléve, France (now France Adventist University). One of his special interests with his students and future pastors, was to develop a strong awareness of the Biblical spiritual dimension. He also served as a pastor in various churches in France as well as President of the South France Conference. Dr Vertallier was responsible for the Ministerial Association at the Euro-Africa Division - now Inter-European Division - before his election as President of that Division in 2008. He strongly believes in the Biblical wholistic view of the human being – spiritual, mental, social and physical dimensions – and has been a strong promoter of the European Health Conference in Prague, 2013. Dr Vertallier is married to Christiane and the couple has three daughters. He enjoys canoeing and skiing.
Cathy McDonald, APD, M Nutr and Diet
General Manager – Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Services APD, M Nutr & Diet
Cathy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Food and Nutrition from the Queensland University of Technology and a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney. She has worked in Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing -- Australia and New Zealand’s largest health food company -- for the past 22 years, where she is currently General Manager of Health and Wellbeing Services. Cathy has a particular interest in the protective effects of diets based on whole plant foods and in the influence of body, mind, heart and spirit on our experience of health, healing, hope and wholeness.
Cesar Vasconcelos Souza, M.D.
Private practice in Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro; in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, and in CEVISA - Lifestyle Center connected with Adventist University of São Paulo - campus EC.
Dr. Cesar V. Souza graduated from School of Medicine, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and did post graduate work in Psychiatry with specialization granted by the Brazilian Medical Association and Brazilian Psychiatry Association. He took the Physical Fellowship Program at Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital, USA, and taught mental health in its College of Health Evangelism. He also served Silvestre Adventist Hospital, Rio de Janeiro, as psychiatrist and medical director of its Lifestyle Center. He is a member of the American Psychosomatic Society and medical director of Portal Natural Ministries. He has written three books and over a thousand articles on mental health in magazines, websites, and newspapers. Dr. Souza enjoys studying the links between psychotherapy and spirituality. He and his wife, Monica, have two children and three grandchildren. They enjoy walking in nature.
Christopher A. Levy, BSc, MBBS, MRCS
Emergency Physician, London. Associate Director, AMEN UK
Dr Christopher Levy received his degree from St. Georges Hospital Medical School, University of London. He also has a degree in Pharmacology from King's College, University of London. After qualifying Dr Levy trained in neurosurgery and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He subsequently trained emergency medicine, in which he now practices. He is the associate director of the UK chapter of the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network (AMEN). Dr Levy has a strong interest in lifestyle medicine and to this end works alongside his wife, Marlène who is a christian counsellor and psychotherapist. They have a 6 year old daughter, Gabrielle. He enjoys teaching in the Adventurer Club, as well as golf, photography, and music.
David de Rose, MD, MPH
Physician Weimar Institute
Dr. David DeRose is a board-certified specialist in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine. He also holds a Masters of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Health Education. Dr. DeRose applies these diverse skills as a physician with Weimar’s NEWSTART program and as faculty at both Weimar College and the new H.E.A.L.T.H. program (Health Evangelism and Leadership Training for Him). His medical research emphasizing lifestyle connections with health and non-drug strategies for illness has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Annals of Epidemiology, and Preventive Medicine. Known for his ability to communicate complex medical subjects to the lay public, God has used Dr. DeRose to help thousands of men and women improve their health through seminars, workshops, written publications, and radio and television programming. Dr. DeRose is married to his wife of 24 years, Sonja Brandt DeRose, M.D. They have three children who range in age from 15 to 20.
Dörthe Meisel, Dipl.-Psych
Psychologist, Waren, Germany
After the completion of her studies in Psychology on a Masters Level at the University of Dresden in Germany, Dörthe Meisel attended Mission College of Louis Torres in Switzerland. Subsequently, Mrs Meisel worked as a mission assistant together with her husband, Christian, at the Union of Northern Germany, giving health lectures, cooking classes, body weight seminars and conducting Bible studies. Since 2008 Dörthe Meisel has been involved in the development of depression recovery programmes in Germany, after the model of Neil Nedley, M.D., combining physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of health. Since 2011 she has been working as a psychologist in a psychosomatic rehab institution. Mrs Meisel has a special interest in communicating the value of a living faith to her patients, explaining the connection between the natural laws of the body and the mind whilst emphasizing the necessity of a source of life. Dörthe Meisel is married to Christian, a Bible worker. Together they enjoy living close to the beautiful nature of the Mecklenburg Lake District.
Duane C. McBride, PhD
Professor and Chair, Behavioral Sciences Department, Andrews University, USA
Director, Institute for the Prevention of Addictions, Andrews University, USA
Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, School of Medicine, University of Miami, USA
Visiting Fellow Institute for Latino Studies University of Notre Dame, USA
Dr Duane McBride received his BA in Behavioural Science from the Andrews University, USA and a MA in Sociology and Industrial Organization from the University of Maryland, USA. His PhD (Sociology, University of Kentucky) addressed issues related to deviant behaviour. He has lectured in topics such as Juvenile Delinquency, Criminal Justice, Drug Use in American Society, Honors Social Justice. Dr McBride has been the Principal Investigator of numerous research projects dedicated to study issues related to drug policy research, drugs-crime relationship, health consequences of injecting drug use, etiological research on the correlates of substance abuse patterns and juvenile delinquency. He has authored/co-authored numerous scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals as well as books such as Many Voices: An Introduction to Social Issues. Berrien Springs, Michigan: Andrews University Press, publshed in 2007. A well known international speaker, Dr McBride enjoys sharing his findings and experience with audiences across the globe.
Fred G. Hardinge, RD, DrPH, FADA
Associate Director, Health Ministries Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Dr Fred Hardinge received his DrPH and MPH (Nutrition) degree from the University of Loma Linda, USA. He also holds a Masters degree in Religion and Missions. He is a Registered Dietitian and has been recognised as a lifetime Fellow by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dr Hardinge is passionate about the fact that "health is achieved one small choice at a time!". He is known internationally as a creative educator and motivational speaker. He is the co-founder of Bibleinfo.com and founder of PositiveChoices.com. Dr Hardinge is married to April, an accomplished pianist and nurse. The couple has two grown children and enjoy hiking, climbing and cross-country skiing.
Gary Fraser, MBChB, MPH, PhD
Assoc. Dean for Research, Loma Linda University, School of Public Health, Loma Linda, California, USA
Professor of Cardiology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, Loma Linda, California, USA
Dr Gary Fraser received his medical degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and received his MPH degree from the University of Minnesota and his PhD from the University of Auckland. He became Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, amongst others. Dr Fraser has been awarded a number of AHA and NIH research grants, with a broad focus on diet, exercise, lipids, heart disease, and cancer. He has been the Principal Investigator at the AHS I and II. At present, he is the Principal Investigator of the NIH funded study “Plant-based diets and risk of cancer”. He is author/coauthor of over 150 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, and author of two books - "Preventive Cardiology" and "Diet, Life Expectancy, and Chronic Disease ", both by Oxford University Press. He is a respected international speaker and keen pianoforte player. Dr Fraser is married to (NAME) and the couple enjoy traveling, especially in their native country, New Zealand.
Gary L. Hopkins, MD, DrPH
Research Professor, Department of Behavioral Science; Director, Center for Prevention Research; Director, Center for Media Impact Research; Associate Director, Institute for Prevention of Addictions, Andrews University, USA
Assistant Professor of Health Promotion and Education, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, California, USA
Associate Director, Health Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Dr Gary Hopkins has extensive experience in international research. Past research in the international domain has included studies conducted on adolescents and risky behaviours in the Philippines, Peru, the Caribbean region (two studies), Romania, Ukraine and South Africa. His current research includes a study designed to measure the impact of the Internet on families in the Pacific Northwest and also how drugs are impacting the lives of youth in North Idaho with an emphasis on methamphetamine use. He is currently designing a research project that will examine risk and protective factors of adolescents in Fiji. Dr Hopkins presented his research findings in approximately 65 countries where he works with communities and governmental agencies to design effective programmes to prevent high-risk behaviours among adolescents. He has written four books and is currently working on a fifth, all of which address young people and how to prevent risky behaviours. He has written and published over one hundred articles for health journals, including close to 20 published in peer-reviewed journals.
Guillermo E. Biaggi, DMin, MSA, CPA
President, Euro-Asia Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Prior to his appointment as president, he served the ESD as Treasurer for 10 years. Originally from Argentina, he attained an Accounting Bachelor Degree at River Plate Adventist College. In addition to this degree, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He furthered his education through Andrew University, initially receiving a Masters degree in Science of Administration (MSA) followed by a Doctorate of Ministry (DMIN). Billy Biaggi has worked as an administrator for many years; he has taught several classes at River Plate Adventist University and Zaoksky Adventist University; he has given many seminars around the world, and he has been an ordained pastor since 1986. Ministering along with him is his wife Sybel E. Luz Biaggi. They have 4 grown children, Carlos Ernesto, Daniel Alfredo, Gisela Maria, and Cecilia Ethel. They also have 2 grandchildren, Giuliana, 5 years old, and Giovanni, 3 years old. When he is not busily attending to the needs of the ESD, Dr Biaggi enjoys playing soccer and tennis, and he also loves relaxing on a beach with his wife and family.
Heidi Schulz, PhD., M.A.
Research associate at the Human Genetics Institute at the University of Regensburg
Dr. Heidi Schulz received her degree in Biochemistry with a specialization in Nutrition and Toxicology (equivalent to M.A.) from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. After gaining professional experience in a Pathology and Cytology Laboratory, she pursued doctoral studies at the University of Wuerzburg, Germany. From 2006 to 2008 she was a full-time lecturer at River Plate Adventist University, Argentina. Dr. Schulz is currently postdoctoral research associate at the Human Genetics Institute at the University of Regensburg, Germany, where she has also actively contributed in the genetic testing laboratory for the past four years. She closely follows the rapid developments in the field of Genomics and delights in raising the awareness of emerging possibilities linked to these developments, and their application to personalized medicine. Dr Schulz is married to pianist Lucio Maier and she is the proud mother of a daughter (8 yrs) and son (3 yrs). If she has some free time left after coordinating the children’s ministries at her church, you will find her reading, listening to classical music, or busy with some creative project.
Jochen Hawlitschek, MD, MPH
Retired Director, Health Ministries, Inter-European Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Dr Jochen Hawlitschek is a medical doctor and Board Certified general surgeon. He also holds a MPH degree. Due to his outstanding achievements he became a lifetime member of the “Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society”. He also took a postgraduate course of “Natural Medicine” at the Kneipp-Ärztebund in Germany that gave him important insights into many aspects of alternative medicine. For over a decade, Dr Hawlitschek served as Professor and Dean of the Medical School of the Adventist University of Montemorelos, Mexico, culminating his career as Director of the Health Ministries and Global Mission Departments of the Euro-Africa Division. As a reliable resource for health promotion he wrote a textbook on Lifestyle Diseases, which has been translated already into nine languages. During his retirement Dr Hawlitschek continues to give lectures in universities and training people in health-evangelism. He is married and has three adult children. His hobbies are microphotography, culture of orchids and hiking.
John B. Youngberg, MA, EdD; Millie Youngberg, MA, EdD
Professors Emeriti, Andrews University
Drs. John and Millie Youngberg received doctorates from Western Michigan University and the University of Maryland respectively. John’s dissertation dealt with family leadership while Millie’s special studies were curriculum and improving instruction. After directing Family Life International 24 years for Andrews University, their interest broadened to wholistic wellness—integrating body, mind/spirit, and relationships. Their passion is Medical and Family Evangelism for end-times. Prompted by the Ministry of Healing model with its 7 chapters on the family, they emphasize mental, physical, spiritual and relational wellness. Their current 3 books and PowerPoint slides equip others with research-based content for small groups, health seminars, or large evangelistic meetings. Teaming up with their son, Dr. Wes Youngberg, MPH, DrPH, FACLM, a founding director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Clinical Professor of Loma Linda University, they have dedicated 11 years to produce an easy-to-use curriculum called WIN! Wellness Homes of Hope & Health. John and Millie have authored 30 books and are international speakers ministering in the Philippines, China, Taiwan, India, Latin America, the Caribbean and other countries. They are training trainers to reach multitudes in Urban centers by means of “the entering wedge” - medical evangelism.
Kathleen Kuntaraf, MD, MPH
Associate Director, Health Ministries Department, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Dr Kathleen Kuntaraf received her medical degree from the State University of North Sumatra, Indonesia and an MPH degree from the AIIAS (Adventist International Institute of Advance Studies) in the Philippines. Of Chinese ancestry, Dr Kuntaraf has worked at Medan Adventist Hospital and Bandung Adventist Hospital in Indonesia and coordinated ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) Child Health projects for the West Indonesian Union Mission and East Indonesian Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists until 1987. She then became Assistant Director for ADRA and then Director of Health Ministries at the Far-Eastern Division of Seventh-day Adventists. Since 1995 Dr Kuntaraf has been Associate Director for Prevention at the Health Ministries Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In this capacity she has promoted, coordinated, provided various lifestyle training seminars, drug prevention training, integrated evangelism in over 65 countries. She is married to Dr Jonathan Kuntaraf.
Katia Reinert, PhD(c), MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, PH-CNS
Health Ministries Department North American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Katia Reinert, PhD(c), MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, PH-CNS is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Public Health Clinical Nurse Specialist who practices internal medicine in Hyattsville, MD and serves as the Health Ministries director & Recovery Ministries director for Seventh-day Adventist church in North America. Reinert holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Washington Adventist University, a Master of Science in Nursing from Catholic University of America with focus in public health and the treatment of vulnerable populations, and is currently a PhD candidate at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore as a NIH/NICHD pre-doctoral research fellow in Interdisciplinary Research On Violence in the Family. Reinert has served in the nursing profession at Washington Adventist Hospital for 15 years as a critical care nurse, occupational health nurse practitioner, Faith Community Nursing coordinator and also as Health Ministry Clinical Supervisor for Adventist HealthCare. She has a special interest in Lifestyle &Preventive Medicine and the wholistic treatment of physical and mental/emotional disorders. She has lectured and published on these topics while also been involved in faith-based partnerships to improve the health of individuals, families and communities. Originally from Brazil, Reinert enjoys bicycling, hiking, traveling and exploring the world's beautiful natural wonders.
Kiti Freier Randall, MD
Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychologist
Dr. Kiti is a Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychologist with over 25 years of high-risk child expertise. She is a consultant on high risk youth who have experienced trauma and/or drug endangered environments. Dr. Kiti is director of Psychological Services in the Department of Pediatrics at Loma Linda University. She consults and provides direct service to the San Bernardino County SART centers (transdisciplinary 0-5 high risk clinics) and Preschools. She is a Board Member of the National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (NADEC). Dr. Kiti has an expertise in working with families affected by addiction and/or traumas. She has facilitated understanding risk to promoting resiliency in over 40 countries and throughout United States. Dr. Kiti has dedicated her career to providing direct service and training to children, families, professionals, organizations and communities to enhance the physical, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual lives of children and their families in order to promote optimal and healthy living.
Lowell Cooper, M. Div., MPH
General vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Canadian-born Lowell Cooper is a general vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists—a position held since 1998. Prior to his employment at the Church’s world headquarters, Lowell held pastoral and departmental leadership roles in Canada followed by over 16 years of service in Pakistan and India. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Michigan and a master's degree from Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Loma Linda University in 2011. Lowell’s current assignments include serving as chair for the boards at Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, Adventist Health International and Pacific Press Publishing Association. He is vice-chair for the General Conference Auditing Service Board. Lowell’s wife, Rae Lee, is a nurse and musician. The couple has two adult children.
Marc A. Kanor, MD
Senior Staff Surgeon, County Hospital Avignon Southern France
Dr Marc Antoine Kanor received his medical degree from the University of Montpellier. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of Strasbourg, and specialized training in surgical oncology at the Institut Gustave Roussy, Paris. He then received a masters degree in biological sciences and an award of the European Cancer Research Society for his research in applied oncogenetics. He became head of the unit for minimal invasive surgery at the University Hospital of Strasbourg and focused his clinical interest on surgical oncology and preventive medicine in cancer. Dr Kanor is currently a board certified oncologic surgeon and senior staff surgeon in a unit for digestive and gynaecological cancer surgery in a county hospital, Avignon Southern France. He is an active member and vice president of the AMALF association and serves in the health and temperance department of the French Southern Conference. He is married to Sandrine, a certified midwife, and the couple has four children.
Marek Trněný, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion
Dr. Marek Trněný is currently Professor of Hematology and Oncology, 1st. School of Medicine, Charles University, Prague. He is also Chair of the 1st. Department of Medicine at the General Hospital, Director of the Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, and Chair of Czech Lymphoma Study Group. He completed his undergraduate studies, cum laude, at 1st. School of Medicine, Charles University. Upon completion of his residency and fellowship in internal medicine, he was board certified 1st. and 2nd. grade. He is also board certified in hematology and oncology. In 1993 he established the stem cell transplantation programme at 1st. Department of Medicine, and founded the Czech Lymphoma Study Group in 1998. He is an executive board member of Czech Hematology Society since 1998. His interest is now focused on lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia biology and therapy, and he is a principal investigator or co-investigator of several national and international trials. He is co-investigator of European Mantle Cell Lymphoma Network and is a steering committee member of many international trials. As a member of EORTC and EBMT, he actively participates in their lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia working parties, and is a member of ESMO board for hematological malignancies. He is a EHA and ASH member and abstract reviewer, as well as serving as reviewer for many international journals.
Mario Ceballos, D. Min
Associate Director, Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Dr Mario Ceballos received a DMin degree on Religion and Culture from Boston University. He serves as Associate Director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) at General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, USA. Dr Ceballos is also a board certified chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains and holds the rank of Commander in the Unites States Navy Reserves Component. Before coming to the General Conference, Dr Ceballos served in leadership capacity as Vice-President of Spiritual Services and Mission Outreach at Kettering Adventist Health Care. His passion is for service, ministry and spiritual/pastoral care. He strongly believes in training, capacitating and nurturing ministers serving God in all aspects of God´s ministry but in particular in the specialised field of chaplaincy.
Michel Aimonetti, DEA (Management)
Director of the Adventist Nursing Home ‘Le Foyer du Romarin’
Michel Aimonetti received his postgraduate degree in Management Science (D.E.A.) from the University of Montpellier, France. After training at the French National School of Public Health, he was certified by the ‘Manager of Institutions, Social and Medico-Social Sector Associations’. Currently, Mr Aimonetti teaches management and economy to Gerontology Master students at the Faculty of Medicine of Montpellier. He is also the External Expert Assessor for the Organisations of Social Economy. Mr Aimonetti has served as the conference secretary-treasurer and union treasurer in France. Currently he is the director of the Adventist Nursing Home ‘Le Foyer du Romarin’ in southern France, an institution specializing in the Alzheimer's disease, and the only french nursing home in which all fruits and vegetables offered have been grown in organic farms. Michel Aimonetti is the founder of the Advent'Age, the European network of Adventist Nursing Homes directors, founded in 2007. He is passionate about the importance of age in the scope of life. He is married to Chantal and they have three grown children. He enjoys hiking, relaxing with his family and playing music.
Nadezda Ivanova, BA, MSA, MPH
Director, Health Ministries Department, Euro-Asia Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Nadia Ivanova is the Director of the Health Ministries Department in the Euro-Asia Division, residing in Moscow, Russia. She graduated as a Registered Nurse, in Russia, and later she attained a BA in Psychology, in Moscow, Russia. After many years of working as a nurse and health educator, Ms Ivanova completed a MSA degree at Andrews University and a MPH at Loma Linda University. Ms Ivanova has a holistic approach to health, which is reflected in her specialized training comprising hydrotherapy/massage, nutrition, family life, and lifestyle therapy. She is a certified instructor of the Stop Smoking programme, “Breath Free” and a certified instructor of the Vegetarian Cooking Classes promoted by the Adventist General Conference. She is the co-author and editor of the cookbook, “Vegetarianism – Key to Health.” Ms Ivanova enjoys being active by cross-country skiing and hiking; she is also a generous hostess and loves bringing joy to others through her vegetarian cooking.
Nicolae Dan, MD, MPH, PhD
Director Herghelia Lifestyle Center, Romania, Associate professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Medical and Pharmacy University of Targu Mures, Romania, Founder/Administrator of Romanian Nutrition and Dietetic Association, Chief editor “Life+Health”
Dr. Nicolae Dan received his MD from the University of Bucharest, Romania. After studying for eight months at Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital in Georgia in 1994 he received an MPH in Nutrition from Loma Linda University. He returned to Romania where he established Herghelia Lifestyle Center and served as its Director from 1996. Since 2000 he has been the chief editor of the health magazine “Life+Health”, which is published monthly by the Church Publishing House. In 2009 he received a PhD from Târgu Mureș University studying the impact of diet and other lifestyle interventions in the prevention of heart disease. Dr. Dan has been instrumental in developing the curricula for undergraduate and master levels for Nutrition and Dietetics at Târgu Mureș University where he has been teaching from 2009, and he has spearheaded the “Romanian Nutrition and Dietetic Association”, a professional organisation for dieticians in Romania. Dr. Dan and his team are involved in helping develop other lifestyle centres develop throughout Eastern- Europe. He is married to Valentina, a health educator, and they have two children, Mike 15 and Christa 11.
Nicolas Walther, M.A., CAS
Chief Executive Officer, Lake Geneva Sanatorium
After working in the fields of banking and education, and being the Manager of an Adventist retirement home in Lausanne, Switzerland for four years, in 2009 Nicolas Walther became the Chief Executive Officer of Clinique La Lignière (Lake Geneva Sanatorium). In the period of 2009-2911 Mr Walther received a Diploma in Advanced Studies in ‘Management of Educational, Social and Medicosocial Institutions’ from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, and a post-graduate Diploma in ‘Management of the Institutions of Health’ from the University of Geneva. Nicolas Walther is married to Nathalie, and they have two children. He is particularly interested in issues related to strategic development, governance and networking, and he is passionate about the Bible and History.
Peter Landless, MBBCh, MMed, MFGP (SA), FACC, FASNC
Associate Director, Health Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Executive Director of the International Commission for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency (ICPA)
Dr Peter Landless received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. He worked as a general practitioner before receiving a MFGP and later MMed degrees. A specialist cardiologist, Fellow of the College of Physicians (SA), the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, he directed the Coronary Care Unit at the Johannesburg Hospital and the Department of Nuclear Cardiology for the university group of teaching hospitals. He has been actively involved in medical missionary work, either directly or administratively. Dr Landless has a passion for the blended ministry – the recognition and practice of spirituality in health. He also has a keen desire to address the growing problems of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs worldwide, especially among the youth. Dr Landless is a well-known international speaker and has authored a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals. His wife, Rosalind, is a software engineer. They have two daughters who are in allied health professions – music therapy and occupational therapy.
Richard Hart, MD, DrPH
President, Loma Linda University, California, USA
Dr Richard Hart received his MD and MPH degrees from the University of Loma Linda, USA. His family served in Tanzania and he later received his DrPH degree from Johns Hopkins University, becoming also a Board Certified physician in Preventive Medicine. Dr Hart has served LLU as Chair of the Department of Health Sciences, Director of the Center for Health Promotion, Chair of the School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine, Dean of the School of Public Health, and Chancellor and CEO. Dr. Hart has a vision for global health. He is President of Adventist Health International, a new organisation created to manage health services in developing countries. His early involvement in student missionary work was key in the development of Students for International Mission Service and Social Action Community Health System--a local low-cost health-care system for the medically underserved. Married to Judy, the couple has three grown daughters.
Robert Gaspar, PhD
Associate professor, Dept. of Pharmacodynamics and Biopharmacy University of Szeged, Hungary
Dr Robert Gaspar received his pharmacology degree from the University of Szeged, Hungary in 1993. In 2000 he received his PhD degree in the field of Reproductive Pharmacology. His main interest is exploring various mechanisms which may lead to premature labor. He is also investigating the effects that some natural products (e.g. honey-bee products) and so-called ‘functional foods’ may have on sexual hormones. Dr Gaspar is a lecturer at the University of Szeged on the subjects of pharmacodynamics; natural treatment and alternative medicine; the harms of smoking, nutrition and disease. He is the author and co-author of more than 50 scientific publications in the field of reproductive research. He is a member of the European and International Pharmacological Societies, and member of two editorial boards of international scientific journals. He is an active member of Seventh-day Adventist church, including the area of health ministry. Since 1989 Dr Gaspar has made regular contributions to the Happy Life family magazine. His wife, Dr Eszter Ducza PharmD PhD is also a pharmacist working as a senior lecturer at the same university. They have two children: Sara (8) and Marton (6). For 25 years Dr Gaspar used to play handball; now he has taken up the high-speed racquet sport, squash.
Ruedi Brodbeck, Dr.Med.
General Internist, Alchenflüh, Switzerland
Assistant Lecturer, University of Bern, Switzerland
Dr Ruedi Brodbeck received his medical degree from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He did postgraduate training in Psychosomatic Medicine (SAPPM), Christian Integrative Psychotherapy (De’Ignis, Germany) and Psychotherapy (SGDP). Dr Brodbeck works as a general internist and is Assistant Lecturer in Family Medicine at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is particularly interested in the relationship between forgiveness and health and conducts seminars on this topic. Dr Brodbeck has also received a degree in Theology from Bogenhofen Seminary, Austria. He serves as Director of Health Ministries at the Swiss Union of Seventh-day Adventists and is a well-known presenter and writer for the “Liga Leben und Gesundheit” in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Dr Brodbeck and his wife, Elsbeth, have three grown children. They enjoy music, nature and walking in the beautiful forests and mountains of Switzerland.
Sharon Platt-McDonald MSC.HS, DipMS, BCS.HS, RHV, RM, C.AC.D.P, RGN.
Sharon currently works as the Director for Health, Disability Awareness and Women’s Ministries for the British Union Conference.
Her background is in Nursing where she trained at the Nightingale School of Nursing , St.Thomas’ Hospital London, qualifying as a Registered Nurse. She obtained further health qualifications, practicing as a Registered Midwife and Health Visitor, then working as a Servicer Manager in the National Health Service. She holds a Master of Science degree in Health Science from St Georges’ Hospital London. Sharon has authored numerous publications including 14 ‘little books’ on health and wellbeing, handbooks, manuals and a range of health and emotional wellbeing cards, leaflets and bookmarks. Maintaining her links with external health organizations, Sharon is an active board member of NBTA (National BAME Transplant Alliance) She is married to Denzle who is a member of the London Adventist Chorale. They both share a love for music - Denzle as a soloist and Sharon enjoys playing piano, violin and organ.
Stephen Cooper, MSA, MPH
Director, Health Ministries Department, Trans-European Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Stephen Cooper received his MPH in 1996 from Loma Linda University. In 2003, he completed a MSA degree in International Development from Andrews University. In addition to carrying responsibilities in the Health Department of the Trans-European Division, Stephen is also responsible for guiding the work of ADRA within this region. He has spent most of his professional life working with ADRA, initially as project director of a primary health care programme and subsequently as ADRA director in several African and Asian countries. He considers it a privilege to participate with the personnel of the Trans-European Division in health, ADRA and community service initiatives (or programmes) which benefit the church and community physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Stephen enjoys visiting new places, meeting new people and cultures, and spending time in nature with his family. He and his wife, Zenaida, have one son, Paul.
Ted Wilson, PhD, M.Div, MPH
President, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson has been serving as President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists since 2010. He is married to Nancy Louise, a physical therapist. The couple has 3 married daughters. Their families have given them 6 wonderful grandchildren. Pastor Wilson began his church career in 1974 in the Greater New York Conference, USA. He then served as Director of Metropolitan Ministries in New York before moving to West Africa where he was departmental director and later executive secretary of the, then, Africa-Indian Ocean Division. After a short period back in the USA as Associate Secretary of the General Conference he was elected President of the Euro-Asia Division, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia. In 1996 Pastor Wilson returned to the USA to serve as President of the Review and Herald Publishing Association, Vice-President and then President of the General Conference. Pastor Wilson holds a doctoral degree in religious education from New York University, a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University and a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University.
Valérie Dufour, M.Econ., RD
Assistant Director, Health Ministries Department, Inter-European Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
After her studies in Economics on a Masters level at the University of Marseille in France, Valérie Dufour taught for a few years Economics in High School before becoming exceedingly interested in nutrition and health issues. This led to a change in her career. After completing new academic training, Valérie Dufour became a licensed dietician in 2003. She worked in a Lifestyle Centre giving health lectures and conducting cooking classes for patients attending Newstart programmes. Later, she worked in a doctor’s practice, where she researched literature on issues related to overweight, and gave seminars for overweight patients. She still has a special interest in counseling overweight and obese patients. She has been conducting health lectures and programmes in various countries of Europe. Recognizing the special need of addressing children’s health issues, in 2007 Ms Dufour developed the ‘Children’s Health Expo’ concept and material, which have been translated into 9 languages. Since 2010,Valérie Dufour has been working as the Assistant Director of the Health Ministries Department of the Euro-Africa Division of the Adventist Church, in addition to dedicating one day a week to working as a dietician.
Viriato Ferreira, MBChB
Director, Health Ministries, Inter-European Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
President, Portuguese Association of Preventive Medicine
Dr Viriato Ferreira and his wife, Judith Marianne, also a medical doctor, have been involved in medical missionary work since 1994. They have 3 children. Dr Ferreira received his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. After working in Emergency Medicine and Anaesthetics he was appointed as Medical Officer in Namibia, in a medical-missionary / humanitarian program. After completing a Fellowship program in Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine in the USA the family moved to Portugal and co-founded the Portuguese Association of Preventive Medicine, an organization that provides medical care, health education and is setting up the first Lifestyle Center in the country. Dr Ferreira has been serving as Director of Health Ministries at the Inter-European Division since 2006. He has a passion for a blended ministry which incorporates health and ministry into clinical and pastoral practice. He has extensively promoted medical-missionary programs such as Health Expos, in Europe, North America and Africa. He still runs a clinical practice and is a frequent contributor of TV health promotion programs and a speaker at health conventions.
Vladimir Kral, RNDr, PhD, DSc
Professor of Chemistry, Prague Technical University, Czech Republic
Dr. Vladimir Kral received his MS from Charles University in Prague, PhD from Academy of Sciences, Institute of Organic Chemistry. After visiting academic institutions in US, Japan Germany, France, and Finland, he accepted a position at Prague Tech. University, where he has been appointed Professor of Chemistry, leader of Supramolecular Chemistry group. Dr, Kral published over 300 scientific papers and patents. Current interest of Prof. Kral’s team has been focused on advanced drug delivery drug systems , nanotechnology and novel drug development. He cooperates with Country life and Theology seminar in CY (lectures) His wife, Jarmila, is a molecular biologist. They have two children, Alex and Marta, and together they enjoy cross country skiing and bicycle trips.
Volodymyr Krupskyi, MSA
Executive secretary, Euro-Asia Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Volodymyr Krupskyi received his Master of Science in Administration degree from Andrews University with an emphasis in International Development. Pastor Krupskyi has been working for the Church for 29 years. As an ordained Minister he served in the Ukrainian Union of Seventh-day Adventists as a pastor of various churches as well as president of Southern Conference and Ukrainian Union Conference. Since 2010 he has been serving as executive secretary of the Euro-Asia Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, with headquarters in Moscow, Russia. He is known as motivational preacher and he has been actively involved in medical missionary work, either directly or administratively. Volodymyr Krupsky and his wife, Liliya, have three adult children. The couple enjoys choral singing, reading, hiking and bike riding.
Wes Youngberg, DrPH, MPH, CNS, FACLM
Dr. Wes Youngberg, author of the just published book Goodbye Diabetes, will be presenting how to effectually use the WIN! Wellness Homes of Hope & Health strategies to prevent, manage, and potentially reverse type 2 diabetes. His parents, Drs. John and Millie Youngberg, will share the broader application of WIN! Wellness as a medical and family Ministry of Healing model which is gospel centered and research based. It is a ready-to-use tool for small groups, health and family seminars and evangelistic meetings. How can laypersons, health care professionals and pastors integrate spiritual growth with wellness topics and prepare churches as centers for health and wholeness in their communities? This workshop will address these questions. The goal is to teach people to LIVE—live longer, healthier, happier, and holier. Come and hear how WIN! Wellness is being used in China, Taiwan, India, North and Latin America, and has been adopted as the evangelistic thrust of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division for the next 5 years with translations into 18 languages.
Winston Craig, MPH, PhD, RD
Chair, Department of Nutrition and Wellness, Andrews University, USA
Dr Winston J Craig is Professor of Nutrition at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he has taught health and nutrition classes since 1987. Dr Craig received his PhD degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Master of Public Health degree in Nutrition from Loma Linda University, USA. He is a registered dietitian. He has authored 8 books, 25 articles for scholarly journals, and over 250 nutrition articles for health publications. His research interests include the health-promoting properties of phytochemicals, the role of plant-based diet in preventing chronic diseases, and the disease-preventing properties of herbs and spices. He is married and has one son and two grandchildren. His hobbies include wildlife and wildflower photography, birding and hiking.