AMOS StaffThe AMOS staff is a team of over 50 individuals committed to working together to make health care services for some of the most vulnerable people in Nicaragua a reality.
The AMOS team is led by AMOS co-founders, Drs. David and Laura Parajón. They have been living with their 3 children in Nicaragua since 2001 as medical missionaries through American Baptist Churches International Ministries.
“As physicians in Nicaragua, we see ourselves as teachers more than clinicians. This is because we can multiply our impact by sharing our knowledge. We strive to simplify medical protocols for health promoters, support their continuing medical education, and help assure the quality of health promoter work. We are doing all this work because we believe that no child should die of a preventable illness.”
~ Dr. Laura Parajón
AMOS Board of DirectorsThe AMOS Board is made up of a group of committed people who help ensure that the organization effectively carries out its mission, help share the impact of our ministry with others, and help us achieve our vision for the future of the organization.
- Arthur Francis, CA
- Carmen Largaespada, PhD
- Carol Harvey
- David Hallett, JD
- David Gnirk
- David Parajón, MD, MPH, MBA
- Deborah Norton, MD, MPH
- Kim Sandnes
- Laura Chanchien Parajón, MD, MPH
- Marlene Francis, PhD
- Rev. Dr. Jim Stinespring, D.Min.
- Rev. Kent Harrop
- Rev. Mike Jeffries
- Octavio Cortés
- Roberto Antonio Martínez, MD, MPH
- Robert McElroy, MD
- Román Santamaría, DDS
- Sixto Ulloa
- Rev. Dr. Tim Spring, D.Min.
- Honorary Member: Dr. Suzanne Lake, PhD
David Parajon, MD, MPH, MBA – Executive Director
David grew up in Nicaragua as a missionary kid. As a child, David visited the rural areas with his father, Dr. Gustavo Parajón. As a teenager, David lived for 5 months with a rural Nicaraguan family teaching them how to read and write while learning how they lived and worked in the fields. These early experiences were seeds that influenced his later call to medical missions after completing his medical and public health training.
David was appointed along with his wife Laura as medical missionaries with American Baptist Churches International Ministries and assigned to serve in Nicaragua in 2001. He was director of the Hospital Bautista in Managua from 2003-2006, and is one of the founders of AMOS Health and Hope.
He currently serves as the Executive Director of AMOS Health and Hope.
- Denison University, Granville, OH (B.S. in Chemistry) (1987)
- Case Western Reserve University Medical School, Cleveland, OH (M.D.) (1993)
- Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health , Baltimore, MD (M.P.H.) (2000)
- INCAE School of Business, Managua, Nicaragua (M.B.A.) (2005)
- University of New Mexico School of Medicine (Albuquerque, NM)/ Internal Medicine 1996
- Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (Baltimore, MD)/ General Preventive Medicine 2001
Laura Chanchien Parajon, MD, MPH – Medical Director
Laura grew up in the Washington D.C. area. Her passion for community health began as an undergraduate at Brown at the Center for Public Service, where she and two other students established an English as a Second Language Student Tutoring program for immigrants and refugees in Providence, Rhode Island. While she was teaching, she found that most of her students had medical problems, which led to her to pursue a career in medicine. While in medical and public heath schools she helped establish two outreach programs to improve the health of immigrants and refugees in the Southeast Heights area of Albuquerque.
Since 2001, she has worked with a team of Nicaraguan health professionals and community health workers to improve access to health care in rural Nicaragua. In her work, she strives to serve alongside rural communities to collaboratively address and seek solutions to their health problems. Her special interests include teaching, community empowerment as a way to improve health, training of community health workers, and how faith-based approaches can be effective in improving the health of communities.
Laura is one of the founders of AMOS Health and Hope in 2006 and currently serves as the Medical Director of AMOS Health and Hope.
- Brown University, Providence, RI (B.A. in Anthropology) (1990)
- University of New Mexico School of Medicine (M.D.) (1993)
- University of New Mexico School of Public Health (M.P.H.) (1999)
- University of New Mexico School of Medicine (Albuquerque, NM)/ Family Medicine 1998