We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing staff, health promoters, health educators, and all of the volunteers and community members who serve alongside us in health and hope. 

Leadership and Key Staff


Executive Director

Dr. Gabriella Woo Moreno is a Nicaraguan physician and public health leader with more than ten years of experience in the on-the-ground work and partnership building necessary to reduce health inequities. Currently serving as the Executive Director of Fundación AMÓS, Salud y Esperanza (AMOS), Gabriella firmly believes that health for all is possible when evidence-based, faith-based, and community-based models are combined to ensure that health services reach the most vulnerable members of our society. In 2021, Dr. Woo was selected as a Social Entrepreneurship Fellow of The Gratitude Network, having demonstrated leadership in the implementation of an innovative business model serving children and youth. She is also a distinguished graduate from the CAHI (Central American Health Initiative) Innovative Leaders in Health Fellowship Program of the INCAE Business School and is certified in Health Services Management through the Universidad Americana (UAM).

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Dr. David Parajón, a physician, public health practitioner, social entrepreneur, and medical missionary, co-founded AMOS Health and Hope with his wife, Laura, building on the vision and pioneering community health work of his father, Dr. Gustavo Parajón. Dr. David earned his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. He trained in internal medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque and in preventative medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, earning his M.P.H. He earned his M.B.A. from INCAE School of Business in Managua, Nicaragua. Dr. Parajón currently serves as faculty with the General Internal Medicine Division at the University of New Mexico and as an Associate Missionary through International Ministries. 

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Dr. Laura Chanchien Parajón, a family physician, medical missionary (International Ministries), and public health professional, co-founded AMOS Health and Hope with her husband, David, and worked in the health equity “trenches” of rural Nicaragua for nearly 20 years. Dr. Chanchien Parajón is the Principal Deputy Director for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She is also an associate professor in the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. She served as Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Health and Executive Director for the UNM Office for Community Health. She has a strong call to work towards a world where every child has the opportunity to thrive and live an abundant life. Dr. Parajón received her B.A. from Brown University, M.D. from University of New Mexico (UNM) School of Medicine, and M.P.H. from UNM School of Public Health. She completed her residency in family medicine at UNM School of Medicine.


Missionary through International Ministrieschristine.lafferty@amoshealth.org

Christine (Christy) Lafferty is from Cleveland, Ohio. As a young adult, she developed a deep sense of commitment and passion for serving others, motivated by her Christian faith. After studying Sociology and Spanish in college, she followed a call to serve as a young adult missionary for 3 years, working alongside communities in Nicaragua and farmworkers in California. Christy has had the honor of working with AMOS for the past 10 years, and has fallen in love with its model and community-based approaches. Christy is serving as an endorsed Global Servant (missionary) through International Ministries. She also has a special interest in women’s health and in her free time has worked with couples as a birth doula and childbirth educator. 


Missions and Donor Relations Associate adam.balduff@amoshealth.org

Adam is originally from Sandusky, Ohio. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army, married his high-school sweetheart, had kids, and accepted a call as a youth pastor. He studied history and education in college and became a high school history teacher and moved to Georgia. There, Jesus called him to a Walk to Emmaus, was licensed as a United Methodist local Pastor, and became a missionary serving vulnerable and orphaned children in Mexico. After returning to the U.S. in 2021 he went back to the classroom for two years but felt a call back into mission and ministry that has led him to serve with AMOS.

Board of Directors 

The Board of Directors ensures that AMOS effectively carries out its mission and is well-positioned to work towards our vision of health and hope for all.

  • Roberto Antonio Martínez, MD, MPH, Board President
  • David Hallett, JD, Vice President
  • Rev. Kent Harrop, Secretary
  • Rev. Dr. Tim Spring, D.Min., Treasurer
  • Carol Harvey, RN
  • Cristina Parajón
  • David Parajón, MD, MPH, MBA
  • Gary Claus, CPA
  • Kim Sandnes
  • Rev. Mike Jeffries
  • Rev. Terry Scalzitti
  • Honorary Members:
    • Arthur Francis, CA
    • Marlene Francis, PhD
    • Dr. Suzanne Lake, PhD