FAMILY CARE CENTRE CHARITABLE TRUST

NEW ZEALAND BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Cowie

David Cowie

David has pioneered numerous humanitarian projects over the last 48 years. Born in Dunedin NZ in 1947 David first started working in Kenya in 1970 with an international youth organization. He, and his wife Linda, went on to serve in over 30 nations pioneering the work of the Ruel Foundation in the Philippines in the 1980s and the organization of Marine Reach in the 1990s. In 2012 he established the work of the initial Clinic in Vanuatu with the purpose of providing care and training to women suffering under domestic violence. David and Linda live in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Desiree Snyder

Desiree Snyder

MS, RDN

Desiree has a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Food and Nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is a RDN. She has spent time as an educator using her nutrition skills in community healthcare programs.  She and her husband have served with Marine Reach for over five years and are now concentrating their time both in New Zealand and Vanuatu caring for communities through nutrition education and healthcare.

Dr. Valerie Cheah

Dr. Valerie Cheah

MbCHB, RNZCGP, DRHM, MPHTM, PGDipO&G, PGCertRPHP

Valerie was born in Singapore but settled in New Zealand in 2010. Valerie has always had a heart for developing nations and has served in various areas of the world the latest being Dominica in the Caribbean. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Marine Reach and the Family Care Centre in Vanuatu.

Dr Adrian Claydon

Dr Adrian Claydon

MB ChB, FRCP, FRACP

Adrian is a Gastroenterologist and Physician who moved from the UK to New Zealand with his wife and son in 2000. He is currently head of gastroenterology at Tauranga Hospital and serves pro-bono as a consultant to the Port Vila hospital in Vanuatu.