Founder & Staff
Dr. Chuck Dietzen, Founder and President
Dr. Chuck boasts a diverse career as pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, international medicine enthusiast, entrepreneur, professor, and athlete. Growing up in Kokomo, Indiana, over 150 foster children came through his family’s home. His special gift of working with children became apparent to his mother, who encouraged him to become a pediatrician. In 1996 and 1997, he traveled to India on orthopedic missions working alongside Mother Teresa. Inspired to make a deeper commitment to the medically underserved, Dr. Chuck founded Timmy Global Health (formerly the Timmy Foundation) in 1997. His work with Timmy has taken him to Ecuador, Guatemala, Nigeria, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. He has also traveled to Albania, Cuba, Kenya, Honduras, Bolivia, El Salvador, the Ukraine, and Brazil. He earned his B.S. in Agriculture from Purdue University and his M.D. from Indiana University. He received his training as a pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He currently serves as the Medical Director for In-Patient Rehabilitation at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
Charla Cain, Interim Executive Director
Charla is currently serving as Interim Executive Director while a formal search process is underway for Timmy’s Executive Director position. Prior to this role she led organizational learning and monitoring & evaluation priorities as Timmy’s Organizational Learning & Project Manager. She also served as the stateside point-person for specific health projects within Timmy’s international programs, providing support to medical teams and working to develop Timmy’s overall impact. Monitoring & Evaluation activities will continue to be her purview as well as guidance on Timmy’s Safe Water Solutions project during this interim period. She holds a Master in Public Health Degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a certificate in Environmental Health. She focused on health and water security issues (availability, accessibility, safety and sufficiency) and earned the Capstone Award for Outstanding Achievement. Charla holds a BA in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State and a BS in Physical Therapy from Russell Sage College in New York. Prior to this career change to public health, she worked as a physical therapist in New York and PT Director in Minnesota and has been heavily involved in community health projects in Indiana.
Anna Butterbaugh, Finance and Operations Manager
Anna originally joined Timmy Global Health as Office Manager in June 2009 after her involvement with the Butler University Timmy Chapter. She went on her first Timmy trip to Guatemala in May 2009 and has traveled again with the organization to Ecuador, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic, seeing Timmy’s on-the-ground efforts grow over time. Currently as Finance & Operations Manager, Anna helps oversee the organization’s finance, marketing, and fundraising efforts. Anna graduated with honors from Butler University in May 2009 with a BS in Marketing and a minor in Visual Arts. Aside from her involvement with Timmy, she was involved in various business organizations as an undergraduate. Locally, she has had marketing internships at Eli Lilly & Company focusing on peer-to-peer communication channels for health care professionals, and The Children’s TheraPlay Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides hippotherapy, occupational, and physical therapy for children with special needs. Her international experiences began when she studied abroad in Rome, Italy as an undergrad and she enjoys continuing her travels to both developed and developing countries.
Sarah Hollis, Development & Communications Manager
Sarah joined Timmy in 2012 after completing her Masters in Public Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where she concentrated in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship. While completing her degree she interned with Community Enterprise Solutions in Cuenca, Ecuador – an organization that empowers communities to own micro-enterprises and provide their communities with sustainable resources. She also worked for the IU-SPEA Office of Overseas Study and helped to develop an international nonprofit management program for master’s students, “Advancing Community, Collaboration, and Training (ACCT)” in Mumias, Kenya. Sarah received her BA from Hanover College in May 2010, where she majored in Spanish and Communications, with a minor in International Studies. In college she studied abroad in Alcala de Henares, Spain, went on several service trips to the Dominican Republic, and volunteered as an ESL instructor at a Latino community center, La Casa Amiga. She is passionate about community development and empowerment on all levels. Sarah is also an avid listener of NPR and PRI!
Alyssa Rossodivita, US Programs Manager
A native of Cleveland, OH, Alyssa returns to the Midwest after a three-year stint in the sunny Rio Grande Valley, along the border between Texas and Mexico. She worked for Migrant Health Promotion, overseeing four state and federal grants that provided health education via the Promotor(a) (community health worker) model. Before that, she worked closely with physicians rural, south Texas to implement a chronic disease self-management program for low-income Hispanic residents. For two years prior to her work in public health, Alyssa was a 7th grade science teacher with Teach for America. It was her students and their health that ultimately convinced her to move back towards her interest in access to healthcare. Alyssa received a B.S. in Biology from Denison University. Like a good liberal arts student, she minored in Spanish and studied abroad in Chile, spent the majority of her time growing and coordinating the service trip program, and played with yeast to complete her senior thesis on DNA repair after UV exposure. She adores making jam and dancing the Texas two-step, and is ecstatic to be back again in the good ole Midwest!
Katherine Horn, US Programs Coordinator
Katherine joins Timmy Global Health following her senior year at Indiana University, where she graduated with her Bachelors degrees in Biology and Spanish, a certificate in Latin American Studies, and a minor in Chemistry. At Indiana University, Katherine volunteered with the IU Timmy chapter beginning her freshman year, traveling twice to Guatemala to work with Timmy’s international partner organization Pop-Wuj. Katherine’s time with Timmy sparked her interest in global health, Spanish, and living and working in developing countries – all of which led her to study abroad in Chile and Argentina for a year in college. Katherine is an avid traveler, a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, and she loves to bake. (Her cookies/brownies/muffins are always up for grabs at the Timmy office!) In the future Katherine hopes to attend medical school or get her Masters in Public Health. But for now, she is thrilled to be a part of Timmy Global Health and while at Timmy hopes to expand her knowledge of global health and gain experience in student outreach and non-profit programing.
Elliott Trosky, Timmy Global Health Fellow
As an undergraduate student, Elliott was involved with Indiana University’s Timmy chapter, beginning his freshman year. As a volunteer with the IU chapter, he served on the Timmy college chapter’s executive board for two years and traveled to Guatemala with the organization twice. He also helped to lead local volunteer and advocacy initiatives, and was instrumental in helping to plan the chapter’s annual Glow Run fundraiser to raise money for Timmy’s patients abroad. After graduating from IU in 2013 with his Bachelor degrees in Biology and Neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry, he joined the Timmy team as one of two Timmy Global Health Fellows. His experiences with Timmy helped develop his passion for global health and working to help others in developing countries. Elliott loves to play hockey (and volunteers as an assistant coach with his high school alma mater team at Brebeuf Jesuit High School), travel, and cook. After serving as a Fellow, Elliott plans to attend medical school. He is ecstatic to be a part of the Timmy Team this year and to be working with all the fantastic people involved with Timmy!
Annie Polcari, Timmy Global Health Fellow
Annie started her journey with Timmy in 2010 when she attended her first of three medical trips to Quito, Ecuador with the University of Notre Dame. She spent the next two years as a student leader in ND’s chapter, fostering a passion for global health and development work. Her experiences with Timmy inspired her to pursue a M.S. in Global Health at Notre Dame after graduating from the university in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology. Prior to graduating from the M.S.G.H. program in July 2013, Annie spent 6 weeks in rural Mokhotlong, Lesotho, evaluating the effects of a local NGO’s outreach program on antiretroviral therapy adherence. Annie spent a large part of her time as a Notre Dame student pole-vaulting for the Track and Field team. She was named to the USTFCCCA all-academic team in 2013, the Big East Conference all-academic team from 2009-2013, and the Big East All-Conference team in 2013. She is hopeful that her experiences with Timmy will help guide her future career goal of becoming a physician focused on developing healthcare programs around the world.
Valerie Matron, International Programs Manager (based in Quito, Ecuador)
Valerie brings to Timmy her passion for development and Latin America as well as her background in program management. An explorer and a traveler, Valerie graduated in 2009 from Tulane University with a degree in International Development. Since graduating, Valerie has traveled to India, where she helped develop an Eye Care program in Dharamsala that provided pro-bono examinations and eyeglasses to the Tibetan refugee community. Returning from India, she moved back to New Orleans and worked for the municipal government of New Orleans managing the international affairs of Mayor Landrieu’s Office. She gained experience coordinating a media team as the Director of Marketing and Media for Recrear, an NGO working on community development and young people’s empowerment. Now, as Timmy’s International Programs Manager, she returns to Latin America, where she lived for several years growing up. In cooperation with Timmy’s Executive Director and Programs Manager, Valerie helps set organizational priorities for Timmy’s international programming and help to establish programmatic goals for each of Timmy’s international sites.
Tammy Truong, Director of Health Programs, Amazon Basin
Tammy originally joined the Timmy team as a student at Indiana University, traveling twice to Honduras and volunteering alongside Dr. Chuck in Timmy’s inaugural service trip to Pop Wuj in Guatemala. After graduating from the IU Kelley School of Business with degrees in Marketing and International Studies and a minor in Spanish, Tammy joined Procter & Gamble where she won national recognition as a Top Ten Territory Manager during two years with the company. Sensing a need to spend time abroad and delve deeper into international development, Tammy joined the Peace Corps where she spent a year in Bolivia working in micro-enterprise development. After an unexpected withdrawal of the country’s program, she elected to explore a different area of the world and transferred to The Gambia, West Africa where she worked as an agro-forestry volunteer. Back in the U.S., she continued to develop her management experience in the non-profit world. In addition to English, Tammy speaks Spanish, Vietnamese, and Mandinka. With the opportunity to live abroad once again and continue to improve her Spanish, Tammy is thrilled to return to Timmy!
Sean Maloney, Safe Water and Medical Teams Coordinator
Sean joins the Timmy team after spending the last 3 years living, volunteering and traveling throughout Latin America. After graduating with a B.S. in Biology from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, Sean joined the University of Southern California’s Somos Hermanos Program in Guatemala to pursue his love of travel, improve his understanding of global health, and gain the language skills and cultural competency needed to provide high quality healthcare to Latino patients. This experience inspired him to join the US Peace Corps in Ecuador where he partnered with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health to implement projects focused on HIV-Aids prevention and empowerment of PLWHA through wellness counseling. He was inspired to become a member of Timmy’s team when he met Dr. Chuck and experienced the organization’s impact firsthand while serving as an interpreter on a medical service trip in Ecuador. Sean will lead medical trips and develop Timmy’s Safe Water Program in collaboration with Timmy’s newest partner, MedWater. This program will bring WASH education and clean drinking water to the Timmy communities of the Amazon Basin.
Melissa Vargas, Medical Programs Coordinator, Ecuador
Melissa joined Timmy’s Ecuador team in March 2013 after receiving her Masters from the University of Bordeaux Segalen and the ISPED (Institute of Public Health, Epidemiology, and Development) in Public Health and Anthropology. She completed her undergraduate degree at Purdue University with a BA in Public Health Promotion and a minor in Sociology. Her involvement with Timmy began in 2011 when she interned at headquarters for a semester and had the opportunity to travel with Purdue’s Timmy chapter to Quito, Ecuador. During the summer of 2012, she interned again with Timmy in the Dominican Republic, primarily working on the health prevention program against cervical cancer. Apart from her education, her independent international experiences have taken her to many different parts in Latin America, something that has been inspired through her Peruvian heritage. Now, as a formal employee with Timmy, she is motivated to use her past international experiences and education to lead Timmy’s medical trips and provide a continuum of care to Timmy’s patients in Santo Domingo, Quito, and the Amazon Basin.
Jose Vazquez, Medical Programs Coordinator, Dominican Republic
Jose infuses his current placement as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer by joining Timmy as Medical Programs Coordinator in the D.R. Jose graduated from the University of Washington-Seattle in June 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Public Health and minor in Classical Studies. While at the UW, Jose studied abroad in Rome, Greece and Sierra Leone. Jose played trumpet for the UW-Husky Marching Band, sang bass for the Gospel choir and served as vice-president for his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order. He currently lives in Monte Cristi, DR after spending 17 months of Peace Corps-Dominican Republic service in Pimentel, Duarte Province, working with youth and women’s groups with health sector initiatives to prevent HIV contraction and teen pregnancy and mother/infant health. Jose’s health outreach experience includes work in family planning and HIV outreach, with LifeLong AIDS Alliance in Seattle and interning with CDC/P in project analysis for hypertension prevention studies. Jose also interned for the UW GenOM Project assisting in lab work research. Jose is from Yakima, Washington, enjoys out-door activities, and being with friends and family!
Ashley Aue, Medical Programs Coordinator, Guatemala
Ashley joins the Timmy team after nearly two years of living in Guatemala, where she’s been working alongside Timmy’s international partner organization Pop Wuj. A Michigan native, Ashley graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2008 with a degree in Psychology and Sociology. Upon graduation, she traveled around the US, and spent six months hiking the Appalachian Trail. After working for two years in a public mental health clinic in Tucson, AZ, she ended up in Xela, Guatemala in 2011. Since arriving she has served in a variety of capacities at Pop Wuj – from coordinating the family support center to student coordinating, to developing and implementing educational curriculum for at-risk students. After working for one year with a local Guatemalan midwives organization coordinating grants, medical and volunteer services, Ashley is excited to continue her relationship with Pop Wuj by joining Timmy Global Health as the local Medical Programs Coordinator.