I came to volunteer at HTCNE in 1985 when my first son was born. Throughout the years, I have worked in each program but the medical teams abroad program has always been where my heart is. I feel honored to work with the greatest group of people- both medical team personnel, office staff, and Foreign hosts. It is so rewarding to send these teams out and see the end-results in how many children we were able to help versus bringing in one child at a time. The gratification is to see how our team changed their life! This organization has changed my life and I feel privileged to have such a rewarding job!
With a Masters Degree in Education, I spent seven years teaching – three years in Walden, NY and four years in Spangdahlem, Germany. While living four years in Zaragoza, Spain, I taught English as a Second Language to Spanish military officers and their families. I also taught English as a Second Language for the Connecticut Literacy Volunteers of America – teaching students from Colombia, Yemen, & France. Since 2007, I have enjoyed working in Healing the Children’s International Inbound and Medical Trips Abroad programs.
We welcomed Margaret DiStassio, RN to our office staff in August 2022. Margaret has been a travel nurse with many of our teams. She joined Healing the Children Northeast in 2002 and has traveled with various teams to Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, and Bolivia on 25 missions.