President & Founder
Sam is a board certified civil trial lawyer. He has worked with burn survivors
with serious injuries for over thirty years. He has also developed innovative
techniques for demonstrating the cause and origin of fires caused by defective
products. Sam has also done extensive research on the medical, surgical and
psychological implications of burn injuries. As a senior lecturer to the
Department of Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian and the American College of
Trial Advocacy, Sam draws from his connections to the legal and medical world
in order to help civilian and military burn survivors. Sam enjoys spending his
time volunteering at burn camps and developing growth strategies so that they
may serve greater numbers of children.
Alana is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and has a Masters
in Public Health from Columbia University. She is currently a Mission Director at the American Heart
Association. She has spent 4 years volunteering for us and has assisted us on many projects as both a
volunteer and as a counselor.
Chad Perlyn, M.D.
Haiti Medical Missions Advisor
Dr. Perlyn is a plastic surgeon at the Miami Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor
of Surgery at the Florida International University College of Medicine. Dr. Perlyn attended
medical school at the University of Miami and studied general and plastic surgery at
Washington University/Barnes Hospital in Saint Louis. Following the completion of his
plastic surgery training, Dr. Perlyn went on to study craniofacial and pediatric plastic
surgery. As a pediatric plastic surgeon, his practice is dedicated solely to caring for
children and young adults with congenital or acquired anomalies and injuries.
Ruth Rimmer, M.D.
Medical Advisor and Journal Editor
Dr. Ruth Rimmer has contributed over 16 years of experience in Burns and Trauma Care to her
Life Care Planning business. She specializes in planning future care needs for: severely burned
pediatric and adult Patients, patients with traumatic injury, electrical injuries, and
amputations. Dr. Rimmer is prepared to provide the actual costs of equipment, services,
treatments, surgeries, supplies, and medication and to outline educational and/or vocational
training needs and costs of care projected over a client’s lifetime. Dr. Rimmer is also a well-
respected researcher in the field of burn care and has presented her findings both nationally
and internationally, allowing her to attain extensive experience in both radio and television.
Josef Haik, M.D.
Dr. Josef Haik is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a specialist in the treatment of burns.
He has worked in burn reconstruction and intensive care at the Burn Unit of the Division of
Plastic Surgery at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada. Not only this, but Dr. Haik is
also involved in raising public awareness of the severity of burns and in creating projects for
burn prevention on local, regional and national levels. He is the chairmen of the Burn
Prevention Committee of the Israeli Council of Trauma; treasurer of the Israeli Society of Burn
Injuries; and treasurer of the Israeli Society of Plastic Surgery. Today, Dr. Haik has built and
operates a hi-tech Burn Center at Sheba, which will serve as a regional burn center for all of
Jennifer Wall-Dean, M.D.
Mrs. Wall-Dean has carried out a medical career at hospitals in Lehigh Valley, Phoenix as
well as Boston. She is the founder and President of the “Africa Burn Relief Program.”
Exhibiting her commitment to the program, Dr. Wall-Dean has made several trips to
Africa where she has performed life-changing surgeries
Josef Tuazon, DPT
Physical Therapy Advisor
After earning his doctorate degree as part of the first doctorate class of Physical Therapy
in the State of New Jersey in 2003, Josef, affectionately referred to as “The Fight Doc” due
to his background as a professional athlete, has worked in a variety of settings from
intensive and critical care units, telemetry, cardiac rehab, joint replacement, medical-
surgical floors, sub-acute rehab facilities, as well as numerous physician’s offices and out-
patient clinics. Josef has studied the ancient Eastern art of holistic Thai massage and
reflexology, a blend of hands-on stretching and yoga techniques. He has combined
Eastern philosophies and Western clinical techniques to create unique physiotherapy
Yuliana Eshel, O.T
Medical Advisor and Journal Editor
Yuliana Eshel is the Chief Occupational Therapist of Schneider Children Medical Center in
Israel (SCMCI). Since 1987, Eshel has worked as a pediatric occupational therapist, specializing
in feeding therapy and rehabilitation. She trains and mentors new therapists and also presents
her department’s fieldwork and research at prestigious medical conventions and conferences
in Israel and around the world. Eshel hold a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from
Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is currently studying for her Master’s in Occupational
Therapy in Tel Aviv University and Health Organization Management at Beer Sheva University.
Since 2009, Arbel has served as the co-camp director of Camp Sababa.
Nili Arbel, B.P.T, MPT
Co-camp director, Sababa
Nili Arbel has served as the Chief Physical Therapist at Schneider Children Medical Center in
Israel for over 20 years. In this time, she has contributed to the hospital’s development by
expanding the services of the Physical Therapy department to new medical fields, from
outpatient clinics to post operation rehabilitation. Arbel holds a bachelor’s in physical therapy
from Tel Aviv University and a Master in Public Health Administration from Clark University.
She is also one of the few senior physical therapists in Israel who specializes in child
development, As part of the collaboration between Schneider’s and Shanghai Children
Hospital, Arbel has visited China several times to guide and tutor local staff in western physical
therapy techniques. Since 2009, Arbel has served as the co-camp director of Camp Sababa.
Hani Mansour, M.D.
Dr. Mansour is certified by the American Board of Surgery in general surgery and surgical
critical care. He has additional certification as an instructor in Advanced Burn Life
Support from the American Burn Association. Mansour is a researcher and author of
numerous articles and continuing education videos for medical professionals. Results of
his experience and clinical research were presented at the Annual Meeting of the
American Burn Association in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Dr. Mansour joined Saint Barnabas
Medical Center in 1981. Mansour received his medical degree at St. Joseph University in
Beirut, Lebanon in 1973 and completed a general surgery residency at Union Memorial
Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Mansour attained the rank of major in the United
States Army and served as staff surgeon at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
Burn Unit at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas from 1979-1981 and later as
chief of the Burn Study Branch at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Thomas Bojko, M.D., M.S., J.D.
Medical Mission Director
Dr. Bojko has made many contributions to the educational, clinical and administrative aspects
of critical care medicine and children’s hospital development. He is a Fellow of the American
College of Critical Care Medicine, and served as a member of the American Academy of
Pediatrics Section on Critical Care Executive Committee from 2000-2006, and as a member of
the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine (COPEM) from 2002 to 2008. In addition to
his medical degree, Dr. Bojko received a Master of Science Degree in Health Care
Management, Administration and Policy from New York University’s Robert. F. Wagner School
of Public Service, and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law. Previously, Dr. Bojko was
the Executive Director of Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, NJ, and before that he was
Associate Professor and Senior Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, UMDNJ-
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Director of Medical Services and Clinical Operations at
the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and
Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program.