Operation Medical is an organization of volunteers made up of trained medical professionals and other individuals committed to promoting and providing high quality medical care and education to communities that do not have adequate access to medical care.
Operation Medical’s vision is to become recognized as a leading organization in Central Pennsylvania for supporting a strong and varied network of healthcare providers and other individuals dedicated to providing medical care and supplies to individuals for whom such care is problematic.
We do not have boundaries to the types of medical services we are willing to provide or places we will travel. Our emphasis is on the medical needs of the community, with the safety of our patients and our volunteers being our #1 priority. Our safety and quality protocols ensure our patients receive the best care possible. All trips are carefully coordinated with local hosts and their medical community in order to optimize the success of our visit and make certain our volunteers have a positive experience. We audit results and provide training for all of our partners.
Ken Arthur, MD, President
Dr. Arthur is a plastic surgeon practicing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for the past 28 years. He became involved with surgical mission work nine years ago and has participated in eleven trips including the Philippines, India, Rwanda and Nepal. The opportunity to use his surgical training for those who would otherwise not receive care, along with the chance to experience the culture and people at each mission site are his motivating factors for participating in Operation Medical. Outside the operation room, he enjoys music and plays guitar and sings in a rock band.
Scott G. Barnes, D.O., President-Elect
Graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976. Did an internship and residency in Internal Medicine in the Harrisburg health system, followed by a fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology plus research, at the Pennsylvania State University Medical School and hospital at Hershey, PA. Dr. Barnes started practicing Hematology/ Medical Oncology in Harrisburg in 1984 until his retirement in 2012. He has been active in several local and national medical societies, community-based and faith-based projects. He has published eight medical articles concerning research in nationally recognized journals as well as publishing eight research- based abstracts for the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians. He has also presented research abstracts at these same nation meetings. He continues to live in the Harrisburg area.
George Grode, Vice President
George Grode has been active in the health care and insurance fields professionally and as a volunteer in Pennsylvania for over thirty years. He served in the Administration of Governor Dick Thornburgh as Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning and as State Insurance Commissioner. He served Pennsylvania Blue Shield and its successor organization Highmark in numerous capacities retiring as Executive Vice President for Government Business and Corporate Affairs. George has been an active volunteer with a dozen health, education and human service organizations including terms as Board Chairman for Pinnacle Health System, American Red Cross of the Susquehanna Valley, United Way of the Capital Region and Drug Free PA. He lives in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife Brigid.
Michael Zelko, CPA/ABV, CFF, Secretary/Treasurer
Mike is a Partner at Boles Metzger Brosius & Walborn PC, a Certified Public Accounting firm. He specializes in business valuation, business and personal income taxes and is certified in financial forensics. Mike is a former board member and treasurer for the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys playing golf and spending time with friends and family.
Jewel Cooper is the Director of Business Development for LeTort Trust and Boyer & Ritter, LLC. Previously, she was a Senior Vice President with BB&T Bank responsible for business development in Dauphin and Cumberland Counties. Prior to that position, she was a Retail Executive responsible for the branch network in the Capital Region. She has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
She currently serves on the boards of United Way of the Capital Region, Dixon University, CREDC and Operation Medical. She is the immediate past chair of CREDC and a past chair of the United Way Campaign. Jewel is an alumnus of Leadership Harrisburg and is a member of the Servant Leadership Society. She is also a member of the Legacy Society of the YMCA. She is also active in the Rotary Club of Harrisburg.
She and her husband reside in East Hanover Township.
J. Bret DeLone, MD
Bret DeLone, MD, is a board certified general surgeon with the Kunkel Surgical Group – Spirit Physicians Services, Inc. and is Chief of Surgery and a Medical Executive Committee member at Holy Spirit Hospital. As well, he is also an appointed member of the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine. His physician leadership includes past service as Holy Spirit Hospital Medical Staff President, as a member of the Holy Spirit PHO Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Primesource PHO Board. He is an active staff member of PinnacleHealth Hospitals and Grandview Surgery Center, and Associate Professor of Surgical Education at Hershey Medical Center. Dr. DeLone has long been a spokesperson and advocate on physician and patient issues. He co-hosts “Medical Matters,” a news radio program on WHP 580. As well, he often appears as a guest on discussion format television and radio programs, speaks at civic meetings and community events, and has provided health related testimony before the legislature. Dr. Delone resides in Camp Hill with his wife, Dr. Carrie DeLone.
Carol Donahue, RN
Ms. Donahue is a registered nurse whose expertise is in the operation room. She has been involved in eight medical missions including the Philippines, Thailand and India during the past 17 years. She has worked coordinating and packing necessary operating room supplies needed for the surgical camps and, during the missions, functioning as the circulating nurse for operating rooms. Additionally, she has participated in the education of local nursing staff during surgical mission camps. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Ms. Enoch is a consultant with a not-for-profit organization and has been working with medical mission efforts for two years. In 2014, Ms. Enoch participated in her first trip abroad to Valsad, India. She feels a sense of giving back when working with others less fortunate. She has contributed many hours of her skills and energies to ready trips for missions.
Constance Foster, Esquire, has served as Senior Partner and Chairperson of the Business Development at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. A former State Insurance Commissioner with extensive experience in insurance law, she has contributed her business expertise, management and leadership skills to assist numerous non-profit organizations. The YMCA and Central Penn Business Journal have recognized her with their highest awards for service to the community. She currently serves on the Boards of Penn National Insurance Company and The Kline Foundation.
P.J. is a senior relationship manager of M&T Bank working on the commercial real estate team in Harrisburg, PA. He is responsible for managing a large commercial loan portfolio, sourcing and onboarding new customers, and serving as M&T’s primary point of contact for the comprehensive banking needs of local real estate developers. P.J. also serves as co-chair of the IGen PA Resource Group, part of M&T’s diversity initiative. Prior to his current position, P.J. was a music teacher in a small school district in upstate New York. He lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife and their two daughters.
P.J. has a BM in Music Education, Mansfield University of PA, MM in Music Education, Ithaca College and MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Operation Medical, P.J. is on the Board of Directors of Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Steering Committee Co-Chair, Bridges Society of the United Way of the Capital Region. He was in Class of 2016, Leadership Harrisburg Area Community Leadership Series and is the Music Director of Liberti Church in Harrisburg, PA.
Mrs. Modi is a corporate attorney at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, where she represents both corporate clients and nonprofit entities. She has dedicated over 20 years of volunteer service to a variety of charitable organizations. She joined the board because she believes in Operation Medical’s mission of providing access to high quality medical care, which is something that many of us take for granted. In addition to serving on the board of Operation Medical, Meera is a member of the board of directors of Tres Bonne Annee, the Development Committee for the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and is a member of the Leadership Team of the Junior League of Harrisburg. In 2015, Meera was selected as one of Central Penn Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award recipients.
Mukul Parikh, MD
Dr.Parikh is the Founding member of Operation Medical and served as President from its inception in 2013 to 2019. He has participated in over 20 medical missions in countries such as Thailand, India, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda and the Philippines since 2001. He has organized and coordinated all the missions to India, Nepal, Malawi and Rwanda. He believes strongly in the mission of Operation Medical helping the underserved around the globe. Dr.Parikh has served as Chairman, Department of Anesthesia at UPMC Pinnacle Health System from 2008 to 2015 and as Director of Anesthesia at UPMC Pinnacle Health West Shore Hospital from 2014 to 2019. He was President, Society of Diplomates of Harrisburg in 1997 and President of Dauphin County Medical Society from 2015-2017. He is currently the chair of IMG section at Pa Medical Society and serves on the Pa Med Board.
Dr. Parikh (along with his wife) received the Humanitarian of the year Award from United Way Capital Region in 2016, International Voluntary Service Award from Pennsylvania Medical Society in 2014 and the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania in December 2013. He and his wife Dr. Neelima Parikh (also a founding member of Operation Medical with participation in 21 missions)) are involved in community and philanthropic work through Neelima and Mukul Parikh Foundation, both at home and abroad. When he is not working, he enjoys golf, yoga and nature walks.
Mr. Patel is co-founder of Hersha Hospitality Management, LP. He has served on the board of numerous organizations, including the American Red Cross, United Way of the Capital Region, Penn State University, and Asian Indian Americans of Central Pennsylvania. He joined Operation Medical’s board after traveling overseas on three separate medical mission trips and witnessing first-hand the scope of the mission’s impact to those in need. He’s proud to support Operation Medical’s vision, as the organization’s values are aligned with his own personal beliefs. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, traveling and spending time with his family.
Melissa Rau is the Director of Operations for Linwood Estate. Previously, she was the Executive Director for The Elegance at Hershey and Drug-Free Pennsylvania. Through her professional work experience of 25 years, 13 being directly in the non-profit industry, she is pleased to be helping Operation Medical with raising awareness and the necessary funds to carry out their life-saving missions.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. Melissa resides in Dillsburg with her husband, Chris, and two dogs.
Shawn H. Robinson
Shawn Robinson is a Team Leader in Highmark Blue Shield’s Financial Investigations and Provider Review Department. His team is tasked with conducting provider audits and recovering claim payments related to fraud, waste and abuse.
Shawn earned a BS in Business Administration and a MBA in Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University. He is also a Certified Professional Coder. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Operation Medical, Shawn serves on the Board of Directors of the Case Management Unit. He enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Cheryl A. Arthur
Cheryl Peck is a Project Manager / Information Systems for Penn Medicine, Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She became involved with surgical mission work nine years ago and has participated in eleven trips to locations in Philippines, India, Rwanda and Nepal. One of our founding members, Cheryl has served on the board of directors, volunteered at our warehouse and currently sits on the Advisory Committee. In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys traveling the globe, culinary arts and playing music in a rock band.
Banker Henson, DO
Dr. Henson is a general surgeon and is the founder and a board member of World Camp Inc., a NGO working in Malawi, Africa. He put through the original paperwork to found the organization while he was still in college. He has successfully led more than 200 volunteers through the World Camp program, taking the time to show each one the ups and downs of working in Africa, while looking out for the well-being of all. In addition to his work in Malawi, he has worked in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, India, and Honduras and completed a bike trip through most of eastern Africa. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of North Carolina and recently completed his surgical residency in Harrisburg, PA.
Mr. Patel has over 30 years of experience in hospitality/lodging development. He currently serves as Chief Investment Officer for the Hersha Group, managing the company’s complex development and financing activities. He has been a principal with the Hersha Group since 1993. In 1992, Mr. Patel founded Kunj Inc., a strategic consulting company focusing on structuring commercial transactions, development strategies and real estate development. Mr. Patel has served, and continues to serve, as a board member for various community service organizations. These affiliations include The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, Asian American Indians of Central Pennsylvania, Penn State Harrisburg, India Heritage Research Foundation and Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. Philanthropy and helping the underprivileged are some of his passions, as is spending time with his two grandchildren. Over the past five years, he has coordinated and traveled on multiple international medical missions and looks forward to participating in many more with Operation Medical.
Lisa E. Pedersen
Lisa joined Operation Medical in 2019. Originally from Western Pennsylvania, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Geneva College. Lisa recently retired after 30 years in various roles within the insurance industry, some of which include managing the interface with large health insurance accounts and assisting in the development and oversight of pharmacy benefit contracts. Lisa has volunteered with the Highmark Caring Place for over 15 years, and in her free time enjoys gardening and traveling with her husband, Mark. Lisa resides in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.