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.
Scott G. Barnes, D.O., President
Dr. Barnes graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1976. He completed 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 in Hershey, PA. Dr. Barnes started practicing Hematology/ Medical Oncology in Harrisburg in 1984 and continued until his retirement in 2012. He has been active in several local and national medical societies, and in 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, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians. He has also presented research abstracts at these same nation meets. He resides in Wernersville, PA.
Ken Arthur, MD, Immediate Past President
Dr. Arthur is a plastic surgeon practicing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for over 30 years. He became involved with surgical mission work more than a decade 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 operating room, he enjoys music, playing guitar and traveling.
Mukul Parikh, MD, President-Elect
Mukul Parikh, MD, President-Elect, is the Founding member of Operation Medical and served as President from its inception in 2013 to 2019. Since 2001m He has participated in over 20 medical missions in countries such as Thailand, India, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda and the Philippines. 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, of the Society of Diplomates of Harrisburg in 1997; President of Dauphin County Medical Society from 2015-2017; Chair of the IMG Section at the Pennsylvania Medical Society from 2018-2020 and currently serves as a Trustee on the PA Medical Society Board.
Dr. Parikh (along with his wife) received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from United Way Capital Region in 2016, the International Voluntary Service Award from the PA 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 both at home and abroad through the Neelima and Mukul Parikh Foundation. When he is not working, Dr. Parikh enjoys golf, yoga and nature walks.
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 forty 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.
Karmae Amsbaugh, Surgical Technologist
Karmae has been a Surgical Technologist for over 43 years. She became involved with Operation Medical in 2016 when she was part of the surgical team mission to Valsad, India and has joined us on several missions since.
During her service on the Logistics Committee, Karmae has provided valuable insights, helped recruit additional volunteers (including her own daughter, Laura) and collaborates with the team to make sure everything we need to perform safe surgeries is ready to go on mission trips.
Karmae feels very blessed to be able to share her medical knowledge with others and give what she can to those less fortunate. In her spare time, Karmae enjoys family beach escapes and rescuing/fostering multiple dogs. She lives in Carlisle with her husband, Roger.
Jewel Cooper is the Director of Business Development for LeTort Trust and Boyer and Ritter, LLC. In December of 2016, she retired from BB&T where she was a Senior Vice President responsible for business development in Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Previously, she was a Regional Executive with Susquehanna Bank and oversaw the Capital Region. She has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
She is very active in the community. She served as past campaign and board chair of the United Way of the Capital Region. She is also on the boards of the Dixon University Center, Operation Medical, CREDC (past chair) and chair of the LINK Foundation. She is an alumnus of Leadership Harrisburg and a member of the Servant Leadership Society and the Legacy Society of the YWCA. Previously, she was on the board of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg (past chair), YWCA and the Shalom House.
Jewel has received several awards including the LHA Platinum Servant Leadership, the Open Stage “Women Who Care” , YWCA’s Women of Excellence , the Volunteer of the Year by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber, the Athena Award, the Penn State Alumni Achievement Award in the school of Behavioral Science and the CPBJ ICON award.
Jewel, her husband, Woody, and their dog, Lulu, 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.
Rise’ Enoch is one of the founding members of Operation Medical. She co-chairs the Logistics Mission Committee, which is a vital part of the organization. Along with fellow-co-chair, Sue Miller, and the other Committee members, Rise’ assists with obtaining supplies, inventorying them at the central warehouse, and preparing/packing the needed supplies for all mission trips. She has participated in 5 Op Med missions in India and Nepal.
Rise’ retired from the PA Department of Labor & Industry with 38 years of service as a Workforce Development Analyst and continues part-time with Keystone Development Partnership, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In this role, Rise’ specializes in assisting employers and unions with their registered apprenticeship programs. She also serves as Treasurer and Membership Chairperson for the American Legion Auxiliary. She has one son and two granddaughters and enjoys spending time with them.
Suzanne (Sue) Miller, CRNA
Sue Miller has volunteered with Operation Medical since its inception. Having had prior experience on medical-surgical missions to the Philippines, Honduras and Thailand, she truly hit the ground running. Sue has participated in 12 of our missions, including those to India, Africa and Nepal. She plays a vital role as Co-Chair of our Logistics Team Committee, alongside Rise’ Enoch, procuring, organizing and ensuring all supplies are up-to-date for our surgical mission trips. As of last year, Sue was also elected to Operation Medical’s Board of Directors.
Sue recently retired after 42 years as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), during which time she was a Manager of Anesthesia for 9 years and self-contracted for 10 years. Sue has experience in serving on the boards of non-profit organizations and holds an MBA from DeSales University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends…and enjoys travel and photography.
Meera Modi, Esq.
Mrs. Modi is a leading M&A attorney and trusted advisor to founders, executives and businesses, navigating them through mergers, acquisitions, sales and other strategic ventures. In the M&A community, Meera is widely-regarded as a premier “deal quarterback” and “closer” who is adept at managing transactions successfully to closing, all while consistently achieving clients’ transaction goals and objectives. Her solutions-based negotiating style is often recognized for being a key driver in getting deals across the finish line. Beyond Meera’s M&A practice, she is regarded as a trusted legal advisor to owners/executives, often serving as primary outside general counsel to those companies with limited or no in-house legal capabilities. In doing so, Meera works with business teams to implement legal strategy by negotiating and documenting arrangements involving customers, vendors, strategic partners, employees and owners. Active in the community, Meera has dedicated over 20 years of volunteer service to a variety of charitable organizations. She joined our 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 Orrstown Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORRF) and its principal subsidiary, Orrstown Bank. In addition, in 2020, Meera was recognized as a “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intellegencer. She received the YWCA Greater Harrisburg’s 2022 “Tribute to Women of Excellence” Award. In 2015, Meera was selected as one of Central Penn Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award recipients.
Melissa Rau is an Account Manager for Datum Storage Solutions. Previously, she served as Director of Operations for Linwood Estate and Executive Director for The Elegance at Hershey and Drug-Free Pennsylvania. Through her professional work experience of 27 years, she spent 13 years directly in the non-profit industry. She is pleased to be helping Operation Medical as the Chair of the Marketing/Public Relations Committee and in raising awareness of Op Med’s life-saving missions.
She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends in her spare time. 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.
Jeffrey Segil, MD
Doctor Jeffrey Segil is a Gynecologist in Dover, NH. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he has been practicing in Dover, NH for over 25 years. His first mission to Haiti in 2012 was transformational in how he viewed global medicine and the impact of volunteer work. Since his first trip, he has been on eight missions with Operation Medical to India, Nepal, Africa and Haiti.
Dr. Segil is a specialist in gynecologic surgery and prolapse. He has found great satisfaction in providing medical services to women in need and education to local healthcare providers. Jeffrey enjoys spending his free time with his family, cooking, traveling, sailing and skiing.
Mr. Weikert works with corporate and institutional clients in Central Pennsylvania to provide payment and treasury management services. He focuses on payment solutions to maximize cash flow while managing fraud and exchange rate risks for his clients.
Adam earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the St. Francis University and MBA from Mount St. Mary’s University. He is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP®) and a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association for Financial Professionals. Adam resides in Harrisburg with his wife and their two daughters. In his spare time, Adam enjoys traveling and fishing.
Lindsay is a Certified Health Coach based out of Hummelstown, PA. She brings more than 20 years of experience in administration, sales, human relations, customer service, communication, and team leadership. She has worked previously in the service and healthcare industries where she served in administrative roles, as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and now as a Certified Health Coach. Her passion for individualized, quality healthcare for others makes her a great fit for her position with Operation Medical.
In her current Administrative Coordinator role, she focuses on recording and organizing data for our volunteers, committees, and board members. She also assists with social media efforts, volunteer recruitment, and fundraising opportunities. She is also a central part of mission trip coordination and planning and additionally supports the marketing and logistics team as needed.
Outside of her time spent serving her clients as a Health Coach and supporting Operation Medical, she enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Lindsay stays active by running, hiking and practicing the art of jiu jitsu, and relaxes by reading, traveling and fishing. Born and raised in Hummelstown, she has a strong connection to this area and those in her community.