Our Team

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

Katherine Lynn Walker, MD

Medical Director

With more than a decade of developing and leading medical missions, the focus of MissionCMEcuador has evolved from my many experiences working with Ecuadorians and understanding the goals and objectives of U.S. physicians seeking rewarding mission experiences. 

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Jacqueline Woodrum, DO

Dr. Jacqueline Woodrum is a graduate of Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. She is also certified in Global Health through John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She precepts medical students, both in the United States and abroad, and has served as an adjunct professor for the TOURO University – College of Osteopathic Medicine in California. 

Dr. Woodrum enjoys Global Health and travels extensively as a physician volunteer. She participates in hands-on medical brigades for rural villages in Kenya, Tanzania, Nicaragua, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. She was the 2010 recipient of the COPIC Medical Foundation’s Harold E Williamson Humanitarian Award, which honors a physician for volunteer medical service and contributions to the community. She was named the 2012 Colorado Osteopathic Physician of the Year by the Colorado Osteopathic Medical Society.  She approaches medicine with a mind-body-spirit focus. And, she understands that individual fulfillment stems from a balance between work life and personal time.

Mary-Jean Fickes

Meet Mary-Jean, we are lucky to have her as a part of the team! She has an MA in Translation and Interpretation from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Spanish/English, 1988. Additional training and certifications include certification as an Administrative Hearing Interpreter, State of California, 1987; The Community Interpreter Training, a 40-hour interpreter training for health, education and community services, Interpreters Academy, 2014; Mental Health First Aid USA, National Council for Behavioral Health, 2018.

In addition to having the pleasure of traveling to and enjoying the culture of Spanish countries throughout the Americas and Europe she has had the privilege of working as an interpreter and translator on 14 medical missions in several countries in Central and South America with IMA Helps, Adopt-a-Village International, Project Cure and the Tzu Chi Foundation.

Mary-Jean is an invaluable member of MissionCMEcuador and is involved in program development, interpretation services and trip coordination. 

Damaris Arias

Damaris Arias is the founder of Fundacion de Salud un Nuevo Comienzo.   MissionCMEcuador has selected this organization to be our in-country sponsor.  Foundation de Salud un Nuevo Comienzo (FSNC) is a non-profit organization that helps people in Ecuador in the areas of education, medicine, and social work.  FNSC coordinates internationally to bring volunteers into Ecuador to help in high-need areas.  They provide a vital link to make these philanthropic projects possible.  Ms. Arias started this organization in 2016 after volunteering in many other foundations.  She used her knowledge to create a unique foundation that has a mission of allowing those that want to “travel for a cause” to help Ecuadorian people in need.  Her foundation strives to ensure that the trips are well organized, purposeful, and foster a positive experience for the participants and recipients alike.

Support Staff

Meet our invaluable support staff, Diego. He makes himself available at the most inopportune times and locations. But, he is always ready with a helping paw and a friendly disposition.  Diego likes to keep tabs on everyone throughout the day…. but a little downtime is always incorporated.