Eugene F. Deems, Jr. has 40 years of combined experience in the areas of business building, communications, marketing and new media strategies with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Capital Gazette Communications, Inc.
Gene leads the eGov and Digital Services efforts of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, where he championed connecting digitally with customers when the public internet was first starting. In 1995, Mr. Deems developed the policies for website guidelines, copyright issues, privacy, content, external links, e-government/e-commerce and new media partners for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and launched the state of Maryland government's first website. He has built and managed teams of people in diversified environments. The DNR Online Store he built (shopdnr.com) serves over 5,000 customers a year and generated over $1.6 million since it's launch in May 2004 and currently generates $260,000 a year. Strengths include excellent team building skills, time management, planning, and project management skills.
He has ties to the community and is a philanthropist. As co-chair of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County's Great Give 2015 in Maryland, which raised $907,000 online in 24 hours. He serves on several nonprofit boards and has worked with dozens of nonprofits.
He describes himself as "A lover of life, fun, challenges, opportunities and making a difference one person at a time." You can find him on Twitter at @gdeems.
Gene's real passion for life is #makingadifference in people's lives and to provide hope and healing to those in need.
Medicine With a Mission initially started due to the combined vision of several passionate medical students, and would not be where it is today without the original input and foundation laid by three incredible individuals. Medicine With a Mission started with Tommy Martin, Natasha Mozumdar, and Phoebe Laplante (pictured above), all of who are outstanding people with the most giving and loving hearts, whose desires have always been to help others in the medical field and in everyday life with compassion.
We would not be here today without the initial efforts of these three amazing friends who worked tirelessly to inspire others, spread the love and joy, and hold fundraisers to raise a considerable amount of money to restore the bathrooms of the South Government School of Grenada. We know they will be incredible doctors and leaders in the future and want to give them sincere love and gratitude for all that they have done and continue to do. Thank you and continue to shine the light to all those you meet!
Margo Cook, is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) with more than a decade of professional nonprofit management and finance experience.
For the past ten years, Cook has served in development director roles for Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, United States Naval Academy Foundation, and the University of Miami Health System.
Currently, Margo is an investment advisor with 1 North Wealth, a fee-only financial management and advisory firm providing customized investment management and financial plans for clients.
Margo is dedicated and passionate about helping people, and, having served in various fundraising roles in the healthcare industry, she is especially interested in assuring that all people, regardless of where they live or how much money they have, have access to quality, affordable healthcare and surgical interventions.
Margo is honored to serve on the board of Medicine With a Mission whose vision she shares wholeheartedly. Margo is a graduate of the University of Miami and St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis, MD. She lives on the eastern short with her husband and two children.
Joshua Carlson is a motivated and driven dual-degree MD/MPH medical student at St. George’s University, in addition to being actively involved with extracurricular activities and in the community of Grenada. He spent most of his childhood in the northeast United States, and loves the tranquility of the ocean and the delicious seafood that it has to offer.
From a young age, Joshua knew there was only calling for him - to be a medical doctor and surgeon to heal others. He was always fascinated with taking things apart and putting them back together. He learned from his mother and father that giving yourself to others and placing others’ needs before your own was the way to live, the way to have the greatest satisfaction and fulfillment in life. He knew he wanted to heal others through surgery, but it did not really come to fruition until he went to Honduras on a one-week medical mission trip when he was 21 years old. “Traveling to Honduras, I witnessed the lack of public health infrastructure and poverty that contribute to various diseases, all of which can be prevented with the right interventions. This experience has changed my life forever and I now know my true calling in life - to use my medical knowledge and skills to heal the underrepresented in our global society.”
Joshua traveled to Honduras again for a month-long internship, which is really when he felt the calling that his medical work was not going to just be for others or his own self-fulfillment, but for God. Joshua felt called when he was 19 years old to commit his life to Christ, and would later realize that this would include healing and helping others around the world. “When I felt the internal calling to do this work, I was given two verses: Joshua 1:9 and Romans 8:28. Both of these lead me to be strong and courageous no matter what, and trust that everything will work together for good.”
Joshua's vision to start Medicine with a Mission stemmed from an internal desire to heal the most marginalized individuals in society, and increase access to surgical interventions for those in dire need. Medicine With a Mission was born out of the common visions shared with Gene Deems and Tommy Martin.