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Rounds - Kybele's Online Newsletter    

Join us in Lake Las Vegas - SOAP 2011

In This Issue:  


Message from the President


Kybele Fundraising Dinner and Auction 


Organizations Collaborate to Deliver Medical Equipment 


Dr. Lisa Councilman Invited to US-Georgia Health Conference 


Meet Louisa Oates   


On the Horizon 


Kudos and Quick Links 


Message from the PresidentPresidentMessage


Dr. Medge Owen in Ghana

Dr. Medge Owen in Ghana



It is hard to believe we are well into 2011!  


Kybele, Inc. is already off to a good start having taken an 18 member team to Ghana in January for two weeks. Team participants traveled from Canada, the UK and the US and included obstetricians, a midwife, neonatologists, CRNAs, nurses, anesthesiologists and even a software engineer. Work was conducted in two separate parts of the country and included the delivery of a large shipping container packed with essential medical supplies from our partners, the Canadian Food for the Hungry.

Helen Akinc

Helen Akinc

Unfortunately, the program planned in Egypt for February 17-24 was postponed due to political unrest. We had assembled a talented group, many of whom were making their second or third Kybele trip. We had planned to teach in five large obstetric centers. Our hearts go out to our Egyptian colleagues. Let's hope for a peaceful transition and a rescheduling of the trip when possible.  Other upcoming programs this year include Romania, Armenia and Serbia. Please check the website for details.  


One of our goals for 2011 is more regular communication with our supporters. We are planning a quarterly e-newsletter and I'm pleased to introduce Helen Akinc, our newsletter editor. Helen also serves as VP for strategic development and is a tremendous asset to Kybele. Helen teaches cultural competency at Wake Forest University and is an accomplished writer. She has lived in Turkey and is a culinary expert in Turkish cuisine. I know you will enjoy her quarterly updates. It is the spirit of volunteerism that keeps our Kybele 2011 Brochureorganization vibrant. Thank you Helen!

Medge Owen Sig

Medge D. Owen, MD

Kybele Founder & President   


We've updated our Kybele brochure for 2011.  Click to view  

Special thanks to Denise Ingram at for her beautiful work.  

Kybele Fundraising Dinner and Auction KybeleDinner

Wine Bottle with Dice
Don't GAMBLE away your
chance to attend this fabulously entertaining event.  Make your reservation today. 

It is your LUCKY day!  Kybele cordially invites you to attend our 2nd annual fundraising dinner and auction in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, live Vegas-style entertainment featuring the magic of Jeffrey Richards, a delicious plated dinner, a wide variety of auction items, and a special presentation by SOAP Outreach and Kybele Team Members.   


Open to all SOAP attendees and guests.  Proceeds benefit Kybele medical education programs.


We BET you'll have a great time.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM


The Golf Club at South Shore

Gated private club on Lake Las Vegas approximately 5 miles from the SOAP Conference Hotel (Loews).  Round-trip coach transportation will be provided to all guests.  Private vehicles and taxis will not be permitted beyond gate.   


$125 per person.  Tables of 10 = $1,250 

Tables of 10 are perfect for attendees from the same organization or  

hospital and include table signage and special recognition.

Sponsorships available at $2,500.  See website for details. 


Reservation required by Monday, April 4.


Reservations may be mailed or purchased online.


Want to receive an invitation by mail? 


Want to donate an item for our auction?  


For more information, please contact Lynn Snyder at 336.713.9182 or Kimber Whanger.

 Organizations Collaborate to Deliver Medical EquipmentFFH   

Unpacking Equipment ContainerWendy Gore HickmanBoxes line the hallways at Ridge Hospital
L to R:  Hospital staff unpack donated equipment from the container at Sunyani Regional Hospital, Ghana.
Kybele Team Members, Ron George, Michael Moyer, Laurel Bookman, and Wendy Gore-Hickman help with the container.
Boxes of donated equipment and supplies line the hallways at Sunyani Regional Hospital as they are being organized. 

In Gratitude

We are most grateful to the Canadian International Development Organization (CIDO) and to Food for the Hungry-Canada (FH-Canada) for their generosity towards Kybele.


CIDO donated a CT scanner and shipped it to FH-Canada.  The scanner became part of a container load of medical equipment donated to several hospitals in Ghana where Kybele is working.  Mr. Shawky Fahel, CEO of CIDO, and Mr. Lindsay Brucks, Director of FH-Canada's International Medical Equipment Distribution program (IMED), were instrumental in making this happen. 


Additionally, Dr. Wendy Gore-Hickman, a Canadian obstetric anesthesiologist and Kybele volunteer, was responsible for raising much of the money used to accomplish this project...   



Dr. Lisa Councilman Invited to Participate in US-Georgia Conference Councilman

First Lady of Georgia at Book Signing

The First Lady of Georgia, Mrs. Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs at her book signing in Washington, DC.

Photo by L. Councilman 


Lisa Councilman, one of the Kybele Georgia team leaders, was invited to participate in the 1st US-Georgia Healthcare Conference, Georgia Healthcare 2020: MEDEA 2011 held in Washington  DC on February 1-2, 2011. This conference was hosted by the Ministry of Labour, Health, and Social Affairs of Georgia and the Embassy of Georgia to the US, with the guest of honor being the First Lady of Georgia, Mrs. Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs.


The purpose of the conference was to bring together Government of Georgia officials, representatives of the United States and international organizations, non-governmental and private sector stakeholders, and Georgian medical and public health professionals who have been practicing in the US to address the following:




Meet Louisa Oates  

Kybele InternLouisa  

Louisa Oates 

Louisa Oates is one of Kybele's bright, young faces who brings much to our organization. From Connecticut and a Wake Forest University senior, Louisa interned for Kybele in summer 2010 and continues to help out as often as possible as she finishes up her Health and Exercise Science major before graduating in May. Interested in public service and non-profits, Louisa applied for the Pro Humanitate Non Profit Internship, and won a spot in the competitive program.  


According to the Pro Humanitate Center website, the internship is "designed to give undergraduate students interested in public service an intensive work experience in a nonprofit setting in the Winston-Salem community and the opportunity to engage in vocational reflection and discernment". The program involves working for a nonprofit while simultaneously taking a course in non-profit management. Louisa discovered Kybele on her own, and was intrigued by what she learned from the website, prompting her to get in touch with Medge Owen. And the rest is history...






On the Horizon Horizon 

Where is Kybele going in 2011?
Mandisa Jones-Haywood teaches CPR

Kybele Team Member Mandisa Jones-Haywood (in red and blue cap) teaches CPR techniques in Ghana.  



Upcoming programs include:

  • ROMANIA - May 6 - 13, 2011
  • GHANA - May 21- June 1, 2011 
  • GHANA - September/October 2011
  • ARMENIA - September 17 - October 2, 2011
  • SERBIA - We are planning a new program to Serbia. Dates will be determined for early 2012.
If you would like to make a directed  donation of money or would like more information, please contact Lynn Snyder  at 336-713-9192.

Kudos and Quick LinksQuickLinks   


Kudos to Team Ghana

Outcomes from Kybele's Ghana based program have been selected as 1 of 6 in the "Best Presentation" category for the upcoming 43rd Annual Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) Conference to be held in April 2011 in Lake Las Vegas, NV.  A team of 8 judges selected the Kybele/Team Ghana presentation from a pool of nearly 200 applicants.   


Donations Making A Difference 

Many thanks to all Kybele donors. As a result of your generosity, donations to Kybele totaled $84,835 as of December 31, 2010, including a $10,000 donation from The Lacy Foundation.  Your donations make it possible for Kybele to make important strides in maternal and infant health around the world. In 2010, these funds supported three medical education trips to Ghana, one to Romania, and one to Armenia and the Republic of Georgia and also funded trips to medical facilities in the US for three Ghanaian midwives, a Ghanian obstetrician, and a Ghana Health Service Associate.


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Overview of Our Work

Board of Directors


Medge Owen, MD

President & Founder


Helen Akinc  

VP Business Development


Margaret Sedensky

VP Program Development


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Lisa Councilman, MD



Brittany Clyne, MD

Cyril Engmann, MD

Thomas Ivester, MD

Frank James, MD

Virgil Manica, MD

Holly Muir, MD

Yemi Olufolabi, MD

Robin Sizemore

Can Unal, MD   

Kybele Merchandise


Kybele merchandise will be available during the 2011 Annual SOAP Conference in Lake Las Vegas.   

Stop by and see us.  


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Kybele is a 501(c)3 not for profit humanitarian organization dedicated to improving childbirth conditions worldwide through medical education partnerships.  Our organization brings US, Canadian, Australian and European healthcare professionals into host countries to work alongside doctors and nurses in their home environments. Our teams promote teaching and provide hands-on training in techniques that improve healthcare safety.   3524 Yadkinville Road #124 Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Special thanks to SOAP for their continued support of Kybele.