Meet the Team

At Home And Afar was founded by three women who are extremely passionate about using their skills and resources to better the lives of others. Dr. Patricia Ruze, Nancy Todd (RN), and Jo Anne McLaughlin have welcomed a variety of medical care professionals, students, teachers, and other volunteers on each and every trip. Our Board of Directors and Advisors are composed of people from all different professional backgrounds – meet them below!

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors has been recognized and received the highest honor awarded for Humanitarians of The Year for their exemplary volunteer service to others, by Massachusetts Governors Charlie Baker & Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Undersecretaries of the Massachusetts Office of Public Safety.

Jo Anne McLaughlin

Director & President

Stephen Jenkins, MD

Director & Vice-President

Brenda Curry-McKeon, NP

Director & Secretary

Tom Jenkins

Director & Treasurer

Kathy Waugh

Director at Large

Advisors to the Board

Geneva McLaughlin

Patricia Ruze, MD

Nicky Chapman

Jeff Lord

Lucia Jenkins