Healing Hands

Our Team

  • Graham Woodward, MD - President, Medical Director
  • Melissa Baumgartner, RN - Secretary, Director of Nursing and Clinical Operations
  • Julie Bird, CPA - Treasurer, Mission Accountant
  • Claire Perkovich, RN - Director of Fundraising and Outreach
  • Lisa Carani, APN - Director of Fundraising and Outreach
  • Susanna Marones - Interpretation Services
  • Rachel Baumgartner - Director of Visual Communications, Web Designer
  • Father Abel Carbajal Calles, CMF - Pastor of St. Antonio of Padua, Guatemala
  • Zulma Chew - Parish Medical Coordinator
  • Hector Barrios Cleaves - Director of Guatemalan Logistics, Translation

Committee of Fundraising and Outreach

  • Claire Perkovich, RN
  • Lisa Carani, APN
  • Virginia Donis
  • Chris Perkovich


“It is only when we learn to cry with those who are suffering can we begin to understand and love them,” (Pope Francis). Jesus ministered to his people. He did not meet the people’s needs with statements of worldly compassion only stopping for a few moments to hand out money or material goods. Rather Christ took the time to listen and sympathize with those who were in need. Pope Francis calls us to action. In Evangeli Gaudium, Pope Francis calls us to respond to the gospel, to live it more fully and more deeply, to reach out to the poor and broken, to end injustice, and build peace. And to find JOY in it. In our long journey to and from Guatemala, we need help from many hands. These are the people and organizations we'd like to thank for all the ways they help us.

  • Allegra, Lisle
  • Baker Memorial Church - Women's Group
  • Blue Line Bar & Grill
  • Casciaro, Gregory and Kathleen
  • Central Dupage Hospital Medical Staff
  • Destinos Guate
  • Fox Valley Franciscans
  • Likwid Assets
  • Michael S. Scherer, DDS, MD
  • Rosary High School
  • Starbucks - South Elgin
  • St. Charles Moose Family Center 1368
  • St. Francis High School
  • St. John Neumann Parish
  • St. Michael's Catholic School
  • St. Patrick Catholic School
  • St. Patrick Parish
  • St. Patrick Parish - Peace and Justice Committee
  • St. Patrick Parish - Women at the Well
  • Wilson Travel & Cruise
  • Woodward, Charles and Karen
Healing Hands Mission is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.