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Dr. Adam Beckett

Founder/Board President

After completing his undergraduate education in 1995, Adam joined the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, ultimately completing his service having attained the title of Rifle Platoon Commander. Afterwards, from 1999 to 2003, he went to medical school with the goal of becoming a doctor that specializes in emergency medicine. After graduating, when not practicing emergency medicine in the United States, he enjoyed engaging in volunteer work abroad. During one of these ventures, volunteering amidst the 2010 disaster in Haiti, Adam saw the need for a centralized network that could more strongly unite people engaged in this type of work. Equipped with military experience and a skill set in medicine, he set out to create Global First Responders (GFR) while continuing to provide health education and community development. GFR officially became a nonprofit organization in 2015. Years later, its goal remains the same: to recruit and build teams for international relief work, as well as serve as a centralized global network for agencies and individuals involved in the same. Adam enjoys the work he does and appreciates the people he has had the opportunity to work in partnership with or in service to.

Rick Baker

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Critical Care/Flight Paramedic

Board Secretary / Director of Clinical Operations

Rick has volunteered on international medical missions since 2010. In addition to medical care, Rick also teaches advanced level medical classes to the local staff of the countries he volunteers in.

Matt Ford

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Board- Director of Community Development

Owner of Handy Matt, LLC. Matt has been on several mission trips with GFR, where he helps rebuild existing infrastructure, as well as build new structures, such as shelves to house medicines and medical equipment, and constructs play areas for the local children.

Chuck Graham

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Treasurer/Director of Public Relations

Associate Director of the Great Plains ADA Center (University of Missouri). Chuck served for eight years in the Missouri House of Representatives and was Assistant Minority Floor Leader for four years in the Missouri Senate.

J.D. Calvin

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Board Director of Business Development

J.D. has volunteered in Haiti and has pledged at least one mission per year. He enjoys helping with building projects, distribution of supplies, and what ever else the mission calls for. When he’s not on missions, he’s passionate about fundraising and helping GFR grow.

Judy Baker

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Board Member

Judy has devoted more than 25 years to managing health care organizations and effecting public policy to assure access of quality health care to underserved people. As Regional Director for the Department of Health and Human Services, Judy helped to coordinate the disaster response in Joplin after the devastating tornado, among other duties in the region. She has also served as State Representative, an executive, a consultant, and a adjunct professor over her career. She has served on numerous boards and commissions and is currently on the Community Advisory Council of the Missouri Foundation for Health. She is married and a mother to three wonderful children.

Sandra Beldor

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Board Member

Sandra is a native of Gonaives, Haiti, and has lived in Columbia, Missouri, since 1992. Sandra is a nurse at Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She volunteers as a nurse and team leader and organizes teams of medical and non-medical volunteers for mission trips at a rural hospital 2-3 times a year in her homeland of Haiti. Sandra’s goal is to help make basic healthcare accessible to all Haitians.

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