To connect the world's neediest to materials, people, and opportunities.
InterVol began in the late '80s when our founder, Dr. Ralph Pennino, saw firsthand while doing volunteer work in developing nations that what they most desperately needed were things he was throwing away every day at the hospital: unused medical supplies and functioning medical equipment. What started as a small collection of rescued items now fills two Rochester, NY, warehouses, totaling 20,000 square feet!
In addition to the recovery program, co-founder Dr. Timothy O’Connor, along with Dr. Pennino, recognized the local medical community's desire to do even more. Beginning with just a small group of doctors, nurses, and allied health personnel interested in volunteering, the concept evolved into our Volunteer Medical Professionals Program, which is active today in countries all over the world.
Board of Directors
Ralph Pennino, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Pennino earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame before receiving a medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School. He completed a Plastic Surgery Residency, followed by a Hand Fellowship, at the University of New Mexico, a General Surgery Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and an Aesthetic Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in New York City. Board certified in hand surgery, plastic surgery, and laser surgery, Dr. Pennino is Senior Vice President of the Rochester Regional Health Specialty Medical and Surgery Group, Chair of Surgery at Rochester Regional Health, and Chief of Surgical Services at Rochester General Hospital, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Timothy O’Connor, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. O'Connor earned his medical degree at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He completed a Plastic Surgery and General Surgery Residency at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. O’Connor has received training in head and neck surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Board certified in plastic surgery, general surgery, and hand surgery, Dr. O’Connor is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Currently, he is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Rochester General Hospital.
Cynthia Gordon, R.N., M.S.N.
Coordinator, Volunteer Medical Professionals Program
Cindy Gordon graduated from SUNY Delhi in 1971 with a degree in marketing and received her R.N. degree from SUNY Canton in 1976. After working as a clinical nurse for 27 years, she returned to complete her B.S.N. in 2005 from Roberts Wesleyan College, then went on to earn her M.S.N. in 2009 through Walden University. She is currently the Director of Telemedicine at Rochester General Hospital.
Nancy Bond, B.S.N.
Nancy Bond received her BSN from the University of Rochester in 1978. She worked at Rochester General Hospital as a nurse until 1993, and has since served as Vice President of Bond Financial Network. She is currently a member of the U of R George Eastman Circle, the co-chair of the U of R Rochester Philanthropy Council, and works with Water for South Sudan. Nancy has greatly enjoyed her time spent on mission trips to Belize with InterVol.
Amanda Burns, ESQ.
Amanda Burns attended University of Rochester where she received her B.A. in Political Science. She also received her J.D. from University at Buffalo Law School. Amanda is a partner at Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP where she counsels and represents corporations, institutions and individuals in business and commercial disputes, insurance recoveries and employment/discrimination matters. She further provides pro bono legal assistance to InterVol, as well as other organizations and individuals in the community, and serves on the board of Legal Assistance of Western New York (LawNY).
Paul Cabral, M.D.
Dr. Cabral earned his medical degree at Boston University. He completed Family Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology from the University of Rochester Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Cabral obtained board certifications in Hospice & Palliative Care, and Clinical Informatics. Currently, he is a Medical Director at Rochester Regional Health Center.
Ginny Clark received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in service leadership and innovation from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She joined Constellation Brands in January 1998 and has held various titles in the company. Today, she serves as Executive Director of The Sands Family Foundation. She has also managed a number of significant initiatives that have had a positive economic impact in our communities. Ginny has traveled with InterVol on mission trips to Haiti and is deeply involved in the Rochester community.
Mona Gandhi, Pharm.D.
Dr. Mona Gandhi is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice Administration and the director of the Drug Information Center at St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Pharmacy. In addition to her specialized training in medical information, she also serves as a consultant for women’s health issues including medication use during lactation and infertility therapies. Mona mentors doctoral candidates and post-doctoral trainees throughout the curriculum and within the pharmacy practice in Rochester. She is an advisor of the nationally recognized Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society. Mona is a highly engaged member of the non-profit Rochester community and is involved with United Way of Greater Rochester, Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Willow Domestic Violence Center and InterVol.
Marcie Hamilton attended Elmira College, where she received her Associates in Applied Science degree in Human Services and certification in Respiratory Therapy. For more than 15 years, Marcie provided respiratory care as a therapist in the respiratory and pulmonary field in Rochester, NY. Marcie is co-chair of the Victor-Farmington Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Basket Program, and has served in various advisory board roles with the Athletic Booster Club and PTSA at Victor Central Schools, and the Victor YMCA. She currently works at St. Patrick's Preschool in Victor.
Dan is a longtime supporter of InterVol thanks to his friendship with Dr. Ralph and Dr. Tim. He is an active volunteer with Rochester Regional Health where he currently serves as Chair of the Health Care Services Board overseeing Rochester General and Unity Hospitals and their affiliates. Dan is a founding member and Chair of the GRIPA Board. He is the President Emeritus of the Al Sigl Community of Agencies which he led for 29 years. Dan was Honorary Chair of Off the Vine in 2017, and his trip to Belize in March 2018 changed his life.
Jack O'Leary received his B.S. in Accounting from St. Joseph University. He worked for Burroughs Corporation for 25 years, the last 7 of which he was president of the company. In 1984, he founded and managed International Imagining Materials, Inc., (IIMAK) in Buffalo, New York, as well as serving as CEO. It rapidly grew and went public in 1993. In 1999, Jack retired, and since traveled frequently to Kenya, where he built hospitals, orphanages, and churches. Currently, he sits on the Board of the Diocese of Nakuru Special Mission Fund, a non-profit that provides aid to house and care for orphaned Kenyan children.
Peter Parts graduated with an Executive Master's in Business Administration in 1998 from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and sits on the Dean's Advisory Council at RIT's Saunders School of Business and the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester. He founded the “Sharpen Your Saw Day” event at RIT, and Peter is one of the Founders of the “Raise a Glass Foundation” and of the “Great American International Wine Competition”. Peter is currently President of Peter Parts Electronics.
Michael Szuromi attended Cornell University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He began his career with DGA Builders in 1985, coming from a national firm which specialized in concrete. He quickly established a reputation for honesty and integrity with each of his many clients and projects. Michael has been Chief Executive Officer of DGA Builders, LLC, since 2008.
Hugh Thomas, ESQ.
Hugh Thomas attended Johns Hopkins University, where he received a B.A. in Economics. He then went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Hugh is currently Chief Administration Officer of Rochester Regional Health, as well serving as Corporate Counsel and Executive Vice President since 2001.
Nicole Jones Senftleben
With more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector, Nicole Jones Senftleben oversees the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of InterVol, serving as Executive Director. She ensures that InterVol achieves its mission, meeting the expectations of its benefactors, volunteers and medical professionals. Establishing sustaining working relationships with community groups, political and community leaders comes as second nature, as she received her Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in Non-Profit Administration. Additionally, her experience on federal congressional campaigns has increased her ability to oversee funding sources, develop fund-raising plans and increase the overall endowment of InterVol.
Paul Borodin holds a Business Management Degree from Monroe Community College. He has thirty years of experience in the Safety & Security Division of Rochester General Hospital. Paul's extensive on-the-job training in bridging cultural gaps is an excellent fit for making and maintaining connections with other non-profits worldwide.
With more than three decades of experience as a registered nurse, Megan Amos works to support InterVol’s mission of growing equality in healthcare as our Sustainability Coordinator.
Megan oversees InterVol’s Recycling of Unused Medical Supplies (RUMS) program, extending the life-cycle of unused medical supplies generated from hospitals and clinical off-site locations throughout Western and Central New York. Megan works directly with volunteers, vendors and health system staff to develop new waste stream alternatives that include packing and shipping to benefit those InterVol serves locally and worldwide.
April Watkins, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC
April Watkins is currently a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Since 2011, April has been working with InterVol as our Haiti Nursing Director. She builds and manages volunteer coalitions out of Austin, TX for medical brigade trips through InterVol to Léogâne, Haiti. She has provided the medical assessment, triage, and treatment of over 700 Haitians in rural mobile clinics. April was also integral in coordinating the medical disaster response to Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. April also leads teams to Brazil and Honduras.
InterVol is a small organization with a big heart, and we depend entirely on the support of our incredible volunteers. Whether they come to sort every month, go on our medical mission trips, help out at events, or have helped out even once, we are beyond grateful for the support our volunteers have shown us year after year. With the help of our volunteers, we can continue promoting sustainable healthcare for every human, and saving lives, one community at a time.