Board of Directors and Officers:
SHANNON FERNANDO-RUBERA, RN, BS, MSN-FNP-c | Founder and President, Alabaster Mobile Clinic
Shannon Fernando is a California board-certified family nurse practitioner who has devoted her career in advanced practice nursing to increase access to healthcare in impoverished nations, specifically in Africa and South Asia. As Founder and President of Alabaster Mobile Clinic, Shannon partners with medical professionals and volunteers globally not only to deliver healthcare through mobile clinics to severely underserved populations, but also to battle poverty, injustice, and violence in these areas. Shannon envisions holistic care for all. Through varied speaking engagements, she has sparked discussions in the global healthcare community around the belief that physical and emotional health paired with spiritual care can create empowered and dynamic communities. In addition to her work with Alabaster, Shannon currently works at the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers, providing primary care for the underserved in Los Angeles, and as adjunct faculty at Azusa Pacific University, School of Nursing. She also previously served the Los Angeles homeless population through the St. Vincent Cardinal Manning Center as an AmeriCorps scholar. An active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Fernando holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and Azusa Pacific University. Shannon has lived in and visited over 27 countries, and has conducted humanitarian and medical trips to Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Haiti, Mexico, and Kenya.
LEELA BRAGANZA, CPA| Treasurer, Alabaster Mobile Clinic
Leela Braganza is a CPA and has practiced accounting for over 20 years. She has been involved as a bookkeeper with Alabaster since 2015 and transitioned to treasurer in 2018. Leela has appreciated using her talents with numbers to serve such an extraordinary organization. Her background in non-profit audits provides a foundation to assist Alabaster with its 990 tax preparation and non-profit accounting guideline practices. Leela holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Vanguard University of Southern California and is a CPA both in California and Washington. She currently lives in Washington with her husband and daughter. She has a bookkeeping business for over 3 years and works also at a tax firm doing individual, corporate and non-profit taxes. She enjoys playing her guitar and spending time with her 5 year-old daughter.
RINI GEORGE, MA| Secretary, Alabaster Mobile Clinic
” I believe that supernatural love in action revolutionizes the world.” – Rini George
Advocating for vulnerable populations in the areas of community development, poverty alleviation, human rights and social welfare, Rini is an avid volunteer of 17 years. For over a decade, Rini has professionally engaged in enhancing the capabilities of civil service organizations and small businesses, to effectively achieve their goals. Holding a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA, and a M.A in SID, Social Policy & Management from Brandeis University’s Heller School, Rini currently oversees the Business Development department at 5 Fold Marketing Company, a vibrant, socially-conscious business and key partner to Alabaster Mobile Clinic. Here, Rini engages in project management, organizational development and strategic planning. As an international development practitioner, Rini collaborates in the capacity building of Alabaster Mobile Clinic to implement sustainable health care programs, globally.
CONNIE-MARIE LAPADAT, RN, BScN, OBSCE, MSN-FNP (Hon.)| Board Member, Alabaster Mobile Clinic
Connie-Marie Lapadat is a practicing family nurse practitioner with Neighborhood Health Care in El Cajon, CA and is an Assistant Professor at Azusa Pacific University, San Diego. Prior to her faculty position in California, Connie-Marie worked for the Fraser Health Authority at the New Canadian Clinic, where she provided care for the refugee and new immigrant families living in Burnaby, British Columbia. Lapadat started the first nurse practitioner led clinic for refugees in that region. Connie-Marie is a graduate of the first University of British Columbia MSN-FNP class and has worked as a nurse educator and practitioner, both in Canada and internationally in Latin America and Africa. Her love of nursing has taken her to the Arctic Circle and the rural villages of Africa, Mexico, and Panama to work as a nurse practitioner, educator, assistant nursing school administrator, and consultant, where she set up HIV and child health projects and clinics. Lapadat holds certificates in tropical medicine, palliative care, primary health care in developing countries, obstetrical nursing, ophthalmology, and HIV obtained in London, Zambia, United States, and Canada.
VEENA FENN, RN, BSN, MS| Board Member, Alabaster Mobile Clinic
Veena Fenn is a registered nurse and has practiced nursing in various areas of adult critical care throughout the U.S. Veena has been involved with Alabaster Mobile Clinic since 2012 and has traveled to Kenya with its teams for the past two years. Veena has always had a heart to bring quality medical care to the underserved in Africa and is committed to this cause through her role as one of Alabaster’s board members. Fenn holds a Bachelor’s in Nursing from New York University and a Master’s in Science from Dartmouth College. Veena has a deep heart for Kenya and its people and enjoys providing quality nursing care to her patients, and also training lay providers and fellow team members on key areas of health and preventative medicine. Veena is a proud aunt of a two-year old and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
BETSY STEWART, BA | Board Member, Alabaster Mobile Clinic
Betsy Stewart is a professional writer with a strong background in nonprofit work, medical science and healthcare. Currently, she writes fundraising collateral to promote giving at a large cancer research hospital in Southern California. With an interest in the connections between healthcare, disparities and justice, she joined Alabaster’s Kenya team in 2014 to learn more about their work, and write about it. And then she kept going back. She is interested in growing Alabaster’s funding base, as well as visioning for holistic programming to complement Alabaster’s strong medical work and nonprofit partnerships in Kenya. A native of the Philadelphia area, Betsy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She has been involved in short term justice-oriented work in New York City, Lancaster (PA) Pasadena (CA) and Manila. Other passions include creative writing, running and hiking, live music and really good coffee. Read some of her reflections on Kenya on her blog: www.revisionsblog.blogspot.com.
Alabaster Mobile Clinic would like to thank those who have contributed to the development of this website:
- Eugenia Leigh
- Katrina Rennells
- Tina Babajanians
- Stephanie West
- Bijo George with 5 Fold Marketing