BethanyKids Management Staff

Malcolm Robinson

Executive Director

Malcolm was appointed Executive Director on June 11, 2016.  He has had a long history with BethanyKids serving in many capacities.  Malcolm was appointed to the BethanyKids Board of Directors in September 2006 and was hired as Director of Finance & Administration in March 2010.  Prior to early retirement in 2006, Malcolm served as a Salvation Army Officer (clergy) for 28 years in the Canada & Bermuda Territory of The Salvation Army. His final appointment with The Salvation Army was as Divisional Commander for the Greater Toronto Area (2003-2006), overseeing all Salvation Army services in that region, including 30 congregations and a multiplicity of residential and non-residential social services.   Malcolm served previously in a similar capacity in the province of Alberta (2001-2003), with the North-West Territories and the newly-formed territory of Nunavut as part of his jurisdiction.

For almost 13 years Malcolm worked in Salvation Army hospitals in Canada, serving as CEO of The Captain William Jackman Memorial Hospital in Labrador City, Newfoundland & Labrador (1989-1992) and of The Salvation Army Grace Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario (1992-1999). For a brief period of 19 months Malcolm served at The Salvation Army International Headquarters in London, England. During his 28 years with The Salvation Army, Malcolm had opportunity to visit Salvation Army centres in India, Tanzania, Kenya, Singapore, France and Australia.

Malcolm received a Community Service Award from the Ontario Medical Association in May 2000 “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of the people of Ottawa.”  Now living in Brockville, Ontario (Canada), Malcolm serves on the Board of Directors for Community & Primary Health Care in Brockville. He earned a Bachelor of Mathematics & Computer Science degree from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) in 1973 and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada) in 1989. He was ordained by The Salvation Army in 1978.

Malcolm is married to Barbara who is an ordained Anglican Priest. They have three adult children.

Dr. Dan Poenaru

Clinical Director

Dan is a pediatric surgeon working part-time with BethanyKids Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Following medical school studies in Toronto, Canada, he trained in general surgery at McGill University, then in pediatric surgery at the Universite de Montreal. He has also earned a Masters in Health Professions Education through the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has practiced academic surgery for 10 years in Kingston, Canada, and since 2003 has been in clinical and academic practice in Africa.

His current roles include clinical director of BethanyKids, consultant pediatric surgeon at MyungSung Medical Center (MCM), and academic dean of MyungSung Medical College. His areas of interest are chronic surgical disabilities in African children, the nature and provision of pediatric surgery in developing countries, faith issues in clinical practice, as well as surgical education.

Dan is married to Dita who is a nursing clinician and educator, and the Poenarus have two adult sons.

Justus Mwiti Marete

Director for Africa

Justus joined BethanyKids at the beginning of 2011 as Director for Africa.  He is responsible for all BethanyKids non-clinical activity in Africa. Before working for BethanyKids, Justus served as Executive Director of AIC Kijabe Hospital for eight years. Prior to his work at Kijabe Hospital he served at Kenyatta National Hospital, leaving at the end of 2002 in the position of Deputy Director of Administrative Services. He also served in the Ministry of Health as a hospital administrator in a number of hospitals in Kenya and as a management trainer of health management teams.

Justus is a member of Haggai Institute of Advanced Leadership Training and serves on the Executive Committee of its Kenya Chapter.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi (Economics & Sociology) in 1987 and a Master of Public Health from Boston University, in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1992. He is married to Christine and they are blessed with 3 children.

David Ng’ang’a

Director of Programs in Kenya

David began working for BethanyKids in 2005 as the Executive Administrative Assistant for BethanyKids at AIC Kijabe Hospital. In March 2009 he was appointed BethanyKids Africa Administrator. David completed his Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a double major in Business Administration & Management and Accounting at Daystar University in 2004. Since 2007 he has been working on his MBA in Strategic Management from Daystar University. David is married to Ruth and they have one baby daughter.

Teresa (Terri) Davis

Executive Assistant

Terri began her position as BethanyKids Executive Assistant on July 1, 2009. Terri has a deep compassion for hurting, neglected, abandoned, and oft times ignored children. Her heart is burdened for children who simply need someone to show an interest in their lives and express to them that they are treasured. From 1986 to 1993, she and her late husband, Donald, cared for and nurtured 23 children with special needs in their home.  In 1991, Donald and Terri received the “Foster Parents of the Year” award in South Carolina. She thanks the Lord for the opportunity to serve Him through the ministry of BethanyKids.
 Terri is thankful for her 3 adult daughters and 3 loving sons-in-law, and she has 9 grandchildren whom she cherishes.