While all flourishing organizations must acknowledge many people for their success, PHI was realized from the diligent efforts of Robbie Jackson & Rob Kistenberg. While Robbie Jackson was serving as the Mission Director for the Life Enhancement Association for People (L.E.A.P.) in 1995, she was called to Belize to see if LEAP could expand their clinical services. While there, she was introduced to Adrian Camara, a young man who needed bilateral above the knee prostheses as he was born without legs. Robbie, never one to turn down a challenge, contacted Rob Kistenberg through a mutual friend and together they embarked upon the adventure of providing artificial limbs in the developing nation of Belize.
The output from this relationship was the formation of Sonrie Ministries, Inc. (now PHI) in 2000, as well as the first and only prosthetic clinic in Belize, which was registered as a Belizean Charity in 2000, under the name Project Hope Belize (PHB). From the founding of these two separate but sister organizations, Robbie Jackson served as President and Rob Kistenberg served as Vice President and Clinical Director. Adrian Camara, the first prosthetic patient of PHB, was also one of its founders.
Robbie Jackson, after serving as president of both Sonrie Ministries and PHB for many years, moved from Texas to live her lifelong dream of residing in the Caribbean helping the less fortunate. She worked for many years with CURE International in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She now spends as many hours as possible doing the meringue, enjoying her work and reveling in the beauty that is the Dominican Republic.
Rob Kistenberg assumed the role of President of both PHB and Sonrie Ministries, Inc. after Robbie moved to the Dominican Republic. Rob facilitated the relocation of the company headquarters to Atlanta, Georgia as well as the organizational re-naming and branding to Prosthetic Hope International, Inc. in 2010. Rob is currently the Prosthetics Coordinator and Co-Director of the MSPO Program at the Georgia Institute of Atlanta. He served as Chair of the US national member society of ISPO from 2002 - 2012.
Adrian Camara has served in the role of Clinical Manager since we began providing prosthetic services in 1997 and now serves as Vice President for PHB. As such, he is responsible for the day to day operations of the clinic, evaluations for all clinical patients, on-going follow up for existing patients, facility enhancements and team co-ordination when a mission team is in country.