Heavy Equipment Operators
Medic Corps is a Christian U.S. based non-governmental organization that deploys our cross-trained volunteers to provide humanitarian aid, medical assistance, and rescue services to disaster areas.
Medic Corp’s mission is to provide rapid response and critical aid to where it is most needed. Our teams on the ground seek to find the areas that are being neglected to fill in the gaps.
In our response across the globe, we give assistance to all in need, without discriminating religion, race, age, faction or politics.
HISTORY OF MEDIC CORPS
Medic Corps started as a disaster response team and medical support to the devastating Typhoon Yolanda that hit the Phillipines in 2013. Typhoon Yolanda helped us understand the urgent need for significant emergency medical care and everyday emergency response systems during times of catastrophic disaster.
Medic Corps has a team of cross-trained pilots, and in 2017 we began deploying aircrafts along with our diversely trained responders, to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These events proved aviation to be one of our key assets for search, rescue, and transportation.
In March 2018, we began a partnership with BRTTH (BICOL Regional Training & Teaching Hospital) in the Philippines along with the regional governments. This ongoing project began work to develop the Phillipines first advanced 911 system and emergency trauma center modeled after the United States. This is a pilot program to be duplicated throughout developing countries around the world.
Since its start in 2013, Medic Corps has responded to emergencies in the U.S. including domestic tornadoes, Hurricane Ian, Hurricane Laura, and Hurricane Ida. Our global response includes the catastrophic Haiti earthquake in 2021 and our ongoing relief efforts currently focused in Ukraine and Turkey.
Dr. E. Elias Gollapalli, DO
Medical Director for Medic Corps
Dr. Esli Elias Gollapalli D.O. is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He trained in Emergency Medicine at Oakwood/Beaumont Health Systems in Trenton/Dearborn in Michigan.
Dr. Gollapalli has been practicing since 2011 in the Lansing, Michigan area. He is on staff at Sparrow Hospital which is a Level 1 Trauma Center. He is also part of the Michigan State University Emergency Residency Program. He works at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he participates in training residents in the Western Michigan Emergency Residency Program. He is also on staff at Eaton Rapids Medical Center in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Gollapalli is licensed in 9 states which has allowed him to work in many health systems across the US. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and passionate about medical missions.
Dr. Gollapalli resides in Holt, Michigan with his wife Rosie and their 3 children. During his spare time he enjoys traveling, reading, sports and cheers on his Michigan State University Spartans.
Director of Operations
Nathan is the Medic Corps Chief of Operations. He is a commercial fixed wing and helicopter pilot, a certified flight instructor, SCUBA Diver and a rescue specialist. Nathan has served in emergency services as a first responder, firefighter and a law enforcement officer. He currently resides in Tennessee where he enjoys water sports and recruiting more heroes to join the team.
Director of Business
John began serving in emergency service as a Fireman and Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) with the Fire Department. After responding to international crisis has since furthered his training as a rescue specialist, commercial pilot, certified flight instructor and Law Enforcement Officer. He is also the CEO of Natural State Environmental Services. John resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife Abbie and their amazing little girl Gracie.
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Crystal Hlaing, M.D., graduated from Texas A&M College of Medicine in 2011. She completed residency in Internal Medicine in Dallas, Texas, and is board certified. She works as a hospitalist at Baylor University Medical Center, a large tertiary care hospital. She is also an adjunct clinical professor with Texas A&M COM and enjoys teaching and training medical students and internal medicine residents.
Crystal came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at age 7. She felt called to medical missions while in college. Crystal’s passions now include: cross-cultural ministry, serving those around her, continued learning of medicine, exercise, and uplifting music.
Dr. Olga Dewald, MD
Emergency Department Director of Training and Ultrasound
Dr. Olga Dewald, MD, graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, in 2014. In 2017 she completed her three-year residency training in emergency medicine at Detroit Medical Center Sinai-Grace Hospital, a busy urban Level I Trauma Center. Dr. Dewald received her American Board of Emergency Medicine certification in 2018. Currently, she is practicing medicine at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. She is an associate ultrasound program director and is involved in ultrasound training and education for hospital staff, residents, and medical students. Dr. Dewald lives in Brighton, Michigan, with her husband, Mark Fishwick. They have four young adult children: three of whom are pursuing their interest in medicine and one is studying computer engineering. Dr. Dewald and her family are interested in global health, medical missions, and community-based outreach programs.
Rev. Ulysses Fundano
Philippines Coordinator / Chaplaincy Director
Rev. Fundano began his career as a licensed engineer and an instructor at the BICOL University. About 12 years ago he recieved the call into pastoral ministry and has been passionately serving with MEDIC Corps since 2018. He is our national coordinator and leader of our Chaplaincy program in the BICOL region of the Philippines. His vision is to give people the love and hope of Jesus, especially during times of crisis. He is a crutial support to families helping them from the point of emergency through the recovery process connecting them with churches in their local area.
Chief Financial Officer
Jimmy is a licensed CPA, former controller for Tyson Foods and former CFO for Cobb-Vantress, Inc, he has been serving with MEDIC since 2018. As a graduate of the University of Arkansas he has been serving businesses and organizations with financial services for over 30 years.