Meet the HRD Corps team

– Berndt P Schmit, MD MBOE

Berndt has been a practicing radiologist for 20 years with broad experience in private practice, academia and teleradiology. His medical training included 2 years of Emergency Medicine before completing his Diagnostic Radiology residency. He also finished a one year fellowship in Musculoskeletal radiology. He is currently working as full time faculty in the Chest radiology section at the University of Arizona. He also completed a Masters degree in Lean Healthcare management with expertise in process engineering, efficiency design and error proofing. Berndt is passionate about empowerment and engagement because he believes this is the critical cultural element for organizational success.

Berndt originally became involved in global health as a medical student and worked for a summer in a public hospital in the rural highlands of Guatemala. His global health radiology projects have been in Haiti, Nicaragua, Guyana and Bolivia. These projects include needs assessment, program development, equipment procurement and implementation, training, engineering and repair support, and PACS installation. He is also a member of the American Society of Emergency Radiology and has begun an initiative to build a Global Disaster Teleradiology service within the ASER.

Berndt decided to start HRD Corps because he wanted to create a nimble organization that could bring sustainable improvement to healthcare in the developing world by addressing the full value stream of medical imaging. Our approach is client focused and we pride ourselves on listening first so we can orient our project goals around their needs.

Berndt is a pilot, photographer and classical pianist. His wife is an academic Oncologist and they are blessed with 3 wonderful children.

— Andrew Tyan, MD

Andrew Tyan is originally from Texas and is currently completing his neuroradiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Following completion of his fellowship he will start practicing neuroradiology in Minneapolis – St Paul, Minnesota. In his free time he enjoys bicycling.

– Rebecca Doherty, ARDMS

Rebecca has been an ultrasound technologist for 21 years and is currently employed at a high-volume radiology clinic, with previous experience in university hospitals as an instructor. She obtained her radiology degree from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and continued her education at the University of Kansas Medical Center ultrasound program. Working and instructing in large facilities with great equipment and small facilities with older equipment has given her a well-rounded understanding of needs and possibilities.

She has been involved in medical mission work for the past 4 years. After many years of searching for a radiology medical mission group, she found a local organization in Kansas that travels to the Lake Atitlan area of Guatemala. During her time there, she helped instruct the midwife on how to perform OB/GYN ultrasound exams and also perform general exams. The equipment ranged from a barely useable 1980’s machine to a 2014 refurbished machine with Spanish only text. She has travelled to Haiti 3 times with another radiology organization to help instruct radiologists and urologists on how to perform a variety of ultrasound examinations ranging from OB/GYN, Vascular and Musculoskeletal. Building relationships between the country of need participating members and technologists, in order to advance radiologic information and technology for a healthy future, is very rewarding for Rebecca. She is dedicated to help the under resourced areas begin to feel the dignity and reap the benefits of having quality equipment/education and healthcare.

Rebecca feels so privileged to be able to merge her top two favorite hobbies, which are ultrasound and travelling. She also enjoys photography, cooking, and experiencing new cultures. Her goal is to learn French and Creole.

Rebecca lives in Kansas with her husband and two adorable cats. Another goal is to find a way to incorporate her husband’s construction knowledge and abilities into international radiology outreach projects.

– Natasha Monchil,  R.T(R) A.R.R.T,
BS Radiology Technologist Education Director/Logistics Coordinator

Licensed and registered radiologic technologist with over 22 years of experience with 13 years specializing in pediatric imaging. Certified in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Experience of 4 years in global health imaging education and training. Clinical Specialist in Interventional Pain Management for Halyard Health. Trained and obtained R.T from Grady Memorial Hospital School of Radiologic Technologist. Currently obtaining Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Management at Clayton State University.

Natash is  multi-lingual in English, French and Haitian Creole and enjoy traveling which has allowed her to fulfill her passion in making a positive and much needed impact in global health imaging.

– Michelle Hershman, MD

Michelle Hershman is from Miami, FL and graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. She completed internship at Yale University Medical Center and residency at the University of Arizona Medical Center. She is receiving her cardiothoracic fellowship training at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania with anticipated graduation in 2019.

Michelle is a SCUBA diver, a pilot, and an animal lover.

– Shea Jones, R.T. (A.R.R.T.) (R) (M) (BD)

Shea is a licensed Radiological Technologist that is also registered in Mammography and Bone Densitometry. Shea has 10 years experience as a Mammographer/Technologist and has recently accepted the position of Clinical Coordinator for students from a local X-Ray Program. Shea performs imaging in a variety of areas in the hospital including Fluoroscopy, Surgery, Emergency Room, Acute Care, and Out Patient services. Before entering the X-Ray world, Shea was an Emergency Room Technician for 6 years. Shea is a native of North Idaho and although she enjoys all four seasons, summer is her favorite! Shea enjoys many outdoor activities including gardening, biking, hiking, and kayaking. Shea is happy to be a member of the HRDcorps team and is excited to spend time with others that share the same desire to help deliver quality care to those in need.

– Whitney Pearson, RDMS,RDCS

Whitney Pearson has been a diagnostic medical sonographer for 9 years. She is the lead sonographer for the Hospital where she works and enjoys being the clinical coordinator for the sonography students from a nearby Ultrasound program. She works closely with radiologists and other sonographers to provide quality care to the community.  Her drive to become a sonographer started with her love of people, teaching and the aspirations for medical mission work.

Whitney lives in Sandpoint Idaho where the mountains and lake are right out her back door.  She is a traveling enthusiast and has ridden road bikes in Spain, learned to surf in El Salvador, and explored many other countries around the world. She is excited to be apart of HRD Corp and work with other medical professionals who have the same passion as she does to bring medical services to under developed countries and improve overall global healthcare.

– Oscar R. Del Barco  B.S.

Oscar R. Del Barco received his B.S. in Radiologic Technology from The Ohio State University, his Certificate in Ultrasound from Maryland Institute of Ultrasound Technology now knows as University of Maryland Baltimore County Training Centers Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, and his M.S. in Health Care Administration from University of Maryland University College. He is an RVT and an RDMS in Abdomen and OB/GYN with 29 years of clinical practice experience, including managerial responsibilities. He currently works at University of Maryland Medical Center where he has had the opportunity to work alongside great sonologists who have mentored him. He has extensive experience as a clinical and didactic instructor to Ultrasound students and Radiology residents. Mr. Del Barco has several publications in journal articles and a chapter in a clinical sonography textbook and more recently the book Diagnostic Ultrasound for Sonographers. He has been an active member of the Maryland Ultrasound Society (MDUS) and its Vice President since 2010. He is bilingual English/Spanish.

- Elikem Gbeddy, MD

Dr. Gbeddy completed medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA and then a year of internship at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania. Subsequent to pursuing a medical degree, he worked as research chemist at Merck and Co Inc where he gained valuable experience in the FDA regulatory environment.

Dr. Gbeddy went on to  complete his radiology residency at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey and a body fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  He currently works at Virtual Radiologic Inc (VRAD) and Veterans Affair Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC with over 10 years of professional career experience in both diagnostic and interventional radiology. Dr. Gbeddy has a passion to volunteer and serve in underserved and poor communities and bring radiology services to people in Ghana and Africa.


- Melody Hershman

Melody Hershman is a junior at Florida International University, majoring in biological sciences and minoring in chemistry. She currently works in an insect neurobiology lab studying vision degradation in fruit flies and is pursuing a career in medicine and research. She takes an interest in ocular immunology and cancer biology. She is a Global Medallion student and a Quantifying Biology In the Classroom (QBIC) Scholar at her university. Melody spends her free time hiking, camping, and playing all kinds of recreational sports.