“Ordinary people can do extraordinary things” – Michael Josephson
Nina Yousefzedah, PharmD, BCPS
Founder and President
Dr. Nina Yousefzedah is the Founder and President of The Global Penicillingirl Project. She is an Emergency Department Pharmacist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Yousefzedah learned the value of international humanitarian work very early in her life as an Iranian immigrant. Throughout her career, she has had a special interest in Global Health and has volunteered for several medical missions in South and Central America. The Global Penicillingirl Project was born in 2011 from her passion to help underserved populations globally, and her belief that every individual has the right to live with dignity, basic healthcare and nutrition.
Dr. Yousefzedah received her Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John’s University in New York and completed her Residency in Pharmacy Practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
John L. Pfail, DDS
Dr. John Pfail is the Vice President of The Global Penicillingirl Project. He is The Chairman of Department of Dentistry and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He is a practicing dentist who trains residents at the hospital.
Dr. Pfail has been involved with training programs for many years. He has been active in underserved communities, providing dental care at low or no cost to the residents of the South Bronx and East Harlem. He has been involved in several mission trips to Jamaica, Mexico and Guatemala. Dr. Pfail was the past President of Splashes of Hope, a nonprofit organization involved with painting calming murals in hospitals all over the world. He has experience in fund raising, obtaining donated medical and dental supplies and equipment and in overseeing Medical and Dental missions.
Dr. Pfail received his Dental Degree from the New York University College of Dentistry and completed his hospital training at Mount Sinai.
Stephanie Sterling, MD, MPH
Dr. Stephanie Sterling is the Medical Director for The Global Penicillingirl Project. She also served as the lead Medical Mission Coordinator in 2014 and 2015. Dr. Sterling is an Infectious Disease physician in New York City where she practices both inpatient and outpatient clinical medicine. In addition to her work in Guatemala, Dr. Sterling has worked internationally in Ghana, Peru, and Ecuador. She is an active member of Physicians for Human Rights performing medical evaluations on individuals who survived torture. She also served as the chief medical advisor for Virtual Doctor, a telemedicine project in Zambia.
Dr. Sterling has been involved in GPGP since her first mission in 2012. Her dedication to serving the underserved was cultivated during her medical training at Jefferson Medical College where she had the privilege of leading a student-run organization that operated four free weekly medical clinics in Philadelphia. Dr. Sterling is proud of the work GPGP is able to accomplish and loves the opportunity to meet and work with people dedicated to providing medical and dental care to people who have limited access to basic health services.
Dr. Sterling moved to NYC after medical school where she completed training in Internal Medicine at Columbia University’s New York Presbyterian Hospital and then Infectious Disease fellowship at New York University. Her interest in continuing to focus on health disparities led her to complete a Master’s in Global Public Health at New York University.
Joseph Pantaleo, DDS
Dr. Pantaleo is the Dental Director for The Global Penicillingirl Project. In addition to his private dental practice, Dr. Pantaleo is the director of Dental Care at Trump Pavilion for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Jamaica Hospital in New York City. He is also an attending clinical instructor at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
He has been involved in GPGP since his first mission in 2013.
Dr. Pantaleo is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry. He received his undergraduate training at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY where he received a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Biology.
Bladimir Raúl Quijano Rondán, MD
Dr. Bladimir Quijano is the Mission Liaison for The Global Penicillingirl Project. He has been involved in GPGP since his first mission in 2012.
His desire to work with the underserved and in promoting health and prevention started at a young age when he saw how the sole regional doctor in his home in rural Peru helped the community unite to stem a cholera outbreak. He has traveled to Guatemala multiple times with GPGP and loves the opportunity to teach students and patients about health and nutrition as well as work within the community in preventive health.
Dr. Quijano is a physician from Peru currently working in Infection Prevention and Control at New York University. He completed his medical training at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia after which he worked in primary care and volunteered with the Lima Fire Department prior to moving to New York City.
Peter Kim, MBA
Mr. Peter Kim is the Treasurer for The Global Penicillingirl Project. He is a Technical Project Manager for INVISION INC, a provider of multi-platform advertising sales software and solutions in the media industry. For over 16 years he has worked in multiple IT functions, from helpdesk, systems and infrastructure to operations and project management.
Mr. Kim has been involved in GPGP since his first mission in 2014 working with the Optometry team and documenting day to day events. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from New York University and an MBA in Finance and Information/Communications Systems from Fordham University. Mr. Kim first gained insight into the nonprofit world as he worked on a business school capstone analyzing struggling organizations. After graduating, he took a course on nonprofit leadership at Fordham with aspirations to serve in the sector.
Suzanna Gim, PharmD, MPH
Dr. Suzanna Gim is the Pharmacy Directory for The Global Penicillingirl Project. She is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus. She has been inspiring hopeful future pharmacists of America since 2005 while supervising the Drug Information Center at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center.
Dr. Gim has contributed to GPGP since 2011 as an active participant on mission trips and precepting pharmacy students receiving elective credit for the experience. She has also taken students abroad to other resource poor locations such as Sierra Leone, West Africa, Haiti and Guyana.
Dr. Gim received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from New York University, contributed to medical research at Columbia University and contributed to cancer research at the University of Maryland, where she received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Afterwards, she completed a post-graduate residency specializing in drug information at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Gim has a strong interest in improving the health of underserved populations locally and abroad, which led to a Master’s degree in Global Public Health at New York University.
Ian Maloney, M.Ed.
Mr. Ian Maloney is the secretary of The Global Penicillingirl Project. He is the Editor in Chief for Genre Latino Magazine and a writer for Hotspots Media Group.
Mr. Maloney taught Spanish for 13 years before becoming a writer. He has a passion for the Spanish language and loves traveling and giving back to the Hispanic community. He has been working with GPGP since his first mission in 2013.
Mr. Maloney received his B.A. in Spanish Education from the University of Delaware and his M.Ed. in Applied Technology in Education from Wilmington University.
Rami Ahmadi, MD, MPH
Dr. Rami Ahmadi serves as a board member of The Global Penicillingirl Project. She has been involved with the organization since 2011. She is a community pediatrician who lives and practices in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Ahmadi worked at a national agricultural training center in Kenya for several years before returning to NYC, where she became the horticultural director of the city’s community gardening program. Through this work, she became interested in urban agriculture, and developed and carried out a two-year training project with urban growers in Havana, Cuba. Following this experience, Rami turned from agriculture to health care as a way to work with underserved populations. She has worked on health care projects in the Dominican Republic, India, Honduras and Haiti.
After Dr. Ahmadi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Third World Development Studies from Columbia University, she went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Agricultural Development at the University of California at Davis. She returned to Columbia University to attend the Mailman School of Public Health, and received a medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. She pursued residency in pediatrics at Miami Children’s Hospital.
Cindy Scully, MBA
Ms. Cindy Scully serves as a board member of The Global Penicillingirl Project. She is an account executive at Gadge USA, a premier packaging, logistics and distribution company with an emphasis on deforestation and on carbon footprint.
Ms. Scully’s passion for growth and development in business and social responsibility attracted her to join the board of GPGP. Nutrition and a healthy lifestyle have been an integral part of her life which led to the completion of multiple marathons. Privileged to experience these opportunities, Cindy is honored to be part of a non-profit organization that is focused on helping the less fortunate around the world.
Ms. Scully’s dedication to higher learning includes current studies at Integrative Nutrition at PACE University, holds an MBA, and graduate classes at Stanford University.
Ms. Erica Gragg serves as a board member of The Global Penicillingirl Project. She owns and curates Escape To Shape, a traveling spa providing unique vacations in exotic locations around the world combining luxury, fitness, cuisine & connections to discerning travelers.
Previously, Ms. Gragg was a Public Relations & Special Events Executive at LVMH in New York City, where she produced strategic marketing events worldwide for Moet & Chandon and Dom Perignon. Largely influenced by her experience with September 11th she decided to back her bags and head south to Tulum, Mexico, where she co-created the acclaimed fitness program, Bikini Boot Camp. She co-authored a book of the same title (Random House, 2007) and appeared on The Today Show along with numerous local morning shows throughout the country. In 2007 she decided to expand her vision and explore the world, subsequently selling Bikini Boot Camp in 2009 to focus on her travel, wellness and lifestyle brand, Escape To Shape. Ms. Gragg believes in a sophisticated yet down to earth way of living- blending traveling, local flavors, experiences and entertaining with balance & wellness.
Director of Education & Training
Mr. Alan Briones is the Director of Education and Training of The Global Penicillingirl Project. He has been working with the Global Penicillingirl Project since his first mission in 2013.