The BIPAI staff includes some of the world’s best-known experts in the care and treatment of HIV-infected and –affected children and families in resource-limited settings.
Mark W. Kline, M.D.
Mark W. Kline, M.D., is president and founder of BIPAI. As president of BIPAI, Dr. Kline oversees the establishment of an ambitious program that encompasses HIV/AIDS care and treatment and health professional education and training programs in 11 African countries, as well as Mexico and Romania. BIPAI now provides HIV/AIDS care and treatment to more children than any other organization worldwide. He also serves as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and physician-in-chief of Texas Children’s Hospital.
Previously, Dr. Kline served as head of retrovirology in the department of pediatrics and chief of Texas Children’s Hospital's retrovirology service. He received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in biology from Trinity University and his medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, having served as chief resident. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Baylor and Texas Children’s.
Michael B. Mizwa
Michael B. Mizwa is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital. Mr. Mizwa has over 26 years experience in non-profit HIV/AIDS prevention and social services and extensive experience globally in pediatric HIV/AIDS program development, administration and management, human resources development and government relations. Mr. Mizwa is the Board of Directors Chairman of BIPAI NGOs in Swaziland, Malawi and Uganda and Board Vice Chairman of BIPAI NGOs in Romania, Botswana, Lesotho and Tanzania. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Mizwa oversees the BIPAI Network operations, which has an aggregate annual budget of $42 million. Mr. Mizwa has received numerous local, state, and national awards in HIV prevention and leadership, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's Price Fellowship in HIV Prevention Leadership for developing the first HIV/AIDS offender education training-of-trainers program throughout the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Prior to joining BIPAI in 2004, Mr. Mizwa spent over 17 years with AIDS Foundation Houston, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, where he served as Outreach Coordinator, Director of Education, Vice President-Community Affairs and ultimately Chief Executive Officer. In partnership with AIDS Foundation Houston, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, Mr. Mizwa and Dr. Mark Kline founded Camp Hope in 1996, one of the country’s first and largest recreational summer camps for children living with HIV/AIDS and the camp still thrives to this day in Texas, Botswana, lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Romania. Additionally, AIDS Foundation Houston and BIPAI, under Dr. Kline and Mr. Mizwa’s leadership, teamed up to raise funds and build two Habitat for Humanity Houston homes specifically designated for families living with HIV/AIDS, at the time (2000), the first of their kind in the world.
Nancy R. Calles, M.S., C.P.N.P., M.P.H.
Ms. Nancy Calles serves as BIPAI's senior vice president for international program development and assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She is experienced in pediatric AIDS clinical care, education and research, and has been essential in the development and building of the BIPAI centers of excellence, beginning with the establishment of BIPAI's first clinic in Romania in April 2001. She has coordinated and participated in local and international training programs in several countries including China, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine and the U.S.
She is the 2005 recipient of the National Nursing Excellence Award for Teaching and in 2010 was named a Top 25 Women of Houston. [link in a new window to http://www.bcm.edu/bcmfamily/2010/nov/2.html ] Ms. Calles is an active member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and serves as the bylaws committee chair of the HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification board of directors. Ms. Calles holds master degrees in nursing and public health, and a pediatric nurse practitioner degree from the University of Texas. She is also an AIDS certified registered nurse.
Gordon E. Schutze, M.D.
Dr. Gordon E. Schutze serves as BIPAI vice president for international medical services, vice chairman for educational affairs for Baylor College of Medicine department of pediatrics and is professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
Previously, Dr. Schutze was professor of pediatrics and pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences working at Arkansas Children's Hospital. A graduate of St. Mary's University, Dr. Schutze earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University and completed a pediatric residency and a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.
He is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and serves as an editor for the Pediatrics Review and Educational Program (PREP) Infectious Diseases Advisory Board and an associate editor for Pediatrics, the official journal of the AAP. His special interests in medicine have been bacterial and tick associated diseases, pediatric global health and the teaching of pediatrics.
Susan Gillespie, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Gillespie serves as BIPAI's chief medical officer and is an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. Since joining BIPAI, Dr. Gillespie has worked in Zambia, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya and most recently served as the director of medical services in Tanzania where two BIPAI clinical centers of excellence are located.
Dr. Gillespie also provides pediatric primary care at San Jose Clinic, a clinic for high quality, comprehensive medical care to uninsured adults and children in the Houston area. Her interests include medical education, adolescent and youth HIV/AIDS and care for underserved populations.
A graduate of Northwestern University, she completed her medical and graduate school training through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her pediatric residency training at Washington University, St. Louis Children's Hospital. Prior to joining BIPAI, Dr. Gillespie served as clerkship director in the Department of Pediatrics at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
Bridgette C. Naik, CPA
Bridgette Naik serves as BIPAI chief financial officer, as well as the business planning manager for the retrovirology section at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. She earned her master in professional accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, Bridgette served as an auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP. Her clients included several health care providers.
BIPAI Staff & Trainees
Saeed Ahmed, M.D.
Dr. Saeed Ahmed works in the retrovirology department at Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, and continues his involvement with BIPAI - Malawi. Dr. Ahmed was a member of the 2006 Pediatric AIDS Corps, serving in Malawi from 2006- 2010.
While in Malawi, Dr. Ahmed helped BIPAI develop strategies to improve community outreach, early infant diagnosis (EID), and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) in addition to his clinical responsibilities. With Dr. Maria Kim, he started a community outreach program called Tingathe (meaning "Yes we can" in the local language Chichewa), which uses community health workers to improve EID, PMTCT and pediatric HIV care and treatment outcomes.
Dr. Ahmed is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the Yale University School of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics at Columbia Presbyterian Children's Hospital of New York. He is a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellow. Dr. Ahmed has worked in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Honduras, and speaks Spanish and Urdu.
Kristin Close, M.S.W.
Kristin Close serves as a social worker for the retrovirology department at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. Her specialties include program development and management of camps for children with special needs. As such, she has facilitated local camp programs at each of BIPAI's centers of excellence worldwide.
Ms. Close earned her bachelor’s degree Texas A&M University and her master of social work from Boston College. She has worked with HIV-infected children and families for more than 5 years. In addition to her work with families and adolescents dealing with chronic illness, Ms. Close has been trained in pediatric grief and bereavement.
Mary S. Johnson
Mary Johnson serves as a nurse for the retrovirology and international adoption clinical team at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. Mrs. Johnson earned her pre-nursing degree from Texas Southern University and her nursing degree from Prairie View A&M University. Mrs. Johnson's clinical experience began at Texas Children's Hospital in 1991. For 15 years she has served as an advocate for pediatric patients and families.
Mrs. Johnson is graduate advisor to the Gamma Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority located at Texas Southern University, where she serves as a mentor to college women who are committed to serving their community.
Maria Kim, M.D.
Dr. Maria Kim work with the retrovirology department at Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine and supports the new global health residency. She continues to be involved with BIPAI- Malawi and the Tingathe program.
Dr. Kim served as a member of the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Malawi from 2006-2010. During this time, Dr. Kim became interested in the relationship between HIV infection and malnutrition, and helped start an outpatient nutritional rehabilitation program for HIV-infected children.
With Dr. Saeed Ahmed, she started a community outreach program called Tingathe (meaning "Yes we can" in the local language Chichewa), which uses community health workers to improve EID, PMTCT and pediatric HIV care and treatment outcomes.
Dr. Kim is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and trained in pediatrics at Columbia Presbyterian Children's Hospital of New York. She has worked in Inner Mongolia, Honduras and Botswana. She speaks Korean and Spanish.
Marape Marape, M.D.
Dr. Marape Marape is an AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) fellow from Gaborone, Botswana. He joined AITRP in 2007.
He currently is pursuing a master degree in public health, with a special emphasis in epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health. Before joining AITRP, he worked as a medical officer at BIPAI-Botswana for two-and-a-half years. His work there was focused on the management of HIV/AIDS and related conditions in children and families. He was also involved in clinical mentoring, research and education. Dr. Marape's main interest lies in tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS coinfection, especially in children and adolescents.
After completion of his training he plans to return to Botswana to continue looking after HIV/AIDS infected-children and conducting research in tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
Edwin Machine, M.P.H.
Edwin Machine is an AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) fellow from Kenya. He is working on his doctor of public health at University of Texas, School of Public Health having finished his master degree at the same school. Dr. Machine has worked for BIPAI in Kenya and Botswana. He now focuses on BIPAI’s monitoring and evaluation program, examining strategies, relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of results.
He joined AITRP with substantial experience in community health programs, having worked in Kenya, Sudan and Botswana. He has significant leadership training and practical experience from stints in Washington D.C. and Kenya.
Edwin began his public health career while working for Samaritan's Purse in Sudan, as logistics coordinator of a hospital project and then as HIV/AIDS program developer.
Elizabeth Montgomery, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Elizabeth Montgomery acts an associate professor of pediatrics for Baylor College of Medicine.
Previously, Dr. Montgomery served as the director of the Medicine Abroad Program for residents, director of the Foreign Adoption Clinic, and director of pediatric volunteers and the resident rotation at La Clinica Latino Community Health Center for Saint Louis University.
She is a graduate of University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She also holds a master of public health from Saint Louis University. She has participated in medical trips to Malawi, Peru, Romania, Moldova and the Dominican Republic.