Volunteer Staff Team

Dan and Charlene Chen

Charlene grew up in Bergen County, NJ, and became a Christian in college, at Penn State University, after months of God tugging at her heart and opening it to His grace.  She is a family physician, and works with her husband, Daniel Chen at Esperanza Health Center.  She did her medical school training at Jefferson Medical College, and residency at Crozer.  She attends Renewal Presbyterian Church in West Philadelphia, and in her free time, enjoys learning lessons from God through gardening and spending time with loved ones.  Through her time in healthcare fellowship in Philadelphia, she has learned more about God as the Ultimate Healer of our lives, and how He moves in our day to day interactions with others.

Dan grew up in Southern California in a Christian home and met Jesus in 3rd grade. He did his undergraduate work at Pomona College and since 2004, has been in Philadelphia where he did medical school at Jefferson Medical College, residency at Temple University Hospital and now has been serving as a Primary Care Physician in Internal Medicine at Esperanza Health Center since 2012. God has faithfully provided Christian community at every stage of his educational life and through various influences, including the Summer Medical Institute, God has introduced him to the depth and breadth to which He loves his those he has created. He loves intimately, wholly, and absolutely. Compelled by this wonderful truth, Dan tries to imitate Jesus to the best of his feeble abilities. Dan and his wife Charlene are active members at Renewal Presbyterian Church in West Philadelphia. He enjoys food and photography.  Dan and Charlene have two children and help to disciple healthcare students in Philadelphia and run the Renewal Healthcare breakfasts.

Randall Drain

Randall completed his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine and specialized in pediatrics and public health and general and preventative medicine. He works in Philadelphia in solo practices in North Philadelphia and West Philadelphia and attends Tenth Presbyterian Church.  He helps to disciple male healthcare students, including those at MCO’s men’s house, “The Shabazz”.

Karen Fritz

Karen is a Neonatologist on faculty at Drexel University College of Medicine.  She loves to be with students and to mentor and disciple them.  She helps with all aspects of MCO – and helps to direct the ministry. She disciples healthcare women from all over Philadelphia and at the MCO Women’s house, “The Ohana”. She is also the faculty advisor and MCO staff team member at Drexel University College of Medicine.   Karen loves to be with people, to cook, eat chocolate, walk, travel, garden, and hug her cat Clyde and her husband Lewis. She has learned much through suffering through many health issues and has seen the power of doing one-on-one discipleship with people.

Pam Garcia

Pam grew up in the Philippines and moved to the United States as a little girl.  She initially trained as a nurse and worked at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before deciding to go to medical school.  Pam graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine and then did a Family Practice Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  After working at Esperanza Health Center in North Philadelphia as a Family Practice Physician for three years, she began work in the Family Medicine Services department at Penn Medicine.  She loves to work with OB patients, refugees and HIV positive patients.  She helps to run a support group for residents in Philadelphia.

Jibu Idicula

Jibu is an inpatient pharmacist at Lankenau Hospital. He graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia as a pharmacist and is involved discipling pharmacy students and physical therapy students at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Jibu is married to the former Jean Linton, attends City Church, lives in Broomall, PA.

Caryn Messinger

Caryn Messinger has worked as a nurse in both hospital and home care settings and has also enjoyed being involved with campus ministry over the past few years. After participating in SMI several times, she wanted to get more involved with MCO and is excited about the opportunity to blend her love for mentoring and healthcare through connecting with students and encouraging them in their walk with Christ.  Caryn helps to disciple healthcare women, especially at the MCO Women’s house, “The Ohana”.

Phil Scribano

Phil grew up in northern New Jersey, completed his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and became a Christian through a Navigators bible study, where he learned the truth of the Scriptures at the end of his freshman year. He went on to study medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the program director for Safe Place: Center for Child Protection and Health, program director of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He attends Tenth Presbyterian Church, enjoys music (classical, rock, and jazz) and has four children with his wife, Jocelyn.

Rich Shoemaker

Rich grew up in Cheltenham, PA, and completed his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine. He is an emergency medicine physician at Bryn Mawr Hospital and lives in Cheltenham with his wife and family. After his passion for serving Christ with all that he has, he also has competed for several seasons on the television show “American Ninja Warrior.” In a recent article, he stated that not only did he want the challenge of the competition, but he wanted to inspire others. “More and more I run into young men who want to delay the responsibilities of a family and career, and will openly admit that it is because they are not done ‘playing,’” he said. “Well I’m not done ‘playing’ either, and I have four children and a very rewarding full-time job as an ER doctor. I want young men to see that growing up into adulthood is nothing to fear. In fact, it makes all of life, including the really fun stuff, far more rewarding.”  Rich helps to disciple male medical students at Temple and also runs the MCO guys house, “The Shabazz” and disciples the healthcare students that live there.