Children's Well-Being Foundation

CWB Foundation Leadership

The Children's Well-Being Foundation has a well-rounded group of volunteers and individuals that make up its Board of Directors and the Staff (both in the U.S. & Central America).

If you are interested in serving on the board, or know somebody who would be a good fit, please email We are always looking for qualified professionals to help us fulfill our mission.

Board of Directors:

Founder, President, George P Whitelaw, MD (Weston, Mass.)

Dr. Whitelaw received his medical degree from Boston University in 1971. He then trained in orthopedic surgery at B.U. Medical Center and Oxford England. Dr. Whitelaw joined the faculty of the Orthopedic Department at B.U. from 1978 thru 1995 where he became Chief of Orthopedics at Boston City Hospital. During this time he was involved in volunteering his time in Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Ukraine, and most recently in Costa Rica. Over the past several years Dr. Whitelaw has run the Costa Rican branch of Orthopedic Overseas, which is an organization in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons that helps to facilitate MDs to volunteer their time in under served areas throughout the world.

Chairman of the Board, Ronald Ramseyer (Duxbury, Mass.)

Mr. Ramseyer is currently the managing partner of Ramseyer & Associates, LLC specializing in strategic planning and multi-channel marketing development. He also previously served on the Finance Committee for the Town of Duxbury, MA. Previously, Mr. Ramseyer was on the Board Directors for Blair Corp, President of Bass Pro Shops, President/CEO of Macy’s By Mail, Senior Vice President at Talbot’s and was in Senior Management at Sears Corp. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. When Mr. Ramseyer is not working on his many projects, he enjoys sailing and golfing.

Treasurer, Henry “Chip” Strapp (Needham, Mass.)

Mr. Strapp attended the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he majored in Business Administration. Mr. Strapp is a Vietnam era veteran who held a number of non-commissioned command positions during his six years with the U.S. military. For the past 28 years, Mr. Strapp has worked with Saucony Footwear. He was president of the Spot-bilt Footwear Division until the company was sold. Mr. Strapp recently started Pentagon Sports, a sporting goods wholesaler specializing in equipment, apparel and accessories for sports officials. He also serves as president of C&S Associates Consulting.

Stephen Brown (Hingham, Mass.)

He currently works as Senior Vice President of Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors. Stephen graduated from Boston University in 1979 with a BS in Finance and Marketing. Stephen was formerly on the board of directors at Notre Dame Academy heading up the development committee that oversaw the capital campaign that funded the new science wing. Stephen brings his experience and passion to Children’s Well-Being in assisting with fundraising, marketing and donation outreach missions. In Steve’s spare time he is a great enthusiast of outdoor sports. He recently held the position of Head Varsity Coach for the Alpine Ski Team at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, Ma. He previously served on the board of the Hingham Sports Partnership. Steve and his family reside in Hingham, Massachusetts.

David A. Mittell, Jr. (Jamaica Plain, Mass.)

D.A. has held Board and committee positions with many non-profit organizations such as Eugene Kinasewich Fund, Portsmouth NH; Urban Edge Housing Corporation, Roxbury MA; Shirley Eustis House, Roxbury MA; Jamaica Plain Symphony Orchestra; Volunteers of America of Massachusetts; Bos-Line Council for Children, Boston MA; and, most recently was President of Historic Winslow House, Marshfield MA. D.A. has worked in the political campaigns of many well-known Massachusetts leaders and has covered local, state, national and international politics. He been an Editor, Reporter and Columnist for many newspapers such as the Patriot Ledger, the Providence Journal, The Duxbury Clipper, Points South Magazine, Marshfield Mariner, Ukraine Business Online and others. D.A. has written widely about architecture, economics, education, sports and transportation. Over the last 20 years D.A. published some 150 articles about Ukraine and other former Soviet-bloc countries. D.A. graduated from Harvard College.

Advisory Board:

Dr. William Hardy Hendren (Duxbury, Mass.)

Dr. Hendren's innovative developments revolutionized the practice of pediatric surgery. In 1969 he became the first surgeon in Boston to successfully separate conjoined, or Siamese, twins. Dr. Hendren is the Distinguished Robert E. Gross Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Mass.; emeritus chief of surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston; and an honorary surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

Dr. Hendren has mentored many surgeons in pediatric surgery and pediatric urology from both MGH and Children’s Hospital, most of who are serving in academic positions today. He has performed surgery in more than 36 cities in 26 countries, including Syria, Pakistan, China, Russia and other remote locations on 6 of the 7 continents. He has found it very educational to do this and urges colleagues to do this form of “giving back.”

Foundation Staff for Costa Rica:

Director of Operations & Communication - Costa Rica: Jean Carlo Brenes, 

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