Our Dedicated Board of Directors


Vianney Ruhumuliza, RN,MSN

Vianney offers his 25 years of experience in management and leadership.   He has a master degree in nursing administration and is a critical care registered nurse. 

Vianney has been with the Human Resource for Health in Rwanda program for 3 years.  He has served as an advisor to the directors of the nursing divisions at King Faisal Hospital and Teaching Medical Center.

He has previously functioned in a wide range of clinical practice and management areas, including Clinical Director for Critical Care and Emergency Departments, Nursing Supervisor, Operative Care Management, Medical Surgical, Pediatric, and Critical care areas.  Comfortable in caring for patients in open heart ICU, Surgical ICU, Medical ICU, Neuro ICU and PACU.  

He has organized medical missions twice per year in Rwanda since 2005, serving medical needs for the whole country.  Medical teams originated in Boston and in Stanford University.  (www.mmfc.org and www.kmuf.org)


Dalton Miranda, MD

 Dr. Miranda joins the team, bringing his experience as a Cardiologist. He is currently on staff at Michigan Heart & Vascular in Petoskey, MI, where he works in general cardiology, cardiovascular imaging and directs the Heart Failure Clinic.

Dr. Miranda obtained his medical degree at the Medical School of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in his native country of Brazil. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Cardiology Fellowship at the Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami program, in south Florida. He then moved to northern Michigan and has served local communities for over 12 years.

“I fell in love with the cause and the country”, says Dr. Miranda, who first visited Rwanda in 2016. He has since returned for a cardiac mission in 2018 and has renewed his commitment to annual missions to help build infrastructure for cardiovascular services over there.


Peter Tarvudd, Home Designs and Developments

Since 1979, they Maple Leaf Forest Products has been a leading designer and fabricater of pre-fabricated houses. Maple Leaf is also a supplier of products to the building industry.

As CEO of Maple Leaf, Peter Tarvudd has been involved in all aspects of development of over 1000 single family homes and numerous multifamily developments from onsite planning to final construction. 

Peter Travudd's extensive knowledge and experience is an invaluable help to the Helping Hands for Rwanda for our many diverse construction projects.


Alaleh Zadmehr, Pediatric Dentist

Dr. Zadmehr is presently practicing general dentistry.  Her work includes restorative, endodontic, prosthodontic, periodontic, and pediatric dentistry.

She has been the organizer of a dental mission trip to Gitwe, Rwanda and assisted in fundraising for the establishing a dental clinic and for dental equipment in Rwanda.

Zadmeher is a member of the Children Dental Group and volunteers at the Samaritan House Free Clinic.

Dr. Zadmehr graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2004, from the University of California, Irvine and with his doctorate in 2008 from the University of California, San Francisco. 

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Janelle Ruhumuliza, Travel Advisor

Janelle offers 12 years of customer service, sales and hospitality experience. She has a bachelors degree in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University.  

While in high school and university, Janelle participated in two mission trips to the Dominican Republic and her first mission trip to Rwanda.  Those experiences helped her to appreciate the strong importance of giving back.  That attached to her strong upbringing of supporting others solidified her path.  

In addition to philanthropy, Janelle fell in love with travel!  She has been to almost all 50 states (46 currently), 15 countries and learned to speak Spanish during a year studying abroad in Argentina.  

Her contribution to Helping Hands for Rwanda will be to assist with generating donations, marketing and arranging travel for those attending the medical missions.