John Myers, CFP, CIMA
John Myers began his affiliation with RAM in 1990. He became a member of RAM’s first Board of Directors. His early volunteer duties involved flying aircraft on survey missions, fund raising, general administrative guidance and almost anything else. John currently serves as Vice President, Board of Directors and chairs the Finance Committee. He also serves on the Development Committee and Executive Committee. John’s “day job” is Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management for the last 36 years. He lives in Knoxville, TN with his wife, Lisa and their two dogs. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Chris Sawyer, MD
Dr. Sawyer has been Remote Area Medical’s Medical Director since 2010. He grew up in Maryville, TN and attended the University of Tennessee for both his undergraduate and medical degrees. Dr. Sawyer is trained and board certified in Family Practice and is certified in acute wilderness life support, trauma life support, and cardiac life support. During his time with RAM, Dr. Sawyer has traveled extensively both locally and around the world. He has responded to medical needs in the Amazon Jungle, Chile, Venezuela, Haiti, Guyana, and many other countries. He also leads the annual suture class at RAM headquarters. Outside of his medical career, Dr. Sawyer is the lead trumpet player for the TN Wind Symphony where he has played at Carnegie Hall, London, and Washington.
Janet H. Southerland, D.D.S., M.P.H., Ph.D.
Dr. Southerland is a Professor in the Department of Nutrition Metabolism and Vice President of Interprofessional Education, Institutional Effectiveness, and the Health Education Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving her DDS at the UNC School of Dentistry in 1989, Dr. Southerland completed a two-year General Practice Residency Program where she spent a third year as a fellow and completed a MPH with a focus on Health Policy and Administration, and a PhD in oral biology, all at UNC. Dr. Southerland is a dedicated long-time RAM volunteer and has been a member of the Remote Area Medical Board of Directors since 2013.
Upon retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel from serving his country for twenty-five years in the U.S. Army and Kentucky Army National Guard, Dick served the public as a paid fire patrol pilot for the Kentucky Division of Forestry for nine years. Dick has flown extensively in Guyana, South America in support of RAM’s free air ambulance service to the indigenous people of the wilderness interior. He also serves as the pilot coordinator for the Guyana RAM pilot program. Dick has accompanied the RAM disaster teams on multiple expeditions including, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita efforts and Haiti on several occasions. Dick has been a member of the Remote Area Medical Board of Directors since 2013.
Dr. Victoria Molar Weiss, Optometrist, F.V.A.O.
Dr. Victoria Molnar Weiss graduated from the State University of New York College of Optometry and currently has a private practice in Lake Monticello, Virginia. Dr. Weiss helped to establish VOSH-Virginia (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and is the current President. She helped to found the now well-established RAM mission held in Wise, Virginia each summer and has also continued to serve as the Vision Director for both the program in Wise for the past 18 years and Grundy, VA for the past 15 years. She also led 3 Clinics in New Orleans, following Hurricane Katrina and in all has participated in over 80 RAM Clinics. Dr. Weiss was President of the Board of Directors for RAM Virginia 2014-2018 and helped increase Virginia clinics to 10 clinics a year. Dr. Weiss is currently a member of the Remote Area Medical Board of Directors, a Lion’s Club Member, on the Virginia College of Optometry Board of Trustees, and an Adjunct Faculty at SUNY State College of Optometry. Dr. Weiss received the Ken Studer Friend of the Virginia Rural Health Association Award 2016, the United Way of Southwest Virginia Volunteer of the Year in Health 2015 and was Humanitarian of the Year VOSH International 2015.
Paul Wittke, MD
Director of Vision Services
Dr. Paul Wittke, who hails from Cape Girardeau, MO, has been a Remote Area Medical volunteer since 1986. He served on the RAM Foundation Board, and is now a current Board of Director member. Dr. Wittke received his undergraduate degree from University of Michigan in 1958 and his doctorate from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1962. Dr. Wittke served in the USAF as a General Medical Officer, Ophthalmologist from 1963 to 1973 and the TN Air National Guard, Flight Surgeon from 1981 to 1992. He retired 1992 as Lt. Colonel. Dr. Wittke currently has a Private Ophthalmology Practice in Knoxville, TN. On top of being a dedicated RAM volunteer, he has been a West Knox Lions Club member since 1976.
Mark earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 1985, Mark founded PS Engineering, Inc., an aerospace manufacturer of audio control, where he is the current CEO. PS Engineering is a proud cooperate sponsor of Remote Area Medical. Mark has been a dedicated RAM volunteer since 1999 and has been a member of the Remote Area Medical Board of Directors since 2013.
John Osborn, DDS
Director of Dental Services