Executive Team

Brecken Chinn, Ph.D. (1969 - 2019)

Brecken Chinn, Ph.D. was the Founder of HandReach. With an academic and professional career in communication, international affairs, and educational development, her dream was to bring the best hands in the world together to address the devastating loss of human capital caused by untreated trauma injuries. Dr. Chinn found her greatest inspiration in her adopted daughter Zhou Lin ("Jolene"), who at age 11 survived an explosion that injured her legs and hands. Jolene now carrys on her mother's work serving as HandReach Vice President and Board Member.


Stephen McIntosh, MA, MBA
President and Treasurer

Having volunteered in HandReach administration for over a decade, Stephen has watched severely injured toddlers grow to become talented, contributing teens thanks to continuing surgical and orthopedic treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children. After a career in high-tech technical writing, marketing, and finance, he now volunteers as President of HandReach and Treasurer of his local church. He holds an MBA from Boston University, an MA in Psychology from Bucknell, and a BA from Williams College.

Qi McIntosh
Secretary and China Program Director

Qi holds a deep and abiding commitment to HandReach and to enriching the lives of wounded children. She graduated with honors in math from Nankai University, China, and has built a successful career as a software developer.


Jolene "Zhou Lin" Chinn Swartz
Vice President and Board Member

After earning a Bachelors degree in Management from Dean College, Jolene started working with Association of Air Medical Services and the MedEvac Foundation International in Administration, Finance, and Event Registration. She served as the original inspiration for HandReach to launch its Children's Healing Initiative and focus its mission on burn and trauma care through her inspiring journey of recovery from her own burn injury, which she sustained in a kerosene explosion at age 11, affecting the lower 55% of her body. Jolene has chosen to dedicate her volunteer efforts to HandReach through accounting and donor relations, hoping to enhance her ability to further nonprofit efforts benefiting other young burn survivors worldwide.


Outreach Team

Julian Thake

Julian is a retired schools administrator and who spent the greater part of his career arranging education for kids with all kinds of special needs. He believes very strongly that we are all part of one another, and helping HandReach is a great way of putting that belief into practice


George Goodwin
Research Coordinator

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Political Science, George went to Japan for work as an English teacher, during which time he was hit by a drunk driver and his car engulfed in flames, resulting in months of burn treatment and reconstruction in Japan. George returned to the United States in 2006, and since 2007 has been a graduate student in Public Health at the University of Nevada. George says, "Having been through the process of surviving burns over 60 percent of my body, I can say that I am intimately familiar with the process of burn recovery, and that it is anything but easy. I'm happy to offer support, information, or help as I can to anyone who has been though a similar situation." George volunteers as HandReach's Research Coordinator, linking the organization with burn prevention and treatment efforts across the globe.


Board of Directors

Stephen McIntosh

Jolene Chinn Swartz

Qi McIntosh

Brock McConkey




President, Treasurer

Board Vice President

Secretary, China Program Director

Board Member



Board of Advisors

C. Scott Hultman, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.

J. Alan Chambers, M.D.

Robert Sheridan, M.D.

Stephen Gardner, M.D.

Robert Schneider, O.T.R./L, C.H.T.

Suzanne Curley, O.T.R./L, C.H.T.

Gleeson Rebello, M.D.

Li Li, C.P.T.

Lorna Hayward, EdD., MPH, C.P.T.

Ann Charrette, PT, DPT, MS, PCS

Monica Pessina, Ph.D., MEd., OTR

Brock McConkey, C.P.O.

UNC Chapel Hill

Mass General Hospital

Shriners Hospital for Children

Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital

Bethesda Hand Rehabilitation

Mass General Hospital

Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital

Northeastern University

Northeastern University


Boston University, Massachusetts General Hospital

Shriners Orthopedic Hospital