In 1999, after witnessing the dire needs of children requiring medical care abroad, Dr. Julian Metts, an orthodontist and member of the South Richmond Rotary, envisioned the International Hospital for Children (IHC), laying the groundwork for a global initiative right from Richmond, VA. This vision materialized in 2001 with the foundation of the IHC by the South Richmond Rotary Club, marking the beginning of a significant journey in pediatric healthcare. Richmond became the established home for our first office and has since housed the headquarters of our organization, which evolved into World Pediatric Project, and now known as World Pediatrics. The commitment of our first staff member and eventual first CEO, Susan Rickman, and the support of the Richmond community have been instrumental in our growth and our ability to facilitate critical medical care for children worldwide, starting with the first U.S. referral case at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital. Richmond's generosity and support have been pivotal, enabling us to expand and continue our mission of providing life-saving medical interventions for children in need.

Richmond Board

Patrick Duke; Turner & Townsend

Clayton Allen; Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen (Retired)

Lauralee Allen; Canal Capital

Dayal Baxani; 707 Fine Clothing

Nate Buniva; West Monroe

Jarrod Feinstein; Canal Capital



Heath Gates; CowanGates

Thomas Glazier; Glazier Periodontics + Implants

Nancy Grasso; One Digital (Past Chair)

Reilly Marchant; Cushman & Wakefield / Thalhimer

Susan Mercado; CBS 6

Sarah Taylor; Country Club of Virginia

Richmond Junior Board

Ramsey Williams, TriMech

Vice Chair
Lauren Irby, Gartner

Megan Brannan, F. Richard Wilton, Inc.

Tori Bryant, Riverfront Investment Group

Alex Burfiend, CoderPad

Emma Burton, Andiamo Footwear

Christian Casey, Stryker Medical 

Mary Kate Chester, RVO Health

Marlene Crockett, Waterway Guide Media

Brenna de Wolff, One Digital




Katherine Flohr

Bridgette Gottwald

Tara Hawkins, Capital One

Ellen Davis Hoffman, Ellen Davis Creative

Alex Huffman, Walker & Dunlop

Ashley Irby

Tina Jadhav

Charlotte Kern, Estes Express Lines

Sarah Klein, U.S. Department of Justice

Katie Meehan, VSC Fire & Security 

Payton Mohrmann, Carmax

Ellie Patterson, Taradel




Kaki Patterson

Mary Beth Scott Piacentini

Megan Pratt, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals

Nikki Rathlev, Henrico County Public Schools

Bridget Reardon, Markel

Lianne Recchia, Davenport 

Courtney Reigel, Williams Mullen

Elizabeth Roberts, NOBODY

Jordan Sides, Sprinklr Inc.

Abbey Ware, Markel

Caroline Wellford

Kim Workman, Collegiate School

Richmond Events

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P.O. Box 31778
Richmond, VA 23294
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