Our staff might appear small, but we are actually operating out of two facilities: USA and Honduras. Our USA office has six employees and our Honduras office has 38 employees. This is because the majority of our work is in Central America. View our Honduras office staff list.
Kathryn Tschiegg - Founder and International Director
Kathy Tschiegg is the founder and International Director of Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO) and CAMO Honduras as well as board president of the INSSA a for profit organization where all the profit is given to the non-profit CAMO entities. CAMO was founded out of a duffel bag from her living room 22 years ago. CAMO is now a multi-million dollar international non-profit delivering education, medical series and community development. CAMO provides more than 140,000 services per year in Honduras.
As a registered nurse, Kathy joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Honduras working in a public hospital. After witnessing two years of preventable deaths, Kathy returned to the U.S. ready to put the experience behind her. For the following 15 years Kathy worked as an emergency, trauma and surgical intensive care nurse at Aultman Hospital during this time she was recognized as employee of the year and also received the outstanding alumni award. But the memories of Honduras continued to follow her and she became determined to develop a system that would deliver sustainable quality care to the poor of Central America. She returned to college for her business degree and after completion of her degree she founded CAMO in 1992 and incorporated it as a 501(c)3 in May 0f 1993.
With her goal of bringing health care to the poor, CAMO has become a counterpart with the region and is working hand in hand with local Honduran medical professionals and community development agencies, to improve the lives of those most in need.
Kathy’s tireless work has earned her several awards and recognitions. She was named outstanding medical professional of the year by the Stark County Medical Associations – the first ever nurse to receive the honor. In addition, Kathy has received two Paul Harris Awards from Rotary International and has been recognized by Peace Corps for her dedication to development work. She has received recognition for the first ladies of Honduras, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Labor and has been recognized by Congress of Honduras. Most recent awards were the 2009 Athena Award and 2010 outstanding Alumni Award of all Graduating Classes of Orrville High School. January of 2013 received the Real Award for General Medicine sponsored by Gate Foundation, Medtronic, Maximo and Save the Children. September 4, 2013 Congress of Honduras gave her a Congressional Award. Kathy addressed the Congress of Honduras on the issues of self-interest contracting and the impact of corruption on human lives.
Originally from Ohio, Kathy now spends half of the year living and working in Honduras and the other half at CAMO’s headquarters in her hometown of Orrville in Wayne County.
Karen Burgett - Administrative Assistant
Karen has been with CAMO since August 2008 and is the Administrative Assistant. She came to CAMO with over 20 years of experience in her field. Karen is married and has 2 children and in her spare time enjoys camping, spending time with family and teaching Sunday school for 1st and 2nd graders.
Katherine Amstutz - Operations Warehouse Coordinator
Katherine Amstutz has been a volunteer at CAMO for 4 years before starting a part-time position in the CAMO warehouse in July of 2015. Previously, she has worked in sports performance training with youth athletes, done various work and photography with an indoor soccer league, and interned in the physical therapy field. In addition to working at CAMO, she is also a youth pastor and taekwondo instructor, in which she has a 3rd degree black belt.