Executive Team

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

Brecken Chinn, Ph.D. is the Founder of HandReach. With an academic and professional career in communication, international affairs, and educational development, her dream is to bring the best hands in the world together to address the devastating loss of human capital caused by untreated trauma injuries. Dr. Chinn finds her greatest inspiration in her adopted daughter Zhou Lin ("Jolene"), who at age 11 survived an explosion that nearly cost her legs and hands. Jolene, now an honors graduate of Dean College, has fully recovered and assists with HandReach's outreach, event planning, and international work, as well as serving on the Board.


Stephen McIntosh, MA, MBA
President and Treasurer

After nearly a decade volunteering for HandReach, Stephen has watched and marveled as severely injured toddlers have received surgical and orthopedic treatment at Shriners Hospitals year after year--with HandReach's help--and have grown into talented, contributing teens and young adults as a result. Currently with Capgemini, Steve has spent his career in high-tech marketing management, business development, technical communications, and finance at Fortune 100 companies such as Cisco and HP, as well as at several start-ups. He holds an MBA from Boston University, an MA in Physiological Psychology from Bucknell, and a BA with Honors from Williams College. Steve also holds a professional certification in computer security (CISSP). Email: steve@handreach.org


Qi McIntosh
Board Secretary and China Program Director

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Qi McIntosh has called Massachusetts home for over 25 years now. She has built a successful career as a software developer with Oracle and HP (Digital Equipment Corporation). Qi graduated from Nankai University with honors in math. Through her deep, decade-long dedication to HandReach, she strives to enrich the lives of wounded children. Email: qi@handreach.org


Jolene "Zhou Lin" Chinn Swartz
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. Email: jolene@handreach.org




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

Dr. Brecken Chinn

Stephen McIntosh

Jolene Chinn Swartz

Qi McIntosh





President, Treasurer

Board Vice President

Secretary, China Program Director



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