Who We Are

Management team

Scott Hillstrom, Co-Founder
Scott is the chair of the board and co-founder of The HealthStore Foundation. Beginning in 1996, Mr. Hillstrom undertook a mission to discover why 25,000 children were dying each day—10 million per year—in the developing world while the medicine that would have saved their lives cost less than a cup of coffee. By 2000, a team had been formed who launched the first franchise clinics in Kenya under the CFW brand. Since then, 5,000,000 Kenyans have been served. Mr. Hillstrom also co-founded a franchise clinic network in Ghana, which has since been acquired by Sanford Health, America’s largest rural healthcare provider, as part of its world clinics program.

As CEO of The Healthstore Foundation, Mr. Hillstrom founded a Children and Family Wellness (CFW) clinic network in Rwanda, which grew to about 50 locations. HSF transferred the Rwanda network to One Family Health, run by Gunther Fabre, a former CEO of HSF, who secured funding from GlaxoSmithKline to further develop the network in Rwanda. Both Sanford Health and GSK have announced their intentions to invest millions of dollars to expand these networks nationwide in Ghana and Rwanda.

From 1990-1995 Mr. Hillstrom co-founded, developed, and served as managing director of Rehab One, a U.S.-based network of hospital-based medical clinics that specialized in rehabilitation medicine. Here, he first utilized the basic operational elements of franchising. He has also been an active investor, advisor, and board member to a range of businesses over the past 35 years and has been a licensed attorney in the U.S. since 1984. In 2014, Mr. Hillstrom was recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013 by the International Franchising Association
for his pioneering work introducing commercial franchising business methods to deliver effective-quality care to some of the world’s poorest communities.

Scott earned his Doctor of Law (JD) from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife.

Eric McCarthey, Chief Executive Officer
Eric currently serves as the CEO of The HealthStore Foundation. Eric is a seasoned public, family and private board director, private equity CEO and venture capital managing partner. He is now a retired senior executive officer with the Coca-Cola Company, following a 30-year career leading several efforts including global business unit operating responsibilities, commercial and customer strategic planning, new emerging market development, new business development and leadership development.

Eric is a leadership fellow with NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) and an active board member of Interra International, Saulsbury Industries and Commerce Science Corporation.  He is also the CEO of Shelty-Viking Capital Group, a private equity holding company. Eric was past Chair in CEO Leadership Development with Vistage International, the world’s largest and most effective CEO membership organization. Eric is also a published author on sales leadership and high impact boards. Eric is a public speaker on leadership and relationship development. He earned his EMBA in international business trade and commerce from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Eric currently lives in Roswell, Georgia.

Akinyi Williams, Executive Director
Akinyi serves as the executive director for The HealthStore Foundation. She is a seasoned consultant and certified project manager with over 20 years of consulting experience in the healthcare, education, technology, and finance industries.

She is the founder and executive director of Hope for the Child, a Minnesota-based organization whose mission is to provide basic elementary education and healthcare to the poorest children in Kisumu, Kenya, where she grew up. Ms. Williams currently serves as chief operating officer and president of Western Capital, a commercial real estate lending broker firm she co-founded in 2018. Prior to this role was a senior manager at Accenture Management Consulting in their clinical and health management services, working to help health plans develop population health management strategies to lower costs in their value-based care organizations. Before Accenture, Akinyi worked at Fairview Health Services as part of the specialty pharmacy strategic leadership team developing payer strategy and payer enabler services for health insurance plans such as Medica and Ucare. Ms. Williams has consulted in different capacities at UnitedHealth Group, RedBrick Health, Optum Rx, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Target.

Akinyi is an expert in driving program objectives in business and nonprofit organizations by leading the facilitation of strategy development and implementation. Akinyi began her undergraduate studies at Catholic University of Eastern Africa, earning a Master of Business (MBA) from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Education in International Policy from Harvard University. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and their two children.

Dr. Muntaqa Umar Said, Operations Manager, Africa
Muntaqa has over 15 years of leadership, impact investment, policy and consulting experience in the healthcare sector, including as the founding CEO of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria; the lead consultant, private health sector engagement (reimagining PHC strategy) in the World Bank, HNP, global practice; and the lead curator of the Nigeria Health Innovation and Investment Marketplace. Muntaqa was the senior technical advisor to the former Honorable Minister of State for Health in Nigeria, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate. In this position, he
was responsible for leading a number of landmark healthcare and human capital development reform programs in quality improvement, health financing, primary healthcare, digital innovation, and public-private partnerships, amongst others. He commenced his career as a healthcare investment banker at Morgan Stanley in the U.K., where he focused on the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector.

Muntaqa is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, England, where he did an M.Phil in bioscience enterprise and undertook an MBBS/medical sciences degree at Imperial College School of Medicine, London. Muntaqa was honored as a 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF Davos) Young Global Leader (YGL), a 2017 Aspen Spotlight Scholar and selected as a 2018 Eisenhower Innovation Fellow. He is a Chartered Alternatives Investment Analyst (CAIA) and currently a doctor of public health (DRPH) candidate in the London School and Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), University of London. Muntaqa currently lives in Abuja, Nigeria.

Dr Walter Obita, CEO HSEA, East Africa
Dr. Walter Obita is the chief operating officer of Healthstore East Africa, a commercial franchising organization where he is involved in strategic planning, financial management, business development and operations, franchise operating system compliance and customer, partner and government relations. He is also the managing director of Sustainable Healthcare Foundation, a Kenyan non-governmental organization that operates a franchise network of level 2, CFW-branded (for Child and Family Wellness) primary care clinics in Kenya. He oversees the continued operations of the CFW franchise network in Kenya and is the secretary to the board of directors of Sustainable Healthcare Foundation.

Dr. Obita has several years of experience in the healthcare industry at various levels, ranging from senior management, academic, and provider levels of care. He has served as a medical doctor at Machakos Level V Hospital, a district medical officer of health in Hamisi District, medical officer at AAR Nairobi and AAR Kisumu, a health center manager at AAR Eldoret, general manager at Sagam Community Hospital, managing partner at AfriHealth Consulting and is a co-founding director of Sagam Medical Centre Narok. Additionally, he serves as a board member of Fountain Health Care, a comprehensive multidisciplinary group practice hospital, and AfriHealth Consulting, a healthcare consulting firm. He is also a member of the Kenya Healthcare Foundation and the Kenya Medical Association.

Dr. Obita holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery (MBCh.B) from the University of Nairobi, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) – strategic management from Catholic University of Eastern Africa. He has completed further studies in health economics, healthcare management and leadership. Dr. Obita currently lives Nairobi, Kenya.

Abraham O. Were, Franchise Development Manager, Africa
Abraham Orare joined HealthStore Foundation as a malaria project field officer in September 2007 and has risen through the ranks to be the franchise development manager overseeing quality assurance and standards, and field operations. He has over 15 years of experience spanning from hospital pharmacy practice, the pharmaceutical industry, project management, quality assurance and strengthening of medical facilities and community health systems development. His passion is to provide affordable effective-quality healthcare to all.

Prior to his current role he took the lead in project implementation and management of community-based health projects in the Western and Nyanza parts of Kenya.

Abraham is a registered and licensed pharmaceutical practitioner by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board; Member of the Healthcare Regulations, Quality & Standards Committee at the Kenya Healthcare Federation (KHF); an external examiner at the Kenya Medical Training College (KMTC); member of the Association of Social Franchising for Health (ASFH); and a TOT in a health-related subjects.

He holds a diploma in pharmaceutical technology, a diploma in project management (KIM), and Bachelors and Masters degrees in community health and development from Great Lakes University. Abraham is currently based in the Nairobi office and lives in Kisumu, Kenya, with his wife and children.

Esther Nderitu, Finance Director, SHF (Sustainable Health Foundation)
Ms. Nderitu is on the senior management team of the existing nonprofit CFW franchisor in Nairobi and has worked for SHF for seven years, assuming progressively more advanced responsibilities. She has been leading the finance department since 2012. Esther currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

Greg Starbird, Senior Consultant
Formerly the CEO, Mr. Starbird has assumed progressive responsibility at the HealthStore Foundation since 2005. In his former role as CEO, Mr. Starbird oversaw the continued development of the CFW franchise network in Kenya, researching relevant innovations, interfacing with health and franchising expert advisors, and liaising with HealthStore’s partners and donors in the CFW network. Mr. Starbird serves as chairman and managing director of Sustainable Healthcare Foundation, the Kenyan NGO through which the CFW network is implemented in Kenya. He is also the co-founder of One Family Health, an organization that expanded the CFW network in Rwanda. Prior to joining The HealthStore Foundation, he directed a program at Star Education, an innovative and award-winning private organization working in Los Angeles public schools. Mr. Starbird attended Cornell University and UC Santa Barbara (B.A.) as well as Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Greg currently lives in Southern Oregon.

Steve Dahl, Senior Consultant
Steve is an international executive and consultant with experience managing multi-unit retail, franchise, manufacturing, and marketing companies in the both the USA and emerging markets. His career includes several years of senior management experience with Fortune 500 companies as well as intensive operational and financial responsibility for start-up and turnaround companies of significant size and complexity.

After ten years in financial management and planning positions at General Mills, he served as director of planning for Musicland, vice president and controller of BMC Industries, Inc., president and chief financial officer for Jonathan Dental (a healthcare franchising start-up), and vice president and controller and assistant treasurer at Tonka Corporation as its sales grew from $85 million to $1.0 billion.

Steve interrupted his business career in 1993 to serve as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Poland for three years before returning to the private sector as chief financial officer of American Retail Concepts, a diversified restaurant and real estate company that grew from three to 100 franchised restaurants throughout Poland and the Czech Republic. He later served as president. He consults with emerging companies in emerging markets where his experience includes the development of franchise and multi-unit retail systems, and training in and implementation of managerial control and planning disciplines.

He is a Certified Management Accountant and has served as chief financial officer, treasurer, executive director, and corporate secretary for The HealthStore Foundation since joining the organization as a volunteer in 2004.

Board Members Participating in Management

Scott Hillstrom
Co-founder and Chairman, HealthStore Foundation®

Michael Seid
Director and Founder, Michael H. Seid & Associates, LLC

Eric McCarthey
Managing Partner, Crestlight Ventures & Productions

Board of Directors

Scott Hillstrom*
Co-Founder and Chairman, The Healthstore Foundation

Eric McCarthey*
CEO, The Healthstore Foundation
CocaCola, Senior Global Customer, Operating and Strategic Planning Officer

Michael H. Seid*
Director and Founder, Michael H. Seid & Associates, LLC

James H. Amos Jr.
CEO, Tasti-D-Lite, LLC -Chairman Emeritus, Mailboxes, Etc.
Former Chairman, International Franchise Association

Brandi Beach
President, MRK Global Connect Mark Benson
President, APCO Insight

Rudy Boschwitz
Former U.S. Senator -Chairman, Home Valu Interiors

Steven J. Greenbaum*, CFE
CEO, PostNet International Franchise Corporation

William F. Haddad
Chairman/CEO, Biogenerics Inc.

Kaye Kirsch

Greg Nelson
President, Rotherwood Investments, LLC

Eva Ombaka
Coordinator, Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network (Ret.)

Colin Owen
Founder and CEO, DHY Manufacturing (Ret.)

V. Kasturi Rangan
Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing, Harvard Business School
Co-Chairman, Social Enterprise Initiative, Harvard Business School

Greg Starbird*
Owner, Starbird Consulting
Co-Founder, One Family Health

Mark Zdeblick
Co-founder and CTO, Proteus

* Member of Executive Committee