TotalCourage™ has established a Humanitarian Relief Advisory Council to influence the charitable activities related to global humanitarian and medical relief, identify fund raising opportunities and provide guidance to our strategic planning process. ​​

Meet the Humanitarian Relief Advisory Council for TotalCourage™

Kathy Sheppard
Country Coordinator- Republic of Georgia
Ms. Kathy Sheppard serves as our Coordinator in Georgia.  Her leadership and program development experience have created an efficient and effective humanitarian relief business model. Kathy is the proud mother of Trey and Madison, who are pursuing engineering careers on opposite coasts of the United States.
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Janet Smalley
Associate Country Director

Janet Smalley brings unequalled leadership, character and passion to our team. She joined Total Courage-Georgia after a distinguished career as a senior marketing, research and strategy executive. 

Her areas of expertise include the hospitality, retail and healthcare sectors. Of note, Janet served 18 years with Marriott leading all consumer research efforts for luxury and lifestyle brands creating innovative products and services.  

Additionally, Janet has volunteered with refugee, women’s empowerment, and food insecurity nonprofits. Janet pursues many interests to include travelhiking, gardening, and cooking! 

Jack Lechner
Mr. Lechner was appointed as the President of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in January of 2016. Immediately prior to coming to CCMS he was the Integrated Logistics Systems Division Chief at Headquarters, Department of the Army, Pentagon where he was responsible for ensuring the integrated logistics support for the entire lifecycle of all the Army’s combat platform acquisitions of more than $480 million during a fiscal year or procurement of more than $2.79 billion for the life of the program.
Arthur Ushijima
President and CEO, Queen's Health Systems, Inc.
Art is a Diplomate in the American College of Healthcare Executives from whom he received the Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award in 2014. Art was named CEO of the year in 2014 by Hawaii Business Magazine. He serves as the Director of Ala Wai Pharma, Inc. His military service includes seven years as a health care administrator in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service Corps.
Candy Treft
Owner, LOKAL

Candy Treft is a nurse by profession and a serial entrepreneur by choice. She had a successful exit from her first business The Gypsy Nurse and is now pursuing a new CoWork and CoLive located in Tbilisi Georgia (LOKAL Tbilisi). Candy is from Indiana USA and spent the past 20 years traveling both in the USA and Internationally between work, pleasure, and volunteer services. She currently lives in Tbilisi Georgia full time. Candy previously volunteered her nursing services in Liberia with Community and education are her passions. Candy hopes that her contributions to Total Courage will assist them to fulfill the organizational goals and bring growth and prosperity to the Georgian communities in which it serves. 

Candy began her love affair with Georgia's people in 2010 while working as a civilian nurse contractor for Landstuhl Army Medical Center at Ramstein Air Force base in Germany. Here, she cared for Georgian soldiers coming back from the frontlines. Many of the Georgian patient's families would stay locally at Fisher House during the soldier’s recovery period. Here is where Candy was exposed to the hospitality, food, and friendliness of the Georgian people. It was many years later (in 2020) that Candy finally visited Georgia. She planned a visit, fell even more in love with the Georgian people, food, and culture and now she calls Georgia "home". 

Stephen Johnson
Owner, Betsy's Hotel

Stephen Johnson is the owner of both Betsy’s Hotel (OPIC supported) and Prospero’s Books. Both have been operating in Tbilisi for over 20 years. Stephen lives in Tbilisi with his Georgian wife, Tamar, and has two children. He has been living and working in Georgia since 1997, was a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce for 20 years and the International Chamber of Commerce for 8 years.  Additionally, he is one of the founders of the Alexander Kartveli Association, a non-profit created to highlight the significant scientific achievements of Kartveli and his contributions to Aviation science and US-Georgian relations.

Dr. Tamar Tsulaia

Dr. Tamar Tsulaia was graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University - Graduate program in Medicine as a Medical Doctor, Pediatrician . From 1989 till 2005 she worked as a Physician at ICU of Medical University Pediatric Clinic.  From 2005 till 2019 she was the Medical Officer/Medical Doctor at Peace Corps Georgia. In 2020, she worked as a team leader Doctor at a Covid-19 quarantine zone in Tbilisi. Currently, she serves as head of the Primary Healthcare Management Division at Insurance Company Imedi L . In total, she has almost 40 years of experience working in different branches of the healthcare system in Georgia and internationally.  “Dr. T”’s husband is also a physician and works as an orthopedic surgeon. They have two adult children, both of whom are specialists in International affairs, speaking English, Spanish, Arabic and Russian. 

William Baringer
Development Associate

William Baringer is a Development Associate for USAID/Georgia's office of economic growth. Prior to the pandemic, he served as an organizational development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Poti, Samegrelo. Following the worldwide evacuation of volunteers in March 2019, he continued to remotely advocate for the Peace Corps' mission and currently serves on the National Peace Corps Association's Advisory Council. William is passionate about living out his mission of bringing people together in the spirit of service.