For many years, Phil and Karen were full-time faculty at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Phil served as the Assistant Chief Flight Instructor. Karen taught biology and worked with her students on a research project to provide data to wheelchair manufacturers on what worked and didn’t work in the field in Kenya (see Research page). In the process, she and her team developed tools that could be used broadly to achieve good outcomes (see Research Tools)
Phil grew up in Canada and spent many years as a flight instructor and pilot. He also loves photography and is a professional photographer (Phil’s Pixels photography website) and videographer. His skill communicates the story of our work. (see the video page).
Karen grew up in Kenya where she witnessed people with good intentions giving away things that didn’t work well or even did harm. Her wheelchair research (research link) grew out of the desire to provide objective data to manufacturers so wheelchairs for low-resourced settings could be improved. Karen is a photographer as well (Karen’s pixels website) and has written novels with Multnomah and Tyndale (Karen’s book page).
Through her wheelchair research, Karen developed contacts, relationships, and even partnerships with many wheelchair providers. She was invited to World Health Organization meetings and expert committees where she realized there were many resources not connecting to the large faith-based organizations that provide much of the medical care in many low-income countries. This fueled the founding of the AT Catalyst Project.