The vision for Unified Healthcare for the Rural Underserved (UHRU) began in March 2017, when the Principal Scientist from Johnson and Johnson, Jitendra “Jay” Mehta decided it was time for a career change. After 35 years of loyal service to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, he retired from Johnson and Johnson with a dream of working to improve the healthcare outcomes of the rural underserved in the United States, India, and around the world. He shared his dream with his two physician-sons, Dr. Hitesh Mehta M.D. (Cardiologist) and Dr. Minesh Mehta M.D. (Gastroenterologist), and the family of scientists began brainstorming innovative healthcare initiatives which would have the highest impact on underserved populations in the areas of interest. After 1 year of hardwork, and technical leadership from Dr. Koosh Desai M.D. UHRU was officially recognized as a 501(C)3 non-profit organization in December of 2017. Together, the team has worked tirelessly towards promoting the organizations mission to improve the healthcare of rural communities worldwide.
Dr. Teresa McLean
Executive Director, Georgia Colon Cancer Prevention Project
We are very delighted and lucky to have Teresa with excellent back ground in healthcare to be in our team.
Teresa is a former Behavioral Scientist in the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. She conducted behavioral interventions to increase screening for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers with a focus on underserved populations.
Additionally, she conducted analyses of large epidemiological health surveys including the National Health Interview Survey and Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System. Teresa has a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Social Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Psychology. She completed a 2year post-doctoral fellowship in Gerontology and Health Psychology at the University of Georgia.
Teresa lives with her husband, John, and their three children, Hanna, John Wolfe and Ian. Teresa is a wildlife photography enthusiast and enjoys traveling with her family.
Koosh Desai MD
Georgia Colon Cancer Prevention Project Co-Founder/Project Leader
Dr. Koosh has completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Medical College of Georgia. He is “SWGA Regional Campus Curriculum Director” at Medical college of Georgia and a “Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine.” This involves teaching and curriculum development for 3rd and 4th year medical students. He brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing and health policy and has led numerous political marketing campaigns across the state of Georgia. His ultimate career goal is to become a practicing gastroenterologist and his passion lies in taking care of the underserved. Koosh is tasked with creating and deploying UHRU's Georgia Colon Cancer Prevention Project.
Board of Directors
Jitendra "Jay" Mehta
Chairman of the Board
Jay is a former Chief Scientist at Johnson and Johnson in Athens, GA. He has worked for Healthcare pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson for last 35 years. Jay has a masters degree in organic chemistry from Bombay University and a Masters in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has helped the charity organizations United Way and March of Dimes during his work at Johnson and Johnson. Jay lives with his wife Gita and enjoys spending time with his sons and granddaughters.
Hitesh Mehta, MD
Hitesh is a Cardiologist in Knoxville, TN that specializes in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. He is affiliated with Methodist Medical Center and is board certified in Cardiology and Cardiac Electrophysiology. Hitesh received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) and trained in Internal Medicine at Emory University and Cardiology at MCG. He has been in clinical practice for last 15 years. Hitesh lives with his wife Mitali Mehta, a practicing pharmacist, and their daughter Meera.
Minesh Mehta, MD
Georgia Colon Cancer Prevention Project Co-Founder/Project Leader
Minesh is currently an Advanced Endoscopy Fellow at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA. Where he is learning how to endoscopically manage and treat complex Gastrointestinal, Hepatic, Biliary, and Pancreatic Diseases with Endoscopic Ultrasound and ERCP. He completed his General Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Fellowship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky (2015-2018). He completed Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Cincinnati (2012-2015). He completed his medical school at American University of Antigua/Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India. Minesh lives in Danville with his wife Palav, a board-certified psychiatrist, and their daughter Sona. He enjoys playing and coaching baseball, his favorite team is the Atlanta Braves. He enjoys going to concerts and doing outdoor activities with his daughter and wife.
Todd Emily works in the Athens Georgia branch of Morgan Stanley and currently serves
as the branch manager, a position he began in January of 2013.
He entered the financial services industry in June of 1993 working with the firm Edward
Jones Investments. In 2011 he joined Morgan Stanley and formed The Webster Shore
Group. Todd and his team focus on wealth management for clients.
Todd is involved in the community and has served on the board of directors for the
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Museum of Art and Nuci’s Space (a
nonprofit providing services to musicians). He is from Fulton, Kentucky and received his
degree in business from Rhodes College in Memphis. His hobbies include vintage cars,
vintage travel trailers and travel.
Kent was born in Caribou, Main on the potato farm. He went to Tufts University in Medford, MA and graduated with BA in political science. He served in Peace Corp for short time in Upper Volta now Burkina Faso in west Africa.
He got his Law degree from University of Georgia, after graduating he worked at Georgia Legal services in Waynesboro, GA from 1979 to 1983,helping low income population with various type of civil legal matters.
Kent founded current Silver and Archibald, LLP in 1984 was named Silver and Morgan at that time. The firm has grown over the last 35 years to a point that they have three offices in the Athens area, six attorneys, and approximately 25 supporting staff. They specialize and focus on helping individuals with disability related issues, especially social security related claims, from throughout Northeast Georgia.
Kent is married to Rebecca and have two grown children’s, Lara and Amanda.
Dr. Everett Long, PhD, MA has over 10 years’ experience in public health at the local, state, and federal levels. His work uses health communication research and evaluation to create and deliver prevention messages, develop digital health tools, and strengthen public health partnerships. Currently, Everett is the Director of Health Strategy and Evaluation at DLH Corporation, where he consults with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and Tuberculosis Prevention. Formerly, Everett served as Director of Development at the Athens Nurses Clinic, where he wrote grants and developed regional health programs. Everett is passionate about training the next generation of public health practitioners and serves as adjunct faculty in Colorado State Global University’s Healthcare Administration Program. Everett lives in Atlanta, enjoys art and museums and travel.
Don retired from the software industry in 2000. He and two friends recognized many nonprofits struggle unnecessarily and frequently experience failure. In 2001 they formed a management advisory firm to help struggling nonprofit’s return to vitality. In 2018, Don retired for the second time. He lives in Athens, GA with his wife. They travel frequently to visit their four children and seven grandchildren, who live in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Scotland.
Our Core Values
Improving rural healthcare is a team effort!
Promote education for rural and underserved populations with the help of locally working trained health professionals.
Provide funding to proven research experts in rural population health.
Increase the number of rural healthcare clinics, hospitals, and mobile-units to treat underserved populations.