From a very young age, Oscar wanted to help the poor in his native country, Mexico. After earning his degree in aircraft maintenance and mechanics, Oscar joined MAF as a Maintenance director and Public Relationships coordinator. Oscar had the opportunity to oversee a fleet of aircraft that served the poorest of the poor in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Oscar then moved into leadership with FamilyLife as a national director with the focus of strengthening families throughout Mexico. Afterwards, Oscar was invited to be part of the National Leadership Team for Campus Crusade for Christ in Mexico, where he served for two years.
Oscar has served nonprofits for more than twenty years in different capacities.
Oscar is married to Silvia for 19 years, and they have a daughter at college age.
Lucas Galey, MS
Engineering and Technology
Lucas was born in Portland, OR, but lived in Germany until the age of 10 with his missionary parents. With a pastor as a father and a doctor as a mother, he was inspired to pursue methods of helping those less fortunate and hurt. To that end, Lucas attended LeTourneau University and earned his BS in Biomedical Engineering.
In 2014, Lucas came to the University of Texas at El Paso to pursue a MS degree in Biomedical Engineering under Dr. Gonzalez, who was his former adviser and teacher at LeTourneau. For his MS, Lucas developed a low-cost, microprocessor, electronic prosthetic knee prototype based on the LIMBS M3 knee. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering through continuing his work on the electronic knee for LIMBS. Lucas thoroughly enjoys creating innovative solutions, and is enthusiastic about working to solve the needs of amputees.
John Burger, CPO
LIMBS PROSTHETIST AND ORTHOTIST
John Burger is an American Board Certified CPO. He did his post graduate studies in prosthetics and orthotics at New York University Medical Center. He received his Master’s Degree in O&P from the University of Connecticut in 2002.
He lived and worked as a CPO in Turkey for 10 years. He most recently worked at New England Orthotic and Prosthetic Systems as a manager and practitioner for the past 10 years. During that time he volunteered with Physicians for Peace to help establish a prosthetics center and O&P school at Dicle University in Diyarbakir, Turkey. He also volunteered with LIMBs International and went to Nairobi, Kenya to help train prosthetists who want to use LIMBs Relief 4 bar knee for above knee amputees.
He most recently started full time working with LIMBS International to use the prosthetics center in Diyarbakir, Turkey for many Syrian and Iraqi refugees who experienced limb loss due to the war. A number of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) centers are also being planned to help the amputees learn how to use their prosthetic devices properly.
Teresa is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin. From a young age, she began faithfully serving at her local church and naturally learned that her passion was supporting the marginalized and neglected. Teresa graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a BA in Intercultural Ministries. In 2011, she moved to El Paso and instantly discovered an appreciation for the warm sunshine.
Over the years, Teresa has been passionately involved with many charitable nonprofits and organizations. This lifelong involvement has seamlessly allowed her to combine knowledge, personal dedication, and unique expertise to help others. She enjoys experiencing new cultures, spending time with her dog and volunteering at her local church. Teresa is genuinely excited to contribute to the LIMBS International team and help change the world one step at a time.
Deyana was born in El Paso but grew up across the border in Ciudad Juarez, later moved to El Paso at the age of 11. She first realized her love of helping others at the age of 16. When she began volunteering at church and visited kids with cancer in Ciudad Juarez. After graduating from Eastwood High School in 2013, Deyana developed an interest in finding a career that will help others and started her college career as a criminal justice major.
In April of 2018 Deyana was introduced to LIMBS International; a non-profit organization that provides prosthetic legs to amputees in developing countries, and began working as the office assistant. Shortly thereafter she was able to travel to Oaxaca, Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Cuernavaca and help patients on site.
Deyana has now found her calling and is attending UTEP as a Rehabilitation Sciences major with a concentration in physical therapy. She desires to expand her knowledge and use it to help others.