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Founder & coordinating volunteer

Katja Verstraelen was founder of Curadis (Belgium branch) in 2015. She is a volunteer, general coordinator and representative for Curadis in Belgium. Katja is a passionate Speech-Language Pathologist, specializing in Swallowing Disorders (dysphagia).

Board member Curadis

Eric De Backer is a board member for the Belgium branch of Curadis since 2015. With extended knowledge and expertise he takes care of the administration, accountancy and legal matters.

Founder Curadis USA

David Ross founded Curadis (USA branch) in 2017. He is a volunteer, general coordinator and representative for Curadis in the United States. David is an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist, specializing in dysphagia.


Visit CuradisUSA.org for more information.

Co-founder Curadis USA

Gabriel Lucas is  co-founder of Curadis USA. He is an expert in International Business and volunteer. Gabriel will be completing his post-graduate work as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. 

Visit CuradisUSA.org for more information.

Representative Curadis

Lisa Wijnsouw is also a volunteer and represents Curadis in the Netherlands. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Representative Curadis

Carolina de Oliveira is a volunteer and representative for Curadis in Portugal. She works in a clinical setting as a Speech-Language Pathologist, specializing in dysphagia.

Board member Curadis

Glenn Ongena is a board member for the Belgium branch of Curadis since 2015. He provides technical and IT support.

Meet our team!

Curadis vzw & Curadis USA

It all began in 2015 when Curadis was founded in Belgium by Speech-Language Pathologist Katja Verstraelen, who specializes in Swallowing Disorders. Passion, energy, time and love brought Curadis into the world. The vision and mission of Curadis will always be: to exchange experience and knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders between Europe, The United States and Latin America. 

In 2017, David Ross and Gabriel Lucas connected with Curadis and co-founded the U.S. branch of the organization. Currently, Curadis is operational in three continents (South America, North America and Europe) with more communities and countries joining all the time. 


Curadis will always provide volunteer outreach, education, diagnostics and treatment to communities in need throughout Latin America on a fully pro-bono basis. Through hard work, dedication, passion, skill and energy, Curadis now exists on a truly global level. The Belgium branch and the U.S. branch will continue to build on the original work and vision. Our two branches will always work together in order to bring about the most positive global change we can!