Magic Hospital is very fortunate to have dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to bringing smiles on children’s faces.
The core staff includes:
Claudia Vogg, Founder and President, has lived and worked in China for more than 8 years before she headed for Paris, France, in 2004. In addition to her continuing leadership of Magic Hospital, Claudia is a Program Development Manager with the European Network for Children of Imprisoned Parents. Claudia received a MBA in Social Economics, holds a certificate in Non Profit Management from the University of Chicago, and a certificate from the ESSEC Management School in Fundraising.
Laura Garcia joined Magic Hospital in 2010 as a fundraising volunteer. She has completed a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Masters degree in Business and Administration. She worked nearly 15 years in the private sector managing projects in different European and Asian countries, and about 3 years managing, with her husband, their own business in France before they both decided to spend their lives working with and for the disadvantaged. She first volunteered with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Nepal for three years as an organizational adviser, working with people with disabilities and with women, and she is now in Beijing supporting Magic Hospital and other NGOs.
Laura Johnson-Hill has been involved with Magic Hospital since 2007. In that time, she has led the Outdoorsy Day programmes and been the Volunteer Coordinator as well as countless other tasks. In addition to her work at Magic Hospital, Laura owns and operates Plastered T-shirts with her husband, Dominic. Laura received a degree in Pacific & Asian Studies from the University of Victoria and has done continued studies in both Beijing and Shanghai. Dominic and Laura have been in China for over ten years and live near Gu Lou with their three daughters.
Kristen Robinson has been volunteering with Magic Hospital in different capacities since 2008 and is currently working on projects including working with international volunteers and long-term planning. Kristen studied Japanese and Chinese at Macquarie University and since 2003 has been studying and working in China where she has worked in the private, government and social sectors. When she is not working or volunteering, Kristen is crocheting, cooking, translating and taking photos around Beijing.
Zoe Ma has been a key member of the Magic Hospital volunteers since 2005. Zoe provides support in a number of areas, including translation, programs, and annual events. She works as a translator and editor in Beijing. Zoe holds a BA in Economics from the Central University of Finance and Economics.
Jessica Ee graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the National University of Singapore and thereafter obtained a MBA from the University of Salford. She has been working in human recourses for eight years in Singapore, China and Denmark. Jessica started volunteering with Magic Hospital in 2010 and has been using her professional skills to coordinate the Outdoorsy Day Programs where she hopes to be able to contribute to enriching the lives of the less fortunate. Jessica is also an avid jogger and participates in marathons, which we think makes her perfect for the Outdoorsy day program!
Janice Morrell arrived in Beijing in 2008 with her husband and two teenage children. The family has lived abroad for over 10 years in places including Pakistan and the Philippines. Janice has worked in various government departments and in pediatric and adult hospitals as a ward nurse, so she feels a strong connection to Magic Hospital’s philosophy. As Volunteer Coordinator, Janice is enjoying being in the wider community and using her Mandarin language skills.
Maggie Hicks moved to Beijing in 2009 and has served as Magic Hospital’s Communications Coordinator since the winter of 2010. She has experience volunteering for a number of youth and health-focused initiatives,
including teaching English in Botswana and fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. When not helping out with Magic Hospital, Maggie spends her time in Beijing working in PR, hiking the Great Wall and trying not to get run over on her Forever bike.
Cassie Chen has been the secretary at Magic Hospital since early 2011. She studied English language and literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Cassie is out-going, honest, and enjoys talking with people and taking on new responsibilities. Cassie joined Magic Hospital because she wants to make good use of her spare time to do something meaningful.
Rob Wang, China Director Rob Wang holds a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in International Studies) from the University of Technology Sydney. After having spent more than 17 years in Australia, Rob relocated to his birth city Beijing in 2007. Armed with extensive experience in international trade, advertising and publishing, Rob started Art of Wine in Beijing, a business that imports and distributes a wide selection of fine wine from around the world to an extensive list of corporate clients. Rob is also heavily involved in the promotion and education of wine culture in China, in 2010, he co-founded the Beijing Wine Society, an organisation that brings together wine lovers in Beijing through regular wine education focused events. Rob has been a regular supporter of the social sector with long term cooperation and sponsorships of CAI (A Bridge for Children International).
Morgan Hutchinson moved from New York City to Beijing in December of 2009 with her husband. Morgan has served as the Storytelling Coordinator for Magic Hospital since Spring 2011. Morgan's volunteer experience includes involvement in New Yorker's for Children, Toys for Tots, and a variety of other organizations dedicated to raising money for the arts. Before moving to Beijing, Morgan worked in the fashion industry. Currently, she uses those skills in Beijing to buy textiles from local fabric markets and design apparel for herself, friends, and husband...when he feels like being adventurous!
Liu Jin Jun is a member of the Liu Family, famous for generations of performing artists. All five brothers and sisters work either as acrobats or magicians and Liu Jin Jun himself is a master of the clowning art. His career began in a performing arts group attached to the China National Railways, which is composed of a cultural Troupe, acrobats, dancers, and clowns. China National Railways is affiliated with the National China Acrobatics Troupe. Liu Jin Jun has continued performing ever since and children are magically drawn to his shows. He continuously develops his talent, such as when he studied drama and mime techniques with French actress and former Magic Hospital clown consultant Claire O’Mallet. We are proud and honored that Liu Jin Jun is not only the longest member of the Magic Hospital Team, but he also received a Magic Hospital Award for five years of loyalty and laughter in the spring of 2008.
Li Zhongbao has worked with Magic Hospital since 2005 and won our hearts with his soft, tacit humor that critically sick and fragile children respond so positively to. Li began his performance career in 2002 in Beijing, and then later became an apprentice of Magician Master Fu Tenglong and Fu Qifeng, a researcher of magic and acrobatics. He is a performer with Beijing Magic Jiu Jiu Company and also a member of Beijing Magician Club specializing in traditional magic.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our volunteers who donate their time, enthusiasm, and laughter to make the lives of children a little brighter.