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on September 7, 2011

Labels: Costa Rica, El Salvador , Volunteers

Twenty-one Project HOPE volunteers in collaboration with the U.S. Navy provided medical care and health education in El Salvador and Costa Rica earlier this summer, as part of Continuing Promise 2011, a five-month, nine-country mission. HOPE volunteers also served in Jamaica, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua and Peru.

 

Lori Brown, a Nurse from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. She is using her nursing skills onboard the USNS Comfort and ashore in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

 

 

Dr. Jeff Cukor, an Emergency Room Doctor, from North Providence, Rhode Island is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. He is serving as an Emergency Room Physician onboard the USNS Comfort and ashore in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

 

Cherri Dowbson

Cherri Dobson is serving on her fourth volunteer mission for Project HOPE. A critical care nurse with over 26 years experience, Cherri currently works in NICU at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. She also serves as a Critical Care Transport RN for American Medical Response in San Leandro. During Continuing Promise 2011, Cheri served as a PACU Nurse in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Beverly Griffis, a Nurse from Margate, Florida, is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. She is using her nursing skills onboard the USNS Comfort and ashore in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

           

Roxana Hutchcroft, a Pediatric Nurse from Springdale, Arizona is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. She has served as a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse throughout the five-month, nine-country Continuing Promise 2011 mission.

 

Brenda Jones, a Nurse from Porter, Indiana, is a returning Project HOPE volunteer first serving in Guyana and Suriname in 2010. Brenda volunteered as a Nurse Practitioner in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

 

Emily Kirchner is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer from Mount Jackson, Virginia. Emily is a Doctor of Pharmacy student Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. She is using her pharmacy skills onboard the USNS Comfort and ashore in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

 

Dr. Janet Kinney, A Pediatrician from Tarrant, Texas, is a returning Project HOPE volunteer first serving during Continuing Promise 2010. She is volunteering as a Pediatrician onboard the USNS Comfort and ashore in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

           

Wendy LaFargue, a Nurse from Humble, Texas, is a first-time volunteer for Project HOPE, however she has participated in several volunteer missions with other organizations. She has volunteered as a Recovery Room (PACU) Nurse for most of the Continuing Promise 2011 five-month mission.

 

Alyson Landry, a freelance Photojournalist from Gainesville, Florida, is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. She is serving as Project HOPE’s Public Affairs Officer for the final half of the Continuing Promise 2011 mission.

 

Dr. Scott Leckman, a Surgeon from Salt Lake City, Utah is a seasoned Project HOPE volunteer having served in Indonesia following the Tsunami, in the United States after Hurricane Katrina, and in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in 2007. He is volunteering as a General Surgeon onboard the USNS Comfort in El Salvador and Costa Rica. 

Christy Manso, a project manager and MBA from Long Island, New York is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. Manso will be using her program management and leadership skills, serving as HOPE’s Operations Officer onboard the USNS Comfort and ashore in Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica. 

 

Alisa McGehee is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer from Parker, Texas.  She is a Doctor of Pharmacy student Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Alisa is using her pharmacy skills onboard the USNS Comfort and ashore in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

 

Dr. Gary Parrish, an Emergency Room Physician from Roanoke, Virginia is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. Dr. Parrish has used his emergency room skills throughout most of the Continuing Promise 2011 five-month mission, including El Salvador and Costa Rica.

 

Katherine Plenert, a Nurse from Canton, Kansas, is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer with ship-board medical experience as a former member of the U.S. Navy Fleet Surgical Team. She served as an operating nurse in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Haiti.

 

Faye Pyles, a pediatric nurse practitioner from Norfolk, Virginia, with more than 30 years experience, is on her fifth mission with Project HOPE including a volunteer mission aboard the USNS Comfort in 2009. Faye is retired after 25 years from the Navy where she served in a variety of roles in both the U.S. and overseas. She is volunteering as Chief Nursing Officer and Operations Officer during Continuing Promise 2011. 

Randy Roark, Ph.D., from Florida International University (FIU) College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Miami, Florida is a returning HOPE volunteer. He first served in Indonesia aboard the USNS Mercy in 2010. Roark is using his skills to treat patients and teach and mentor HOPE’s nurse practitioner students and local health professionals in Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica.   

Earl Rogers, a pharmacist from Richmond, Virginia is a long-time Project HOPE volunteer who will be using his pharmacy skills to treat patients and teach and mentor pharmacy students in El Salvador and Costa Rica. Earl first served aboard the SS HOPE in 1972 in Brazil and has since volunteered in Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Vietnam and Cambodia to name a few.

Dakota Wheeler, a Nurse from Oviedo, Florida is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer with extensive volunteer experience aboard hospital ships. She is serving as an Operating Room Nurse onboard the USNS Comfort and ashore in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

 

Janis Zloto, a Certified Nurse Midwife from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. She is serving as a Midwife onboard the USNS Comfort and ashore in El Salvador and Costa Rica.

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