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Posted By: Amy Champagne on June 25, 2013

Labels: Disaster and Health Crisis Missions, Tonga , Health Care Education, Volunteers

12 Project HOPE volunteers are participating in the first rotation of Pacific Partnership 2013, a humanitarian mission and training exercise to island nations in the South Pacific orchestrated by the U.S. Navy.  The Rotation 1 volunteers are visiting Samoa and Tonga to provide health education and other humanitarian assistance.

John Grabill is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer from Jenner Township, PA. He is a logistics and supply chain manager who worked previously for the U.S. Navy and as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense. He also served in the U.S. Air Force in the 1970’s. Right now, John is volunteering for Project HOPE simply because he has always wanted to serve on a humanitarian mission, and he currently has the time to do so. Pacific Partnership 2013 is a good match for his skills and his interests in medicine and disaster preparedness.

Six-time Project HOPE volunteer Lynn Bemiller, MD is serving as the HOPE Medical Director for the entire Pacific Partnership 2013 mission.  She is a physician specializing in hematology and oncology in Chula Vista, CA, who previously spent 23 years serving in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps.  Lynn was recognized in April 2013 as the second runner-up for Project HOPE’s Volunteer of the Year award for her exceptional service as HOPE Medical Director for the entire Pacific Partnership mission in 2012.

Susan Materlo, MD is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer from Springville, UT.  She is a physician specializing in endocrinology at the Central UtahClinic.  Sue became interested in volunteering for Project HOPE after speaking with her nephew, a former U.S. Navy lieutenant, who was familiar with the organization.  Sue is eager to do some medical humanitarian work so that she can share her knowledge with those less fortunate abroad.

Rose Wilson is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer who currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.  She is a pediatric nurse specializing in the treatment of adolescents with chronic and mental health issues at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.  Rose originally learned about Project HOPE’s volunteer opportunities through a clinic where she worked in Timor Leste, an island nation in Southeast Asia that Project HOPE visited during Pacific Partnership 2011.

Nora Hussey is a family nurse practitioner from Summerton, SC.  She spent 12 years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a nurse practicing in several areas including preventative medicine, emergency room, vascular surgical nursing and community health nursing.  Nora volunteered for Project HOPE on Continuing Promise 2010, a humanitarian mission and training exercise to Latin America and the Caribbean orchestrated by the U.S. Navy.

First-time Project HOPE volunteer Lisa Bassett is a medical-surgical nurse from Sugar Grove, IL with ten years of nursing experience.  For the past five years Lisa worked as an emergency room nurse.  She is now pursuing a master’s degree in Health Systems Management with a concentration on Informatics at Loyola University in Chicago.

Renee Bobb is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer from Madison, Wisconsin.  She works at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, where she is an acute care nurse practitioner for post-cardio thoracic surgery.  She decided to volunteer for Project HOPE after hearing about the experiences of friends who had family members who had volunteered for HOPE in the past.  Her motto for this mission is "It's all about the journey."

Jo Anne Bennett, RN, PhD is a volunteer from New York City, where she works for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  She has over 20 years of nursing experience and will be serving as a community health nurse on this mission.

Madeline Carroll, RN is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer from Raleigh, NC.  She is a retired nurse, who worked previously at Duke University Medical Center in the radiation oncology department.  Madeline has a passion for medical mission work.  She volunteered previously in Malawi for another organization, where she established infection prevention and control practices.  She is originally from Maine.     

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