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Posted By: Amy Champagne on May 22, 2013

Labels: Americas , Global Health Expertise, Health Care Education, Health Systems Strengthening, Humanitarian Aid, Women’s and Children’s Health

Six Project HOPE volunteers are in Belize for two weeks participating in New Horizons 2013, a humanitarian mission and training exercise led by the U.S. Air Force.  The HOPE volunteers are working to improve the quality of obstetric care in Belize.

Amy Champagne is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer.  She spent four years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps ending in 2009, and she received her BA in Sociology from the University of New Orleans in 2012.  She is the Volunteer Operations Coordinator and Public Affairs Officer for this mission.  Amy's hobbies include weight lifting, dancing, reading, traveling, learning and sleeping.  Her favorite food is ceviche or cannolis; it's a tie. 

Amy Kogut, originally from Boston, received a BS in Nursing from Simmons College and a MA in Midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania.  Currently Amy is a stay at home mom with four children, three of whom are teenagers.  Amy  misses clinical practice and is looking forward to getting back to it soon.  She really loves volunteer missions because they teach her not only about medicine but about herself as well. Her favorite food is seafood. 

Amy said, “It’s been really wonderful meeting so many new Belizean health workers . All have been welcoming and very willing to share their knowledge and let us into their workspaces to see what they do. They are very aware of the gaps in care that they have.” 

Alice Taylor is a second-time Project HOPE volunteer.  Alice practices Midwifery in Gold Beach, Oregon.  She has been providing women’s healthcare since 1978.  Alice is very active in public health projects related to maternal and child health.  Her hobbies include hiking, adventurous travel and sailing. Alice's favorite food is healthy ethnic food that makes the body feel good.

Alice explained, “I’m particularly enthusiastic about this mission for it’s potential to have a lasting impact - improving pregnancy and neonatal outcomes."

Cherri Dobson is an eight-time HOPE volunteer from Brentwood, CA.  Cherri is a critical care nurse at Kaiser Permante Medical Center in Oakland, CA.  She has over 26 years of experience in nursing.  Cherri is also currently studying Clinical Nurse Leadership at Southern Alabama University.  Cherri was runner up for Project HOPE's 2012 Volunteer of the Year award.

Holly Kirkland-Walsh is a Family Nurse Practitioner from Sacramento, CA.  She is currently working on a dissertation at the University of California San Francisco.  Her hobbies include reading, traveling and being adventurous.  Her favorite food is Mexican.

Holly said, "I’m enthusiastic about assessment and process versus a task on this mission.”

Lindsay Zupancic, originally from Sacramento, CA, attended California State University, where she earned a BS in Kinesiology and Nursing.  She currently works in Madera, California at Children’s Hospital Central California.  Lindsay enjoys the outdoors, rowing, hiking and traveling; her favorite food is Italian food.

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