The Dream team at NFNI-Foundation
Jesse Conn is the force behind the website, financial management,
graphic art and the beautiful and inspiring images that define and
describe our work at NFNIF. He is responsible for the million details to
IT management – writing program code, designing, maintaining and
overseeing three websites and all of the troubleshooting necessary
to keep it all running smoothly. He is the genius behind the design
and formatting of the journal and all of NFNIF’s written materials. He
is the videographer and production specialist who brings you the
videos of NFNIF and he is the skill and talent behind the remarkable
and inspiring journal covers – original art with each edition.
Ayla Landry MSN/MPH, RN is an international public health nurse and
advocate. Currently, she holds a Masters of Public Health, Masters of Science in Public
Health Nursing from Johns Hopking University. She has been involved with international
health since 2008 in Latin America & the Caribbean,
organizing training conferences, advocating the nurses’
role. She and her husband, Ryan, currently live in Nicaragua.
Junior Beauvais, BS Ag. is a Community Health Worker,
and is working on his masters at Virginia Tech. He understands how the Social Determinants
of Health fit-together with the profession of nursing. Living in
harmony with the land he knows that the health of the earth is synonymous
with the health of people. We work with Junior almost daily via email and
Skype – technology is a great equalizer – if we will all learn and apply its
capabilities! Junior is a vital part of our team in Haiti as a skilled interpreter
who knows four languages (Haitian Creole, French, Spanish and English),
liaison and communicator, and assessment surveyor – He also works
weekly to learn more about health and then shares that knowledge with
community members. And because he doesn’t work hard enough already,
he also teaches English Club and youth soccer (football) every week! Junior
is a true leader for Haiti and a dear friend, colleague, and team member of
Karrin Sax, MSN, WNP, RN grew up in Minneapolis/St. Paul and obtained her nursing degree from Mankato
State University. After graduating from nursing school, she joined the Air Force, working
on the labor and delivery, nursery, postpartum and surgical units. Later, she became
a Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner, and received her Masters in Maternal-Child
Nursing in ‘94. She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 22 ½ years of service in 2003. Today, she leads the women's health initiatives with NFNIF and is a professor at MSU in Missoula, MT
Linda Strelnick, RST Raised in the Amish area of South East Pennsylvania, Linda attended East Stroudsburg
State College and went on to graduate from the University of Montana with a BS in
Education. She completed the Surgical Technology program at the College of Technology, Missoula
in 1976 and has been continuously employed in the Surgical Technology field since that
time. Linda is a highly skilled educator and sought-after Surgical Technologist. She has
worked in all specialty areas, but most of her operating room career has been concentrated
in Cardiac Surgery. In 1996 she achieved the high status of becoming a Certified
Surgical First Assistant. Linda has been a Surgical Technology Clinical Professor for the Missoula College University of Montana since 2004. She continues to maintain her clinical competency
skills while working at St. Patrick Hospital OR – the largest regional Trauma Level Four
hospital in Western Montana.
Jessie Hardin, BSN, RN is a pediatric and med-surg nurse in Louisana - with a special interest for public health. She has worked in Africa and was part a team that placed second in a poster competition at the International Rural Health Symposium in 2015 on our work in Mongolia.
Michele Sare, MSN, RN, working toward DNP; Across 42 years as an R.N. & living and working in six countries and six states, Michele has seen healthcare & nursing from almost every vantage point. She
has worked the gamut of nursing – from trauma care to community health nursing, but
her heart found a home in public health and education. Today, she’s an advocate for
nursing worldwide. Everywhere she has worked, she has not been able to understand
why injustice and disparity persists.
Martha Desir, BSN, RN is the Dean of a school of nursing in Haiti and also works as a mental health nurse for persons with filariasis. She lives in Leogane, Haiti. During the 2010 quake, he worked to save hundreds – being at the epicenter where outside aid would not arrive for almost a week - She is a true hero – we are so honored to call Martha our friend and our colleague…and for Michele – a daughter. Martha ran the O.R. at Doctors without
Borders in the 2 years after the 2010 quake - she was her class Valedictorian and seeks excellence in all of her pursuits. Today, she is also the proud mom of darling twins!
Rigan Louis, BSN, RN, NP candidate. He has worked in the emergency department as a staff nurse in Port au Prince, Haiti. During the 2010 quake, he worked to save hundreds – being at the epicenter where outside aid would not arrive for almost a week. Rigan has apprenticed in orthopedic surgery in Wisconsin, interned at the Yale New Haven Hospital, worked as a Director of Nursing for a Children’s Hospital and works
with NFNI to research and innovate better models for nursing in Haiti. He believes in the
profession of care. He is a true hero – we are so honored to call Rigan our friend and our
colleague…and for Michele – a son. Today, Rigan is the pproud dad of a darling son!
Rosemary Lynch, MN, RN, CCM is a Founding Member of Nurses for Nurses International – coming on-board in
2005 to help shape the NFNI destiny! Hailing from New York, Rosemary Lynch, RN, Certified
Care Manager received her BSN from Villanova University in 1977. She continued
her academic career and her interest and passion for elder care when she received
her MA in Gerontology from The Naropa Institute in Colorado. Rose has enjoyed the
rise in fame of the hands-on side of nursing for thirty-five years. Her experience ranges
from the emergence of critical care at a regional hospital in Kauai to nurse educator –
working on an innovative curricular design that led to a landmark 100% pass rate at a
college of nursing. Rose is a talented, skilled and deeply ethical nurse who has worked
across her career to improve quality.
LeAnn Ogilvie, MSN, CCRN, CNE, RN is the Director of the Clinical Academy at Providence Health & Services with nearly two decades of experience in acute care settings, primarily in ICU. With a strong background in education and accreditation processes, LeAnn is a strong member of our team.