Thursday, September 3, 2009

Meet the Project HOPE Volunteers in Liberia

As one set of Project HOPE volunteers continues work in the Oceania region of the world aboard the USNS Richard E. Byrd, four new volunteers from Project HOPE are joining the U.S. Navy aboard the HSV Swift on a health education and humanitarian assistance mission in Liberia.

The HOPE volunteers in Liberia are working at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia alongside their counterparts in the labor and delivery ward and offering health education classes to midwives at the hospital.

Amanda Cooper-Lawrence is a first time Project HOPE volunteer from New York Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, New York. She has worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 14 years. In Liberia, Amanda is volunteering as a labor and delivery nurse.

Kathleen Martin, a nurse midwife from Driggs, Idaho is a first-time Project HOPE volunteer. Her extensive experience includes work as a nurse practitioner, owner of a midwifery service, attorney at law, director of a midwife center and a midwife consultant in Afghanistan for USAID Reach. Currently she is a nurse midwife with an obstetrics and gynecology practice with hospital privileges at Madison Memorial Hospital in Idaho. In Liberia, Kathleen will be working as a midwife.

Jennifer Oh is a certified nurse midwife from Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to working as a midwife, Jen worked as a registered nurse in women's health and in pediatrics. Jen is participating in her second volunteer mission for Project HOPE. Earlier this year she volunteered in Ghana aboard the USS Nashville. In Liberia, she will be working as a midwife.

Tom Stanton, a former VP and Senior Counsel for Marriott International, Inc., is a on his second mission for Project HOPE. Earlier this year, he spent two months aboard the USNS Comfort, working closely with volunteers serving as HOPE’s public affairs officer and operations officer in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Antigua. In Liberia, Tom will be volunteering in the same capacity. Tom is from Kensington, Maryland.

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