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School of Nursing Haiti Trip - April 2018

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School of Nursing Haiti Trip - April 2018

Faculty and students from the University at Buffalo School of Nursing and members of the Buffalo community are traveling to Galette, Haiti to complete a mobile medical mission trip alongside Servants in Fellowship (SIF) ​from April 22-29, 2018. Once there, they will be caring for an extremely underserved and poor population with very limited to no access to health care in a rural area of Haiti.




Amanda Adams

"I am enrolled in UB’s DNP program on the Family track set to graduate in May 2019. I have worked predominantly in oncology over my growing 5 year nursing career; first inpatient at Strong Memorial in Rochester, NY, then outpatient chemotherapy infusion at Roswell Park here in Buffalo. I’ve always had an interest in complimentary and integrative medicines, and now my focus is shifting toward prevention. I love the idea of utilizing primary care as a gateway toward helping people establish strong, firm, healthy foundations for their lives. One day I hope to run or be part of a comprehensive wellness network that brings the best minds in healthcare directly to those that need it most. Ideally, that setting is both here and abroad through continued efforts working as an NP in America and through future mission work across the globe."


Hollyanne Bly

"I am in my final year of the family nurse practitioner program at UB! Currently, I work at Sisters of Charity hospital as a RN; I have worked there for almost 4 years on a telemetry/stroke unit and absolutely love my job. Caring for others has always been a strong passion of mine, and is the reason I have chosen nursing as my career, and also the reason why I have continued on with my education. After I graduate, I would like to stay in the hospital setting, but am open to any experiences that strengthen myself as a nurse practitioner. Buffalo is an underserved area, and anywhere I can make deliver improved care would be an ideal career for me. This will be my first medical mission trip, and I am so excited! I think our team will make a great impact and I can't wait for this opportunity."


Mary Bonasera

 "I am a senior nursing student and plan to graduate May 2018. I did a nursing internship over the summer at Sister's of Charity hospital, and has continued on there as a nursing assistant. I have also worked in home care and at UB as an orientation leader. I grew up with a grandfather who is a physiscian, and mother who is a physician assistant. They sparked a love of medicine and healing in me at a young age. I felt that nursing is my fit in the medical field because of the amount of compassion and patient-interaction. Nursing gives tender, compassionate care while applying challenging medical care. I wanted to bring this to Haiti to help expand this care across the globe. It's very important to me to give back, not just locally but on a global scale." 


Arielle Brown

"I chose to participate in this Haiti trip because I believe we are called to help others. What a privilege it will be to utilize the skills and knowledge I’ve learned while in nursing school to care for so many people in the beautiful nation of Haiti. I will be graduating this May from UB’s school of nursing program. I currently work as a nurse assistant at Mercy Hospital and hope to work there when I graduate. I chose nursing for my career because I love caring for others and showing other people that they are important and not alone in their current journey." 


Ashlei Brown

"I grew up knowing I’d like to be involved in the healthcare field in someway, but wasn’t totally sure where that would take me. I initially received my Bachelors degree in Health and Human services from UB in 2012, and then graduated with my BSN from UB’s accelerated nursing program in 2014. I began my nursing career at Roswell Park and knew from the start the nursing field was for me. In 2016, I adventured to NYC as a travel nurse and had an incredible experience working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Buffalo will always be home, and I am happy to say I am back at Roswell Park. Thirteen years ago, I had the amazing chance to go on a missions trip with my church to Honduras, and to say it was an eye opening experience is an understatement. I left that trip with the hopes of being able to do a medical missions trip someday in the future with whatever career path I would choose. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join the UBSON Haiti medical team. I look forward to using my nursing background to help the people of Haiti."



Jen Buyea

​"I am enrolled in the DNP, FNP program and will graduate in May 2019. I have been a nurse since 2005, starting with my Associates Degree and working in Post-Op ENT and Orthopedics. The majority of my clinical nursing experience is in hospice care, but I have worked in a variety of settings including long term care; public health nursing, where I specialized for my Master’s Degree; utilization management; project coordination; and healthcare training. I am currently working as a staff nurse at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Ultimately, one day I aspire to operate my own family practice, taking an active role in health promotion and disease prevention, while managing the healthcare needs of children and families."


Dr. Greg Collins

"I am a family medicine physician in Wyoming County NY. I completed my osteopathic medical degree at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, my residency in family medicine at University of Rochester and a MPH at University of Massachusetts. My clinical practice includes emergency medicine, geriatrics, jail medicine,  addiction medicine as well as public health. In addition to spending time with my wife, three sons, dogs, cat and chickens, I enjoy hosting exchange students, hunting, hiking, birding, archery and reading. I am very much looking forward to being part of the UBSON Haiti medical team."


Erin DeMarco

"I graduated last May from D'Youville. I am a FNP and I currently work at Suburban as a hospitalist. I chose to get into nursing because when I was a senior in High School my Grandma was sick and I spent a lot of time in the hospital with her. I saw what a big impact having a good nurse made for the patient and family. I chose to become a NP because I love everything about medicine and wanted to learn the most I could and have more of an influence on care. I want to go to Haiti because I feel that everyone deserves equal access to good health care and it’s a great opportunity to make an impact somewhere outside my own community."


Michele Harms

"I am the Program Director of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Medical Laboratory Science Program in Jamestown, NY. I received both my Masters Degree in Biology, emphasis in Physiology, and Baccalaureate Degrees in Medical Technology and Biology from SUNY Fredonia. I completed my clinical preceptorship at Rochester General Hospital and worked as a bench technologist at UMPC Chautauqua WCA until accepting the program's directorship in 2002.  I have been on numerous medical mission trips to Haiti and Jamaica, filling various medical roles as needed utilizing the vast knowledge base and theory afforded to me through my education and being willing to be retrained/molded into what God needs on each trip."


Julie Hitzges

"I am in the FNP DNP program here at UB. I started out in the nursing program at NCCC where I graduated in 2013. Immediately, I started working on a Medical/Surgical/Telemetry unit at Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston. While working there I obtained my baccalaureate degree in nursing from Daemen College. Since then, I began working in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital and am coming up on my 5-year milestone as a Registered Nurse. Upon completion of UB’s Family Nurse Practitioner DNP program I aspire to work in an underserved community where I will be able to utilize the skills gained from my global healthcare experience and apply them locally."


Dr. Linda Paine Hughes

"I am currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo, and received my Doctorate of Nursing Practice from UB. I have participated in medical missions both domestically and internationally, and I look forward to working with the team to positively impact both the student experience and the people of Haiti." 


Marina Korogoda

"I’m a pharmacist and I graduated from D’Youville college in 2014. I’ve been with Walgreens since I graduated and I love the impact I can make on patients. I’m able to tell them about their medications, especially since physicians don’t have as much time to spend with their patients. I’m also able to advise patients on OTC medications, hopefully preventing unnecessary ER visits. I love being a pharmacist and am glad to have the opportunity to impact patients in Haiti as well."


Teresa Sion

"I will be graduating from UB's Family Nurse Practitioner program this May, and I received my Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from UB in 2014. I currently work as a Registered Nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Buffalo General Medical Center, and hope to continue working in critical care as a FNP after graduation. A career in nursing has enabled me to make an impact on the lives of others during some of the most difficult times and experiences they will go through, and I hopes to be able to use my nursing knowledge and experience to make a positive impact on the health promotion of the individuals I will work with in Haiti."


Michelle Skrzypek

"I am a senior nursing student at University at Buffalo. After working for several years in the lab at a local hospital, I gained a strong desire to help people more directly as a nurse. I have participated in another mission trip to Ghana, Africa; and my love of travel and helping others only grew stronger. I look forward to marrying my two interests in Haiti, by meeting many different people and helping them with our mobile medical clinic."


Dr. Molli Warunek - Trip Leader

"Nursing started for me as a junior in high school. Since then I have moved along the trajectory to finishing my doctorate of nursing practice in 2014 to be able to teach other individuals with the same love and compassion for people that I have. My global healthcare drive started when I was as a RN student on my first trip to Haiti in 2000. It was then that I fell in love with Haiti and all its people. Since then I have I returned on global missions both locally and internationally approximately 15 times. It is with great pleasure that I am able to lead a group of UB student professional nurses and licensed healthcare professionals back to Haiti. This hands on global experience cannot be reproduced in any classroom setting." 


Niky Wedzina

"I graduated from Daemen College with my Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health in 2014. I have currently been employed for the Catholic Health System for more than 18 years. I started working in the system as a nurse's aide in 1999, obtained my LPN in 2005, graduated with my RN in 2007, and now am working as an ANP. I am currently working on enrolling at UB for my Doctorate of Nursing practice. Experiencing cultural differences first-hand would be such an amazing opportunity that is self-rewarding, as well as beneficial to the community served. I have a compassionate spirit that is motivated to help others, especially the less fortunate. I know that an experience like this will positively change my life forever."


Kaylee Zaffuto

​"I am in the adult gerontology DNP program in my final semester. I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for two years after graduating as a nurse and then left to focus more on my graduate studies. I currently work at an ambulatory surgery center. I have always wanted to be a part of a global health experience but hadn’t found the right opportunity. The timing now couldn’t be more perfect. I can’t wait to give back and help others right before graduating and beginning my career as a nurse practitioner. I look forward to a new, life changing experience."



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