Emergency Health Manager, RN
HOME: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
“It is a privilege and a gift to be the person that gets to bring joy, hope and healing to suffering people. While it can cause my physical body fatigue and pain, at the same time, it gives my heart life, energy and purpose.”
Kelly is from a large Michigan family; she is one of six children. Inspired by her mother’s charitable activities throughout her childhood, Kelly became a nurse seven years ago and has been working and volunteering on humanitarian tours ever since – including in Mexico, the Amazon, Haiti, South Sudan, East Timor and Liberia.
Kelly is now the Emergency Health Manager in Dhading District, Nepal – one of the areas significantly damaged by the April 25th earthquake and make up of mountainous, treacherous terrain. Kelly oversees International Medical Corps’ mobile medical units (MMUs), made up of doctors and nurses, dispatched to mountain villages by helicopter around the district. Once the Nepal Government has identified a remote village that has yet to receive post-earthquake assistance, Kelly accompanies the MMUs in the helicopter and spends two days running health clinics, assessing the level of damage, speaking to community leaders to identify needs and finding patients that may require immediate evacuation to a hospital.
Kelly was present during the second major earthquake on May 12. She said, “Being in post-earthquake Nepal, we had grown accustomed to multiple daily aftershocks and rarely even acknowledged them. As the second earthquake hit Nepal and the ground began to shake that afternoon- growing in intensity with each passing moment- everyone took notice. We all have a better understanding and a deeper respect for what the people of Nepal have been through.”