Gail Rosselot, ANP, MS, MPH, COHN-S/R, FRCPS (Glas), FAANP, FISTM
Certificate in Travel HealthTM
ATHNA Member since 2004
Home: Briarcliff Manor, NY
Employment: President, Travel Well of Westchester and Director, The Westchester Courses in Travel Health Fundamentals
Favorite Destination(s): Paris, the Scottish Isles, Botswana Okavango Delta
Nursing Education: Cornell and Columbia
How did you get involved in travel health: I was fortunate to join a UN/International Rescue Committee/ Cornell team to the Khao-I-Dang Refugee Camp on the Thai-Cambodian border in the 1980's
-worked with CDC and saw first hand the impact of destination risks and tropical disease
Why are you an ATHNA member: I have found it rewarding, supportive, and empowering to participate in the one travel health organization only for nurses. ATHNA brings together amazing professionals who strive everyday to provide quality care to travelers and make a difference in global health.
What do you do in your free time: Girl Scout leader, hiking with my black lab,Sophie, mailing college care packages to my daugher, and reading medical thrillers
Home: Newark, Delaware
Employment: Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner, Dow Chemical Company; Adjunct Professor at Wilmington University; President Up and Away Travel Health
Favorite Destination(s): Vancouver, Alaska, Florida and anywhere in the Caribbean
Nursing Education: BSN, MSN University of Delaware; MBA Wilmington University; DNP Case Western Reserve University
How did you get involved in travel health: Prepared employees for business travel and wanted to learn more about the fascinating and complex world of Travel Health.
Why are you an ATHNA Member: ATHNA is an excellent resource for all travel related education and questions. It is a nurse driven organization and the quality of the posts, blogs, and conferences is outstanding.
What do you do in your free time: Volunteering for AAOHN, reading, and having fun with our baby granddaughter Elsie
Julie Richards, FNP, WHNP, MS, MSN
Certificate in Travel HealthTM
Immediate Past President
ATHNA member since 2010
Home: Menlo Park, CA born Springfield, IL (or the Land of Lincoln as we say)
Employment: Vaden Health Center, Stanford University
Favorite Destination(s): NYC but will travel anywhere - as all of us in the business seem to do.
Graduate Education: University of Illinois, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston Ho
How did you get involved in travel health: I have always been interested in global health issues and women's advocacy and began volunteering when I was a teenager. Later at Stanford, I had the good fortune to obtain additional training in travel health and a whole new world opened up for me.
Why are you an ATHNA Member: My two favorite things about ATHNA are my professional colleagues and getting things done that can actually improve the quality of patient care - for thousands. When I devote my time to ATHNA, I see real results. My colleagues are smart, creative, and hardworking and can be an absolute joy to work with. One is never too old to learn and I learn from them all the time. When you have free time: Nature is replenishing for me. I love to get outdoors and try to find more ways to be mindful and fully present. My favorite ritual? -morning and afternoon tea with my husband and dog. Oh, and I will binge watch almost anything on PBS.
What I admire in others: What I admire most in others: Character, character, character.
Sue Ann McDevitt, RN, BSN
Board Member 2004-2009, Treasurer 2004-2009
ATHNA member since 2004
Home: New York, NY
Employment: Clinical Specialist and Educator- Travel Health at Premise Health, an on-site provider of employee health services
Favorite Destination(s): Scotland, Sydney, Cornwall & the Scilly Isles
Nursing Education: Beth Israel School of Nursing (NYC), Edith Cowan University (Perth, Aus)
How did you get involved in travel health: Through my career in occupation/corporate health, I have seen this specialty evolve from just following a doctor's order to administer a vaccine with little context as to why to a more nurse-delivered practice with a focus on patient education.
Why are you an ATHNA Member: I have been involved in ATHNA since its founding in NYC as a group of nurses who would get together for dinner to talk about our challenges: last minute patients, challenging patients with co-morbidities, our own travels. We decided to go ahead with membership after several years as we recognized we were not the only nurses out there who needed support but were not within reach of NYC. The purpose has always been to give a voice to nurses, to provide expert guidance by nurses to nurses.
What do you do in your free time: Reading, traveling, whisky tastings, watching classic movies and leading the New York Caledonian Club as its 83rd Chief.
Mette Riis, BSN, MSW
Certificate in Travel HealthTM
Treasurer, 2014 to present
ATHNA member since 2010
Home: Golden, Colorado but grew up in Montreal, Canada and Connecticut
Employment: Retired Manager, Denver Health Immunization and Travel Clinic
Favorite Destination(s): My bucket list is huge! Anywhere in the world where I can see new things, experience the local culture and language and be active
Nursing Education: Regis University, Loretto Heights College School of Nursing, Denver, CO and University of Denver, Denver, CO
How did you get involved in travel health: Through my own travels and through working with the Colorado Refugee Resettlement Program, I saw the need for education and guidance in the prevention of travel related communicable diseases; especially travel to underdeveloped and remote countries. Denver Health is a safety net hospital system for the Denver Metro area and serves patients and families from all walks of life and economic backgrounds. While I was the manager of the Denver Health Immunization Clinic, I had the opportunity to expand our services and developed the travel clinic. At the time, there were few comprehensive travel health consultation services available in the Rocky Mountain region; especially for the diverse population we served at Denver Health. Our clinic brought together travel health nurses, immunizations and infectious disease specialists to ensure comprehensive pre and post travel health services to travelers and their families.
Why are you an ATHNA Member: I have always been impressed with ATHNA's commitment to educate and provide resources to nurses to help them provide the best patient care possible to insure safe and healthy travel experiences for travelers and their families. Being a part of ATHNA provides the opportunity for me to learn, network and share my knowledge beyond the travel health nursing profession in Denver.
What do you do in your free time: I spend a lot of my time traveling back east to visit my elderly parents and family. I'm an active person and enjoy hiking and cross country skiing in the beautiful Colorado mountains. I am also very active in the Colorado Alzheimer's Association.
What I admire in others: Candid honesty and a sense of humor
Lori Barker, MS, RN, CEN, CPEN
ATHNA member since 2012
Home: Clifton Park, NY
Employment: Travel Health Nurse, Travel Medicine, a Service of Saratoga Hospital, Mechanicville, NY
Favorite Destination(s): Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA, Minnewaska State Park in New Paltz, NY, Block Island, RI, US National Parks, & the Caribbean
Nursing Education: BSN from McNeese State University in Lake Charles LA and MS as an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist from UMass Graduate School of Nursing in Worcester, MA
How did you get involved in travel health: I was providing weekend emergency response nursing services at an industrial site and my boss asked if I was interested in helping to develop a new service line for our community hospital; travel health nursing. I had been an emergency nurse for over 14 years, with a passion for patient and nursing education. I jumped at the opportunity to break into this exciting specialty.
Why are you an ATHNA Member: Throughout my career, I have always relied on my professional organization as the critical link to that discipline. ATHNA is THE key resource in travel health nursing. It was extremely influential to me as a new provider of travel health nursing services. I am impressed by the breadth of experience, level of collegiality and sharing of information.
What do you do in your free time: I enjoy hanging out with my husband of 32 years, gardening, swimming, reading, hiking and planning our next trip. I teach Bleeding Control Basics and CPR.
Kevin A. Long, RN, LNC
ATHNA Member since 2013
Home: Lenoir, NC
Lead Travel Nurse - Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Clinical IT Specialist - Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
ADN - Forsyth Technical Community College - Winston Salem, NC (1995)
CLNC - Vickie L. Milazzo Institute - Houston, TX (1999)
American Travel Health Nurses Association - Lifetime Member
SIGMA THETA TAU INTERNATIONAL - Member
How did you get involved in ATHNA: I found ATHNA while looking to advance my knowledge in Travel Health and to network with other Travel Nurses. The knowledge base was tremendous and the enthusiasm of it's members. Joined in 2013 and became a Board Member a few years later.
Why are you an ATHNA member: I would like to assist other Travel Health Nurses in developing strong programs and to assist them / mentor them as they become more experienced. As the organization seeks certification within the Nursing Profession through ANA I look forward to help advance this endeavor and to be certified as well. Throughout my time as a Travel Health Professional, I have struggled to find CME courses for my specialty, now I have the ability to complete career specific continuing education. Travel Health Nursing as a specialty designation would make it easier to be compensated at a level commensurate to my specialization.
What do you do in your free time: Ha! What spare time? I like to spend time with my son through his involvement with Boy Scouts as he works toward his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. Plan a wedding with my fiancé and prepare for new adventures to come.
Favorite Destination(s): I love traveling to Central and South America but my heart is in Honduras.
Diane McHugh, RN, BSN
ATHNA Member since 2018
Home: Madison, WI
Immunization Coordinator, Public Health-Madison and Dane County,
Facilitator for Dane County Immunization Coalition
BSN from University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Favorite Destination(s): So far, Jordan, Peru, and Istanbul. So much more yet to discover!
How did you get involved in ATHNA: My first nursing experience was in Honduras as a new grad, and opened my eyes to health needs in a developing country. Years of working in communicable disease and immunizations in public health with clients from around the world has fueled my interest in travel and global health issues. Expanding travels has taught me personally the importance of preparation before travels to make the experience a safe and healthy one. I'm glad to be part of helping others experience the world and stay healthy in the process.
Why are you an ATHNA Member: As a newer member, I discovered the excellent work that ATHNA is doing in providing resources and information for those involved in travel health, and wanted to be a part of it. I love to learn more about travel and related health issues, and the members of ATHNA are a wealth of information, with shared interests/goals. The members are dedicated and knowledgeable, and ANTHNA provides the chance to network and learn from each other.
What do you do in your free time: Traveling whenever and wherever I can, being in the great outdoors, time with family and quilting when I can.
What do you admire in others?: Integrity, humility, compassion.
Jacqueline Mier, RN,BSN,
Certificate in Travel HealthTM
Home: Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
Employment: Retired-Co-Director of the West Virginia University International Travel Clinic in Morgantown, WV and faculty in West Virginia University Global Health Program Summer Tropical Medicine Course-Travel Health Module
Favorite Destination(s): Anywhere my Family or Friends are-Botswana, Frankfurt Germany, Panama, Medellin in Colombia, New England-and Kayaking in West Virginia.
Nursing Education: University of Maryland, Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing, and West Virginia University
How did you get involved in ATHNA: I became acquainted with ATHNA and attended some of their receptions through the ISTM congresses and was always impressed with the knowledge and enthusiasm of it's members. Finally joined in 2017 and wish I had joined much earlier.
Why are you an ATHNA Member: I would like to encourage acceptance and recognition of Travel Health Nursing within the Nursing Profession making it a specialty. In my career I struggled to find CME courses for my specialty and financial returns for my knowledge, certification and experience. I want the new generation of nurses to have this. I find that ATHNA strives to promote that while providing a wondrous and practical resource for the Travel Health Nurse.
What do you do in your free time: I garden, pick berries, Kayak, walk the rail trail with my daughter and dog, Ace, swim, watch the sunset over the lake with my husband from my little hilltop and of course travel.
Name: Karen S. Moore, DNP, APRN, ANP, BC, FAANP
ATHNA member since 2015
Home: St. Louis, Missouri
Employment: Saint Louis University and Corporate Health Services/Travelers Health
Favorite Destination(s): I love traveling to historic locations, oceans and beautiful scenery
Nursing Education: Jewish Hospital College of Nursing at Washington University Medical Center, Rocky Mountain University
How did you get involved in travel health: While working with corporate clients over the past 18 years, I became interested in travel health. My writing and research interests are focused on travel health topics so the combination of clinical practice and academic interest led me to ATHNA!
Why are you an ATHNA Member: Through education and support for nurses engaged in travel health practice, ATHNA is actively engaged in improving the lives of travelers nationwide. ATHNA is focused on empowering nurses to provide excellent patient care and that is something that I think is worthwhile.
What do you do in your free time: I enjoy spending time with my family, visiting hospitals and charities with my black lab Therapy Dog named Grant, and doing charity work in underserved populations
Elaine Rosenblatt, MSN, FNP-BC
Certificate in Travel HealthTM
ATHNA Board Member 2009-15, and now currently serving again
Past President 2013-2015
Home: Madison, Wisconsin, although I grew up in NY
Employment: Nurse Practitioner in the Internal Medicine Clinic-University Station, UW Health Madison Wisconsin
Education: MSN from Graduate School of Nursing, Pleasantville, NY 1976, BA in Anthropology from State University of New York, Binghamton
How did you get involved in travel health: In 1976 I started my first job at UW Hospital and Clinics, Madison. They needed someone to continue doing travel health, as the NP who was doing travel health was retiring. It sounded interesting to me, so I said sure. I've been hooked ever since
Why are you an ATHNA Member: The networking opportunities have been very important to me - learning about how others practice, having peers to ask questions when something is controversial or new to me, being part of a group that is advancing a field I enjoy - travel health
What do you do in your free time: Travel, reading, movies, going out with friends, learning about wines
What I admire in Others: a good sense of humor