Lynelle Phillips, RN, MPH has a nearly 30 year career studying and working in public health with an emphasis in infectious diseases and environmental health. She has worked for CDC in various roles including environmental health scientist, nurse consultant and public health advisor. She is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Missouri and teaches Environmental Health, several Epidemiology courses and Health Ethics. She also coordinates the MPH Internship Program and has lead several study abroad trips to Ghana.
Kiley Petersmith, MSN, RN, CPEN, CPN is the lead program coordinator and assistant professor in undergraduate nursing at Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha, NE. As the lead program coordinator, Kiley partners with Douglas County Health Department in developing a program to implement point of care testing for lead toxicity in vulnerable child populations in Omaha, NE (which has been federally mandated as a superfund site). Kiley is also pursuing a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree in public health policy, where she focuses on creating a continuously improving standard of care that eliminates health disparities and promotes socially-just health policies.
Atenas Mena has been a nurse for five years and holds a certification in pediatric nursing. Atenas holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Avila University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in nursing leadership at Missouri Western State University with a planned graduation date of December 2019. Atenas currently works as a nurse environmental health coordinator at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.
David Buchheit is a nurse with special interests in environmental stewardship and public health and looks forward to working in the fellowship to developing a project to promote environmental health. David’s current nursing position is on an ICU stepdown unit where he cares for a diverse patient population. David enjoys digging in his garden, tinkering with his house, going on roadtrips, and attending plays featuring his wife/partner in life Wendy.