David Hudson was born in Pueblo, Colorado and resides in Trinidad, Colorado. He runs an anesthesia company in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. David received his Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN) and Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Southwestern Adventist University, and his Master of Health Science (MHS) and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) at Texas Wesleyan University. He has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for 21 years. He is married to Dr. Angel Wright and has three sons. When not enjoying mission work, he enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking, scuba diving, and napping.
Cameron started as a Surgical Technologist with the U.S. Army in 1993. He quickly fell in love with the Operating Room. He is a graduate of the NIFA surgical first assisting program and currently employed by Memorial Health Systems in Colorado Springs. He has participated in eight ISM trips and firmly believes in helping out the less fortunate in the world. His two boys are the most important thing in the world to him.
Leah is a bachelor's prepared RN who works at Denver Health in the Operating Room. She recently finished her fourth trip to Biri with ISM. She originally decided to go to nursing school because it would allow her to travel to other countries to provide medical care. Prior to nursing school, Leah was a veterinary technician doing some charitable work with her colleagues, but the limitations were frustrating and she wanted a chance to do more. She decided to go to school to become a nurse so she could be involved with organizations doing trips like ISM. Next, she plans on getting her DNP so she can go further in providing health care to people in need.
Dr Jay Riseman
Dr. Jay Riseman graduated Southern Illinois University in 1975 and went to work in the Renal Transplant/Immunology lab doing tissue typing and was a perfusionist for donor kidneys. In 1979, he enrolled in Nursing School while working full time and transferred to the ICU June 1981 after graduating. He applied the next year to Medical School and started in 1983 while working part time as a nurse. Originally, he wanted to be a Family Physician until he completed the surgery rotations and then went to Southern Illinois University Surgical Residency 1986 to 1991. He provided care in Surgery until 2009 when he began a Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine through Kansas University. He has been providing Hospice/ Palliative care until he partially retired May 1, 2018. His wife, Mary, and he have been doing surgical missions yearly since 1993. They moved to Arizona this year.
One of the founders of International Surgical Missions, Paul grew up in Chicago, where he received most of his education. He moved to Pueblo, Colorado in 1976, where he had a busy general surgery practice until 2006. He then began working part-time in Walsenburg, Colorado and doing locum work at various hospitals. Achieving one of his lifelong goals, Paul started doing volunteer work in 1992. He has worked as a volunteer surgeon around the world, including Africa, Asia and South and Central America. In the last several years, he has been ISM trip leader on trips to the Philippines, Ecuador, St. Vincent/Grenadines, Mexico, and Honduras. Paul continues to contribute time on the Executive Committee and as a trip leader and hopes to continue volunteer work "forever," as he finds it as exciting and rewarding as he had always hoped.
Born and raised in the wildlands of Kim, Colorado, Julie grew up with cows, coyotes and jackrabbits. Following a fruitful career in the local hospital laboratory, she decided that what she really wanted to be was a nurse. Having spent many years calving out two year old heifers, Maternal-Child just seemed like the most natural fit. After graduating from CSU-Pueblo in 2004, Julie worked in the office of an OB/GYN for two years before moving on to Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, where she currently works in the Neonatal ICU. Julie has been a member of the ISM executive committee since August of 2005.
Mary Cope has been a nurse for 25 years. She started out in Labor and Delivery before she moved to Southern Colorado. She worked Med/Surg and ER before she became Administrator of the hospital’s Home Health Department. From there she moved on to ENDO and Operating Room. She got her start with ISM when she ran into an anesthesia provider in Pueblo and a couple of nurses in Walsenburg who had been on an ISM trip. After seeing their pictures and hearing their stories, she became eager to join. Since then, she has gone on two missions to the Philippines and two local Pueblo missions, which she feels is some of her best work. Her working relationship with Dr. Radway as a general surgeon led her to enthusiastically agree to begin work on ISM inventory and accept a position on the ISM executive committee.
Brent obtained his undergraduate degree in Microbiology at Brigham Young University. He attended medical school at the Uniformed University of Health Sciences, and did his residency at Wright State University. After his first mission to Biri, he was hooked, due to his love for the patients, the operating breadth, the teams, and the culture. He finds the experience one of the most rewarding things about his line of work. Brent lives in California with his wife and five children
Jose Guevarra, Jr.
Jose Guevarra Jr., likes to be called Joone. In 1999 he graduated in Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. In 2003 he attained Preceptorship Training in Surgical Technology. In 2009 he attended Training in Advance Mininally Invasive Surgery Instrumentations. From 2005 to 2014 Joone worked as Surgical Tech/Assist at LivLite Bariatric Metabolic Clinic. Now retired, he is running his business and joined ISM in 2007 on our first mission in the Philippines.
Eric Wooll began his medical profession as an LPN in Michigan. He started in the Operating Room in 2007. In 2010 he graduated from Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting and started his own practice as a First Assistant. Eric lives in New Mexico with his wife and has 5 children.