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Faculty and Staff Contacts

Michael Relf, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, AACRN, CNE, FAAN
Associate Dean

Dr. Relf is the associate dean for global and community affairs. As a co-investigator on a President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded project to build nursing capacity in the context of HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, Dr. Relf, in collaboration with colleagues from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, published the Essential Nursing Competencies Related to HIV and AIDS (see Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 22 (Suppl. 1), e5-e40). Subsequently, these competencies have been adapted to the context of HIV/AIDS nursing practice in Canada and Thailand. During his career, he has been a visiting scholar at Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland) and the University of Zululand (South Africa). Dr. Relf has developed student and faculty exchange programs in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He has also served as a clinical instructor for students in South Africa.

Jane E. Blood-Siegfried, DNSc, RN, CPNP
Director, Global Education Partnerships and Innovation
Liaison to Graduate Student Global Clinical Immersion Experiences

Dr. Blood-Siegfried is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and a fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners/Associates. She earned her doctorate in nursing from UCLA with a focus of study in immunology of the young infant. Her areas of interest and research include immune response, vaccines, SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), health maintenance and neglected tropical diseases. She has over 40 years of experience in pediatric primary care and has been involved in the education of nurse practitioners for the past 36 years. She has taught at several universities, including UCLA and Mother Patern School of Health Sciences in Monrovia, Liberia, and is an adjunct professor with University of Developmental Studies in Tamale, Ghana.  She is currently PI on a project with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University-College in Moshi, Tanzania to develop a Family Nurse Practitioner program. In addition to her faculty appointment, she continues to maintain a rural clinical practice in eastern North Carolina.

Julie Cusatis
Senior Manager, International Programs
Julie has an extensive background developing programs and people, leading and working on teams, planning and executing projects and providing administrative leadership. Before coming to OGACHI, she was the program coordinator for several key diversity initiatives for the School of Nursing: two HRSA-funded nursing workforce diversity projects - MADIN II and the Health Equity Academy - as well as the NIH-funded Bridge to the Doctorate. In her current role, she collaborates with global partners to coordinate academic experiences in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Caribbean. Fueled by a desire to expand cross-cultural awareness, sensitivity and understanding, Julie works closely with course faculty and diverse internal and external stakeholders to structure, develop and faciliatate global experiences and prepare students for short-term global placements.

Belinda Wisdom, MDiv
Senior Program Manager
Belinda manages the visa application process in support of academic programs appointing foreign nationals as visiting long-term scholars and short-term visitors. She works with the academic and professional practice arms of the medical center in managing the International Visiting Nurse program of DUSON, which attracts nurses and other visitors for objective-driven tailored experiences, and provides logistical leadership in facilitating international student exchange programs. Belinda plans and provides logistical support for the annual global health lecture and research symposium. Her responsibilities involve working with various faculty and staff across the Duke Community, local organizations and international entities.

Kimberly Jackson
Staff Assistant
Kimberly is responsible for OGACHI’s day-to-day administrative needs and supporting Dr. Michael Relf, associate dean for global and community health affairs. She also provides administrative and marketing support for global clinical immersion experiences,  the annual global health lecture, visiting scholars program and the Summer intensive course: Exploring Global Patterns of Health and Illness. Kimberly created and manages the OGACHI global gallery that spotlights our faculty, staff, and ABSN and graduate students who have traveled abroad on DUSON-related trips throughout the year.