Nurses Advisory Council

Alana Baron, R.N.

Alana Barron, RN, is a resource nurse at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where she works in the trauma ER, the intensive care units and the surgical recovery room. Prior to this, she spent more than 14 years working as a critical nurse.  At a very young age she realized that she had a sincere desire to help others.  This led to her academic pursuit of becoming a registered nurse. In 2000, Ms. Barron earned her Associate’s Degree in nursing from Pasadena City College, and then completed her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

Ms. Barron is dedicated to service and has worked on a number of medical missions in seven different countries around the world, including Watts, California, and in Porte Prince, Haiti.  She believes this service is not only her calling, but also her duty to help provide medical assistance to the less fortunate.  Ms. Barron has volunteered with a number of nonprofits including the Union Rescue Mission, The Dream Center, the Union Station Homeless Shelter, the Downtown Women’s Center, Haiti Outreach Missions, Aid Africa, and Habitat for Humanity, Samaritans Purse, Camp Ronald McDonald, and ReSurge International.

Judith Vineyard Roach, R.N.,M.N.

Judith Roach has gained a wide range of experience throughout her nursing career, with a common thread being the education of patients on maintaining and improving their health.  She worked as a surgical and recovery nurse for two doctors, Dr. Gary Tearston and Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, both with practices in Los Angeles, Calif..  Prior to that, she served as a school nurse for the Los Angeles Unified School District.  She worked as a lecturer and clinical instructor at both the Vocational Nursing School of California and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing, BSN Program.  Earlier, she worked as the school nurse for the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Throughout her career, Ms. Roach applied her nursing skills as a volunteer.  She is a board member of the UCLA Medical Center Auxiliary, Thrift Shop Bookkeeper, and Chair of the Evaluations Committee.  Additionally, she has volunteered as president of The Country School PTA and as president of the Frostig School PTA.

Judith earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1972 and her Health Services Credential from California State University, Northridge, in 1980.  She completed her master’s degree in nursing in 1984 at the UCLA.

Tina Cerruti, RN, BSN
Staff Nurse
Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Kaiser Sacramento Medical Center

Tina Cerruti’s passion for volunteerism and desire to contribute to the medical profession began in high school when she volunteered for the local community hospital as an inpatient nurse’s helper. In that role, she discovered the tremendous rewards in providing care and comfort to people dealing with hospitalization and various medical concerns. During her 30-year career as an RN, she has worked in medical and surgical intensive care as well as cardiac care, and has been active in advancing the role of nurses through various medical networks and through her involvement with the California Nurses Association. She is committed to bringing greater public awareness to the concept of patient’s rights and to recognition of the nurse’s role as a patient advocate.

Her work with ReSurge began over 10 years ago as an international surgical team volunteer. She spends two weeks each year helping to provide reconstructive surgery and medical care to underprivileged children and adults in developing countries, and is currently a member of the Interplast Nursing Committee.

Kay Clarke, RN
Nurses Committee Advisor

Kay Clarke has been involved with ReSurge since 1972 and currently serves as the Nurses Committee Advisor. Besides her own background in nursing, Kay brings to her associations with both ReSurge and Barco’s Nightingales Foundation extensive experience in business, communications and philanthropy. She has held positions as CEO of Whitaker & Baxter International, Director of Corporate Communications for SRI International and Public Relations Manager for AT&T. Her civic and philanthropic activities include serving on the Protocol Board of San Francisco, the San Francisco Host Committee, the International Host Committee and the San Francisco-Seoul Sister City Committee. In addition, she has worked with the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the American Society of Romanian Health Care, Assist International’s Romania project and Cinterandes-Ecuador. She is also the recipient of the “Service Above Self Award,” Rotary International’s most prestigious honor given by its board of directors.

Beverly Kent
Director, Volunteer Services and Strategic Initiatives

A native of Northern California, Beverly Kent received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and a master of business administration degree from San Jose State University. She lived in France, Belgium and Southern California before returning to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996 with her three sons. After several years of teaching English as a second language, Beverly studied to become a psychotherapist. She has been able to put those skills to good use in her position as Director of Volunteer Services for ReSurge. Her responsibilities include staffing medical personnel on team trips, acting as liaison between ReSurge and the medical specialty committees, and overseeing the patient care improvement program.

Erin Marlin, BSN, PHN, RN, CPAN

Erin Marlin began her nursing career after obtaining her license in 1999. She specializes in Critical Care as well as Post Anesthesia Recovery.  Erin is currently employed at Keck Medical Center of USC.  Her experience includes Trauma,Transplant, Cardiac, Neurosurgery, Emergency and more.  Erin has worked in the academic hospital settings in places such as New York, Chicago, Orange County & LA, California.  Erin is a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) as well as the American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing (ABPANC). Nothing is more important to Erin Marlin than her desire to use her knowledge  and skills to give back. Having been a volunteer for ReSurge for over 10 years, she has traveled to many countries with small groups of surgeons and nurses to perform reconstructive surgeries on third world children and adults in need.  Erin thrives in the Mission Field and enjoys helping the less fortunate.  Erin describes her volunteer work as life changing and plans to continue her experiences with this for many years to come.  She is thankful for a career that provides a vast array of opportunities.

Kathleen Ruccione, MPH, RN, FAAN, CPON
HOPE Program
Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Kathleen Ruccione has spent the past 36 years at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in a variety of roles, primarily focused on cancer clinical care and research. She is the Co-Director of the HOPE Program for psychosocial and educational support services in the Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at CHLA, where she also directs the Nursing/Health Education Program, and conducts research in the areas of childhood cancer survivorship and health communication/health promotion. In these positions, Kathleen is responsible for the overall direction of clinical supportive care services and research, as well as the development of nursing and patient/family education in pediatric hematology-oncology. Kathleen In addition, she founded the LIFE Survivorship Program and established the HOPE Resource Center at CHLA. Kathleen is also a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

Rosemary Welde, RN, MBA
Operating Room Nurse
Stanford Hospital

Rosemary has been a medical volunteer with ReSurge International for 28 years and served on the ReSurge board from 2001 to 2010. She has spent over 25 years as an operating room nurse at Stanford. She is also an educator, lecturer and coach in her field of health care management. Rosemary earned her nursing degree at St. Agnes School of Nursing in Philadelphia, a bachelor’s degree in psychology at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and master of business administration degree at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.

Dawn M. Yost, RDH, RN, BSN, CNOR
Perioperative Services Manager
West Virginia University Hospitals

Dawn Yost has spent most of her career in the operating room at West Virginia University Hospitals. She has been a staff nurse, a clinical preceptor and manager. Her professional involvement in nursing organizations includes membership in the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) since 1983. She has been a delegate to the AORN Congress many times, has served on task forces and committees, presented posters and co-authored “Back to Basics” about infection control in the OR. She has also been a champion for the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) for many years and has served on its board of directors.

Dawn has been a volunteer with ReSurge since 1994 and has been on 16 trips to Ecuador, Peru, Africa, Honduras, Nepal, Myanmar and Vietnam, serving as head nurse on most of them. She is currently a member of the Nursing, Quality Assurance and Medical Services committees for ReSurge. On an ongoing basis, she also actively collects unused operating room supplies and sends them to the ReSurge corporate office for use on trips.