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In the Spotlight:  Stefanie Galeoti

A desire to help others and an interest in the medical field led Kent State University at East Liverpool alumnus Stefanie Galeoti to the East Liverpool campus. Shortly after enrolling at the university, she decided to pursue a nursing degree. “The nursing program at Kent State East Liverpool taught me compassion and empathy. It fueled my desire to help others.”

Galeoti in HaitiThe aspiration to serve others prompted Galeoti to research volunteer opportunities where she could practice the skills she gained at Kent State to make a difference internationally. This past December Galeoti teamed up with Whipping Post Ministries, based out of Empire, Ohio, on an eight-day mission trip to Haiti. She was among a team of six nurses, a physical therapist, several STNA’s and a large group of missionaries.

Upon arriving to Vignier, Haiti the team worked quickly to set up a medical clinic where they provided the local community and school children with free medical care while sharing the love of God. The medical professionals reached out to surrounding communities, schools and orphanages. They provided physical exams, IV fluids to help dehydration, glasses for vision impairments, medications for illnesses and breathing treatments.

Galeoti and the mission team were not just interested in providing medical care, it was just as important that they spread cheerfulness and joy. “I learned that happiness can come from just sharing a hug or the warmth of a smile,” she said.

Galeoti kissing Haitian girlGaleoti thought she knew how impoverished Haiti is, but after traveling there she realized it was far worse than what she had imagined. “I was not prepared for what I saw,” she said. “I didn’t realize just how poor and destitute the country really was. The Haitian people live without clean running water, indoor plumbing and electricity. Most people bathe and wash their clothes in creeks and hang them out to dry on rocks and trees. They survive on a diet of mostly rice and goat.”

Galeoti was humbled by the experience and is grateful to use the nursing degree she earned at Kent State in her career and in future mission trips. She is currently employed as an RN at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and at Southwoods Surgical Center in Boardman where she uses the knowledge and skills gained while at Kent State.

For information on attending a future mission trip with Whipping Post Ministries, contact Becky Ingole at 330-843-0013.

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