Meet our team of healthcare professionals.
Cynthia Teel in Thailand.
Jill Peltzer, PhD, APRN-CNS, Co-Project Director
Jill is an Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She is also the Kansas Action Coalition Advocacy Team Lead. She obtained her BSN, MS, and PhD from the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Her minor in her doctoral program was public health nursing.
Dr. Peltzer is currently conducting research with African American women living with HIV infection and has partnered with a faith-based community development corporation to address everyday stress experienced by African Americans. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mpumalanga South Africa in 2002 – 2003. Dr. Peltzer is passionate about addressing health disparities to optimize health outcomes and achieve health equity among diverse populations.
Cynthia Teel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Co-Project Director
Cynthia is the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She established and is also Co-Lead for the Kansas Action Coalition. She earned her BSN at California State University Hayward, her MSN at the University of Nevada Reno, and her PhD at the University of Arizona. Dr. Teel is a Fellow of the Executive Nurse Fellows Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Teel is currently the Principal Investigator for a grant entitled, “Creating a culture of health in Kansas: Advancing nursing education and leadership” funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was a Visiting Professor at Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkla, Thailand and at University of Turku, Finland Department of Nursing. Dr. Teel is a strong advocate for advancing nursing education, practice, and leadership to optimize health outcomes of diverse populations living in Kansas.
Cristi Cain, BS, Leadership Team Member
Cristi is the director of the Local Public Health Program and the accreditation coordinator for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), where she has worked since 2013. She received her Bachelor of Science from Kansas State University and will complete her Master of Public Health from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2017.
At KDHE, Ms. Cain leads the agency’s quality improvement and workforce development efforts, which includes planning of the annual Governor’s Public Health Conference. She is passionate about efforts to address health disparities and social determinants of health. As part of these efforts, Ms. Cain worked with a team to develop Health in 3D, a training about the diverse populations served by the public health system in Kansas. The training is mandatory for all KDHE employees and used by others across the state.
Teri Caudle, BSN, RN Leadership Team Member
Teri is a Public Health Nurse Specialist, in the Bureau of Community Health Systems within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). She works with two programs: Local Public Health and Special Population Health. She obtained her BSN from University of Wyoming School of Nursing.
Much of her 33 year nursing career has been focused on public health, Ms. Caudle she has also worked in hospital, clinical and school settings. Her main focus at KDHE is coordinating activities between the state health agency and local health departments focusing on improving the public health system in Kansas. She also serves as the Clinical Coordinator for the Kansas Statewide Farmworker Health Program which gives her the opportunity to be connected to diverse populations in Kansas. Ms. Caudle has a personal interest in cultural diversity, competence and inclusiveness of all persons originating from her experiences living in the Andes of Bolivia, South America for 3 1/2 years.
Victoria Haynes, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Leadership Team Member
Victoria is an Associate Professor in Nursing and the Coordinator of Diversity and Cultural Competency at MidAmerica Nazarene University. She earned her BSN from Avila University, her MSN from Research College of Nursing, and her DNP from University of Missouri Kansas City. She holds post graduate certification in Multicultural Education.
Dr. Haynes has over 10 years of experience working with diverse populations and coordinating multicultural awareness and inclusion activities. She has presented at numerous conferences on cultural diversity topics and has a published article in the Kansas Nurse on ways to achieve cultural competency in nursing. Dr. Haynes was a 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award nominee for her work with underrepresented populations in the community. She has a passion to help lead the journey towards a more cultural competent nursing workforce.
Christine Hober, PhD, RN, CNE, Leadership Team Member
Christine is a Professor and the Graduate Nurse Educator Program Coordinator for the Department of Nursing at Fort Hays State University. She earned her BSN and MSN at California State University, Chico, and her PhD at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Hober is an advocate for advancing cultural competence. Culture is inclusive in the undergraduate and graduate nursing courses taught by Dr. Hober in an effort to help foster holistic, person-centered health care delivery to all individuals, families, and communities. She suggests that “An important point to reflect upon is that through the steadfast efforts to advance cultural competence, we all benefit from a growing society of cultural humility.”
Emily Strange, MSN, RN, CLC, Leadership Team Member
Emily is a public health nurse and administrator at Thomas County Health Department. She obtained her BSN from Marymount College, and her MSN from Herzing University.
Ms. Strange has extensive experience in public health nursing and working with diverse populations as a school nurse, in maternal health and psychiatric-mental health nursing. She promotes cultural competency in the public health workforce in her community. Ms. Strange is also active in community organizations that focus on adolescent and child well-being. She is a Big Brothers, Big Sisters Foundation Board Member.