Cindy Nelly is a Doctor of Nursing Practice; she is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, as well as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She has worked in full-scope women’s health, high-risk obstetrics, as an educator, administrator, and chief operating officer. 

Her experience includes over two decades of working as an international coordinator for healthcare projects in several countries, including the DRC, Kenya, Gambia, Rwanda, and Colombia. She has worked with the UNFPA/WHO and the Syrian American Medical Society providing care to Syrian refugees and training local healthcare workers in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Cindy served as an emergency/trauma obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) medical lead and provider in Mosul, Iraq. Cindy has worked as a disaster relief first responder for two decades including in Haiti, Louisiana, and Florida. Domestically, Cindy worked in the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Florida and in private practice where she was clinical director of the midwifery team responsible for setting up a free-standing birth center for a physician-owned practice.

She has been on the frontlines of the COVID response since March of 2020; working in over 15 US states, and 5 countries including service in NYC, California, Arizona as well as South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ghana.  

In addition to Cindy’s field experience, she has served as a preceptor for Yale University, as an educator for the University of Florida in Morocco and Spain, and she has taught at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. Cindy also provided education and training programs in collaboration with National Health Ministries in the Middle East, South America, and Africa. Additionally, Cindy is a member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honors society, ACNM, is an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) instructor and is certified in infection control. She is currently pursuing her second master’s degree, a Master of Applied Science (MAS) in Humanitarian Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.  She is currently a Thatcher Fellow for the American College of Nurse Midwifery.

Cindy Nelly is passionate about public health, humanitarian health, and providing care to vulnerable populations. She is dedicated to promoting collaborative healthcare education and training to healthcare providers globally.