Janice Cotrone is a registered nurse and a lifelong Wesleyan from Virginia. After five short-term trips to Haiti, she sensed God was calling her to full-time service.
A graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), she served the Wesleyan Hospital in Haiti for nearly 20 years in the areas of caregiving, administrating, and teaching in the two-year nursing school. In 1996 she married Rev. Mitchell Cotrone, Wesleyan missionary to Colombia. They served four years in Haiti, adopting three Haitian children while there.
In 2001 the Cotrones returned to the United States to pastor Hope Wesleyan Church in Naples, Florida. During those years, they established Haitian and Hispanic Wesleyan congregations. They are now retired in Mansfield, Missouri. God has called Janice to return to Haiti to establish the Wesleyan University of Haiti, School of Nursing Sciences. This is a four-year, liberal arts program. The school launched in October 2014. Students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Janice holds a master’s degree in community health nursing from IWU and has completed post-master’s studies as a nurse educator. She also earned her doctoral degree from IWU. As the Dean of the School of Nursing Sciences, she spends two weeks each month in Haiti. She teaches via Skype when in the United States. Her heart’s desire is to prepare quality nurses, discipling them as lighthouses for Jesus to lead precious souls to the cross.
For so the Lord has commanded us: “I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth” (Acts 13:47 NKJV).