Merril Tydings hails from the Southwest, growing up in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM. She started her career in public service with a degree in Political Science, working in Washington DC as a Legislative Consultant for a US Senator. Wanting to serve people on a more personal level, she moved to Colorado and received her degree in Nursing. She has been a Critical Care Flight Nurse for 11 years, serving the most ill and injured people who live in rural communities amongst the Four Corners area. She began her international humanitarian work at a clinic in Limon, Honduras, and has since branched out to emergent Covid relief missions to Africa, and several trips to Ukraine to serve displaced people. She has worked closely with MedGlobal in their efforts to train soldiers and hospital workers called to the front lines in POCUS, BLS, and Stop the Bleed. She has also been designated as a “Unsung Hero” in her local community of Taos, NM, for her work in management of the Covid pandemic.