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Tiffany R. Kuehner, President and CEO
Tiffany R. Kuehner is the President and CEO of Hope for Haiti. At 15 years old, Tiffany’s first trip to Haiti started a passion for the same country to which her grandmother has dedicated her life. Graduating magna cum laude from Georgetown University in Women’s Studies with a specific focus on International Development, Tiffany has spent the past 12 years working on poverty and gender issues in the U.S., China, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda, and Haiti. Tiffany’s passion for non-profits and international development began at a very young age and grew through her previous work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey, the Mwanza Women’s Development Association in Tanzania, Women Moving Millions in New York City, and other private foundations.  Tiffany is a graduate of the Leadership Collier Class 2013 and in her spare time enjoys photography, dancing, traveling, celebrating life with family and friends, and cooking with her husband.
 
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a teacher. I still believe they are the angels on earth!

What have you done that no one would guess you'd done, just by looking at you?
I played Women’s Rugby all throughout college and absolutely love the sport!

What is the most surprising part of your job?
As we work to create healthy sustainable communities, every day there is a new story – some that I could never have imagined, but they are real and make an immediate difference for one person, a family or for an entire community.

Who inspires you?
The people with whom I have the privilege of working each and every day – all of our donors, Board Members, staff, volunteers, and program partners. I learn so much daily from the incredible men and women who are a part of Hope for Haiti. Each one inspires me with his/her generosity, compassion, courage, and strength.

What would you do if you didn't have to work?
I love my job! I would volunteer for Hope for Haiti, travel to share our work and the beauty of Haiti with the world, and spend quality time with my family and friends.

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Stephanie Jepsen, Director of Development
Stephanie graduated cum laude with a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. and went on to complete a Masters Degree in International Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2003. She began her career as the Communications Manager for Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, IL ( a school modeled after Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago) where she executed a communications plan around the school's grand opening in 2004. Next, she worked for three years as the Development Officer for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, the largest provider of civil legal aid in Cook County. In 2009, Stephanie and her husband, Matt, relocated to Naples, FL where she serendipitously found Hope for Haiti.

As fate would have it, in 1998, Stephanie traveled to Haiti to volunteer with both the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee in a small rural community and with the Missionaries of Charity at Delmas 31 (one of Hope for Haiti's supported Nutrition clinics). As Hope for Haiti's first Director of Development, Stephanie is charged with garnering financial support for the organization and bringing awareness to its important mission, through service to and partnership with the Haitian people.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A travel agent so that I could help others experience the world.

What have you done that no one would guess you'd done, just by looking at you?
I was a costumed historic interpreter on Mackinac Island, MI for four years and cooked on an open hearth.

What is the most surprising part of your job?
That time flies... I'm never bored in this job. I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity to work among some great minds who keep my days very interesting.

Who inspires you?
My family. They taught me to put others first, and that is why I gravitate toward development in my professional career using my academic background in international relations and skills in development every step of the way.

What would you do if you didn't have to work?
In addition to traveling and learning languages, I would cultivate my own vineyard and sell the wine for charity!

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Cathy Grassi, Operations Director- Naples
Cathy was born in The Bronx to the best parents on the planet. After graduating St. Barnabas HS, she attended Berkeley Secretarial/Finishing School in NYC. After honing stenography, typing and charm skills, Cathy began her career as a secretary at Compton Advertising.

Next up, Cathy worked as Personal Assistant to Estee Lauder. Later, she moved on to Della Femina Advertising, working with the "real" Mad Men. After years of coordinating Meow-Off Contests and other insane projects, Cathy switched gears and moved on to Office Manager of the Psychiatric Clinic at Lenox Hill Hospital. Later, she hooked up with a plastic surgeon and helped him build his practice.

Cathy relocated to Naples and was Office Manager at Waterside Shops for 15 years. She then tried semi-retirement. When the earthquake struck Haiti, Cathy began volunteering at Hope for Haiti. As you can see from her bio being included on the website, she says, "I'm now on staff and loving every minute of it!"

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Surfer Girl (loved the Beach Boys).

What have you done that no one would guess you'd done, just by looking at you?
I was a hippie at Woodstock, Peace & Love

What is the most surprising part of your job?
That I've learned how to use a pallet jack!

Who inspires you?
My parents & Grandparents

What would you do if you didn't have to work?
Fly off to Big Sur & bask in its beauty

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Yvette Ebb, Office Manager
Yvette was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, but then decided to head to a warmer climate to attend the University of Miami, where she earned her BA in theater and communications. Surprisingly (because she doesn't like the cold at all), she went to Minnesota for a few years and recently moved to Naples (because she came to her senses). Yvette’s days at Hope for Haiti vary as she can be found creating presentations, finding the best price on supplies, or even reinstalling windows on a malfunctioning computer. Yvette’s very happy to be part of the Hope for Haiti family because of the passion everyone exudes.

When she's not working, Yvette loves to read, watch BBC America and most recently ran her first 5K on a bridge. She lives in Naples with her bossy cat, Lexi.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be an actress. I was always putting on shows for my family and when I was in kindergarten, my teacher let me act out the entire Wizard of Oz for the class.

What have you done that no one would guess you'd done, just by looking at you?
That I went to an arts high school and it was one of the best times in my life. I got to meet wonderful people and express my creativity.

What is the most surprising part of your job?
I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti this past year and I was surprised by how such small things really mean so much and can make a difference in someone's life. The ability for someone to go to school or to have a medication that’s readily available here can mean a world of difference.

Who inspires you?
The people of Haiti because despite the huge obstacles they face, they still greet the day with a smile and with determination to make a better life for themselves and their children.

What would you do if you didn't have to work?
I would travel around the world. There's so much to see and learn about people, and I would love to have that opportunity.

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Michael J. Sherman, Senior Development Analyst
Michael was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in Bloomington circa. pre Mall of America.  After college he sought the warm sunny climes of southern California where he worked 12 years for General Telephone.  Back then a computer occupied an entire chilled floor of a Santa Monica high-rise business complex.  He initiated the computerized development system at The Pearl S. Buck Foundation in Perkasie, PA.  He was then recruited to do the same at The Wistar Institute, America’s oldest biomedical research institute, in Philadelphia.  The next stops in a 24-year non-profit career brought him to The Florida Orchestra in Tampa, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, The Sarasota Orchestra and most recently to Hope for Haiti.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A priest.

What have you done that no one would guess you'd done, just by looking at you?
I canoed the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota, portaged and camped for a week while on crutches.  I can make a seven-layer cake called Death by Chocolate by Marcel Desaulniers (1500 calories per slice!)

What is the most surprising part of your job?

The fast pace, quick-changing priorities, and colleagues with enormous dedication.

Who inspires you?
My partner, Ed Davis…a highly ethical fund raising professional and one of my best friends, Paddy Moses who, at 70+, will be zip-lining through the rainforests of Costa Rica one week and white water rafting down the Colorado River the next.

What would you do if you didn't have to work?
Dine my way around the world.





Ida Soderlind, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
Hope for Haiti is Ida's first experience in the non-profit world, and she's loving every moment of it! Born and raised in Umea, Sweden she moved to the U.S. after high school to be an au-pair. She graduated cum laude with a B.S. in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HI in 2004. After a few years in Ireland she moved back to the U.S. and now lives in Estero with her two Golden Retrievers Bob and Selma. When she is not working she enjoys reading, sports and is hoping to do her first mud run this spring.  
 
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Flight attendant, professional athlete, personal trainer

What have you done that no one would guess you'd done, just by looking at you?
Snuggled with an alligator

What is the most surprising part of your job?
I am amazed everyday of our volunteers’ dedication and commitment, I feel so fortunate to be a part of this organization.

Who inspires you?
My colleagues, friends & family.  

What would you do if you didn't have to work?
Adventure Travel

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Sabine Thomas, ND - Country Director
Sabine Thomas ND (‘Dr. Sabine’) received her undergraduate degree in from Mount Holyoke College, where she self-designed her major in Socio-medical Sciences. For her major she chose classes such as medical anthropology, medical sociology, economics of healthcare and internship at the Caribbean Woman’s Health Association in New York and community clinics in Western Massachusetts. After graduating, she worked for the American Red Cross of Greater New York as a Program Communication Specialist in the Health and Safety Services Department. When she relocated to Seattle, she worked as a Health Educator and later a Project Coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Health.

In 2007, Dr. Sabine received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University. She then completed a post-doctorate research fellowship from the National Institute of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH/NCCAM). During her tenure as a post-doctorate fellow, she researched the role of Traditional and Natural Medicine in the Haitian healthcare system and received a graduate certificate in Global Health from the University of Washington..

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a nun and a diplomat.

What have you done that no one would guess you'd done, just by looking at you?
I have traveled to Japan and have fallen in love with the traditional Japanese cuisine and classical Kabuki opera.

What is the most surprising part of your job?
How much I have appreciated and learned from the daily surprises! No two days are ever the same and they each bring their delicious challenges.

Who inspires you?
I have a strong lineage of mentors, family, friends who have each brought me an enormous amount of inspiration. My mother however is my living definition and vision for inspiration!

What would you do if you didn't have to work?
I would find a way to turn my creativity and ideas into work.

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Paula Prince, Deputy Country Director
Paula Prince joined Hope for Haiti after attaining a Master in International Relations and Diplomacy from the American Graduate School in Paris. Born and raised in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, Paula was first introduced to international travel when she decided to study in Spain. It was then that she caught the travel bug. While finishing her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville, Paula worked at an afterschool program that catered to immigrant and refugee youth, primarily of Somali Bantu origin. Spending a month in India and interning at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), helped Paula solidify her interest in international development. Luckily, she found the position of Program Manager at Hope for Haiti, which provides the perfect combination of international exposure and humanitarian service.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An Olympic gymnast, a WNBA player, the first female President...

What have you done that no one would guess you'd done, just by looking at you?
In 2007, I spent a month staying in a Maharaja's palace in Western India.

What is the most surprising part of your job?
It's always exciting to meet the wide range of School Directors, Doctors, Religious leaders and Community Health Workers (among others) that work with Hope for Haiti to produce positive change.

Who inspires you?
My Mom and Dad (Mamaw & Papaw)

What would you do if you didn't have to work?
Travel all over the world! Also, stay in school forever obtaining multiple degrees ranging from Economics and Environmental Biology to Astrophysics.

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Jennifer Lang, Program Director
Jennifer Lang joined the Hope for Haiti team after graduating cum laude from Georgetown University in May 2011. With a double major in French and Government, Hope for Haiti's mission matched her passion for social justice in international development. Her undergraduate work included interning in the Ministry of Microfinance of Dakar, Senegal, tutoring sixth-graders in D.C. public schools, and working as a teaching assistant for an Introductory Theology course. Outside of her work, Jennifer enjoys cooking and plans to master the Haitian art of frying plantains.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A dressage equestrian rider - I wanted to jump horses.

What have you done that no one would guess you'd done, just by looking at you?
I can speak fairly strong introductory Wolof - the most used language in Senegal, West Africa.

What is the most surprising part of your job?
The physical nature of it - our team literally crosses rivers and carries boxes to get the job done!

Who inspires you?
My parents, first and foremost. They always taught me to act with compassion and confidence. Also, the fictional character Josh Lyman, Deputy Chief of Staff, on The West Wing.

What would you do if you didn't have to work?
I would try to recreate the Parisian salons of the Enlightenment - basically open a room, invite all of the world's great artists, philosophers, scientists, and politicians, and facilitate the conversation.

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  • Dr. Steeve Victor
    Healthcare Director

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  • Dr. Elmide Nazaire
    Infirmary St. Etienne Director

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  • Dr. Bernadette Esperance Dupervil
    Infirmary St. Etienne Dentist

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  • Fildor Dapheline
    Infirmary St. Etienne Lead Nurse

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  • Marie Daphnee Moise
    Infirmary St. Etienne Nurse

  • Yolande Desir
    Infirmary St. Etienne Nurse

  • Daniel Miliance
    Infirmary St. Etienne Facilities Officer

  • Claudine Francois
    Public Health Nurse & Educator

  • Eude Pierrette Nicolas
    Public Health Nurse & Educator

  • Alexis Phania
    Infirmary St. Etienne Nurse

  • Harry Victor
    Clean Water Technician

  • Luce Destine
    Infirmary St. Etienne Facilities Officer

  • Carmene Alverbe
    Support Team Manager & Cooking School Director
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  • Raymond Lucien
    Operations Officer

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  • Stanley Liste
    Operations Director

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  • Mackenty Coquillon
    Support Team

  • Mary Marthe
    Infirmary St. Etienne Administrator

  • Pierre Judain Joseph
    Driver

  • Orel Moise
    Infirmary St. Etienne Facilities Officer

  • Dr. Murline Denis
    Infirmary St. Etienne Doctor

  • Pauline Mercier
    Infirmary St. Etienne Facilities Officer

  • Wilfrine Lestin
    Laboratory Technician

  • Eril Zamy
    Driver

  • Fritza Amazan
    Support Team

  • Jean Herns Dede
    Gift In Kind Program Officer

  • Jean Michel Duquai
    Sustainable Communities Program Officer

  • Jean Wilson Hyppolite
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  • Marc Savoir
    Driver

  • Ronald Bathelemy
    Support Team

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