Mary Ann LoFrumento, M.D. – President
Allison Platt, M.D., FAAP – Vice President
Wendy Marx, M.D. – Secretary
John Partenza – Treasurer
Jill Ratner, M.D. – President Emeritus
Hope Bechard, R.N.
MANAGEMENT TEAM – US
Karen Akst Schecter – Executive Director
LaMar Parkin – Chief Financial Officer
LaMar is a finance professional at IBM. Currently the Chief Financial Officer for IBM’s Brokerage Services (formerly Gravitant), LaMar has worked in many capacities in both finance and accounting at IBM. He graduated cum laude with his degree in accounting from BYU’s Marriott School of Management in 2002. Over the years he has worked as a volunteer with many service organizations including Big Brother/Big Sisters, YMCA, as well as various soup kitchens, hospitals & schools. He has served as an assistant Scoutmaster for a local troop of the Boy Scouts of America for over 6 years. He became involved with Hands Up for Haiti through his wife Amy, a Nurse Practitioner, who is a founding member, and led the organization’s growth as its Executive Director for the last three years.
MANAGEMENT TEAM – HAITI
Manol Isac, M.D. – Executive Director in Haiti
After completing medical school at the Université Notre-Damed’Haïti, Manol, who is passionate about serving his country, continued his education in public health, earning a Certificate in Humanitarian Action from Learning Center of the United Nations, a Certificate of Master in Global Health from the Global Health Learning Center jointly run by Hopkins University and USAID, a Certificate in Common Infectious Diseases and Women’s Health from the Women’s Association for Health and Education, a Certificate of Logistic Chain and Management from AD HOC Center of Training, and a degree in Computer Technology. Manol has effectively used his talents and experience to help improve the public health system in Haiti: Prior to joining HUFH in 2014, Manol worked as Medical Officer for World Vision International for 2 years, Collectiva Mujer y Salud as Local Coordinator and at Health For All as Volunteer Consultant.
Thermitus Jean – Assistant In-Country Executive Director and Pharmacy Director
Thermitus is a trained pharmacist, and holds diplomas in this field. He is also an accomplished interpretor, speaking Haitian Creole, French, English and Spanish. Before being appointed Assistant In-Country Executive Director and HUFH Pharmacy Director, Thermitus worked for HUFH as as a translator, pharmacist, and volunteer coordinator and as our Haiti Village Health Site Administrator where he managed the guesthouse and clinic at our Global Health training site. He has organized the community to clean large areas of the beach, polluted from offshore, stressing the connection between the environment and heath. He is very dedicated to the people in his home village of Labadee, where he has set up community projects for youth. He is a talented artist and musician.
Rose-Laure Jeanty, M.D. – Medical Director, Shada Clinic and HUFH Medical Liaison to HCBH
After earning her medical degree in 2009, Rose-Laure served as a generalist physician at Promoteur Objectif Zerosida, with Médecin Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders, and at Orphelinat Maison D’Espoir. She currently serves both as the physician in charge at the Shada Clinic and as the Head of Rehabilitation Services at Hopital de la Convention Baptiste D’Haïti (HCBH), one of our partner hospitals, and she is the liaison between both to ensure that patients referred by HUFH receive appropriate follow up care.
Youselene Pierre-Louis – Director of Nursing
After earning her degree in nursing at the Notre Dame de la Sagesse in Cap-Haitien in 2009, Youselene continued her training with courses in counseling, Helping Babies Breathe, massage for babies, and most recently, in Helping Babies Survive. She trained in several hospitals including Justinian University Hospital, Fort St Michel Hospital, and the Health Center of La Fossette. In November 2010, Youselene began working at the cholera treatment center at Carrefour la Mort with Médecins sans Frontières. From September 2011 to September 2015, she worked as the Head Nurse at the Sante Pou Yo Clinic of Bas-Limbe, directing the prenatal and post partum care and malnutrition programs with the NGO Haiti Village Health, a former partner of HUFH. In October 2015, she was promoted to Director of Nursing at Hands Up For Haiti. In this position, Youselene coordinates all nursing activities related to the malnutrition program and supervises the program nurses at each of the sites; she also runs a monthly prenatal and postpartum clinic in one location.
Dieula Toussaint, M.D. – Medical Director, Malnutrition Program
Dieula earned her medical degree in 2011. A general practitioner eager to learn from and teach her counterparts in the US and Canada, Dieula’s focus is on pediatrics, perinatal care, and the “golden minute” after birth: that period of time when a newborn’s life and health are at stake. To that end, Dieula is a master instructor in Essential Newborn Care-Helping Babies Survive, teaching matrones (traditional birth attendants) the technique and training doctors and nurses as teachers. She also helps run and supervise HUFH’s malnutrition programs, and delivers direct patient care.
Wisly Lindor, NP – Eye Team Liaison, Medika Mamba and Hypertension Program Officer
Wisly, who earned his B.S. in nursing, received his Master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner two years ago. He also has specialized training in ophthalmology. After working at the Grace the Children Hospital in Delmas, Wisly joined Hands Up for Haiti shortly after receiving his Masters. He is our in-country coordinator for the Hypertension Screen and Treat Program, works with the eye team as the local liaison and runs the malnutrition program in Dondon.
Fritznel Jean, Av. – Human Resources Manager and Legal Liaison
Fritznel, an attorney by education, has a varied background and a diverse skill set. Certified in customer service, crowd management and technical first aid, Fritznel handles communication and ONG administration and is the Coordinator of Emergency First Aid in Labadee, a farming village outside of Cap Haitian where he was born and raised. Fritznel worked as an interpreter for about 10 years. He first began working with NGOs in 2007, when he served as General Secretary of Heart Together for Haiti, followed by a position as logistician for the Computer Center for Kids. After working for Royal Caribbean Cruise lines, Fritznel joined HUFH & HVH, a former partner of HUFH, as coordinator of the Sante Pou Yo Clinic of Bas-Limbe. After earning his legal degree, Fritznel was named HUFH Legal Liaison and Manager, serving as HUFH’s in-country general counsel and director of human resources.
Miguel-Ange Michel – Malnutrition Program & Shada Site Director
Sonel Eugene – Youth Training Officer and Chief Translator
Sonel is a graduate of Communications School, where he majored in TV Communication. Choosing instead education as his career, Sonel completed additional course work and earned the necessary credentials. In 2010, Sonel began to work for Open Door Haiti Ministry, one of the sites at which HUFH works and where we first met him. Sonel now serves as Hands Up for Haiti’s lead Community Youth Educator as well as our Head Translator, and is instrumental in our new Youth Leadership Program.