Allison Platt, M.D., FAAP – President
Allison is a pediatrician in full-time practice for more than ten years in Mount Kisco, New York. After graduating from Barnard College in 1998, she received her Medical Degree from New York University School of Medicine in 2002 and completed her training at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. She has been on faculty at New York Medical College since 2006, a clinical preceptor to first-year medical students. Allison became interested in Global Health through Hands Up for Haiti. Since October 2011, she has been a trip leader, active in providing medical care at Haitian Clinics, implementing the malnutrition program, improving access to clean water and educating Haitian doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Through her work for Hands Up for Haiti, Allison continues her commitment to improving the lives of the Haitian people. She resides in Westchester, New York with her husband and their two young children.
Wendy Marx, M.D. – Vice President
Wendy is a pediatrician who until recently was in private practice in Mount Kisco, New York. She graduated from Cornell University and received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College (now known as Weill Cornell Medical College). She did her pediatric training at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she also served as a Clinical Instructor before moving to Katonah, New York. After almost 20 years in private practice, Wendy decided to pursue more personally fulfilling interests, which led her to her first medical mission with Hands Up for Haiti in January 2013. Since that time, she has become a trip leader and a member of the Medical Committee, and looks forward to continuing the critically important work of the organization.
John Partenza – Treasurer
Stephanie Korn, R.N. – Secretary
Stephanie is a Registered Nurse, currently working at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in pediatrics. After graduating from Barnard College in 1998 and while attending Bank Street College of Education (2000), she taught at The Brearley School for five years. After ten years at home raising her children, Stephanie decided to become a nurse, and graduated from Pace University with a Bachelors of Nursing in 2014. She became interested in Global Health through Hands Up For Haiti in 2012 and has been on multiple pediatric missions. Stephanie is now working on the Hypertension Program, hoping to provide long-term care for adult Haitian patients. She feels passionately about her work in Haiti and is committed to helping the Northern Haitian community.
Mary Ann LoFrumento, M.D. – Immediate Past President
Mary Ann is a pediatrician who after two decades in private practice became an author and specialist in newborn care. Currently she is the Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery at Morristown Medical Center and the Director of the Global Child Health Program for Atlantic Health Systems. A graduate of Barnard College and the University of Pennsylvania where she received her medical degree, she is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. She is one of HUFH’s co-founders and currently serves as President of the Board. She created the Global Health Education Program for the organization and is dedicated to introducing medical students and residents to the challenges of working in Haiti.
Jill Ratner, M.D. – President Emeritus
Hope Bechard, R.N.
Hemant Kairam, M.D.
Hemant Kairam, a pediatrician in private practice and a strong advocate of Global health, is the Vice-Chair of Pediatrics at Overlook Medical Center, where he also serves as the Associate Director of Pediatric Global Health. An award winning pediatrician and teacher, Hemant is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Sidney Kimmel College of Medicine/TJU. Hemant helped found HUFH’s Global Health program, leading his first team of residents and nurses to Haiti in 2011. His passion for inspiring the next generation to help those with limited resources continues to this day, as Hemant leads at least one HUFH medical mission to Haiti each year and continues to help direct the program. Hemant lives in New Jersey with his wife Dr. Neeraja Kairam and their three children. He hopes someday to make global health a family affair.
Lynn is a dedicated, lifelong public health nutrition leader. A registered dietician, she received a B.S. in Community Nutrition from Penn State University, an M.A. in Health Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and completed a Dietetic Internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Now retired, Lynn has more than 30 years of progressive leadership experience. She served as the Director of Nutrition Pediatric Ambulatory Care, St. Luke’s / Roosevelt Hospital and spent 26 years as the Regional Program Director for the NYS Metropolitan Regional Office, responsible for numerous feeding programs. Lynn co-founded the vibrant New York City Nutrition Education Network. Passionate about helping those in need, she currently volunteers to help improve the literacy of young children, serves as a greeter for the Make A Wish Foundation, and works with Neighbors Link Immigrant Center. Lynn’s first trip to Haiti was in January 2014 and she continues to travel annually on pediatric trips. She focuses her efforts on providing support for HUFH’s nutrition programs and our “Travaye Sante Kominote” (TSK – Community Health Worker) Program.
After a successful career in the international marketing and distribution of children’s orthopedic footwear and appliances for M.J. Markell Shoe Co, Inc., Jonathan, known affectionately as Jay, brings his broad range of experience, technical knowledge, language and communication skills to humanitarian work. Since 1999 Jay has served as a volunteer translator, facilitator, and logistics manager with several NGO’s. He has participated in medical missions and emergency responses to Central and South America, Florida, and Puerto Rico, providing him with a wealth of field experience in support of medical and humanitarian teams of doctors, nurses, and technicians. In addition to being a native English speaker, Jay is fluent in French and Spanish. He holds a certification in humanitarian logistics, and brings his proven track record of enthusiasm and competency in all of his humanitarian work to date to HUFH. Jay received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rochester and his Masters from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. His Certification in Humanitarian Logistics, granted by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, United Kingdom was earned at The Fritz Institute, United Kingdom.
MANAGEMENT TEAM – US
Karen Akst Schecter – Executive Director
Joel Rosenberg, CPA – Chief Financial Officer
Joel is a certified public accountant in private practice and the founding and senior partner of his firm. Joel focuses his over 30 years of experience on the health care industry, with robust practice areas in audits, tax, consulting and general accounting services. He received his B.S. degree in Accounting and Management from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Joel is a frequent lecturer and author of several professional articles. Over the years he has worked as a volunteer with many service organizations including Night Run, and he coaches youth athletic teams in his home town.
LaMar Parkin – Director of Special Projects
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 first as its Executive Director and then as its Chief Financial Officer, before assumng his current position.
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.
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.
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.
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.