L-R: Bill Craddock, Ary Théodore, Sr. Kethia Jean-Simon, Dr. Susan Nelson, Dr. Stan Shaffer, Cynthia Jaar-Handal, Valerie Mathon (not pictured: Dr. Dianne Jean-Franҫois, Regine Polynice, Ken Quigley, and Sophia Saint-Remy Martelly)
In the fall of 2015, The Rt. Rev. Jean-Zaché Duracin (Bishop of the Diocese of Haiti) called for the formation of a new governing board to support the work of Saint Vincent Centre. The SVC Board of Directors (which includes members from both Haiti and the United States) is responsible for creating a strategic plan, setting policies, and providing oversight of all daily and long-term activities of of SVC.
The Right Reverend Mark A. Bourlakas lives in Virginia and is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.
William S. Craddock (Chairman) lives in Memphis, TN. After 23 years as a business executive, Bill worked with Trinity Church, Wall Street in the development and management of The Clergy Leadership Project from 1991 until 1995. For the next five years, he served as Director of The Cornerstone Project, a ministry of The Episcopal Church Foundation. Bill served as the Managing Director of CREDO Institute, Inc. from 2001 until 2012 and then served as Senior Vice President of the Church Pension Group overseeing Education and Wellness programs. He retired in April of 2015.
Cynthia Jaar Handal lives in Port-au-Prince. She has worked for Brasserie de la Couronne, S.A. (a.k.a Bracour, a Haitian soft drink company and licensed bottler for Coca-Cola) for the last 16 years as a purchasing manager and delegate general manager. She and the Bracour team plan an annual Christmas party for more than 1,000 children living near the bottling company and work hard to make positive changes in Haiti. Cynthia also helped create a partnership with Fondaps to start a soccer program for children in the neighborhood. She and her husband John have three children. She looks forward to improving the lives of the children of Saint Vincent.
Diane Jean-Franҫois lives in Port-au-Prince. She has been the Country Director of Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) Haiti since 2002. She has built the country office into a respected force by bringing better health to Haitians, overseeing development and implementation of leading USG- and privately-funded programs for HIV, child health, disability, and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) across the country. As principal investigator of the $35 million, five-year SIDALE HIV care and treatment program (funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), she provides technical leadership and support to clinical teams and sites at nine faith-based health facilities, treating more than 15,000 HIV patients. She has been a passionate advocate against stigma and discrimination associated with HIV since the early days of the epidemic, when CMMB was a participant in the multipartner international AIDSRelief consortium. She is also a strong advocate for women’s education about cervical cancer screening and treatment. A pediatrician by training, she maintains technical expertise in the design of pediatric ART and MCH programs. She holds an MD from the University of Haiti and an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is fluent in Creole, French, English, and Spanish.
Kethia Jean-Simon lives in Port-au-Prince. She became a member of the Society of Saint Margaret in 2005. The Sisters of Saint Margaret founded Saint Vincent’s Centre, and Sr. Kethia is pleased to continue this important work.
Sophia Saint-Remy Martelly lives in Port-au-Prince. She has been engaged in volunteer service since a very young age, committed to using her organizational gifts and a deep desire to give her best to others. For over 19 years, she has committed herself to helping the poor, the destitute and the abandoned. In 2004, she (along with her husband Michel Martelly, the American Chamber of Commerce and the Pan American Development Foundation) hosted a telethon for the victims of the floods in Fond-Verrettes and Mapou, raising over 11,000,000 gourdes ($167k USD). In November 2008, she was honored by then-President Rene Préval with the Ordre National Honneur et Mérite (National Order of Honor and Merit) for her involvement and unconditional support to the victims of the school collapse in Nerette (Pétion-Ville). It is the highest honor of merit awarded by the President of Haiti. Sophia strongly believes that working together makes people better. At Christmas, she can be found providing hot meals to the needy, giving toys to children, and toiletries to women living in poverty. She is proud to be a mother, educator, wife and Executive Director of FREB (Fondacion Rose et Blanc), a foundation committed to the rebuilding of Haiti.
Valerie Flambert Mathon lives in Port-au-Prince. She has been the Cost Accountant at Maison Henri Deschamps (a book printing and editing company) since 2013. Prior to this, Valerie served as the assistant to the Chief Financial Officer at The Coca-Cola Company (Haiti), as well as a consultant in finance and production for Etablissement Raymond Flambert. In January 2012, she became a board member of SOGEBEL (Banque d’Epargne et de Logement). She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College, where she majored in Finance and Operations, Information and Strategic Management. Valerie is a married and has two children.
Susan Nelson lives in Memphis, TN. She is a practicing physician, member of the Board of Directors for Friends of Saint Vincent’s, and the Medical Director of West Tennessee Haiti Partnership (WTHP). WTHP operates out of the Diocese of West Tennessee and has been sending medical teams to SVC twice a year since 2008. Susan has paintings or photos from Haiti in every room in her house. She is married to Dr. David Nelson, a professor of biochemistry at University of Tennessee, and has three children. Her daughter (Sienna) has been to Haiti over a dozen times and is now in medical school, partly because of her inspiration to care for the people in Haiti she has come to know and love.
Régine Désulmé Polynice lives in Port-au-Prince. She moved back to Haiti in 2010 with her family and is the country representative for CBM International, the largest non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. Regine has over 12 years of experience in international development and has has been based in Washington, D.C., and New York City. She’s also had shorter term assignments in other countries working with Population Council, International Rescue Committee, and University Research Cooperation. In addition to her passion for disability rights, she also has an interest in community development and social venture capitalism.
Kenneth H. Quigley lives in Mechanicsburg, PA. Ken Quigley lives in Mechanicsburg, PA. He works on the staff of the Episcopal Church Foundation and is responsible for marketing, customer service and account management for the endowment/permanent funds invested through the program. He also writes and teaches on issues of endowment management for Episcopal churches, dioceses, schools, and church-related organizations. Since beginning his own marketing, advertising, and public relations company in 1977, Ken has served the communication needs of many agencies of the Episcopal Church, including Episcopal Relief and Development, the United Thank Offering, the Treasurer’s Office of the Episcopal Church, and others. He currently he serves on the board of the Children’s Medical Mission of Haiti and the board of Saint Vincent’s Centre for Handicapped Children, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Stan Shaffer lives in Kansas City, MO. A pediatrician and neonatologist, Stan has been privileged to work with children in Haiti through the Haitian Episcopal Learning Partnerships, Children’s Medical Missions of Haiti, and Maison de Naissance. He writes, “Each of these programs is an expression of the Episcopal Church of Haiti’s commitment to the well-being of children through health and education. At Saint Vincent’s, a group of children are served who have the same need for well-being, yet with special needs as well. Saint Vincent has both a historic dedication to children and an unprecedented opportunity for future innovation. I am fortunate to work with other board members, staff, and parents who come together for our children.”
Ary Theodore lives in Port-au-Prince. He is an Episcopalian, a professional attorney and serves as the legal counsel for the Diocese of Haiti. He has been a member of the Bar of Port-au-Prince for more than 18 years.