We are a diverse group of individuals from many walks of life who work together toward economic, intellectual and alternative sustainable development in Haiti through agriculture. Farm Haiti has a clear mission to give farmers the technical assistance to increase their productivity in sustainable ways.
CHAIR: Carlene Comrie
Carlene Comrie is originally from the island of Jamaica. At age 15 she migrated to Canada where she attained a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry from University of Western Onatrio. With a deep rooted love for synthesis it was only nature that she pursued a career in the pharmaceutical/ Biotechnology industry. Carlene has spent the past fourteen years working as a compliance officer for healthcare companies such as Boston Scientific, Abbott Laboratories, Aventis Behring and Apotex. In 2010 Carlene accepted the role of Compliance Director for Philips Healthcare North America. Also in 2010, Carlene completed a Master's in Business Administration at Babson College (Wellesley, MA) concentrating in Entrepreneurship. Carlene's experience brings an aggressive and demanding approach to the accomplishment of the mission and program goals of Farm Haiti. Carlene is committed to quality results and growing capacity. She has a strong appreciation for developing, refining and implementing processes. She hopes to guide Farm Haiti in its development of a successful program that can be duplicated in farming communities across the country of Haiti.
TREASURER: Chris Carter
Chris has a B. S. degree in Business Administration from Worcester State College, a Certificate of Advanced Leadership Studies and an M. B. A. from Nichols College. Chris is an Area Manager for a large Instrument and Valve Services company, charged with managing the branch operations and driving the anticipated growth and development of his territory. He knows how to be an instrumental part of the success and re-growth of of any organization. Prior to work there he was tasked with setting up a complete operational facility in China. Chris leverages his experience, resourcefulness and ability to grow capacity to be a driving force for Farm Haiti.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Jean Valerus
Jean (cJ) founded Farm Haiti in 2008. His parents being from a small farming town in Haiti he has always had an interest in seeing Haiti "produce". He earlier founded Cafe Creole in 1995 to bring Haitian Bleu coffee to the American public. His back ground in the arts, engineering, packaging and branding provides a unique skill set which lends itself well to Farm Haiti's core initiatives of empowering farmers through improving access and growing capacity. He has held leadership roles in various engineering firms domestically and abroad but believes his vocational training and appreciation for the industrial arts serves as a firm foundation for his many endeavors. He hopes to create access to such knowledge to the people of Haiti.
Kelly Mulligan, Grants
Kelli has a Masters in Public Health from Walden University and obtained her Bachelors from Willamette University. The value of her work experience with nonprofit organizations and her detailed and dynamic writing skills are an integral part of Farm Haiti's program development team. She is focused on the tasks at hand while maintaining an appreciative view of the larger scope of the challenges faced by the men and women who participate in the programs we develop in Haiti.
Faniel Perrin, Coordinator
Faniel resides in Haiti. He is obtaining his degree in Computer Sciences and has been enrolled since 2007 at École Supérieure Infotronique d'Haïti (E.S.I.H.) specializing in equipment and computer software maintenance. And from 2003-2007, he attended Collège Canado-Haïtien with honors System Operations and System Engineering. To date he has worked as an interpreter, coordinator and instructor, traveling with tourists as well as with reporters in country. Faniel is resourceful and tenacious about completing tasks under challenging conditions and is a gregarious net-worker. He has a great appreciation for Haitian history and knows the lay of the land. He is also fluent in reading, writing and speaking of French, Haitian Creole and English.
CO-CHAIR: Legrand Lindor, Secretary
Legrand Gandhi Lindor is an attorney and businessman. He attained his degrees in Finance and Real Estate Development/Investment from The George Washington University and his Juris Doctorate and MBA from the University of Connecticut. While in graduate school, Legrand started LGappareL, LLC (www.LGappareL.net) a privately held; printing and pride fashion company known for their popular item, the Haitian Flag Jacket. Legrand worked for an large international law firm as a corporate real estate associate and has since opened a real estate company providing brokerage, investment and legal services. He is actively involved in the Haitian communities primarily in Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA. He informs hundreds in the diaspora and in Haiti with news and information regarding Haiti through his self-managed listserve. Legrand brings experience in law, business, organizations along with his enthusiasm and love for sustainable development of Haiti and its people. His insights in drafting, reviewing and negotiating various transactional documents gives Farm Haiti unique perspective for legally protecting the labors and products of the women and men in our programs.
Marcel Laronde, Communications
Marcel Laronde is originally from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. He attained his degree in Urban Legal Studies at the City University of New York with honors and has been involved in the development of several companies including a web development, database, and real estate/mortgage company over the years. Marcel started Ashay Communications (ashay.com) with some friends in the 1990s that developed web sites and used other online media. Marcel left Ashay Communications to start another company that developed access databases with one of the partners servicing non profit organizations with their database needs. Finally after working as a manager running a Technical Support call center he eventually got his brokers license and worked in the Real Estate and mortgage industry in CA for 7 years. After moving to Florida he moved into higher education at Keiser University and now works as an Associate Director of Admissions and is working his way into the Instructional Design elements of online Higher Education. Marcel brings this experience and hopes to use those skills he attained to assist in the development of Farm Haiti to its fullest potential.
Cadet Bernado, Administrator
Cadet Alex Clint Bernado resides in Haiti and is a youth leader and activist from Thomonde, the center of Farm Haiti's activities. He co-founded MOTIY (Movement of Thomonde's Intellectual Youth) an organization dedicated to creating opportunities in the Central Plateau of Haiti for its youth by developing programs from mentoring and tutoring to entrepreneurship and civic pride. Cadet obtained a degree in Marketing from Centro de Technologia Univers and Universidad Apec in the Dominican Republic and is fluent in reading, writing and speaking of French, Spanish, Haitian Creole and English. Cadet plays an active role in the day to day operation of recruitment, motivating and development in the young active members of Farm Haiti's programs.
Claudyson Louis Jean, Administrator
Resides in Haiti and is the Director of OJADTHOMO, the Organizing Young Workers for the Development of Thomonde, founded on October 31st, 2009 and consists of 72 members. This group participates in economic, educational, and social community activities, work for environmental protection and is actively engaged in strengthening the local skilled workforce. Their programs are developed to address public health issues, the rate of deforestation, illiteracy, learning English and bolstering the local agricultural economy. Claudyson is fluent in reading, writing and speaking of French, Spanish, Haitian Creole and English. Claudyson plays an active role in the day to day operation of recruitment, motivating and development in the young active members of Farm Haiti's programs.
Kevin Jones, Beekeeper
Kevin is happy to be a part of our beekeeping project. He went to Haiti for the first time in 2010, post earthquake, with the people of Haiti facing some extremely trying conditions. He saw some honey bees flying in Jacmel and thought to himself how great it would be to work with local bee keepers. He made a number of new friends and through some trail and effort he tried to make contact with local bee keepers. No real connection success and then a fellow Farm Haiti staff person gets him connected to Farm Haiti. This is fun for me. Far different than his every day job in IT. Way more interesting! It's real! More importantly he gets to give back. No more no less. Of personal interest to Kevin, is the opportunity to be able to document (from a photographic perceptive) the people, sites, and activities of our work.