ServeHAITI Board of Directors
Luanne is a graduate of the University of Dubuque. She went on to earn her Chartered Property
Casualty Underwriter professional designation, and is a Senior Workers’ Compensation Claim Adjuster with Encova Insurance…
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During her time in Grand-Bois, Luanne has worked to create a program where men from Grand-Bois were hired and taught how to build school desks and chalkboards for use at the area schools. Also important to her were the creation of feminine hygiene Girls’ Kits, which allowed girls to continue to attend school while they had their periods. Women from Grand-Bois were hired to sew reusable menstrual pads, which were then combined with underwear and some other small personal hygiene items in a fabric bag that could be taken to and from school.
She resides in DeWitt, Iowa and is an active member of First Congregational United Church of Christ. She has three grown daughters who are all married and live nearby, so she is blessed to be able to spend time with her five grandchildren. Luanne is a member of the DeWitt City Council, where she enjoys being able to give back to her community.
Greg graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1986 with a BS in Finance. In 2020, he founded Amoroso Compliance Consulting LLC, which provides securities related compliance consulting services to legal and compliance groups in the financial services sector…
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Dr. Matt Downen
US Medical Director
Matt received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine where he developed his interest in global health.
His first work in Haiti was between his third and fourth year of medical school when he helped with a community needs assessment in
Arcahaie, Ouest, Haiti. It was a life-changing three months.
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After his graduation he completed residency in Family Medicine through the University of Kansas. During residency he was able to travel to Haiti with ServeHAITI and work at the St. Vincent de Paul Health Center alongside Dr. Leo.
He helped lead several team trips to the Health Center, and even to surrounding outposts, to ensure that all residents of Grand-Bois felt the presence and support of ServeHAITI. He has served as the US based Medical Director for ServeHAITI since 2015 and joined the board of directors a few years later.
During that time we have navigated hurricanes, cholera outbreaks, COVID and worsening
Matt lives in Wichita, KS with his growing family. He works as a hospitalist for the group,
Premier Hospitalists of Kansas and spends as much of his free time as he can being active. He
relishes all opportunities to talk about Haiti, the mission and opportunities to improve the lives of the people of Grand-Bois, so feel free to connect!
Sabine is a native of Haiti and is the Founder and CEO of ENIBAS Consulting, a design and construction project management company. Sabine has more than 25 years of extensive background experience in corporations, institutions, private and public-sector clients…
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Visiting nearly every year since her first trip, Karen started a non-profit to give scholarships to children who win an annual art contest where they are tasked to draw and write their vision for the future of Haiti. She also provides academic scholarships to enable young individuals to attain a US based college degree.
In 2017, she met Kazushi through a common friend and attended his NYC fundraiser which inspired her to go with Cindy Broders to Grand-Bois in the Fall 2017. Her second trip with ServeHAITI was in 2019 where she made cycle beads and taught locals how to be more aware of their menstrual cycle. Since her 2019 trip, she has organized an annual SuperBowl pool fundraising event for ServeHAITI and is looking forward to traveling to Haiti again soon.
Karen believes in the strength and resilience of Haitians and is passionate about their empowerment to be a part of the Haiti they deserve which is echoed in the wonderful meaningful work of ServeHAITI.
Fritz Jean-Pierre, MD
Fritz Jean-Pierre, MD has served as the Medical Director of Comprehensive Bariatric Services at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center since 2014. He is a Haitian-American and has traveled to rural areas of Haiti for medical mission trips in the past….
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He is a general and bariatric surgeon who specializes in the treatment of morbid obesity and metabolic disorders. Dr. Jean-Pierre completed his surgical residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago Mount Sinai Hospital and his fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Morehouse School of Medicine/Atlanta Medical Center. He served as the Chief of the Department of Surgery at Kennestone from 2019-2021 and remains active in several leadership roles. He is an active member of his church community and spends most of his leisure time with his beautiful wife, Tanicia and their 3 children; Yasmin, Anjali and Dominic.
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She believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, nurturing, and stimulating atmosphere to grow and mature holistically- intellectually, physically, and socially. Bernetta’s goal as an educator is to help each student meet his or her fullest potential in these areas by providing a safe, encouraging, inviting, and stimulating environment. She envisions utilizing her expertise in the education realm to support Haitian children in evolving to become their ultimate selves.
Dwight earned his MBA in Business Management from the University of the District of Columbia. With over a decade of experience in Financial Crimes across both private and public sector financial institutions, he brings a wealth of expertise to the table.
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Learn More About Dave
Dave made his first trip to Haiti in 2006, where he installed the first electrical service in the ServeHAITI Health Center in Grand-Bois. Since then, Dave has made many trips to the area to upgrade the electrical system in the Health Center to accommodate the growing needs of the facility, along with being available while not in Haiti to help restore and repair any electrical issues they have. Dave has also rewired the church in San Pierre along with several schools in the area.
Dave served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1969, where he got his start in the electrical trade. After the Air Force, Dave completed an apprenticeship in Colorado Springs where he met his wife, Jan. From 1993 to 2014 Dave served on one of twenty technical committees writing the National Electric Code. Dave is a member of the parish council at St Joseph’s church in DeWitt, IA and is a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.