ServeHAITI Board of Directors
Kazushi is a transformative tech leader in FinTech, based in NYC, driving global teams and fostering cross-cultural collaboration. Graduate of the Columbia Business School Executive MBA program…
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Kazushi has always been passionate about being a part of the global community and enjoys philanthropic works. He has many close Haitian friends, so it did not take long for him to connect with ServeHAITI. After the earthquake in Haiti, he attended a NY fundraiser organized by ServeHAITI, and visited Grand-Bois 2 months later, where he learned firsthand about the commitment and contribution of ServeHAITI to the people and the community of Grand-Bois.
His involvement in socially-driven activities focusing on education and children include Labdoo.org, MSTERIO.org, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York, and various local volunteer activities. He also served as core committee member of the Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami annual memorial events TOGETHER FOR 3.11 for 10 years since 2012.
Kazushi has been working in FinTech companies and has contributed to many organizations especially in strategy, business operation, and project management areas. He also put his management skills to use while coordinating ServeHAITI’s NYC fundraisers in 2015 and 2017. Kazushi led a musical concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC in 2013 for physically and mentally challenged performers, which drew an audience of 2,000.
Kazushi grew up in Japan, Singapore, India, and Miami and now lives in New York City. He has traveled to more than 60 countries and loves playing soccer with people around the world. He has run 8 marathons since 2015 and is motivated to run in many other countries.
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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.
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Peter resides in Atlanta and is married to his wife Sheila. They have three adult children and three grandsons. Peter has previously served as Chairman of the Board of The Paideia School, Chairman of CADEF which founded the Emory Autism Center on the Emory University campus, and Chairman/President of Midtown Assistance Center.
Learn More About Sabine
Additionally, Sabine started Sabine’s Hot Sauce, more than 15 years ago from the joy of cooking and her appreciation for her Haitian culture. Sabine’s Hot Sauce’s mission is to turn a longtime passion for home cooking into an opportunity to acquire and cultivate land throughout Haiti for climate-controlled greenhouses for her Hot Sauce recipe base. This would provide an opportunity for local farmers to become entrepreneurs, and a sustainable avenue to provide food and alleviate economic disparities.
Learn More About Karen
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.
Learn More About Bernetta
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.
Learn More About Liz
Liz’s goal is to share the mission of ServeHAITI with as many people as possible to raise awareness, funds, and increase partnerships to further help us stand with the people of Grand-Bois for an improvement in their quality of life. She thrives on ‘the magic of the mountain.’
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.