Board Members

Victor Haydel

President, 755 Restaurant Corporation

Chairman

Victor Haydel has served as President of 755 Restaurant Corporation since 1995. As a member of Sacred Heart, he has supported the efforts of ServeHAITI since its inception. He took his first trip to Grand-Bois in June 2010 and joined the board in 2013. Victor began serving as Chairman of the Board in January 2017.

Eve Haydel

Financial Analyst, Turner Broadcasting

Treasurer

Eve Haydel earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Dillard University of New Orleans. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA and works as a Financial Analyst at Turner Broadcasting, where she has been employed since 2008.

Eve saw the impact that a trip to Grand-Bois had on her brother, Victor, and knew she had to experience it for herself. She visited Grand-Bois for the first time in June 2012 and knew she was there for a reason. She wanted to be a part of the beautiful community she witnessed. Eve strives to use her voice to bring awareness and support to ServeHAITI’s mission. She has been a board member since 2015.

Shakira Gavin

Enterprise Content Manager SaaS Leader, IBM

Secretary

Shakira Gavin earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from The University of Georgia. She works as a Software Sales Consultant with IBM and currently resides in Atlanta, GA.

Shakira first became involved with ServeHAITI in 2013 after being introduced to the organization by a friend. Upon learning more about ServeHAITI’s mission and work in the region, Shakira was motivated to experience Grand-Bois firsthand. Since her first trip in 2013, Shakira has been an active volunteer and supporter of ServeHAITI. She has taken on leadership roles as the organization’s Social Media chair and as an active member of the 2015 Atlanta Fundraiser planning committee. She has been a board member since 2014.

Shakira’s personal mission is to bring more awareness to the community of Grand-Bois, Haiti and increase the support and reach of ServeHAITI.

Gregory Amoroso

Securities Litigation Consultant, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Greg graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1986 with a B.S in Finance. He currently works for Eversheds Sutherland in a consulting role with the Securities Litigation group, where he has worked since 2004. He resides in Decatur, GA where he is an active member of St. Thomas More Parish.

Greg took his first trip to Haiti with his oldest son in 2012.  Both were struck by how much ServeHAITI does for the community of Grand Bois and how much more there is to do. Greg has since worked to raise awareness of the needs in Grand Bois through his parish and the greater Atlanta community. Meanwhile, his son has taken a leadership position with his parish at Marquette University which runs a twinning program with a parish in Mon Opital Haiti. Greg has taken additional trips to Grand Bois, including one with his other son, and enjoys being able to help and interact with the wonderful people of the area. His goal for his involvement with ServeHAITI is to, in some small way, help improve the lives of the people in Grand-Bois.

Robert Balke, AIA

Principal architect at tvsdesign; Director of the Design for Learning and Cultural Arts Studio

Robert Balke is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy; Bachelor of Environmental Studies (summa cum laude, 1972) and Master of Architecture (1974). Robert is a practicing architect registered in 5 states. He is married to Margaret C. Balke and has two grown children now living in Brooklyn. He has been active since the early days of outreach to Grand Bois, Haiti as the then President of the St. Vincent de Paul Conference of Sacred Heart Parish in Atlanta. Over a period of years he pursued and facilitated, through the International Office of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, the formation of a sister conference of St. Vincent de Paul in San Pierre, Haiti. Aggregation of the San Pierre Conference was granted in June of 2001.

With representatives of the San Pierre Community, he helped to scout-out sites for Clinic construction in April of 2002. In March of that same year the initial funding commitment for a permanent Clinic building was provided by the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Sacred Heart and construction commenced in August of 2003. As a volunteer, Robert facilitated design and construction of Phase I of the Clinic through its completion in June 2005. He also facilitated design and construction of Phase II of the Clinic (second story) with construction commencing in Dec.2007 and finishing in May of 2009. He remains committed to the success of the St. Vincent de Paul Clinic and ServeHaiti, now as a board member.

Robert is a member of the American Institute of Architects, is a LEED accredited professional, also a member of the Sacred Heat St. Vincent de Paul Conference, The Atlanta Coffee House Club, the Society of College and University Planners, and The United States Institute of Theater Technology.

Wayne J. Book, Ph.D.

Retired Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering

Wayne J. Book is professor emeritus at the Georgia Institute of Technology, retiring as the HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Professor of Fluid Power and Motion Control in 2011. He joined Georgia Tech in 1974 after attaining degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., Ph.D.) and The University of Texas (B.S.) in mechanical engineering. He is a Fellow of IEEE, ASME and SME.

After visits to the parish of St. Pierre in 1999 as a member of the Sacred Heart delegation, he was struck by the need to treat and especially prevent maladies in Haiti that have almost been eradicated in more developed countries. Clean water for the citizens of Grand-Bois seemed to be the logical target and has been the major way that Wayne has applied himself in service through ServeHAITI.

Wayne believes that “education and appropriate technology of all types can lift the standard of living in Haiti and ServeHAITI has embraced these means with projects ranging from water purification to wind energy”.

Cindy Broders, RN

Pediatric/School Nurse; Retired, Bellevue, IA Community Schools

Cindy Broders is an RN who received her bachelor’s degree in health arts from St. Francis University in 1993. She has more than 35 years experience in pediatrics. She first became involved with ServeHAITI in 2002 after receiving a phone call from her brother, Jim Froeschle, then a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta. He asked her to travel to Grand-Bois on a medical mission. That phone call changed her life! She has returned frequently to provide health care and assist with the June teacher training programs. She became very interested in the prevention of malnutrition in Grand-Bois and started the Medika Mamba program in 2010.  She currently manages the Restore Our Schools program.

Since 2002, Cindy and many of her eight siblings have been deeply involved with ServeHAITI. Her sister, Liz, also serves on the Board.

Cindy has been married to her husband, Dave, for more than 40 years. He has also been to Grand-Bois to assist with the teacher training program. They have three daughters and one son, as well as 10 grandchildren.

Robert S. King, M.A.

Partner, Five Prime Advisors LLC

Rob was first exposed to the medical challenges of the developing world as a Jesuit novice working as an EMT in a clinic for malnourished children in Honduras in 1980. His journey came full circle 30 years later when he flew medical supplies and a radio station to Port-au-Prince after the 2010 earthquake.

While his introduction to ServeHAITI was piloting relief flights, as a board member, Rob’s involvement has been active and varied. In addition to serving on the organization’s Executive Committee, he is involved in the economic development initiative focused on the Grand-Bois region of the country. He also leads ServeHAITI’s New York City fundraising efforts.

Rob is a partner in Five Prime Advisors, a New York-based strategic and valuation advisory firm. He has completed Ph.D. coursework in Economics, holds an M.A. degree in Economics, and B.A degrees in Biology and Spanish Literature. He spent several years after high school as a member of the Society of Jesus (the “Jesuits”) studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood.

Charmaine A. Lewis, MD, MPH

Hospitalist, New Hanover Regional Medical Center

Charmaine Lewis earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and French from Duke University and a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She did her residency in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

When she wandered into a downtown church for inspiration after a particularly hard day in the trenches of Grady Hospital, Charmaine saw a flyer asking for volunteers in Haiti. And, just a few weeks later she was on her way to Grand-Bois. From there it was love.

To gain a thorough understanding of the science behind solutions to international health obstacles, Charmaine completed a master’s in public health in global communicable disease soon after she started volunteering in Grand-Bois. She is now a practicing hospitalist in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and three small children. She speaks English, French, passable Spanish as well as Haitian Creole and is starting to become proficient in American Sign Language — all of which she used in just one day during her last trip to Haiti.

Liz McDermott

Trip Logistics Coordinator, ServeHAITI

Lizbeth McDermott is an LPN with experience in neo-natal intensive care and pediatrics. Liz became involved with ServeHAITI in 2002 when she received a phone call from her brother requesting help on a medical mission to Grand-Bois. This was one of the first medical missions through Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Liz has returned to Grand-Bois several times a year since that first visit. She served as Chairman of the Board of ServeHAITI from 2006-2008. She has also served as Trip Volunteer Coordinator, recruiting volunteers and coordinating the logistics of delegations visiting Grand-Bois. Liz was instrumental in beginning the teacher training program in 2006. This program currently trains 75 teachers every summer, positively impacting thousands of students in Grand-Bois.

Liz lives in LeClaire, Iowa with her husband, Tom, who has traveled to Haiti several times. They have three grown sons who have all traveled to Haiti on separate visits — working on the skylight installation, patient dossier review and water projects. Of note, it is a well known fact that ServeHAITI’s Medical Director, Dr. Leopold, is Liz’s “honorary” 4th son.


Joanne A. McGriff, MD, MPH

Assistant Research Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Associate Director, Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at Emory

Joanne A. McGriff is Assistant Research Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the Associate Director of the Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). She is originally from Long Island, New York and completed her undergraduate work at Princeton University then earned her MD and Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (NY).

Joanne served as Executive Director of ServeHAITI for four years (2008-2012) where she provided leadership and guidance for healthcare staff at the Saint Vincent DePaul Health Center and the seven ServeHAITI US organizational committees. During the same time, she was also the U.S. Director of a four-year USAID-PEPFAR grant in HIV prevention in Grand Bois, overseeing a staff of 26 community health workers and other personnel implementing the program.

As a Haitian American, Joanne is committed to “serving” Haiti and working collaboratively with the Grand Bois community and other Board members to improve health and respect the dignity, culture and inherent capability of each Haitian citizen we serve.

 

Wendy A. Strassner, Esq.

President, Strassner Search Consultants, LLC

Wendy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia and Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. After practicing law for five years with a large Atlanta firm, Wendy pursued a career in legal recruiting and established Strassner Search Consultants in 1999. Owning her own business afforded Wendy the opportunity to travel to Grand-Bois on several occasions and the flexibility to assume a leadership position with ServeHAITI as it grew out of a small but burgeoning ministry of Sacred Heart Church. She played a role in negotiating the initial agreement with Dr. Leopold Bourgouin, the Haitian Medical Director.

As chairperson of the Sacred Heart Haiti Ministry from 2003-2005, and as president of ServeHAITI from 2005-2006, Wendy was involved in several other initiatives, including negotiating the agreement for and working with the local contractor on Phase I construction of the Health Center. Wendy also maintained the organization’s books and served as Assistant Treasurer, then Treasurer, from 2009 until 2017.

Wendy’s two daughters, born in Grand-Bois and former patients of the Health Center, inspire her each day to do everything she can to bring a better quality of life to the people of Grand-Bois.


Kazushi Udagawa, MBA

IT Project Manager, MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

Kazushi has always been passionate about being a part of the global community and enjoys philanthropic works. 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 has also served as committee member of the Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami annual memorial events TOGETHER FOR 3.11 since 2012. Moreover, 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 the NY fundraiser organized by ServeHAITI, and 2 months later visited Grand-Bois, where he learned firsthand about the commitment and contribution of ServeHAITI to the people and the community of Grand-Bois. 

Kazushi is a project manager at MUFG Union Bank in NYC. He put his management skills to use while coordinating ServeHAITI’s NYC fundraisers in 2015 and 2017. He also led a musical concert at Carnegie Hall in NYC in 2013 for physically and mentally challenged performers, which drew an audience of 2,000. He completed an Executive MBA program at Columbia Business School in New York and holds a B.A. in Marketing from University of Miami. He grew up in Japan, Singapore, India, and Miami and now lives in New York City. He has traveled to more than 50 countries and loves playing soccer with people around the world. He has run 3 marathons since 2015 and is motivated to run in many other countries.