Philip Peters Founder

Restore Haiti was birthed out of a friendship between Philip and Pastor Lafleur that began when Philip was just 17. Although it was never anticipated that it would grow in to what it is today, Philip remained faithful to walk through each door that was opened to help the people of Haiti. Philip has a Marketing degree from Anderson University and lives in Franklin, TN where he works in the music industry as a manager with artists such as Tobymac, Mandisa, and Capital Kings.

Theresa Swain Executive Director

Theresa first traveled to Haiti in 2007, at a time where the main goals were to take volunteers to serve and bring donated items to the community there. After that trip, she helped to organize and bring structure to what is now known as the Sponsorship Program, the Trips Program, and various building projects. Since that time, Theresa has overseen all aspects of the organization particularly when it comes to legal matters, finances, and donation processing. After the 2010 earthquake, the volume of this work became too much to be maintained in a volunteer role and the organization began to work toward taking the step of faith of moving Theresa to become the organization’s first full time US Based employee in June of 2013. In addition to various project management and business process development courses and experience through her career, Theresa is a graduate of Elim Bible Institute with a major in Bible and a dual-minor in Youth Ministry and Christian Education.

Fedony Charles Director of Haitian Operations

Fedony oversees all of our operations and programs taking place on the ground in Haiti, including managing our staff of 50+ local employees. Fedony was born in a Christian family in Jeremie in the southwest of Haiti. From a young age he served in the ministry both in Port au Prince and Jacmel and is currently the main local leader of the Restoration Ministries Church. Fedony studied management at UNASMOH University and then graduated as Associate of Management Development Projects in the program PM4R financed by the IDB. He has continued to build on his education by taking many training courses and receiving certificates in international human rights law, including from the Interational Institute for Human Rights based in Strasbourg. He has also taken courses in school administration and previously was employed as the assistant director of a school in Carrefour, Haiti. Fedony is married to Marie Laure and together they have three children: Mickhela, Eliezer, and Fedlaure.

Joy (Okeefe) Fitterer, Ed. D. Board Member, Director of Education

Joy has been committed to restoring Haiti’s future through education since her first trip in 2008. Some of her educational activities include teaching English to Haitian’s ages 3 to adult, consulting with Restore Haiti’s preschool teachers to build curriculum, mentoring secondary students in their pursuit of postsecondary education, and by working with local elementary and secondary teachers and administrators to conduct needs assessments and train them in differentiated instruction, assessment, and classroom management strategies. Joy became a member of Restore Haiti's Board of Directors in early 2013.

Joy currently lives with her husband near Nashville, TN, where she works as a middle school Reading Specialist for Williamson County Schools. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and English from Butler University. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Language, Literacy, and Specialized Instruction from DePaul University and a Master of Arts degree in Cultural and Educational Policy from Loyola University-Chicago, where she conducted extensive research on the Haitian education system. Most recently, Joy earned a Doctor of Education degree in Leadership, Learning Organizations, and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University. It is her privilege and goal to use her knowledge of leadership, learning organizational theory, literacy, culture, and education policy to raise up a generation of young people who will become leaders and make positive changes in Haiti.

John Oliphant, PhD Board Member, Director of Medical and Dental Operations

John works closely with the Restore Haiti medical staff members that are based in Haiti as he supports their efforts to provide high quality and sustainable healthcare for those in the communities we serve. He makes certain that Restore Haiti is following all regulations regarding the delivery of healthcare in Haiti as overseen by the Ministry of Health (known as the MSPP in Haiti). Compliance with Haitian regulations is especially important for those who volunteer to serve through Restore Haiti on short-term medical missions teams. John is particularly focused on verifying that all of Restore Haiti’s medical and dental initiatives are based on input from Haitian healthcare providers who provide oversight and input into every aspect of the care that is delivered to ensure that any short-term projects fit seamlessly into a larger comprehensive healthcare plan.

John is an Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Health Sciences and Technology and works clinically as a PA in the Rochester, NY area. John has a PhD in Leadership and Policy from Niagara University, where his dissertation was titled, “Best practices for the planning, implementation, and assessment of short-term medical missions: A Haitian case study.” He also has a Master of Health Professions / Physician Assistant degree from Northeastern University, a Master of Science in Education degree from Elmira College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Medicine degree from Messiah College. John has also done healthcare consulting work in Liberia, Africa and published several scholarly papers about best practices for doing humanitarian development work in less developed countries.

Juli Wendt Board Member, Director of International Service

Juli has been working with Restore Haiti since her first trip there after the earthquake in 2010. Having lead multiple teams to Haiti since that time, she has carefully documented and created documentation for team members, learning tools, and preparation packets to help team members get ready for their time at our project. Juli is a great resource for anyone going to Haiti, whether a team member or a leader looking to bring a group. Juli is a very gifted and compassionate teacher of children. She has been serving in Children’s Ministry as a worker, leader and Pastor for 25 years. She has been trained by Willie George Ministries/Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK, Willow Creek, Saddleback and Group Publishing. Her creative approach really helps her express the truths of God’s Word to these young hearts. After the Haiti earthquake in January 2010, Juli was given a new mandate from God to reach out to children on the mission field as well. She now leads short-term missions trips to Haiti with Restore Haiti and Democratic Republic of Congo and trains teams to go and serve. She has taken courses from The Chalmers Center at Covenant College on Poverty Alleviation/Economic Development and also MIT – Challenges of Global Poverty.

Kaley Kelsey Donor Relations

Kaley became involved with Restore Haiti as a volunteer in 2011, and then moved into a Team Leader role for groups headed to Haiti. In 2013, she volunteered to help us with the transition to a donor management system, and began officially working for us part time in 2014. Kaley works in the Restore Haiti office a few days a week answering phones, helping process and following up on donations and delinquent payments, as well as overseeing our inventory. Kaley also manages all of Restore Haiti's social media accounts and helps to keep our supporters informed of what is happening in Haiti and within the organization. She lives in a suburb of Nashville, TN where she splits her time and talents between Restore Haiti and the Gospel Music Association. Kaley has a degree in Communications from Belmont University.

Teri Backus International Communications Coordinator

Teri first became involved in Restore Haiti as a sponsor and volunteer. After participating on several Restore Haiti trips, she progressed into a Team Leader role for groups headed to Haiti. Teri became a Restore Haiti employee at the beginning of 2018. She works closely with Restore Haiti staff based in the U.S. and Haiti to: 1) facilitate communications to those traveling to serve in Haiti and 2) ensure that Restore Haiti’s information systems contain up to date information on all program students. In June 2018, Teri retired from a career in elementary school education. She graduated from Monroe Community College with a General Studies degree.

Dan Swain Director of Church Engagement

From Buffalo to Nashville, back to Buffalo, now back in Nashville, Tennessee, no matter where he has gone, worship has always been a passion of Dan. And after spending five amazing years as the bass player for local Western New York favorites Brothers McClurg, Dan accepted the full time position of Worship Director at One Church NY which grew into two campuses in the Akron and Medina, NY areas. Dan has recently taken on the role of Director of Church Engagement, helping churches and leaders connect with the mission and vision of Restore Haiti. Dan has been married to his wife Cherie for 15 years and they have two beautiful little girls Emma 8 and Rosie 6. Dan is passionate about helping people find their purpose and place in the body of Christ, leadership and mentoring local churches.

Board Members

Tiffani Doyle Board Member

Tiffani has served along side of Restore Haiti for several years, having traveled there with each of her children and her husband. Since she first began volunteering, Tiffani has been driven to help the organization in any way possible, and has taken on various projects from photographing the children in the program to heading up our school supplies and Christmas gifts initiatives. Tiffani is the Chief of Staff/Director of Operations at Xerox State Healthcare. She has a Bachelors of Healthcare administration and is currently starting work toward a Masters in Organizational Management.

Dan Elkins, Ed. D.Vice Chairman

Dan has been a team member and a team leader to the project in Haiti through his church, Brentwood United Methodist. As a seasoned executive and with his professional experience in counseling, management consulting, and career development, Dan currently serves as the President and CEO of Strategic Advantages, which provides organizational and human capital solutions. Dan has an Ed.D. in Human Development Counseling and Consultation from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He joined our board of directors in May 2015.

Jonathan Esworthy Treasurer

Jon became involved with Restore Haiti as it moved from something a handful of friends were supporting to forming an official 501(c)(3) organization. Jon is a graduate of Binghamton University with Bachelors in Accounting and an MBA in Information systems. He spent over 6 years with a small CPA firm in Rochester, NY where he obtained his CPA license as well as his Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Internal Auditor certifications. He is now employed with the US Department of Justice as a Forensic Auditor where he investigates financial crimes.

Germain Jean-Charles, DDS Board Member

Germain has served Restore Haiti’s project by traveling there with a team of dentists to help out the members of the community with their dental concerns. He has additionally worked with our Director of Medical Operations and our Director of Team Training on translating of documents and providing advice on cultural issues. Germain, being Haitian, offers the unique perspective of understanding both the Haitian culture and the American side of operations. Germain has a DDS from the University of Haiti, a MS DDS from NYU, and a MSD in Pathology from the State University of NY at Buffalo.

Vance Lahey Secretary and Dir. of Strategic Partnerships

Vance grew up on a farm in southwest Kansas and comes from 5 generations of farmers. He graduated from Kansas State in 2002 and holds a Bachelors in Family Studies and Human Services with an emphasis on family financial planning. He currently owns and operates a Financial Advisory practice with Ameriprise Financial. He has been involved with Restore Haiti since its beginning by default since he was a personal financial planner for both Restore Haiti’s founder and executive director. After several years of providing advice, supporting financially, and participating on trips, Vance joined the Restore Haiti board in 2012 and was named the Secretary. Vance, his wife Jessica, and daughter Sadie, reside in Franklin, TN.

Rudy PointduJour Board Member

Rudy was born in Haiti and at a young age moved to the United States with his parents. He began serving Haiti by going on trips immediately following the earthquake in 2010.  He quickly leaned on his church, Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, GA for support in Haiti.  As a result he has helped lead and oversee teams in Haiti and has become an active supporter of the work of Restore Haiti. Rudy has a BS in Finance and International Business from William Paterson University of NJ.     Currently Rudy is working as a Sr. Relationship Mgr. at Inuit and resides in Dallas, TX with his wife.

Cheryl Prince, Ph.D. Board Member

Cheryl began serving Restore Haiti by going on trips through her church, Ray of Hope. She has helped lead and oversee team administration and has become an active supporter of the work of our organization. Cheryl has a BS in Nursing from the State University of NY at Buffalo, a MS in Nursing from the University of Colorado, a M.P.H. in Epidemiology from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. Currently Cheryl is working as an Epidemiologist on an assignment with the CDC but will be retiring shortly. Cheryl makes her home in a suburb of Atlanta, GA.

Marshall Towe Board Member

Marshall spent his career as a wireless/internet technology executive with Motorola, QUALCOMM and VeriSign having lived in Indonesia, Hong Kong, London and Australia.  He was most recently part of two electric vehicle start-up and was the founder of Cascadiant Energy, a Singapore based green tech company that provided clean energy solutions to assist companies to their shrink carbon footprints by the deployment of green energy.  Marshall has a long history of philanthropic causes as the founder of Sustainable Philanthropy, the founder and Chairman of the Singapore International Jazz Festival as well as serving on multiple advisory boards including the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia, the University of Illinois-Chicago engineering college and the Asia Green Energy Forum.

Reynold Yordy Board Chairman, Director of Development

Reynold and his family have been involved with Restore Haiti as team members and donors since 2008. Since then he, has wife, and their daughter have traveled to Haiti nearly 10 times. Reynold has been volunteering in technology projects we have been doing, starting with the Jacmel computer lab, and more recently with helping to manage and troubleshoot the donor software, reporting, and Restore Haiti’s website. With a keen insight into our donor data and trending, Reynold was added to the Board of Directors in the fall of 2014. He has taken on the challenge of our development (fundraising) department and is currently working on strategies in this area, as well as continuing to work through our long list of technology needs. Reynold is an entrepreneurial IT professional with experience building businesses and raising capital. He has a Bachelors in Mathematics from Taylor University as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics / Operations Research from Purdue.

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