Tiffany R. Kuehner
Tiffany R. Kuehner is Chair of Hope for Haiti. At 15 years old, Tiffany’s first trip to Haiti started a passion for the same country to which her grandmother has dedicated her life. Graduating from Georgetown University in Women’s Studies with a specific focus on International Development, Tiffany has spent her time tackling poverty and gender issues in the U.S., China, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda, and Haiti. Tiffany is a graduate of Leadership Collier Class of 2013 and a member of the Young President’s Organization. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys photography, travel, dancing, and celebrating life with family and friends. She and her husband, Mike Stewart, have a beautiful daughter and share their time in Stamford, Connecticut, Naples, Florida, and Les Cayes, Haiti.
JoAnne M. Kuehner, DM
JoAnne Kuehner founded Hope for Haiti to help Haitian children have a more meaningful life. For over 26 years, she has devoted her life to helping the “poorest of the poor” by connecting one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S. (Naples, Florida) to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. JoAnne travels several times a year to Haiti to check on progress of the Hope for Haiti projects and to spread love and compassion to the Haitian people. She, along with Dr. Keith Hussey, formed Hope for Haiti, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the Haitian people through education, nutrition and healthcare. In recognition of the work she is doing in Haiti, JoAnne has been awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from the University of Scranton, was named Woman of the Year by Gulfshore Life, and in 2008, was granted both the Woman of Style award by N Magazine and named a Woman of Achievement by the AAUW. JoAnne and her husband, Carl, live in Naples, Florida.
Kevin Ashley of Norwalk, CT is the Special Projects Coordinator at the Dalio Foundation, Inc. in Westport, CT. He currently also serves on the boards of Grace Community Church, Social Justice Committee and The Richard & Barbara Whitcomb Foundation. He is also a member of the advisory board of Grameen America and JustGive. Kevin has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa and South America. He has been involved in Hope for Haiti’s work for years and has made multiple trips to Haiti to provide hands on support.
Brian G. Childs, DDS
Dr. Brian G. Childs, DDS, is a practicing Dentist in Naples, Florida and is owner of Childs & Childs, P.A., with his wife, Dr. Janet Childs, DDS. Brian graduated from Marquette University in 1994 and has always had a passion for using his skills and talents to benefit others. Brian joined the board of directors in 2011. He has also participated in numerous medical missions to Haiti where he provides quality dental care to the poorest of the poor in some of the most rural communities that Hope for Haiti serves.
Brad A. Galbraith
Brad A. Galbraith is a lawyer and shareholder in Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti, Rudnick & Galbraith, PLLC’s Naples and Indianapolis offices, and is Chair of the firm’s Trusts and Estates Group. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University, and his J.D. (summa cum laude) from Indiana University School of Law. Brad began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant, and maintains an Indiana CPA license. He is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Florida, and is board certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates by The Florida Bar Association. Brad currently serves as a Member of the Planned Giving Committee for the Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Trustee of the Florida Velodrome Association and Member of the Professional Advisors Council for the Community Foundation of Collier County. He is a former Board Member, Vice Chair and Secretary of Champions For learning/Education Foundation of Collier County. Brad and his wife, Lissa, live in Naples, Florida with their six children.
Michael Gay is President of GDG Beton & Construction and has 40 years of continuous experience in heavy construction and management. Born in Haiti, Gay moved at a young age to New York with his mother and siblings when he was 18 years old. Gay earned a civil engineering degree from the City College of New York. He spent 27 years with Kiewit, one of the top 10 construction companies in North America. Michael rose through the ranks of the company as it grew into a Fortune 500 firm with $8 billion in revenue today. Michael shares his time between Naples, Florida and Haiti. He has been instrumental in bringing key community infrastructure projects to fruition, such as Hope for Haiti’s Infirmary St. Etienne expansion and a critical road improvement project. He joined the Board of Directors in 2015.
Greg Hunter is a Senior Vice President of PNC Wealth Management and serves as the primary contact for the delivery of all Wealth Management services for his clients. He establishes a business plan for each client and works with the Wealth Management team to achieve service standards. Greg was a former Board Member and Treasurer of Champions for Learning (Education Foundation) and is currently on the Board of FPA of Southwest Florida. Mr. Hunter earned his degree in Business Finance from the University of Florida and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®).
James B. Lancaster, Jr.
James B. Lancaster, Jr., is a retired U.S. Federal Government Senior Executive. He served as the Associate Director for Administration, U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Senior International Affairs Officer and Foreign Service Reserve Officer U.S. Department of State, Agency for International Development (USAID); Assistant Director for Administration and Finance ACTION/Peace Corps; Senior Management Analyst, Executive Office of the President of the United States, Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and Senior Budget Analyst, House Budget Committee, U.S. Congress. Jim also has a varied private sector background including organizations in Paris, France, Ankara, Turkey, Baltimore, Maryland and Ghana, West Africa. Founded in 2002, Jim is the President of the African Literacy, Art and Development Association in Naples, Florida (ALAD). Jim joined the board in 2008 and served as Secretary from 2010-2013. He has been married to Harriet Levine Lancaster for over 45 years has three adult children and four grandsons.
Vladimir J. Mathieu, MD
Vladimir J. Mathieu, MD is a Family Physician at the Millennium Physician Group. He also serves as the Medical Director of Arden Court Assisted Living Facility. He has served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Naples Medical Center since 2004. Dr. Mathieu is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and has served as the Vice-Chairman and then the Chairman of the Family Physician Staff for the NCH Health System for two consecutive terms. Dr. Mathieu was born in Haiti and travels regularly as part of medical missions and board visits. He lives in Naples, Florida and has been a member of the Hope for Haiti board of directors since 2009.
Laura Mitchell is Executive Director of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, a private grantmaking organization founded by serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons, and business executive, Renee Parsons. Since its founding in 2012, the foundation has granted over $120 million to organizations serving underserved populations and disadvantaged communities largely in Arizona and Haiti. Prior to joining the foundation, Laura was a CPA and Manager with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, a Member/Manager of Mitchell Consulting and the Chief Financial & Operations Officer of Make-A-Wish Arizona. Having spent a year travelling the world, she values diversity of people and culture and is deeply committed to serving the needs of those less fortunate. Laura lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
Rosemarie "Dee Dee" Nye
Rosemarie “Dee Dee” Nye is Vice Chair of the board. A former member of the Senior Leadership Team of Lucent Technologies (1995-2002), a Fortune 50 technology innovator (now Alcatel Lucent). Ms. Nye is a Turnaround Executive, Board Member & Dynamic leader of tech companies. As a principal/owner of small Commercial and Residential Real Estate Development businesses, she gained critical lessons of accountability and flexibility (2003-2007). In her corporate career at Lucent, Avaya Inc. and AT&T, Dee Dee worked directly for nine CEO‘s, COO’s or Presidents of Fortune 100 companies. Her five global roles included on the ground operational responsibilities in Europe, Asia, Central & South America.
Melissa Dunwell Padberg
Melissa Dunwell Padberg was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 2004, she took over the family business her grandparents started, The Villa Créole, a boutique hotel in Pétion-Ville, filled with notable artwork by some of Haiti’s most talented artists. Upon the sale of the hotel in 2012, she has focused her attention on the Mapou Foundation a project she and a friend started in 2010 after the earthquake. Mapou Foundation raises funds through the sale of crafts and fine jewelry to raise money for worthwhile local organizations.
Josh is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Core Property Capital. Core is a commercial real estate investment, property management, and asset management company located in Naples, FL with a focus in Retail, Office, and mixed-use properties. Joining the company in December 2014, Josh is responsible for the financial management, tax, accounting and human resources for the company. As a member of the Core’s Executive Management team, Josh also helps to set and direct the strategic vision for the company and its partners. Born and raised in Michigan, Josh relocated to Naples, Florida in 1999. He lives in Naples with this wife, Michelle, and their 2 daughters, Lauren, who is a senior at Naples High School, and Emma, who is homeschooled. Josh received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management (with a concentration in Accounting) from Albion College in Albion, Michigan and is a graduate of the Carl A. Gerstacker program in Professional Management. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Josh joined Hope for Haiti’s Board of Directors in 2017.
The Honorable Mary E. Sommer
Mary Sommer is a Superior Court judge for the state of Connecticut. Her prior experience includes civil litigation and teaching business law and ethics. Mary has served on community non profit boards with a focus on children’s mental health and legal rights, education and public private initiatives. She currently serves on the boards of the Herbert and Nell Singer Foundation, CT Appleseed Foundation for Law and Justice, and the advisory boards for child advocacy and prison literacy programs. She has served on the judicial branch strategic plan and rules committees and is a National Association of Women Judges state representative. Mary is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and the College of New Rochelle. She and her husband Jay Sandak live in Stamford, Connecticut.