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Yvette Ebb

Yvette Ebb

Director of Grants Management

Yvette was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, but then decided to head to a warmer climate to attend the University of Miami, where she earned her BA in theater and communications. Surprisingly (because she doesn’t like the cold at all), she went to Minnesota for a few years and recently moved to Naples (because she came to her senses). Yvette’s days at Hope for Haiti vary as she can be found creating presentations, finding the best price on supplies, or even reinstalling windows on a malfunctioning computer. Yvette’s very happy to be part of the Hope for Haiti family because of the passion everyone exudes.

When she’s not working, Yvette loves to read, watch BBC America and most recently ran her first 5K on a bridge. She lives in Naples with her bossy cat, Lexi.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an actress. I was always putting on shows for my family and when I was in kindergarten, my teacher let me act out the entire Wizard of Oz for the class.

What have you done that no one would guess you’d done, just by looking at you?

That I went to an arts high school and it was one of the best times in my life. I got to meet wonderful people and express my creativity.

What is the most surprising part of your job?

I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti this past year and I was surprised by how such small things really mean so much and can make a difference in someone’s life. The ability for someone to go to school or to have a medication that’s readily available here can mean a world of difference.

Who inspires you?

The people of Haiti because despite the huge obstacles they face, they still greet the day with a smile and with determination to make a better life for themselves and their children.

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

I would travel around the world. There’s so much to see and learn about people, and I would love to have that opportunity.

Anne Frazier

Anne Frazier

Director of Global Strategy & Partnerships

Anne is an experienced executive professional with over 16 years working with non-profits. Prior to joining Hope for Haiti, she served as the President/CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. Before moving from Virginia, she was the Chief Professional Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge and started her career in the Arts.

Modeled on the theory of social capital, Anne is a 2009 Graduate of the prestigious LEAD VIRGINIA program that educates proven leaders about regional differences, opportunities and challenges. She is a graduate of the 2012 class of the Leadership Collier Foundation (LCF) and currently serves on their board of directors and chairs the LCF Leadership Lunch Speaker Series Advisory Board. She also serves on the executive committee for Special Olympics of Collier County and is on the board of the Greater Naples Area Planned Giving Council and serves on the Advisory Board for Gulfshore Business Magazine.

Her proven ability to manage effectively, build social capital and be outcomes focused awarded her the honor of being named one of Virginia’s Influential Women of 2010. She has been honored by both Gulfshore Business Magazine (2012) and the Business Observer (2013) as one of their top “40 Under 40”.

Anne likes to stay active and teaches classes at the local YMCA. She enjoys a great meal with friends, cooking, traveling and paddleboarding with her husband.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an artist.

What have you done that no one would guess you’d done, just by looking at you?

I participated in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s inaugural 2013 Python Challenge tromping through the Florida Everglades to capture the invasive Burmese Python.

What is the most surprising part of your job?

To see our donations at work! It’s amazing to see how a donor’s investment or in-kind donation makes such a meaningful difference for the lives of thousands of young Haitian children and their families.

Who inspires you?

Entrepreneurs and leaders who give selflessly of their time, talents and treasure. Those who are strong in their faith and have overcome adversity, hardships, and continue to persevere, even when the odds are against them.

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

I would be a philanthropist, a volunteer, a world traveler, a student, a teacher, an artist, an amazing chef, and spend each day doing something active outdoors!

Cathy Grassi

Cathy Grassi

Gift-in-Kind Director

Cathy was born in The Bronx to the best parents on the planet. After graduating St. Barnabas HS, she attended Berkeley Secretarial/Finishing School in NYC. After honing stenography, typing and charm skills, Cathy began her career as a secretary at Compton Advertising.

Next up, Cathy worked as Personal Assistant to Estee Lauder. Later, she moved on to Della Femina Advertising, working with the “real” Mad Men. After years of coordinating Meow-Off Contests and other insane projects, Cathy switched gears and moved on to Office Manager of the Psychiatric Clinic at Lenox Hill Hospital. Later, she hooked up with a plastic surgeon and helped him build his practice.

Cathy relocated to Naples and was Office Manager at Waterside Shops for 15 years. She then tried semi-retirement. When the earthquake struck Haiti, Cathy began volunteering at Hope for Haiti. As you can see from her bio being included on the website, she says, “I’m now on staff and loving every minute of it!”

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A Surfer Girl (loved the Beach Boys).

What have you done that no one would guess you’d done, just by looking at you?

I was a hippie at Woodstock, Peace & Love

What is the most surprising part of your job?

That I’ve learned how to use a pallet jack!

Who inspires you?

My parents & Grandparents

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

Fly off to Big Sur & bask in its beauty

Mark Hindley

Mark Hindley

Chief Operating Officer

Mark joined Hope for Haiti after a 12 year career in Commercial and Institutional Banking, most recently serving for 6 years as the Treasury Management Officer for IBERIABANK in SW FL, where he was responsible for managing a client portfolio in excess of $500 Million Dollars.  Growing up in Indiana, Mark attended and studied Business Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University and was Honorably Discharged after serving five years in the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard.   Mark holds the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation and plays golf to a 3 handicap.  He is a graduate of Leadership Collier Foundation’s GAIN Class of 2012 & Leadership Collier Class of 2013 and was named to Florida Business Observer’s “40 under 40” List of Next Generation Leaders.  Mark and his wife Jill focus their free time on their two children, leading others in their local church and enjoying quality time with family and friends.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A Pilot in the Blue Angels.

What have you done that no one would guess you’d done, just by looking at you?

Adopted our first child, a then 16 year old young lady from Bogota, Colombia.

What is the most surprising part of your job?

How dramatic an impact $1 can make.

Who inspires you?

Above all – my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My incredible Parents, loving Wife and supportive Friends. My colleagues who spend themselves in the service of others. The remarkable resilience and strength of the Haitian people.

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

Start a family Foundation that provides financial support to Adoptive Families, go on as many Mission Trips as possible and try to make it on the PGA Tour.

 

Stephanie Jepsen

Stephanie Jepsen

Chief of Donor Experience

Stephanie graduated cum laude with a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. and went on to complete a Masters Degree in International Peace Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2003. She began her career as the Communications Manager for Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep in Waukegan, IL ( a school modeled after Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago) where she executed a communications plan around the school’s grand opening in 2004. Next, she worked for three years as the Development Officer for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, the largest provider of civil legal aid in Cook County. In 2009, Stephanie and her husband, Matt, relocated to Naples, FL where she serendipitously found Hope for Haiti. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures, tennis, baking, beach-going and spending quality time with her daughter and husband.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A travel agent so that I could help others experience the world.

What have you done that no one would guess you’d done, just by looking at you?

I was a costumed historic interpreter on Mackinac Island, MI for four years and cooked on an open hearth.

What is the most surprising part of your job?

That time flies… I‘m never bored in this job. I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to work among some great minds who keep my days very interesting.

Who inspires you?

My family. They taught me to put others first, and that is why I gravitate toward development in my professional career using my academic background in international relations and skills in development every step of the way.

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

In addition to traveling and learning languages, I would cultivate my own vineyard and sell the wine for charity!

Tiffany R. Kuehner

Tiffany R. Kuehner

President and CEO

Tiffany R. Kuehner is the President and CEO 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 the past 15 years tackling poverty and gender issues in the U.S., China, Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda, and Haiti. Tiffany’s passion for non-profits and international development began at a very young age and grew through her previous work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in New Jersey, the Mwanza Women’s Development Association in Tanzania, Women Moving Millions in New York City, and other private foundations. 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.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a teacher. I still believe they are the angels on earth!

What have you done that no one would guess you’d done, just by looking at you?

I played Women’s Rugby all throughout college and absolutely love the sport!

What is the most surprising part of your job?

As we work to create healthy sustainable communities, every day there is a new story – some that I could never have imagined, but they are real and make an immediate difference for one person, a family or for an entire community.

Who inspires you?

The people with whom I have the privilege of working each and every day – all of our donors, Board Members, staff, volunteers, and program partners. I learn so much daily from the incredible men and women who are a part of Hope for Haiti. Each one inspires me with his/her generosity, compassion, courage, and strength.

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

I love my job! I would volunteer for Hope for Haiti, travel to share our work and the beauty of Haiti with the world, and spend quality time with my family and friends.

Monica Perez

Monica Perez

Senior Accountant

Monica was born and raised in SWFL, so she has never seen snow before! Maybe one day shel’ll be daring enough to venture out into the cold 🙂 Monica went to school at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting and Taxation. She is currently working on finishing up her masters degree and hopes to become a CPA soon. Monica spent the last four years at a small tax & accounting firm in Bonita Springs getting hands on accounting and tax experience. In her free time, she likes to read, bake, and spend time with her awesome family.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A Doctor. I would always have my stethoscope handy and ready to take care of anyone who was sick by making sure they had plenty of Gatorade and chicken noodle soup 🙂

What have you done that no one would guess you’d done, just by looking at you?

I have been a certified scuba diver since I was 13 years old. It’s been awhile since my last trip but I would like to plan another one soon!

What is the most surprising part of your job?

The openness and dedication of the Hope for Haiti family. It is refreshing to see everyone come together for a cause and make a difference. I’m thankful for being a part of such a great group of people! I look forward to making my first trip to Haiti and meeting everyone there.

Who inspires you?

My brother is my best friend and an amazing person that has supported me throughout my life. He is never short on great advice and has taught me the importance of having a positive outlook in life and pushing through when things get tough.

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

Bake, read, then bake some more! There’s never a bad time for desserts and a good book! 🙂

Ida Soderlind

Ida Soderlind

Chief of Staff

Hope for Haiti is Ida‘s first experience in the non-profit world, and she’s loving every moment of it! Born and raised in Umea, Sweden she moved to the U.S. after high school to be an au-pair. She graduated cum laude with a B.S. in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu, HI in 2004. After a few years in Ireland she moved back to the U.S. and now lives in Estero with her two Golden Retrievers Bob and Selma. When she is not working she enjoys reading, sports and is hoping to do her first mud run this spring.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Flight attendant, professional athlete, personal trainer.

What have you done that no one would guess you’d done, just by looking at you?

Snuggled with an alligator.

What is the most surprising part of your job?

I am amazed everyday of our volunteers’ dedication and commitment, I feel so fortunate to be a part of this organization.

Who inspires you?

My colleagues, friends & family.

What would you do if you didn’t have to work?

Adventure Travel.