HOPE FOR HAITI BOARD MEMBERS
Tiffany R. Kuehner
Board Chair, President & CEO of the Book Trust
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 shares her time between Denver, Colorado, Stamford, Connecticut, and Les Cayes, Haiti.
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.
Brad A. Galbraith
Brad A. Galbraith is the Managing Partner at Galbraith, PLLC’s Naples and Indianapolis offices. Brad is also a board member of The Community Foundation of Collier County. 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 Director and Treasurer for Hope for Haiti, is a Member of the Professional Advisors Council for The Community Foundation of Collier County and is the former Director and Vice Chair of Champions of Learning.
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
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®).
JoAnne M. Kuehner, DM
JoAnne Kuehner founded Hope for Haiti to help Haitian children access education. She expanded the organization’s focus to include healthcare with the help of a Naples based gastroenterologist, Dr. Keith Hussey. For over 30 years, she has devoted her life to helping connect one of the wealthiest communities in the U.S. (Naples, Florida) to the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
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
Brett is currently the CEO of Educate Tomorrow, a non-profit organization based Miami, Florida dedicated to creating independence for disadvantaged and foster youth through education, mentoring and the development of life skills. Since joining Educate Tomorrow in May 2012, Brett has been charged with leading the strategic direction and vision for the organization. Before Educate Tomorrow, Brett was the Vice President of International Programs at
Brett has an M.S.Ed in Community and Social Change from the University of Miami. He is co-chair of the Education and Employment committee for the Miami-Dade County Homeless Youth Collective Impact. Brett is married to Virginia Emmons McNaught, co-founder of Educate Tomorrow. They live with their daughter Emma and their son Miles in El Portal, Florida. In 2015, Brett and Virginia were honored with the Florida International University PATH award for Well-Being in recognition of their work.
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
Laura lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
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.
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.