HOPE FOR HAITI BOARD MEMBERS

The Honorable Mary E. Sommer

Board Chair

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.

Michael Gay

Vice Chair

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.

Kevin Ashley

Kevin Ashley brings more than 20 years of philanthropic and finance experience to Hope for Haiti. For over 12 years, Kevin was privileged to work as a senior member of the Dalio Philanthropies team.
He has served on the boards of Grace Community Church, The Richard & Barbara Whitcomb Foundation, and JustGive. Kevin was a member of the advisory board of Grameen America.

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. Kevin lives with his family in Connecticut.

Kettianne Cadet

Kettianne is a Human Capital Management Consultant, where she focuses on Organizational  Design and Leadership Development. She is a certified mediator (in MA), facilitator and  speaker, often leading trainings and speaking on professional development and the art of  negotiation. An international development professional with an interest for global diplomacy,  Kettianne lived and worked in France, in the United Kingdom, in Spain and in Haiti over the  course of 5 years. Throughout her years in international development, her areas of expertise  grew around learning and development, program management and monitoring and evaluation.  Previously, she has served as a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow for the Ministry of Women’s  Affairs in Haiti, she has launched a $6.1 million board governance program in South Africa for  the microfinance nonprofit Accion and she has consulted on an employee engagement project  for Oracle. 

She is also the Founder and CEO of a workforce development company, Women With  Purpose. Women With Purpose’s mission is to offer unparalleled skill-building opportunities and  resources to equip women of color with the essential tools to advance personally and  professionally. From her role as CEO of Women With Purpose, Kettianne brings the experience  of creating a sustainable business while making a social impact for women of color. 

Kettianne received her M.B.A from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business where  her concentration was at the nexus of Human Capital studies and Entrepreneurship. She was a  Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) 2016 MBA Prep Fellow, a Forte MBA Fellow and  

a member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (CGSM). She received her  M.A in International Relations from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London in  2012 and her B.A from Boston College in 2010. In her free time, Kettianne loves to go salsa  dancing with her husband and finds bliss in eating tacos.

Brian Childs, DDS

Since graduating from the Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1994, Dr. Brian Childs has experienced continued success in dentistry. After completing a general practice residency at the Miami VA, he started his own office in February of 1996 alongside his wife. Now retired, he lives in Arden, NC with his family.

Brad A. Galbraith, Esq., CPA

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.

Greg Hunter

Greg Hunter is a Senior Vice President, Client Advisor with Truist Private Wealth Management. He offers clients more than 30 years of comprehensive wealth management experience, with a team approach that brings together specialists in investments, financial planning, credit, and estate strategies. Greg has earned the professional designation of Certified Financial Planner®. He has resided in Naples, FL for over a decade and is a graduate of University of Florida. Greg is a past board member of Education Foundation of Collier County, as well as Score Naples and the Financial Planning Association.

Jennifer Lang, Esq.

Jennifer Lang is an attorney in the New York City office of Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP. Jennifer’s practice focuses on areas of corporate and securities law, including corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, and capital markets. Jennifer frequently consults on cross-border and international matters and has participated in a number of pro bono projects.

Jennifer received her J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School, where she earned the top oral advocacy award for 2017, and her B.A., cum laude, from Georgetown University, where she double majored in French and Government, with a minor in Theology. In addition to French, Jennifer speaks Haitian Creole which she learned while serving for three years in Hope for Haiti’s Les Cayes, Haiti office. Her roles at Hope for Haiti focused on healthcare program management and program communications.

Jennifer lives in Harlem with her boyfriend, Elliott, and their adopted dog, Penelope.

Liz Longmore, MSN, RN

Liz Longmore, MSN, RN, is Vice President of Ambulatory Services for Stamford Health and Chief Operating Officer for Stamford Health Medical Group.  With over 25 years of healthcare expertise, Liz began her career in nursing where she worked in women’s healthcare and expanded her professional experience to emergency services and critical care. As her career developed, she held roles in clinical, educational and operational leadership. Prior to her current role, Liz spearheaded all clinical aspects of the design, construction and operationalization of the new Stamford Hospital which opened its doors in September of 2016. Liz received her nursing degree from Cochran School of Nursing and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mercy College. Liz resides in Ridgefield, CT with her husband and three children. 

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.

Brett McNaught

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 buildOn where he led their international programs from 2005-2012 and oversaw the construction of over 1,000 classrooms for more than 40,000 children in rural Haiti, Nicaragua, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, Niger, Nepal and India.

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.

The Honorable Courtney M. Price, DMOb

Courtney Price is a retired lawyer living in Naples, Florida since 2005 and has been a volunteer with Hope for Haiti since 2009. She received a B.A. degree from the University of Alabama and a J.D. degree from the University of Southern California. She was a civil litigator in Los Angeles for four years. In 1979 she moved to Washington, D.C. where she spent several years in the government. She was a litigator at the Department of Energy and then Associate Administrator for Rulemaking at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In November, 1983, President Ronald Reagan nominated her and the United States Senate confirmed her as Assistant Administrator for Enforcement at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She was the first woman to head the federal government’s environmental enforcement program. In 1986, she returned to the private sector to practice environmental law and then served as a Vice President at the American Chemistry Council where she managed their chemical specific advocacy and research.

Mrs. Price is a Dame of Obedience in the Order of Malta in which she is very active. She has two children, two step-children, and she and her husband, Joe, share eleven grandchildren.

Phil Regala, MD

Dr. Regala is an orthopedic surgeon who has opened his practice  in Naples since 1997.  He specializes in general orthopedics with an interest in sports medicine and shoulder surgery.  He graduate with honors from the Medical College of Wisconsin  with a degree in molecular biology.  He graduated with honors from the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He interned at the Hennepin County Medical Cente in Minneapolis and then completed a residency in Orthopedic surgery at the University of Miami.

He is a member of the Rotary Club of Naples.  He has volunteered as a team physician for both Gulf Coast High School and Golden Gate High School.  He went on Medical missions to Mexico and the Philippines while he was a medical student.  He started volunteering as a surgeon in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and has returned to Haiti nine times on various Orthopedic surgery missions.

He and his wife Sue have four children. His hobbies include tennis, water skiing, fishing, travel, playing guitar, and  yoga.

Timothy Savage

A resident of Naples since 1986, Tim was born and raised in Champagne Illinois.  Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from Florida State University.  He has been a full-time Realtor since 1998 in the Naples luxury real estate market with emphasis on Port Royal, Aqualane Shores, Old Naples and Royal Harbor real estate. Tim was the first Realtor in Aqualane Shores to break $3m, $4m, $5m, $6m and $10m for sales of new construction custom homes and has also sold over $500m in waterfront property in Port Royal; many of those sales record setting as well. More recently in the first half of 2020 Tim was acknowledged by Naples Area Board of Realtors statistics as the number one sales professional achieving record breaking sales in Collier County.

Tim is also an esteemed member of the Board of Regents of LRE (Luxury Real Estate), the exclusive worldwide network of the world’s most elite luxury real estate professionals, including the Who’s Who of Luxury Real Estate.

Tim’s passion for his family and community is evident in his philanthropic endeavors both personally and professionally.  Married and the father of three, Tim is a supercar buff and huge Florida State Football fan. Tim and his family believe that it is their responsibility to build a better future for all that call Naples home.

Jean Marie E. Saintyl, CPA

Jean Marie E. Saintyl is a Tax Manager with CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen LLP), a professional services firm delivering integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, audit, tax and consulting services with more than 120 locations across the United States. Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jean Marie moved to Miami, Florida in 1995 where he would complete his high school years graduating with high honors. While in high school, he volunteered his time at the then “Haitian Refugee Center” as a young advocate and tutor.

Jean Marie earned his bachelor’s and Master’s in Accounting and Taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University graduating with high honors and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant (AICPA) and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountant (FICPA).  

Jean Marie resides in Naples, Florida with his wife Chantale and they have two children, Jeremy and Alexis. Jean Marie is a proud member of the 250 Men & More Campaign, an initiative of Gentle’ Men Against Domestic Violence (GADV) which calls on men to stand as equal partners with women to stop domestic violence and human trafficking.  

HOPE FOR HAITI EMERITUS BOARD

JoAnne M. Kuehner, DM

Founder and Former Chair

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.

Tiffany R. Kuehner

Former CEO and Chair

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 dedicated her career to tackling poverty and gender inequality locally and globally. Tiffany is a graduate of Leadership Collier Class of 2013 and a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO). In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys photography, travel, dancing, and celebrating life with family and friends. She and her husband, Mikey Stewart, reside in Connecticut and have two daughters.  

Rosemarie “Dee Dee” Nye

Former Vice Chair

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.