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Meet The Team

Helen Roenfeldt

Mission Director

Helen has been with mission:HAITI since it's formation in 1999. She coordinates with churches and individuals to form service teams, develop programs, share the vision and mission, and administer mission: HAITI's day to day activities. Helen has been married to husband, Lloyd for 50 years. They have 3 children, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. They are Lutheran Christian members of Thrive Community Church and live in Ft. Myers, FL. Before her present position, Helen was Discipleship Minister of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Davie, FL.

Lophane Laurent

Field Director, Haiti Team

Prior to joining mission: HAITI in 2011 Lophane was the National Director for Trinity/Hope Feeding Program and also worked with The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod on special projects after the 2010 earthquake. He and his wife Darline, a teacher supervisor, live in Port-au-Prince and have 2 children. They are active members of Bon Berger Lutheran Church in PAP.

Dr. Nancy Swisher

Chief Medical Officer

Retired Family Practitioner

Dr. Swisher is a Family Practice physician from Wisconsin. She has served in medical missions in the Middle East and South America as well as Haiti. She has served with Mission: Haiti since 2012, traveling 3 times a year to bring medical education and help to many different areas of Haiti. Her compassion, expertise, skill and concern for helping Haitians learn how to take the best possible care of their families has alleviated a great deal of suffering and illness.

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Noel Duffault

Security Director

Noel has been a police officer for 14 years. His regular assignment is to guard national officials including the President of Haiti. He is married and has 5 children. Noel and Lophane have been friends since primary school. Noel and his family are members of Bon Berger Lutheran Church.

Valentin Francique & Izmey Francique

Security Associate & Registered Nurse
Married to Izmey Francique, Valentin has been a police officer for 11 years. They live in Port au Prince (PAP) and have 1 child. Izmey works with Mission: HAITI's Community Health Outreach, teaching expectant and new mothers safe delivery and infant care. Izmey also follows up with patients in PAP if there is a need. Both have been very valuable additions to our team.

Rony Laurent

Translator and Mission Assistant
Rony has worked with Mission: HAITI for 4 years. He is married with 2 children. Besides being an excellent translator, he often helps us with goat and chicken purchases and follow-ups. Rony is always happy and is a joy to work with.

Richard Saint Juste

Driver
Richard lives in Jacmel, but drives a van for hire from Jacmel to PAP, or other places as hired. Richard has driven for Mission: HAITI since 2011. He and his wife have 4 children. 

Benjamin Jean Hector

Driver, Mechanic
Benjamin is married with a daughter. When he started working with Mission: HAITI, 7 years ago, it was obvious that he had a mechanical aptitude, so Mission: HAITI sent him to a trade school to get a certification for engine repair. So besides driving and working with Mission: HAITI, he is able to work independently to earn money to support his family.

Dorothy Medard

Children's Clinic Assistant
Dorothy is the mother of a little boy. Her family has struggled since her father was killed shortly after the 2010 earthquake. Then her sister, Nahima, who was the family support the past 5 years, died of leukemia in 2018 leaving Dorothy and her mother to manage and raise Dorothy's son. Mission: HAITI is helping Dorothy pay to attend a teacher's college in PAP, since she has a natural aptitude for working with children. 

Wislande Jean

Registered Nurse, Certified Midwife
Mission: HAITI has had the joy of working with Wislande in several different capacities since 2009. A hard working single woman, she supports her mother and younger sister. After mission: HAITI assisted her in completing nursing school, Wislande became a Certified Midwife and helps at the Community Health Outreach with the training for expectant and new mothers. She often also helps in the pharmacy.