GINA FERRUS DUNCAN
Gina F. Duncan is a strong advocate for children and their country. Born in Petit Goave, Haiti, Gina is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ). Her visionary leadership has led to the creation of a community center in full swing, a medical clinic, school and orphanage and innovative programs that support women, education, health and community development in rural areas of Haiti.
She earned several degrees abroad in nursing, counseling and public health administration. Gina has dedicated her life to humanitarian efforts, offering hope to dozens of abandoned and orphaned children and empowering local communities to build a better and more sustainable future.
Roger Limoges is a senior Vice President and Project Manager with the U.S. Green Building Council. For over 20 years, Roger has been an advocate, strategist, and spokesperson for some of the most complex social issues in our public discourse. As a senior vice president on USGBC's market transformation and development team, Roger works alongside of a talented executive team dedicated to transforming our communities and buildings toward sustainability and health and wellness on a global scale. In addition, his portfolio also includes executive communications, relationship management, and special projects including serving as project manager for the design, land acquisition, and construction of USGBC’s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment of a LEED Platinum and WELL Certified children’s center in Port au Prince, Haiti: the William Jefferson Clinton Children's Center.
Roger has a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University (2000) and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bridgewater State College (1997). In 2011, he earned an executive education certificate in Leadership in Decision Making from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Serge Ferrus is deeply respected in Haiti’s business community and government sector. Through his vision and business acumen, the Tim-Bar International Paper Company, where he serves as the General Manager, remains a Haitian-owned and operated manufacturing company. He is the former Vice President of Ingenieurs Consultants & Associés, which specializes in water treatment and power production and distribution. With a degree in chemical engineering from City University of New York and further study in manufacturing management, Serge’s business success over the past 30 years is paralleled by his commitment to serving the needs of his country. He is an invaluable member of the FEJ Board of Directors. Serge is known for his practical insights, detailed advice, and excellent listening skills.
Maryse Vieux has over 30 years of experience in education and management. She is passionate about serving the young and the old. In 2010, she retired from her post as the President and General Director of Kindergarten, Petits Bouts de Choux, in Haiti, where she served for 14 years. Prior to that, Maryse served as an administrator in Foyer de Personness Agés in Canada. With a degree in early childhood education and psychology from Syracuse University, her work and studies have spanned the globe: from Brooklyn, New York to Pétion-Ville, Haiti, as well as Canada to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Deeply respected within the Haitian community, Maryse is actively mentoring the next generation of FEJ leaders. She is known for her problem-solving skills and wonderful sense of humor.
Bruce Lindsey serves as the counselor to the chair of the Board for the Clinton Foundation, where he also served as chairman from 2005 to 2017. Bruce joined the Clinton Foundation in 2001 as general counsel and served as CEO from 2003 to 2013. Bruce served as Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President throughout President Clinton's two terms in office. In 1993, Bruce was also director of the Office of Presidential Personnel, where he supervised the selection and approval of political appointees in the Cabinet departments and to Presidential boards and commissions. During the 1992 Presidential campaign, he served as the National Campaign Director. He had previously been a partner at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings, a law firm in Little Rock, AR, where he is currently of counsel. Bruce received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. from Rhodes College.
Gerald Reid, MD.
Dr. Gerald Reid is a board certified surgeon, specializing in surgical oncology. Born in Petit-Goave, Haiti, Dr. Reid completed his medical studies at the University of Haiti and his residency at Memorial Hospital in Worchester, Massachusetts. He led a thriving private practice for over 30 years in Walpole, Massachusetts. Respected both locally and internationally, Dr. Reid is a past president of the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad and the Neponset Valley Unit of the American Cancer Society. He has also served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for Neponset Valley Health System. He remains an active member of the American College of General Surgeons, Boston Surgical Society, New England Cancer Society, and the Haitian Organization for Health Services. Dr. Reid is passionate about sharing his international experience and medical knowledge with his homeland.
Brendan M. Owens is the Vice President of LEED Technical Development for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). He collaborates with development teams and technical committees to evolve and refine USBGC’s Green Building Rating System. Known for his keen analytical abilities, he has served in an advisory role for hundreds of LEED certified projects, including the Empire State Building, Soldier Field, and the Pentagon Renovation. A Civil Engineering graduate of Purdue University, he presented at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in 2011 and the Green Building Council of South Africa Conference in 2010. Brendan is committed to sharing his knowledge and expertise in Haiti.
Lillian is a highly experienced senior operations leader who is currently Principal and President of LAD Consulting. She has extensive global experience delivering strategic organizational improvements in start-up, turnaround, and mature manufacturing environments. She has spent more than 25 years solving problems; hiring and leading great people; and, most importantly, delivering results. She has driven development and change initiatives from concept through realized growth and profitability in companies such as Spirit AeroSystems, Beechcraft Corporation, American Airlines, American Eagle Airlines and GE.From her start as an electrical and aeronautical engineer, Lillian rose steadily through operational line management levels to ultimately serve at the Company Officer level in Vice President roles at several different companies.As a Global Operations Executive, Lillian optimizes organizational performance by improving both people and processes in industries such as aerospace, aviation, and engineered products. Her across-the-board strengths in engineering, strategic planning, manufacturing and supply chain, give her the expertise to concurrently enhance enterprise safety, quality, and regulatory compliance while shaping organizational cultures and delivering strategic results that underpin the bottom line of companies.Her experience includes working in a senior operational operating role, laying foundations for growth in mature organizations, in start-up and fast-growth manufacturing, and in OEM and maintenance environments. She enjoys and has been particularly successful in building organizational capability and sustainability during restructurings and periods of rapid growth.Lillian is an active adviser for the Supply Chain Operations AWESOME organization and is a committed humanitarian leader for the Haitian charity Fondation Enfant Jesus. In her professional and social leadership roles, Lillian has been widely recognized as someone makinga difference in the technology industry and has been featured in industry leading magazines. While lending her experience by speaking internationally on issues facing maintenance organizations within the airlines she also works to pay forward in her industry by mentoring students and employees in their professional growth.
CECILIA LOPEZ OETGEN
Cecilia López Oetgen studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Complutense and early childhood development at UNED, Madrid. She has taught Spanish and art in Italy and the United States. She spent two years in Haiti where she volunteered in two orphanages and their educational programs.
Brian has been helping to recruit and coordinate volunteers for FEJ since early 2012 and began serving as the Operations Director in August 2015. His involvement with FEJ started in 2007 when he and his wife, Dr. Rima Carlson, began the process of adopting their oldest daughter from FEJ’s orphanage. Brian’s professional background is in forest conservation, having worked in Michigan and Vermont to encourage the sustainable use of forest resources.
David became a certified private pilot at the age of 17. After high school, he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, having accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours in the cockpit of more than 10 different aircraft by the age of 20. After college, he established Aviation Consultants Inc. and the San Luis Jet Center located in the Central Coast of California. David moved to Los Angeles in 2000 and shortly thereafter became the President of Avacus Corporation. The conglomerate owns businesses in industries that include construction defect litigation, corporate aviation, construction, and wine manufacturing and distribution.David co-founded Westward Management and Western Dunes Properties in 2005. The companies are involved in the management of residential and commercial real estate located throughout Michigan, Illinois, Colorado and California. Combined, the two companies have more than 20,000 residential and commercial properties under management. David also serves on the Board of Westarity, NFP. The charitable organization is managed by the employees of Westward Management and serves communities and other non-profit organizations around the world.
JENNIFER ASH, M.D.
Jennifer is a vascular surgeon, currently working at Christie Clinic Vein & Vascular Center in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (home of the University of Illinois). She earned her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield in 2003. From 2003-2008, she completed her residency in General Surgery at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois. In 2010, she completed specialized fellowship training in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. Jennifer is Board Certified in General Surgery and Vascular/Endovascular Surgery. She remains active in several medical associations and societies, and has an interest in women’s cardiovascular health and prevention. Jennifer has been involved in several clinical trials and has served as the chairperson of the committee directing the first U.S. clinical trial involving the use of minimally invasive stent grafts for the treatment of aneurysmal disease in women.
Brooke Lehmann is a clinical social worker and public interest attorney whose professional expertise is in the areas of children’s health, education, and child welfare. Ms. Lehmann has spent two decades providing direct clinical and advocacy services to children and families while simultaneously working to improve the systems that administer these services through policy development and legislative advocacy. As the Founder and President of Childworks, LLC, Ms. Lehmann has managed multi-million dollar local, state, and federal advocacy campaigns, providing legislative analysis and strategy expertise to clients serving vulnerable populations of children, youth, and families. As a national expert, Ms. Lehmann provides consultation on the design, development, and reform of pediatric health/mental health services and special education and child welfare systems.
Andrew is the principle shareholder of The Girard Law Group, P.C. a law firm in Chicago, Illinois. His office counsels hundreds of for and not-for-profit companies in Illinois and Colorado. He has 15 years of experience in providing legal and consulting services to nonprofits including contract and employment matters as well as alternative sources of revenue.
Andrew's motivation to be involved in FEJ is to contribute to the fight against inequality and injustice in Haiti, which is reflected in a lack of access to basic services and dignity for almost all Haitians. His initial contact with volunteering in social projects began when in high school and the experience taught him compassion for those trying to improve their existence against all odds; it also filled him with concern over how quickly people can become indifferent to poverty and inequality. This frustration led Andrew to identify areas of his life where he can find people who struggle to improve their lives. He has visited Haiti several times and is always so shocked at how short the flight is. Haiti is our neighbor. Andrew wants to help transform Haitian society and connect Haitians with talented and enthusiastic volunteers looking to share in this effort.
Presently, Jon Robertson is the Dean of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida (formerly The Harid Conservatory). In addition to his position as conductor and music director of the Redlands Symphony, Robertson continues his guest conducting appearances nationally and internationally. Along with performing and academia, Robertson enjoys writing, the study of Theology, and is sought after as a consultant, lecturer and motivational speaker. He and his wife Florence have been involved with FEJ-USA since its formation.
Chantal has been helping Lucienne Duncan with her charitable endeavors in Lamardelle since 1975. First it was with the small school (3 of 4 classes for 20 children), then building the Church Enfant Jesus. She left for the USA and served as a member of the FEJ-USA (formerly VVHF) board from 2007-2017.
She is the Administrator of EZtron services in Miami, FL. She is an Executive Assistant for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and also a board member of 4C (Caribbean Canadian Chemical Co), a pharmaceutical manufacturer and retailer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Barbara Bush is a professional Business/Operations Manager with 30 years experience in Fortune 500 companies. She currently serves on the AMRTC Scholarship Board. In addition to her corporate career, she has served in leadership positions in professional and community organizations for many years emphasizing her strong commitment to lifelong education. Ms. Bush has been involved with FEJ-USA since 2010.
As a founding member of VVHF, Henrietta was a key part of the success of FEJ and FEJ-USA.