Lillian is a highly experienced senior operations executive who is currently Principal and founder of LAD Consulting LLC. She has extensive global experience delivering strategic organizational improvements in start-up, turnaround, and mature aviation and manufacturing environments. 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.
Lillian is an active adviser for the AWESOME organization and has been a committed humanitarian volunteer in Haiti for nine years.
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 executives 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. She is the mother of three children, one of whom is a daughter from Haiti, named Theresa.
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. Brian and his family live in Montpelier, Vermont.
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. He resides with his wife and children in Colorado.
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. She is the single, adoptive mother of Elizabeth, and they greatly enjoy working and playing on the farm, traveling, and working with the wonderful people at FEJ.
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. PEOPLE GIVE TO PEOPLE!!! This is the coolest opportunity ever!!!
Andrew, his wife Colleen, and two children live in Chicago. Contact me anytime to talk about operating a non-profit, coaching basketball to 6 year olds (aka herding cats) or Cubs baseball.
Sandra Carmant-Perez is a Travel Tourism Guru with over 25 years’ experience in launching and managing Special Travel Groups. With proficiency in Marketing, Community Leadership and Diversity acquired through years of practice, she brings a breadth of knowledge to every project she tackles.
Since 1996, Sandra has volunteered with private charities and with the Florida Association for Volunteer Agency in the Caribbean and the Americas, Inc. (FAVACA)—the not-for-profit organization established by Florida Governor and former U.S. Senator Bob Graham.
While holding one of the most stressful jobs in the world—serving in local Air Traffic Control for the largest airline in the world—Sandra has been proud to serve in many communities in South Florida, Texas, and the Caribbean. In these roles, she occupied many leadership positions with a number of diversity groups including acting as the President of the Caribbean Employee Business Group at American Airlines, as a board member for Professional Women in Aviation, and as an active representative of the African American/Latin/GenNow/Pride and Christian groups.
In addition to her extensive in-the-field experience, Sandra’s educational qualifications include a degree and MBA in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.
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.