Our Team in Haiti
Chief Executive Officer
Louis earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business at the American College in Paris, and an MBA at the University of Geneva.
Louis brings 20 years’ experience in international hospital finance and administration to the position. He has lived and worked in Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam, and the United States before coming to work at HAS in 2012.
From his significant hospital management experience around the world, Louis specializes in physician leadership, cultural adaptability, and healthcare management in the developing world.
Louis chose to work in this industry for a variety of reasons. Because his father was a surgeon, he became very familiar with hospital settings from a young age. He also lived internationally growing up and into his professional career, making international healthcare a natural fit.
Though his professional experience comes mainly from the for-profit sector, he became interested in nonprofit healthcare due to his respect and fascination for foundations. The opportunity to make the change arose when he came to HAS, where he enjoys running the rich, complex organization that is HAS, “an international healthcare facility in the developing world that focuses mainly on women and children, but also sees a lot of trauma and happens to plant trees and dig wells.”
Louis is a member of the American International Club and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is fluent in French and English.
Internal Audit and Supply Chain Manager
Esnel’s educational background is primarily in Information Technology. He studied a year of Computer Programming at International Correspondence School in Port-au-Prince, three further years of Programming at INFORMATECH (also in Port-au-Prince), and four years of Administrative Science with a specialization in Accounting at the Université Autonome de Port-au-Prince. Esnel has also completed various seminars in Haiti and the Netherlands on the management of essential medications and medical materials.
Esnel has been with HAS since 1987, and is originally from Deschapelles, very near the main hospital. He has held many positions at HAS throughout the years, starting with data entry and moving on to take responsibility for the bulk store, the medical depot, the dispensing unit, and the Port-au-Prince office. He also served as Controller before moving into his current position.
Through his range of experiences, Esnel has come to be an expert on supply chain financing. He also plays a key role each year in the internal audit process.
Esnel was particularly attracted to the nonprofit industry as a way to use his experiences and specialties. “As a non-profit organization, HAS made me what I am today. From healthcare to financing, HAS is 85% of my whole life. The only way to show my gratefulness is working for this organization with my heart. HAS is my heart.”
He chose this job because he wanted to be part of the honesty and integrity of people who are managing key, sensitive departments like finance and materials management.
Outside of HAS, Esnel volunteers with two churches in the United States that help students in nearby Verrettes. He manages donations from these churches to ensure that over 100 local students can cover the fees for their school tuition, books, and uniforms. “I enjoy doing that,” says Esnel, “since I was one of the beneficiaries of this program years ago.”
Dr. Herriot Sannon
Dr. Sannon earned his medical degree at Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He completed a fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Sannon began his career at HAS in 2006. Today, he is the first native and citizen of Haiti to be appointed Medical Director of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) Haiti in many years; he stepped into this role in September 2013, after serving as Assistant Medical Director for three years.
He is an internist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of tropical disease.
Dr. Sannon says he chose medicine because he wanted to study something important, “something with prestige.” Though he considered multiple other fields, including engineering and agronomy, he ultimately decided on medicine because he had a trusted family friend who was studying medicine and inspired him to do so as well.
HAS attracted Dr. Sannon because it is so international. After growing up attending a school in Jacmel, Haiti, with teachers from around the world, and then studying medicine in the Dominican Republic with a similar situation, he always wanted to find a place like HAS to replicate that stimulating environment. “I also like that here I may see the results of what I do. When I treat patients who have nothing, they are so appreciative. I also thought that, when there are so many other people from around the world who come to help my own country, I am the first person who should come here to help. I am paying my debt to my home country.”
Dr. Sannon has a large job – managing the hospital’s 230-some clinical employees. Though he has little time for outside activities, he is active in his church and also makes appearances at churches and community gatherings around the area to advocate for the services that HAS gives.
Physical Plant Director
After serving in the military for two years, Jimmie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Eastern Michigan University. He then went on to study engineering at the same school, focusing on Manufacturing Technology.
Jimmie has crossed a variety of engineering disciplines through his work at the University of Michigan School of Architecture and Design, Carnegie Mellon University schools of Field Robotics and Architecture, and various consulting roles, including in the medical device field.
Jimmie considers himself a generalist. Because he has such extensive experience in both industry and academia, he has worked in most engineering fields as well as other sciences. He puts those skills to work at HAS, where he directs all physical plant operations – including electricity, water, renovations and maintenance for the hospital, campus, and community health centers.
Jimmie chose his field because of his passion for building and creating things. He studied the arts in his undergraduate years for this reason, and moved into engineering later. He loves that he gets to invent and create every day.
Much of Jimmie’s professional career involved multiple jobs at a time: he worked in academia at many universities and hospitals while at the same time running his own consulting company. When he was ready to retire from that life, he hoped to use his skills to help in the developing world. Though he feels that his contributions cannot outweigh how much he has learned from his work with HAS, he does feel he has been successful in some ways. “Here at HAS, I’m lucky because I get to work on things and fix things every day. Each time I get an opportunity to work on something, I really want to do it. I always have the energy.”
Jimmie stays very busy with the many projects that his team works on concurrently – including the current emergency room renovations funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program. In the past, however, he has volunteered his time on international engineering projects such as the “New Village” project in Pakistan.
Dr. Edwidge Pierre
Medical Director, Integrated Community Health Services
Dr. Edwidge Pierre joined HAS in November 2013. He is a native of Terre Neuve in the Artibonite region of Haiti, and earned his medical degree at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba, in 2005, specializing in family medicine. He completed training there in epidemiology in 2007. Prior to joining HAS, Dr. Pierre worked in a variety of capacities for USAID, notably as a technical advisor and representative for the Health for the Development and Stability of Haiti project in the Artibonite Valley. Dr. Pierre also served as Medical Director for Eben-Ezer Hospital in Gonaïves and as Assistant Manager and Project Coordinator for the organization Parole et Action. Dr. Pierre is responsible for all medical services delivered by HAS at the community level, including preventive and primary care services provided by four HAS community health centers and more than 70 mobile clinics conducted every month by HAS community health workers. In 2015, Dr. Pierre led a project funded by the Ford Foundation to provide reproductive health education to adolescents in the region served by HAS. “This is vital work,” said Dr. Pierre. “Teen pregnancy is a growing problem in our region. Teens are at higher risk of mortality during delivery. More than that, if they are fortunate enough to survive childbirth, young mothers also find that they are ill-equipped to bear the financial burden of properly caring for their children. We can help educate young people on these risks, which is vitally important to improving overall public health.”
Hans Renord Pierre
HAS Wells and Water Program Manager
Hans joined HAS in 2002. Born and raised in Deschapelles, where HAS is based, Hans was trained as
a civil engineer, earning a degree from Institut Supérieur Technique d’Haïti in 1994. Hans has worked in
a variety of capacities for HAS. He has planned and supervised the construction of wells and sanitation blocs, and has helped manage the execution of an HAS food security program funded by World Vision. Hans was appointed Wells and Water Program Manager in 2015. In this role, he administers and manages complex projects, from training and working with crews that dig wells through many feet of limestone and rock, to overseeing the operation of heavy construction equipment, to ensuring that newly capped springs or wells have not inadvertently become contaminated. Hans also evaluates communities and sites for potential projects, working with community groups that have partnered with HAS on water and sanitation work. He performs site visits and evaluations and holds community meetings to explain project expectations and terms. He is responsible for sourcing materials and equipment, and oversees quality- control testing on filters and cisterns. Hans became interesting in improving access to water as a young child. “I grew up close to the hospital, so my family would get water from a cistern that HAS managed, and I always had clean water,” he said. “I was always aware that there were other families who lived farther from HAS who did not have the same advantages, and whose health suffered because of it.”
Director – Programs, Partnerships, and Quality Improvement
Rachel Bedenbaugh joined HAS in December 2015 and previously served as Senior Manager of Strategic Development and Program Evaluation.
Rachel comes to HAS from Medair, a humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency relief and recovery services in remote and devastated parts of the world. Rachel served as a Program Funding Manager and later as Projects Coordinator for Medair in Jacmel, Haiti. Before that, from 2012 to 2014, she served as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Saint Boniface Foundation in Fond des Blancs, Haiti; and from 2010 to 2012 worked for Circle of Health International, primarily as manager of a Haiti-based women’s health program.
Rachel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from Clemson University in 2001, with plans to continue her studies in veterinary medicine. However, while studying abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, she realized that her true passion is improving the health and well-being of underserved populations. Rachel earned a Masters in Public Health from Boston University in May 2010, only months after the earthquake in Haiti. Upon graduation, Rachel began working as a Program Manager for Circle of Health International’s women’s health program in Haiti, and has been working in Haiti ever since.
Rachel also has more than 15 years’ experience in U.S. healthcare settings, from small community health centers providing healthcare to low-income families to regional hospitals specializing in innovative techniques and equipment.
Marie Roline Castor
Coordinator of HAS Community Health Centers
Miss Roline, as she is called, joined HAS in 1997 after completing her nursing degree at the Ecole Nationale des Infirmières de Port-au-Prince. She began her HAS career as a nurse in the maternity unit and then worked as Family Planning Manager before joining the HAS Community Services team in August 2002. Ms. Roline is now the head administrator of the four HAS community health centers, and is responsible for coordinating all community health activities related to these facilities. Of particular pride is the Ambulatory Therapeutic Nutrition Program begun in 2011, which introduced a series of life-changing services to community members. Nutrition services became available to rural mountain communities like that of Tiennes, previously severely impacted by malnutrition. HAS’s public health work has inspired Miss Roline to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Université de Bordeaux, a program she anticipates completing this December.
HTRIP Agroforestry Program Manager
Melissa joined HAS in 2012. A native of Jeremie in southern Haiti, Melissa earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, just outside Detroit, and an Associate’s degree in Agribusiness from Modesto Junior College in California. Prior to joining HAS, Melissa completed an internship with Harris Moran Seed Company in California. As manager of the Haiti Timber Reintroduction Program (HTRIP), Melissa is responsible for planning and management of reforestation activities in 60 communities in the HAS service area. This past year, the HAS agroforestry program celebrated a significant milestone – the planting of the program’s two millionth tree. “A smart approach to improving the health and environment of rural communities with extreme ecological degradation and limited economic opportunities is to encourage the cultivation of trees with crops,” said Melissa. “The Haiti Timber Reintroduction Program (HTRIP) is able to help subsistence farmers in the HAS service area to address erosion, poor food production, and deforestation with the planting of a smart selection of different tree species capable of providing timber for charcoal and local sales, fruit, and nitrogen-fixation to increase the fertility of soils.”
Mahamat Koutami Adoum
Senior Manager of Administration and Program Support, Integrated Community Health Services
Mahamat Koutami Adoum joined HAS in November 2017 and serves as Senior Manager of Administration and Program Support at SCI. Originally from Chad, he has been working in Haiti for over 10 years in the fields of community health and development. During this time, he has worked in almost every department in Haiti, become familiar with the culture, and fallen in love with the country. His areas of expertise include project design, implementation, and quality management as well as community mobilization and capacity building. He is fluent in French, Creole, and English.
“I feel fortunate to be a part of such an amazing team,” Mahamat says. “I am proud to contribute to HAS’ vision for increasing access and improving quality of management.”