Carol is one of the founding members of The Haiti Health Trust (now Hope Health Action US) and currently serves as board secretary. Carol is a physiotherapist by profession and has visited Haiti numerous times with her husband Jim. Alongside the day to day administration of HHA US, she helps lead teams to Haiti and is very actively involved in her local church – Grace Church, Bethlehem, PA.
Meredith is a photographer and practitioner who has spent the last 10 years in over 15 countries working with international NGOs and grassroots movements to create art, story, and strategy to further the fight for social justice. Her work has been featured by a range of media outlets including the BBC, CNN, Newsweek, ABC, Le Monde, Ms. Magazine, and The Washington Post.
Michael lives in Missouri and is the US/Haiti Country Director for Hope Health Action, traveling to Haiti multiple times a year. Outside of work he is an accomplished designer having managed his own marketing company while assisting HHA with various design projects. In addition, Michael is a freelance jazz artist/clinician and currently operates a warehouse and logistics company with his wife, Melissa.
CEO & Co-Founder
Carwyn co-founded HHA following a visit to Haiti in 2005 and has since lead the charity, including managing grants as an implementing partner on behalf of DFID, UN, USAID and other. Carwyn also sits on the board of End Poverty 2030 and HHA US.
Andrea Brown, MS, OTR/L
Andrea is a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She has a strong passion for promoting independence for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Andrea has worked in a wide array of rehabilitation settings including; schools, hospitals and outpatients. She also holds specialty certification in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with neurological and vision impairments. After being introduced to the needs of Haiti through medical service trips, it is her passion to help strengthen the relationships and partnerships of individuals and organisations to support the mission of Hope Health Action.
Born and raised in Haiti, Ken studied Medical Technology at Kean University, Project Management at Stevens Institute of Technology and earned his MBA at DeSales University. Ken worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries in companies such as Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, American Red Cross and as a board member for the nonprofit organisation, Third Street Alliance. He currently works for the medical device company B.Braun Medical, Inc. Ken brings a vast array of experience and expertise in project management and operational excellence to the organization. In his leisure time, Ken loves to travel and enjoys quality time with his family and friends
Kim S. Hitchings
Kim is a registered nurse. She earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA and a Master's degree in Nursing Administration from Villanova University. She retired after 40 years from Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), a large health system in eastern PA, where she held a variety of nursing administrative positions. Kim is currently a contracted consultant for Tipton Communications, specializing in design and maintenance of the ideal nursing practice environment. While at LVHN, Kim initiated a nursing partnership between nurses at LVHN and Hopital Convention d'Baptiste, Cap Haitien, Haiti. Kim participated in the initial visit to Haiti with LVHN nurses in 2014 and continues to coordinate regular visits by LVHN nurses for purposes of nursing professional development.
Lilliam Colon Gilzean
Lilliam was raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico and completed all her studies through High School in Puerto Rico. She came to the US at 17, attended and earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting at NJCU in Jersey City NJ and later earned her MBA in Accounting from Seton Hall University. Lilliam has worked for over 20 years in Accounting /Finance roles in different industries, including retail, commercial real estate, brokerage and CPA firms. She currently holds a Finance Lead (PM) role at OneDiversified in the Business Systems Department. Lilliam enjoys traveling and making memories with her three daughters and husband. Throughout the year she spend time crocheting scarfs, afghan, hats for family and friends, and actively participating in church activities.
Erin Bendas, DO MA FAAHPM
Erin is the Section Chief of Palliative & supportive care at St. Luke’s University Health Network, a large health network in eastern Pennsylvania. She also has the roles of Associate Program Director for the Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship (a training track for physicians interested in pursuing careers in this specialty) and the Chair of the Ethics Committee. Erin’s research areas include use of Narrative Medicine for Graduate Medical Education and provider and nursing resilience in the age of COVID. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 dogs, horseback riding, crafting and traveling.
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