Photo of Staff and Board of Directors taken in Haiti
We maintain a headquarters building in Pignon, Haiti that includes offices and areas for mechanical repairs and storage. We have three well drilling rigs, two water trucks, a variety of pick up trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles that are used by our staff in our community development work. Nearly all of our employees in Haiti are citizens of that country. In the U.S., the office is located in Hopkins, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. We have a staff of 3 in Hopkins and 44 in Haiti. We also have a number of volunteers who help us in countless ways in our Hopkins location.
Neil Van Dine, Country Director: Neil was one of the founders of Haiti Outreach in 1997. Originally from New York state with a B.A. in mathematics and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration on water, he has lived in Haiti for 25 years. Before working for Haiti Outreach, he was managing projects for the World Christian Relief Fund and the U.N.’s International Office of Migration in Haiti. Neil is responsible for leading the organization in Haiti.
Roge Michel, Director of Community Development: Roge was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and grew up in the town of Hinche, where he still resides. Before working for Haiti Outreach, Roge worked as an animator for ADRA, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Haiti. Roge has been working as an animator (the Haitian name for project manager) and Project Supervisor for Haiti Outreach since 1999. He supervises the other Haiti Outreach animators, who work directly with community members to organize them as partners to help build the project and maintain it after it is completed.
Dale Snyder, Executive Director: Dale has been involved in Haiti since 1990. He helped found the nonprofit organization in 1990 that was renamed and reorganized as Haiti Outreach in 1997. A former business owner, Dale has a B.A. in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA in marketing from the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota. He manages the U.S. organization from the office in Hopkins, MN. He also leads groups of people to Haiti.
Sasha Nicolle, Development Director: Sasha visited Haiti for the first time in 2011 to do relief work. Since then she has spent 5 years in partnership with Haitians to create businesses for people in Port-au-Prince. She has 7 years of experience as a French Instructor, and over three years of Sales and Marketing Experience. She is completing her M.A. in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University and her MBA from the University of Northwestern.
Haiti Outreach Board of Directors
The work of Haiti Outreach is overseen by our Board of Directors. Our independent voting, current board members are:
Tirf Alexius – Award winning Haitian-American Actor, Producer, Director and Co-Founder of Chicago based 4 Features Film Co. and Driven Entertainment – Chicago, IL; Current term started 2015
Mark Bryan – Director of Business Sales – Georgia/Alabama Region for Verizon Wireless – Atlanta, GA; Current term started 2015
Brenda Beniek Fagley – Board Secretary – Attorney, Retired – Excelsior, MN; Current term started 2013
Phil Haddad – Commodity Option Trader and Business Investor – Basking Ridge, NJ; Current term started 2015
Patrick Kennedy – Board Chair – Civil Engineer, MBA – Executive Vice President, V3 Companies – Naperville, IL; Current term started 2014
Yves Lassere – Board Vice Chair – Civil and Structural Engineer, MBA – Engineering, Supply Management Consultant – Evanston, IL; Current term started 2014
Olaf Minge – Board Treasurer – Group Manager, Target Corporation – Edina, MN; Current term started 2014
Saurel Quettan – Co-founder, Vice President and COO of Integrated Construction Management, Inc. – Atlanta, GA; Current term started 2013
David Prosser – Mechanical Engineer, Entrepreneur, Author, Retired; Owner, Founder and CEO of RTW, Inc., American Compensation Insurance Co.and Personnel Services, Inc. – Excelsior, MN; Current term started 2015
Pam Prosser – Private Practice Homeopathic Services – Plymouth, MN; Current term started 2013
John Schultz – Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporal Secretary, JD, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise – Palo Alto, CA; Current term started 2014