"GOALS Haiti is a great example of a sustainable program where the work that began seven years ago, continues to thrive and improve each year."
— TOBY SIMON, Board Chair
The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing and supporting GOALS’ program operations, administration, and strategic growth. Members are appointed by the Board Chair, and nominations come from current members, donors, and supporters. The board then considers nominated candidates based on their commitment to support GOALS’ mission and future growth. If you are interested in learning more, please email us.
Board of Directors
Kona Shen Founder
Kona graduated from Brown University with a degree in Development Studies and a regional focus on Haiti. She had been working in Haiti on short-term projects since 2007 before founding GOALS in 2010. Read more about her work here, or, learn more about her background and experiences that led to creating GOALS here.
Toby Simon Board Chair
Toby, a long-time GOALS volunteer, has been integral in shaping GOALS’ sexual health curriculum and leading our coaches in seminars to develop personal leadership and address gender-based violence in Haitian communities. She is a fluent Haitian Creole speaker and also serves on the Board of the YWCA Haiti.
Scott Jackson Vice Chair
Scott is a teacher, Peace Corps alumni and soccer player who works with Haitian American immigrant students in Brooklyn and is already contributing to our organizational growth.
Ken Sommers Treasurer
Ken teaches history and coaches American football at The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, FL. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine ’01-’03) with a MBA from Georgetown University, and has always been interested in working in Haiti. GOALS’ use of soccer to affect community change aligns with Ken’s passion for sports, kids and philanthropy.
Gaetan Barrau Haiti Board Vice Chair
CEO of Caribbean Bottling Company (CBC)a beverage bottling and distribution companylocated in Santo 17 Croix des bouquets– holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bryant College, Rhode Island (1994). His past experiences include founding and running a successful screen printing company, Innovative Designs from 1997 to 2003, and directingSodigaz, one of the largest propane gas distribution companies (2003-2005) in Haiti. He has been CBC’s CEO since beginning of 2005 and under his dynamic and disciplined leadership the once struggling company has been restored to financial and operational health.
Dr. Diane Jean Francois Haiti Board
Dr. Dianne Jean‐François is the Country Director of CMMB (Catholic Medical Mission Board) Haiti and since 2002 she has presided over its steady growth. Before 2002, Dr. Jean‐François spent 20 years providing clinical services as a pediatrician, working closely with the Ministère de la Santé Publique et de la Population (MSPP) and communities to provide high quality care to underserved children in Haiti. Dr. Jean‐François attended high school in Haiti; earned a medical degree from the Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie, Université d’Etat d’Haïti, and received her M.P.H. and a Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Jacqueline Gautier Haiti Board
Jacqueline Gautier, MD, is the National Director of Health at NPH/Haiti responsible for St. Damien Children’s Hospital. She graduated from the Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie, Port au Prince, Haiti. Dr. Gautier teaches infectious diseases in pediatrics at the Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie, Université d’Etat d’Haiti. Having been raised in Leogane and as one of the first to play for the girls' youth Haiti National soccer team she brings a wealth of leadership to our Board.
Steve is a Seattle native and Pacific Northwest enthusiast. He has worked as a publicist, marketing guru, business developer and professional connector. Over the years his clients have included legendary Seattle institutions Starbucks, Seattle Sounders FC and the Seattle Mayor’s Office. As an active member of Seattle's creative community, Steve had been a board member at The VERA Project, a volunteer soccer coach to 6-10 year old boys, and a fundraiser for multiple non-profits.
Fritz Pierre-Louis Haiti Board Chair
Fritz is a businessman and community leader from Leogane. His company, Magepa S.A., constructs safe and affordable housing in Haiti. His ample business experience and Haitian connections are a true asset.
David is a partner at Prophet Capital, an asset management company specializing in mortgage-backed securities. He has played soccer his entire life, as have his two high-school aged sons Max and Charlie. Having travelled the world extensively, David has witnessed firsthand the power of soccer to inspire, uplift, and unite. He and his family have taken a keen interest in Haiti and are passionate about the GOALS development model. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Amherst College.
As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania Patty is committed to community development work. She has 20 years with Microsoft and currently is a Principal Machine Learning Scientist in the Commercial Software Engineering data department. “We use the ‘code-with’ motion in hackathons with our partners and customers to tackle tough problems using machine learning approaches. I focus on machine learning across industries including professional services, retail, sports and health care.”
After a successful career in finance, both in the For-Profit and Non-Profit sector, Dominique, a Chartered Financial Analyst, attended Speos Paris Photographic Institute in France where she studied photojournalism. She is currently a member of the disaster assessment response team (DART) with All Hands Volunteers, a US 501c3 where she was CFO from 2011 to 2014. Dominique is a freelance photographer, resident of Bermuda who sees the use of photography as a tool for social change. Check out some of her photography here.