"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

 

 

About

 

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

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. JACQUELINE gAUTIER

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. She also serves on the board at Albert Schweitzer. 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.
 

Fritz Pierre-Louis

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 Rosenblum

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.

 

Sam Sezak

Sam is a partner at Blue Heron Capital who also lectures and consults around the world on angel investing. Sam spent several years in Ukraine and in Poland, first as a US Peace Corps Volunteer and then as a consultant. Sam holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Cornell School of Hospitality Management and a Masters of Business from Georgetown University.

 

Shiv Shankar

Shiv has substantial international payments and financial inclusion experience. He has worked with leading banks and financial institutions and managed projects commissioned by Omidyar, the Gates Foundation, the World Bank Group, and USAID. Presently, Shiv is a Global Engagement Manager at Glenbrook Partners. Shiv earned a Bachelor’s degree in commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce in India and he completed a Masters degree in International Policy at Stanford University.

 

Dominique Smith

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.