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Mary Lou Ryder-Larkin, Medical Director of Haiti Marycare, is a pediatric nurse practitioner.  She is a graduate of Boston College and Columbia University.  An active Columbia alumna, she mentors graduate students in the pediatric nurse practitioner program.  She works full time in the Pediatric Emergency Department of Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.  As Haiti Marycare's Medical Director, she is responsible for procuring medicines and medical supplies, planning health education programs, and for working with Jacquesyl's doctor, nurse, and health committee to understand and assess the needs of the community.  Mary Lou, who has worked in Haiti since 1999, and her husband, Tom, have four children and live in Connecticut.  Contact info: (203) 797-1893, mlarkin@haitimarycare.org.

Tom Larkin, President of Haiti Marycare, is a graduate of Boston College and works in sales and marketing as an account executive for Downing Displays of Milford, Ohio.  As Haiti Marycare's president, he uses his communication and organizational skills to plan and implement development programs as well as various water and building projects in Haiti.  He also works with various organizations in the U.S. to organize the shipping of medicines, supplies, and donations to Haiti.  Contact info: (203) 797-1893, tlarkin@haitimarycare.org.

Lef to right: Sherman Malone, Ranald Clarisme (Haiti Minister of Foreign Affairs),

Father Dorcin, and Abner Romelus

Joan Carbaugh DeFrances, Director of Haiti Marycare, is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. and the University of Baltimore with an M.B.A.  Joan spent 12 years in manufacturing doing planning, sales forecasting and project management before leaving to stay home with her two small children.  Joan currently supports Haiti Marycare from the US, doing financial planning, communications and development.   Contact info: (203) 640-4593, jdefrances@haitimarycare.org.

Sherman Cassidy Malone, Secretary of Haiti Marycare, is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University.  A licensed clinical social worker, she has expertise in the treatment of reactive attachment disorders and post-traumatic stress.  She is the Clinical Director of the New Haven Family Alliance, a community-based child and family agency in New Haven, Conn.  Her life work is to reduce infant and maternal mortality in New Haven and in Haiti.  For 13 years, she has worked in northeast Haiti and in Cite Soleil to establish and support two schools for preschool and primary school-age children, to provide family support services, and to organize communities to promote maternal and child health in Haiti.  She has four children and six grandchildren.  Contact info: (203) 675-4770, smalone@haitimarycare.org.

Fr. Joseph Ernst Dorcin, Director of Haiti Marycare, is a Haitian priest.  He was the director of Caritas Northeast, the Catholic relief and development organization, for 14 years.  He initiated projects throughout northeast Haiti that promote health, education, sustainable agriculture and fishing, protection and restoration of the environment.  Father Joe’s activities and vision form the foundation of Haiti Marycare’s efforts to promote self-sufficiency in collaboration with the organized poor.  Father Joe has returned from his US sabbatical to Haiti, to serve and work on development in the Parish of Roche Plate.  He is responsible for planning, monitoring, and evaluating Haiti Marycare's projects in Haiti.

Michael S. Cavanaugh, Director of Haiti Marycare, spent 27 years in commercial banking, most recently as a senior manager with Fleet Boston Financial (now Bank of America) in Boston, where his areas of expertise included finance and risk management, before retiring to pursue outside interests.  He has held several non-profit board positions, most notably with Catholic Charities of Greater Boston and Families First Parenting Programs of Cambridge, Mass.  He graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in finance and holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut.  Mr. Cavanaugh resides in Wellesley, Mass.  A long-time supporter of Haiti Marycare, he is using his talents and expertise to help our organization to grow.




Partner Organization:

Fanmi Ansanm Jakzi (Family Alliance Jacquesyl)

Community development

Liaison: Eric Jean Massena.  A graduate of  Fajardo University in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Massena has a degree in physical rehabilitation.  He is an excellent saxophone player who uses music and the arts for community organizing.  Born in Jacquesyl, he works with Haiti Marycare to promote community development.  With other members of Fanmi Ansanm Jakzi, he sustains the many ongoing community projects and plans future educational and cultural programs that will benefit the whole community. 

Cultural and religious activities in support of  holistic, integrated community development

Liaison: Samuel Angrand.  An outstanding musician, Mr. Angrand directs a community choir and works with the population to plan and implement liturgical events and cultural events to strengthen solidarity and mutual help within the community.

Early childhood education and family support services

Liaison: Lucia Prophete Angrand.  Trained by U.S. Head Start teacher, Linda Texeira, Ms. Angrand established and directs a preschool in Jacquesyl based on best practices of Head Start and Early Head Start.

Primary school education

Notre Dame de Lamercie School (kindergarten through grade 6).

Liaison: Committee of Coordination  


Community Health ClinicA clinic established and supported by Plan International and the Haitian Ministry of Public Health.

Liaison: Nurse Elirose Joseph.  Ms. Joseph has worked for ten years with Caritas, the Ministry of Public Health, and the community of Jacquesyl to implement best-practice healthcare standards in serving impoverished rural communities in the northeast.  


Partner Organization:

Institution Educative Nathanael

(a preschool and primary school serving the children of Cite Soleil and La Plaine)

Liaison: Abner Romelus.  Principal of the Institution Educative Nathanael, Mr. Romelus works tirelessly to improve the lives of the poor living in Cite Soleil.  His teaching skills, his ability to find dedicated teachers, and his work with parents of students, has made this a successful school for the most impoverished children of Port au Prince.  Through the organization, FOCOPAU Foundation Contre La Pauvrete (Foundation Against Poverty), he organizes adult education classes to increase literacy and healthcare knowledge.