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Board of Trustees

Jim Ansara, Chair founded Shawmut Construction in 1982 with just a handful of employees and a unique vision for a construction company. Jim specialized in building projects with complex and difficult conditions (the types of projects other construction managers didn’t want), completing them on fast-track schedules, and providing exceptional customer service. The market responded positively to Jim’s refreshing approach to the construction process as Shawmut quickly set itself apart as one of New England’s most successful start-up companies. Jim served as Shawmut’s President/Chief Executive Officer for 18 years before assuming the position of Chairman. In 2010, Dr. David Walton of Partners In Health brought Jim to Haiti. Right after the earthquake, Jim worked to get the power back on in Haiti’s decimated hospitals. Seeing the ruins of former teaching hospital, Dr. Walton, Jim and PIH conceived of building a new teaching hospital for Haiti. With Jim coordinating every step of the process, remarkably three years later they opened the doors to Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais. Jim now spearheads a remarkable team at Build Health International applying the lessons that they learned and the innovations they used in the construction of that hospital to health infrastructure projects designed to serve the poorest of the poor, including the new Maternal and Neonatal Care Center at St. Boniface Hospital in Fond-des-Blancs.

Dave Melville, Vice Chair/Secretary is Founder and CEO of Bowdoin Group and Bowdoin Technology Partners, offering customized recruitment solutions to its clients in the Life Sciences, Health Information, Financial Services, Media, and Technology Industries. In addition to SBHF Dave sits on the board at Nativity Preparatory School in Boston and has served as chairman of Dover’s Warrant Committee and Capital Budget Committee. Dave resides in Dover Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.

Jeffrey R. Lynch, Treasurer owns Enterprise Equipment Co., Inc. based in Weymouth, MA.  He has served on our board of directors for over 10 years and has made several trips to St. Boniface Hospital in Fond-des-Blancs, primarily to upgrade and work on various mechanical and electrical systems. He has been married to Gerry Lynch for 40 years, with whom he has four grown children.

Conor Shapiro, President & CEO went on his first trip to Haiti with SBHF in January 2002 as a student at Middlebury College. When he graduated in 2003 he volunteered to work with SBHF as an English teacher in Haiti. Conor spent the next seven years living and working in Fond-des-Blancs, eventually being promoted to program manager and later, in 2009, to director general of the hospital after earning a master’s degree in public health from Boston University. Conor spearheaded the AIDSRelief program at SBHF and was instrumental in bringing a spinal cord injury treatment center to the hospital in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. He was promoted to President and CEO of the organization in July 2011. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and children.

Nannette Canniff, President Emeritus co-founded SBHF with Rev. Jerry Osterman. She has been traveling to and working in Haiti for nearly 30 years. For the first 24 years of the organization’s history, Nannette ran the operations out of her home. In July 2011, Nannette retired as president and CEO. She continues to work in a development capacity for the organization. She is a native of Quincy, Mass. and a mother of ten.

Ron Carzoli, MD completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame before attending medical school at the University of Michigan.  He has been a practicing neonatologist for over 30 years, and currently serves as Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL.  He first became involved with SBHF in 2003 when accompanying his daughter on a mission trip to Haiti, and has since visited haiti over 35 times on surgical mission trips.  A long-standing member  of the SBHF board, Dr. Carzoli brings with him not only expertly developed clinical skills, but also extensive experience working at St. Boniface Hospital and a resulting closeness with many of the doctors and nurses on staff.  He focuses both on clinical care as well as education and training for the staff, and currently coordinates and organizes all volunteer surgical trips out of Jacksonville and Gainesville, FL, which perform over 200 surgeries annually at St. Boniface Hospital.

Thomas Conway is the Founder and President of Commonwealth Venture Funding Group and has spent his career working in corporate finance.  He received an AB in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from Wharton School of Finance.  In addition to the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, he serves on the board of directors at the Concord Housing Foundation, the Antaya Technologies Corporation, the Carroll Technologies Corporation, and Creative Gifts International, Inc. He married Nancy A. Newman in 1962 and is blessed with 8 children and 10 grandchildren.  His extracurricular interests include sailing and philanthropic activities.

Diane Currier is Principal at Currier Law Offices, a “boutique” trusts and estates law firm.  Ms. Currier counsels high net worth individuals and families on all aspects of estate planning. She also represents charitable organizations and foundations, providing them with tax advice on activities and investments and helping them develop and implement planned giving programs. Before forming Currier Law Offices LLC, Diane spent over thirty years at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she was a partner in the firm’s Tax, Trusts & Estate Planning and Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations groups. Diane serves on the Boards of The Maranyundo Initiative, a nonprofit which funds the operation of a girls’ school in Rwanda, and of the Friends of Imbuto Foundation USA, Inc. which supports women and families in Rwanda.   She is also Clerk of Partners in Health, a nonprofit that provides health services to poor communities in 10 countries and that is a pioneer in the field of global health.

Jim Down recently joined the SBHF Board and has extensive strategic planning experience. Prior to his retirement he was vice chairman for Mercer Management Consulting, responsible for the day-to-day management of the firm. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Oxfam America, the CDC Foundation, Outward Bound, Horizon Lines, Shawmut Construction and Agility Holdings and serves on the Board of Visitors for the Engineering School of Columbia University. Jim received a B.S. in engineering from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and co-founder of Partners In Health. He also serves as UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. He has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality, and he is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Beth Floor supports a number of international and domestic charitable organizations. She has recently served as the Chair of the Board of the Maranyundo Initiative. After a successful fundraising campaign in February 2008, the Maranyundo School opened in Nyamata, Rwanda. Its students receive a rigorous program of study that delivers the Rwandan National Curriculum in an innovative and dynamic manner, preparing its students to be the next generation of women leaders. The 1stgraduating class of the Maranyundo School was the #1 girls school and #3 school in Rwanda in 2010. Beth is the former Chair of the Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center, was a part of LeadBoston, and is on the NEID Steering Committee.  She is extremely dedicated to her role on the board of St. Boniface Haiti Foundation and most recently served as co-chair for our extremely successful 2014 Annual Gala.

Louise Ivers, MD is senior health and policy advisor at Partners In Health, associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (HMS), and associate physician at the Division of Global Health Equity (BWH). Dr. Ivers works with Partners In Health, Zanmi Lasante and the Haitian Ministry of Health to incorporate clinical innovation and health systems strengthening into public health programs through practice-based research. Having spent a decade leading the implementation of health programs in Haiti, her research focuses on the intersection of HIV and food insecurity, improving implementation of health services, human rights, and cholera. She is lead investigator on a  study investigating interventions to address food insecurity amongst those living with HIV in Haiti and on projects to evaluate the effectiveness of cholera vaccination in Haiti.

G. Barrie Landry graduated from the LEAD BOSTON class of 1988.  She was a former board member and development chair of Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center and presently sits on their Board of Overseers.  She was one of the original eight women who helped to build the Maranyundo Initiative School in Nyamata, Rwanda and serves on their Board.  Barrie currently serves as Vice-Chair of the US Fund for UNICEF’s New England Regional Board, is Co-Chair of the Children First Speaker Series and is a new member of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s National Board. Barrie has 3 children and 9 grandchildren and lives in Boston.

John (Jack) W. Logue is Director of the Spirituality Center at St. Vincent’s Health System in Jacksonville, Florida, and has previously held positions of Chief Executive Officer at  Carney Hospital in Boston as well as Chief Operating Officer at St. Vincent’s in Jacksonville.  He holds a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from St. Louis University as well as an Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritualilty from Epiphany Academy of Formative Spirituality.  In addition to the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, he currently serves on the boards of Ascension Health, Community Hospice of North East Florida, Community Hospice Foundation, All Saints Nursing Home, and is a consultant to Catholic Relief Services.

Rev. Jeff McGowan was born and raised in Laurel Springs, New Jersey — a small town built originally as summer homes around a lake. He attended Catholic schools for the entirety of his primary and secondary education, and his job after college sent him to Jacksonville, Florida in 1973. He entered the Seminary in 1984 and was ordained for our Diocese of St. Augustine on May 20, 1989.  He was assigned as pastor of Queen of Peace in 1994 and loves his Parish and living in Gainesville.

Rev. Gerald Osterman is an ordained priest currently serving two parishes, St. Katharine Drexel in Roxbury/Dorchester and Immaculate Conception in Everett.  He first travelled to Haiti in 1982, a trip that resulted in the co-founding of St. Boniface Haiti Foundation with Nannette Canniff a year later.  He entered the seminary directly out of high school, and has devoted his life to serving parishes in the Boston area.

Fr. John Unni was born in Maine, grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts and attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. After graduating in 1983, he taught English at Christopher Columbus High School in Boston’s North End. Fr. Unni attended Brighton’s St. John Seminary and was later ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1992. As a priest, he served at St. William Parish in Dorchester, St. Richard Parish in Danvers, and was Catholic chaplain at Northeastern University while serving as pastor at St. Ann University Parish in Boston.  He has served as pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Boston for the past ten years.  Fr. Unni serves on the Board of Directors at the Pine Street Inn as well as the Board of Advisors at Build Health International. Following a transformative experience with the poor in Haiti almost thirty years ago, and inspired by wonderful parish experiences over the last twenty-four years,  Fr. Unni’s parish ministry embraces a commitment to gospel values and spiritual growth in the community, especially with those who are marginalized or impoverished in any way.

David Walton, MD, MPH holds a BA from Augustana College, and MD from Harvard Medical School, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and now serves as Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both in Boston, Massachusetts.  Dr. Walton has spent a considerable amount of time living and working in rural Haiti, and had represented Partners In Health as the Deputy Chief of Mission to Haiti.  Based on his work with Partners In Health in Haiti over the last 13 years, Dr. Walton has emerged as a leading expert in the community-based care of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and non-communicable diseases in resource poor settings. More recently Dr. Walton has been involved in the cholera response throughout Haiti, and  is currently the Director of Global Health at ThoughtWorks. He joined the SBHF Board in 2013, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge about implementing health care systems in rural Haiti.

Leadership Staff

The St. Boniface Haiti Foundation employs more than 200 people at its headquarters in the Boston area, a hospital and field office in Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti, and a clinic in Villa. More than 95% of our employees are Haitian. Below you’ll find a listing of our leadership in the U.S. and Haiti.

Conor Shapiro

President/CEO

Conor went on his first trip to Haiti with SBHF in January 2002 as a student at Middlebury College. When he graduated in 2003 he volunteered to work with SBHF as an English teacher in Haiti. Conor spent the next seven years living and working in Fond-des-Blancs, eventually being promoted to program manager and later, in 2009, to director general of the hospital after earning a master’s degree in public health from Boston University. Conor spearheaded the AIDSRelief program at SBHF and was instrumental in bringing a spinal cord injury treatment center to the hospital in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. He was promoted to President and CEO of the organization in July 2011. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and children.

Dr. Inobert Pierre

Director General – Haiti Operations

Dr. Pierre grew up in Cap-Haitien on Haiti’s northern coast. He earned his medical degree from the Public Medical School in Port-au-Prince in 1998. Pierre is a pediatrician who first came to St. Boniface Hospital in October 2002. He was promoted to HIV coordinator at the hospital in July 2009, then Medical Director in January 2010 and finally to Director General in September 2010. He oversees the foundation’s operations in Haiti. Pierre began his career teaching high school chemistry and physics in Port-au-Prince. After ten years of teaching, Pierre decided to move into medical care. He is a member of the Haitian Academy of Pediatrics. Pierre’s passion is working with children and helping the poor.

Dr. Miliane Clermont

Deputy Director General – Haiti Operations

Dr. Clermont is the Deputy Director General of St. Boniface Hospital. She began working for St. Boniface Hospital in 1995 as a nurse. Later, St. Boniface helped her fulfill her girlhood dream of becoming a doctor by subsidizing her medical education in Port-au-Prince. She returned to Fond des Blancs after graduating with a medical degree in 2006 and was eventually promoted to second-in-command at the hospital. Miliane grew up in a small, tin-roof house in rural southern Haiti. She earned her medical degree from the State University of Haiti and her nursing degree from the National School of Nursing in Les Cayes. Miliane’s passion is maternal and child health. Her next goal is to earn a master’s in public health from a school in the U.S. or France.

Dr. Wendell Blaise

Medical Director

Dr. Wendell Blaise, Medical Director, is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Dr. Blaise earned his degree in Medicine from the State University of Haiti and spent three years at General Hospital, working toward a specialization as an Internist. In 1998 he trained in gastroenterology in Lyon, France. He spent eight years at Lumiere Hospital in the south of Haiti. He has been with St. Boniface for four years and says that he shares St. Boniface’s vision of providing quality care and respect to all patients.

Samantha Hannon

Director of Finance

Samantha joined SBHF as the Finance Manager in January 2011. Her responsibilities include oversight of all accounting and finance functions in both the United States and Haiti. She graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in finance. Sam has been working in non-profit and corporate accounting and finance for more than 10 years. Sam and her husband served for two years in the Peace Corps in Mali in West Africa where she worked as a small business enterprise consultant.

Joseph Alneur Surin

Financial Director - Haiti Operations

Alneur joined SBHF in November 2008. Originally from Les Cayes, Haiti, Alneur earned a diploma in law from la Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Economiques des Cayes, a diploma in accounting from la Faculté Julien Cran and a diploma in management from the American University of the Caribbean. Alneur taught math, English and accounting in high schools and colleges in Les Cayes and also worked as a finance manager for the NGO CARE before coming to St. Boniface. He works out of Fond des Blancs, Haiti.

Jennifer Zimmermann

Programs Manager

Jennifer joined SBHF as the Program Manager in 2014. She is responsible for working with the President/CEO on the management of programs and grants. Jennifer is a humanitarian and development professional who has advised on, designed, managed and coordinated programs benefiting conflict-affected persons, including internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations. Jennifer has worked primarily for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). Following her introduction to IOM in 2001, Jennifer was based with IOM in Sudan, Switzerland, Haiti, and Kosovo. She has also been stationed in Chechnya with the DRC’s North Caucasus program in Russia. Jennifer brings to SBHF a master’s in International Education Policy from Harvard University, a B.S. in International Studies and Government from Colby College, and a working knowledge of the French language.  Jennifer is Swedish-American and a native of the greater Boston area.

Jennifer Norris

Chief Development Officer

Jennifer Norris joined SBHF as Chief Development Officer in April 2015 after falling in love with the mission and the organization during a brief stint consulting the previous summer. Jennifer brings a passion for social justice and more than twenty years in nonprofit management and fundraising to her role. From 2002 to 2014, Jennifer led the major gifts program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based advocacy group. Previously, she served as a program director and manager at Hostelling International. Early in her career, she worked on capital campaigns at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and Harvard University. Jennifer holds an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education and graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a BA in history.

Efua Gyan

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

With a background in Health Sciences and Biology, Efua has 3 years of experience conducting clinical research and interacting with patients. Efua’s research experience includes work at Regional Mental Health Care in London, Ontario and at the Boston Medical Center.  She has significant experience interacting with people from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Most recently, she completed her Master of Public Health degree at the Boston University School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Haiti, she worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia researching organizational development of local NGOs serving highly vulnerable children (HVC).

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