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 key personnel in the U.S. and Haiti. Click on the staff member’s photograph to email them.

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.

Michelet Mascary

Education and Community Development Coordinator

Michelet joined St. Boniface in May of 2012, and is in charge of the education and community outreach programs for St. Boniface. Though Michelet was born in Fond des Blancs, he attended school in Port-au-Prince. Later,  he received his bachelor’s degree in Panama and his Master’s in Puerto Rico.

Nannette Canniff

President Emeritus

Nannette, along with Rev. Jerry Osterman, is a co-founder of SBHF. 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.

Joseph Alneur Surin

Financial Director

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.

Paul Musembi

Rehabilitation and Training Coordinator

Paul is an Occupational Therapist hailing from Kenya, who joined the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation in November 2013.  He is working for the Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Community Reintegration Program in with our team in Haiti, where he is responsible for the coordination of patient rehabilitative care and coordinating mental and physical care for patients.  Paul has extensive experience in rehabilitation and therapy, having worked in settings ranging from a refugee camp, a large Haitian hospital, the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health, the largest children’s hospital in East and Central Africa, and disability organizations in Northern India.

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.

Betsy Sherwood

Program Coordinator

Betsy serves as the Program Coordinator for the St. Boniface Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation and Community Reintegration Program in Haiti. Since the earthquake on January 12, 2010, she has worked to transform a project aimed at immediate disaster response into a long-term, sustainable program that focuses on community reintegration for persons with disabilities. Currently, she is responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating disability programming funded through USAID and Christian Blind Mission. When she first came to Haiti, soon after the earthquake in 2010, she worked on logistics as a Field Officer for SBHF. Betsy has a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in international social work from Fordham University. Prior to coming to Haiti, she worked in the field of child protection and refugee services in various locations throughout Africa.

Erik Benson

Construction Manager

Erik has more than 10 years of practical experience in construction and city planning. Most recently, Benson worked as a Senior Construction and Training Supervisor for the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Mirebalais, Haiti. He holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from Boston University with a focus on international development and disaster mitigation planning. Benson is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the construction of the maternity ward, both ensuring adherence to the construction schedule and serving as an on-theground resource and director of contractors and subcontractors.

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).

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.

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