Board of Directors
Max Blanchet, Board Chair, is a chemical engineer who has worked for nearly 30 years as a design engineer and energy specialist at Shell, Chevron and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Since his retirement Mr. Blanchet has worked as a consulting engineer. In recent years Mr. Blanchet has served on the boards of various organizations including: Global Exchange, The Data Center, The East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, FONKOZE USA, The National Coalition for Haitian Rights, and PACIFICA's KPFA. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1964 and 1965 respectively and an M.B.A. in Finance from UC Berkeley in 1979.
Gyliane Morgan, Board Treasurer, holds a Masters degree in Public Finance and Financial Management and has over 20 years experience as an analyst and consultant in the private sector, including the securities, money management and banking industries. Most recently, she was a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase's Investment Banking/Public Finance area where she was engaged in public sector financing for the Bank. Ms. Morgan has been an avid supporter of the Lambi Fund since its inception. She resides in Montclair, NJ with her husband and their two children.
Wendy Emrich, Board Secretary, a single mother of two adopted Haitian children. She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Colorado and a Certificate in French from Laval University in Quebec. She spent four years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) working in public health and agriculture. She is a long term environmental and peace activist with an interest in sustainable development and social justice. She was a founder of the Chinook Fund and the Global Greengrants Fund, Colorado based foundations that support grassroots social justice and environmental projects on a statewide and international basis, respectively.
Marie M. B. Racine, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in French, Theoretical Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University and is currently Professor of Foreign Languages at the University of District of Columbia. She has served as Acting Dean, Associate Dean and Chair of several University Departments. Her areas of expertise include Administration/Education, Language/Linguistics (including English as a Second Language and Creole Studies), Literature/Culture (particularly Haitian and Caribbean with an emphasis on the African Diaspora), Evaluation/ Research and Curriculum Development. Dr. Racine serves on the Board of the Washington Office for Haiti and has extensive Haitian advocacy organizing experience in the D.C. area. She has long been involved with community-based projects in the remote northern areas of Haiti.
Benjamin Saint-Dic is a Doctor of Law and holds degrees in Journalism, French studies, and Labor and Developing Countries. He has practiced journalism and served as a professor of French at the university and secondary school levels. He has been very active in the Canadian Haitian community and has served as a resource person in matters related to Haitians residing in Canada. A founding member of Ayiti Dwa Moun (ADM), a group formed to defend and protect the human rights of Haitians, he currently is responsible for ADM's public relations work. He also volunteers his services in various schools tutoring Haitian students with learning problems. Ben is well known for his active commitment to the democratic movement in Haiti.
Jay Schoenberger holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a B.S. from Vanderbilt University. Jay currently works for C12 Energy where he’s charged with managing the company’s land team and leading their CO2 pipeline development effort. Jay also focuses on acquiring mineral interests where C12 Energy seeks to perform enhanced oil recovery. Previously, he developed utility-scale wind farms for independent power producer, Invenergy LLC. Prior to Invenergy, he worked in business development for REC Solar, a California-based solar electricity integrator. Jay first became involved with the Lambi Fund when he and a classmate at Vanderbilt successfully founded and chaired a campus-wide fundraiser called "Fast for Hunger" aimed at raising both awareness and funds for Lambi Fund's projects. Jay has a passion for the sustainable development that the Lambi Fund advances, development that is strategic, community driven, and continuously effective. Jay currently lives in San Francisco.
France Buteau was born and raised in Haiti and was educated in Spain and the U.K. She has eight years experience in education and 31 years as a supervisor and translator for a major international financial institution. She retired to Haiti last year and volunteers with the Lambi Fund and an after school program in her neighborhood. She is especially interested in women's issues and is committed to working to improve the quality of life of the peasantry in Haiti.
Marguerite Joseph brings to the Lambi Fund years of experience working closely with Haiti's popular movement. Currently Ms. Joseph serves as coordinator of GATAP, the Gwoup Apwi Teknik as Aksyon Pedogojik (Technical Assistance and Training Group), and as a board member to the Jean Marie Vincent Foundation. Formally trained as a teacher, she has applied her skills to Haiti's poorest sectors. Ms. Joseph has trained many literacy trainers and instructors working in alternative educational setting. She has also worked closely with the women's branch of TET KOLE, a large peasant organization.
Freud Jean was formerly a parish priest in Belladaire where he worked with the Ti Legliz in "formation," consciousness-raising, training, and organization; his focus: to help poor Haitians root themselves in the political and economic Christian reality. Freud has worked with the National Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops' Conference since 1986. He is currently the Executive Secretary (director) of PAJ, the Program for Alternative Justice, an institution formed from the people's expression for radical change with justice, which focuses on popular organizing and justice. Freud also represents PAJ in the Human Rights Platform and is a member of the Truth Commission.
Mark Schuller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and NGO Leadership Development at Northern Illinois University and affiliate at the Faculté d'Ethnologie, l'Université d'État d'Haïti. Supported by the National Science Foundation and others, Schuller's research on globalization, NGOs, gender, and disasters in Haiti has been published in twenty book chapters and peer-reviewed articles as well as public media, including a column in Huffington Post. He is the author of Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs (Rutgers, 2012) and co-editor of four volumes, including Tectonic Shifts: Haiti Since the Earthquake (Kumarian Press, 2012). He is co-director / co-producer of the documentary Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy (Documentary Educational Resources, 2009). Schuller is a series co-editor for Catastrophes in Context, published by Kumarian Press. He also chairs the Society for Applied Anthropology's Human Rights and Social Justice Committee, serves on several boards, and is active in many solidarity efforts.
K. Jessica Hsu is an Anthropologist and Community Organizer who has been working with Haitian communities for over the last decade. Her work and advocacy research have been primarily focused in the Grand Anse department of Haiti and motivated by community-based, social/environmental justice and development. Some of the local organizations she works with include Fondation Paradis des Indiens, Concertation Organisation Sociale Abricots, Solidarite Fanm Ayisyen Abricots and Bonbon, among others. She actively participates in a number of collaborations and solidarity efforts which bridge the rural, to the urban, to the international. Hsu received a BA from Rutgers College in Journalism, Psychology and English (focused in African-American literature), a MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and is working towards her PhD.