Leadership Team

 

The HTF National Leadership Team is a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and geographically diverse group of individuals who have made the work of the Haitian Timoun Foundation the most important endeavor in their life.

 

 

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Erin Murphy
Executive Director

Suwanee, Georgia

Erin has served as HTF’s first full-time Executive Director since September 2013. She joined the HTF National Leadership Team in September 2011 as HTF’s Chief Financial Officer and has been involved with HTF at the local level since 2008. Prior to joining HTF on a full-time basis, Erin was the Manager for Financial Planning and Analysis for a $50 million healthcare revenue cycle management company, where she reported to the CEO and was responsible for internal and external financial reporting, forecasting and providing decision and analytic support to senior management and the board of directors. She brings more than 17 years of progressive experience across strategic planning and fiscal management to this role, and has a solid track record of developing innovative solutions to business analysis issues and translating financial data into actionable direction. Most importantly, Erin brings a deep passion for the mission and vision of HTF and feels a strong sense of call to this role. Her husband, Tim, traveled to Haiti with HTF in January 2012, and leads the Georgia HTF team at the local level. Erin's school-aged children, Anna and Colin, have raised and donated personal funds to support the children of Haiti and look forward to traveling to Haiti with their mom and dad in the future.


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Julie Sutton
Administrative Director

Suwanee, Georgia

Julie Sutton has served as HTF’s part-time Administrative Director since May 2010. A native of Syracuse, New York, Julie graduated from Georgia State University with BS in Psychology. Her involvement with HTF began in the fall of 2008 when she traveled to Haiti for the first time. After visiting Haiti and seeing firsthand the difference HTF is making for Haiti’s children, she immediately wanted to be part of HTF’s future development. She began working on the administrative aspects of operating HTF very soon after her return, and became HTF’s first US staff person in 2010. Julie’s husband, Patrick, has traveled to Haiti numerous times with HTF. They have two children, Sarah and Jake.

 


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Lauren Seyfarth

Littleton, Colorado

 A native of Littleton, Colorado, Lauren graduated from the University of Missouri in May 2011 with a BA in Communications. Her involvement with HTF began in February of 2007 when she traveled to Haiti for the first time.  HTF’s vision that ALL may have life became immediately impactful to Lauren as HTF’s Haitian brothers and sisters have helped to show her what true life is! Since then Lauren has returned to Haiti several times, including a two-week stay at Wings of Hope in Fermathe in 2008 and a six-week internship in Jacmel with Tetkole in the summer of 2011.  Lauren received her Master's degree in education in 2014 and currently teaches in Denver Public Schools. 


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Rick Barger
Founder and Chair

Columbus, Ohio

Rick is the Founder of HTF and the Chair of HTF’s National Leadership Team. A native of North Carolina, Rick lived and served in Colorado for most of his career as a pastor/author/speaker. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and management, Rick spent twelve years in the Middle East as a leader of a construction company focused on food producing projects. It was here that Rick was grasped by the plight of the poor and exploited, which was a major impetus in his call to ordained ministry. When Rick and his wife, Harriet, first visited Haiti in 1997 to visit their son who was living there, Haiti grabbed his heart and imagination. The years of working with development projects in the Middle East, together with his passion for the poor and vulnerable children and his deep belief in the Haitian people, led to the founding of HTF with friends and parishioners in Colorado. Rick earned his doctorate in 2001 and has an impressive track record with leading organizations that advocate for children. Rick currently serves as the President of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Rick and Harriet have two married children and five grandchildren.


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Luckner Fond-Rose

Fermathe, Haiti

Luckner "Maya" Fond-Rose is a native of Fermathe, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and is a graduate of the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys, a home for former street children in Petionville, Haiti, which is part of the St. Joseph Family. His involvement with HTF began in 2001 when Dr. Rick Barger came to Wings of Hope, a home for mentally and physically challenged children where Maya was the director for ten years. Maya’s role with HTF began when HTF began to bring groups to Haiti to partner with and to build relationships and fellowship with the Haitian partners to empower them in their vision and mission for the children of Haiti. Maya is also on the board of directors of the St. Joseph Family.


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Rev. Dr. Chad Johnson

Littleton, Colorado

Chad graduated from Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska with a degree in Business Management and Human Services. He then received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio and his Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership in the Emerging Culture from George Fox in Portland, Oregon. Chad now serves as Lead Team Pastor at Abiding Hope in Littleton, Colorado. In addition to his service on HTF’s National Leadership Team, Chad is the Founder of World Hope Leadership Institute, local advocate for The Second Wind Fund, and serves on the Rocky Mountain Synod Global Missions Team. Chad travels extensively for the work of various mission partners in Haiti, India, and Mexico.

Working towards hope, dignity, and sustainability for ALL are major driving forces in his family’s life.Chad is married to Susan and has four children: daughters, Koko, Norah and Holland, and son, Merritt


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Rev. Tim Kuenzli

Pickerington, Ohio

Graduated from Ohio University in 1974 with a degree in Economics and from Trinity Seminary in 1978.  I've been an ELCA pastor since 1978 in three different congregations, all in Ohio.  One of the joys and challenges of parish ministry is helping folks discover that the world and possibilities for ministry are wide and varied.  HTF has proved to be a wonderful partner in that effort, helping to bring a new and realistic perspective of life to those of us who live with much privilege.  HTF partners with those of us who need to have someone walk alongside us, whether we're walking in Haiti or in the suburbs of America.

Linda is my wife of almost 40 years; we have four great kids with terrific spouses and even more terrific grandchildren (five with one on the way).

 


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Rev. Paul Mussachio

Plano, Texas

Paul grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, and graduated from Midwestern State University in 2000. He received a degree in English which served him well when he started his Divinity studies at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, that same year.

In 2005, Paul was called as Associate Pastor to Preston Meadow Lutheran Church in Plano, Texas, and in February 2011, he accepted the call to become Preston Meadow’s Lead Pastor. He has a passion for sharing God's Word in worship, making Christ known in outreach to our community, and connecting with others to discover the richness of God's community. He is married to Susan, and has two young sons, Caleb and Joshua.


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Brian Rindels

Morrison, Colorado

Brian is co-owner of Pinnacle Mortgage Group, a Lakewood, Colorado-based mortgage banker involved with residential lending in nine states. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business from the University of Wyoming. Prior to entering the lending industry, Brian held sales positions in the airline industry as well as the medical equipment industry. He and his wife, Linda, have 3 children, Lauren, Allison and Ben, all of whom attend or attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. Brian serves on the Board of Governors of the Colorado Mortgage Lender’s Association, an industry trade association, in addition to his service on HTF’s national leadership team. His interests include travel, skiing and cycling.


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REV. Lorne Hlad

Loveland, Ohio

While serving in Iraq Lorne’s heart was captured by the Gospel that set him on a path go service to God. Lorne’s call to ministry and gifts for leadership grew while working at Jacob’s Porch Campus Ministry at The Ohio State University where we earned a B.A. in Political Science. In 2013 Lorne received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary with a concentration on Leadership for the Missional Church. Lorne now serves as Associate Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Loveland, Ohio. In addition to his service on HTF’s National Leadership Team, Lorne serves as a city councilman for the Village of Mariemont, where he lives with his wife Becca and their daughter Brianna. 

“Working with HTF and our Haitian Partners, is the BEST work imaginable. Hope, sustainability, & dignity for all!


THeodule Jean Baptiste

Port au prinCe, Haiti

Theodule Jean Baptiste was born in Trou-du-Nord, a town in the northeastern department of Haiti but mostly grew up in Limbé and Cap Haitien in the search for a better quality education. After completing high school, he was awarded a scholarship from the Haitian Education and Leadership Program to pursue a medical degree at the State University of Haiti. As a student, he was very active taking part in several endeavors such as mobile clinics, earthquake relief efforts, mentoring students and so on. In 2012, he was the spokesperson for HELP in a HTF tour, sharing his story as a living example ofthe effectiveness of the partnership between HTF and HELP. After medical school, Theo worked within a HIV clinical setting and also taught at the pharmacy department of the school of medicine of the State University before coming to Birmingham as a Fulbright scholar to get a master in public health with a concentration in Epidemiology. He expects to graduate in Fall 2016.

By joining the board of HTF, Theodule will bring the perspective of a young Haitian in order to strengthen the bonds of the organization with the Haitian people. He hopes that his experience with both the American and the Haitian communities will help HTF in its activities in Haiti. Although he is mostly interested in health and education projects, he is also a passionate of technology that he considers to be a powerful tool that can allow countries like Haiti to catch up with development.