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The Foundation for Haitian Development (FHD) began as an idea in 2002 from the vision of an 11 year old boy’s first encounter with his father’s country.
Growing up in the United States, Jaresiah J. Desrosiers saw the difference of the way he lived in comparison to his Haitian people and family. At a young age he wanted to know why that difference existed, and furthermore how it could be changed.
After various trips and living in the rural village of Robèrt for three months, the community his father grew up in, he began to understand the intricate web of poverty within this community. While working alongside locals he began to believe that he could be a part of changing this community.
Desrosiers’ personally funded projects have been the reconstruction of his grandmother’s house, bringing the first flush toilets and indoor shower to the village, and building a family bakery.
Under the mantle of FHD he now looks to construct an 8 KM road from the village to the nearest regional market place. FHD’s hopes are that the road will facilitate economic growth to the region, while providing locals with access to existing schools and hospitals.
Jaresiah is the Founder, President and current Chairperson of Foundation for Haitian Development.
He is responsible for administration of FHD’s business, finances and volunteers within the framework of budgets, policies, and practices established by the Board of Directors. He is also responsible for setting the overall direction and strategy for the company. He leads the design of FHD’s services and development of its core values and philosophy.
Jaresiah has studied nonprofits and community development for the past 5 years. He enjoys and frequently consults in the area of personal and business development, negotiation and conflict resolution, and strategic planning.
Jaresiah is a social entrepreneur, writer, and Christian. He began traveling to Haiti in 2002 and has family residing in both Haiti and the US. His approach to enabling others continues within his most recent initiative: Foundation For Haitian Development.
Reg Rose is the Vice President / Chief Administrative Officer for the Foundation for Haitian Development, and as such he is responsible for assisting the President/Founder in managing the affairs of the Corporation.
Reg is originally from Westchester County, New York. He graduated High School in 1977 then joined the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged after having served four years. Reg graduated from John Jay College in New York City and held the position of Department Manager for the security organization at the Indian Point Energy Center. In 2001, Reg was transferred to the Pilgrim Power Plant in Plymouth, MA and retired in 2005.
Reg is married, has four children, two granddaughters, and resides in Plymouth, MA with his family.
Johan Woods is the Treasurer for Foundation For Haitian Development. He’s an Entrepreneur, Consultant, and Founder & Managing Director of Stimulead, LLC. He currently resides in the USA and splits his time between the US and Sweden. In addition to being a business owner, he also spends his time studying theology, working with visual arts, practicing acting, playing the piano, and pursues life to the fullest.
Amélie Desrosiers is a third year Business Administration and Finance undergraduate student at Northeastern University with an interest in economics, public policy, and investment strategies. Amélie graduated Summa cum Laude as class Valedictorian with an Associate’s degree in Business Management from Quincy College. Presently, Amélie is focused on her education and working towards accomplishing her career goals of becoming a financial analyst, business owner and political leader. In addition to her studies, Amélie is working on two side projects which entail a public speaking certification from Toastmasters International, as well as working on a start-up business she projects to launch in 2016.