BOARD OF DIRECTORS and Staff
Emily Hays -founder
In early 2010, Emily embarked on her first trip to Haiti and was forever marked by the joy she witnessed in the midst of deep poverty. God broke her heart but she was unsure of the next step. A friend from church began telling Emily and her husband about children in Haiti who had been left behind by the educational system. Shortly after, she helped to start One 17 International to serve those left behind. It was during a One 17 trip that she met Nadege, causing her heart to break deeply for survivors of sexual violence in Haiti. This prompted her and a few others to found Nadege in order to restore hope to these women and ultimately change a culture in Haiti. Emily holds a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. In her free time, she is an aspiring foodie and loves to go on random adventures with her sweet husband. They are in the process of adopting their first child from Haiti.
BETH WATERMAN - founder
Beth traveled to Haiti in 2014 with Emily and her team to begin discovering the restorative work that Nadege is investing in. Beth is deeply committed to social justice and issues of mental health and women's rights, and has worked for many years in Kolkata, India among women sold into prostitution. She is passionate about self care, and lives what she preaches by backpacking and camping to clear her heart and mind. She is thrilled to be a part of Nadege's voice of HOPE in Haiti and the women living there.
Marianne Orr - Board member
Marianne is a stay at home mom of 6 children, Aquila, Kelsey, Corbin, Hadley, Tenley and Keenan. She and her husband Clint farm approximately 2200 acres in Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties. She was born and raised in Clinton County, Indiana. She attended Purdue University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science Secondary Education. She is very service minded, having served on several community boards such as Clinton County YMCA Board of Directors, Friends of the Frankfort Library, Clinton County Contractual Library Board of Directors, Clinton County College Coalition and Hoosier Region Volleyball Association (Secretary). She has a heart for women and children who have been victimized and hopes to make a difference in Haiti while serving on the Nadege Board.
Jamie Hardie - board member
Jamie graduated from Purdue University in 2004 where she went on to teach English to high school and middle school students. Along with teaching, she coached softball and volleyball. Now, Jamie stays at home with her 3 year old daughter, Gracie and her 4 month old son, Caelum. After marrying her husband, Andy and getting more involved in church, God placed a desire in her heart for women’s ministry. She wants to see women grow deeper in love with Christ and become who God created them to be. Being apart of a local strip club ministry and now partnering with Nadege, she hopes to see healing and restoration come to women who have been sexually exploited.
jay winters - Board Member
Jay Winters is a businessman by trade, founding North Star Exchange in 1996 and watching it grow into Blue Rhino's largest distributor. He enjoys creating something out of nothing, whether it's starting a business or utilizing the carpentry skills he learned at a young age. His passion for Haiti began when he took a trip with One 17 International in 2012 to help build their first school. Jay is excited to be a part of helping Nadege grow from an idea to a reality in order to transform a culture in Haiti. Jay has been married to his beautiful wife, Jane, for 35 years. They enjoy spending time with family and traveling together.
REBA HARRIS - Board member
Reba received her call from God to open a home for women struggling with addiction. She promoted the vision by speaking to the community about God's will for His daughters. In September 2000, the Gilead House was open. Today, the Gilead House serves women and men who are struggling with addiction, homelessness and unemployment by providing counseling and career development. Reba holds her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Addiction Counseling and has been married for 55 years. She is the mother of two, grandmother of four and the great-grandmother of three. Reba believes that God has a purpose and plan for everyone and her advice is when He calls you, please say, "yes, Lord, YES!"
jason lee - Board Member
Jason is dad to two girls and husband to his beautiful wife of 11 years. When he’s not watching Disney princess movies and attending tea parties, he works at Oakbrook Church as the Executive Pastor. Jason’s greatest passion in life is to help people to be restored by God and live into the full life they were created for. He can’t wait to see what happens as God uses Nadege to bring hope and healing to the beautiful people of Haiti.
Guy Robert Dossous - Staff
Guy Robert is the President of our Haitian board. He was born and raised in Haiti and currently resides in Port au Prince. He has played a role in starting an orphanage, a school and is now working with Nadege. Guy has never met a stranger, and his contagious laugh brings light to the darkest of places. Guy strongly believes this verse will become a reality in the lives of the Nadege women: "The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. The LORD has done great things for us. " -Psalm 126:3,6
Natalie Hedde - Board Member
Natalie Hedde, an Evansville, In., native, currently serves as director of corporate communications for Vectren Corporation. In this role, Natalie leads public and media relations outreach, including serving as the company’s primary spokesperson. She manages all employee communications, develops value/brand messaging, including direct customer outreach that improves perception and satisfaction of utility customers. Hedde received a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications, management & marketing from the University of Evansville. Natalie is active in the endeavors of Gilda’s Club Evansville and also participates in numerous fundraising efforts benefiting the University of Evansville Purple Aces Club, UE Varsity Softball Program and the Evansville March of Dimes. Natalie and her husband, Charles, reside in Evansville, IN. They have two children, a four year old son, Clark and a three year old daughter, Haven.
Trisha Prickett - Board Member
Trisha is a licensed clinical social worker. Her interest in Nadege and its mission grew from her former working relationship with founder, Emily Hays. Trisha has clinical experience working with survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. She is committed to providing and developing services that are trauma-informed, individualized, culturally relevant, holistic, and evidenced based. Trisha is passionate about social justice, gender equality, and all persons knowing their value. She is thrilled to be a small part of the restorative work Nadege is doing in Haiti.
Ashley Meyers - Board member
Ashley graduated from Bethel College with a degree in English Education, and IUPUI with a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. Ashley works for the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library as their Resource Discovery Librarian, and lives in Kokomo with her husband Josh. In her spare time, Ashley loves spending time with her family, visiting her nephews, and spending time by the water. Ashley began volunteering with Nadege in 2017, and is grateful for the opportunity to work alongside others as hope is restored for sexual violence victims in Haiti.
Jeff Cadichon - STAFF
Haitian-based Clinical Director of Nadege Inc. He earn a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and psychopathology at University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté (France) on December 1, 2017. He is a two-time recipient of the highly competitive Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) of Open Society Foundations for his doctoral thesis entitled "Psychological Vulnerability, School Resilience and Identity Processes in Adolescents and Young Adults in Post-Earthquake Haiti". His research interests include trauma, resilience, migration and identity. In addition, he worked as a psychologist and then Economic and Social Empowerment Assistant (EASE Assistant) in psychosocial support programs for the victims of the earthquake of January 12, 2010 in Haiti. He was a trainee psychologist at the Clinique de Saint-Orens (France), a Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center. Former lecturer at the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté (France), Dr. Cadichon currently teaches at the State University of Haiti and Notre-Dame University of Haiti. As clinical psychologist, he is involved in psychological evaluation and therapeutic management.
Quiana Preston - Board Member
Quiana Preston was born into a military family but spent many of her growing-up years in Indiana. She was the first in her family to earn the highest degree after decades of being faced with a false belief that she had a learning disability and was not fit for educational achievement, taking two online classes each semester, she finished her doctorate in Spring 2018. She is the founder of Enough is Enough, Inc., a personal development conference for women that was birthed from her own struggle with rejection, childhood hurts, and self-acceptance. Preston is a respected Bible teacher, psalmists, educator, and aspiring author working faithfully to fulfill her mandate of Isaiah 61:1 announcing freedom to those held captive by past hurts. Her passion for Nadege is simple; the false messaging a person inevitably adopts after experiencing trauma takes a toll on the mind, body, and soul. She instantly felt led to be a part of the organization confident that it is God's will to restore hope to these women.
Amy Roe -Staff
On her first trip to Haiti, Amy’s soul was awakened. She fell in love with the country, it’s culture and especially the people. She experienced light in darkness, joy in trials and a resilience that she couldn’t stop thinking about. Upon returning home, Amy met Emily at a church event to support an organization in Haiti. She began meeting up with Emily for lunch to listen and dream of what God could do. Now five years later, she feels honored and blessed to play even a small part in helping bring HOPE to survivors through Nadege.
Amy is married to her best friend, Kevin, and they have 3 amazing children; Greyson, Eli and Iris. She loves to explore new places while soaking up good music and food!
Stuart Hays - Board Member
Stuart is an Area Operations Manager for Airgas. Stuart's first trip to Haiti was in 2010 on a church mission trip. Shortly after returning, he was approached by three members of the church to help form a school to help the left behind children of Haiti. As a result, One 17 International was created where Stuart was given the opportunity to serve as the Chairman of the Board until May of 2015. One 17 has grown from a startup to a fully functional school providing education, meals and spiritual guidance. Stuart is honored to have the opportunity to serve Nadege as Chairman of the Board and help it grow and serve another demographic of Haiti.