BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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, 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.
Stuart is the General Manager of North Star Exchange, a producer and distributor for Blue Rhino. 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.