Board of Directors

Konbit Sante's Board of Directors are responsible for providing fiduciary oversight, setting governance policy, and ensuring the organization adheres to its mission and values.  

Konbit Sante 2016-2017 Board of Directors  

 

Robert MacKinnon, President

Bob MacKinnon is the Superintendent of the Yarmouth Water District, a position he has held for 27 years. He holds an A.S. in Forest Management from UMO, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern Maine and a Class IV Water Operators License from the State of Maine. As Superintendent of YWD, he is responsible for all aspects of operation and management of a public water utility, including long term financial planning, infrastructure design and replacement. He has been a volunteer with Konbit Sante since 2009 and very much enjoys working with all members of the Konbit Sante team in their efforts to build capacity and improve public health in Haiti. Bob also serves on the Drinking Water Commission for the State of Maine and locally as Treasurer of the Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth.

 

Manuchca Marc Alcimé, MSN, RN, Vice- President

Manuchca Marc Alcimé, MSN,RN, Haitian nurse, works at the Cap-Haïtien National nursing school as a nurse instructor and clinical preceptor.  Manuchca was a floor nurse in the Urology unit at Justinien University Hospital.  She worked at Konbit Sante as a wound care nurse specialist. Manuchca currently has her master's degree in nursing education and leadership at Regis College, Boston in the Haiti project program (2015).  Manuchca is a new board member in 2016, and located in Haiti.

 

Kathleen G. Healy, Esquire, Vice President

Kate Healy is a partner and vice-chair of the Health Care Group at the law firm of Verrill Dana, LLP.  Her practice focuses on advising health care organizations, including hospitals and medical groups, with respect to health care transactions and regulatory compliance matters.  Kate holds a law degree from Notre Dame Law School and a B.A. in a classics program from the University of Notre Dame.  Kate has previously served as a board member of a number of nonprofit organizations, including a home health and hospice organization.  Her interest in international development began as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Marshall Islands.  Kate serves on the Governance Committee and recently traveled to Haiti to see Konbit Sante’s activities and meet its board members from Haiti.

Nancy B. Martz, Secretary

Nancy is a grant writer and research administrator for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.  Prior to her work at GMRI, Nancy did grant consulting and held a number of positions at the University of Southern Maine in both research administration and workforce development. Her work in these areas included financial management, strategic planning, policy development, human resources and organizational development.  She has taught English as a Second Language to refugee and immigrant groups in Florida and in Maine, and many years ago, she and her husband owned a marine salvage business that that took them regularly to Haiti.  She holds a MS in Education from Florida International University and a BA from Oberlin College.  In addition, she is a graduate of Leadership Maine.  Until recently, Nancy served on the Breakwater School Board of Trustees.  Nancy, her husband and daughter live in Gorham.

 

Marion Knox

Marion brings diverse experience to the board. Among other life projects, she has managed logistics for eye-camps in India under the auspices of the Prasad Project and the Arvind Eye Hospital group and has run construction companies in both the UK and in Southwest France. Now settled in Portland for nearly 20 years, Marion has worked in secondary and adult education for Waynflete School and Lesley University. She chairs the Konbit Sante Outreach Committee and works on social media as part of the Communications Committee. A member of the Upsilon class of the Institute for Civic Leadership, Marion is a long-term volunteer at the Telling Room and a member of the Advisory Council for the Bates Dance Festival. She has a master's degree in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a BA in Human Development from Lesley University.


Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH

Dr. Eva Lathrop is Family Planning Clinical Care and Research Fellow at Emory University School of Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Atlanta. While completing her residency at Maine medical Center in Portland, Dr. Lathrop was one of Konbit Sante's founding board members. Dr. Lathrop now heads Konbit Sante's women's health team and visits Haiti frequently to teach and lead the women's health initiative to improve birth outcomes. Dr. Lathrop was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi and, in addition to her work with Konbit Sante, spends time in Africa providing hands on care to African women.

EJ Lovett III, PhD,

EJ is a founding partner of Lovett Collins Associates. He has a doctorate in medical sciences and specialized his research efforts and clinical care in tumor immunology and clinical cytometry. He has more than 35 years of experience in research, research management, building scientific infrastructure, resource development, consulting, and strategic planning to a broad range of healthcare clients from the east to west coasts. His focus is on integrating research with education and clinical care to improve health care practice spans pediatric to adult medicine. He has held faculty positions at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and served as the Founding Director of Maine Medical Center Research Institute. EJ has a long history of volunteering for Konbit Sante and currently serves with his wife Lynne as co-chair of the annual Maine Walks with Haiti fundraising event.

Jeff Musich. PE


Jeff is a senior vice president, environmental engineer and Board of Director with Wright Pierce engineering in Portland and Topsham, Maine.  Jeff has a BS degree in Forestry and a BS degree in civil engineering. Jeff’s interest and career have focused on improving drinking water quality. His 32 years of experience has been focused on the planning, design, and construction of drinking water projects for towns and cities throughout the United States.  He has volunteered with Konbit Sante for over 10 years, helping the Konbit Sante infrastructure group with the design and implementation of sanitation projects facilities in northern Haiti.  In addition to his sanitation and infrastructure work in Haiti, Jeff chairs the Konbit Sante’s Development Committee.  He and his wife Elaine live in Edgecomb, Maine.

Marianne Ringel

Marianne has over 20 years of experience in the health care and public policy arenas. Marianne was the Program Specialist at Konbit Sante for three years and continues as a volunteer. She serves on the Program Advisory Committee and assists on other programmatic efforts. She currently works as an independent health policy consultant. Previously, she served as the Policy Director for Maine’s Medicaid Program, as well as its Acting Deputy Director and has held a number of other policy-related positions at the federal, state and municipal governmental levels, as well as at non-profit entities. Marianne was a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Trustees of Dirigo Health, Maine’s health care reform agency. She also served multiple terms as a Gardiner City Councilor.  She has masters degrees in Public Policy and Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in psychology from Yale.

Jonathon Simon, MPH, DSc


Jonathon Simon is a Scientist in the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) Department of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Geneva, Switzerland headquarters office. He assumed this position after a thirty year career in public health research focused on child survival. Prior to assuming his position at WHO, he was the Robert Knox Professor of Global Health at Boston University.  He was the founding Director of the Boston University-wide Center for Global Health and Development and also was a Professor of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH).  He served as the Chair of the Department of Global Health in BUSPH for thirteen years. He has been involved in program-based, policy-relevant child health and development research activities throughout his career working in more than twenty-five low-income countries mostly in Sub-saharan Africa and South Asia. He has been directly responsible for the development of different capacity strengthening activities among the child health research communities in multiple countries. Before joining Boston University, Dr. Simon was a Fellow of the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) for fifteen years. He received his BS and MPH from the University of California at Berkeley and his Doctorate of Science from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He has been to Haiti where he was part of a team who helped evaluate Konbit Sante's work.

Hugh Tozer, PE

Hugh Tozer is a water and wastewater engineer with Woodard & Curran in Portland. He received a BA in chemistry from Grinnell College and an MS in civil engineering from the University of Vermont. He has focused his career on evaluating and developing solutions to meet the water and wastewater needs of communities in the U.S. and abroad. Hugh's interest in water and sanitation began as a Peace Corps volunteer living through a drought in Benin, West Africa. His work with Konbit Sante focuses on infrastructure projects, particularly a project to improve the quantity, quality, and distribution of water at Justinian Hospital.