• Board of Directors

Eva Lathrop, MD, MPH, President

Eva is Senior Director for Reproductive Health, Maternal Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health for Jhpiego, a non-profit global health organization based in Baltimore, MD. Prior to joining Jhpeigo, she was the Global Medical Director for Population Services International (PSI), a non-profit global health organization based in Washington DC, preceded by a career as an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and global health at Emory University. Eva is one of Konbit Sante’s founding board members, and continues to work with Konbit Sante to advance initiatives to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes. Eva received her BA from Bowdoin College, her MD from the University of Vermont, and her MPH from Emory University. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Maine Medical Center.

Youseline Telemaque, MD, Vice President

Youseline is a Haitian obstetrician, gynecologist, and family planning expert who is a leader in the field of reproductive health, family planning, and women's rights in Haiti. She has headed family planning programs for various international NGOs, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Jhpiego. Youseline began working with Konbit Sante in 2008, and served as the in-country director in Cap-Haitien from 2010 to 2012.

Sarah Meyer, MSN, RN, CPN, CPNP-AC, Secretary

Sarah is the Program Director of the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship program for Partners in Health and works clinically in the PICU and Emergency departments at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Sarah has been working in Haiti for over 10 years and spent 2 years living in Haiti while she was the Director of Critical Care Nursing Education at the University Hospital of Mirebalais. She speaks creole and is a strong advocate for continuing nursing education in Haiti. She graduated with her Nursing degree from The Ohio State University and her Masters of Science in Nursing with a minor in Global Health from the University of California, San Francisco.

Ryan Denison, Treasurer

Ryan began working with Konbit Sante as a volunteer in 2021. He is a Product Manager at TD Bank in Portland, Maine, where he has worked in multiple lines of business, including Finance and Governance. Ryan also worked in healthcare finance for a large national health insurer. He received a BS from the University of Southern Maine and an MS in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University.

Manuchca Marc Alcimé, MSN, RN

Manuchca is currently Legal Program Assistant at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) in Portland, ME. Prior to moving to Maine, she was a nurse instructor, clinical preceptor, and a floor nurse at Justinien University Hospital. She was a Konbit Sante wound care nurse specialist following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Manuchca has a master’s degree in nursing education and leadership from Regis College, and she joined Konbit Sante’s board of directors in 2016.

Pascale S. Gaetjens

Pascale is a 40-year resident of Cap-Haitien, Haiti, with decades of experience in the tourism industry. She is involved in several charitable activities aimed at helping underprivileged children and young adults complete their education and eventually become professionals who are able to provide for themselves and their families. 

Joseph Jutile Loiseau, MD, MPA

Dr. Loiseau is a medical doctor and health services management specialist currently serving as Deputy Chief of Party at Improved Health Service Delivery, known as Kore Sante in Haiti. Throughout her career, she has worked to improve the health and well-being of families living in vulnerable communities in northern Ghana, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. She received her medical and management degrees in the Dominican Republic, Spain, and State University of Haiti and Montreal.

Adam Silverman, MD

Adam provides clinical care in the pediatric intensive care unit and in the emergency department at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT. He is co-founder and director of the hospital’s Center for Global Health, and collaborates on multiple programs in Haiti to increase local capacity for pediatric care through innovative collaborative educational activities. He is also assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Adam holds a BA from Tufts University, an MA from Boston University, and an MD from the Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School.

Wendy Taylor

Wendy’s background is in market research and marketing planning. Following graduation from DePauw University, she worked for large financial institutions in Chicago and Colorado, and had a national market research business. Wendy taught marketing at the University of Colorado and critical decision making at the National School of Bank Marketing. She is a past board member of United Way of Greater Portland, where she was involved in community impact work.

Gheriane Kareen Ulysse

Kareen is an educator and philanthropist who is passionate about making quality education accessible to low-income and at-risk youths. She is the founder, president, and executive director of the Centre Hospitalier de Fontaine Foundation (CHFF), which was founded to support underfunded schools and hospitals in the Cité Soleil area of Port-au-Prince.
  • Strategic Advisor

Nathan M. Nickerson, RN, MSN, DrPH

Prior to his role as strategic advisor, Nate served as Konbit Sante's first executive director for over 15 years. Nate was involved in the initial planning meetings of Konbit Sante and in the inception of developing relationships with partners in Haiti. During his tenure, he led the organization to develop key programs, built a staff team of employees in Haiti and the USA, and formulated long-term partnerships with Haitian healthcare facilities. Nate has BS degrees from Tufts University and the University of Southern Maine, and a master's degree in nursing from Simmons College. In 2007, he received his doctorate in international public health from Boston University.

  • Founders

J. Michael Taylor, MD, MPH

Michael is a retired dermatologist in Portland with a career-long interest in international and community medicine. He is a graduate of Amherst College, University of Buffalo Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health, and has completed residencies in internal medicine and dermatology at the University of California at San Francisco. Following medical school, Michael went to Nigeria as a US Peace Corps physician. He has taught epidemiology at Dartmouth College and was chief of the department of community medicine at Maine Medical Center, where he helped establish the Family Medicine Department and medical clinics in underserved parts of Maine. Konbit Sante was born from his vision.

Wendy Taylor

Wendy’s background is in market research and marketing planning. Following graduation from DePauw University, she worked for large financial institutions in Chicago and Colorado, and had a national market research business. Wendy taught marketing at the University of Colorado and critical decision making at the National School of Bank Marketing. She is a past board member of United Way of Greater Portland, where she was involved in community impact work.

  • Honorary Advisors

Ambassador Brian Dean Curran

Dean served as United States ambassador to Haiti from 2001-03, and subsequently served with North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Italy until his retirement and relocation to Damariscotta, Maine, in 2008. He served on the Konbit Sante Board of Directors from 2009-16. As a member of the U.S Foreign Service, Dean has served in various capacities in Mozambique, Dublin, Paris, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, and Brussels. Dean graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1970. He received a Master's degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1972, and a Certificate of Studies from the National School of Administration in Paris, France, in 1981.

John Devlin, MD, MPH

John is a retired endocrinologist who has served on Konbit Sante’s Board of Directors and made multiple trips to Haiti as a volunteer.  Following medical school at Cornell University, residency at Maine Medical Center, fellowship and faculty appointment at the University of Vermont, John returned to Portland to serve as director of MMC’s Diabetes Center.  During his Master of Public Health program at the University of Southern Maine, John received grant support from the International Diabetes Foundation to improve diabetes care in Haiti. John recently spent six months in South Sudan with Doctors Without Borders, and continues to serve as a non-communicable disease consultant.

EJ Lovett

EJ has been a volunteer for Konbit Sante since 2002, including serving as vice president and president of the Board of Directors, and has participated in numerous volunteer trips to Haiti. Prior to co-founding Lovett Collins Associates, LLC, in 2002, he served as vice president for research at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, from 1986 to 2002, and was the founding director of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. He holds a Bachelor of science degree in biology from Norwich University and a Ph.D. in medical sciences from the University of Connecticut Health Center Department of Pathology.

Polly Larned, RN

Polly has been a volunteer with Konbit Sante since 2002, including a stint on the Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Communications & Fundraising Committee. She worked as a community health nurse for the Visiting Nurse Association Home Health Hospice in Maine from 1990-96, and as a registered nurse in the Maine Medical Center Department of Pediatrics from 1984-91. Polly has an Associate’s degree in arts from Briarcliff Junior College and an Associate’s degree in nursing from Westbrook College of Nursing.

Stephen Larned, MD

Stephen has been a volunteer with Konbit Sante since 2002, including a stint as President of the Board of Directors, and has made many trips to Haiti with the organization. He served as Vice President for Medical Affairs for Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, from 1986 to 2002; as a general internist for Spurwink International Medical Associates in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, from 1973-91; as an emergency physician for Maine Medical Center from 1972-73; and as an emergency and staff physician for Fairfax Hospital in Virginia from 1970-72. Stephen has a Bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan and a medical degree from Wayne State University College of Medicine.

Charlot Lucien

Charlot Lucien is a program manager at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, with extensive experience overseeing contracts and programs related to public health, HIV/AIDS, emergency preparedness, culturally competent standards of care, and mental health for immigrants and refugees. He is also an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) scholar at the University of Massachusetts (Boston), where he presents lectures on the historical relationship between Haiti and the United States. In addition to his work, Charlot Lucien is a Haitian storyteller, visual artist, and founder of the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts. He frequently utilizes art to raise awareness and resources for humanitarian, public health, and civil rights issues affecting Haitians both in Haiti and abroad. Charlot Lucien is also an active member of several non-profit organizations as a board member or consultant. He holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from the University of Massachusetts and is a graduate of the State University of Haiti.

Don Nicoll

Don was one of Konbit Sante's founding board members. He served as administrative assistant to U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie and Congressman Frank M. Coffin, and was vice president for planning and public affairs at Maine Medical Center and chair of several State of Maine committees, commissions and working groups. A native of Boston, Don holds a Bachelor of arts degree from Colby College and a Master of arts degree from Pennsylvania State University, both in history and government.

Henry Perry, MD

Henry has been an honorary advisor to Konbit Sante since its founding. He was a resident in general surgery at the Maine Medical Center from 1976 to 1981. He has spent his career working in global health, having lived in Bolivia, Bangladesh, and Haiti, and worked in many other countries throughout the world. Henry is a Senior Scientist in the Health Systems Program of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and is the author of more than 200 publications related to global health.

Malcolm Rogers, MD

Malcolm’s work as a volunteer for Konbit Sante involved helping to teach psychiatry to Haitian colleagues during multiple trips to Cap-Haitien. He also served as a board member for several years. He was educated at Yale University and Harvard Medical School. At the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he focused on the interface between medical and surgical illness and psychiatric conditions, and also operated an adult psychiatry practice. He has served in the Portland-based Veterans Affairs Clinic and in a national Veterans Affairs research project. He currently serves as chair of the Program Committee of Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians and as chair of the board of directors of Piper Shores.
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