• Our Team

    While Konbit Sante has a small U.S. staff in Falmouth, Maine, the majority of our staff lives and works in Cap-Haitien. Both offices support Haitian doctors, nurses, health workers, and administrators.

    Similarly, volunteers are based both in the U.S. and Haiti to develop programs, teach, collect and deliver equipment and supplies, and make infrastructure improvements. The organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors, and other volunteers provide guidance as advisors and committee members.

Perry Newman, Executive Director

With a background in law, international business and diplomacy, Perry brings extensive experience in nonprofit management to Konbit Sante. Perry has led internationally focused organizations in Maine and Massachusetts, and has worked with government partners both within and outside the United States to achieve vital economic and community objectives. Perry holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is fluent in French. Click here to email Perry

Tezita Negussie, MSW, MPH, Country Director

Tezita is a public health professional with more than 15 years of experience working in Zimbabwe, the United States, Haiti, and Ethiopia focusing on the health of women and children, immigrant and refugee groups, and economically marginalized communities. She is interested in program development, monitoring and evaluation, research, and capacity strengthening. She was born in Ethiopia and grew up outside of Washington, D.C. Tezita holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Click here to email Tezita.

Marcella Felde, Operations Manager

Marcella joined the Konbit Sante team in January 2023 as the Operations Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Master of Science in Global Health Delivery from the University of Global Health Equity. From 2014 to 2022, Marcella lived, worked, and studied in Rwanda in global health, operations, and business. She has diverse experiences in different organizations; from nonprofits to the private sector. She now lives in Portland, Maine with her partner and daughter. Click here to email Marcella

Immacula Augustin, Finance Manager

Immacula Augustin was born in Quartier-Morin, Haiti. She graduated from the Christian University of the North of Haiti with a degree in Administrative Sciences in 2006. Before joining Konbit Sante, she was a cashier at Haitian Baptist Convention Hospital, Administrative Assistant and Personnel Manager at the Center for Disabled Children (commonly called Maison de Bénédiction) and the Hope Health Action Volunteer Village, then Administrative and Operational Director of the Haitian Baptist Convention Hospital, a position she held for nearly eight years. She joined Konbit Sante as Financial Manager in April 2022.

Josaime Clotilde St Jean, Community Health Program Manager

Born in Grande-Riviere-du-Nord near Cap-Haitien, Josaime, affectionately known as “Tijo,” became a registered nurse by studying at the School of Our Lady of Wisdom Cap-Haitien in 1985. She had developed a specialization in community health by 1990, and began working for Konbit Sante in 2011. As community health program manager, she oversees nurses, community health workers, and outreach activities; conducts regular trainings for health workers; and coordinates mobile outreach clinics, with an emphasis on vaccination clinics for newborns and educational programs for new and expecting mothers. Click here to email Josaime.

Odelin Pierre, Custodian and Messenger

Odelin joined the Konbit Sante team in 2009 as our Office and Apartment Keeper. Odelin attended secondary school in Cap-Haitien and has a background as a logistician. He also has experiences in painting buildings and driving heavy machinery. In 2011 Odelin enrolled in a training course for waste management, funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Through the training Odelin obtained appropriate certifications to conduct his work in the office with more expertise and efficiency.

Emile Eustache, Office Driver

Emile began work at Konbit Sante in 2013. Prior to his arrival at Konbit Sante, Emile worked at Action Sanitaire, another organization in Cap-Haitien, for about 25 years. He also owns his own business in Cap-Haitien where he repairs and maintains vehicles. In addition to being in charge of our vehicle, he also keeps an eye on safety and security as it relates to transportation in and around Cap-Haitien.

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