Sharon Caulfield, Esq. - Chair
Sharon currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Haiti Project. Ms. Caulfield joined Caplan and Earnest LLC in 1993, where she practices law as chair of the Health Law Section. Her practice focus is on healthcare provider organizational compliance, transactions, and litigation.
She has been a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities since 1993, and serves biannually on the adjunct faculty of the University of Colorado – School of Law, teaching courses in bioethics and health law. Ms. Caulfield has also served on many community governing boards including as President of the Alumni Association of the University of Colorado at Boulder and as director of such groups as the University of Colorado Foundation, the Colorado Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and Frasier Meadows Retirement Community. Ms. Caulfield is also on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care. She also served for five years as a Girl Scout leader for teen scouts.
Before joining Caplan and Earnest LLC in 1993, Ms. Caulfield spent over a decade in the practice of health law and litigation at a major Denver law firm. She is married to research geologist and climber Ned Andrews, and together they have two adult children.
Don Snyder - Past Chair
Don is a professional engineer and the president/owner of Tuttle Prilling Systems, an engineering company founded by his grandfather, which is engaged globally in the design and development of specialized processes for the nitrogen fertilizer industry. His work exposed him to the developing world long ago . . . an environment in which he is quite comfortable. It was this exposure, combined with his faith that fueled his desire to work directly with people struggling to meet life’s basic needs. He is firmly committed to a collaborative approach in identifying and implementing sustainable solutions. Timing and circumstance landed him in Haiti.
Don is the past board chair of the Colorado Haiti Project, and has been to Haiti more times than anyone else with our organization! Don speaks Kreyol and has developed an extensive network of relationships on the ground in Haiti. He played a significant role in the design and implementation of the water project, which now has a dozen water wells throughout the region of Petit Trou de Nippes. He also provided over-site for the construction of St. Paul’s School.
Jana Schleusner, CPA - Secretary
Jana is the Controller at The Denver Hospice and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1997. Before The Denver Hospice, she spent 13 year as an auditor in a public accounting firm. She has extensive experience in providing auditing, accounting and advisory services for not-for-profit organizations.
Jana graduated from the Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in accounting. Participation in the community has always been a priority whether it is through political affiliations or volunteering on not-for- profit boards.
Jack Zeller - Treasurer
Jack is now retired, but formerly worked for Arthur Andersen as an auditor CPA. He taught at community colleges in Iowa for 25 years and taught a CPA review course for several years at the University of Iowa. Jack was also self-employed as a computer consultant for several years.
During his tenure on the Colorado Haiti Project Board, Jack has done extensive work in developing the accounting procedures for the Colorado Haiti Project, as well as work on improving accountability from our Haitian partners. In retirement, Jack and his wife Mary like to hike, bike, ski, travel and spend time with the grandkids.
Mike Earnest, MD - Medical Director
Michael Earnest (Mike) is a physician and Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Colorado -School of Medicine and the medical director for the Colorado Haiti Project. In his retirement he began a new exploration of new ways to invest his skills to help people, so has committed to helping the people of Haiti through the Colorado Haiti Project. He has participated in many medical missions and several community health and assessment planning trips to Haiti.
He also teaches in biomedical ethics and foundations of professionalism courses at the School of Medicine and he volunteers as attending physician on the Neurology service at the Denver Health Medical Center. He actively participates in the spiritual life of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Denver, and is a member of the Vestry. He loves playing with his five grandsons, traveling the world with his wife Vicki and playing tennis.
Patricia Laudisio - Rev. Spiritual Director
Pat, a vocational Deacon in the Episcopal Church was on staff at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder from 1994 to 2008. Committed to social action and the contemplative way, she served as a volunteer chaplain for Hospice, an advocate with the Interfaith AIDS Coalition in Boulder County and a Board member for START Day Center for the Homeless. Over the past 17 years, she has worked with Contemplative Outreach as a Facilitator and Presenter of centering prayer and has also served as Co-Coordinator for Contemplative Outreach of Boulder County. She is currently working with two other women in developing a resource network, the Contemplative Beehive, and as a Spiritual Director who companions individuals who are at a crossroad or turning point in their spiritual journey.
Pat made her first visit to Haiti in 1995 when she accepted an invitation to participate in a medical mission to Petit Trou de Nippes. This was a life changing experience. She continued to participate in mission trips and became a mission coordinator along with her husband, Antonio. In 1997 she joined the Board of Directors and served as President of the Board from 1999 to 2001. As the Colorado Haiti Project transitioned into a larger non-profit organization, Pat served as Project Coordinator/ Executive Director from 2001 – 2004. In 2004 she retired from her official capacity in the organization though she continued to serve as chaplain for mission trips and is now serving as Spiritual Director on the Colorado Haiti Project Board of Directors.
Fr. Abiade Lozama - Priest in Charge, St. Paul’s School
Père Abiade Lozama was ordained a priest in 2010, and completed a MA at Virginia Theological Seminary in 2011. He served at St. Paul’s in 2007 during his seminary training, and he has developed a longstanding connection to the community. Fr. Abiade also teaches every few weeks at the Episcopal seminary in Port au Prince, he oversees Colorado Haiti Project work in Haiti, and he is actively working to improve economic and educational opportunities for the communities of Chevalier and Petit Trou de Nippes, Haiti. In addition to his work as Priest in Charge at St. Paul’s, Fr. Abiade is responsible for the relationship between the Episcopal Churches of the Caribbean and the Episcopal diocese of Haiti. And, he is the Vice President for the Diocesan Committee for Ministry in Haiti. Fr. Abiade is married and is the father of a healthy baby girl.
Eben Carsey, MD
Dr. Carsey was born and lived in Greenville, Texas until graduating high school. He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas and then the University of Texas at Austin where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Carsey also attended the Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Next, he received a degree from the medical school at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha—an academic honorary society for medical schools. He was a pediatric resident in hospitals at the University of Oregon and the University of Colorado for another three years. Dr. Carsey held a fellowship for one year in child development at the University of Colorado Medical Center. In 1979, he began pediatric practice in Boulder and became board certified in 1981. Dr. Carsey has been a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1982.
Dr. Carsey has two lovely daughters who are both working as nurses. His interests include his Episcopal Church, year round outdoor activities, and overseas medicine in developing countries, primarily Mexico and Haiti. He has been on the Colorado Haiti Project Board since 2006 and retired from pediatric practice in 2011.
James Smith, MD
Jim is a general surgeon who resides in Pueblo, Colorado. He helped coordinate medical relief efforts immediately following the earthquake. He is active with a medical project in Gonaive, Haiti. He is working with the Haitian government to build a new hospital for the city. He has been a member of Ascension Episcopal Church in Pueblo since moving there in 2000. He has made many trips to Haiti, specifically Gonaives to help with the projects at St Basille Epsicopal Church and School. Jim is founder and president of Health4Haiti, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, that is dedicated to improving the healthcare in Haiti. They recently finished a free standing medical clinic that is staffed by a Haitian doctor, nurse, nurse’s aide and lab technician in the city of Gonaives. He takes medical and surgical team to Haiti bi annually.
Nic grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and went to Pennsylvania State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on structural engineering. He moved to Colorado after graduating in hopes of starting a great career in structural engineering.
For nearly 8 years he has worked as a structural consulting has earned his Professional Engineers License for the state of Colorado. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in structural engineering at the University of Colorado Denver.
Married in 2010, Nic and his wife Ashley live in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver, with their dog Kiddo. They enjoy camping, skiing, cooking and traveling. Nic has yet to convince Ashley that fishing is fun, but it is one of his favorite activities. Nic is also a bow hunter.
Teresa joined the Colorado Haiti Project in early 2008 on a medical mission. Since that mission, the community of Petit Trou de Nippe has become one of the most important parts of her life, and a second family! Teresa has contributed to many missions, in various forms, from a medical gofer to a logistical leader.
In 2009 and 2010, she led the original Tie Dye for Haiti Project that engaged youth all over Colorado building awareness and raising money for the Konbit program of St Paul’s School. Since autumn 2010, she has been partnering with the St. Paul’s community to develop a vocational program for the young adults of the Petit Trou de Nippe region.
When not working on Colorado Haiti Project ideas and issues, Teresa owns a local flower shop, Boulder Blooms. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Horticulture. She celebrates life with her husband, her two daughters, friends and family who mean the world and in memory and in honor of her son, Bobby.
Rev. Bruce Swinehart
The Rev. Bruce Swinehart was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 2009, and served for three years as Priest-in-Charge at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has 30 years of experience in human services and non-profit management and consulting. He has traveled, studied, and worked in India, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Australia, New Zealand and the British Isles. He is particularly interested in developing a sense of “mission” as shared hospitality and cultural exchange.
Tracie Smith Bedeaux (Bio coming soon!)