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.
Anne Skamarock – Secretary
Anne Skamarock is a marketing consultant who has spent over 30 years working with computer systems, storage, and software technology companies. She has a broad range of experience in many aspects of business and technologies. She is also a recognized industry expert analyst and speaker, columnist, and book author. Anne’s has held positions in both large and small companies including Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, SRI International and a number of successful startups, as well as running her own consulting business. Anne is a past Executive Director for the Colorado Haiti Project and long-time volunteer with CHP. She has been to Petit Trou de Nippes once in 2004 and has plans to visit again, this time with her husband, in November 2014. Anne and her husband Bill love traveling and learning about new places, people, and their cultures.
Erin Snyder Ulric – Health Committee Lead
Erin Snyder Ulric joined the CHP board in May of 2014. In her role as a board member, she will lead the health committee, and work closely with CHP to implement health activities in the Petit Trou area. Erin brings over 10 years of experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. She worked as an actuary early on in her career, before she moved abroad and took a position with Outreach to Haiti, based in Port-Au-Prince. She was the Interim Director there, focusing on community activities including health, education and social work. She also worked with the Catholic Medical Mission Board, a faith-based non-profit focused on improving the health of women and children around the world. During her time with CMMB her primary role was as the Regional Manager of LAC, and she worked closely with country offices in Haiti, Peru and Honduras. She also was the acting Director of Monitoring and Evaluation for the organization, and in that role, worked with the global portfolio to measure activities and impact. She also has a long history with CHP (her first trip to Petit Trou was in 2004), designing and implementing training for village health women, and carrying out a comprehensive needs assessment of the Petit Trou de Nippes area.
Erin is now working in domestic public health issues as the Director of the Nutrition Services Branch for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In this role she oversees the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and an Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Unit.
Erin has a Master’s in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Mike Earnest, MD
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. Mike served as Medical Director for the Colorado Haiti Project for many years, until June 2014.
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.
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.
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 10 years he has worked as a structural consulting engineer has earned his Professional Engineers License for the state of Colorado. In January 2015, Nic started his own structural engineering company called Remington Engineering LLC.
Married in 2010, Nic, his wife Ashley, son Jack, and dog Kiddo live in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver. 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.
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.
Barbara is an attorney, certified public accountant, and former entrepreneur. Barbara has had many careers, including serving as the president of a cable television company, a partner in a CPA firm, and the vice president of operations and control of a publishing company. When Barbara’s twin daughters left home for college, she and her husband, Rick, moved from Louisville, Kentucky to Washington, D.C. so that Barbara could attend Georgetown University Law School. For the past eighteen years, Barbara has been a litigator, first, as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice in Washington, and later, as a trial attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Denver.
Barbara has always been an active volunteer and she tries to incorporate her faith into the everyday events of her life. She was a member of CHP’s 2008 and 2009 medical mission trips to Petit Trou de Nippes. She has served on various vestries, volunteered as a lay chaplain at a hospital, and worked with the homeless. She recently retired to have more time to focus on the people and vocations that mean the most to her: representing indigent clients of Colorado Legal Services, teaching at Denver University’s Law School, participating in the life of her church, serving on CHP’s Board, and, most important, spending time with Rick, their daughters, and their families.
Susan Place Everhart
Susan comes to the Colorado Haiti Project from a long career in international business consulting. She is President/Co-Founder of Ionis International, a cross-cultural management consultancy based in Boulder, Colorado. Susan has lived and worked internationally for many years, most recently for three years in Shanghai, China where she was actively involved with the Grameen Foundation, a non-profit organization working to reduce poverty through microfinance. It was during this time that Susan became particularly interested in, and inspired by, sustainable, collaborative, and integrated community development – and the real difference it can make in impoverished regions of the world.
Susan joined the Board of the Colorado Haiti Project in 2012, and from July 2013 to June 2014 served as the Interim Executive Director of the organization. She is honored to continue to work together with the dedicated people in both Haiti and Colorado who have built this inspiring and growing partnership. In her personal life, Susan enjoys travel and outdoor adventures with her husband and two daughters.