Susan Place Everhart
INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Susan comes to the Colorado Haiti Project from a long career in international business consulting. Prior to joining the Colorado Haiti Project, she was President/Co-Founder of Ionis International, a cross-cultural management consultancy based in Boulder, Colorado. She also served on the Board of the Colorado Haiti Project since 2012. 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 is honored to be part of the Colorado Haiti Project, to learn as much as possible about the issues specific to the Petit Trou de Nippes community, and 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.
Tate joined the Colorado Haiti Project as a staff member in February 2013 after having volunteered with us since the spring of 2012. One important aspect of her job is to help expand our healthcare program in Petit Trou de Nippes. In 2012, she earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. In 2009, she moved to Cape Town from France, where she taught English for a few years and improved her French language and joie de vivre skills. During the summer of 2006, Tate participated in a cross-cultural exchange program in Agadez, Niger in West Africa. There she was mentored by a rural hospital staff working in dire conditions. The lessons Tate learned by helping and being helped by the poorest of the poor and her other travel and work in various international settings means humility, grace, flexibility and hard work are key attributes she aspires to live out. Outside of working, Tate likes to go on adventures and dance.
DIRECTOR OF FUND DEVELOPMENT
Teresa first became involved with the Colorado Haiti Project in 2008, when she joined a medical team trip to Haiti. Since that time Teresa has been a committed volunteer, a trip leader, and a Board Member, and in February 2014 was thrilled to join the staff of Colorado Haiti Project as the Director of Donor Relations. Teresa brings her considerable energy and passion to her new role as she connects with individual donors and organizations on behalf of the people of Haiti.
Since that first trip in 2008, the community of Petit Trou de Nippes has become one of the most important parts of her life, and like a second family! In 2009 and 2010, Teresa led the original “Tie Dye for Haiti” Project that engaged youth from all over Colorado by building awareness and raising money for the Konbit school program of St. Paul’s School in Petit Trou. And since 2010, she has been partnering with the Haitian community to develop Colorado Haiti Project’s vocational and scholarship programs for the young adults of the Petit Trou region.
Teresa comes to us from a 25-year career in business – she recently sold her floral shop Boulder Blooms in the summer of 2013. Teresa moved to Colorado many years ago, after graduating from the University of Illinois. When not working on Colorado Haiti Project ideas and issues, 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.