Haitian Leadership

We believe in Haitian leadership and Haitian vision, investing in locally-led programs and community-based work. The Colorado Haiti Project's U.S.-based team has spent the past 29 years building relationships with dynamic, devoted and talented community leaders in the town of Petit Trou de Nippes. Our role is to continue strengthening these relationships, and to place resources directly in the hands of Haitian community leaders.

More details and bios on these leaders are coming soon! 

  Maxo Valcin Director of St. Paul's School

Maxo Valcin
Director of St. Paul's School

  Darline Nicolas   Director of the Girls' Empowerment Program

Darline Nicolas
Director of the Girls' Empowerment Program

  Raphael Fernandez Salvador   Director of Agricultural Initiatives

Raphael Fernandez Salvador
Director of Agricultural Initiatives

 
  Rica Joassaint   Coordinator of Artisan and Sewing Program

Rica Joassaint
Coordinator of Artisan and Sewing Program

  Patrick Desir   Operations and Communications Coordinator, Director Community Seed Bank

Patrick Desir
Operations and Communications Coordinator, Director Community Seed Bank

  Guilot Tibert   Administrator and Technology Teacher at St. Paul's School

Guilot Tibert
Administrator and Technology Teacher at St. Paul's School

 
  Father Luc / Madame Ricardie Desire   Priest in Charge, St. Paul's / Community Support and Outreach Coordinator

Father Luc / Madame Ricardie Desire
Priest in Charge, St. Paul's / Community Support and Outreach Coordinator

 
  Gurilene Dorceley   Head Nurse and Administrator, Clinic, Petit Trou de Nippes

Gurilene Dorceley
Head Nurse and Administrator, Clinic, Petit Trou de Nippes

 
  Precilise Myrtil Nurse, Clinic, St. Paul's School

Precilise Myrtil
Nurse, Clinic, St. Paul's School

The Team in Colorado

WYNN WALENT – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Wynn first traveled to Haiti after the earthquake of 2010 to assist with relief efforts. He intended to stay for two months before returning to the U.S. for graduate school, but the powerful experiences he collected while supporting Haitian relief and development efforts stirred Wynn so deeply that he decided to defer his graduate studies and remain in Haiti.  Over the course of the next two and a half years he lived and worked full time in Haiti, developing a deep appreciation for the importance of Haitian leadership and self-determination. Prior to his time in Haiti, Wynn worked internationally in Peru and Central America as well as for a non-profit based in Harlem and the Bronx in New York.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Psychology from the University of Virginia, and more recently a Master’s Degree in International Studies and Global Health Affairs from the University of Denver.  Wynn has published writing in the Denver Post, Huffington Post, and Latterly Magazine. He is a proud father of two boys, Belony and Vladimir.

Interns and volunteers

Our Colorado-based efforts operate thanks to a large team of dedicated volunteers, interns, and support staff. More details on this important part of our team are coming soon.