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.
Learn more about the leaders of each CHP-supported initiative on our Programs pages.
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.
Teresa Henry – Vice President of the Board & program Coordinator
Since 2007, Teresa has enthusiastically promoted and supported the Colorado Haiti Project. She founded the Livelihood (formerly Vocational) Development Program in 2012 to offer education in agriculture, entrepreneurship and vocational and professional studies to the communities of the Nippes Region. Through outreach events and numerous visits to Haiti each year, Teresa ignites a contagious passion for CHP everywhere she goes.
Teresa has been a florist all her life, graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. She was the owner of Boulder Blooms for 12 years and still enjoys any floral assignment. Her greatest passion is travel and fun with her crazy and loving family.
Melissa Rary – Operations and Development Coordinator
Melissa is a recent graduate of the University of Denver where she earned her Master’s in International Development with a certificate in International Law and Human Rights. She earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in International Affairs and German Language at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). Melissa formerly worked at the Center on Human Rights Education where she coordinated events to empower advocates for human rights in the Colorado area. She also interned at the Environmental Protection Agency where she created a program to improve federal working relationships with Native American Tribes in the American west. She is particularly interested in CHP’s Girls’ and Women’s Empowerment programming as well as the drive to support sustainable farming in the Petit Trou region.