Our Team

Board Members

Emmanuel St. Juste, born in Hinche, Haiti, has been Pastor of French Speaking Baptist Church of Stamford since 1974. Since 2001, Emmanuel and his church have been focused on building the Center of Hope (Haiti). Says Emmanuel - "With God's help and God's people support, we hope to rescue a great many children living in poverty."

Mark Newton received his Bachelor of Science degree at Portland State University, Portland OR, with a major in Business. Mark has over 25 years’ experience in finance and operations in commercial and aerospace industries, including positions as - Financial Controller at Glacier Products Inc., Portland OR, Financial Supervisor at Electromech Technologies, Wichita KS and VP Operations & Finance at Aero Quality Sales, Stamford CT. Mark is presently President and owner of Oakville Quality Products LLC in Oakville CT.

Charles Galda is Chief Information Officer of a Canadian financial services company. Mr. Galda has over 20 years experience in Finance and IT at companies such as Pepsico, Transamerica and General Electric. He has held a variety of positions in civic and church organizations, and is a graduate of Pace University .

Nancy has a Bachelors of Art and Masters of Science in counseling from the State University of New York at Albany. Nancy has been serving the needs of children for many years. She has taught children from pre-school age through junior college in public and Christian education in New York, California and Connecticut. She helped organize the School Site Council, an educational advisory group, in the local elementary and middle schools and served as chairperson for several years.

Barry Esposito is president and owner of Esposito Associates, Inc., a Stamford, CT architectural firm. Mr. Esposito has built his reputati on on strong relationships and repeat clients, always focusing on customer service and design integrity. 

Prior to forming EDA, Mr. Esposito was a Partner with The Van Summern Group (now Perkins Eastman) in Stamford, CT. As Principal-in-charge of Operations, Mr. Esposito managed and supervised a staff of thirty architects and designers. During his fifteen years with the firm, he was responsible for the design and management of over six million square feet of corporate interior design projects. 

Mr. Esposito began his career with International Housing Limited (IHL) in Westport, CT where he designed commercial and residential buildings in the Middle East; Iran, Jordan, Syria and Iraq were a few of the countries. After IHL Mr. Esposito worked with the firm of Dietrich and Rosenbaum of Stamford, CT. Mr. Esposito graduated from the Chester Institute of Technology in 1976, from the School of Architecture.

Lydia C. Nugent is a  Director of Field Operations – Real Estate Investments for MetLife, Inc. She has over 30 years experience in real estate investments with MetLife, Tishman West Management Corp., Huntington National Bank and other companies.  She has held a variety of positions in civic organizations, and is a graduate of Southern California College, Anaheim, CA CMA and University of California, Irvine, Assoc. Pre-Med Program Biological Sciences.

Gladys St. Juste has served in ministry with her husband, Emmanuel , over 25 years. Together they began the French Speaking Baptist Church of Stamford in 1974. Since 2001, along with her husband, she has been focused on building the Center of Hope (Haiti) in Hinche - an orphanage, an elementary school, a vocational school, a church and a medical clinic. Emmanuel and Gladys Marie have 5 children.

Advisory Board

Daniel J. Ansell is a principal shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, LLP and the National Chair the Real Estate Operations Department. He represents real estate firms, property management companies, national and international financial institutions, corporations, hotels, and insurance companies in all aspects of their use, management, and operation of commercial real estate. Mr. Ansell is a graduate of Binghamton University and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.

Tim Charles, a resident of Melbourne, Australia,  is a professional violinist, teacher & entrepreneur. He performs with a range of ensembles across a wide variety of styles from classical, jazz, rock and heavy metal. He is the violinist/clean vocalist for progressive metal band, Ne Obliviscaris, signed worldwide to prominent independent record label Season Of Mist. A graduate of Monash University where he completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours, Mr. Charles also runs Welkin Entertainment, an Australian based events/management business that works as a booking agency, touring company, record label, publicist & more for Australian bands of a variety of genres. 

When he answered Pastor St. Juste's call in 2000 to travel to Haiti, he should have known God would be there with a joyful call to serve the people of haiti, too. From 1999-2006, Bob Guffey served as the pastor of Wilton Baptist Church of Wilton, CT, a congregation with a long history of ministry partnerships both local and global. Currently, Bob serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Conway, S.C. Previously, he has served as president of a local Habitat For Humanity affiliate and was a member of the founding board of a major public-private ministry initiative empowering community members making the move from welfare to meaningful work. Bob is a graduate of Louisiana State University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Emory University where he earned the Doctor of Ministry degree.

Christine M. Kim is a former partner in the law firm of Jones Day in Hong Kong. Ms. Kim has extensive experience in real estate mergers and acquisitions, private and public equity offerings and securitized financings. In connection with these transactions, she has represented acquirors, targets, advisors, issuers and underwriters. Ms. Kim is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She is also a member of the Board of Visitors of Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service. Ms. Kim is a graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia University School of Law.

James L. Lipscomb is the Chairman of the Advisory Board and Executive Director of the Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc. and a former executive vice president and general counsel of a Fortune 50 U.S. corporation. Throughout his career, Lipscomb has held leadership positions in various local, state and national legal organizations, including the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the State Bar of California and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served as Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee.  He has spoken widely on many legal forums and has been published on many topics. His civic affiliations include serving as chairman of the Citizens Budget Commission of New York, trustee of the Practising Law Institute, director of Graffiti Ministries, Inc.,  and a member of the Economic Club of New York. Lipscomb was named to Inside Counsel Magazine’s 2006 list of the top 50 most influential in-house counsel in North America and was recognized especially for diversity initiatives. Mr. Lipscomb is a graduate of Howard University, Columbia University School of Law and New York University School of Law.

Henri Robert Paul was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Renal Diseases Division at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He is also an Attending Physician at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, New York Methodist Hospital and Kings County Hospital Center. He attended the University of Illinois and Ross Medical School. Dr. Paul also serves a member of the Board of Directors for the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH).

Alan J. Robin is a partner of Shartsis, Friese, LLP in San Francisco. He represents real estate firms, financial institutions and corporations in real estate matters throughout the United States. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation of the American Bar Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of the California International Relations Foundation, a foundation associated with the California State Legislature. Mr. Robin is a graduate of Swarthmore College and New York University School of Law.


Flora Schnall is a retired partner of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. She has served as president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, as chair of the Real Property Section of the New York State Bar Association, and as chair of the Real Property Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She has also served on the board of directors of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York and is a director and member of the Executive Committee of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council. Ms. Schnall is a graduate of Smith College and of Harvard Law School.

Will Frager joined COHH as a volunteer in 2008 as a videographer. However, his passion has always been the native Haitian language of Creole. Will received his Bachelors of Linguistics degree from New York University in 2010 with academic  distinction of summa cum laude. Will has worked with COHH in Hinche, Haiti focusing primarily on the development of the school and the school curriculum. Because of his dedication and leadership in 2011, we not only held summer school for the first time in the summer of 2011, we also opened our school, for the first time, in the fall of 2011.

Will received a scholarship in 2011 to join the Master's in Logic program at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, The Netherlands. However, throughout his first year in the program he continued his involvement with the development of the COHH school curriculum. He spent the summer of 2012 and 2013 in Hinche, Haiti developing the curriculum for our first, second and third grade classes, recruiting staff and selecting children for the program. He concluded the summers with  summer school programs to evaluate the newly developed curriculum and the teachers.


Deborah D. Stein, Ph D is the Executive Director of Center of Hope (Haiti) Inc.  Deborah has extensive experience working for nonprofit organizations as an Executive Director. She has worked for the JCCDC, Marist College, United Way and the American Cancer Society.  She has an MPA from Marist College and a Ph D from Capella University in Human Services (Specializing in Managing Organizations). In each of these positions, Deborah, has managed programs, been an advocate, provided human resource management, financial management, and raising funds. The skills and knowledge gained from other organizations will be an asset to assist the COHH in their mission.

Sacha grew up in France and California and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's degree in French Language and Literature, as well as Globalization Studies. She has extensive case management and non-profit work experience from her time with HealthRight International and through AmeriCorps. For the past three years, she has been based in New York City working with recent immigrants as an ESL Teacher through the YMCA of Greater New York and working as a translator and interpreter for refugees and asylum seekers through NYU/Bellevue Hospital's Program for Survivors of Torture.

Wisny Geffrard is the Director of Field Operations. He is responsible for the administrative operations of the orphanage in Hinche, Haiti. Mr. Geffrard is one of the original founders of the COHH and was responsible for oversight of the construction of the project. Mr. Geffrard, a native of Mirebalais, lives in Hinche, Haiti with his wife Marie Samuelle and son, Soëren Wissamuel. He was educated at the “Siloe Primary School” and the “Lycée National De Mirebalais.” He graduated from the Northern Christian University Of Haiti with a major in Theology.  He was ordained in May 2000 at the Philadelphia Baptist Church in Mirebalais. He moved to Hinche in 2002 to work at the Center of Hope (Haiti) site.