Our dear friend and former colleague, Theo, has years of experience working in community sanitation and water engineering projects around the world. Prior to serving as SOIL's Cap-Haitien Regional Director, Theo spent years working in Africa, with a special focus on Nigeria and Zimbabwe. He has often worked as an independent, locally-based consultant, and also has experience in engineering, networking, community mobilization, and teaching. Theo’s experiences have taught him the importance of working closely with the communities he serves, and he genuinely believes that sustainable change is brought about by considering local knowledge, implementing appropriate and adaptive technologies, and working with community leaders and local governments.
Hailing from Au Borgne, Herlande moved to Cap Haitien to study Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame. After graduating, she worked in microfinance and then as the Financial Manager of AIDG. SOIL was then fortunate to recruit Herlande to our team in Cap-Haitien, and she spent many years as our Administrative Director. Although Herlande has since moved with her family to the United States, she will always be remembered by our team!
An agronomist and graduate of Costa Rica's Earth University, Carina developed a love of agriculture when she was a little girl helping her grandmother work in the fields during school vacations. SOIL's mission fits with her aspiration of working for social and economic empowerment. She believes in the use of compost and organic material to enrich the land of Haiti to help alleviate problems of erosion and flooding, and to increase the capacity of local food production.
Gloria and Herb Barker:
Gloria and Herb were some of SOIL’s first friends. Their kind words of encouragement have kept us going over the years, and it’s not a stretch to say that SOIL might have closed the doors long ago if not for their support. The Barkers live in Florida.
Jennifer is a multi-disciplinary artist who is recently completed a short film about SOIL’s work in Haiti entitled, “Holy Crap!
” The film showcases the simplicity of SOIL’s solutions for hunger, disease, and third-world impoverishment and will be released this year. Jennifer’s prior accomplishments include garnering 6 regional and national awards for her independently produced television show entitled, “4 Directions,” which experimented with analyzing and presenting broad issues of environmental and social justice using Shamanic principals. She has been known to show up at local open-mics for poetry and music, and once had a band called “Said the Cat.” She currently resides in Oakland, CA.
Ethan is a Ph.D. Student in Ecological Engineering at SUNY-ESF focusing on urban forest ecosystem services and the transformation of wastes into resources. Broadly interested in subjects of science, spirituality, and ethics he has also spent nine months living at contemplative monasteries practicing meditation. Mr. Bodnaruk is currently writing a book on science, spirituality, and religion tentatively titled “Beyond Religion: Science and Spirituality Aligned.” It aims to synthesize the best of religion, atheism, and the interfaith movement while breaking down dogma in all its forms. He also blogs at www.EthanBodnaruk.com
. Since visiting SOIL back in our early days in Cap-Haitien, Ethan has been a long-time SOIL supporter.
Jon Brack is a freelance photojournalist living in Washington, DC. Originally from Colorado, he has spent more than a decade working in both the populated world and geographically isolated locations like Antarctica. Through his photography, Jon’s ultimate goal is to humanize the foreign. He has been fortunate to visit places and document situations that few else will experience. These images hopefully allow a better understand the world’s complexity, and ultimately, the striking similarities between peoples, cultures and environments. To see some of his work visit www.jonbrack.com
. Jon has visited SOIL in Haiti several times and many of the photos throughout this site should have his name on the photo credit!
Meagan is a typography enthusiast, an avid reader, and a designer who’s passionate about print. After graduating from Michigan State University in 2012, she moved to New York City to work in publishing. She discovered SOIL through a friend and was thrilled to take part in creating the organization’s first annual report.
Stevens “Roonsel” Delicat:
Roosnel received his diploma in civil engineering from the Facultée Des Sciences Appliquées (FDSA) in Port-au-Prince. Prior to joining SOIL in May 2010, Roosnel worked with the Haitian department of water and sanitation, Direction Nationale de l’Eau Potable et Assainissement (DINEPA) on constructing potable water systems. After witnessing the success of SOIL’s compost waste treatment systems, Roosnel says he plans to incorporate ecological sustainability concerns into all his future professional endeavors. He continues to work with SOIL from time to time as a consulting engineer.
Claire worked at SOIL’s North Haiti office after graduating from Vassar College, where she first became introduced to Haiti through a campus organization focused on development of the arts. Claire's first 6 months working with SOIL were incredibly exciting, educational, and transformative to Claire's understanding of how she wishes to engage in the world. Claire fell in love with SOIL - with the inspirational staff, with the honest and innovative philosophy, and with the integrity of SOIL's practice within the very complicated world of foreign aid in Haiti. Though no longer working directly with SOIL, Claire is continuing to explore ecological sanitation and sustainable agricultural practices and to share these ideas with others. SOIL is never far from her heart and she hopes to maintain this connection and return to Haiti in the future.
Anthony Kilbride, MEng., CEng., MICE, is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. After working as a Consultant Water and Wastewater Engineer to private sector clients in the UK, Eastern Europe and the Persian Gulf, Anthony started working in the field of humanitarian relief and development in 2007. Anthony has worked with emergency organizations such as MSF (Doctors without Borders) and ACF (Action Against Hunger) in Central Africa and the Sudan. Anthony came to Haiti with MSF after the January 12, 2010 earthquake and worked for SOIL from August 2010 until April 2011. Prior to working with SOIL, Anthony’s professional sanitation experience was in its watery form (sewage) and its most common emergency form (pit latrines). But since working in Haiti and having seen how SOIL’s dry urine-diversion toilets have succeeded where other technologies have failed, Anthony is an EcoSan convert, an engineer who believes in the benefits of ecological sanitation. Anthony currently works as a engineer consultant in Port-au-Prince.
Kathy McAllister joined SOIL in March 2014 but has been a fan of SOIL since its inception in 2006. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Haiti, she has 12 years’ experience working in Haiti on community development projects and founded her own non-profit, Sustainable Haiti, in 2003. Kathy says, “The work that SOIL is doing is so valuable, and I am thrilled to be working with such a great team.” A graduate from the University of Washington and Seattle native, Kathy sees Haiti as her second home and a continued source of inspiration to improve the quality of life for those less fortunate.
Paul Christian Namphy:
Paul Christian Namphy, B.S. Civ. Eng., is currently the Municipal Coordinator for DINEPA, Haiti’s Water and Sanitation Authority. Having returned to Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of the earthquake, he currently coordinates DINEPA’s Municipality Support Project and the Municipal Coordination Mechanism. These projects collect water and sanitation data from Internally-Displaced Persons’ camps and other vulnerable neighborhoods of metropolitan Port-au-Prince to identify service gaps, and support advocacy with partner organizations to cover those gaps. The multicultural Mr. Namphy grew up both in Port-au-Prince and the San Francisco Bay area, has over ten years of professional experience in engineering and international cooperation consulting in Haiti and abroad, and possesses in-depth multilingual communication skills. Pre-earthquake, he coordinated a SOIL/Oxfam-GB sanitation partnership in Cap Haitian.
Gillian came to Haiti for the first time with SOIL in 2009 as a student at the University of Miami. Through her work with SOIL, Gillian has developed a love of Haiti and its people and has maintained a connection to the country. She earned a Masters in Public Health degree at the University of Washington through the Peace Corps Masters International program. Gillian has been working in Cameroon as a Public Health Coordinator with the Peace Corps 2012 where she works on the implementation and evaluation of community-based health programs.
As SOIL's North Haiti Project Coordinator from 2012-2014, Monika was instrumental in so many facets of SOIL's work - from agriculture experiments to our household toilet project. She has now headed off to graduate school to refine her waste recycling and compost research skills, but we're looking forward to welcoming her back to SOIL on a regular basis! Monika hails from California and graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Environmental Economics and Sustainable Agriculture.
Sydney is a university student studying political science at Reed College. She first learned about SOIL after meeting Sasha at an alumni networking event at Reed. She was able to spend the summer of 2014 working as a Sustainable Development Intern in the Port-au-Prince office . She enjoys soccer and hiking, as well as learning Haitian Creole.