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Board of Directors

The Health Equity International Board of Directors guides the organization’s strategic direction and works closely with the leadership teams in Haiti and Boston. Members hail from a wide range of professions, including medicine, global health, philanthropy, and business.

Diane Currier


Diane Currier, Chair, is Principal at Currier Law Offices, a “boutique” trusts and estates law firm. Ms. Currier counsels high net worth individuals and families on all aspects of estate planning. She also represents charitable organizations and foundations, providing them with tax advice on activities and investments and helping them develop and implement planned giving programs. Before forming Currier Law Offices LLC, Diane spent over thirty years at Goodwin Procter LLP, where she was a partner in the firm’s Tax, Trusts & Estate Planning and Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations groups. Diane serves on the Boards of The Maranyundo Initiative, a nonprofit which funds the operation of a girls’ school in Rwanda, and of the Friends of Imbuto Foundation USA, Inc. which supports women and families in Rwanda.   

Conor Shapiro

President & CEO

Conor Shapiro, MPH, assumed the position of President and CEO at Health Equity International in 2011, leading the organization’s operations in Haiti and the United States. Under his tenure, St. Boniface Hospital has emerged as the leading referral hospital in southern Haiti. Mr. Shapiro has overseen the expansion of St. Boniface Hospital to include new buildings dedicated to spinal cord injury, maternal and neonatal health, surgery, an expanded laboratory, and a soon to be constructed infectious disease center. During this time, Health Equity International transformed into a leading NGO in Haiti and has partnered with USAID, the CDC, the GE Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, among others. He holds a Master's Degree in Public Health from Boston University and over 13 years of experience with Health Equity International. During his first seven years with the organization, Mr. Shapiro worked from Fond des Blancs in various capacities, including as Director General of the St. Boniface Hospital. In 2013, Mr. Shapiro was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award by the Boston University School of Public Health in recognition of his commitment to advancing development in Haiti. 

Beth Floor

Vice Chair/Secretary

Beth Floor, Vice Chair/Secretary, is a leader in the Boston-area philanthropic community, supporting a number of international and domestic causes. She served as the Chair of the Board of the Maranyundo Initiative, which funds and operates the Maranyundo Girls School in Nyamata, Rwanda. The school graduated its first high school class in November 2017, and its students rank in the top 2% in the country. Beth is the former Chair of the Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center, and served on the boards of Project Healthy Children and the New England Regional Board for UNICEF. Beth also served on the New England International Donors (NEID) Steering Committee. She was a part of LeadBoston, and currently serves on the board of Humanity Rises. She is extremely dedicated to her role on the board of Health Equity International, and is the chair of the board's Development Committee.

Jeffrey R. Lynch


Jeff Lynch, Treasurer, is the CEO of Enterprise Equipment Co. in Weymouth. Enterprise is a full service mechanical contracting firm that specializes in upgrading and the modernizing of mechanical systems in public building and universities throughout the Boston area; the company has been in business for over 60 years. He has served on Health Equity International’s Board for over 15 years, and has made numerous trips to St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs to work on mechanical and electrical upgrades. Jeff resides in Hingham with his wife Gerry, four married children, and 11 grandchildren.

Jim Ansara

Jim Ansara works on the front lines to build global health infrastructure where it’s needed most. Founder and former CEO of Shawmut Design and Construction–one of the top 25 construction companies in the US–Jim has pursued “boots-on-the-ground” philanthropy since his retirement in 2005, giving to and participating in programs that make tangible differences in the lives of underprivileged people. After the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Jim volunteered to oversee construction of a 350-bed national teaching hospital. At 240,000 square feet, Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais remains one of the only large construction projects successfully completed in Haiti since the earthquake. Today, Jim is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Build Health International (BHI), where he leads a multi-disciplinary team to bring resilient and sustainable healthcare infrastructure to some of the poorest and most marginalized communities in 20 countries across Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

Lynn Black, MD, MPH

Lynn Black, MD, MPH is on the clinical staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. At MGH, she is a Physician Director for Network Development and Integration. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the International Medical and Surgical Response Team for the National Disaster Medical System. While Chair of the Board of Directors for Last Mile Health in Liberia, she helped lead the organization’s Ebola response while working with the Liberian government to bring healthcare to those in the most remote areas. Her international work has included projects involving disaster response, refugee health, access to care, maternal-child health, and gender-based violence in Africa, Haiti and Micronesia. She also serves on the Massachusetts General Hospital Ethics Committee and as an evaluator for asylum seekers with Physicians for Human Rights.

Jim Down

Prior to his retirement, Jim was Vice Chairman of Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman), responsible for the overall direction and management of the firm. Over the course of his career he has been a senior advisor on strategic issues to a multitude of organizations including UPS, CSX/Sea-Land, AT&T, Agility, The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Merck. He is the Chairman of the Board of Shawmut Construction and The Chairman of the Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood Global. He is also a member of the board of directors of Health Equity International, Simplified Logistics, and The Perkins School for the Blind. He is a past director of ProBuild, Care Group, Horizon Lines, Transplace, MTG, Oxfam, The Centers For Disease Control Foundation, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science and Outward Bound. He holds a Masters Director Certification from the Corporate Directors Group, a national board director education organization. Jim received a B.S. in Engineering from Columbia University and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Michele David, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP

Michele David, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, currently serves as the Chief of Clinical Quality and Safety at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, Michele was an Associate Professor of Medicine at the BU School of Medicine until 2011, Co-Director of the Haitian Health Institute at Boston Medical Center and Director of Community Health Programs at Boston University, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. She has focused her career on addressing issues of health disparities and cross-cultural medicine. She has conducted educational campaigns on diverse health topics. Michele has participated in the development on a cultural competence curriculum. She also had throughout her career taught medical students, residents in training, graduate students and mentored junior faculty. Michelehas been the recipient of several awards including the Massachusetts Health and Human Services William A. Hinton Award in recognition of her commitment to public health, especially the improvement of health care for communities of color in 2010 and a leadership Award in 2012 from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 2014, Dr. David won a “Patient Safety Award” from Atrius Health. She was named "Boston Super Doctor" thrice. Michele has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. Dr. David had partnered with Health Care For All to work on Legislative measures to reduce racial and ethnic health care disparities in MA as a Columbia University advocacy Fellow. Michele is a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council, the policy arm of the Massachusetts DPH appointed by Governor of the Commonwealth in 2007. In addition to her work as a physician, Michele is a creator of fine art quilts for which she has won many awards.

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD is Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have pioneered novel, community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings. He has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality, and he is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Diane Kaneb

Diane Kaneb has enjoyed a lifetime full of community service, supporting many hospitals and social service agencies both domestic and international. Her most notable venture, with Massachusetts Eye and Ear, started over 30 years ago. She is an active member of the Board of Directors and served as Chairman of the Board from 2006 to 2009. Diane has experience leading fundraising efforts within this capacity and lead the team through their largest fundraising campaign in the hospital’s history. In 2011, Diane’s long-term commitment to Massachusetts Eye and Ear was commemorated when she received the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Distinguished Service to Philanthropy Award. Diane and her husband Al are both long-term supporters of healthcare in Haiti. Their active support of Partners in Health began in 2001, as part of a self-defined shift in their philanthropic focus. Their interest in supporting humanitarian work in a global context was motivated by a desire to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Both Diane and Al hold lengthy and active positions on PIH’s Board of Trustees and have seen healthcare delivery in Haiti first-hand through their visits to PIH’s University Hospital in Mirebalais. Diane and Al currently reside in Weston, MA and have four children and 18 grandchildren

G. Barrie Landry

Barrie is an innovative and forward-thinking philanthropist focused on aligning herself with leaders and organizations that are addressing the problems of world poverty, gender inequities, and the rights of children and refugees through transformative, sustainable and just solutions. She is a trustee of the Landry Family Foundation, which funds a variety of domestic and international programs focusing on the education, health, and protection of vulnerable populations. 

Barrie currently serves on UNICEF USA’s New England Region Board. At UNICEF she helped to create a partnership between UNICEF and Harvard that led to the establishment of the first Graduate-Level Child Protection program at Harvard.  

Barrie is a former board member and Development Chair of Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center in Dorchester, MA, and was one of the original eight women who helped to build the Maranyundo School in Nyamata, Rwanda.

Barrie also serves on the board of Health Equity International which brings health care, education and community development to the people of Haiti; and on the board of Refuge Point, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of refugees through resettlement, stabilization, and self-reliance. Barrie is a member of Women Moving Millions.

Barrie lives in Boston and has 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Rev. John Unni

Rev. John Unni was born in Maine, grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts and attended St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. After graduating in 1983, he taught English at Christopher Columbus High School in Boston’s North End. Fr. Unni attended Brighton’s St. John Seminary and was later ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1992. As a priest, he served at St. William Parish in Dorchester, St. Richard Parish in Danvers, and was Catholic chaplain at Northeastern University while serving as pastor at St. Ann University Parish in Boston.  He has served as pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Boston for the past ten years.  Fr. Unni serves on the Board of Directors at the Pine Street Inn as well as the Board of Advisors at Build Health International. Following a transformative experience with the poor in Haiti almost thirty years ago, and inspired by wonderful parish experiences over the last twenty-five years, Fr. Unni’s parish ministry embraces a commitment to gospel values and spiritual growth in the community, especially with those who are marginalized or impoverished in any way.

Lisa Valone

Lisa Valone has many years of philanthropic, advocacy and non-profit experience. In her paid professional life, Lisa’s focus was on marketing and strategy with stints in consulting for the health care industry, internet startups and other health related businesses. Lisa has worked with Sudbury Valley Trustees, a land trust, on its board and spearheading their largest ever capital campaign. She also founded and co-chaired Save Our Services, a grassroots advocacy group supporting Wayland town services and a new high school building. She founded and co-chaired the Brazilian chapter of Operation Smile while living in Sao Paulo. In her early years, she was the director of marketing at Network Health, a managed care health plan for people on Medicaid in Massachusetts, and she ran the emergency food assistance programs at the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay (ARCMB) as well as Food for the Hungry, a joint collaboration with Project Bread and ARCMB. She is currently on both the Middlebury College and Tulane University Parents Councils as well as the Buddy Dog Capital Campaign Committee. Lisa received her BA from Pomona College, and her MBA from Harvard Business School. Lisa lives with her husband, Jim, in Wayland, MA. Their two children are in college.

Nannette Canniff - Emeritus

Co-Founder, President Emeritus and Board Member Emeritus

Nannette Canniff, President Emeritus and Board Member Emeritus co-founded St. Boniface Haiti Foundation with Rev. Jerry Osterman. She has been traveling to and working in Haiti for nearly 30 years. For the first 24 years of the organization’s history, Nannette ran the operations out of her home. In July 2011, Nannette retired as president and CEO. She continues to work in a development capacity for the organization. She is a native of Quincy, Mass. and a mother of ten.

Rev. Gerald Osterman - Emeritus

Co-Founder and Board Member Emeritus

Rev. Gerald Osterman, Board Member Emeritus, is an ordained priest currently serving two parishes, St. Katharine Drexel in Roxbury/Dorchester and Immaculate Conception in Everett.  He first travelled to Haiti in 1982, a trip that resulted in the co-founding of St. Boniface Haiti Foundation with Nannette Canniff a year later.  He entered the seminary directly out of high school, and has devoted his life to serving parishes in the Boston area.

Thomas Conway - In Memoriam

Thomas Conway was an integral part of the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation Board of Director’s for nearly a decade, offering his wisdom, leadership, and unwavering generosity to the organization. His involvement within our community will be sorely missed, but his legacy will continue. The St. Boniface Hospital Pediatric Malnutrition Ward has been named in honor of Tom and his wife Nancy for their generous commitment to high quality healthcare, especially for southern Haiti’s youngest citizens.

Thomas was the Founder and President of Commonwealth Venture Funding Group and spent his career working in corporate finance.  He received an AB in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance.  In addition to the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, he served on the board of directors at the Concord Housing Foundation, the Antaya Technologies Corporation, the Carroll Technologies Corporation, and Creative Gifts International, Inc.