Staff

Health Equity International's staff in Haiti and the US are committed to delivering quality healthcare with compassion, excellence, and dignity. Over 500 people, 98% of whom are Haitian, staff our operations in Haiti while our small Boston area team oversees the organization's finances, fundraising, and management. Below you’ll find a listing of our leadership in the US and Haiti.

Leadership

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. 

Dr. Miliane Clermont

Deputy Director General – Haiti Operations

Dr. Clermont is the Deputy Director General of St. Boniface Hospital. She began working for St. Boniface Hospital in 1995 as a nurse. Later, St. Boniface helped her fulfill her girlhood dream of becoming a doctor by subsidizing her medical education in Port-au-Prince. She returned to Fond des Blancs after graduating with a medical degree in 2006 and was eventually promoted to second-in-command at the hospital. Miliane grew up in a small, tin-roof house in rural southern Haiti. She earned her medical degree from the State University of Haiti and her nursing degree from the National School of Nursing in Les Cayes. Miliane’s passion is maternal and child health.

Militza Michel

Operations Director - Haiti

Militza Michel was born in Jacmel, Haiti, and moved to Canada at the age of 7, where she later graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal with a degree in biochemistry. She returned to Haiti in 1996 to work for the UN Development Project. She then spent six years working as the assistant for two First Ladies of Haiti. Her projects included coordinating with the Global Fund on Haiti's fight against HIV/AIDS, and acting as liaison to the Ministry of Health for national vaccination programs, among many other high-level responsibilities. From the government Militza transitioned to working directly with the American Red Cross on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. She continued working with the Red Cross through 2013, assisting with post-Earthquake disaster response coordination, and then joined the Haitian Ministry of Health as Director of Administration and Finance at University Hospital Mirebalais. Prior to joining the St. Boniface Hospital team she spent 18 months as Chief of Operations in a management support project at Hôpital la Providence des Gonaïves. 

Rachel Ross

Chief Development Officer

Rachel has deep experience in global health and fundraising. She was most recently the Director of Foundation Relations at Facing History and Ourselves, an international education nonprofit. Prior to that she served in Corporate and Foundation Relations at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Partners In Health. Rachel started her career in global health in rural Nicaragua, where she worked on a variety of public health issues, including family planning, optometric care, and adult literacy. Rachel was an Axelrod/Feingold scholar at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where she received an MPH. She also holds an AB from the University of Michigan’s Residential College. 

Judi Gale

Chief Accounting Officer

Judi has over 25 years of experience leading finance and administrative teams in a variety of settings. Most recently, she was was Controller for Grace Chapel, Inc., a multi-campus non-denominational faith-based organization. Prior to that, she was the Controller for Lexia Learning, a company that develops reading software. She was also the Vice President of Finance for Soliloquy Learning, Inc., a company that develops speech recognition reading software. Judi earned her BS in accounting from Babson College, and her MBA in finance from Suffolk University.

Ikpindi Djeri

Chief Program Officer

Originally from Togo, Ikpindi Djeri was raised in France and later moved to the United States for college. Armed with her degree in business management and her clinical experience as a NICU and PICU respiratory therapist, she has had the opportunity to work in various cities in the US, Ghana, Benin, and Haiti. 

In 2016, after Hurricane Matthew devastated the region of Haiti where she was living, Ikpindi moved to Boston, and obtained her masters in public health, with dual concentration in community health assessment and project management at Boston University.

Ikpindi has previously worked at John Snow Inc. (JSI) in the international division before joining the team at HEI.

She is also a co-founder of Consortium for African Health (CFAH), created by students at Boston University in 2019, and she aspires to to impact and improve health systems in third world countries such as Haiti and countries in West Africa.

In her spare time however, Ikpindi enjoys working out, traveling with her partner, playing the guitar, and caring for her daughter Toya.”

Dr. Berthony Guerrier

Head of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Guerrier worked as the only OB/GYN at St. Boniface for six years, during which time he delivered thousands of babies and spent many sleepless nights on-call. He was instrumental in planning the new MNH Center and now is its Director; managing staff, treating patients and supervising care, and training OB/GYN residents. Originally from the small town of Ti Goave in Southern Haiti, Dr. Guerrier was inspired to attend medical school in Port-au-Prince after seeing the lack of access to healthcare in his community growing up. 

A dark-skinned man smiles at the camera. He is wearing light blue v-neck scrubs, a silver necklace, and a green surgical cap. He has a short mustache..

Dr. Pierre Abdias Jules

Chief of Surgery

Dr. Jules grew up in Port-au-Prince, where he earned his medical degree from Université Lumière MEBSH. He then completed a surgery residency at Hôpital Universitaire de la Paix. Dr. Jules became a full-time surgeon at St. Boniface Hospital in 2019, working under the mentorship of former Chief of Surgery Dr. Michelson Padovany. Although at first it was a little difficult for him to be in an environment so different from Port-au-Prince, he liked the way “all of the staff work with their whole hearts”. Dr. Jules was chosen to become St. Boniface Hospital's new Chief of Surgery in 2021. He is passionate about maintaining the highest quality surgical care while meeting the ever-growing demand.

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Miss Rachelle Laguerre

Head Nurse

Miss Rachelle Laguerre earned her degree in nursing sciences from Université Lumière MEBSH in Les Cayes, Haiti, and first came to St. Boniface Hospital as an intern for two months in 2013. The compassionate treatment of patients, the hospital’s cleanliness, and the dedication of staff all made a significant impression on her. Miss Rachelle joined SBH as a maternity nurse in 2017 before moving to internal medicine. She earned steadily increasing responsibility, becoming assistant to the nurse responsible for internal medicine in 2019. She was chosen to manage the COVID treatment center in 2020, and also served as initial field coordinator of our 2021 earthquake response. Now Head Nurse, Miss Rachelle has a vision of providing holistic care, including psychosocial support, for every patient.

Key Staff

  • Lisa Beaudette
    Accounting & HR Manager
  • Sarah Belfort
    Communications and Development Manager
  • Dr. Mirielle Bien-Aimé
    Head of Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Wendell Blaise
    Senior Physician
  • Raymond Buissereth
    Director Vehicle Logistics
  • Rose-Milord Célestin
    Physical Therapist
  • Johanne Cormier
    Head Midwife
  • Dr. Roland Desire
    Family Physician
  • Reginald Eliacin
    IT Director
  • Jesica Elisabethe
    HR Manager - Haiti
  • Lisa Eppich
    Director of Communications
  • Dilek Gungor
    Supply Chain & Logistics Manager
  • Woodney Jaccis
    Lead Pharmacist
  • Dr. Yadele Louis
    Head of Pediatrics
  • Rubens Moise
    Chief Data Manager
  • Tom Monaghan
    Chief Biomedical Engineering Technician
  • Ilson Montoban
    Lab Director
  • Rose Pascale Paul, RN
    Head Nurse, NICU
  • Lisa Pratt Ward
    Senior Program Manager
  • Michelle Rosenberg
    Director of Development
  • Merline Similien, RN
    ALESIDA (HIV) Program Coordinator
  • Joseph Alneur Surin
    Director of Accounting - Haiti
  • Jean Toussaint
    Accounting
  • Katie Wallace
    Development Coordinator
  • Dr. Dorce Wilner
    Dentist