SBHF has a new name!

SBHF is now Health Equity International! Read the full announcement here

Staff

Health Equity International's staff in Haiti and the US are committed to delivering quality healthcare with compassion, excellence and dignity. 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

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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 Masters 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. Pierre

Dr. Inobert Pierre

Director General – Haiti Operations

Dr. Pierre grew up in Cap-Haitien on Haiti’s northern coast. He earned his medical degree from the Public Medical School in Port-au-Prince in 1998. Dr. Pierre is a pediatrician who first came to St. Boniface Hospital in October 2002. He was promoted to HIV coordinator at the hospital in July 2009, then Medical Director in January 2010 and finally to Director General in September 2010. He oversees Health Equity International's operations in Haiti. Dr. Pierre began his career teaching high school chemistry and physics in Port-au-Prince. After ten years of teaching, Pierre decided to move into medical care. He is a member of the Haitian Academy of Pediatrics. Pierre’s passion is working with children and helping the poor.

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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.

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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. 

Militza Michel

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. 

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Dr. Berthony Guerrier

Head of Obstectrics & 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. 

Dr. Michelson Padovany

Dr. Michelson Padovany

Chief of Surgery

Michelson Padovany, MD & MMSc-GHD candidate, is a general surgeon who trained at Haiti’s national public hospital in Port au Prince, and is currently completing his masters in global health at Harvard Medical School, doing research as part of his new role as Chief Surgeon at St. Boniface Hospital. Born in Mirebalais, Haiti, Dr. Padovany returned there in 2013 to be one of the first surgeons at the new Partners in Health teaching hospital, Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais. At HUM he worked closely with Dr. Luther Ward to help grow the dynamic surgical program by pioneering the implementation of laparoscopy procedures and by creating an oncology surgical service. He is dedicated to raising the standard of surgical care available to the poor through inter-disciplinary education, being a mentor to surgical residents, increasing access to technology, and creating systematic approaches to comprehensive surgical care—all of which he is excited to work on at Health Equity International. Dr. Padovany believes access to quality surgical care should be a right for all, and hopes to push the boundaries of surgery in the field of global health. 

Kenide Bien Aime

Kenide Bien Aime, RN

Chief of Nursing

Kenide Bien Aime grew up in Les Cayes and always wanted to care for people. She attended nursing school in her hometown, and joined the nursing staff at St. Boniface Hospital in 2004. When she started at the hospital, she was one of only five registered nurses on staff. She is now the highly respected leader of a professional team of over 65 nurses, providing care to hundreds of patients every day. 

Key Staff

  • Dr. Jude Altema
    ALESIDA (HIV) Program Coordinator
  • Lisa Beaudette
    Accounting & HR Manager
  • Dr. Mirielle Bien-Aimé
    Head of Emergency Medicine
  • Dr. Wendell Blaise
    Senior Physician
  • Raymond Buissereth
    Director Vehicle Logistics
  • Dr. Moise Compere
    Interim Medical Director
  • Wilderson Derosier
    Lead Pharmacist
  • Dr. Roland Desire
    Family Physician
  • Reginald Eliacin
    IT Director
  • Jesica Elisabethe
    HR Manager - Haiti
  • Lisa Eppich
    Development & Communications Manager
  • Judi Gale
    Chief Accounting Officer
  • Dilek Gungor
    Supply Chain & Logistics Manager
  • Michael Hebert
    Manager Business Planning and Financial Analysis
  • Sophia Laine
    Physical Therapist
  • Dr. Yadele Louis
    Head of Pediatrics
  • Rubens Moise
    Chief Data Manager
  • Tom Monaghan
    Chief Biomedical Engineering Technician
  • Rose Pascale Paul, RN
    Head Nurse, NICU
  • Lisa Pratt Ward
    Program Manager
  • Mikaela Raphael
    Communications and External Relations Coordinator
  • Michelle Rosenberg
    Director of Development
  • Rupal Shah
    Grant Manager
  • Joseph Alneur Surin
    Director of Accounting - Haiti
  • Jean Toussaint
    Accounting
  • Rose Manelle Toussaint
    Head Midwife
  • Dr. Dorce Wilner
    Dentist
  • Louis Jacques Yonel
    Lab Director