Our Team

ROOTS OF DEVELOPMENT STAFF

Chad W. Bissonnette, Co-founder and Executive Director
Chad holds a bachelors degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC. Before graduating from American however, Chad spent a year at Emerson College in Boston, MA, studying PR/Marketing, and two years in Spain teaching for the Spanish Government and acquiring a diploma in Hispanic Language and Culture Studies from the University of Salamanca. Chad began traveling to Haiti in 2005 and co-founded Roots of Development in 2007. He currently serves as its Executive Director, and is responsible for the creation and implementation of the organization’s unique approach to development. When in Haiti, Chad spends most of his time on the island of La Gonave, where his organization works with a set of communities determined to manage their own development. With the motto “Development without Dependency”, Chad speaks regularly about empowerment and community-driven development and his work in Haiti, at high schools and universities along the East Coast. He has also written several articles on those subjects in the Huffington Post. Chad grew up in Connecticut, and has traveled and lived a substantial amount of time overseas (Spain, South Africa, Brazil, Haiti, etc.). He speaks English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Chad currently resides in Washington, DC.


RASIN DEVLOPMAN STAFF (based in Haiti)

Faradhia Moise, Chief Operating Officer

Lineda Paul, Field Director
Lineda is Roots of Development’s Field Director and is based in Haiti. She plays a crucial role in the implementation of Roots’ projects. Lineda facilitates all of Roots’ relationships with its community-based partners (community-based organizations) and technical partners. Based primarily at Roots’ office on La Gonave, Lineda has played a major role in helping Roots solidify its presence on the island. She is responsible for all activities on-the-ground and for the monitoring and evaluation of past and current projects. Lineda works closely with our local community partners, helping them continuously evaluate their strengths and weaknesses and strengthen their capacity. Lineda studied Development​ ​Science at Paodes University in Port-au-Prince and previously worked as a Program Director with Techo Haiti. Since joining Roots of Development, Lineda has contributed significantly to Roots’ growth and success. She has helped Roots develop more partnerships, take on bigger projects, and manage a new office and training space on La Gonave. Lineda was born into a family of 6 in Cayes, in the south of Haiti, and speaks Haitian Creole, French, Spanish, and is learning English.

Louino Robillard, Program Consultant


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rudy N. Brioché serves as Vice President for Global Public Policy and Policy Counsel for Comcast Corporation. In this role he focuses on the development of the company’s public policy positions and legislative analysis. Prior to joining Comcast, Rudy served as Legal Advisor to Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein at the Federal Communications Commission and Legislative Counsel to U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). In these roles, he focused on media and broadband policy. Earlier in his career, Rudy practiced law as a commercial litigator in New York City and Baltimore, and served as Counsel to the Washington Bureau of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He also clerked for Judge André Davis on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and Chief Judge Robert Bell on the Maryland Court of Appeals. Rudy received a B.A. from Rutgers College, a J.D. from the University of Maryland, and an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.

Jessica Desvarieux is a multimedia journalist who serves as the Capitol Hill correspondent for the Real News Network. Most recently, Ms. Desvarieux worked as a producer for the ABC Sunday morning program, This Week with Christianne Amanpour. Before moving to Washington DC, Ms. Desvarieux served as the Haiti correspondent for TIME Magazine and TIME.com. Previously, she was as an on-air reporter for New York tri-state cable outlet Regional News Network, where she worked before the 2010 earthquake struck her native country of Haiti. From March 2008 – September 2009, she lived in Egypt, where her work appeared in various media outlets like the Associated Press, Voice of America, and the International Herald Tribune – Daily News Egypt. She graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a Master of Science degree in journalism, and has a bachelor’s degree in English and History from Wellesley College. Ms. Desvarieux currently resides in Washington, DC.

Jacopo Namari is Director of Government Relations at IGT, a multinational gaming company that produces slot machines and other gaming technology. Mr. Namari represents the company before international, national, and state governmental and political organizations, and public officials. Before IGT, Mr. Namari spent a lot of his time working and volunteering in Africa. Mr. Namari has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Università degli Studi di Torino and a Master’s degree (in the same) from Università degli Studi di Milano. He was born in Torino, Italy, but currently resides in Washington D.C.

Magalie Pradel, a psychologist by training, was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She moved to the Washington Metropolitan Area in October 1994, and joined the World Bank, where she developed her passion for sustainable development. Ms. Pradel is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Association of the World Bank and IMF Staff (CAWI).

Ernest Voyard

Chris Wells is Vice President of Public Affairs at the Personalized Medicine Coalition, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to advance a new approach to health care involving the use of diagnostic tests to confirm that a treatment will work for a particular patient before it is prescribed. Wells, a published expert in public affairs and nonprofit management, oversees the development of the Coalition’s marketing and communications messages and leverages a comprehensive portfolio of digital and traditional communications tools with an international reach. He also oversees content development for the Annual Personalized Medicine Conference at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining PMC, Wells worked as a research assistant at Binghamton University, where he graduated with a master’s degree in public administration and received the University’s Department of Public Administration Alpha Student Award. He also holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Brockport, where he was honored with Department Scholar’s Awards in both journalism and international studies.

CURRENT BOARD VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Part-Time Financial Analyst
Position Details: We are recruiting an outstanding undergraduate/graduate student/or retiree with bookkeeping experience. We would also be open to a quick learner who knows or is willing to learn the program Quickbooks. We are in search for a volunteer with knowledge of basic bookkeeping and who would be willing to work with our Executive Director to produce quarterly reports. 5-10 hours per quarter would be the time commitment. This is an outstanding leadership opportunity in an innovative nonprofit organization, which works on projects in Haiti. Schedule flexible. Opportunity to work remotely.

For more information and to apply, contact Jessica Desvarieux at jessica.desvarieux@gmail.com or email info@rootsofdevelopment.org.


FORMER STAFF
Rachel Rokes, M&E Specialist
Nicole Anouk Leger, Program Director
Bethany Natoli, Director of Outreach & Partnerships
Brian Averill, Executive Assistant
Yee Chen, Engineer
Kate Hartman, Executive Assistant

PAST INTERNS
Hannah Synnott
Caroline Sullivan
Martin Lena
Margaret Schaack
Ayomide Oluleye
Michelle Small
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Eva Allison
Trey Snow
Grace Cerand
Molly Morley
Naomie Pierre-Louis
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Jacqui Scibior
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John Favini
Sarah Finkel
Kristina Villavicencio
Priscilla Kasper
Julien Gustinelli
Jack Bressor
Ashley Holt
Amanda Pascal
Kyara Renelus
Farley Sawyer
Tess Waldrop
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FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
Montgomery Erwin
Sara Guderyahn
Michael Lowry
James O. Martin
Bethany Natoli
Sak Pollert
Kristy Stoesz
Mark & Jamie Summers
Oz Tolon

VOLUNTEER TASK FORCE
*Advisors

Clara Benice
Marian Bissonnette
Martin Bissonnette
Sara Chase
Linda Collyer*
Tricia Desvarieux
Ariel Dominique
Doris Gordon*
Lynn Haney
James Heilman
Kaylee Hultgren
Christian Jabon
Geoffrey Kurgan*
Pat Leavens*
Elodie Manuel*
Rahul Mitra
Laura Montas
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