Our Team

ROOTS OF DEVELOPMENT STAFF

Chad W. Bissonnette, Co-Founder and Executive Director
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. Chad holds a bachelors degree in International Relations from American University in Washington D.C. and a diploma in Hispanic Language and Culture Studies from the University of Salamanca in Spain. In 2014, Chad was honored with American University’s School of International Service’s Alumnus of the Year award. He speaks English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole and resides in Washington D.C.

RASIN DEVLOPMAN STAFF

Rasin’s team members and volunteers captured in this photo are (clockwise from top left corner): Lineda Paul, Louino (“Robi”) Robillard, Lineda St. Vil, Marclidens (“Bousthing”) St. Vil, Monica St. Juste, Evingts (“Richard”) Jean-Francois, and Faradhia Moise.

Faradhia Moise, Chief Operating Officer
Faradhia Moise is COO of Rasin Developman. With more than 10 years under her belt working in the development and humanitarian aid fields, she is responsible for the overall management of Rasin’s projects, budgeting and human resources, the mobilization of resources and communication between Rasin and Roots. She has a masters degree in Organizational Leadership.

Louino Robillard, Program Director
Robi is Rasin Devlopman’s Program Director. He is a Haitian citizen who specializes in community-driven development. He is an expert in the application of traditional concepts such as Konbit to contemporary community mobilization. He has a masters degree in Applied Community Change and Peacebuilding from Future Generations University.

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.

ROOTS OF DEVELOPMENT’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rudy N. Brioché (Board Vice President) 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.

 


Magalie Pradel
(Board Secretary) is a psychologist by training and 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 is an associate director of Regulatory Policy and Intelligence for The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson. There he focuses on public policy issues related to the development on drugs and biologic products. Ernest has spent most of his career working on FDA and drug development policy issues. Immediately prior to joining Janssen, he was with Avalere Health, helping clients navigate regulatory policy issues at the Agency. Prior to that, he spent 4 years with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, helping bring the voice of blood cancer patients to the FDA and leading its regulatory efforts. Before that, he worked at the FDA as a Regulatory Counsel, first at CFSAN in the Office of Regulatory Policy, and then with CDER in the Office of Prescription Drug Promotion. Before joining FDA, I worked as an attorney in Washington DC. Ernest has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Chris Wells (Board President) 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.

Jenna Willits’ (Board Treasurer) career has spanned more than 13 years in the Retail Industry including Financial Planning positions at Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Alexis Bittar, Elie Tahari and most recently Ramy Brook as the Senior Director of Retail Planning. In 2019 after relocating from New York City with her family back to Massachusetts, Jenna shifted careers to the Food and Beverage Industry as Director of Business Development at La Bonne Maison. Jenna specializes in establishing and maintaining relationships, financial planning, forecasting and deep analysis including advanced Microsoft Excel skills etc. Jenna received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (minoring in both Education and Urban Development & Social Change) and Masters of Public Administration from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Jenna and her family reside in Needham, MA.

Jean François Bauer was born and raised in France.  After earning a PhD in economics from the Sorbonne, he joined the World Bank where he worked primarily on infrastructure projects in Africa and South East Asia.  A major lesson he has drawn from his experience is that without community support the “best” projects will not succeed.  He sees his involvement with Roots as a way of applying this lesson.

 

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

FORMER INTERNS
Rachel Marvin

Joanne Chukwueke
Amanda Lin
Hannah Synnott
Caroline Sullivan
Martin Lena
Margaret Schaack
Ayomide Oluleye
Michelle Small
Yasmine Karam
Francisco Perez
Annabelle Nguyen
Eva Allison
Trey Snow
Grace Cerand
Molly Morley
Naomie Pierre-Louis
Weronika Dabrowski
Delaney Dorsey
Cole Hogan
Marie Nathalie Oberti
Jacqui Scibior
Kathryn Cassibry
John Favini
Sarah Finkel
Kristina Villavicencio
Priscilla Kasper
Julien Gustinelli
Jack Bressor
Ashley Holt
Amanda Pascal
Kyara Renelus
Farley Sawyer
Tess Waldrop
Nina Avis

FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
Jessica Desvarieux
Montgomery Erwin
Sara Guderyahn
Michael Lowry
James O. Martin
Jacopo Namari
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
Talia Pilorge
Ana Maria Saiz