Haiti Fund Inc./Board Members


  • Charles Fyfe, Jr., Raleigh, NCBoard Chairman - Chuck is a retired corporate planner and executive  who spent many years with Progress Energy in Raleigh and other locations. He is a member of St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Raleigh.

  • Robert A Herrick, Cary, NCCorporate Secretary – Bob is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a licensed Professional Engineer. He is president of Herrick Engineering of Cary, NC. He is a member of Grace Community Church in Raleigh, NC.

  • Chris Weinheimer, Oriental, NCCorporate Treasurer - Chris is a retired Certified Public Accountant and has spent a long career in health care and hospital financial management. He currently provides accounting services for several organizations. He is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in in New Bern.  He and Nancy live in W. Addison, VT.

  • John Winings, Wake Forest, NCExecutive Director - John has been the executive director of Haiti Fund, Inc. since May, 2005. He worked in the chemical and industrial gases industries before coming to Wake Forest where he worked as CEO and change agent for several small companies. He is a Commissioned Lay Pastor assigned to the position of Executive Director of Haiti Fund which is a Validated Ministry of New Hope Presbytery.

  • Jim Sylivant, Apex, NC - Jim is a long time board member, and worked for many years as an electrical engineer for IBM.  He has been to Haiti over 50 times since 1995.  He speaks French and Kreyòl and helped design, install and maintain the electrical system at the CODEP guest quarters in Haiti and has helped with satellite and other communication systems.

  • Sally Harwood, New York, NY - Sally is a long time member of the board and is a financial asset specialist and consultant working in a variety of places around the world evaluating asset-based companies. Sally lives in Manhattan and is a member and elder at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church.

  • John Barrie, Midlothian, VA - John has been a board member for several years.  He is retired from Virginia Dominion Power Company where he was corporate risk manager. John is a member of Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, VA.

  • Jamie Rhoads, Cap Haitien, Haiti - Jamie has been a board member for four years, and was a post-college intern at CODEP, following which he attended Cornell and received a Masters in Natural Resources. For the past three years, he has worked in Cap Haitien for MFK (Medicines for Kids), a St. Louis based organization which manufactures medicated peanut butter. He speaks Kreyòl fluently.

  • Larry Shives, Midlothian, VA - Larry has been a board member since 2006 and has been active for many years in Haiti. He is a retired sales executive of Reynolds Metals in Richmond. He is a member of Crestwood Presbyterian Church of Midlothian.

  • Rev. Dan Wilkers, Winston-Salem, NC – Dan is past board chairman and has been a member of the board for 8 years. Dan is the Pastor of Parkway Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, NC. A PCUSA Teaching Elder, he is a graduate of Rutgers University and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond.

  • Paul Morgan, Altamonte Springs, FL - Paul is an independent businessman and investor. Paul worked in the technology industry for many years, eventually selling his company to investors at the peak of its success.  He is also an investor in the Social Enterprise Fund and in Caribbean Harvest; both companies work in development projects in Haiti. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando.

  • George Mackay, Maitland, FL - George has been a board member of Haiti Fund since 2003. He is an investor in real property and has several properties under management. He also is the founder of an agricultural development project in Nicaragua which has had success in providing food security for peasant farmers in the region. He is an investor in the Social Enterprise Fund, and Caribbean Harvest. He is a member of Altamonte Springs Presbyterian Church.

  • Jack Hanna, Laurinburg, NC - Jack is the founder of Haiti Fund, Inc., and original President and CEO. Jack’s vision has borne fruit in everything that the project is now. He is a retired research executive for General Electric. He remains in good health at age 84 and is a member of the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, and a board member emeritus of Haiti Fund.

Haiti Fund, Inc./Advisory Board Members

  • Winston Dixon, New Bern, NC – Winston has served Haiti Fund for many years and is a former board member and officer.  He also is a ruling elder of First Presbyterian Church, New Bern. He is a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Kansas and has run an adhesives business in New Bern for many years.

  • Melanie Musgrove, New York, NY - Melanie a member and elder at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. She is a CPA and a Director at Price Waterhouse Coopers and has an interest in the financial side of Haiti Fund, Inc., a welcome skill set for the variety of activities Haiti Fund and CODEP get involved in conducting business in two currencies.

  • Elizabeth Lusk, Raleigh, NC - Elizabeth is a graduate of Davidson College and  Duke University in Forest Management. She is a leader of the Environmental Project Management Group with the NC State Department of Transportation and is a member and ruling elder of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.

  • Russ Thienpont, Washington, NC - Russ is a former board member and was instrumental in building the CODEP guest house and facility in Haiti. Russ owns and operates East Carolina Import Services and spent many years in the pulp and paper industry. He is a graduate of St. Laurence University with bachelors and masters degrees in forestry and forest management. Russ is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Washington, NC.

  • Rebecca O’Dell, Newton Grove, NC - Rebecca is a Lay Pastor and has been active in many Presbyterian Church activities in Eastern NC. Rebecca is a ruling elder at Unity Presbyterian Church in Newton Grove, NC.

  • Jesse Atkinson, Studley, VA - Jesse has dedicated his life to working in a variety of mission projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is retired from AT&T, where he served in maintenance and facility management. He is a member of New Hanover Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsville, VA.

  • Kirby Kline, Youngsville, NC - Kirby is retired from a career in the US Air Force who now works for a US government contractor. He specializes in intelligence gathering and processing. He is a member of the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.

  • Susan Yelton, Concord, NC - Susan is a corporate buyer for Ferguson Electric Company and lives in Concord, NC. She assists Haiti Fund by acquiring difficult to find and much needed tools and systems for the facilities in Haiti. She is a member of All Saints Presbyterian Church in Concord.
  • Dick Shakeshaft, Annapolis, MD - Dick comes from Annapolis, MD where he is a deacon in First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis and is a long term member of the Mission Committee, specially representing Haiti interests. He has been a regular supporter and visitor to CODEP and brings to the board a variety of experience in mission.



Over 20 Years of Acomplishments!

CODEP works with 30 small communities and 600 Haitian farmers (200 of whom are women) to improve the their lives and those of their families.  Accomplishments include:

  • Planting over 7 million trees since 2000.
  • Digging over 1,000 miles of contour ditches to prevent further erosion.
  • Installing/Building over 100 cisterns and almost 90 houses as incentive awards/earthquake replacement homes since 2000.
  • Recognizing that agricultural development moves slowly, in sync with the Haitian culture.
  • Determining that nutrition and health improvement depends on good agriculture/food supply techniques.
  • Making decision to avoid further devegetation of trees by putting in place a strong incentive program.
  • Installing and operating over 30 fishponds as aids to protein dietary enrichment.
  • Establishing a process whereby women in CODEP have equal opportunities for jobs, promotions and management positions.
  • Pushing project decisions to the working levels in CODEP.
  • Establishing a regular twice-monthly leadership team meetings.
  • Developing and implementing the Office of the Director of CODEP executive leadership group of three individuals.
  • Impacting the lives of over 50,000 people in the Léogâne Commune.

What Works in Haiti


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Haiti Reforestation

Reforestation is necessary because significant tree cutting in most parts of Haiti has caused erosion and little topsoil remains. Contoured, water-holding ditches are cut, holding grasses planted, with trees planted above.  Falling leaves collect in the ditches, and in 2 or 3 years a natural compost is formed, allowing planting of gardens, fruit trees and coffee.

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Since 2000 CODEP has planted more than 7 Million trees in Haiti!

Reforestation success in Haiti

How to Contact Us

Haiti Fund Inc.
P.O. Box 1075
New Bern, NC 28563-1075


Executive Director
John V. Winings
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Phone: (919) 696-6762