Who We Are We build self-sustaining communities through partnering with individuals
and organizations in the U.S. and Haiti to learn from and support each other.

Our Board

The members of our board of directors are leaders who have made a significant contribution to our society. Each and every one of them brings a unique set of skills and expertise to our organization.

Rich Harris, Co-Founder and President of the Board

RICH HARRIS

Rich has devoted a great deal of his adult life, both personally and professionally, to endeavors related to children. He is the principal of The Harris Law Firm, the leading family law firm in Colorado, and a firm that is widely recognized for its expertise in handling child custody matters. In addition to chairing The Road to Hope's board, Rich is very active in a number of other civic and charitable ventures dedicated to improving our communities. These organizations include Denver Rotary, the Colorado Lawyers Committee, the Downtown Denver Partnership, and CCAI Adoption Services Rich is a well-known public speaker and author, and he has received numerous awards and recognition for his public advocacy. Personally, Rich and Lisa are the proud parents of 9 children, 6 of whom were adopted internationally. Rich views leading The Road to Hope as perhaps his most important and exciting challenge and is honored to serve alongside the other distinguished members of this board to accomplish great things for the people of Haiti, and beyond.

Lisa Harris, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Board

LISA HARRIS

Co-Founder and Vice President of The Road to Hope, Lisa's passionate dedication to the children of Haiti is unmistakable. Since leaving a successful career in financial planning and sales, Lisa has turned her focus to community organizations that help children.

She has volunteered for numerous causes that have fostered real change in the lives of children, including the Adoption Exchange, Ronald McDonald House, and the parent organization of her community school, among many others. Simply put, Lisa's energy, organizational skills, and relentless drive to get people to open their hearts to the most vulnerable in our society is the driving force of our organization.

Jean Mesendick, Co-Vice President of The Board

JEAN MESENDICK

Jean, a resident of Evergreen Colorado serves as the Co-Vice President to the Board. As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner she was Director of Newborn Services for the Denver Birth Center and taught techniques to teachers, parents and elementary age children to prevent child abduction and abuse.

She has been a volunteer, for 30 years, with a local youth group, the Westernaires. She also served as Vice President and director of Human Resources for Compass Marketing & Sales for 18 years. Her lifelong commitment is to giving back to the world community through active volunteerism in political, social and humanitarian causes. Favorite quote: You leave this world, holding in your hands only that which you have given away.

Stephanie Nelson, Secretary of the Board

Stephanie Nelson

Before joining FutureSense, LLC, Stephanie H. Nelson, MBA, CHHR, CPC - was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BlueFire HR, LLC. Stephanie has more than 20 years of human resources experience in healthcare, technology, manufacturing, and non-profit fields.

Prior to starting BlueFire HR Consulting, she was the VicePresident of Human Resources at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

Stephanie served as Senior Executive Director of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Professional Services Team, overseeing six (6) professional healthcare societies. While at the AHA Stephanie also held the title of Executive Director of The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), she held this role from 2009 until her departure in 2014.

You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude. Eleanor Roosevelt Stephanie’s professional career has allowed her to become aseasoned practitioner and strategist in workforce topics, labor issues, CBAs/PSAs, talent and performance management, executive coaching, reduction-in-force, training, and various organizational initiatives. She has provided expert advice and insight to executive leaders with respect to organizational matters, workforce and labor issues, legislative issues, and wide-ranging human resource topics. Stephanie is certified in healthcare human resources (CHHR) and is a certified professional coach (CPC).

Stephanie's client base is vast to include healthcare institutions, non-profits, government entities, labor unions, large medical practices, professional services, education, technology/start-ups, public, private and federally funded groups.

Stephanie has given numerous presentations in a variety of settings and conferences, including the HealthcareSource UsersConference, Jones Day Labor Symposium, HIMSS, AmericanHealth Information Management Association (AHIMA), professional chapters, labor and workforce conferences, American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) HealthcareConference, and National Workforce Boards. She has been selected to be an expert witness on a variety of national and international cases to include labor, employment, and workforce issues specific to healthcare and manufacturing.

Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Dayton and an Executive MBA from Thomas More College.

Bryan Dower, Treasurer

Bryan DowerIn early 2016, Mr. Dower created LawCFO to expand his practice offerings for law firms
to include full accounting and finance operations. Mr. Dower is the Chief Executive
Officer of LawCFO and he is responsible for the management of all LawCFO accounting
and finance staff. Prior to starting LawCFO, Mr. Dower’s experience includes serving as
the CFO of some of the largest law firms in Colorado.


Mr. Dower leverages his years of leadership, innovation and problem solving experience
to provide CFO expertise to Law Firms. He brings a unique perspective to advising
Management Committees, Managing Partners and the overall ownership of firms on a
wide array of financial, accounting, operations, technology and strategic planning
issues. This perspective comes from his 25 years in finance, accounting and investment
management.


Mr. Dower earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of
Colorado in Boulder where both of his children also graduated. He holds an active
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in Colorado.


Find him outdoors cycling, playing golf, skiing or trail running in his spare time.

Jeff Simpson, Director of Strategy and Innovation

JEFF SIMPSONA desire to combine his international degree with a love for travel caused

Jeff to join a food and medical mission February of 2008. After touring numerous orphanages and schools, Jeff decided to combine his interest in community service and love for children with a new-found love of Haiti. Jeff lives in Colorado with his wife, has three children one of which was adopted from Haiti. He is a Principle Architect for AT&T, has a Masters in International Management/MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management--Thunderbird.

Jesse Schumacher

JESSE SCHUMACHER

Via international construction, graduate and undergraduate degrees in Spanish and International Business and simply travelling for fun, Jesse has lived, studied, worked and visited many parts of the World. Currently, as Director of Operations for Colorado Academy, and raising a family of his own, Jesse's roots are firmly planted. His thirst for foreign culture and making a difference have brought him to The Road to Hope. Jesse's hands-on skills make him a valuable asset to our team.

He brings with him 15+ years of construction experience, in-depth knowledge of gardening, composting and small-scale farming, and a firm understanding of the role culture plays in getting things accomplished overseas. We look for Jesse to guide our efforts in Haiti with all things buildable.

Stuart Mills

STUART MILLS

Stuart has been an educator for over 20 years and currently is a high school English teacher at Colorado Academy (CA) in Denver, CO, where he is co-director of the Haiti Program along with current RTH board member Jesse Schumacher. For RTH, he oversees the Student Advisory Board, a group of students who have travelled to Haiti with the CA program who are helping to research sustainability issues for RTH projects. He has directed international student travel programs in Belize and Haiti and taught abroad in London. He also directed a multi-disciplinary environmental studies program at the University of Denver, focusing on sustainable development.

Since a life-changing trip to Haiti in 2012, he is now dedicated to helping promote education in Haiti through RTH. He lives in Denver with his wife Josie, a community college professor and his two boys, Spencer and Jordon. His family loves to travel, and he devotes his free time to fly fishing and spending time with his family. He hopes soon that he'll be able to take his boys on a trip to Haiti to inspire the same love of this beautiful place in them.

Barb Moritzky

BARB MORITZKY

Barb has worked in the area of fundraising, donor development, and marketing for the past 25 years. She learned of RTH through Zach Harris and the Haiti Youth Orchestra. She is the Development Coordinator for Hines Ugandan Ministries and the Director of Development and Marketing for the Lakewood Symphony Orchestra. She dedicated 15 years as a development director with local youth orchestras. Previously, she worked for the U. S. Peace Corps as a volunteer, then Associate Peace Corps Director, and Training Director in Tunisia, North Africa for 5 years.

She worked with Tunisian women in development and oversaw the Education and Special Education program. Once stateside, she was the U. S. Peace Corps Rocky Mountain Regional Recruitment Manager for six states. Prior to Peace Corps, she worked as a Rehabilitation Manager in Denver and in Nebraska. She has a B.A. in Social Work from CSU, Masters of Social Work from DU, and Certificate of Management from CU Boulder. She lives in Lakewood with her husband Rand, a national insurance marketing manager. Her son, Sean, and daughter, Rebecca both of whom are classically trained musicians, live and work in Lakewood.

Amy Millisor

AMY MILLISOR

Amy ventured out to Colorado from the east coast 25 years ago for what was intended to be a temporary move and has called it her home ever since. She lived in Breckenridge for 20 of those years where she met her husband Rob and worked in the Vacation Ownership industry for their family owned company. Sadly, Rob passed away unexpectedly 2 years ago while trekking on a mission trip in Nepal. Amy has two children; Claire and Grady.

Amy is currently a stay at home mom and enjoys volunteering at her children's school, their Church, The Children's Hospital of Colorado and many different organizations. In earlier years, Amy held positions in administration, sales, and marketing. Additionally, Amy has managed volunteer fundraising activities including a very successful annual golf tournament fundraiser through her children's school for many years.

Amy is the President of the Millisor Family Foundation and is very active and passionate with pursuing philanthropic endeavors. She and her children enjoy skiing, golfing, hiking, biking, and taking adventurous vacations with family and friends. She is excited to be a part of RTH and looks forward to working with this organization to helping the people of Haiti.

Andrea Monath Schumacher

ANDREA MONATH SCHUMACHER

Andrea has a residential and commercial Interior Design firm in Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior design and minor in Construction Managment. She earned a certificate in Universal Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and has furthered her design studies with courses toward a Masters in Architecture at the University of Colorado.

She is an ASID allied member and has experience in a variety of aspects and disciplines of architecture and interiors. Her experience ranges from both commercial and residential spaces, as well as set design for television at ‘Days of Our Lives’ and Columbia Pictures. She is passionate about different cultures and international travel, loves kids and is raising two of her own with Jesse Schumacher! She has watched Jesse come and go from Haiti over the years with a growing passion that she is excited to share!

Cecilia Needham

CECILIA NEEDHAM

Cecilia Needham is a graduate of Colorado Academy and started at Middlebury College in February 2019. Between attending Colorado Academy and Middlebury College, she spent three months in Haiti working with The Road to Hope and other NGO’s. Ever since her first trip to Nordette when she was 15, Cecilia has been quite involved in The Road to Hope, helping out wherever she was able, as well as spearheading the Denver Haiti Run and Haiti Club at Colorado Academy.

For two years, Cecilia has been writing grants and working on online presence as an intern for Road to Hope and joined the Board in the Fall of 2018. Aside from working with The Road to Hope, Cecilia enjoys working at other non-profits such as God's Littlest Angels, Horizons, or HOPE.

Our Team

Paul Limoges, Executive Director

Paul Limoges

Paul joined The Road to Hope in 2019, and comes originally from Canada, with dual US/Canadian citizenship, and is fluent in French and English. He has bachelors degrees in education and psychology as well as a Masters degree in Human Relation Psychology from Sherbrooke University (Quebec, Canada).

He has led organizations in various positions of management for more than 30 years, including as the CEO of AEE (Association for Experiential Education) and with both experiential and international organizations such as Heifer International, Uplift International, Up with People and the Exploris Museum. Additionally, he has served in leadership roles at the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, and has led several for-profit companies.

Paul enjoys traveling throughout the world with his family and resides in Colorado with his wife and twin daughters while his son attends university in Ontario, Canada. Paul is honored to step into a leadership role with The Road to Hope and is excited to further build on the organizations success and reputation by building revenue streams to make even greater impact.

Eudras Ceus, Program Manager Nordette

EUDRAS CEUS, PROGRAM MANAGER NORDETTE

Eudras Ceus is a native of Arcahaie located about 40 min from Port-au-Prince. He is married to Victoria Alexandre and has six siblings: three brothers and three sisters. He attended primary and high school in Arcihaie. Eudras received his accounting degree from the University in Port-au-Prince.

He has nearly ten years of experience teaching English and math in Arichaie. Eudras is a tireless worker for the improvement of Haiti and her people as shown by his working with twelve partnerships between the United States, Mirebalais and Nordette.

Lucner Pierre, Community Leader Mathone

LUCNER PIERRE

Lucner Pierre, a native Haitian missionary, is widely known in Haiti because of his World Radio program. Both a college trained lawyer and missionary, Lucner Pierre uses his Haitian and U.S. degrees to serve his native people. Road to Hope partnered with Lucner to build Lucner’s Mathone school. In addition to the Mathone school he has developed a network of churches, schools, and orphanages.

His schools, throughout the northern region, provide a primary and spiritual education and a source for a daily nutritious meal. One of those schools includes a college in downtown Cap Haitien that provides secondary education and preparation for employment. Lucner’s orphanages supply the physical and spiritual needs for some of the northern region’s children.

Zach Harris, Founder and Program Director, Haiti Youth Orchestra

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Zach Harris attends the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT where he is majoring in Community Entrepreneurship and Community and International Development. Zach launched the Haiti Youth Orchestra in 2012 after exposure to the world of nonprofits and international work through his parents, founders of The Road to Hope. Zach served on the Student Advisory Board of The Road To Hope from 2014-2017. Zach is becoming skilled in the formal means of community development and non-profit work through his studies of skills like grant-writing, fundraising, and leadership development at University.

Joseph Mackly, Maestro, Haiti Youth Orchestra

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An accomplished trumpeter since six years of age and educated at Haiti’s premier music school, Holy Trinity Music School, in classical music, organology, and techniques of orchestra direction. Maestro Mackly has been the maestro and artistic director of Haiti Youth Orchestra since 2014 and conducts the St. Pierre and St. Martin orchestras' weekly lessons and performances.