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 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


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 Mensendick, Co-Vice President of The Board


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.

Stephanie’s professional career has allowed her to become a seasoned 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

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


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.

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.

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.

Bruce Atchison

Bruce AtchisonBruce Atchison has over 40 years of experience working in education policy and early education. He is currently a Principal at Education Commission of the States providing technical assistance to governors, State Boards of Education, Legislators, and other education policy makers in all 50 states and the territories. He has served as Chief of Staff for a lieutenant governor in Colorado, was the Executive Vice President of a child advocacy organization and worked in governor Romer and governor Ritters’ policy offices on education issues. He was president and CEO of a nonprofit child care center serving low-income single parent families, Executive Director of the City of Boulder’s Children’s Services Division, Directed the Family Resource Schools in Denver Public Schools, and he has served on the faculty at the University of Denver and CU Boulder as a child development specialist. Bruce has 10 years of direct teaching and administrative experience. He was the “Educator of the Year,” has received an Early Childhood Lifetime Achievement Award, and most recently was awarded a Champion for Children award. In addition, Bruce has produced multiple national publications including on topics such as assessments in the early years, transitions, quality in K-3, full-day-kindergarten, governance systems in education, etc. Bruce has a wife, three adult children, and 7 grandchildren.

Our U.S. Staff

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.

Zach Harris, Founder and Program Director, Haiti Youth Orchestra


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.

Our Focus

We help children, families, and communities break the cycle of poverty by empowering people of all ages to dream, aspire and achieve.
  • Education

    A solid foundation in education is key to success later in life. Your donation funds teachers, books and extracurricular activities to help get youngsters off to the right start.

  • Music & the Arts

    Music & the arts can enrich education, heal wounds, bring happiness and transform lives. Contributions support the Haiti Youth Orchestra and Haitian artisans.

  • Clean Water

    Clean water and good sanitation are the basis of good health in any community. Less than half of Haitians in rural areas (like the communities The Road to Hope works) have access to clean water.