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 BoardRICH 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 HARRISLisa 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 Mesendick, Secretary of the BoardJEAN MESENDICK

Jean, a resident of Evergreen Colorado serves as the Secretary 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.

Kellie Prall, Treasurer of the BoardKELLIE PRALL

Kellie’s financial experience was honed working for public accounting firms in the areas of tax and audit then in the homebuilding industry offering financial training, budgeting, analysis and process improvement support to operations teams throughout the country. Her passion for helping and connecting people has since led her to many philanthropic endeavors.

She serves enthusiastically as Treasurer for The Road to Hope. Shortly after joining the organization, she had her first experience visiting Haiti where the country and its people secured a permanent place in her heart. Kellie also serves as Treasurer for two other non-profits that are focused on the growth, development and support of children and is on a leadership advisory board for a school for at-risk youth. She lives in Littleton with her husband and four children and loves to travel, read, spend time outdoors and eat sushi.

Jeff Simpson, Director of Strategy and InnovationJEFF SIMPSON

A 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 undergradu JESSE SCHUMACHERate 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 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 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.


John is a retired Denver pediatrician. He served as the Director of Pediatrics at Denver Health for 22 years and is Professor and Vice Chairmen Emeritus at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has worked in public hospitals throughout his career providing care to needy children and families. John's specialty is infectious diseases of children.

He has been an educator and a teacher at the bedside of pediatricians and other health care professionals. John and his wife Eileen, also a retired pediatrician, have worked in Haiti providing both direct patient care and teaching Haitian health care providers. The Road to Hope is a wonderful effective organization dedicated to the children and families of Haiti. John is proud to work with RTH.

Amy Millisor

AMY MILLISORAmy 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 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

Executive Director, Rebecca Harris

REBECCA HARRISRebecca (not related to founders Lisa and Rich, they just happen to share the same awesome last name) is the Principal of Noble&Harris Consulting and the Executive Director of The Road to Hope. In additional to her significant organizational management experience Rebecca is an expert in international child welfare, orphan care and adoption program evaluation and development. She is the co-author of the chapter entitled “Systems that Protect Children: Elements of Success” in the book, The Intercountry Adoption Debate: Dialogues Across Disciplines.

Rebecca Harris was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Joint Council on International Children’s Services from 2008 to 2014. In 2010 Rebecca was honored with the Board of Directors Outstanding Service to Children award for her work for children and families in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Previous to her work at Joint Council, Rebecca served as an International Program Coordinator for Adoption Alliance in Denver, CO. Rebecca holds a Masters of Non-Profit Management from Regis University. A graduate of Long Island University Global College, Rebecca earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Peace & Conflict. She serves on the Board of Directors for Community Resources, Inc. and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver, University College. In her free time Rebecca can be found enjoying the mountains of Colorado, teaching yoga, writing on wellness issues and playing with her brave-hearted nieces and nephews.

Eudras Ceus, Program Manager NordetteEUDRAS 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 PIERRELucner 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 Orchestraundefined

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 Orchestraundefined

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.