WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

Our
Mission & Values

The Road to Hope builds self-sustaining communities through partnering with individuals and organizations in the U.S. and Haiti to learn from each other and build mutually supportive relationships.

We support organizations that share our goals of building self-sustaining communities that directly affect the lives of children. Our vision is a Haiti where children can grow up strong and healthy, and free from the trauma of abandonment.


Our Story

Rich & Lisa Harris live in Denver, Colorado and own The Harris Law Firm. They have nine children, two of whom are adopted from Haiti. They have dedicated their lives to children’s causes.

After visiting Port-au-Prince in July of 2009, they were struck by the magnitude of the needs of the people of Haiti, especially the children. They immediately immersed themselves in the history, culture, and poverty of Haiti. They began to meet other Americans and Haitians who were already doing wonderful work in Haiti and decided to build an organization that would team with, support and grow with leaders of communities. Rich and Lisa strongly believe that this is a pivotal moment in the history of Haiti - one of promise and hope and, that by teaming together with others, we can truly make a difference in our neighbor just south of Miami.

“If you do the right thing well you avoid futility” Tracy Kidder quoting Dr. Paul Farmer in Mountains Beyond Mountains


The history of Haiti is a tapestry of well-intentioned projects, military interventions, humanitarian efforts and religious missions. Some of these have seen remarkable success. Some have left the Republic of Haiti weaker for their efforts.

We at The Road To Hope recognize that, in order to make a lasting improvement in the lives of those in need, our commitment must be tremendous and we must involve the Haitians themselves in every phase of planning and implementation. Our efforts to lift up these children must include a true partnership with local leadership. It is through the intimate participation of local clergy, teachers, medical personnel and engineers that we can best help Haitian families.  

We are actively seeking partnerships with individuals and organizations that are making a long term commitment to Haiti in one or more of the following areas: education and training; both acute and preventative medical care; nutritional support; creation of safe and affordable housing; and self-sustaining alternative energy sources. Our particular emphasis is to address the needs of Haitian children, including orphaned children.

The Road To Hope was created before the devastating earthquake of 2009 and it is our intention to be working in Haiti long after the rubble is cleared. Our promise to the people of Haiti is that we will be working with them for years to come as partners in the rebuilding, in fact, re-inventing of Haiti.

Our Team

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
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 largest family law firm in Colorado, and a firm that is widely recognized for it's expertise in handling child custody matters. In addition to chairing The Road to Hope's board, Rich also serves on the boards of The Adoption Exchange, the Colorado Lawyers Committee - both organizations dedicated to improving the lives of the most vulnerable children in our communities. 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 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
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. A 20 year volunteer with the local youth group, The Westernaires, she currently serves as Curator for the Orrin C. Curtiss Westernaire Museum in Jefferson county. 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.
Jeff 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.

Bryan Hickel
Bryan Hickel is a financial advisor with Castles Pines Investment Management. He came to them from Merrill Lynch where he was a financial advisor and also worked for Well’s Fargo’s Private Bank as a relationship manager for high net-worth individuals and families. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in International Relations at American University in Washington, D.C. He spent 10 years working as a film executive in Los Angeles prior to receiving an MBA with a concentration in finance and investment management from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Bryan is passionate about travel and has visited 50+ countries. He has lived in Spain, Guatemala, and Argentina. He enjoys skiing, hiking, golf, biking, and mountain climbing. He is a voracious reader and a mediocre guitar player. Bryan and his wife Kelly share a strong commitment to community involvement and international engagement. They enjoy nothing more than hosting a evening of good food and great conversation. 
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 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 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 Ogle 
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.
Jodi Archbold
After years of research in biology, ecology and toxicology, Jodi now spends her time volunteering with schools, children’s groups, and the community. She enjoys all sports, hiking, gardening, reading, and recycling everything from plastic to old furniture. She and her husband, Alan, enjoy spending time with their three inquisitive, active children and their myriad of activities which generally find the family on a sports field or at the barn. Jodi has been a long time supporter of local and international missions, self-sufficiency in farming, education, and teaching children local and global awareness.
Mike Kendig
Mike is a retired Government IT contractor. His work as a contractor for the Department of Defense was in the area of System Engineer and Network Engineering for 25 years. He has a B.S in Computer Technology from Purdue University and certificates in networking and operating systems. Since moving to Aurora in 2008, he has volunteered at a local food bank in Greenwood Village and a Denver based mission group dedicated to providing clean safe water in Guatemala. The water filtration system that he has been installing must become sustainable within 3 years of installation. He understands what it means to our overseas partners to have personal “buy-in” on projects as well as having clean safe water for the children and elderly in both Guatemala and Haiti. Mike is also versed in solar energy and the possibilities it can bring to the children and families of Haiti.

Our Partners

The Road to Hope partners with local community leaders who have made a significant contribution to their community.  They lead how we serve the community in which they leave. Each and every one of them brings a unique set of skills and expertise to our organization.
Eudras Ceus
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.  As of 2017, he has seven 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 and Mirebalais in the last three years alone.
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.


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