Board of Directors BIOS...

Nancy Anderson, RN, MSN, Founding Member, Director, President: Nancy has lived in North Palm Beach, FL since 1984. Originally from Indiana, she graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Indiana, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Purdue University in Indiana and her Master’s in Nursing from Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Nancy first traveled to Haiti in 1977 with a surgical team, working at l’Hopital St. Croix in Leogane. In 2003 she began working with the local Haitian community in Palm Beach County and shortly after started the non-profit, Hands Together of the Palm Beaches with two other founding members. In 2006, the work of HTPB expanded to Haiti. Presently, Nancy coordinates and participates in 3-4 mission trips a year to work on various programs and volunteers full-time in the capacity of President and Administrator of the organization. Nancy is married to Robert and they have seven children.

Robert Anderson, MD, Founding Member, Director: Robert has lived in North Palm Beach, FL since 1983 after graduating from Albany Medical School in NY, completing his surgical residency at North Shore Hospital in NY, and his Cardiovascular & Thoracic Fellowship in Chicago. He has been in a private Cardiovascular & Thoracic practice in Palm Beach County since 1983 and working at the Palm Beach Gardens & Jupiter Medical Centers. Dr. Anderson is actively involved in the work of HTPB and has been participating in the yearly medical mission trips to Haiti since 2006.

Erinece Saint Jean, LLM in Intercultural Human Rights, Director, Haiti Project Manager: Erinece was born and raised in the Central Plateau in Haiti. Since childhood, he has always been touched deeply by the living conditions of the Haitian people who, for most of their lives, have not had access to adequate food, clean water, education and health care. He believes that changes must be made in his country and this ideology pushed him to attend the State University of Haiti where he obtained his Law Degree. With a passion for human rights, he graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami with a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Human Rights. Erinece has worked as a high school teacher and a community organizer in his home town, he has worked for ‘the right to food’ and the ‘right to clean water’ with international organizations, and he has taught health education for Partner’s in Health (Zanmi Lasante). He is an exceptional leader who believes in the empowerment of his fellow Haitians through education. Erinece currently serves as the Project Manager for all work of HTPB in Haiti.

Laveaux Narcisse, Director, Office Manager: Laveaux was born and raised in Haiti and he came to Palm Beach County in 2003. Laveaux received a degree in Computer Technician at Institut Professionel de ST-Marc (IPS) in Haiti in 2000, a degree in Accounting at the Institut Superieur d’Administration et de Gestion (ISAG) in 2002, and a Diploma in Professional Barbering at Florida Barber Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida in 2009 and he was licensed in 2010. Laveaux has been teaching the adult computer classes for HTPB since 2004 and is an active participant in all mission trips to Haiti. He currently serves as the Office Manager, supervising and coordinating the activities of the office in Lake Worth, Florida.

Joni Gooley, Director, Vice President: Joni has lived in North Palm Beach, FL since 1990. She was raised in Wheeling, West Virginia and graduated from the University of Dayton in 1978. She received her Master’s in Guidance from Palm Beach Atlantic University in W. Palm Beach, FL. She continues to work as the Guidance Counselor and Special Education Contact at Lake Park Elementary School. She is involved in the mission of HTPB and traveled to Haiti in 2008. She has also served on the staff of Young Life in various capacities. Joni is married to Pastor Tim Gooley and has been involved in various capacities of their church, First Presbyterian of N. Palm Beach. Tim & Joni have seven children.

Mary Jo Higgins, PT, Director, Secretary: Mary Jo was born in Philadelphia and came to Palm Beach County in 1971. She is a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School and the University of Notre Dame. Her post graduate education includes a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Women’s University in Houston. She and her husband Dan met and were married in Philadelphia and returned to W. Palm Beach in 1985 where they have raised four children. Mary Jo has been involved with HTPB since 2008. She has served as secretary and volunteers with the Saturday tutoring program as well as the annual medical mission trips. Her other volunteer efforts include St. Clare Catholic Church, the Palm Beach County Medical Society Alliance, St. Mark’s Episcopal School, Cardinal Newman High School, Lake Park Elementary School Mentor, Holy Cross Catholic Pre-School and Center, the Notre Dame Alumni Club of Palm Beaches, and many others. 

Mary Beth Donaldson, RN, BSN, Director:  Mary Beth has lived in Jupiter since 1993. She was raised in New Providence, New Jersey and graduated in 1977 from Villanova University with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing. She has been married to George for 30 years and they have 3 children. She has been the school nurse at The Benjamin School for the past 12 years. She is also involved with St. Dismas Society (a prison ministry). Mary Beth has been involved with HTPB since 2010 and travels to Haiti for the yearly medical mission.

Melissa Solomon, PhD, Director: Melissa, aka Missy, was born and raised in wild and wonderful West Virginia and is one of 8 children.  She  has been living in Palm Beach Gardens for the past 25 years and is very active in the community.  Melissa graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Business and a minor in Psychology.  She also holds an MBA and a PhD in Business and Organizational Leadership.  Melissa became involved with HTPB in 2010; after seeing the faces and hearts of the Haitian and hearing their stories of what they had been through, her heart was touched forever.  She made her first trip to Haiti in 2010 which set her on fire, and she has been on several trips since, saying "she will never be the same!"  Melissa volunteers her time on Saturdays, tutoring children at the center, and also is involved with fund raising and increasing awareness in the community for our sisters and brothers in Haiti.  Melissa also serves as an Associate Professor at various universities in Palm Beach County and teachers religious education at one of the local Catholic Churches.

Rev. Mr. William Rich, Permanent Deacon, St. Paul of the Cross Parish; Director: Bill was born in Evanston, IL and raised in the Midwest. He graduated from Williams College in 1961, married Frances Vincent Rich in March 1962, and joined IBM in July 1962. He worked for IBM for 30 years in a variety of positions, the last being IBM Corporate Vice-President, Services Sector Group. He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in 1987. He and his wife Frannie have six children and eleven grandchildren.  Bill and his wife currently live n Juno Beach and have been actively involved in our annual medical missions to Haiti.

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