Board of Trustees

About HHIBoard of Trustees

Marc-Aurel Martial

Board Chair

Marc-Aurel Martial is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University. His ultimate goal is to become an expert in global anemia prevention and treatment, specifically anemia related to persistent malnutrition and WASH (Water, Sanitation And Hygiene) in Haiti. Marc-Aurel was raised in Haiti and immigrated to the United States in 1995. He and his wife are the parents of two boys and one girl. In 2010, he founded Haiti Health Initiative (HHI), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. HHI and its Haitian sister organization seek to improve the overall health and well-being of rural Haitians through economic development initiatives and the provision of education and services in primary health care, dental care, nutrition and public health. He loves his native land and has a passion for planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating sustainable projects. His service to Haiti is one of the small ways he can pay it forward. He enjoys learning, teaching, and assisting other people, including students, in the pursuit of their noblest aspirations. He enjoys spending time with family, walking, hiking, biking, and playing racquetball and ping pong.

Jolynne Britsch


JoLynne Schill Britsch is a registered nurse and has practiced most of her career in Maternal/Child nursing and has been a childbirth educator. She has recently moved to be a wound care inpatient RN and is enjoying the growth and learning that this new specialty is giving her. JoLynne has always been interested in global health and was grateful for the opportunity to be apart of the medical team that went to Haiti in 2018. She loved and was inspired by the people she met in the community of Timo and enjoyed learning about their culture. She has a passion to help achieve the sustainable goals that HHI has set in place for this community in Haiti regarding education and health. She chaired the 2019 fundraising campaign to build the new school in Timo. Erasmus said, “The main hope of a nation lies in the proper education of its youth.” JoLynne and her husband are the parents of four children and four grandchildren. They have lived in numerous parts of the US and in England. They love to travel as a family, meet new people, mountain bike, hike and snow ski. She is enjoying having Oregon be home and loves the Northwest.

Gene Cole



Gene Cole is a retired professor in the Department of Health Science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He teaches and conducts research in environmental health, refugee and migrant health, and infectious disease prevention and control. His focus is on low-cost to no-cost solutions to important environmental problems that impact human health. He has worked with international organizations to address environmental health management issues in Central Europe, Southeast Asia, and Africa. He holds both a Master of Science degree in public health and a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carrie Dunford



Carrie Dunford is a clinical pharmacist in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she works at a local hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Pharmacy and recently received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the University of Idaho. In March of 2011, she traveled to Haiti with Haiti Health Initiative and was impressed by the collaborative work between Haiti Health Initiative and locals to improve the quality of life for the people of Timo. She currently serves as the secretary for both the Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees. Carrie is married and has two sons.

Luke Ellsworth


Luke Ellsworth currently serves as treasurer for Haiti Health Initiative. He is a certified public accountant and is employed as the controller for a growing technology company. He has experience in the not-for-profit, banking, utilities, and technology industries and is excited to be a part of HHI. When he’s not tending to his financial responsibilities, he enjoys backpacking and hiking with his wife and kids, who also enjoy raising puppies for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organization.

Megan Dilley


The following selection of articles provides an inside look at HHI’s updates on recent projects and history of accomplishments.

AgwoAyiti Hog Farming Project

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. Evens Robert, one of the founding members of AgwoAyiti, observed the precarious economic and environmental conditions in his home community of Fond d’OiesFrom his observations in Fond d’Oies, he realized that there was untapped potential in...

Latrine Design Report of the School in Timo

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. To Recap, HHI contacted the company ARUP to develop the design of the IMPV school in Timo, Haiti.This project aims to bring a much-needed new school facility in the remote, mountainous community of Timo. The school will be attended by around 225...

School Progress in Timo

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. The earthworks for the new Timo school are completed.This includes retaining walls, perimeter walls and fencing. We resumed talks with our engineer and architect partners at Arup (designer of Sydney Opera House) who are reviewing the...

School Site Visit Successful

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. Arup partners Alex, Aidan, and Rossini and HHI representatives Matt and Doug returned 2/3/2017 from their week-long trip to Haiti. The goals of their trip included a visit to the site where the Timo school will be built later this year. They...

The Story of the New School

Background The new school project is one of Haiti Health Initiative’s many humanitarian efforts. In progress since 2015, the project aims to bring a much-needed new facility to the Girls and Boys School of Perfection of Viciere [translated] in the remote, mountainous...

Provide the Tool that Gives Hope to Timo

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. “Education is the most powerful tool that can be used to change the world” (adapted from Nelson Mandela). In 2015, Haiti Health Initiative launched a project to build a safe, world-class school building for the children of Timo. The school would...

A Successful Dental Trip (August 2018)

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. On August 16–19, Dr. Robert Lerohl and Dr. Scott Ferguson and his son Parker, made a brief visit to Timo.During their short stay, they provided additional training to the Haitian dental lab team and organized the dental materials and...
AgwoAyiti Hog Farming Project

AgwoAyiti Hog Farming Project

WANT TO KNOW ABOUT US. Evens Robert, one of the founding members of AgwoAyiti, observed the precarious economic and environmental conditions in his home community of Fond d’OiesFrom his observations in Fond d’Oies, he realized that there was untapped potential in...

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Contact Us

For general questions, concerns, or comments, use the form below to contact a member of HHI, who will assist you.


Haiti Health Initiative aims to improve the overall health and well being of rural Haitians, one community at a time. We seek to accomplish this through providing education and services in primary health care, dental care, public health, and nutrition within each community at risk.


If you have questions about Haiti Health Initiative, contact Marc-Aurel Martial at [email protected] or at 801-830-3043.

If you are interested to join us in Haiti, click here for more information.


If you would like to know more about Haiti Health Initiative as a Non-Profit Organization and registered Non-Governmental Organization, you can review the organizing documents by clicking here.


If you would like to make a donation to HHI exceeding $1000, you can either send a check to 1761 Gold River Drive, Orem, UT 84057, or pay by credit or debit card by clicking here.

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