Board of Directors

Bruce Zupa

Board Chairman

My connection with Hope for Haiti’s Children began in 1995 when my congregation, Bellevue Church of Christ started supporting the work. As a member of the Mission Committee, I had encouraged our participation financially and it then became my mission point responsibility. I was asked to join the board in 2002 and served for 2 years. My first trip to Haiti in 2002 captured my heart's deepest feelings and it just keeps getting stronger and stronger.

Doug Freede

Board Vice Chairman

After being a financial supporter of Hope for Haiti’s Children for several years, I made my first trip to Haiti in 2013 to assist on a medical mission trip. Since then my wife, Vicki, and I have returned every year. Although we were deeply affected by the almost overwhelming needs and difficult circumstances faced by the Haitian people each day, we were also very encouraged by the vision of the HFHC organization, and by the dedication and compassion of the HFHC staff in their efforts to serve the children of Haiti. After visiting the orphanages in Thomazeau and Cazeau we decided to sponsor some of the children, and our involvement and enthusiasm for the work of HFHC has grown each year to the point where I was privileged to become a board member in 2015.

While the opportunity to meet a portion of the physical and educational needs of the children of Haiti is rewarding, the opportunity to deliver these blessings in the name of Jesus Christ will provide a truly eternal blessing to many of those served by HFHC. My family and I are proud to be a part of this wonderful Christ-centered organization.

Kent Blake

Board Secretary & Treasurer

One of the most moving times of my life was getting on a plane and flying down to visit our child. We have continued to support him through secondary school and we want to stay with him. Staying with people is central to HFHC’s philosophy of going deep, not wide.

My wife, Jennifer, and I began sponsoring a child in the late 1990’s. As a family it was very good, not only for us but for our children, ages three and five at the time, to think and pray for our sponsored child, Jonas. We knew from pictures and stories the standard of living he experienced compared to our own. 

Cedric Boyd

Board Member

My involvement with Hope for Haiti's Children began in the fall of 2002. Working with an organization like HFHC, whose broad mission is to serve the needs of impoverished children has been, and continues to be, deeply rewarding.

Demonstrating compassion through service and personal leadership excites me, particularly in a locale where the needs are so great. My goal, working with our board, staff, and Haitian friends, is to bring our Rebuilding Hope 2020 plans to life for every child involved in our program; to turn expressions of love and compassion into concrete action for the children of Haiti.

Peggy Cruze

Board Member

My first trip into Haiti in June, 2001 was very revealing. I met a beautiful and valiant people engaged in daily living under such difficult circumstances. Their task today is even more daunting. So I am truly pleased to be a part of the family that is Hope for Haiti's Children and a part of an effort to bring relief and hope to the Haitians whose lives we are privileged to touch, especially the children.

Julie Georges

Board Member

My first trip to Haiti was in 1995. We came hoping to establish a child sponsorship program. I immediately fell in love with the people, particularly the Christians. They face such difficult life circumstances, they are constantly in some kind of serious need and yet are full of faith and love. 

Don Henderson

Board Member

I was asked by Ken Bever to go on a medical mission trip in July 2001. After seeing the children of Haiti with their extreme need and big smiles, I was hooked. They now own a piece of my heart.