Jamalyn and her husband David lived in Fondwa, Haiti from 2003-2005 and consider Fondwa like home. Before founding Project Rouj, Jamalyn held a variety of roles in the United Methodist Church as an ordained Elder. Outside the office, Jamalyn loves hanging out with her family, watching sports, and drinking coffee with friends.
Buffy hails from Carmel, IN. Before joining the Project Rouj team, she worked as an IT Consultant and ran her own firm. When she’s not bringing Jamalyn’s dreams to life, she enjoys spinning, traveling, hiking with her husband, and cheering for her daughter at tennis tournaments.
Raised in Fondwa, Haiti, Luckner graduated from St. Antoine School and studied Management at the University of Fondwa. He is the co-founder of Project Rouj and has been working to manage building projects for Fondwa families. Luckner brings a strong combination of field and technical experience to our team, as well as an inspiring spirit.
Makendy was born in Delmas, Port-au-Prince. His father is from Fondwa, and Makendy moved back to Fondwa when he was 11 for better security. Makendy graduated from St. Antoine and continued into college at the University of Fondwa to study management. He has worked with World Concern as a liaison and volunteered for the Swiss Red Cross for four years. Makendy also worked as a secretary for APF. As of March 2020, he is the newest project manager for Project Rouj. With Project Rouj, Makendy hopes to help further develop Fondwa and construct a better life for his family.
Sherlyne is a resident of Fondwa. She was born in Port-au-Prince, but her family has roots in Fondwa. Sherlyne completed secondary school in Leogane. In 2005, she started an internship with APF working as an animator, and working with APF’s tree nursery. In this role, Sherlyne helped reforest Fondwa and provide better soil conditions for residents to farm. She also performed quarterly land inspections. In 2016, Sherlyne was married and now has a little boy. Sherlyne has good experience with ways to achieve transformation in Fondwa and is excited to be working with Project Rouj.
Venise was born in Fondwa and lives at home with her parents. Her father is a farmer in Fondwa along with her mother. She has one sister and four brothers. Venise graduated number 1 in her class from the St. Antoine School in Fondwa. She also has a degree in Management from the University of Fondwa. Venise joins the Project Rouj team in Haiti as the Office Manager.
Board of Directors
Pastor Mark Havel – President
Rebecca Wicker – Treasurer
Deb Rigney – Secretary
Holly Baker Banninga
Pastor Candi Boyd
Kathleen S. Crebo
Jessica Prothero Rusnak