Who we are


  • Arthur D. Rousseau

    President

    Arthur (Art) is a pastor in Montrose, Colorado. He's been married to his wonderful wife, Lynda, for over 40 years and they have three daughters.


    In 2000, the Lord led him to Haiti where he met Pastor Marcel Destine. Since then, Marcel has become a good friend who's impacted Art's life with his passion and love for the Haitian people. Hope for Haiti is the embodiment of this passion. It enables Art and Marcel to bring support to the loving people of Haiti and, seeing the Haitian children grow is one of the most rewarding aspects of Art's time. As Art says, "Working with EMEVI in Haiti and seeing the hunger and thirst for more spurs me on."


    Art invites everyone he meets to get to know the Haitian people because their love and joy despite their hardship will touch any heart.

  • Chris Whiteside

    Chris passed away this past May 4th and is vey much missed - Vice President


    His legacy speaks volumes and will be seen in Colmini Haiti with the completion of the school buildings there. More about this may be seen on our FB Page, click here. 


    In 2017 Chris connected with the Hope for Haiti board with the focus on helping the people in Haiti. He is married to Terri and they reside in Chattanooga Tennessee. They have been married for 20 years and have 6 children together, 4 sons, 2 daughters and 5 grandsons.


    In 2013 God connected Chris and Art at Hamilton Life Church in Chattanooga, TN. In 2014 He went on his first mission trip to Haiti with his wife and youngest son David. While there he made a connection with Pastor Marcel and the other Haitians. Afterwards he was asked about leading future teams to Haiti and from 2015 he and his wife Terri have been leading teams from Tennessee to Haiti.


    He has a heart for helping the Haitians in anyway he can. His passion is real, the people are real and God is real in everything he does for Haiti.


  • Terri Whiteside

    Secretary


    Terri was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. She served in the United States Army., and is now a nurse and works with veterans. Married for 20 years to Chris they have 4 sons, 2 daughters and 5 grandsons.


    Her first trip to Haiti was in 2014. From then on she has grown to love Haiti and the people there. She enjoys leading teams yearly from Tennessee along with her husband Chris.


    Terri considers herself an advocate for Haiti and connected with the Hope for Haiti board in 2017.


    Terri counts it a privilege to be a part of the progress of additional classrooms being built in Colmini, Haiti and being able to visit yearly with her husband.


    Terri loves Haitian food, especially green eggs as she calls them.


  • austin passons

    Member at Large

    I have been married for 10 years. We have two children and six grandsons. The last 15 years I have gone to Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Cuba, Russia, Panama, Dominican Republic and Haiti. After going to Haiti I fell in love with them. 


    I have been going to Haiti for the last 8 years. I have loved seeing the progress being made for the churches and schools. Pastor Marcel has become a close friend. I love seeing the children coming to know the Lord.


  • Lynda Rousseau

    Treasurer

    Lynda lives with Art in Montrose, Colorado.


    On the same trip in 2000, she met Marcel Destine and the Haitian people and she shares their passion for helping those in need within the country. She particularly has a soft spot for the people who live in the hills because they are so friendly despite lacking basic living essentials.


    As Treasurer for Hope for Haiti, Lynda's able to use her twenty-three years of accounting experience to assist the ministry in providing much needed aid to the Haitian people. Lynda's favorite Haitian dishes are red beans and rice, and goat. 

  • Damon passons

    Member at large


    Damon has been married to Kristi and it's the best thing that ever happened to me other than my relationship with the Lord. They have been married for 22 years. 4 boys grace their home, Benjamin 17 who works a part time job, plays percussion at school, Connor who is 14 and a freshman, Ethan 11. Jackson 9. Benjamin went to Haiti 1st time when he was 9.


    Princeton Texas is where they call home and Damon is on staff at Hope Church with campuses at Frisco and Mckinney Texas. He oversees the kids ministry at Hope in a Central Leadership position that oversees each campus. Reaching families is a passion. Damon says this area is a Melting Pot beyond your imagination. God is bringing all kinds of people together!


    Damon likes to work, he does not have many hobbies. Enjoys sitting and talking on the back porch. Likes to play with kids. In the process now of building a chicken coup and buying chicks. The boys will take on most of those responsibilities. Sitting on 5 acres of property, they hope to have goats along with the chickens.


    Our family has a huge heart for Haiti. We have supported children in Haiti for years. Took whole family to Haiti last year and they all fell in love with the ministry and culture. Playing with the kids and working with them on the building. Puppet shows and building were a few of the activities for that trip. Have started saving now for their next trip for 2019 around Thanksgiving. The boys are also helping to earn money for next years trip.



  • Jon & Diane Seitz and Timothy Whorl

    CO-FOUNDERS AND BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS: DIANE, JON, TIMOTHY


    Diane, Jon and Timothy (Left) founded Hope for Haiti. The trio lives in southern Pennsylvania. Diane and her husband first visited Haiti in the 80's. Their daughter, 5 or 6 years old at the time, contracted the chickenpox and was unable to come to Haiti. Diane's mother-in-law offered to keep her daughter so they could go on the trip. As it turns out, Marcel Destine took the seat their daughter vacated. They exchanged addresses and Hope for Haiti was formed.

    Since the, she and her husband have visited Haiti with many others including Art and Lynda Rousseau, who now run the ministry