Who we are

All Volunteers

  • Jeff Baden

    Member at large

    Jeff serves as the Senior Pastor at Hamilton Life Church in Chattanooga, TN. He and his wife, Carrie, have been married since 2007 and have seven wonderful kids. Jeff loves spending time with his family, rooting for the Minnesota Vikings, and watching movies.

    Jeff’s heart is to see people changed through the power of God’s word. He is excited to support and serve Pastor Marcel, and all those affiliated with Hope For Haiti, in their calling to reach this wonderful nation.

  • 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 since 1996 . 4 boys grace their home, Benjamin their oldest is on his own and is doing well, Connor, Ethan, and Jackson. Benjamin went to Haiti 1st time when he was 9. Now the entire family have visited Haiti.

    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. We took our whole family to Haiti 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 around Thanksgiving. The boys are also helping to earn money for next years trip.

  • Terri justice


    Terri was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. She served in the United States Army., and is now a nurse and works with veterans.  4 sons, 2 daughters and 5 grandsons are a treasure to her and she married Daniel May 2021.

    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 to experience Haiti first hand.

    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 as often as possible.

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

  • Melissa Passons Smith

    Member at Large

    Melissa was introduced to Haiti by her dad, Austin Passons.  She went to Haiti with him the first time about a decade ago.  She immediately fell in love with the people and the ministry of EMEVI there. She has been to Haiti many times since that first trip and loves that her dad was able to share his love of Jesus and missions with her.

  • Arthur D. Rousseau

    Interim President

    Arthur (Art) is retired living in Sumter, SC. He's been married to his wonderful wife, Lynda, since 1972 and they have three daughters and 6 grandchildren.

    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.

  • Lynda Rousseau


    Lynda lives with Art in Sumter, SC.

    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. 

  • Jon & Diane Seitz and Timothy Whorl


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