Board of Directors


Gina Ferrus is a strong advocate for children and their country. Born in Petit Goave, Haiti, Gina is currently the Chief Executive Officer and President of Fondation Enfant Jesus (FEJ). Her visionary leadership has led to the creation of a community center in full swing, a medical clinic, school and orphanage and innovative programs that support women, education, health and community development in rural areas of Haiti.

She earned several degrees abroad in nursing, counseling and public health administration. Gina has dedicated her life to humanitarian efforts, offering hope to dozens of abandoned and orphaned children and empowering local communities to build a better and more sustainable future.


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Serge Ferrus - Treasurer

Serge Ferrus is deeply respected in Haiti’s business community and government sector. Through his vision and business acumen, the Tim-Bar International Paper Company, where he serves as the General Manager, remains a Haitian-owned and operated manufacturing company.

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Maryse Vieux - Secretary

Maryse Vieux has over 30 years of experience in education and management. She is passionate about serving the young and the old. In 2010, she retired from her post as the President and General Director of Kindergarten, Petits Bouts de Choux, in Haiti, where she served for 14 years.
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Gerald Reid, MD. - Member

Dr. Gerald Reid is a board certified surgeon, specializing in surgical oncology. Born in Petit-Goave, Haiti, Dr. Reid completed his medical studies at the University of Haiti and his residency at Memorial Hospital in Worchester, Massachusetts.

Other Members:

Gihane D. Mathurin
Vanessa Abdel-Razac


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Brooke Lehman - Board President

Brooke Lehmann is a clinical social worker and public interest attorney whose professional expertise is in the areas of children’s health, education, and child welfare. Ms. Lehmann has spent two decades providing direct clinical and advocacy…

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Patrick Ingersoll - Treasurer

Mr. Ingersoll was born in Haiti and was adopted through FEJ. He moved to Minnesota in 2005, where he still currently lives, but he has made several trips to Haiti since his adoption. He has a bachelor of science degree in finance and works in fraud prevention for a fortune 500 company. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, various DIY projects, derivative trading and volunteering.

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Jerry Oetgen - Vice President

A retired senior U.S. diplomat and an historian, Jerome Oetgen most recenlty was a professorial lecturer in the School of Professional and Extended Studies at American University, Washington, DC; as well as historian… . 

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Brian Carlson - Dir. of USA Operations

Brian has been helping to recruit and coordinate volunteers for FEJ since early 2012 and began serving as the Operations Director in August 2015. His involvement with FEJ started in 2007 when he and his wife, Dr. Rima Carlson, began the process of adopting their oldest daughter from FEJ’s…

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David Westveer - Member

David became a certified private pilot at the age of 17. After high school, he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, having accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours in the cockpit of more than 10 different aircraft by the age of 20.
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Jennifer Ash M.D. - Member

Jennifer is a vascular surgeon, currently working at Christie Clinic Vein & Vascular Center in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (home of the University of Illinois). She earned her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield in 2003.

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Lillian Dukes - Member

Lillian is a highly experienced senior operations leader who is currently Principal and President of LAD Consulting. She has extensive global experience delivering strategic organizational improvements in start-up, turnaround, and mature manufacturing environments.
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Andrew Girard - Member

Andrew is the principle shareholder of The Girard Law Group, P.C. a law firm in Chicago, Illinois.  His office counsels hundreds of for and not-for-profit companies in Illinois and Colorado.  

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Sandra Perez - Member

Sandra Carmant-Perez is a Travel Tourism Guru with over 25 years’ experience in launching and managing Special Travel Groups. With proficiency in Marketing, Community Leadership and Diversity…

Marcia Brown - Member

Marcia is a global executive, who positions organizations for success with effective and innovative business strategy and tactical marketing leadership. She’s…
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Lisa Torres - Member

Ms. Torres is an executive coach for growing nonprofits, helping their staff to serve with excellence. She has over twenty years of experience as an international nonprofit fundraiser for…




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Jon Robertson

Presently, Jon Robertson is the Dean of the Lynn University Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida (formerly The Harid Conservatory). In addition to his position as conductor and music director of the Redlands Symphony, Robertson continues his guest conducting appearances nationally and internationally. Along with performing and academia, Robertson enjoys writing, the study of Theology, and is sought after as a consultant, lecturer and motivational speaker. He and his wife Florence have been involved with FEJ-USA since its formation.
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Chantal Moise

Chantal has been helping Lucienne Duncan with her charitable endeavors in Lamardelle since 1975. First it was with the small school (3 of 4 classes for 20 children), then building the Church Enfant Jesus. She left for the USA and served as a member of the FEJ-USA (formerly VVHF) board from 2007-2017.

She is the Administrator of EZtron services in Miami, FL. She is an Executive Assistant for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and also a board member of 4C (Caribbean Canadian Chemical Co), a pharmaceutical manufacturer and retailer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush was a professional Business/Operations Manager with 30 years experience in Fortune 500 companies.  In addition to her corporate career, she served in leadership positions in professional and community organizations for many years emphasizing her strong commitment to lifelong education. Ms. Bush was deeply involved with FEJ-USA from 2010 until her passing in 2022.

Other Members:

Henrietta Moore  As a founding member of VVHF, Henrietta was a key part of the success of FEJ and FEJ-USA.