Herby was born and raised in Gonaïves, Haiti. He spent several years in the USA (Massachusetts, Utah, and Florida), and when he returned to Gonaïves, he reunited with his childhood best friend, Harry Flècher, and created ZCH (also known as Timoun Siyon or Les Enfants de Sion) in order to address the needs of school children in hurricane-ravaged Gonaïves. Herby is an entrepreneur in Gonaïves. His wife and 3 children live in Florida.
Jeff is a neurologist specializing in epilepsy at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. He has traveled to Haiti several times, including a trip in 2010 directly after the earthquake with the Utah Hospital Task Force. He has completed two medical research projects in Haiti. He is fluent in Haitian Creole, and worked with the Haitian communities in Boston and New York on a church mission. Jeff has also traveled on humanitarian missions to India, Ghana, and Uganda. Jeff received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Utah, his MD and MPH in international health from NYMC, and completed neurology training at Yale University and UCSF.
Jeremy is an EEG Tech at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah. He traveled to Haiti with Zion’s Children of Haiti in the summer of 2014 where he helped run the physical activity portion of the summer camp. Jeremy received his BS in Exercise and Sports Science from Oregon State University where he also worked for several youth organizations promoting healthylifestyles. He resides with his brothers and his dog in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jesse is Zion’s Children of Haiti’s resident geek. He loves coding, designing and is passionate about entrepreneurship. Jesse served a church mission in the Caribbean and fell in love with the people and the different cultures. He also found out the dangers of living in the Hurricane Zone witnessing Hurricanes Luis and Marilyn firsthand. This gave him empathy for the people of Haiti and a desire to help. Jesse likes using technology to empower the ZCH team so that they can do their thing. When he’s not coding you might find him swimming, biking or running his way through the Wasatch Front.
Jessica works as an EEG Technician at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, and has been working in the Healthcare field for 7 years. She thoroughly enjoys helping people and has always wanted to do humanitarian work. When she learned about Zion’s Children of Haiti, she quickly got involved and took her first trip to Haiti in 2013. She loved it so much that she went again in 2014, and plans to go as often as she can in the years to come. She immediately fell in love with the people and their culture and grew a desire to help this organization grow to its full potential.
Lauren is a physical therapist with expertise in pediatric rehabilitation and has been working for Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital since 2002. Lauren is a founding member of ZCH, and fell in love with Haiti through her first trip with the Bigelow’s in 2009 and has been back several times. She worked with a medical outreach clinic in Carrefour in the direct aftermath of the January earthquake, and returned later to focus on teaching rehab education to nursing and rehabilitation technician staff. Lauren received her BS in health studies and MS is physical therapy from Boston University. She resides with her husband and daughter in Connecticut.
Staci is a clinical therapist that brings many years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents adults and families in the areas of substance abuse, attachment issues, PTSD, mental health, and crisis intervention. She has experience with grant writing and working with non-profit organizations. Staci traveled to Haiti in 2011 and 2013 with Zion’s Children, where she assisted with child and in-home assessments. She has also worked with various orphanages in Mexico helping to develop their education and assisted in the reconstruction of the orphanage facilities. Staci received her BS in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Social Work from Utah Valley University (UVU) and received her MSW in Social Work at the University of Southern California (USC). Staci lives in Saint George, Utah with her son Cole.
Tawny Larsen, MPH, RN
Tawny is a registered nurse with Intermountain Healthcare at Legacy OB-GYN. She received a BS in Nursing from Utah Valley University and a Master of Public Health degree from Brigham Young University. During nursing school, she became involved with the non-profit organization Rheumatic Rescue that helps to prevent and diagnose childhood rheumatic heart disease in developing countries. She traveled to Samoa for four summers with this organization. She plans to make her first trip to Haiti in 2015. Tawny lives in Orem and during her free time she likes to fly fish, hike, and read.
Sam works as the Director of Operations for a small nonprofit that provides career training to low-income and underserved youth. She holds masters degrees in Religious Studies and Business Administration. Having traveled to more than 30 countries, Sam has a great interest in global affairs and feels a deep sense of responsibility to help others lead healthy lives and achieve economic self-sufficiency. She serves as Zion’s accountant and as a member of the grants committee. Sam resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband.
Webèrt is a native of Gonaïves and an associate of Herby, Harry, and Isabelle. He has helped the organization get rooted and function in Gonaïves. He is talented in technology and web communication and functions as an office receptionist at ZCH’s headquarters. Webèrt lives in Gonaïves with his 2 children and extended family.