Leadership: Board of Directors

Executive Leadership Team


Executive Director

Mary Ann LoFrumento, M.D.

Mary Ann is one of HUFH’s co-founders, and a Past President of the organization. This year she took on the position of Executive Director and is excited to lead the organization as it evolves to take on the current challenges in Haiti. Mary Ann is a nationally recognized pediatrician, author and video producer, with expertise in newborn medicine, medical education and global health.  A graduate of Barnard College and the University of Pennsylvania where she received her medical degree, she completed her training at Columbia Presbyterian-Babies Hospital. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University and newborn hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital of New York. For over a decade she coordinated the Hands Up for Haiti Global Health programs for residents and students in Pediatrics, Family Medicine and OB-GYN. In 2019, she received the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Award for Public Service in the Ambassador category, a recognition that her volunteerism has made the world a better place.


Bobby Derival

Bobby is a public health professional who strives to create positive social change through education, mentorship, and collaboration. After graduating from Fordham University, Bobby earned both a Master of Arts in Public Health and a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University. Bobby is currently the Executive Director of the Masters in Public Administration program at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College of New York. A first generation Haitian-American whose family is originally from Cap Haitien, Bobby has contributed his unique understanding of the culture and challenges of the people of Northern Haiti as both Vice President and a HUFH Executive Board member.  Bobby has a proven record of generating and building relationships and managing complex projects and he is excited to bring his leadership skills to the position of President of the Board.

Vice President

Hope Bechard Poole, R.N.

Hope is a registered nurse from Ontario, Canada who holds a masters degree in Nursing Education. She currently works in a variety of different settings including Emergency Nursing  and attending to victims of sexual or domestic assault. She has a passion for the education of nurses and continues to teach. Hope first traveled to Haiti in 2010 and became involved with Hands Up for Haiti in 2012 when she led her first team of nursing students on a global health mission. Hope has been an active team leader and head of the global health nursing program. She joined the HUFH board in 2015 and for the past several years has acted as Vice President for the organization. She is an advocate for continuing education for our in country staff and an advisor to our Haitian nursing leadership.


Stephanie Korn, R.N.

Stephanie is a Registered Nurse. After graduating from Barnard College in 1998 and while attending Bank Street College of Education (2000), she taught at The Brearley School for five years. After ten years at home raising her children, Stephanie decided to become a nurse, and graduated from Pace University with a Bachelors of Nursing in 2014. She became interested in Global Health through Hands Up For Haiti in 2012 and has been on multiple pediatric missions. Stephanie is now working on the Hypertension Program, hoping to provide long-term care for adult Haitian patients. She feels passionately about her work in Haiti and is committed to helping the Northern Haitian community.

Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer

Danielle Moncure

Danielle is a consultant with more than 8 years experience in tax consulting, compliance, and financial statement auditing. After graduating from University of Michigan, Danielle earned a Masters in Accounting from Walsh College. Currently, she is a Manager in the National Tax Services practice at PwC, specializing in Partnership Mergers & Acquisition consulting projects. Born and raised in Detroit, Danielle now resides in Dallas, TX. Danielle’s passion for driving equity within communities of color guides her volunteer service. Her local volunteer work includes participating in voting access initiatives and providing support for her neighboring school system. Danielle joined the Hands Up for Haiti Board in 2021 and has a dual role as Treasurer and our Chief Financial Officer. She actively advises our Haitian In-country leadership team on budgeting and financial management. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys gardening, fashion sewing, traveling with her husband and sampling local fare.


Members of the Board

Wendy Marx, M.D.

Wendy is a pediatrician formerly in private practice in Mount Kisco, New York. She graduated from Cornell University in 1987 and received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College  (Weill Cornell Medical College) in 1991. She did her pediatric training at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she also served as a Clinical Instructor before moving to Katonah, New York. After almost 20 years in private practice, Wendy decided to pursue more personally fulfilling interests, which led her to her first medical mission with Hands Up for Haiti in January 2014. She then “moved up through the ranks”, becoming a trip leader, Medical Committee member, Events Chair, Secretary, Vice President and most recently President. Having held many different roles in HUFH has afforded Wendy a broad understanding of its needs and goals. As immediate past President, she looks forward to continuing the critically important work of the organization.

Allison Platt, M.D., FAAP

Allison is a pediatrician in full-time practice in Mount Kisco, New York. She has been on faculty at New York Medical College since 2006, educating medical students as a Clinical Preceptor. She has served as the Pediatric Clerkship site director and currently is director of Medical Student Education at Optum CareMount.  She is also involved in Global Health Education. Allison is a graduate of Barnard College. She received her Medical Degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed her training at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center. Allison has been involved with Hands Up for Haiti since its inception serving on one of the first missions after the earthquake in 2010. She is a Past President of the Board, and has served as a trip leader, educator and board Vice President. She helped implement the HUFH malnutrition program and the Clean Water Program. She has also been involved in the ongoing education and training of our Haitian doctors, nurses and healthcare workers. Allison remains deeply committed to securing a healthier future for the communities we serve.  In 2019, she was a recipient of The Westchester County Doctors of Distinction Award- No Land Too Far for her work with Hands Up for Haiti.

Alexis Capozzoli, M.D.

Alexis, a pediatrician in private practice at Skylands Pediatrics in New Jersey, received her BA from American University in 2005, where she studied both biology and philosophy. After working for a year as a mental health worker at a psychiatric hospital, she earned her MD from St. Georges University in Grenada in 2010. As a resident in training at Morristown Medical Center, Alexis first joined Hands Up for Haiti in 2012 on one of our earliest global health trips, returning as a volunteer annually since and becoming a team leader in 2016. Away from her desk, Alexis focuses on family, friends and her puppy, who she named Shada after one of HUFH’s clinical sites, and is active in helping people register to vote. Passionate about caring for those in need, and with a lot of love to offer, Alexis has just been certified as a registered foster home for the New Jersey Division of Childhood Placement and Permanency (CPS).

Eric Doubt

Eric is a seasoned marketing communications executive with a diverse background in teaching, mentoring, medical journalism and volunteering. He has managed and owned several successful businesses specializing in the B2B, healthcare and non-profit sectors.Since 2006, Eric has volunteered and worked with several NGOs in Haiti including: Healing Hands for Haiti, Welcome Home Children’s Centre, Haiti Village Health and Hands Up for Haiti. He played a key role as executive director of a physical medicine and rehabilitation NGO in Haiti directing disaster management and redevelopment from 2009 – 2011. His introduction to HUFH was as a volunteer on the 2011 mission to Bod Me Limbe. Since then, he has consulted with HUFH on web development, rebranding and communications issues. Eric, born in Québec, now lives and works in Georgetown near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He received his BA from Bishop’s University and did a year of post graduate work in Montreal. He is a father of five, grandfather of three. While maintaining a business, CA14.biz, he is currently producing a film on blues music and working on a documentary on persons with disabilities in Haiti. His interests include creative writing, travel, cosmology, gardening and beekeeping.

Adam Handler, M.D., FAAP

Adam is a pediatrician in Parsippany, NJ. A graduate of New Jersey Medical School in 2011, Adam completed his pediatrics residency at Albert Einstein-Jacobi Medical Center in 2014 where he received the department’s award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Since entering private practice, Adam was named a “NJ Top Doctor” by Healthy Living magazine every year from 2015-2018, and he was also named “Favorite Kids Doc” by NJ Family Magazine every year from 2016-2019. Adam also serves as a preceptor for medical students at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Adam joined his first global health trip in January 2016 on a team let by fellow Board Member Dr. Hemant Kairam, and returned in 2018, 2019 and 2020. He is committed to working hand in hand with our Haitian leadership and to training the next generation of health professionals, both in the US and Haiti. Adam has watched the evolution of Haitian Run – Haitian Led, believes in it, and has confidence that our team on the ground has a sustainable operation.

Dan Haskell

After graduating from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Dan moved to the US and spent a decade in Non-Profit leadership roles. Over the past 7 years, Dan transitioned into tech sales and operations management roles, starting with special education tech and most recently at Payoneer, a public Fintech company based out of NYC. Dan came across HUFH in 2014 and after begging his way onto a trip, fell in love with the mission and the people and has been involved ever since. He lives in NJ with his wife Ariella & three children; outside of work, Dan spends as much time as possible outdoors & supporting charitable organizations.

Yewade Ng, D.O., FAAP

Wade is a pediatrician in private practice in Denville, NJ.  He received his BA and Masters of Science from The Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was recognized as Student of the Year in 2013. He completed his training at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and as a resident, joined his first global health trip in January 2016.  For many years he traveled annually to Haiti, serving as a co-leader on medical missions.  Wade continues to lead the Global Health program at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and is particularly interested in using his efforts to make certain that HUFH’s Global Health Program can resume once conditions improve,  ensuring a next generation of healthcare providers who are familiar with the challenges of working in under-resourced countries such as Haiti.

Lynn Perton

Lynn is a dedicated, lifelong public health nutrition leader. A registered dietician, she received a B.S. in Community Nutrition from Penn State University, an M.A. in Health Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and completed a Dietetic Internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Now retired, Lynn has more than 30 years of progressive leadership experience. She served as the Director of Nutrition Pediatric Ambulatory Care, St. Luke’s / Roosevelt Hospital and spent 26 years as the Regional Program Director for the NYS Metropolitan Regional Office, responsible for numerous feeding programs. Lynn co-founded the vibrant New York City Nutrition Education Network. Passionate about helping those in need, she currently volunteers to help improve the literacy of young children, serves as a greeter for the Make A Wish Foundation, and works with Neighbors Link Immigrant Center. Lynn’s first trip to Haiti was in January 2014 and she continues to travel annually on pediatric trips. She focuses her efforts on providing support for HUFH’s nutrition programs and our “Travaye Sante Kominote” (TSK – Community Health Worker) Program.

Barney Softness, M.D.

Barney is a general pediatrician and a specialist in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes. He has a private practice with two offices in Manhattan and is on the consulting staff at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University’s New York Presbyterian Hospital.  A graduate of Amherst College, Barney received his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics. Always passionate about Global Health, Barney has gone on medical missions to Africa, Asia and Central and South America over three decades.  He has been involved with HUFH since 2014, and has been on three missions to Cap Haitien, providing direct care and helping to educate local health professionals on issues related to endocrinology and diabetes.


Emeritus Board Members & Senior Advisors

Jill Ratner, M.D., Emeritus President, Senior Advisor & Co-Founder

Jill, a retired pediatrician, is HUFH’s co-founder and a key driving force. In 2010, Jill traveled to Haiti with a medical team in response to the devastating earthquake. She returned with a larger team in November of that year and soon after she co-founded Hands Up for Haiti. For over a decade, Jill has dedicated herself to the organization and its mission. Recently retired as an active HUFH board member, Jill remains in an advisory position to the board. Her contributions to the organization are immense. It was her original vision, a dream of helping to improve the health conditions facing the people of Haiti and especially the children, that has been the at the heart of all the work we have done over the past decade. She has used her talents, skills, and energy to create our programs and to help them evolve to serve ever changing needs. Many of our current programs were started by Jill, including our Malnutrition Program, Helping Babies Survive, Clean Water Wells, and TSK program (Community Health Workers), and she continues to advise the medical committees. She has led multiple teams of volunteers over the years, inspiring many to continue this work, and she has worked side by side with our Haitian medical team, offering support in education and clinical work.

Beth Bromberg, M.D., FAAO, US Program Head – Saving Vision

Beth Bromberg, a founding member of HUFH, is a Board certified comprehensive ophthalmologist. Beth graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago. After retiring from her private ophthalmology practice, Beth was an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai Hospital, working with residents on the Consult service. Beth serves on the Ethics Committee at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. Beth first traveled to Haiti in 2010, soon after the earthquake, and has done so at least annually since then, leading volunteer missions and helping to train Haitian ophthalmologists-in-training as well as provide continuing education to practicing ophthalmologists. Her goal, as the US leader of HUFH’s Saving Vision Program, is to identify and obtain ongoing treatment for patients with preventable causes of blindness among the Haitian population, and help train and empower her Haitian colleagues to have the skills to do so.


In Memoriam

Hands Up for Haiti remembers two beloved board members who left us too soon, both of whom helped countless people, both here and in Haiti:


Hemant Kairam, M.D.: a legacy of caring and compassion, an inspiring teacher and a true humanitarian. Read more about Dr. Kairam and his legacy here.



Judy McAvoy, R.N.: her memory and light will continue to shine through all of the nurses whose devotion she inspired.  Read about Judy and her legacy here.