Co-Founder and Program Manager
Antonica Payen is a small business owner with dual citizenship in the United States and Haiti. Antonica earned her Secretarial Diploma degree at Piger Secretarial School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She serves as Treasurer of the Risk and Disaster Committee in her local community of La Vallee. In that capacity, she has worked with an array of nonprofits to improve the medical care, education and livelihoods of the residents of her community.
Advisory Board Members:
- Frere Valmyr – principal of Leonce Megie
- Jean Claude Payen– assistant principal of Lavial
- Jean Baptiste Gilles– head of the local vocational school
- Remy Rene – Principal of CIO
- Paulette Payen– Principal of Ecoloe Moderne
- Wilbert Calixte – Teacher at ENV
In the United States
Co-Founder, Director of Programs
Ann Bazzarone is a scholar and educator with broad experience in non-profit work, teaching, and higher education administration. She holds a PhD. in Cultural Studies and an M.A. in Archaeology from George Mason University. Her areas of expertise include processes of acculturation, immigration, ethnicity, and cultural history. She was the recipient of the distinguished Provost Full Fellowship and served as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University. In addition, Dr. Bazzarone served for nine years as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Greece, a non-profit private university located outside Athens, Greece. As a member of the board she served on the academic and development committees. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Management Society, Washington D.C. Chapter.
Co-Founder, Director of Administration
Marcy Rehberger is an attorney with experience in federal court litigation, regulatory matters, and corporate governance. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from University of South Carolina. She has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations in governance, communications and fundraising. Her involvement in community affairs has included serving on the Institutional Review Board of Children’s National Medical Center, serving as a court-appointed special advocate for abused children with CASA Fairfax, and volunteering with the Nyumbani Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition, she has furthered her knowledge of education issues by serving on the parent boards of several public and private schools. She also serves as a volunteer teacher in an English as a second language program for recent immigrants to the U.S.
Director of Communications
Kim Burnett came to Alliance for Haiti’s Children out of a desire to be part of a small but profoundly effective organization. After an early public policy career on Capitol Hill and at the state and local level, she focused on nonprofit organizations, from the St. Louis Symphony to the Children’s Friendship Project in Northern Ireland. She specializes in organizational development, communications, and fundraising, and holds a M.Sc. in Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
M. Patricia Vaughn
Director of Finance
Patti Vaughn is currently the Chief Financial Officer of the financial planning firm she and her husband, Bruce founded in 1996. Patti graduated from Marymount University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and has earned her Certified Financial Planner designation. In addition to her work for Haiti’s Children, Patti is actively involved in supporting seniors in her local community. She is a volunteer caretaker and serves on the board of directors of the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna (SCOV). SCOV provides free services and programs for seniors who wish to “Age in Place.” Her board position has involved researching and applying for grants to further support the mission of serving the vulnerable elderly in the community.
Director of Student Sponsorships and Teacher Training
Mildred Secor is an experienced French teacher, translator and interpreter. Her special area of interest is bilingual education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Maryland and has done graduate work in the field of Education at the University of Virginia. She has lived and studied in Europe, the Middle East, Canada and Haiti. Her professional interest in curriculum planning has led her to develop a Kreyol language course for her fellow Board Members and Teacher Preparation Workshops for our teachers in Haiti.
Director of Logistics and Events
Karen Bybee has spent more than 25 years working as an event organizer in international sports. Among her various assignments, she has been involved with four FIFA World Cups, eight Olympic Games, two Golf Ryder Cups, and a Women’s World Volleyball Grand Prix. She also worked as the Director of Player Relations for the Booz Allen Classic, a PGA TOUR event held in the Washington, D.C. area. Her roles vary from event to event, ranging from positions on the organizing committee to working with hospitality programs for event VIPS. In between her large scale events, she has worked as an event contractor for a number of international and domestic clients.
In her spare time, Bybee enjoys running and traveling and resides with her husband and three sons in Northern Virginia.