OUR TEAM & BOARD AT FLM HAITI
Allegra Battle is the Communications Manager for Propel Schools. She is an award-winning reporter, audio journalist, and blogger. Battle began her career as a morning news anchor for WAMO 106.7 FM in Pittsburgh. In 2017, she was selected as a RIAS German fellow and traveled to Brussels, Belgium, and Berlin and Hamburg Germany, where she covered the 2017 German elections and studied European politics and German history and culture. In 2018, she was awarded an Artist Opportunity Grant from the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council to research and report on the influence of African art and culture in Haiti. She has also worked as a freelance reporter for WESA 90.5 FM, where she covered Pittsburgh-related Arts and Culture stories. She holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Howard University in Washington, D.C.
James r. bryant
James R. Bryant is a Management Consultant and Project Manager with experience across organizational levels in multiple industries, including Energy, Healthcare, Transportation and Information Technology. He has delivered services and solutions to U.S. and global clients including EQT, Royal Dutch Shell, Highmark Health, GM, SABIC, HP, ExxonMobil, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He has a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves in the technical education area with the FLM-Haiti board, aligned with his passion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) outreach.
Verna Crichlow is a retired math teacher for the Woodland Hills school district; the owner of Caribbean Vibes Steelband; a former WYEP Volunteer deejay for Caribbean Rhythms; a volunteer for Global Pittsburgh with the Pittsburgh Council of International Visitors; and a Sunday School Teacher at Holy Cross Episcopal Church. She is also a cancer survivor who volunteers at the Hillman Cancer Center. She is an organizer with the FLM-Haiti annual walk-athon.
ervin e. dyer, phd
Ervin Dyer is a senior editor/writer with Pitt Magazine at the University of Pittsburgh. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in journalism and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. He serves with the communications committee on the FLM-Haiti board. When he is not traveling, writing, or playing tennis, he is thinking about and praying on how to help the people of Haiti.
the rev. molly t. golando
The Rev. Molly T. Golando’s passion is to help Haitians help themselves. She has worked with FLM-Haiti to create a summer teacher-training seminar in Thomassin for the area’s primary school teachers. Over the years, the seminar has grown to more than 100 participants. Besides the teachers’ seminar, she also joins with the education mission team to bring enrichment to students at the FLM–Haiti primary/secondary school. She has also worked on a sewing education seminar with the goal of having her Haitian women partners learn a cottage industry. To build on these efforts, she has generally traveled to Haiti two times each year since 2008. “The Haitians are such beautiful people,” Golando says, “you just can't help wanting to go back again and again!” She holds a BTSC from United Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in education from SUNY Fredonia. An ordained United Methodist deacon, Golando serves as a pastor for the United Presbyterian Church in Randolph, N.Y. She is married to her wonderful husband, David. They have three adult children and one granddaughter.
Maggie Hill hails from Boston, where she served in the Boston school system for 35 years as an elementary reading specialist and classroom teacher. She has been involved with FLM-Haiti since its inception and currently serves on the Advisory Board. She travels to Haiti bi-annually to volunteer with the education team. Hill has been to Haiti so many times that she is known as the “Lady Haiti.” In Boston, she is recognized as “the lady from Haiti.” Both titles she wears with honor because, as she says, “It is not about me. God gets the glory!”
the rev. james moran
James Moran is the senior pastor of the Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church in Cranberry Township, Pa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a doctorate from Reformed Theological Seminary. He made his first mission trip to Haiti in 2009 and has returned many times since. He serves on the Medical Committee of the board. He is married to Lynn Moran, a pharmacist. They are the parents of three children and four grandchildren. Moran fell in love with the Haitian people and tries to find creative ways to serve them.
Tim Savisky is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in the Biology program, focusing on ecology and environmental science. His studies focus on stream ecology and acid mine drainage effects. He has a PhD in Landscape Ecology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is active in local churches as a teacher of the Bible and also serves on the Board of Directors for Westmoreland Cleanways as well as the Sewickley Creek Watershed Association.
danielle m. smith
Danielle Smith is an award-winning audio journalist with Sheridan Broadcasting Networks and a personality with WGBN Gospel Radio Station in Pittsburgh. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in broadcasting from Point Park University. A contributing writer for the Soul Pitt Quarterly Magazine, Smith also hosts a community affairs show on PCTV 21/47 called Good News. In 2012, she organized a Church of God in Christ Support Group annual luncheon to educate local churches about the organization and the work needed to assist the Haitian people
rhonda taliaferro, phd
For more than 35 years, Rhonda Taliaferro was a teacher and administrator with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Though retired, she continues to serve in education as a part-time university supervisor in the Education Department at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne University, and master’s and doctorate degrees in educational administration and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She has served on the Education Committee with the FLM-Haiti Board for two years. Some of her favorite pastimes include international and domestic travel, cooking, theater, sharing with friends, classical music, and jazz, jazz, jazz. In gratitude, she serves with FLM-Haiti’s educational colleagues to empower children in Haiti.
ALLIANCE d’ ACTION CHRETIENNE
(BOARD OF DIRECTORS, HAITI)
Evens Frejuste, Chair
Pastor Romilus Louis, Secretary
Saincal Renestil, Treasurer
Bishop Leon D. Pamphile, Executive Director
Dieudonne Catulle, MD
Eluid Louis Jacques
The Rev. Jean-Bernard Saintime