The leadership of THHT seeks to make a difference in this world. We realize that we are here on earth for just a short time (relatively speaking), and what could be more fulfilling than seeking to leave our earth better than we found it?
As individual leaders, our value system and guidance for life are focused on the life of Jesus Christ as documented in the Bible. While THHT is not a religious organization, and we seek to partner with all who share in a desire to improve health and life in Haiti, we like disclosing our world view to our partners. We seek to bring integrity and trust to the table through a well-documented value system, a commitment to follow that value system as best we can, and a call beyond ourselves, to make a difference and see Haiti’s health improve for all, without any form of discrimination.
We’re also keenly interested in efficient and effective solutions that employ best practices, and gather and utilize the wisdom and resources of many. (Steven Scott’s book in links provides many of the best practices we support)
While it’s not about us, we offer the following information hoping we’ll get to know each other better.
THHT Board of Directors:
Carwyn Hill is the co-founder and CEO of the Haiti Hospital Appeal, a UK-based Charity that has been working in Haiti since 2006. Since 2008 Carwyn has spent a large amount of time in Haiti working in the health system, the justice system and in developing an appropriate emergency response strategy post earthquake and in the more recent cholera epidemic. Through this he has worked directly with the UN, Haitian Ministry of Health, MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and a number of other leading agencies. With a background in Drama and Media, Carwyn has a passion for communication and design, seeking creative ways to advocate on behalf of the developing world.
Reninca Hill is a registered teacher in the UK, specializing in children with physical and emotional special needs. Her passion for children with disabilities drove her to help open a respite care center (or centre:) for children with special needs in Haiti (Maison de Benediction). She is a volunteer staff member with Haiti Hospital Appeal, spending significant time in Haiti with husband, Carwyn, and heading up HHA’s children with disabilities initiatives.
Carol VanArtsdalen, Licensed Physical Therapist, has been involved with many leadership and charitable endeavors throughout her life, from Girl Scout troop leader and PTA president, to more recent activities with local and international mission organizations. One of her finest accomplishments to date has been the raising three terrific and diverse children: an artist, a teacher, and an engineer (who lived in Haiti for 2 years, and introduced her and husband, Jim, to the needs and opportunities in Haiti).
Karen K Griffin is a Registered Nurse who has focused on community service for over 20 years. She has been a board member of the local Young Life Organization and served as a leader in Young Life’s middle school outreach. She has served on the board of Benard’s Vision, a non-profit serving the needs of orphans in western Kenya. Karen has accompanied her husband, Bob, on medical mission trips and has also assisted in leading a team of 21 teenagers on a 2 week mission trip to Romania.
Robert M Griffin, Jr is a board certified physician in the fields of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. A partner at The Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Reading and Co-Director of the Clinical Research Center of Reading, he has a heart for medical missions and has served on several international medical mission trips. Bob serves frequently with wife, Karen, and was active the variety of mission initiatives listed above.
Jim VanArtsdalen is former Chairman and co-founder of The Information Systems Manager, Inc., a software solutions company that served the Information Technology performance management needs of larger companies. His passions include family, serving with wife, Carol, and technologies and methodologies to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and impact of charitable endeavors.
Mike Corvino is a Certified Public Accountant and business consultant. He is a shareholder in the firm Abraham, Borda, Corvino, Butz, LaValva & Co, PC. Mike and his wife Kate have two teenage boys and he is very active in their sports and music activities. He has been involved for many years with a children’s school in Easton serving in various roles as a board member, treasurer, and financial consultant.