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Michael A. Gardner Co-founder and President
Jean Phelix Joseph Co-founder and President
Roman Marciniak
Board Member
Mandy Thody Administrative Director

Michael A Gardner

Michael A. Gardner
Co-founder and President of the Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc. - based in Ile La Vache - Michael has been a resident in the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands for 30+ years.

Michael began his journey from the Great Lakes of Michigan to the Caribbean as an apprentice treasure hunter turning the wooden hulls of shipwrecked vessels into beautiful handmade furniture for re-sale to the nautical collectors market.  

He later discovered that the sheen on the shipwrecked furniture shined more brightly when hope entered the craftsmanship and the working hands of the beautiful people of Haiti poured their love into the project.  When he recognized that it wasn't the tattered wood but a shattered people, still managing to smile, that was making his adventure so rich, Michael felt a calling to give back.

Michael has been recognized many times by Rotary Clubs, both in Tortola and State-side, for his personal humanitarian endeavors over many years in the establishment and operation of The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc. 

His awards include the  "Paul Harris Fellowship Award" - named after the founder of the Rotary organization some 100 years ago - by the Rotary Club of Tortola, British Virgin Islands.
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Jean Phelix Joseph

Jean Phelix Joseph
Born in La Hatte, Ile La Vache, is also the Co-founder and President of The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc.

Married, and the father of 3 children, Phelix has finished his studies in Haitian law at Ecole de Droit et des Sciences Economiques des Cayes. He is also Secretary of the Committee General for the Development of Ile a Vache. Phelix lovingly pours his life into the community of Ile a Vache for the betterment of the people for whom he cares.

He is the day-to-day manager of Good Samaritan Foundation in Haiti, and responsible for all reports and banking, overseeing the running of the school and other programs.

Phelix and Michael Gardener have joined hands to create The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti, Inc. and make it a positive force in troubled times.
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Roman Marciniak

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Roman Marciniak
Board Member and a life-long friend of Michael's, has been a staunch supporter since before GSF was a formal entity. He lives in Michigan with his wife.

Roman has made several trips to Ile a Vache and GSF projects, and has been an important fundraiser, supplier of equipment and machinery, and personally sponsors two children who are learning English at schools in Les Cayes so that they will be able to help the project later on.
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Mandy Thody

Mandy Thody, currently Administrative Director of GSF, grew up in England and South Africa, and has spent 30 years sailing and living in the Caribbean. After gaining experience working for several different organizations all over Haiti before and after the earthquake, she adopted a ruined school and has rebuilt it and run it for 4 years with the help of friends and fellow artists in the Virgin Islands. Last year she took on the task of expanding and streamlining GSF, now combined with 100% for Haiti. Mandy speaks French and some Creole, and makes frequent trips to stay at our projects, start new initiatives and develop programs.

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The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti is committed to the advance of education, health and welfare of the underprivileged children of Haiti. The Good Samaritan Foundation of Haiti does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race or national or religious affiliation.

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Last Updated on: February 6, 2016