Maryse Pénette-Kedar

Board of Advisors

Maryse Pénette-Kedar, President of PRODEV’s Board of Directors, has dedicated her life and her treasures to strengthening Haiti’s economic, social and political infrastructure. As the daughter of an iconic leader in education the Honorable Max Pénette, she is committed to continuing her family’s tradition of nation-building on the principle of quality education for all.

Today, Pénette-Kedar, is ever more engaged in what she calls “the battle for Haiti’s future”.  As the Founder and Board President of the Progress through Development through Education Foundation (PRODEV), where she oversees the  local foundation ‘s efforts to manage three schools in different parts of the country and offer over 1000 students, access to quality education.  Pénette-Kedar is also co-chairs CLE, the Haitian Center for Leadership and Excellence.

Pénette-Kedar She currently serves as the Senior Consultant to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the President of SOLANO, Royal Caribbean’s affiliate in Haiti. She was Haiti’s Tourism Secretary of State from 1995-1999. In that capacity Pénette-Kedar undertook a critically needed inventory of Haiti’s natural assets. Between 1987 and 1990, Ms. Pénette-Kedar was widely credited for having played a critical role in negotiating Haiti’s entry in the Lomé Convention, while serving as the Chargé d’Affaires attached to the Haitian Embassy in Belgium. As a signatory of the Lome Convention  Haiti was positioned to secure the financial and technical support of the European Community, considered today the most important source of international development aid.

Pénette-Kedar’s civic mindedness has been recognized throughout the years, most notably with the Grand Croix, the highest honor and recognition bestowed by the Government of Haiti, for her accomplishments. Maryse is our voice of wisdom and our champion in Haiti.


Venita Bell Shaw

Board of Directors 

Venita worked in the financial sector for over 40 years! Venita she left to pursue her passion as a freelance photographer. She is the owner of VBS Photography.  VBS Photography specializes in many aspects of photography including photo philanthropy. She partners with non-profit organizations to tell their stories through her photography.  Venita was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where she attended the Ohio Visual Arts Institution where she studied Photography.   Venita has lived in the Boston area for 31 years, has one son, loves Crossfit and loves traveling. Venita avidly promotes our work, she captures our what we do in her photographs. 


Rebecca Roseme Obounou

Board of Directors & President

Rebecca runs and leads CHES. Inspired by her experiences as a Haitian-American who was born in the US but raised in Haiti as a young woman, she founded CHES in 2008. Her time in Haiti taught her that the most vulnerable Haitians seek dignified jobs before they seek charity. This realization shaped her life’s trajectory. Rebecca decided to go to business school due to the conviction that she developed that business is one of the key elements to poverty eradication. She earned her undergraduate degree in Management from Bentley University and holds a Master in Business Administration from Babson College with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and the Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track. Her career  includes corporate retail, real estate sales, product sales, and hospitality. She currently works at Babson College as Assistant Director of the Schlesinger Fund for Global Healthcare Entrepreneurship. Rebecca is happily married, loves traveling the world, and enjoys well-made movies and TV series.


Rose Roseme

Board of Directors

Rose, a Haitian-American woman, is a founding member of CHES’ board. She leads the CHES’ product sales fundraising initiative and weighs in on the strategic direction of the organization. She travels to volunteer and to teach on CHES mission trips. From 1998 – 2000 while living in Haiti, Rose started-up a social enterprise. She opened a low-cost clinic in Limbe, Northern Haiti where she treated patients with minor ailments. Through her social venture, Rose helped hundreds and hundreds of people in the surrounding communities. Rose is a registered nurse and works currently as a Nurse Manager at an assisted living facility in Massachusetts. She is a proud grandmother to three children. Rose is another voice of wisdom on our team. She promotes our work and trains Haitian entrepreneurs.


Marson Sam

Board of Directors

Marson Sam was born and raised in Cap-Haïtien, Haïti. He received he education there in computer operating systems as well as graphic design. He began working at a young age as a teenager at his dad’s (Jacquelin Sam) business, Eko Carrefour des Techniciens. He is also a disc jockey and musician; Marson started a Kompa band called Imperial Band in Cap-Haitïen, Haiti as a teenager.

He moved to Florida in 1999. There, He got into the real state and mortgages business and later opened a tax service business. Marson was also talk show host of a popular Kajou TV show in West Palm Beach from 2008-2014. He attended Palm Beach acting school and was later casted as a main character in Le Prix à Payer a Mora Jr. Etienne film in 2008. Later that same year, He played as supporting actor in I Love You Too a Nerlin St. Fleur Film.

Marson has a passion for Haiti and food and beverages and always wanted to become in entrepreneur in that space. In 2014, he opened Eko Resto Bar And Grill in Cap-Haïtien that he currently runs. Marson is engaged to his beautiful fiancée Wilda Joseph and has a daughter who he loves unconditionally. Marson actively promotes our work and serves as a trainer and mentor to our constituents in Haiti.

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Vanessa Etienne

Haiti Operations Director

Vanessa Etienne was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She earned her bachelor degree in International Management from the Univèrsite de Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada. Vanessa also earned a masters in health administration at the Univèrsite d’État d’Haïti. Her professional experience includes customer service representative and quality services manager at the Hospital of Canapé Vert and sales coordinator at Digicel, Haiti’s largest telecom company, as a sales coordinator. Photography is Vanessa’s hobby. She photographs events such as birthdays and communions. At the beginning of 2017, Vanessa joined our team in Haiti to expand and manage CHES Haiti Operations.


Marcia Rosemé

Liaison and Content Designer

Marcia Roseme is a skilled fashion designer residing in New York. She obtained her BFA in Fashion Design, from Mass College of Art and Design. At the age of six, she moved from America to Haiti. While there, her mother use her education in nursing to provide low-cost health care for hundreds of impoverished Haitians. This experience brought Marcia to understand the  power of using her skill as a designer and artist to empower others.

As a self starting individual, she’s worked with many-high level fashion companies such as Express and Tracey Reese. She’s versed both women’s & men’s  apparel. Marcia is also a skilled artist across many mediums which include sketching, oil painting, graphic design and more.


Andral Obenor


Andral serves as our eyes and ears on the ground in Haiti. He also joins CHES mission trips and is involved in trainings the organization hosts. Andral is also a part-time radio talk show host and marketing agent at UNIBank in Haiti. Andral graduated from Université Chretien du Nord d’Haiti (UCNH). He is married and a proud father of two young girls.

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