Dr. David Morrisette is a tenured professor and director at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Division of Physical Therapy. He is a licensed PT in South Carolina and Georgia, and is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching. Dr, Morrisette’s areas of specialization are osteoarthritis and chronic pain complications following spinal cord injuries. He currently the principal investigator for a multi-year research grant regarding management of lower back pain. Dr. Morrisette has been a contributor to the FSRL curriculum committee and, in 2016, began serving as a volunteer faculty member for the FSRL program on campus in Léogâne.
Zara Harris, MS Occupational Therapy, has been working with children, teens and adults providing evaluation, assessment, and treatment for problems associated with learning difficulties and ADHD for over 40 years. Over the course of her career Zara worked in schools and clinics in many countries, including England, France, US, Germany, Czech Republic, South Africa, and Argentina. In addition, Zara has participated as a volunteer on medical missions to St. Vincent’s Center in Haiti, and has taught at FSRL.
Janis Handte is a senior consultant at the New York City office of an international consulting firm that specializes in management of human capital. She currently is a manager in corporate research and development, following 20 years of experience of managing analytic projects related to employee health care benefits for corporate clients.
Janis has graduate degrees in public health and in research methods applied to social science. In 2017, Janis earned certification in Data Science. Outside of work, Janis has held a variety of volunteer positions in her community, including serving as treasurer for her home owners' association and serving in various roles for her Episcopal church, including treasurer and senior warden.
Dr. Renee Brown has been a practicing physical therapist since 1983, specializing in the area of adolescent and adult neurologic rehabilitation. Prior to coming to Belmont, Dr. Brown was on faculty at UT-Southwestern Medical Center, Ithaca College, and most recently at Vanderbilt University where she was also Physical Therapy Coordinator for Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute. She currently teaches in the area of neuroscience and adult neurologic rehabilitation. Her line of research is determining functional outcomes in seating and mobility in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Adult Seating and Mobility Clinic.
Dr. Brown is the Academic Residency Director for Neurologic Clinical Residency at Vanderbilt Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute and Belmont University. Dr. Brown has an interest in international medical service, having coordinated and participated in medical service trips to Bangladesh, Guatemala, Ghana and an upcoming trip to Haiti. Dr. Brown is a member of the APTA's sections on Education, Neurology, and Health Policy.
Tom Tamlyn, HRF Secretary, has lived in New York City since 1958. He graduated from the Choir School of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 1967 and from Collegiate School in 1971. He received a B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis in 1976 and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1981. From 1981 through the present he has practiced as a lawyer specializing in business litigation, first at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, and then at Yeskoo Hogan & Tamlyn, LLP (and predecessor firms).
Rick Bolt is a board certified family physician practicing in the Charleston, SC, area. Rick is a founding member of the Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, one of the largest independent primary care groups in South Carolina, and has served in a leadership role in the company for 20 years. He is currently Treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee. Rick began medical mission work in Uganda in 2007 with his wife, Patty Coker-Bolt (who is a member of the HRF Academic Committee), and is committed to the advancement of medical education in Haiti. Rick is an avid photographer.
Dr. Catherine Feintuch, obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in September 2015. Her research focused on immune and genetic factors associated with the progression and severity of pediatric cerebral malaria. Additionally, Dr. Feintuch completed a Certificate in Public Health, which included coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics and global health.
Dr. Feintuch has conducted field research in Blantyre, Malawi. While pursuing her research in Malawi, Dr. Feintuch worked closely with rehab therapists who improved the lives of children disabled by infectious disease.
Marjorie Dimanche, was born and raised in Haiti. She received training in physical therapy as an apprentice to a PT from England, at St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince. She worked as the principal therapy provider and clinic supervisor for ten years. In 1999 she received a visa to travel to the US to work. She started her legal application for US citizenship, which is still in process today in 2014. Even though Gabby had experience working as a therapy provider, she did not have the academic degree needed to do the same work in the US. She became a Certified Nursing Assistant, studied English, and worked at two or sometimes three jobs so that she could send money to support the education and daily needs of her husband and two children in Haiti. She has accompanied rehabilitation teams from the US to Haiti, working as a translator for medical caregivers.
Janet O’Flynn earned her doctorate from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She has degrees in Liberal Arts, OT, and Special Education. She is one of the founders of HRF and is presently in residence in Léogâne, serving as Acting Dean of the Faculté des Sciences de Réhabilitation de Léogâne (FSRL).
Dr. Monique Germain has served as the Department Chair of Nursing at Chicago State University, where she recently retired as Assistant Professor. Dr. Germain is originally from Haiti and she completed her first BA degree there in liberal arts. Her graduate education, in the U.S., has been in nursing, public health, international health, and adult higher education. Dr. Germain has international interests and experience in Ghana, South Africa, and Haiti.Dr. Germain has been closely connected with the nursing program, FSIL, at the Episcopal University of Haiti for a long time. She served a term as Chair of the FSIL governing board, which provides academic oversight to FSIL. Currently she is a member of that FSIL board, as well as the Haiti Nursing Foundation (HNF) board. Dr. Germain was nominated by the HNF board to join us on the Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation board, to serve as a liaison between the two closely connected programs.
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Robin Tacchetti is a licensed physical therapist in Maryland. Robin has worked in multiple facets of PT including orthopaedics, home care, academia and research. Robin has worked with HRF in creating coursework for FSRL. In addition, she is providing marketing and PR expertise to HRF.
Yves Roséus earned his doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Rocky Mountain University of Health Sciences, Provo, Utah. He has professional experience and expertise in early intervention, feeding, hand therapy, and orthotics. He has taught at Long Island University and Downstate University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Roséus works as Senior Occupational Therapist for outpatient orthopedics and hand therapy at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn.
Sabrina Salvant is the program director for the new entry-level doctorate program in occupational therapy at Belmont University. She has degrees from Cornell University and Columbia University, where she taught in the OT program for a number of years. at Columbia University. Dr. Salvant is a member of ACOTE, American Council for Occupational Therapy Education, which evaluates OT educational programs for accreditation.