Meet our team of passionate volunteers.

 
 

"Become friends with people who aren't your age. Hang out with people whose first language isn't the same as yours. Get to know someone who doesn't come from your social class. This is how you see the world. This is how you grow."

 

Board of Directors

 
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Brenda Staley

Founder / President / Executive Director

I began going to Haiti while working as a flight attendant in 1993. I was drawn to the sweet and cheerful nature of the people and soon I was volunteering on my days off with Airline Ambassadors.

After the earthquake in 2010, my husband Jeff and I went to help. We were blown away by the strong and resilient people we met. Even with impossible devastation to overcome, they remained positive and cheerful.  I noticed that the aid did not reach many of the areas of Port Au Prince we were visiting and I wanted to do something more long term to help. I chose education because it can provide the tools that kids need to build their futures and better their communities. I tested the program with 3 kids in 2011 with great success. By 2013 I had 15 kids enrolled and sponsored.

We now sponsor 24 kids in school and with the help of our airline passes, we travel to Haiti four times each year to monitor their progress and deliver donated goods to the kids and their families. 

This is truly a labor of love for me and I appreciate everyone who has helped make F4H possible.

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Alexis Coyle

Treasurer / Vice-President

While I had been a supporter of Futures4Haiti from afar as a sponsor since 2012, I fell in love with every child in our program on my first trip to Haiti in January 2016. I have since joined the Board as Treasurer and have visited Haiti every few months since. The beautiful, positive spirit of the people of Haiti gives me hope for the future of the children. As a Korean-American immigrant whose parents brought me to the U.S. seeking education, I am a strong believer in the power of education.

I am a graduate of Wellesley College and have been in Corporate Banking for over 23 years. I am a Managing Director at a bank in San Francisco, CA. I live in Lafayette, CA, with my husband, Jim, and my two children, Ryan and Caitlin.


 

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Jennifer Birch

Secretary / Digital Media Editor

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Brenda for 11 years and admiring her steadfast commitment to the people of Haiti, a country she knows well from her many years of service. I often helped to donate items through the Girl Scout troop I led in which both of our daughters were actively involved. The troop would always be excited about gathering items for donation to F4H or even sewing dresses from pillowcases to hand out on one of Brenda’s many trips each year. In the fall of 2017, I asked Brenda if my daughter Talula and I could join to help her on the ground in Haiti and meet all of the students we had heard so much about. To say that it was life-altering is an understatement. It is a common theme for people who visit Haiti to notice, but it is worth mentioning again - the people of Haiti are some of the warmest and happiest people I have ever met while also living under the most dire circumstances. It is clear that a path forward for the people living in the poor areas of Port au Prince is through education and that is why F4H makes such a difference in these families’ lives.

I have a degree in product design from the University of Cincinnati, and have been a designer for 26 years. I am currently a Senior Design Manager at a tech company in San Francisco. I live in Oakland, CA with my husband Alex and our two kids, Satchel and Talula.

 

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Sofia Staley

Junior Coordinator

 When my mom first started Futures 4 Haiti, I had no idea how different the Haitian people’s lives were from my own. Since my first trip in 2012 I have witnessed firsthand the love and kindness the people emit given their circumstances. This has truly been an eye opening experience for me and I am grateful to be a part of this organization. Seeing my mom be so deeply involved in something so selfless is very inspiring to me and it makes me very proud. Because I have been going to Haiti since I was 9, I feel like I have grown up with the kids and I enjoy seeing how they develop every time I visit. 

I am currently a junior at Oakland Technical High School and the act of giving kids the same opportunities I am handed is extremely rewarding. This experience makes me never take my education for granted.



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Jeff Staley

Director

 
 
 
 
 

Staff in Haiti

 

 
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