David Belle | CEO
David Belle first travelled to Haiti in 1993 as a young filmmaker, helping to bring to light the nation’s struggle for democracy and has been working there ever since. Concerned by the unjust treatment of Haitian refugees, his film work later turned to the plight of immigrants in the US for which he was awarded the Alfred I. DuPont Award, the Pulitzer Prize for broadcast journalism. In 2004 David co-founded Haiti’s International Film Festival in the coastal town of Jacmel as a way of supporting the country’s creative and tourism industries. David then founded Haiti’s national film school, Ciné Institute, to educate and support young local filmmakers. David has been involved with APJ from its inception in 2009 sharing his expertise and experience in Haiti as a board member. He signed on as CEO of APJ in 2012.
Kathryn Everett | COO
Kathryn has been managing the progress of APJ’s programs since 2011 and oversees all aspects the organization’s work. Before joining the team, Kathryn worked to empower voters as a community organizer and fundraiser for progressive candidates, and traveled throughout Southern Africa and Southeast Asia with different organizations. Kathryn holds a BA in International Relations from Colgate University. She’s fond of birds, cold pressed juice, and one-upping her co workers on Instagram.
Dana Maksimovich | Events and Communications
A film industry veteran, Dana has been working with APJ Founder Paul Haggis since 1996, most notably as one of the producers on the Academy Award-winning film “Crash,” “In the Valley of Elah,” and the TV series “The Black Donnellys.” After the earthquake in Haiti, Dana helped produce the “We Are The World 25th Anniversary” video, directed by Haggis, to raise money for the devastated region. She has been at APJ since the very beginning and worked closely with the board of directors and staff to devise the founding principles as well as the long-term strategies of the organization. Dana manages all of APJ’s fundraising events around the world.
Vivienne Crye | Financial Controller
Vivienne Crye has over 20 years in financial controlling and advising. She has served as advisor for non-profit 501c3’s and as CFO for social impact enterprises. Currently serves as an advisor and financial controller to APJ, Vivienne has an MBA from Northeastern University and a BA from Michigan State University.
Matthew Cherchio | Operations Manager
Matt oversees the smooth operation of the APJ office and provides special project assistance as needed. He joined the team after returning from a year spent working and living abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matt holds a BA in Latin American Studies from Middlebury College and is from New Jersey. When not working he likes to travel, experiment in the kitchen, read all sorts of books, and sit around wishing he spent more time playing guitar.
Pascale Deau | Executive Assistant
Pascale was born in Malaysia and grew up in Paris before moving to NYC. She holds a BA in Social Sciences from the Université Paris Descartes. Pascale joins our team to help manage our CEO’s daily life and brings a fun and positive energy to the office. When she is not working, she likes to cook for her friends, go on adventures and listen to vinyls.
Sonal Gadre-Shintre | Graphic Designer
With over seven years of experience in the diverse creative field, Sonal has a strong track record of managing successful branding and advertising campaigns, graphic design solutions, and event graphics. For the past year she is been giving creative solutions for APJ projects and has a huge interest in typography.
Erlantz Hyppolite | Country Director
Erlantz, the newest member of the APJ team, is a Haitian physician that has been working in the public health sector for the past 10 years in Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, Léogâne, and Port-au-Prince. Over the course of his career he has undertaken many projects focused in underprivileged communities in his country. At the core of his work is the belief that providing dignity through education and economic opportunities is the core intervention that will change lives for the better in the long-term. Erlantz has sought ways to get involved in working with the youth of his country ever since coming to this conclusion. To Erlantz, Artists for Peace and Justice is a concretization of this vision and he is very excited to be a member of the team.