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.
Valerie Boucard | Director of Development
Valerie comes to APJ with over a decade of experience in nonprofit fundraising, corporate relations, and program implementation experience. Her background includes Development and Program Director roles at the NYC Coalition Against Hunger, as well as global new business development at Texarome, Inc. She brings a deep passion for international development and a strong belief in the power of education to affect real change in Haiti to her role as US Director of Development.
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.
Caitlin Deibel | Communications and Creative Manager
Caitlin guides all things visual at APJ. Her ideas stem from constant observation and interaction with people around her. Artistically, sources of inspiration are never-ending: influences include Jean Giraud, Dries Van Noten, Neil Young, and her personal role model: Jay-Z. “There are no rules and those are the rules” is her M.O. She feels most at home when surrounded by nature. Grounded optimist and sneaker enthusiast, her long-term goals include earning her pilot’s license and someday having a dance-off with David Byrne.
Jeanelle Augustin | Digital Fellow
Jeanelle is APJ’s social media guru. Before joining the team, Jeanelle worked in Kaka’ako empowering at-risk youth through arts education and storytelling. She is inspired by the grassroots potential of street art for social change in local communities and believes in the power of international artistic collaboration for peace. Jeanelle studied Anthropology, Africana Studies, and Visual Culture at Williams College and Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. She enjoys reading Spanish magical realism, eating mangoes, and naming obscure funk samples.