Project Coordinators/Fundraisers (Philip Schneider, Lisa Rueff Schneider, Misha Collins, Cinde Monsam & Gina Murdock)
Philip Schneider - is a business development and consultant to for-profit and non-profit companies and organizations focused on sustainable development and entertainment. Philip was a founding partner in Acre Partners and LL Ventures LLC, boutique New York/London investment banks. The firms focused on real estate and Internet investments and financings, managing and raising over $500 million in private client and corporate funds.
Philip is currently consulting with individual, corporate and organizational clients on financial, creative and crowdsourcing strategies including Avalon Productions, Cascade Settlement Services, Generocity,and Blue Sky Homes. He sits on the board of the Art Department, a holding company for non-profit and artistic endeavors. He is also a certified permaculture and Feng Shui consultant and holder of Guinness World Record.
Lisa Rueff– Global tour operator to developing countries worldwide, Lisa is also a Bay area yoga teacher, humanitarian and fundraiser. Lisa has coordinated dozens of fundraisers in the Bay Area for a variety of causes both domestic and international. Lisa recently partnered with Virgin to lead international “Connection Trips” worldwide. First trips include Haiti with Maria Bello and Jordan with Queen Noor. The trips offer participants the chance to travel to unique and beautiful cultures, participate in fulfilling cause work while enjoying the local cultural arts (music, dance, food, and arts). She currently sits on the board of the non-profit Create Peace Project.
Misha Collins – Misha, Co-Founder of non-profit Random Acts and film company Avalon Productions is a philanthropist, actor and director. He’s currently featured on Supernatural a Warner Bros television series and has starred in several Hollywood films and dozens of prime time television series. His global non-profit, Random Acts, is conducting random acts of kindness all over the world…from Brazil to Russia to Mexico to Haiti…He works in partnership with his fans to establish and support projects that benefit communities and/or inspire art and creativity. He’s currently planning several large globally based art installations involving nature and extreme crises. Misha has already raised over $400,000 for Haiti and his non-profit, including running a 53 mile “pledge-driven” ultra-marathon. In addition to providing the majority of the funding, Misha will be annually leading volunteers to help the construction process in Jacmel.
Cinde Monsam – is the newly appointed Director of Random Acts a non-profit that is the primary funder of the Jacmel Childrens Center. Partnering with Misha Collins, she helps to develop strategies to breathe life into his vision of a better world and helps to make dreams into reality by ensuring the goals and mission of Random Acts remain in sync, funded and successfully executed. Currently an executive in the aviation industry, with 31 years of business management experience, she leads the team of talented, dedicated staff volunteers. Cinde is longtime supporter of community activism and is or has volunteered with 4-H, Girls Scouts, United Way, American Red Cross, Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity, American Cancer Society, community food banks/pantries/soup kitchens, Optimist Clubs, Junior Achievement, and her church’s mission and outreach programs. Cinde says, “I sincerely believe and enthusiastically support the mission of the Random Acts organization. Kindness should be fundamental to our interaction with each other. At Random Acts, we hope to provide the path that leads others to instill kindness in every action with every person, every day.”
Gina Murdock – You will find Gina Murdock running, swimming, surfing, skiing, flying, floating, yoga-ing, kayaking, climbing, biking, walking and talking all the while dreaming about how to make the world a better place. Gina is turning these dreams into reality by working on environmental issues as a board member of The Center for Living Peace in Orange County, CA. and as the founder and director of the Aspen Yoga Society in her hometown of Aspen, CO.
Gina is passionate about social justice and believes in the power of love to change the world for good. Gina enthusiastically joined the Jacmel Chilren’s Center development team in February to help create a place for love, peace and hope in Haiti. Gina plans to help raise funds and awareness through working with The Center for Living Peace (www.goodhappens.org)
Weinstein A/U (www.weinsteinau.com)
Founded by award-winning sustainable architect Ed Weinstein, Weinstein AU is recognized as one of the Northwest’s leading design firms and has demonstrated design excellence on a broad array of building types including state, city federal public and not-for-profit facilities and urban mixed use and multi-family residential projects. Ed Weinstein is also an accomplished Hawaii developer, designing and developing the 24-unit Papali Wailea on Maui (www.papaliwailea.com) – winner of the 2009 Builder’s Choice Merit Award. His projects have received 47 Seattle chapter, Northwest and Pacific region and national AIA design awards. He’s also served on numerous AIA design juries throughout the country. Ed is generously contributing his wisdom and experience with sustainable design, and the architectural fees of his firm and its partners for this cause.
Jason Oliveira has been with Weinstein A|U Architects + Urban Designers since 2003, and has contributed to many community and multi-family residential projects at the firm, recently as the project designer for a 41,000 square foot Boys & Girls Club. He received his Master of Architecture degree at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design after his undergraduate studies in Civil and Structural Engineering at Northeastern University. Jason draws from his broad professional experience in design, engineering, and planning to fully engage the many considerations in complex projects. He is a registered architect and a LEED AP – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, with strong interest in sustainable design, particularly in the areas of natural daylighting and energy efficiency.
Children’s Center Manager:
Bonite Affriany, originally from Haiti and a member of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, returned to her hometown of Jacmel, where she purchased property in order to build a food, faith and education center, for poverty-stricken children. Due to the rampant poverty in Jacmel, most families barely have one meal per day. Bonite began a feeding program for the children in her area that provides a nutritious meal for over 280 children from Monday through Friday. She also noticed that other family members were without food for many days and started a micro-loan program. This program lends adults money to purchase groceries and to resell them, enabling them to provide for themselves.
She also conducts classes for an Adult Education program to teach mathematics and reading/writing in Creole and French as well as bible study and song. The program currently has 11 qualified teachers and 3 classes with over 60 adult students. Bonite is working tirelessly to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of the people of Jacmel. In addition to her existing property that features a large structure for feeding and educating the children, Bonite owns a 19,000 SF tract of land approximately 100 yards from her facility that she has designated for the Children’s Center. She personally managed the construction of her existing facility in the late 1980’s. It’s a 5000 SF structure that features meeting, cooking, and dining spaces.
Haiti Construction Project Team
In September, Lisa and Philip brought down 750 pounds of tools and $1500 to help ACDI VOCA launch APTECH’s first class – 40 students (many of whom were orphaned in the earthquake). This class is graduating in March and the orphanage will be the first project they work on, managed by the experienced faculty of APTECH.
This is an exciting opportunity to empower these students with not only employment, but also a feeling of self-worth in that they are helping improve the social infrastructure of their Community.
US Construction Advisor
Cameron Kent Allen – Kent Allen, a Wyoming resident, offers 30+ years of extensive experience in construction, seismic and hurricane-resistant building techniques, and how to assess materials used for various types of construction. In October he went to Haiti for over a month to help global non-profit ACDI VOCA launch APTECH’s first construction school for young adults. He has returned to Haiti to continue to train the students and enhance their vocational opportunities.
Kent Allen will be assisting the program both by working directly with Ed Weinstein (the architect) on how best to design the structure given materials accessibility as well as seismic/hurricane considerations. Kent also plans on being the on-the-ground US construction advisor and working closely with the faculty and students of APTECH.