Administration & Staff

Tanya Pirtle- Executive Director

Tanya is the Executive Director for Emmaus House and serves as a liason between the staff and the Board of Directors. Her duties are both varied and extensive. On top of working with Emmaus House, she is a mother of 6 from Utah who adopted from Cap Haitien Children's Home in 2012. With a degree in Social Work, Tanya previously worked at the Mountain State Children's Home as a youth counselor. Tanya has been working in Haiti since 2010.

Jillian Kittrell- Director of Operations

Jillian lived in Haiti from 2011-2017 with her husband and children and helped start Emmaus House in 2013. Jillian is a graduate of Lipscomb University and holds degrees in both Psychology and Special Education. Jillian now resides in Tennessee and serves Emmaus House as Director of Operations, overseeing fundraising, sponsorship, accounting, and all media needs. Jillian is mom to 4 kids, 2 of which she adopted in Haiti. 

Gerome Annee- Program Administrator

Gerome has experience working with youth in Haiti for many years. He began his work at the Cap Haitien Children's Home as lead mechanic and team translator in 2006. Gerome has been with Emmaus House since the beginning in 2013 and is a founding leaders of the program. As program administrator, Gerome oversees both the youth and staff in Haiti. So much of Emmaus House's success can be credited to Gerome's leadership skills, commitment to our mission, and genuine love for youth in Haiti.

Marie Annee- Administrative Assistant

Marie is a trained nurse and helps to oversee the needs of the girls' house as well medical needs of the youth and staff. In addition, she serves as an administrative assistant to Gerome, who is also her husband. Marie is a mother to three beautiful children and has a true heart of a servant. 

Emmanuel Sannoh- Accountant

Born and raised in Sierra Leone, Emmanuel moved to Haiti 15 years ago after completing his MBA in Great Britain. Emmanuel has extensive work experience working for the United Nations both in West Africa and Haiti. In 2014, he took his knowledge of finance and administration and began teaching young adults in Haitian universities. Passionate about the mission of Emmaus House, Emmanuel joined our team in the summer of 2019 as our part-time accountant, overseeing the financials for both our monthly operations, as well as our building project. 

Jonathan Raphael- House Father & Spiritual Director

Jonathan serves as the house father for the boys' home. Jonathan is a graduate of the Center for Biblical Preaching and has planted two churches in Haiti. In addition to being a house father, Jonathan also serves as Spiritual Director for the youth and staff of Emmaus House.

Vivianne Raphael- House Mother

Vivianne serves as house mother for the boys. At the house, Vivianne oversee the daily needs of the boys as well as the kitchen and market needs. 

Eliane Augustine- House Mother

Eliane is the newest member of our team, becoming house mother to our girls in July 2018. She has been active as a teacher in the same church as the Emmaus youth for the last 4 years and is looking forward to getting to know them better. Her background is in nursing and she has two 2 grown children of her own. 

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Emmaus House
Cap haitien, Haiti

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Emmaus House

P.O. Box 3224

Johnson City, TN 37602

423-943-7044

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