Jillian lived in Haiti from 2011-2017 and co-founded Emmaus House in 2013. She is a graduate of Lipscomb University and holds degrees in both Psychology and Special Education. Jillian resides in Tennessee and serves Emmaus House as Executive Director. Jillian is mom to 4 beautiful children, 2 of which she adopted in Haiti.
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 leader of the program. As administrator, Gerome oversees both the youth and staff in Haiti.
Jonathan has been with Emmaus House since our formation in 2013. Originally serving as house father for the boys, Jonathan is now the Spiritual Director for the program, and oversees the spiritual development of both the youth and staff. Jonathan is a graduate of the Center for Biblical Preaching and has planted two churches in Haiti.
Eliane became a house mother to our girls in July 2018. She is an active teacher in the same community church as the Emmaus youth, which is where their relationship began. Her background is in nursing and she has two 2 grown children of her own.
Dealaneur is a masters level Psychologist with a degree from University Franco Haïtienne. His specialities include child and adolescent development as well and marriage and family counseling. He is fluent in many languages including Creole, French, English, and Spanish.
After working with youth in Haiti since 2010, Tanya co-founded Emmaus House alongside Jillian. Tanya now serves as Program Manager, overseeing the development and and growth of our programs in Haiti. On top of working with Emmaus House, she is a mother of 6 from Utah who adopted from Haiti in 2012.
Marie is a trained nurse and helps to oversee the needs of the girls' house as well as the medical needs of the youth and staff. In addition, she serves as an administrative assistant to Gerome, managing the office needs, calendar, and youth paperwork.
Samuel has a degree in administration, as well as certifications in theology, English, and computer science. He has worked as a university professor and as a community health educator. Wiseline has a background in accounting and office administration and has work experience as a secretary. Together, Samuel and Wiseline were presidents of the youth group at the Airport Road Church of Christ from 2003-2006. They are parents to three beautiful children.
Born and raised in Sierra Leone, Emmanuel moved to Haiti 15 years ago after completing his MBA in Great Britain. Emmanuel has extensive experience working for the United Nations both in West Africa and Haiti. In 2014, he 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.
Leadwine is a masters level Psychologist and is a graduate of University Franco Haïtienne. Her speciality is in art therapy. Leadwine is married and a mother to one beautiful baby.