Planning Committee


Marian Allen has traveled to Haiti several times over the last three years to work on and lead groups of volunteers in medical and development missions.  She has been a strong supporter of Pittsburgh-based initiatives aimed at improving education and healthcare in LaBoule and Thomassin, and works to raise awareness and funds to further those efforts.

RabbiHenrySharyn Henry is a Rabbi at Rodef Shalom.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin and graduated from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is passionate about education and social justice.  Rabbi Henry has traveled to Haiti twice to participate in medical and development efforts, and looks forward to taking part in another group trip to Haiti next year.


Abigail Salisbury is a lawyer whose studies and career have been focused on international and comparative law.  She is currently a full-time Master of Public Policy and Management student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  She volunteered in Haiti on a short medical mission trip in 2012 and has also worked in Africa and the Balkans.  Her professional interests include international law, capacity-building, post-conflict reconstruction, human rights, and rule of law implementation. 

cindyCindy Tilson is a retired nurse anesthetist, dedicated community activist, and volunteer.   She has devoted time to serving with relief missions in Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, and was most recently in Haiti as a guest of and medical volunteer for Functional Literacy Ministry.  Her newest Haitian initiative is to establish a sewing center and ongoing curriculum in a girl’s orphanage in Latremblay/Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.


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