Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Dennis, along with his wife Suzie, makes his home at Wallback, WV. Dennis is part owner and office manager at Legg’s Welding Inc., where he has worked for 39 years. He is also a bi-vocational minister and his home church is Newton Baptist Church at Newton, WV. Dennis and Suzie have been the leaders for the Central WV team since 2012. Dennis is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Friends of Fort Liberte’ and is also a Finance Committee member. Dennis traveled to Fort Liberte’ for the first time in 2003. He loves construction and his particular passion is new projects to improve the Eben-Ezer Farm.
Les is a charter member of the Friends of Fort Liberte Board and has volunteered with the Friends of Fort Liberte since 1987. Les took his first trip to Haiti in 1992 and has led the Christmas trip since 1995. For many years, he led the Warrenton Baptist team, but after moving to Hopewell, NJ in 2007, he quickly got his new church, Central Baptist, involved and he continues to lead the trip in December. Les has been an integral part of the development of the Eben Ezer Clinic.
Secretary / Clinic Committee Chair
A charter member of the board, Bonnie has volunteered with the Friends of Fort Liberté since becoming a child sponsor in 1987. A public health nurse and infectious disease specialist, her first trip to Fort Liberté was in 1992, when she helped operate the first open medical clinic. She continues to support the clinic program both from her home in Elkins, West Virginia, and on work trips twice a year. “Haiti is just a part of my family’s life”, Bonnie commented. “My late husband, all my children, and other family members as well, have been touched by the love of the Haitian people. Working with FFL has just become part of the norm for us; grandchildren are next.”
Annette King Crislip
Financial Committee Chair
Annette King Crislip first traveled to Haiti in July 1975 as part of the YES! Group from St. Albans, W. Va., digging the Jerusalem Baptist Church footers for their new building. She was a founder of Friends of Fort Liberte and has served on the Board of Directors since the organizations’ beginning in 1993. Over the years, she has led groups and introduced many friends to the work in Fort Liberte. She and her husband, Drew, live in South Charleston, West Virginia and belong to Oakwood Baptist Church. They have five grown children and an ever growing brood of grandchildren. Annette works most days on the organizational and financial side of FFL.
Finance Compliance Officer
Terry Hayes is a member of the Alliance Community Fellowship and is retired as Theatre Director at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. He serves as our Financial Officer and handles the daily deposits of all contributions received by the Friends of Ft. Liberte, as well as all the necessary paperwork to maintain our non-profit status. He first went to Haiti with the GO! group from First Baptist Church of Elkins in 1987, and has returned many times. Terry has served on the Board of Directors since it's inception in 1993, and he is an integral part of the daily operations that make the work we do possible.
Education Committee Chair / Finance Committee
Malissa and her husband Jack live in Charleston WV. She is a retired early childhood education teacher. Malissa started going to Haiti in 2001 with the medical mission team from First Presbyterian Church in South Charleston. She has traveled to Fort Liberté with many of the groups. She heads up the education committee for FFL, works on the finance committee entering payments and making deposits and coordinates with the child sponsorship chair.
Child Sponsorship Chair
Gail Kelly and her husband, "Pat", live in Huntington, WV and belong to New Baptist Church. They started going to Haiti in 1997, and soon after took over the organization of the Child Sponsorship Program, photographing and updating all the children's records each year. Pat and Gail's love for the children of Ft. Liberte is evident to all who know them. In 2012 Pat and Gail became Trip Leaders. Gail is a retired Laboratory Technologist and has worked hard to set up and maintain the Lab at the Eben Ezer Clinic. Pat is a retired from hospital information systems and has been working to create and maintain a computer lab at the school.
Farm Committee Chair
Suzie has been associated with FFL since 2001. After making her first trip to Fort Liberte’ in 2003 she knew that Fort Liberte’ and its people would forever be a part of her life. After making that first trip she has returned many times working in the medical clinic and on the construction site.
Now most of her time is spent in the development of the Eben-Ezer Farm of which she serves as Chairman of the Farm Committee. She is a West Virginia University Certified Master Gardener of which those skills and contacts are used to improve the farm. Suzie is devoted to making the Eben-Ezer Farm a sustainable, thriving farm.
Suzie and her husband, Dennis, make their home in Wallback, WV. They attend and are supported by Newton Baptist Church.
Orphanage Committee Chair / Kinship Transition Lead
Clair has enjoyed working in the adoption world since 2004. Earning her MSW in 1984 from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), she first worked in family counseling for the Navy’s Family Service Center system while a Navy wife. She feels privileged that she was then able to remain home with her three children for 14 years, enjoying her ability to easily volunteer for their varied school and church activities. When ready to return to employment, she first worked as a hospital social worker, but was delighted to join Forever Families Adoption Services and thinks it is a great privilege to play a small part in the adoption process of so many wonderful families. Her awareness of and sensitivity to the unique needs of children who live in poverty draws her to the children of Haiti. She has made numerous trips to Fort Liberté since 2007, the first two with her husband and three children.
On a more personal note, Clair married that rowdy little boy from her 4-year old Sunday School class after attending 1st -12 th grades together and then attending college three states apart. She and Philip married in 1982, and are now empty nesters. They are grateful for the presence of their crazy rescue dog and two cool cats in their home.
Architectural Planner / Construction Committee
Christopher King, an architect from Knoxville, TN, has grown up with Haiti, meeting Pastor Andre Jean when he was just one day old! He first went to Ft. Liberte at age 12 and participated in trips all through high school. Christopher has designed many of our projects in Fort Liberte. He chairs the Construction Committee, which coordinates construction trips from the US and Haitian builders on our building projects. He and his wife, Alice, are active at Redeemer Church in Knoxville, TN.
Andy Guertler attends First United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia and is Medical Director of the University Health Center at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Andy has been going to Haiti since 2007. He has been involved in construction through Building Goodness Foundation and the Friends of Ft. Liberte and medical care in Grison Garde through The Haiti Mission. Andy is currently part of the construction committee and is focused on working with the Jericho community to improve the quality of life of the elderly. He leads a yearly trip in mid to late October.
Shelly Hodges lives in Cross Lanes, WV with her husband Jim. She has been going to Fort Libertè with the South Charleston medical team since 2009. As a new member of the FFL Board she is serving on the Medical Committee. She is a pharmacist with Fruth Pharmacy and oversees the running of the pharmacy in the Eben-Ezer Clinic. Shelly attends Covenant Presbyterian in Nitro, WV.
Colleen King Thornbrugh
Website and Social Media Lead
Colleen lives in Knoxville, TN with her husband, Cevin Thornbrugh. Colleen grew up traveling to Haiti with her mom (Annette King Crislip) and church youth group. During her high school trips to Fort Liberté Colleen discovered a love for photography and video. In college she majored in Digital Media Art and Animation, and then began to manage the FFL website and social media pages with Cevin. Over a decade ago, Colleen began sponsoring Tendia (pictured) and enjoys a close friendship with her today.
Media Committee / Facebook Coordinator
TJ Muehleisen has been traveling to Fort Liberte, Haiti since 2009 when he took his first trip with the Christmas team led by Les Enterline. TJ joins the FFL Associate Board as part of the media team, handing social media postings. He hopes that by using social media he can help create an active awareness of the Friends of Fort Liberte Organization, Haiti, and our partners who help feed, care and educate those in Fort Liberte, Haiti. TJ attends Central: A Christ Centered Church in Ewing, NJ where he lives with his wife Kayla and son Colton.
Grandparents House Coordinator / Finance Committee
Lisa lives in South Charleston, West Virginia where she is the youth director at First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston and works at Charleston Area Medical Center. She started going to Haiti with her church's medical mission team in 2012.
Ashley Enterline, daughter of Les Enterline, has grown up with Haiti in her life. She started going as a teenager and went all through middle school, high school and college. Ashley is now a nurse and works at the Eben Ezer Clinic. She treasures the relationships she has formed, and looks forward to working with the Board of Directors and Pastor Dasnis for the future of Ft. Liberte.
Finance Committee / Higher Education Associate
Abby Whitlock lives in Charleston, WV with her husband Anthony where they attend Randolph Street Baptist Church. Abby is a Speech Language Pathologist for Linguacare, Associates and works full time in the school system. She made her first trip to Haiti in 2006 and has a great passion for education.
Kaity is from Warrenton, Virginia where she lives with her husband, Bryan, and son, Tyler. Kaity is a member of Warrenton Baptist Church and has been a part of the Haiti mission teams from WBC since her first trip in 1999. What Kaity loves most about Haiti is the joy, hope, and restoration she sees in the people of Ft. Liberte and the Haitian friendships that have helped shape her love for missions. Kaity is excited to see how the Lord continues to work in Haiti and the Friends of Ft. Liberte.