Our Team

Warner Woodworth, Executive Board Member

Warner Woodworth is a professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behavior at Brigham Young University. In addition to his academic credentials and professional accomplishments, Warner has extensive experience with various NGOs and development projects. He has also published widely on social entrepreneurship and development. His commitment to action has led him to found 21 NGOs serving 24 different countries. One of Sustain Haiti’s catalysts and co-founders, Warner also organized student volunteer movements following Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, after flooding in Guatemala, and in response to the tsunami in Thailand.

Dustin Homer, Board Member, Treasurer

Dustin is an international development professional, Sustain Haiti co-founder and former director. He is currently with Development Gateway, where he works to help country governments and aid donor agencies be more effective. He has also worked on development impact evaluations. His education background is in political science and economics.

Rony Charles, Board Member

Rony studies accounting, business management, and information systems at BYU. He was a co-founder and led our efforts in Leogane during 2010. Rony also worked as the In-Country Director in Leogane during 2011. Known as Sustain Haiti’s “Miracle Man,” Rony grew up in Port-au-Prince and lived in Leogane while serving as a missionary for the LDS Church. Rony is dedicated to helping his countrymen and intends to make Haitian development a lifelong pursuit. He specializes in micro-enterprise and business education.

Douglas Lewis, Board Member

Douglas Lewis is a construction, facilities, and maintenance director working for a Utah County company that was recently ranked in the top 10 revenue companies, and among the top 5 of the 30 fastest growing companies in Utah County. Having studied at the University of Phoenix and having held the position of Director of IT for a number of years, he has the tech competence required to help Sustain Haiti move to the next level. His abilities in computer-aided drafting, along with mechanical and security related skills are widely known. Doug grew up in Provo, Utah, is married, and he and his wife have five children. He has studied French and volunteered in Leogane, Haiti during the summer of 2010.

Janessa Hatch, Board Member

Janessa is a graduate from University of Southern California with a Masters degree in Social Work, and a graduate from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, with an emphasis on development and foreign aid effectiveness. Janessa currently works in the field of community mental health as a clinician providing psychotherapy services in individual and group settings. In 2012, Janessa worked as the In-Country Director for Sustain Haiti, and conducted community focus groups on gender equality issues.

Paul Thompson, Board Member

Paul Thompson received a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Harvard University and was then an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School. He began teaching at Brigham Young University in 1973, serving there as professor of Organizational Behavior, going on to serve as chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior and dean of the Marriott School of Management. Next, he served as Vice President of Development and University Relations at BYU. From there, he became President of Weber State University between 1990 to 2002. In the LDS Church, Paul was called to serve as President of the Massachusetts Boston Mission, and he currently serves as a counselor in the Boston Temple.

Roger Williams, Board Member

Over the course of 33 years with BellHelicopter, Roger Williams held positions of responsibility in operational start-ups for Mirabel, Canada, Guadalajara, Mexico, Taif, Saudi Arabia and Amarillo, Texas. In 2012, he retired as Bell’s Director of Site Operations for the Amarillo Assembly Center, production facility for the Bell Huey and Cobra helicopters and the Bell-Boeing Osprey tiltrotor. Additionally, Roger taught in the MBA program at the University of Dallas for over 10 years and served in leadership positions in workforce development consortia at the local, regional and state levels for Texas.

Ashley Burton, Board Member

Ashley fell in love with Haiti on her first visit in 2013 and returned for a summer in 2014 as Country Director with Sustain Haiti. She also visited during the holidays last year. She recently received her MPA from Virginia Commonwealth University and has a BA in political science from Brigham Young University. Currently Ashley works with Habitat for Humanity of Utah County as the Neighborhood Revitalization Coordinator.

Alexandria Scott, Co-Executive Director

The majority of Alexandria’s career has been spent in non-profit, with her work centering on program management and fundraising. She has worked in several areas including child food insecurity, intimate partner violence and domestic abuse, youth services and education, and community empowerment. Alex received her BA from Brigham Young University in Political Science and began volunteering with Sustain Haiti in 2012.

Zach Christensen, Co-Executive Director

Zach’s professional work has centered on humanitarian assistance, foreign aid effectiveness, transparency, and international development data. He has worked on related subjects in the UK, Uganda, Kosovo, Haiti. He is currently working in Washington DC. He has published research on the relationship between foreign aid and education outcomes. Zach received his BA from Brigham Young University in Political Science and an MA from Princeton University in Politics.