We would like to introduce the myLIFEspeaks Staff. These are the people who work hard (around the clock most of the time) to make sure things get done. You can contact them via Email, find them on Facebook or Twitter, and watch some Introduction Videos. Thanks for taking a look around and we look forward to getting to know you.
United States Staff
Mike Wilson: Founder/CEO
Mike has been going to Haiti regularly since 2003 and leading short-term mission trips to Haiti since 2005. Mike and his wife, Missy, have 3 biological children (all boys) and have adopted 2 daughters from the country of Haiti and have another daughter who currently lives and works in Haiti with the myLIFEspeaks organization as the Child Intake Coordinator (Katie). Mike has been travelling full-time and speaking to groups of all sizes since 2008. He is passionate about helping others “Park Their Hearts” around the globe and watching people learn to live for something bigger than them.
Missy Wilson: Founder/Executive Director
Missy has been the executive director of a non-profit organization, BGM, since 2008. She has helped this organization develop an office staff that has transformed the group’s efforts in the United States and in Haiti. She has led short-term mission teams to Haiti since 2010 and has been involved heavily with relief efforts and orphan care in Haiti. Missy has a passion to help people around the world use their resources to reach out to the underprivileged and to provide the best quality of LIFE possible to orphans with and without special needs. As a mother of a son with severe special needs, Missy understands the difficulties associated with caring for children with special needs. She has seen her own family transformed by the dynamics of her son with special needs as well as her two adopted daughters from Haiti.
Russell Irwin: Chief Operations Officer
Russell has been a friend of myLIFEspeaks from day one. He has given wisdom, insight, and help to everyone and every aspect of myLIFEspeaks. Since Russell’s first trip to Haiti, he has been passionate about helping Haitians be all they can be. He joins myLIFEspeaks after spending the last 15 years as an executive in the business world. Russell’s daily passion is to help myLIFEspeaks operate efficiently and smoothly, while helping the residents of Neply live a LIFE of Hope. He and his wife, Darlene, relocated to Gallatin, TN. Russell and Darlene have 2 children and 7 grandchildren and 2 miniature schnauzers.
Darlene Irwin: Trip Coordinator
Darlene has known Missy longer than anyone else…because they are SISTERS! 2012 was a year of change for Darlene and Russell. Darlene made her first trip to Neply in April and that was just the beginning. They moved from their hometown of Knoxville, TN to begin working with myLIFEspeaks. Darlene brings an amazing background of management and organization to myLIFEspeaks. With her in the office and coordinating trips, things are amazing. The joke is that within 3 weeks of Darlene coming…all the trips for 2013 were full. Darlene and Russell have 2 children and 7 grandchildren and 2 miniature schnauzers.
Diana Day-Cartee: Director of Development
Diana brings experience, relationships, and a passion for excellence to the myLIFEspeaks team. She made her first visit to Neply in 2012 with her husband Alan and her daughter Ali. After visiting Neply, she knew she was going to be a part of a new Haiti. Diana helps myLIFEspeaks connect to businesses and organizations willing to help carry out the vision of SPEAKING UP and Empowering Families. She has an infections smile and a passion for LIFE. She is a constant encouragement and is committed to seeing myLIFEspeaks be the best it can be. Diana, Alan, and Ali live in Nashville, TN.
Chris King: On-Site Director, Neply, Haiti
Chris King and his wife, Tracy, come to us from Midlothian, Texas. Chris has spent the last few years as a High School Football Coach and most recently a Defensive Coordinator. His passion for Haiti is one that burns strong and bright. Chris combines the passion of a football coach with the heart of a father and the desire to see Neply change for the better. He brings his strong organizational skills and hard-working demeanor to the myLIFEspeaks team to give direction to our staff, leadership to the community, and encouragement to Neply.
Tracy King: On-Site Director, Neply, Haiti
Tracy is a mom at heart. She’s an incredible mother to her 5 children and she still has a desire to love more! Tracy has a passion for the children of the myLIFEspeaks campus, the children of Neply, and the women of Haiti. She will mentor the women of myLIFEspeaks and open her home to the women of Neply. Tracy will be instrumental in helping the women and children of Neply learn LIFE skills that will help them move forward. Tracy brings her talents as a bookkeeper, organizer, budgeter, and MOM to the myLIFEspeaks campus.
Leslie Watson: Community Involvement Director, Neply, Haiti
Leslie’s heart for Haiti was birthed during her first trip there in 2009. After that trip, she took a job as a missions director, coordinating team trips to Haiti, which allowed her to return several times. Leslie’s passion in LIFE is people, especially children. After falling in love with the Haitian people, she knew God was calling her to Haiti full-time, so she moved there in June 2011. Shortly after moving to the village of Neply, she began teaching English 5 days a week. After spending time getting to know the community, Leslie felt God leading her to do more to impact their lives, so she started a feeding program. This program started with 22 children once a week, and quickly grew to more than 100 children 3 days a week. Leslie has a degree in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations and Global Studies, which is a great tool to guide her in the role of Community Involvement Director in Haiti. Leslie’s hope is that her LIFE is speaking to others every day and inspiring them to do the same.
If you would like to support Leslie with a Financial Donation, click the Blue Button below:
Katie Dufleurant: Child Intake Coordinator, Neply, Haiti
Katie came to live with Mike and Missy in 2004 after knowing them for almost 5 years. Katie went to Haiti as a participant on a short-term mission team led by Mike in 2007. She has developed a love for children with special needs as she has gotten to know and love Mike and Missy’s son, Lane. Katie has worked as a public school special education assistant in the United States and has interned and volunteered at orphanages in Haiti. She most recently has served as the behavior and discipline coordinator at Wings of Hope in Fermathe, Haiti. Katie currently is working for myLIFEspeaks as the child intake coordinator for the campus located in Neply. She oversees the intake process and creates a care plan for each child myLIFEspeaks encounters and intakes. Katie lives at the myLIFEspeaks campus in Neply, Haiti, and was recently married to Ralph–CONGRATS KATIE and RALPH.
If you would like to support Katie with a Financial Donation, click the Blue Button below:
Matt Prichard: Director of Discipleship, Neply, Haiti
Matt has been in Haiti for a couple of years working for another great organization. He has lived in Port au Prince, Grand Goave, and Jacmel. Matt brings an amazing passion for seeing people live LIFE with Hope and Passion. Matt leads our Mentor Program and a Bible Study for the myLIFEspeaks Security team and male workers. He is like a Big Brother to many of the troubled boys in the myLIFEspeaks Feeding Program. Spend time with Matt and you will realize you are with someone who loves Haiti and wants to see Neply change.
Meet Bentley. He’s the myLIFEspeaks “mascot” and friend. He is a playmate, friend, and companion to our staff there and will be one of the first ones to greet you when you walk through the gate of the campus. Bentley has been in Haiti since he was 8 weeks old and he is ALL puppy. He runs, jumps, and plays ball with anyone who is willing to spend time with him. We hope you’ll make sure to say hello to Bentley when you visit the campus…you can’t miss him.
He doesn’t have an email, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube yet. You can reach him in person or send an email to Katie, she’ll pass it on.
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