Melissa Young, International Co-Director

Hi, my name is Melissa Young.  In 2009, I came to visit Haiti on a mission trip.  Through God opening doors, in 2011 I took over the LOCCC (Loyal Oaks Community Chapel Children's Home) orphanage as the American Co-Director. I am the mom to three beautiful Haitian boys and 100 children at the orphanage.  I love the adventure that God has taken me on and look forward to the future, serving Him.  Just in case you're wondering, LOCCC and Imagine Missions are two names for the same orphanage.

Pascal Dorismar, Haitian Co-Director and President of Haitian Board

Hello! My name is Pascal Dorismar and I am the Haitian Co-Director of Imagine Missions and the president of the Haitian board of directors. My previous role was the principal at Imagine Missions' School. I have two children and love working hard to improve life for all of our kids. Thank you to everyone who supports Imagine Missions and those who come and visits us in Haiti!

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Directors

Board Members

Mark Robinson, American Board President: marktanyarobinson@gmail.com

Mark attends the Arvada Vineyard Church in Colorado. Mark has made more than 20 trips to Haiti, and has been associated with Imagine Missions since February 2011. He found out about Imagine Missions when he visited the school while working on a project to install housing to hold relief workers after the earthquake. Four months later, Tanya came down with him, and 4 months after that he brought his two high school daughters. Two months later, over Christmas, he brought his 8 year old daughter to the orphanage. “I love the kids, and what the mission is trying to accomplish-supporting, building up and educating the kids at the orphanage to be productive citizens in the community and to come into a personal relationship with Christ, and share it with their community. I was asked to be on the Board to support Melissa and the goals of the orphanage, and I am honored to serve the Mission in this way.” Mark and his wife Tanya have adopted three kids from the orphanage.

Wendy Whiddon, Board Secretary: whiddonfour@windstream.net

Wendy attends Galilee Christian Church in Georgia. She originally went to the orphanage in May 2011 with a group of teens from her church. She has made multiple visits bringing new people with her to experience the love from the kids at the orphanage. “Haiti and specifically Imagine Missions has become my passion. Becoming the Board Secretary just felt right to me because I could become more intimately involved with this mission that I absolutely love.”

Judy Sharpe-Kosmatka, Board Treasurer: judysharpekos@insight.rr.com

Judy is the Missions Chairperson for Harlem Road UMC in Galena, OH (just outside Columbus, OH). It was in that role that Judy was made aware of Imagine Missions in 2011 by Melissa Young’s aunt and uncle, who also attend Harlem Road UMC. Judy led the church’s first mission trip to Haiti in 2012 and has taken a team down to the orphanage each year since then. Judy also coordinates the “Christmas in July” program where sponsors purchase their child(ren)’s Christmas gift in July and send it to Judy and she and a team from Harlem Road UMC package them to be taken down to Haiti in the Fall. Judy is passionate about the orphanage in Haiti, wanting to do everything in her power to help it succeed. Of course, the orphanage and Imagine Missions can not do anything without our Lord leading the way and Judy prays to always be following God’s leading.

Nathan Douglas, Board Member: ndsaxy@gmail.com

Nathan attends Park Christian Church in Ohio. Nathan and his wife, Amanda, work with Imagine Missions to help in numerous ways. Right after the earthquake, they made some calls and through some very generous donors came up with many boxes of first aid supplies, bandages, iodine, splints, air casts, etc. “We sat in the narthex of the church before the first relief team went down, opened all the packaging to reduce space, and vacuum-packed the supplies.“ They soon found out that the need at the orphanage and the surrounding was much greater than originally known so members of the church put together a shipment through Christian Aid Ministries (CAM). Many nights of fellowship and food were spent organizing, boxing and weighing this shipment. They took the articles to Pennsylvania to be placed in a shipping container for delivery at port. A few months later, a second shipment was organized and more than 11,000 pounds of goods were sent to Melissa for the care of the orphanage and the community. “I am proud to help these children and the community. At times, I personally feel helpless because of the constant lack of funds to help us grow financially stronger. But trust in God has prevailed so many times throughout our journey that His plan is much bigger than what we all are capable of understanding.”

John Horn, Board Member: john.horn.0210@gmail.com

John and his family worship at Orange Friends Church in Lewis Center, Ohio.  John first traveled to Haiti on a 2001 mission trip, "where the Lord changed my life and broke my heart for people in a completely new way".  John has served on 9 trips to Haiti, the last 5 trips to Imagine Missions.  "I love the children, youth, and staff at Imagine Missions, and love the people in the village of Despinos.  God is working in and among the people of Haiti, and it's a privilege to be a part of this."  John's daughter Taylor has served twice at Imagine Missions, and will be serving on a third trip this summer. 

Amber Zwick, Board Member: trips@imaginemissions.org

Amber Zwick lives in New Franklin with her husband Cory and pup Cooper. Amber and Cory are members of Community Bible Church in Tuslaw where they are leaders in different ministries. Due to her first visit to Haiti, Amber decided to attend law school with the hope to be able to help families in her own community and in Haiti, and recently graduated with her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law. Amber visited Imagine Missions for the first time in June 2012 and has made 14 trips to Haiti. It is a privilege to serve Imagine Missions as a board member. I have seen how the Lord is changing Haiti and lives in Haiti through Imagine Missions. The Lord has used the people of Haiti to change my heart and my future, and my greatest prayer is that Jesus will continue to change lives of children at Imagine Missions and the lives of those traveling to Haiti. Big things happen in Haiti

Katie Muckley, Board Member: kt.bridgeman@gmail.com

Katie Muckley lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Brandon. Katie and Brandon attend Fountain Square Presbyterian Church where they enjoy becoming connected to a small but rich community. Katie is a physical therapist at Methodist Hospital and is so grateful to the faculty of Indiana University Doctorate of Physical Therapy program who were so supportive of her 10 adventures to Despinos throughout graduate school. Katie first traveled to Imagine in 2014 with a group from Purdue and returned that summer for Camp Imagine; she and Lauren Neder have made leading camp an annual summer adventure ever since. Katie is also referred to as “Madame Ballet” in Despinos as she has spent much time teaching ballet at the orphanage, which has led to our dance program and connection with Institut de Danse Lynn Williams Rouzier in Petionville. She is honored to serve the Lord through the Imagine Missions board and continued camps, dance lessons, and beautiful times spent with Imagine family in America and Haiti.

Jean Pierre, Vice President

Jean Pierre has been working for Imagine Missions for two years but has been apart of the Imagine family log before that because he is Pascal.'s cousin. Jean Pierre wears many hats, he is the assistant director, night security, and is a driver. He is one of the main drivers for our kids who go to dance and we lovingly call him a dance dad. He enjoys spending days off at the beach or at the gym. 

Alcinnat Jn Jubens (Bob), Board Member

Bob’s first job was with Imagine Missions in 2006 when he was hired as the 6th grade teacher. He also helped with the plumbing and electric needs of the orphanage, school, and Team House. Since 2015 he has been the Principle of Imagine Mission’s school and cares deeply about the education of the people in his school. Bob has a wife and two children that he enjoys spending time. He also loves listening to Haitian music, reading, and playing soccer.

Joceline Labasty, Board Secretary

Joce spent her childhood in the orphanage with her younger sister Wilfina. She was a part of our second graduating class from Philo and our first female student to finish school. After she passed her government exam she was hired as a secretary for the Imagine Mission’s school. Joce keeps the school organized and works closely with Bob and Ricardo, when not working she enjoys playing soccer. She also likes to spend time at the orphanage with her best friend Jonas.

Ricardo Celestin, Board Member

Ricardo has three daughters and a beautiful wife who he loves to be with when not at work. He has been working for Imagine Missions since 2011 and started as a teacher for 4th grade and computer class. He still teaches computer class for professional school but is now the assistant principle. Him and Bob are in charge of our 400 plus students at school which keeps him very busy!

Brunel Laguerre, Board Member

Brunel came to the orphanage when he was 14 and spent his teenage years going to school. When he finished he was offered a job as a dorm father. He has worked at the orphanage for 18 years and is now the head dorm father for the orphanage, or as our kids say he is the Papa of the Orphanage. He is very passionate about our kids and fostering respect for themselves and each other. Brunel's schedule is around the clock and he takes care of our kids who get sick at night. Outside of working he loves playing soccer and coaching the younger kids. 

Louinerge Hoicias, Spiritual Advisor

Louinerge lives at the orphanage with his wife Elimene and daughter Lori. He grew up in the orphanage and once he finished school he was hired on as a yard manager and took care of the chickens and picked up trash . During that time he taught himself English so he could talk to the visiting Americans. With no formal schooling he was able to become proficient enough in English that he was given the job as an interpreter.  Currently he serves as the pastor for the Imagine Mission's church and leads Bibles studies for the teenagers. When Louinerge has free time he spends time with his family and plays soccer. 

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