Andrea has been intricately involved with Hands and Feet Project since the very beginning. Her first visit to Haiti was in 2001 and three years later Andrea linked arms with her husband, Will McGinniss, as he joined Mark Stuart to found the Hands and Feet Project. Before HAFP, Andrea served several local businesses with finances and marketing. She started to work with the HAFP US Office in 2006 serving in finance and operations. She then took on the role of Childcare Director, serving in childcare programming and Children’s Village operations. In January of 2018, she accepted the position as Executive Director.
With a heart to serve others, including the kids and staff at HAFP and her personal family, Andrea leads with compassion, vision, and joy. Andrea, her husband Will, and their three children all live in Franklin, TN.
Haiti Operations Director
Rebekah started leading teams to HAFP ten years ago and has remained an integral part of the team ever since. Before serving with Hands and Feet Project, Rebekah completed a term with AmeriCorp and moved to Nashville to finish her degree at Trevecca University. She has served Hands and Feet Project through leading short term mission trips, interning in Jacmel, working in the US office, and living in Haiti with her husband from 2014 to 2015. Since returning stateside, Rebekah has worked remotely in Florida with her husband, Quinton and two sons. Most recently, Rebekah was HAFP’s Trip Administrator.
Furthering her passion for family, social justice, and orphan care, Rebekah leads us with empathy, grace, and loyalty. With her leadership, we are able to deeper connect with the heart of Haiti and each other.
Haiti Project Manager (Randy) & COC Program Advocate and Project Coordinator (Denise)
Psalms 37:5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act
It all started with a gift certificate. After receiving a gift certificate to a FamilyLife Weekend to Remember marriage conference as a wedding gift, Denise and Randy McGarvey attended the conference within a month of getting married. This sparked a desire in their hearts for helping others, focusing on helping people improve their marriage and family relationships. They volunteered at the marriage conference the following year and never looked back, volunteering every year since then. They led the western New York efforts to help make every home a godly home for many years.
Denise and Randy have served on short term mission trips to other countries with a variety of organizations for many years and Denise was drawn to Haiti through their church soon after the earthquake. On their first trip to Haiti together (in 2012) they taught that same material from the marriage conference they had attended 14 years earlier. The audience was from Morne Oge, a small community outside Jacmel that was growing in their faith and learning about God’s plan for marriage and family. They have made annual visits since 2012, building relationships with many people of all ages as their love for the Haitian people grew. They have developed a love for Haiti and the Haitian people through their visits, and look forward to what God has in store for the next phase of their lives. They have worked in a village near Jacmel doing things like teaching nutrition, leading medical teams and working in a medical clinic, working in a computer lab, and delivering back-to-school backpacks.
In the Fall of 2015, while Randy was in Haiti, he was invited to meet with Will McGinniss to resolve a computer issue at the Hands and Feet Project (HAFP) children’s village in Jacmel. Who knew that was God’s way of introducing us to our next adventure?
In late 2015, Randy and Denise began a search for more meaningful work that lead them to investigate opportunities with a variety of ministries, and through a series of events that were truly the hand of God, they were led to start a conversation with Hands and Feet Project. As interviews with other ministries progressed, it became clear that God wasn’t calling them to serve anywhere but with HAFP. After many conversations, prayer and a visit to the Jacmel campus, they said, “Yes Lord, send us.” They will be overseeing the Jacmel Campus and serving as Child Advocates.
Denise and Randy McGarvey were married in 1998 and have 2 adult children, Emily & Forrest. They live in Rochester, New York, where Denise works in the health and fitness industry and Randy works in computer programming and testing. Denise has a background in motivational speaking, teaching, fitness coaching, nutrition and weight loss. She leads women’s ministry, and she also organizes and speaks at women’s retreats. Denise has a certificate in dental assisting and worked in the dental field for many years. Randy works in clinical research as a software validation engineer. His background is in software development and testing, web development and information technology. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering Technology and a Masters degree in Business Administration. Randy and Denise are deacons at their church and lead small groups and events focused on marriage and family.
Follow the McGarvey’s journey here:
Special Projects Coordinator
Samantha has been traveling to Haiti since 2013 through multiple organizations. Two months after her first trip, she connected with Hands and Feet Project and has become a vital part of the team. Over the next few years, she went on to return to Haiti three more times, intern for HAFP in the states, and join our staff.
Samantha’s story speaks to her passion around the orphan crisis. When she was younger, Sam lost her father; she still has an amazing mother who raised her to be who she is today. In the context of her story, Sam strongly feels that God is using her father’s death to fuel her passion to advocate for children around the world who are orphaned. With a strong heart for connection, Sam leads us with confidence, perspective, and an eye for endless possibilities.
Samantha graduated from Auburn University in 2020 with a Global Studies degree with a minor in Business. She now lives and works in Auburn, AL as a Live-In Support to Baby Steps, a nonprofit organization that serves her alma mater, Auburn University.
Relationship and Development Coordinator
Sara’s story with the Hands and Feet Project started in the summer of 2015, when she visited the Jacmel campus on a short-term trip. Fascinated by the country of Haiti and excited about the work that the Hands and Feet Project was doing, she came back the next summer to intern in Jacmel. Over the next couple of years, Sara graduated from Asbury University with a Bachelor’s in Social Work and began her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Kentucky, but her love for Haiti stayed steady in her heart. Drawn by the artisan charm of Jacmel and the idea of getting to connect with the children and staff again, Sara came back to Jacmel in the summer of 2019 to intern for a second time. When she returned at the end of the summer to her home in Lexington, Kentucky, she began working remotely on the Hands and Feet Project’s stateside staff as their Resource and Support Administrator, and has since transitioned into the role of Relationship and Development Coordinator. Sara is passionate about advocacy and community development and believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the Hands and Feet Project to both holistically care for the orphaned and do their part in providing sustainable solutions to combat the orphan crisis.
Marie Silianne Pierre (Mdm Renord)
Children's Village Administrator
Rachelle has worked with Hands & Feet Project since March 2017. She began her time at Ikondo in March 2017 as the Hospitality Supervisor. In August 2021, she became an Administrator of the children’s village in Thozin. When Rachelle is not serving through Hands & Feet Project, she is spending time with her family and friends at church.
Rachelle hopes to see Hands & Feet Project experience growth. She would like the organization to become one of the largest in Grand Goave and Jacmel. She knows it will take seeking out and nurturing financial partnerships to create new and more jobs and projects. Such growth also welcomes new and experienced staff who are called to serve. More growth would allow for Hands & Feet Project to help more vulnerable children in Haiti have a better and safer future.
Preserving Families Lead Advocate
Josue has worked with Hands & Feet Project since September 2015 and has served in many different roles. Josue was first hired as a translator at our Jacmel Children’s Village, and held this role for about two years before becoming an Operations Supervisor Assistant.
In 2019, he was trained to become a Holistic Care Supervisor. Between 2020 and 2021, Josue was called to serve as the Campus Administrator in Jacmel. With an open heart, he accepted the role for the well-being of the children at our Children’s Village. In 2022, Josue became our Preserving Families Lead Advocate and is now working with the children and families that we partner with in the community through our Preserving Families Project. He is very excited to help in many areas to serve his brothers and sisters in Haiti and his beautiful family.
Josue is part of the worship team group at his church. His leisure time is filled with music; he likes listening to gospel music since it helps him maintain a better relationship with God. Josue’s life passion is serving people and sharing advice.
Josue’s vision for Hands & Feet Project is to see that it continues to exist to help vulnerable kids in Haiti. With the help of God and the competent staff, he is very confident it will happen.
Providing Families Advocate
James Jean Toussaint
James began working with Hands & Feet Project in 2014 as the Tools Manager and helped with distribution within the depot. Since then he has served in a variety of different roles on our Circle of Care team. He now helps to ensure that the needs of the children on our campus are being met as our Providing Families Advocate.
James’ vision for our community is to see the plans of Hands & Feet Project successfully put into action. He wants to see children grow up in their community and have a great future.
Special Projects Coordinator
Odius Jean Charles
Odius began working with Hands & Feet Project in 2004. He started as a block-layer and later became a Special Projects Coordinator. Odius is passionate about doing his job well and continuing to grow his skills with each passing year.
Odius hopes to see new doors open for Hands & Feet Project in the coming years. He would like to see ways to help children learn a trade, which will help them move forward with confidence about leading an independent life.
Circle of Care Assistant, Grand Goave
Jesula has been working for Hands & Feet Project since 2015. From May 2015 to 2016, she worked as the Depot Overseer. In 2016, she became our Circle of Care Assistant. Outside of work, she spends most of her time with her family. As a minister of the children’s department at her church, she has social, cultural and spiritual activities every Saturday and Sunday. She is passionate about her church activities, her family, and her job.
Jesula wants to see Hands & Feet Project progress in every way. She prays that God will pour His blessings upon everyone who has invested their resources in this organization to help the children grow and respect its village values.
Board of Directors
Member & Co-Founder
Will McGinniss is currently CEO of h.e.i. (Haiti Entrepreneurial Initiative), a job creation initiative that establishes dignified and sustainable jobs in the developing nation of Haiti. In tandem with his wife for their passion to serve others, in 2004 Will joined friend Mark Stuart to found Hands and Feet Project, a non-profit organization bringing sustainable solutions to provide family-style residential care for children in crisis, to help families stay together, and to thrive in their communities.
While serving as Chair on the board of Hands and Feet Project, Will helped oversee the creation of Haiti Made, an active product line united around quality products, dignified jobs, and economic sustainability in an effort to diminish the poverty cycles in Haiti and to join a real fight against the orphan and child slavery crisis in Haiti. He first made a name for himself as the bassist for the award-winning Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline. In more than two decades together, the band produced eight No. 1 radio hits, collected two consecutive GRAMMY Awards for Rock Gospel Album of the Year and numerous GMA Dove Awards, as well as toured around the world. Andrea and Will have three children and reside in Franklin, TN.
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Vice Chairman & Co-Founder
Mark is a founding member of Hands and Feet Project. His connection with Haiti roots back to his first trip as a high school student with his father, 25 years ago. Mark instantly fell in love with the nation and its people. In 1991, Mark founded Audio Adrenaline with Bob Herdman and Will McGinnis. The band went on to enjoy a 17 year long career and two Grammy wins, with Mark as their lead singer. In the aftermath of the band’s career, Mark founded Hands And Feet Project alongside his bandmates in 2004.
Shining a light on the dignity of the Haitian people, Mark leads us with insight, dreaming, and passion. He now travels the country with his wife, Aegis and two children, meeting with partners and sharing the story of Hands and Feet Project.
Board of Directors
Steve has been near and dear to the Hands and Feet Project family since 2006, when he attended an Audio Adrenaline concert with his church’s youth group. Shortly after that concert, Steve made his way to Haiti to visit our campus and see, first hand, what God was doing. Over the last several years, Steve has served as the Chair of the Board on two different occasions for a total of six years. Outside of HAFP, Steve works as the President of Fair Salvage in Claire, Michigan. His heart overflows as a passionate leader, husband, father, and grandfather. Steve’s vision to care for the orphaned and abandoned pushes us to love more deeply and intentionally. He is a defender of the fatherless and focused on caring and advocating for each child put into our path.
Board of Directors
Dean has been involved with Hands and Feet Project for almost 10 years now, and it all started by meeting Mark and Will at a concert for his church. Since 2010, he has traveled to and from Haiti several times. After each trip, Dean says he feels refreshed and encouraged by seeing the work done by Hands and Feet Project for the Kingdom of God. He has fallen in love with the country, the people, and the organization’s leadership. Stateside, Dean owns a business in North Carolina and is in leadership at Discovery Church. His hope to see Haiti transform plays out in his vision to see kids in the care of the Hands and Feet Project grow in their relationship with the Lord, pursue their education, and become leaders in their community.
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Shannon has been involved with Hands and Feet Project for 10 years now. Starting out as a classmate of Mark and Will’s in college, he has been a close friend for 25 years, and has been a loyal, trusted voice to our team since the beginning. Shannon has a mind and heart to cover many bases at one time as he owns several companies as well as a non-profit called the Know Hope Foundation. He pushes us to dream time and time again with his vision to see our care for the orphaned and abandoned expand to other parts of the world, as well as throughout Haiti.
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Greg has been an important part of the Hands and Feet Project family since August of 2015. He’s been a trip goer as well as a trip leader, and he passionately sponsors many children in our care. Greg works as a Strategic Business Manager with Triumvirate Environmental Inc. Outside of work, family takes top priority with Greg. This focus overflows to a vision to be a voice for those who can’t speak (Proverbs 3:18) and to support widows and orphans (James 1:27). We’re grateful that Greg’s passion and vision go hand-in-hand with Hands and Feet Project as he prays that we may continue to be a beacon that sets a standard for orphan care and rebuilding a nation.
Haiti Resource & Support Coordinator
Michelle Meece, a Southern Indiana native, is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University. She holds degrees in Elementary Education and Bible. Michelle, a veteran Haitian missionary, has served in Haiti since the mid 1980’s. She is very passionate about caring for and educating the children of Haiti and has served as a full-time staff member since January, 2007. Many people consider Michelle the heart and soul of our organization. We treasure having someone with so much experience and a deep love for helping children in distress.
“I have always been passionate about helping and caring for children. I am so blessed that I have been called to the country of Haiti to live out God’s purpose for my life. I was raised in a loving, supportive family and I pray I can share that kind of love with these kids. I believe every child needs to know there is someone who loves them and that they matter. Our God is so great and I’m so thankful I get to serve these beautiful children” Michelle Meece
“When I think of Michelle, I see someone who demonstrates the “fruit of the spirit.” Her spirit is one of giving and sharing of her faith and herself to others. She is an asset to the Kingdom of God.” James Petty, D. D. Minister
Residential Care Social Worker
Guyteau joined Hands & Feet Project in January 2019 as a part-time Social Worker for our Jacmel Children’s Village. In November 2020, he signed a full-time contract for the same role. In his free time, Guyteau enjoys cultivating his garden and raising livestock. He also loves working with the children’s ministry at his church.
Guyteau’s goal for Hands & Feet Project is to provide for more families while optimizing its care for the children in residential care.
Walkens has been working with Hands & Feet Project since 2007. He first began working in construction, and now oversees our maintenance tasks. With a Children’s Village with over 60 children, you can imagine there is a lot of work for him! Walkens is a DJ outside of work, and he spends a lot of his free time enjoying music with family and colleagues.
Walkens sees a successful future for Hands & Feet Project. He wants to see everyone roll up their sleeves and do their part. Together, the organization can move forward. He would also like to see each child given an opportunity to learn a trade just as they begin to wrap up classical school. He wants children to be confident in their independence after graduation.
Sponsorship Program Manager
Dana’s passion for Haiti began in 2013. One year prior Dana had one of those undeniable God moments, the kind that shake you to the core and change the direction of your life. From there, Dana began learning about Missions and trying to understand more of what God was calling her to do. She attended the Lead internship at Bethany Global University, then became a ministry intern working in their Media and Marketing Department. Through the years, she has been on four short-term trips and two 3 month stays in Haiti, the last of which she interned at Hands and Feet Project. Dana has been on other mission trips serving and filming missionaries, but God has always continued to open doors for her to come back to Haiti. Through her own creative endeavors, working with kids at church camp and in Haiti, life’s circumstances, and continuing to growth in her faith, she began to understand the calling she felt so strongly her senior year of high school. She discovered it was more about who God was calling her to be in every circumstance, and that Haiti is the place where she can best thrive with the gifts and talents God is continuing to grow in her. Dana didn’t know her journey would lead her here, and she continues to be in awe of God’s timing and faithfulness. She is thankful to be a part of our team using her work and life experience serving Hands and Feet Project’s vision and values.
Resource and Support Administrator
Daryl may be the newest member of the Hands and Feet Project team, but his heart for Haiti began many years ago. Daryl and his wife, Katie, took their first missions trip as a couple to Haiti in 2011, after the damaging earthquake that destroyed many buildings in Haiti. They spent a week near Port-au-Prince serving the people who were living in tent cities while also rebuilding a church that had fallen down due to the earthquake. It was that trip to Haiti that set a desire in their hearts to help spread the Gospel through foreign missions.
Daryl has had the opportunity to serve on many missions trips throughout the years. Whether it has been serving in orphanages in South Africa and Mexico, working with a human trafficking organization in Belgium, or serving local missionaries in Tokyo, God has placed a desire in his heart to reach the unreached.
Daryl is very excited about his new role with Hands and Feet Project, our mission to serve the vulnerable in Haiti, and how he gets to play a role in that. Who knows what sorts of doors the Lord may open?
Daryl has been married to Katie for 21 years and has 2 daughters, Charlie and Sydney.
Child & Family Advocate
Carys’ passion for Haiti and its people began in 2010, when her church’s Missions and Outreach Pastor visited a youth group fundraiser and shared powerful images and stories from a recent trip. Between that fundraiser and her first trip to Haiti seven years later, God gave her a love of photography and put a camera in her hands, inviting her to capture and share His glory through images. In 2017, on her first trip to Haiti, that camera became a bridge between Carys and her new friends, fostering connections that crossed cultural and language barriers.
Child & Family Advocate
Rachel’s journey to Haiti began in 2015, on a short-term missions trip to an organization located in Dessalines, Haiti. This first trip quickly turned into annual trips and a month-long internship, all of which grew her love for missions and the people of Haiti. Ultimately, the Lord used her experiences in Haiti to reveal His character to her. That He is a God of justice, provision, kindness, and grace, and that He was calling her to follow in His ways in every aspect of her life.
A few months after graduating from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis in 2020, Rachel’s love for reading lead her to pick up Hands & Feet: Inspiring Stories and Firsthand Accounts of God Changing Lives, the book written by Audio Adrenaline that her brother gifted her the Christmas before. Inspired by the stories of Hands and Feet Project written throughout the book, she felt the Lord leading her to be a part of Haiti in a much more permanent way.
Now, stepping into the role of Child and Family Advocate at the Jacmel campus, Rachel is excited to pair her passions for orphan care and the development of sustainable solutions that will impact generations to come. By the Lord’s grace alone, she has the opportunity to be a part of the Hands and Feet Project team, and it is her prayer to model His mercy and love every step of the way.
Driver and Vehicle Maintenance
Mackendy (DiDi) Laloi
Didi has been working for Hands & Feet Project from its very beginning in Jacmel (2004). He first worked in construction, and now primarily works as our driver, taking children to and from school and activities and taking care of all of our errands on campus. Outside of serving with Hands & Feet Project, he raises livestock.
Physical Care Advocate
Tania has been working as our Physical Care Advocate at Hands & Feet Project since November 2020. She works in our nurses’ station, and ensures that each child in our care is happy and healthy!
Tania hopes for a future where Hands & Feet Project continues caring for kids on every level. She is eager to see how the investment empowers the next generation to pay it forward.
Board of Directors
Bart’s first trip to Hands & Feet Project was in 2017, in response to an invitation by another board member, Dean Cline. Since then, he has traveled to Haiti multiple times, engaged in international mission opportunities with his family through Hands & Feet Project, and is currently a child sponsor. He officially joined our Board of Directors in 2020. He is most passionate about coming alongside our staff to fight for the vulnerable children of Haiti as they help develop their God given talents and abilities.
Bart grew up in Volusia County, Florida. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. Bart has held senior management/ VP positions for a number of major companies such as NASCAR, Ranger Boats, White River Marine Group and Bass Pro Group. He is also a successful entrepreneur, starting, building and selling companies of his own to major corporations.
Board of Directors
Gabe first visited Haiti 5 years ago looking for an international missions organization to partner with for his children’s school, not knowing that the Lord had a different plan for him and his involvement with Hands and Feet Project. He has since been to Haiti on several trips to go and serve at Hands and Feet Project’s different campuses. Gabe owns several technology-centric businesses in the Nashville Tennessee area and is currently building a first-generation sustainable farm. Gabe sponsors several of our children as part of his family’s personal mission to give back. Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future and Ephesians 2:10, For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do – is two verses that Gabe constantly prays for our kids, the country of Haiti and Hands and Feet Project.
Children’s Village Administrator
Natacha has been with Hands & Feet Project since 2022. She first served as our Daycare Administrator and has since become our Children’s Village Administrator. Outside of her role with Hands & Feet Project, she teaches English and is studying law. Her passions include singing, reading, and playing basketball.
Natacha’s vision for Hands & Feet Project is to see its continued contribution to the well-being of the children, which includes considering future plans for the children even after they leave the organization. She hopes to see it project a good image in the community. She also wants to help the team in how it works with and empowers children. She will give her support to each department and share her knowledge and experience to participate in the growth of the institution and ensure respect for the values of the village.
Regional Daycare Administrator, Grand Goave
Jean Rony Dor
Jean Rony has been working with Hands & Feet Project since 2014. He was first our Head Translator for mission trips at Ikondo. Since then, he has come back on staff full-time as our Regional Daycare Administrator in Grand Goave. Outside of work, Jean Rony ikes to play soccer and help people in the community.
Jean Rony hopes to see Hands & Feet Project continue its fight to keep families together by creating jobs for Haitian people, helping the vulnerable, and providing a secure place for the children who have been rescued.
Educational Care Advocate
Mirlene Jean Louis
Mirlene joined the Hands & Feet Project team in March 2022 as our Educational Care Advocate. She is responsible for attending all child education meetings with caregivers, monitoring the grades of every child on campus, establishing educational goals with each child and caregiver, and advocating for every child as they strive to reach their goals. Outside of Hands & Feet Project, Mirlene is learning how to become a tailor.
Mirlene dreams of a bright, successful future for the children at Hands & Feet Project, and hopes to see them succeed in life and in school.
Peter started working for Hands & Feet Project as a Social Worker in 2022. Outside of work, he reads documents on children’s protection for his studies and works on his thesis. He enjoys playing sports in his free time.
Peter’s vision for Hands & Feet Project is to continue working with the organization to fulfill its goals within the community. He wants to see it progress and help children become more independent.
Child & Family Advocate for Preserving Families
Valery has been involved with the Hands & Feet Project since Monday, July 11, 2022. He works as a Child and Family Advocate, and he’s been loving it. He draws whenever he can, and he loves listening to music. He feels like he’s new here at Hands and Feet Project—but his vision is to see the organization continue to function well in the country.
His vision for Haiti is to see that Haiti becomes a safe place and that people can feel good living in it.
Jean Eddy has been working at Hands & Feet Project as the Bookkeeper for 2 weeks. He enjoys playing sports, watching soccer and listening to music when he’s not at work. His vision for the organization is to keep helping children and families in Haiti, and for the Hands & Feet Project to continue working in the country to help local communities.
For Haiti, he would like to see it return to a place where people can live comfortably in the country, for it to be a place where people are not trying to leave but rather a country where people can stay, live and thrive.
Regional Daycare Administrator
Faudie is a Regional Daycare Administrator at Little Hands Daycare in Jacmel. She has been working for one month to help keep families together and support both the kids and their parents through the services of the daycare.
When she’s not working, Faudie likes to read, spend time at the beach, and listen to music.
Her vision for the Hands & Feet Project is to help reach the goal of the daycare: keeping families together and supporting both kids and parents through its services. She especially loves doing this in collaboration with her team.
Her vision for Haiti is to impact her local community in the South-East Department by providing good schools and safe places for kids to play after school—and she hopes that this will help them grow up well even amidst their country’s current issues.