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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.
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.
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.
Ashley started working with Hands and Feet Project in January of 2019. With a love for storytelling and communication, Ashley is in charge of all things Social Media and assists in communications. Before working with HAFP, she has been working on her music and writing on her own, as well as working with other organizations to dream up ways to communicate their vision.
Currently, Ashley resides in Franklin, TN and is still pursuing music, as well as writing in a variety of ways. She has a vision to invite people to something more and loves to see the many different shapes that conversations can take.
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.
Currently, Samantha is a full-time student at Auburn University pursuing a Global Studies degree with a minor in Business. She splits her time between Auburn, AL and Franklin, TN.
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 Projects stateside staff as their Resource and Support Administrator. 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.
Marty and Patti Bearden have been married and serving in ministry for the past 28 years. They are currently licensed foster parents in Alabama. They have 2 biological children – Stephen (age 27) and Savannah (age 23), along with one son pending adoption for December 2019 – Sylas (age 16). Their lives as parents are a huge part of the story of how they’ve become a part of the HAFP team.
Patti graduated with her Masters of Social Work in May 2018 from the University of Alabama School of Social Work. She has worked with at-risk children and families for more than 8 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with children of trauma. She specializes in behavior modification planning and strategies, psychological assessment, and individual service / treatment planning. Marty graduated from Athens State University with a degree in Psychology and has worked with the Alabama Department of Human Resources as a Foster Care Service worker for the past 17 years. He is a seasoned professional with strong resource management, assessment and outcome measurement, and individual service planning skills. Marty has also served as a pastor and bible teacher for the past 28 years.
After an Audio Adrenaline concert hosted by their home church in Arab, Alabama, Marty and Patti’s daughter, Savannah (then 12 years old), started to get curious about a call on her life for mission work in Haiti. The family joined HAFP on their first adventure in 2012 and they have continued to return and become a part of the heartbeat of this team ever since. In 2018, Patti was working to complete her Masters and pursued the opportunity to complete an international field placement with HAFP. Living on campus in Jacmel, Patti was able to begin the development of the social work program that will ensure each child has the opportunity to reach their God-given potential.
As Social Workers, Marty and Patti realized a system of “one size fits all” just doesn’t work. Because of this, they seek to see each child’s plan will look and feel different as it is based on his/her strengths/needs/desires. The Beardens are excited to follow and assist with each child’s Individual Service Plan (ISP) process providing guidance and support along the way. Additionally, they look forward to continuing to work with HAFP staff to enhance the standards of care and provide each child the opportunity to reach his/her God given potential.
At The Hands and Feet Project, our passion is to care for our children with excellence. We have assembled a great crew of full time staff to care for each of our children with the love of Christ. Our full-time staff members have not only given up the comforts of the first world, but have stepped out in faith, raising their own financial support to serve these beautiful children.
The Zornes Family was introduced to the Hands and Feet Project in 2008, and fell in love with Haiti right away. Ryan, an ordained pastor and professional firefighter of 17 years, was the first to visit Haiti. He then brought his wife Alicia, elementary school teacher of 20 years, and their daughter Abby along with him. Every trip they took with HAFP was longer than the last, until they became full-time missionaries living in Haiti.
The Zornes are now using their backgrounds in education, management, emergency services and pastoral care to serve as Child and Family Advocates for the Hands and Feet Project. They also serve as Race Directors for HAFP, traveling between Haiti and their home in Kentucky.
Your partnership with The Hands and Feet Project by way of sponsorship of one of our missionaries with your monthly, quarterly, or yearly financial commitment is greatly appreciated! Thank you for helping us share the stories of our amazing kids!
Marie Silianne Pierre (Mdm Renord)
Office & Hospitality Supervisor
Child Advancement Supervisor
Staff Advancement Coordinator
James Jean Toussaint
Education Advocate & Daycare Supervisor
Special Projects Manager
Odius Jean Charles
Operations & Finance Supervisor
COC Assistant and Transition RA
Circle of Care Assistant, Grand Goave
Board Member // Co-founder // CEO of Haiti Entrepreneurial Initiative
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.
Board Member // 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 Member
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 Member
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.
Board of Directors Chair
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.
Board of Directors Member
Born in California and educated at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Business and minor in Economics, Braden Jones has put his entrepreneurial passion to good use even at an early age. Braden first became involved with Hands And Feet Project when he attended one of our events in 2012. As well as serving on the board of the Hands and Feet Project, Braden sits on the Board of Pelago Corporation (makers of “Intervals” time and task management software). When not working, he is traveling, surfing, and enjoying his family. Braden’s mind for business pairs well with his heart to see Haiti transformed. His ideas keep us dreaming, planning, and boldly moving forward.
Advisory Board Member
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.
Advisory Board Member
Because of the Hands and Feet Project’s Christ centered approach, Tim and his wife, Terry have been avid supporters even before their first trip to Haiti with Mark several years ago. They believe in the way the Hands and Feet Project cares for the children in our care by putting Christ first in all that we do. The Lowes have two married daughters and six grandchildren. When not working as the President of Asheville Staffing Resources, Inc., Tim and Terry enjoy working with the youth at their church, spending time with their family, and visiting Haiti as often as possible. By providing a Christian home, education, and training for their kids, the Lowe’s prayer is to be a small part in the changing of the culture of Haiti.
Advisory Board Member
Kerry became familiar with the Hands and Feet Project in 2010 when our team began our collaborative work with Show Hope, an organization for which her husband Scott was the Executive Director. As a friend and believer in the work of the Hands and Feet Project, she has been advocating in support of our efforts for many years, both in government spheres and philanthropic spaces. She was able to travel with Mark Stuart to Haiti for the first time in 2015 and again in 2016, and then came to join the Hands and Feet Project advisory board in 2019. She is passionate about the work of caring for vulnerable people. She has worked in orphan care for more than 20 years, most notably as the founding Executive Director of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Currently, she homeschools her four children, teaches and facilitates Bible studies along with spiritual formation retreats, and works in tandem with her husband, Scott, to advise culture leaders and philanthropists on stewarding their platforms and resources for the greatest common good. Because of her belief in the Hand and Feet Project’s ability, humility, and continual pursuit of unity in the body, Kerry champions this team to be a force of great good in Haiti for many years to come.
Megan took her first trip to Haiti in March of 2015 with a ministry providing clean water to the community. She returned to Haiti in October of 2015 with the same ministry and was introduced to the Hands and Feet Project family when her team came to install a water filter at the Jacmel Children’s Village. Megan fell deeply in love with HAFP’s mission and returned to Haiti in January of 2019 to serve the children at the Grand Goave campus. With a passion, a purpose, and a call to work with children, Megan will be bringing a new level of care to the children and families we serve, all while she continues to grow in her faith and see how love overflows wherever she may go.
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
Gabby’s heart for Haiti began in 2011, shortly after her dad suddenly passed away. With such a sudden loss came a realization of the shortness of life that linked arms strongly with a passion to care for orphaned and abandoned children. She began praying that the Lord would guide her and reveal where He wanted her to serve Him. Shortly after that, God began to show her the calling that He had placed on her life to serve the orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. Since then, she has visited Haiti on 5 short term mission trips and spent a summer interning in Port-Au-Prince through a ministry based in her hometown in Georgia. Gabby was first introduced to Hands and Feet Project in 2016, when she interned at the Jacmel campus for a summer. At this time, she knew she was called to Haiti full-time.
In October 2018, Gabby moved to the mountains of Haiti to work at an orphanage. One year later, the Lord prompted her to return to HAFP to serve full-time. She has a degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from Toccoa Falls College and is passionate about addressing the orphan crisis in Haiti.
“I am incredibly grateful to have the privilege of serving the Haitian people and helping these children grow into their God-given potential.” – Gabby
Please prayerfully consider sponsoring Gabby today.
Follow Gabby’s journey: https://heartforhaitiblog.wordpress.com