In May 2019, Babs Zuhowski assumed leadership of Maison Fortune Orphanage Foundation (MFOF). Babs brings 20+ years of non-profit leadership to MFOF. She works closely with Board members, stakeholders, and volunteers to promote and nurture the ongoing programs of Maison Fortune orphanage and school in Hinche, Haiti.
As a Naval Officer’s spouse, Babs spent 21 years traveling to duty stations along the East coast; with two assignments to Sasebo, Japan, where her family lived in the town developing an appreciation for foreign culture. The Hampton Roads area has been home (on and off) to Babs and her family since 1992. They currently reside in Gloucester, VA.
Babs’ career focus has been in marketing and development. Most recently she led Portsmouth Humane Society (PHS) as their Executive Director. Under her leadership, PHS achieved No-Kill Status and strengthened their annual budget, moving from a deficit to a profit. Babs served as the Director of Annual Giving and Special Events for The Williams School in Norfolk, VA. Additionally, Babs worked to support indigent people as the Marketing and Development Director at the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic (GMFC). While at GMFC, Babs developed a deep affinity serving human needs. Throughout her life, Babs has sought ways to advocate for people in need. She is excited to share her expertise with MFOF and to strategically advance the organization for a sustainable future.