Orphanage Life

Raising the Future of Haiti

The Maison Fortuné Orphanage (MFO) and Primary School are located in Hinche, Haiti. Our shared goal is to make sure the children in our care are empowered to become the future leaders of Haiti.

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Our Board

Our Board of Directors provides guidance and support for all aspects of the foundation, with an emphasis on the financial viability of the foundation and operations on the ground in Haiti. Our board is committed to making a difference in the life of a child.

Amy Chesney

Amy Chesney

President

Amy Chesney, Secretary currently works at St. Matthew’s Catholic School in development where she started 14 years ago as an active volunteer before becoming employed. She has lived in Chesapeake for the last 17 years and has been raising her five children in this community since 2001. They moved here from Jacksonville, Florida and now calls Chesapeake home.

Ryan Kenrick

Ryan Kenrick

Vice President

Ryan Kenrick is a partner with the law firm of Williams Mullen. He focuses his practice on financial services and real estate matters. Prior to commencing his legal career, Ryan spent a year living in Hinche, Haiti working directly with the children of the Maison Fortune Orphanage. During that time he developed a close bond with the kids and staff of the Orphanage that endures to this day. Having traveled and lived in Haiti, Ryan is acutely aware of the needs of the Haitian children and looks at the orphanage as a beacon of hope. Helping the orphanage bring hope to the children of Haiti remains a lifetime goal of his.

Ryan grew up in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and attended both Portsmouth Catholic and Bishop Sullivan High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia and completed his law degree at the College of William and Mary Law School. Ryan currently resides in Old Town Portsmouth with his wife Emily and their three small children.

Christine Walko

Christine Walko

Secretary

is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne Univerisity, completed pharmacy residency training at the Medical College of Virginia/VCU in Richmond followed by an oncology residency and then fellowship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. While at UNC, she began a yearly medical mission to Tegucigalpa, Honduras in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy. She developed a passion for identifying medical needs in underserved areas and helping serve these needs in the communities. After around 10 years of medical work in Honduras and then Nicaragua, she was given the opportunity to visit Maison Fortuné Orphanage and was inspired by the students’ spirit and character.

Christine is currently an Associate Member in the Department of Individualized Cancer Management and Program Lead for the Precision Medicine Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, located in Tampa, FL. She currently lives with her husband and enjoys reading and spending time at the beach.

Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas

Board Member

Julie Thomas is originally from Michigan and a graduate of Central Michigan University. She is a commercial interior designer. Julie is the head of the Haiti Ministry and serves on the Hospitality committee at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church. Julie’s first trip to Maison Fortuné Orphanage was in 2011 and joined the Board in 2012. It brings her joy to see the kids year after year growing up and getting an education at MFO. She is married and has one daughter.

Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark

Treasurer

As Senior Director of Customer Intelligence at Ferguson Enterprises, Chris is responsible for overseeing Customer Insights, Customer Experience, Market Research and Digital Analytics. He also oversees automated Marketing technology by upgrading our marketing technology to one platform powered by Oracle. With this upgrade, we will introduce new capabilities into the marketing function including machine learning and AI to connect data points and draw conclusions, allowing us to make data-driven decisions to personalize online, offline and mobile marketing campaigns and ensure all campaigns deliver an ROI. 

Chris joined Ferguson as a Senior Market Research Analyst in 2005 and was promoted to Manager of Market Research in 2008. In 2011, he left Ferguson for a year to work at UnitedHealth as Director of Market Intelligence, returning in 2012 as Senior Project Manager for business groups. He was promoted to Senior Manager of Customer Segmentation and Insights in 2013 and Director of Customer Intelligence in 2015 to. In 2016, Chris was appointed Director of Customer & Market Analytics.

Chris received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Master of Science in Information and Communication from Ball State University. He also has a Master of Arts in Economics from Old Dominion University.

John Garrett

John Garrett

Board Member

John Garrett is a Vice President and Commercial Lender for TowneBank in Norfolk, Virginia. John joined Towne after earning his BA in Economics & Business from the Virginia Military Institute, and works closely with local companies to manage their diverse financing and cash management needs. He is a trusted resource to business owners, and experienced working with companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, maritime, transportation, hospitality, government and commercial contracting, commercial real estate, and other professional service providers.

As a Norfolk native, John is an active member in the community, involved in numerous civic organizations centered on improving the region’s ability to attract and retain talent, and become an even more desirable place to live, work and play.

John’s community involvement, and recognition include: The Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, Treasurer; VMI Keydet Club, Board of Governors; CHKD Ronald McDonald House, Board of Directors;Old Dominion Athletic Foundation Next Gen. Council, Board of Governors; Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce Economic Development, Board of Directors – Norfolk; The Maury Foundation, Board of Directors; The Virginia Club, Board of Directors; DNC Downtown100, Projects Committee;
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Paul Jaglowski

Paul Jaglowski

Board Member

Paul Jaglowski is the Founding CEO of Feedtrail Inc., a healthcare software company based in Raleigh, NC, that uses in-the-moment patient feedback and advanced analytics to empower healthcare teams to deliver world-class care and ensure patient satisfaction. Feedtrail works with the nation’s most innovative healthcare organizations across all 50 U.S. states and in 13 other countries worldwide.

In 2018, Paul was named as one of the 30 Rising Customer Experience Super Stars Under 30 (CX 30 Under 30) by CX Network, the leading resource for senior customer experience, service, insight, digital and marketing decision makers. Prior to co-founding Feedtrail, Paul worked as a management and strategy consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C and in operations for fintech startup OnDeck Capital during its IPO.

Paul’s involvement with Maison Fortuné Orphanage dates back to 2005, when he was a freshman in high school and a member of St.Therese Catholic Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Paul graduated from Ferrum College with a degree in International Studies and Economics, where he played collegiate baseball earning Academic and Athletic All-American honors.

Alta Scott

Alta Scott

Board Member

Altagracia L. Scott is a Haitian-American, who was raised by devoted Catholics and lifetime humanitarians who instilled the power of faith, prayer, and love for others. A graduate of University of Ohio with a BA Finance and MBA in Business Administration Management, Altagracia is currently employed with the Department of Defense as Accounting Director for the Department of Navy Facilities Engineering Command.

Community involvement and recognitions include Council Member of the Fortune500 Retailers Companies; Rotary Club of Cleveland, member, Leaders of Tomorrow, Board; Green Belt-Lean6 Six Sigma, Leadership, and DoD Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM).

Altagracia is married and is the mother of two wonderful boys, stepmother of two great young ladies and resides in Chesapeake, VA.

What can you do

YOU CAN HELP….

The orphanage is supported and operated by the Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation. We raise awareness and funds needed to support and educate the children at the Maison Fortuné Orphanage in Hinche, Haiti so that they are empowered to become future leaders of Haiti.

MAISON FORTUNÉ

ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3092, Chesapeake, VA 23327-3092

Email: helpthechildren@localhost