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Board of Directors

Margaret Trost, Founder and Board Member (2000 – Present)
Berkeley, CA

“Having the opportunity to be in partnership with Fr. Jean-Juste when he was alive and to continue supporting his vision for the Ti Plas Kazo community with Na Rive is one of the greatest joys and privileges of my life.  The care, heart, and devotion that goes into making the food and education programs in Port-au-Prince possible – both in the states through the What If? Foundation board, staff, and donors and in Haiti through the members of Na Rive – is beautiful and inspiring.  Love in action.  Piti piti na rive!  Little by little we will arrive.”

 

Susan Carson, Board Member (2013 – Present)
Attorney
Alameda, CA

“I read Margaret Trost’s book, On that Day Everybody Ate, after my daughter was assigned to read it for school.  I was so moved by Margaret’s journey and the foundation she started that I vowed to do something when I could.   I’ve always wanted to share my time and treasure with a non-profit that works internationally, and What If is a natural fit.  I learned on my first visit to Port-au-Prince in May 2013 how desperately needed the food and education programs we fund are to the children in Ti Plas Kazo.  Our Haitian partners at Na Rive are so devoted to our shared goals that I vowed to do everything I can to support their efforts to grow these programs.  It’s a privilege and an honor to be a member of the Board.”

 

Kate Doherty, Board Member (2014 – Present)
Pastoral Associate at Christ the King Parish
Oakland, CA

“Having had the pleasure of visiting our Haitian Partner, Na Rive, in October of 2014, with the added honor of traveling with our founder Margaret, and therefore getting a crash course in the history and people of What If, it was impossible not to want to be more involved with their awe inspiring work. To meet and hear for myself the audacity of hope that I had been struck by when reading Margaret’s book On that Day Everybody Ate, I found myself wanting to give wind to the wings that hope flies on. The legacy and vision of Father Jean-Juste is alive and well at Na Rive, and it is such an honor to be even a small part of that.”

 

Dave Iverson, Board Member (2014 – Present)
Journalist and Filmmaker
Menlo Park, CA

“Every once in a while you have an experience that transforms you.  Five years ago, a colleague pointed me to Margaret’s remarkable book: On that Day Everybody Ate.  I’d known Margaret years before but we’d lost touch. I interviewed Margaret for KQED’s public radio program Forum and then just months later the earthquake struck. When I traveled to Haiti to cover the aftermath of the earthquake for the PBS NewsHour, I got to do a story about the food program What If supports. There aren’t many times when you discover an activity or an organization that you can believe in so deeply, so fully and so without reservation. I feel lucky to have found such a cause.”

 

Kim McCoy Wade, Board Member (2013 – Present)
Public Policy and Philanthropy Consultant
Oakland, CA

“I have sought to be of service in my non-profit career and in my life by advocating for opportunity, justice, and hope for the poorest children, mostly in the US. I am grateful for the chance to partner with Margaret, the people of Haiti, and other allies in this country to transform children’s lives in Port-au-Prince through healthy food, educational scholarships, and strong community-based organizations.”

 

Elizabeth Owens, PhD, Board Member (2014 – Present)
Research Psychologist, Institute of Human Development, UC Berkeley
Orinda, CA

“After the 2010 earthquake I was looking for a way to help the victims in Haiti and I learned about What If’s sustained efforts to help in Port-Au-Prince.  As a mother, its mission to provide education as well as nutrition to very poor children resonated with me very much.  Furthermore, I was impressed because What If is a small organization that partners closely with a Haitian nonprofit.  This partnership has resulted in effective programs that directly impact the lives of thousands of children. I feel fortunate and excited to be able to make a difference by being part of the What If team.”

 

Helen Walka Dake, PhD, Board Member (2012 – Present)
Developmental Psychologist
St. Helena, CA

“My belief that supporting children’s development is one of the best ways to invest in the future of any country led me to work for many years as a program evaluator and applied researcher in early childhood cognitive interventions. It is also what drew me to support the work of the What If? Foundation. When I traveled to Haiti with Margaret, I was incredibly impressed with all the Haitians I met who support the children through the food and education programs, with such dedication and caring. And I will never forget the children; they are so beautiful! After going to Haiti, I am more committed than ever to supporting the work of the What If? Foundation.”


Staff

Suzanne Alberga, Executive Director

Verna Lim, Donor Relations Associate

Andrea Wolf, Database Support

Pat Stevens, Bookkeeper (volunteer)