Our Board

Haiti Nursing Foundation Board members are involved and talented volunteers. They meet quarterly, with a variety of committee meetings held frequently throughout the year.  They are keenly sensitive to the trust our donors place in HNF and in the FSIL Nursing School.

The Board has overall responsibility for the policies, programs and direction of HNF.  Members are elected for three-year renewable terms, and bring a broad range of nursing education, management, and organizational development expertise.  Nearly every member has been to FSIL, some multiple times.  Each annually signs HNF’s conflict of interest policy.

The HNF Board reviews requests for funding to select appropriate projects, approves grants for HNF to submit, and monitors the expenditures of FSIL Nursing School. HNF’s board is committed to best practices in governance, accountability and transparency. This commitment exists at all levels of the organization.


President ~ Joanne M. Pohl, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP
Vice President/Treasurer ~ John L. Sampselle, MBA
Assistant Treasurer ~ Ruth Barnard, PhD
Secretary, Tom Hunsdorfer, MBA
Hilda Alcindor, BA, RN, FAAN
James Boelkins, PhD
Richard “Nick” Candee, MBA
Carol Loveland-Cherry, PhD, RN, FAAN
Jessie Colin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Pat Farris, BSN, RN
Denise Ferrell, DNP, RN
Monique Jean-Bart Germain, MS, RN, CTN-A, CNE, APHN-BC
Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN
Jimmy Hite, AIA
Eric B. Lipson, J.D.
Elizabeth M. Lowell, BA
Donna Martsolf, PhD, RN, FAAN
Kaz Soong, MD
Eric J. Williams, DNP, RN, CNE

Our Staff


Thom Bales

Thom brings extensive experience from working for diverse nonprofit organizations since 1987. Thom received his BS degree from East Tennessee State University and a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. As a theological student, Thom interned at Trinity Moravian Church in Kingston, Jamaica, learning about the challenges and opportunities of ministry in a developing country.

He describes growing up in a family that values service as an essential component of a meaningful life. He has been part of the staff leadership team for three organizations, providing guidance and oversight for each agency and helping guide two of these organizations through periods of significant growth. For instance, during his five- year tenure at Hands on Atlanta, he grew the staff from four employees to 15.

Thom brings experience with fundraising, utilizing his skills as a grant writer, project manager and special event coordinator to generate significant agency funding. He has been responsible for organizational communication and marketing activities - inclusive of marketing plan creation, newsletter production, social media marketing and website development.

He has carried out a variety of other management responsibilities and he possesses familiarity with many aspects of the non-profit world and organizational development, including financial, governance, strategic planning and volunteer functions. He recognizes the importance of understanding both the “big picture” of an organization, as well as how to actualize that big picture into the day-to-day administration of varied components.

Thom embraces the mission and work of Haiti Nursing Foundation and is familiar with the healthcare challenges facing many Haitians. His religious community, St. Clare of Assisi Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor, is an active partner with a Haiti outreach mission project. 

Thom tells us that "I've been fortunate in my career to gain competence in many areas of successful nonprofit management. Haiti Nursing Foundation offers me a great opportunity to bring all of my experience and skills to bear on the important work of an amazing organization."

Thom is married to Karin Stratton, an Informationist Associate at the University of Michigan's Taubman Health Sciences Library, as well as U-M grad student. Thom and Karin have a 4-year-old son, Theodore. 

Clara Etzel

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