Our People

JOHN KEANE (Founder)

Haiti Orphan Project's Founder John Keane

John Keane is the president of the Keane Insurance Group, an insurance agency based in Saint Louis, Missouri, specializing in professional liability insurance for physicians.  John and his wife have eight children and two grandchildren.  John has also been an elder in his church for many years.

Learn more about the agency or read more about John’s professional background.

LES PROUTY (Executive Director)

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Les has experience both in the insurance business as well as over 25 years as an ordained minister.  Les and his wife Helen (pictured above along with a cute little Haitian girl) have five children and five grandchildren.  Les is also an elder in his church as well as an ordained Baptist minister. Oh, and he is a huge Auburn Tigers fan.

Joseph Volcy (Haitian Advisor & Translator)

Joseph, or simply “Volcy” as he prefers, brings our much needed Haiti experience to the team. Volcy was himself orphaned at a young age and lived in a tent by himself for several years. Determined to not be another child casualty, Volcy worked hard and sought opportunities to advance his situation. He eventually was hired by Mission of Hope and later The Global Orphan Project. The Lord brought a wonderful lady, Jamith, into his life. The Volcy’s have Bailie and Samuel as well as two adopted children, Kenzy and Wismine. Volcy assists Pastor Pudens at Philadelphia Evangelical Church in several capacities and advises HOPE in important ways about Haiti and her rich culture. He also translates for the Brouwers and Peters as needed and for our visiting teams. His gifts are many! You can read more of Volcy’s story here.

LUKE AND JULIE BROUWER (Executive Directors, HOPE Medical Project)

Luke and Julie

Luke and Julie serve as co-directors of Hope Medical. Luke is the big picture guy. Julie is the every little detail gal. It works (usually!). Luke and Julie met at Kuyper College (then Reformed Bible College) in Michigan. They moved to St. Louis where Luke earned  Master of Divinity and Master of Counseling degrees from Covenant Seminary. Luke had directed a non-profit ministry and worked as a counselor  for the past six years. Julie had worked for The Keane Insurance Group since moving to St. Louis in 2002 and with Les Prouty and Haiti Orphan Project since 2011. Together Luke and Julie will be developing and administrating HOPE Medical…FROM HAITI! They have three kids, Micah (11), Chloe (9) and Jude (7). They moved to Haiti June 23, 2014. See more at HOPE Medical Project.

WES MURRELL (Graphic & Video Designer)

Wes studied multimedia design in college and has aspired, all of his life, to cartoon and create.  He’s the fifth child of eleven kids and is the son of Anglican minister Sam Murrell. He’s uncle to ten children and is the younger twin in the first of two sets of twins.

Cartoonist website

JEFF AND BECKY PETERS (Development and Training, HOPE Medical Project)

Jeff and Becky Peters

 

Jeff and Becky Peters serve in Haiti with Luke and Julie. Jeff spent his career in the printing, mailing and packaging industry and currently is also a partner in a marketing and advertising agency. Becky was in elementary education early on and is an LPC working in a Christian counseling center. They have lived on Hilton Head Island the past five years. They raised their two sons, Rob (28) and Gregg (26) in St. Louis. They also were foster parents to over 70 children. Jeff serves with Julie in the development of the clinic and community health education in addition to fundraising. Becky is responsible for the hospitality of visiting teams, working with Luke to develop trauma training classes for Haitians and coordinating the home schooling of the Brouwer children. Jeff and Becky were on the plane to Haiti with the Brouwer family June 23, 2014. See more at HOPE Medical Project.

Brandi Huebner (Trip Coordinator)

Brandi Huebner

Brandi is originally from Nebraska, she is married and has 3 children all of whom are Husker fans. Brandi and her husband, Jeff, took their first trip to Haiti in December 2010 and have continued to make the trip at least twice a year since then.  Brandi has a passion for the children and people of Haiti.  They have captured her heart in such a way that she is always working to share the joy that Haiti brings to her with everyone she meets.

 

Nicole Halstead (Medical Information Coordinator)

Currently a stay-at-home wife to Mark and mom of three, Nicole spent her first several years out of college working as a registered nurse in Emergency departments and ICUs. She is excited to have the opportunity to combine her skills and love for orphans as the Medical Information Coordinator for HOPE. Nicole has travelled to Haiti twice and looks forward to her next trip in March, 2015 along with her 11-year-old son, Owen. Nicole compiles the health information for all volunteers who travel with HOPE and is available anytime to discuss questions or concerns about medical or vaccine issues related to travel to Haiti!