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"May the God of HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romams 15:13

HEF Board of Directors and Staff

Susan Turbeville, Executive Director of HEF (El Dorado, AR)

Susan Turberville
Associated with HEF since 1979; on the staff at HEF since 2001

How did she find herself involved with HEF?
"While growing up in the First Presbyterian Church in El Dorado, AR, Frances and Gardner Landers began going to Haiti.  Our church was very involved with many aspects of their medical mission…fundraising and packing supplies.  This was my first experience with Haiti.  Soon after, Frances began her ministry of education and once again, as a youth in the church, I heard about what the Landers were doing and took interest.  In early 2001, a good friend of Frances wanted her to have an assistant and offered to pay for a part time employee.  I was looking for a part time employment opportunity and am thrilled to have had the blessing of working with Frances as I did.  She taught me so much about faith and HOPE and that education is Haiti's best chance out of poverty!"

About Susan:  She has been married to Joe Turbeville since 1986 and they have two children, Emile and Trey.  We are very involved with our church.  I also serve on the school board in
El Dorado.  


Vicki Lambert, Financial Secretary (staff)

Vicki Lambert
Joined HEF staff:  April 2010

How did you find yourself involved with HEF?
"When I first came to work for the Haiti Education Foundation, I only knew of Frances Landers as the wife of my ophthalmologist and Susan Turbeville through mutual friends. Susan approached me after the earthquake in Haiti asking me if I was willing to help them out with the abundance of correspondence they were receiving at that time.  I have since learned lots and still have lots to learn about the Haiti Education Foundation, but with PRIDE I am quick to respond to others that I am affiliated with the Haiti Education Foundation."

About Vicki:  Vicki is a member of Norphlet United Methodist Church.  In the past, she was the Executive Assistant to Madison Murphy of El Dorado, AR, and Executive Assistant to Beth James at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado.  She is married to Jimmy Lambert, has three children (Tiffany Meadows, Amy Margis and Nicolas Lambert) and two grandchildren.


Mike Landers, Chairman of HEF (El Dorado, AR)

Mike Landers
Associated with HEF since 1981

How did he find himself involved with HEF?
"I have been involved with HEF since its inception, as my mother, Frances Landers, was the founder of the organization.  I took my first trip to the Haitian mountains in 1994.  My wife, Susan, has been active in HEF for many years and has traveled with Frances to Haiti several times.  Our son, Dr. Jason Landers, and his wife, Laura, accompanied Frances and me on trip there as well.  Jason participates in medical mission trips to Haiti.  Our son Bryce Landers and his wife, Elizabeth, also have been supportive of the effort."

About Mike: "Susan and I have four wonderful grandchildren who live in Northwest Arkansas."


Mary Jo Oliver, Treasurer of HEF (El Dorado, AR)

Mary Jo Oliver
Associated with HEF since 1979

Life outside HEF:  Retired, Formerly owned a glass business with her husband, Kenny

How did she find herself involved in HEF?
"As a member of First Presbyterian Church, El Dorado, I was inspired and engaged by the work the Landers were doing in Haiti.  Through our Sunday School classes and other groups, my daughters and I begin to seek ways of helping by packing supplies for the Landers' trips and helping to raise money for their mission.  As the size and scope of the mission grew, I offered to help Frances by doing tasks such as making deposits and securing help with promotional materials.  After HEF became a 501(c)(3) organization, there were numerous accounting jobs to be done and I stepped in to relieve Frances of these responsibilities. (She was so good at writing her famous letters and we wanted her to invest her time in communicating the word about Haiti.)  Trips to Haiti and the people of Haiti really "sealed the deal" as far as my love and passion for this organization and its work."

About Mary Jo:  Mary Jo is married to Kenneth Oliver Jr. They have two daughters: Susan, married to Joe Turbeville, and Sylvia, married to Sean Brady. They also have four grandchildren: Emile Turbeville, Trey Turbeville, Mary Helene Brady, and John Anderson Brady.


Chris McRae, Secretary of HEF (Fort Smith, AR)

Chris McRae
Associated with HEF since 1986

How did you find yourself involved with HEF?
"I grew up in the same Presbyterian church in which Frances was am member.  Hef has been ingrained in me since I was a child.  My first trip to Haiti was with Frances in 1986.  At that time, I grew to know and love the Haitian people very much.  The rest is history."

About Chris: Presbyterian Elder Chris McRae is a member of Central Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Previous to his position as Director of Solar under the Sun, Chris is a technical installation instructor for Living Waters for the World's Clean Water U. Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Haiti Education Foundation; and is a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Committee member. He has been very active in Habitat for Humanity, serving as the first Habitat for Humanity Project Director for the New Orleans Area 1988-1991.  Chris is also trained as a Commissioned Lay Pastor in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)


Rob Crittenden, member of the Board of Directors (Roanoke, VA)

Rob Crittenden
Associated with HEF since 1994

How did you find yourself involved in HEF?
"When our family first moved to Roanoke, VA, in 1993, we joined Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church. RCPC was already involved with HEF and had decided to fund the building of a school, now called the Allison School, in Larevoir, as part of a large fundraising effort. One mission trip had already been taken; I joined the next three, leading the second and third ones. I really admired the work that was being done and found Pere Albert to be the greatest person I had ever met. I loved the fact that HEF uses 100% of all donations for direct Haitian aid, as the administrative fees are covered anonymously by others. And HEF's work was the most palpable example for me of how the power of God can work through two ordinary human beings. I wanted to be part of such a great mission."

About Rob: Rob is married to Beth Crittenden, and they have two children: Katie Crittenden Morris, married to Brandon Morris (they are Seattle residents) and Matt Crittenden, who is currently a college student in Olympia, WA. In 2015, Rob and Beth became first-time grandparents to Katie’s daughter Hanna, and they are smitten. Rob loves about anything outdoors, particularly hiking, backcountry camping, whitewater, and cycling. And he is still quite involved with Boy Scouts through a troop in the Blue Ridge Mountains Council in Virginia and is a member of BRMC's Board of Directors.


George Brandon, member of the Board of Directors (Calabash, NC)

George Brandon
Associated with HEF since 1997

How did you find yourself involved with HEF?
"I have taken several trips to Haiti, most of which I have led.  I am active in HEF because God called me to do so.  I knew this from the first day I visited the people of our parishes in Haiti.  I haven't always been obedient to that call, but I'm trying."

About George:  George lives in Calabash, NC, with his wife Sue.  He spends most of his free time fishing.  He attends Calabash Presbyterian Church.


Cathy Ulrich

Don Miller
Associated with HEF since 2011

How did you find yourself involved with HEF?
"After moving to Arkansas in 1989 I immediately heard stories of Frances Landers and her work with the children of Haiti. These were told to me by members of the church I was serving as a pastor. When we moved to Fort Smith, Chris McRae talked about HEF and its ministry. When asked to join the board I gladly agreed and took some trips to Haiti with Susan. These are never to be forgotten. "

About Cathy:  Cathy and her husband Tom recently moved to Denver after serving for 20 years as co-pastors of Central Presbyterian Church, Fort Smith. Cathy is the Interim Stated Clerk for Denver Presbytery and Tom is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown. They love to hike, bike, watch wildlife, sports, and documentaries.


Jeffrey Landers (Board Member)

Don Miller
Associated with HEF since 2013

How did you find yourself involved with HEF?
"Growing up as a child in El Dorado, AR, I attended countless speaking engagements with my grandmother and founder of HEF, Frances Landers, when she was raising money to help grow the foundation into what it is today. My family has always been involved with missions in Haiti, and I had the opportunity to take my first trip to the island in 2011 where I visited nine schools in the southern region and the hospital in Leogane. It was during that trip that my grandmother’s passion that started three decades ago was passed onto me…and I now truly understand just how much the people of the southern mountains of Haiti depend on HEF for their education and future. I look forward to continuing to support the efforts of such a worthwhile foundation as a HEF board member."

About Jeffrey:  Jeffrey and his wife, Ashley, and son Jake are members of the First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio. He is an active member of Rotary Club of San Antonio, NIOSA (Night In Old San Antonio), and the San Antonio Food Bank while working at Wells Fargo as a business banker. He loves all sports, outdoor activities and playing with his two dogs.