the team

Middle Ground is made up of individuals that are passionate about children’s health, orphan prevention, long-term sustainability, and this beautiful country we call home. We are all committed to working together to fight against malnutrition and for the families we serve.

Want to join our team? Check if we're hiring!

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Rhyan Buettner-Desmaret

Founder and Executive Director
Minnesota, USA/Haiti
Rhyan is the Founder and Executive Director of Middle Ground. She first came to Haiti in April of 2008 on a short-term trip and - after several more visits over the next 18 months - finally made Haiti home for good in October 2009. Rhyan soon set into motion her dreams of making a small difference in the lives of the Haitian people: in 2011 she founded Espwa Berlancia as a way to continue her work. In 2018 Espwa Berlancia became Middle Ground, as you know it today! Rhyan and her husband Peterson live in Haiti and are the parents of 5 beautiful children.

administrative team

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KEELY BROOKES

Assocaite Director
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ALMATHE JEAN

Director of Haitian Operations
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TERI-ANN ROSS

Recreation Therapist
Jean-Louis-FLOTVELYNE

FLO JEAN-LOUIS

Staff Advocate

medical team

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DR. SELMOUR

Pediatrician
Antoine-PHEDELINE-2

PHEDELINE

Nursing Support
Etienne-JULOVENEY-2

JULOVENEY

Nursing Support
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MARTH FEDIA

Nursing Support
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FARAH

Nursing Assistant

family support services

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MAKENDY

Social Worker

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GENDY

Psychologist (in partnership with Children's Truth Foundation)
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BERNADETTE

Family Advocate
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FABIOLA S

Family Advocate

housekeeping team

Jean-GERTRUDE

GERTRUDE

Housekeeping Support
St-Surin-VIERGELA

SURIN

Housekeeping Support
Baptiste-CHRISTINE-2

CHRISTINE

Housekeeping Support
nadine

NARLINE

Housekeeping Support

support team

Toussaint-MARIE-MAUDE

MARIE-MAUDE

Nutritional Director
Edouard-GILENE-2

GILENE

Nutritional Support
Jean-TITINE

TITINE

Nutritional Support
Andre-SIMON

SIMON

Transportation Coordinator
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STEVE

Chaplin
Andre-ERNSO

ERNSO

Grounds Maintenance
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EDMOND

Grounds Maintenance
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DOIRIN

Transportation Coordinator

child care team

Abilus-FABIOLA

FABIOLA A

Childcare Support
Baptiste-CARLINE

CARLINE

Childcare Support
Merozier-ALEXANDRA

ALEXANDRA

Childcare Support
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MIMOSE

Childcare Support