The Build Haiti Foundation is a 501 c 3 organization based in Columbia, MD about 20 minutes from Washington DC. Our members are individuals and professionals from all walks of life, living all over the world. We are a reflection of our members. Through our network of volunteers, we access a broad base of professionals who are empowered to make a difference within their respective fields of study and profession.
Jean-Robert Anantua, founder and CEO of Build Haiti Foundation has assumed many roles in his career, that of international businessman, social entrepreneur. His mission has always been to stop the self-perpetuating cycle of poverty and inequitable access to education in some of the most neglected places in Haiti.
Jean-Robert has never been afraid to try something new, go against a current and make a splash. Seven years ago he founded Build Haiti Foundation and has worked hard to partner up with existing community organizations to help them extend their current capacities to provide much needed resources for children.
Jean-Robert has big plans for Build Haiti Foundation; the next project is, where together with local Haitian entrepreneurs, and US social organization, BHF will take another vital step in transitioning from a non-profit to a social enterprise provider, which will allow entire communities to benefit from the social, economic, and educational opportunities that they previously have been deprived of. – See more at:
Board Members and Staff
Jean-Robert Anantua, President/CEO
Bob Anantua spent the earlier part of his career working in academia for the City University of New York. As a product of the system, he felt that he had to give back by investing his talent to improve the system at different levels. As the Assistant Coordinator of application processing, he provided great leadership, coordination and management skills to transition the manual processing to an electronic format using a document management system. As Acting Assistant Director of Admissions, he took great pleasure in mentoring young students looking to find their way. He received a B.S. in Information Technology. He received additional business training from Tuck Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He also received project management training from University of Maryland Baltimore County. As a partner and COO of an 8a firm that specialized avionics engineering and program management, he was instrumental in increasing the firm’s revenue from $350,000 to 4.8 million in five years. Mr. Anantua is also a firm believer in community service. He is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland. He is a member of PEER Servants, a Christian Microfinance organization doing “good” around the world. He also serves in the children ministry at his church in Columbia, Maryland. Mr. Anantua believes that entrepreneurship is the gateway to a flourishing economy. Today, as the CEO of Build Haiti Foundation (BHF), Mr. Anantua seeks to form partnership with organizations and individuals of different capabilities and background. He will deploy the organization’s effort to promote job creation, education, entrepreneurship and other important programs to revitalize the Haitian economy. He believes that raising awareness about the plight of the Haitian people will serve as catalyst that will allow individuals and organizations to come together for this common cause.
David Weeks, Chairman of the Board
After viewing on social media the devastating impact of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, David Weeks reached out to the Build Haiti Foundation to learn about ways the Haitian people could be supported. As the Global Education and Community Service Director at the Glenelg Country School in Howard County, Maryland, he rallied his school community to help construct a health clinic in the village of Camp Coq which has now become operational. He has traveled with BHF President Bob Anantua to Haiti to help secure a Sister City relationship between Cap Haitien, the second largest city in Haiti, and Columbia, Maryland. Furthermore he has helped to establish the BHF Global Leadership Program as a way of empowering the Haitian people and providing U.S. students and adult mentors with a valuable, hands-on experience working effectively with Haitians in Haiti. Having partially spent his youth in Cuba, Mr. Weeks is familiar with Caribbean culture. Married to his French Canadian wife, Marie, for thirty years, he is also conversant in French. His professional responsibilities have included the establishment of the 501c3 Salih Self Development Foundation in Ghana and philanthropic work supporting the needs of Ghanaian, Nigerian, Kenyan and Indian people. He holds degrees from Harvard and Loyola Colleges and has studied at the Center for Social Development of Emerson College in England.
Alex F. Lilavois, Project Manager/Finance
Alex Lilavois is a senior level management consultant with over twenty years of experience in strategic management, quality management, and program development. Mr. Lilavois is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business with an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management and an undergraduate degree (BS) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida. Mr. Lilavois holds a Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute and his expertise in business and operations startup has resulted in improvements in client financial and market position, optimization of resource utilization, sizeable gains in process effectiveness and efficiency, and realignment of organizational structures towards strategic enterprise-level goals.
Mr. Lilavois donates his spare time to organizations that promote education and economic development domestically and internationally. As a business development professional fluent in French, Spanish and Haitian Creole, he has consulted senior level executives within the financial services, federal government, manufacturing and power utilities sectors in the U.S. and global marketplace. Mr. Lilavois is an admirer of Asian and Caribbean art, especially the various forms of Haitian Art. He lives in Rockville, Md. with his wife and two sons.
Liz Bobo, Board Member
Ms. Bobo is a public servant who spent 33 years serving the State of Maryland. She has served four terms in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 12B in Howard County. She currently sits on the Environmental Matters Committee. She graduated from Seton High School in Baltimore before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from the University of Maryland University College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Bobo practiced as an attorney before her election to the House of Delegates. She has been recognized for her work on conservation and children’s issues. She was on the Governor’s Commission to Study Poverty in Maryland, 2001-03 and was named Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Daily Record, 2002. She made the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame, 1997
Dr. Karen Francis, Board Member
Dr. Karen Francis is a senior researcher at American Institute for Research. Her primary areas of focus and research are in cultural and linguistic competence, mental health programming, rural behavioral health, reducing disparities and addressing disproportionate minority contact. She works nationally to provide training and technical assistance to address disproportionate minority contact within the juvenile justice system. Dr. Francis also serves as an on-site consultant on Cultural and Linguistic Competency to the Child Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Patrick Richard, Board Member
Dr. Patrick Richard is an Assistant Professor of Health Economics and Policy and Research Director within the Health Services Administration (HSA), Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics (PMB) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He is also a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington (GW) University Health Economics and Policy Program and an affiliate faculty at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.
Momina Malik, Board Member
Momina Malik – Educator and mother dedicated to supporting her community. Ms. Malik believes that each member of a community brings a unique talent to improving and transforming a community. As a Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Malik is one of the original members of the Build Haiti Foundation who continues to amaze all in her dedication to serve, impact and transform.