Board of Directors

Our expert board provides much-needed guidance and support for International Action. They work with our staff to ensure that our mission is met and Haitians have clean water and a chance for a better future.

Jeffery Sejour, Treasurer & Secretary

A Haitian-American, Jeffery holds a B.A. from Frostburg State University with a concentration in Economic Development, minors in French and Geography, and a certificate in International Area Studies – Middle East and Africa. He has been working with International Action since 2009.  He started off as a intern and became a full time staff the following year, taking on the role of chief accountant. He is also a integral link with International staff in Haiti, where he has travelled many times and is fluent in Haitian Creole. Alongside his career as an accountant, Jeff hopes to start his own community-ledh  public healtproject and build an orphanage in Haiti . 

Victor Grinev, Chair

Victor is a self-employed Russian-American in the drilling equipment business. He worked with the International Center on funding and enjoys regularly visiting Russia.

Youngmin Chang, Director Emeritus

Youngmin Chang was Associate Director at International Action for nine years. She and Lindsay developed a low-cost chlorination system for a city of 2.5 million Haitians and replicated the water project in Dominican Republic and China. She received a Masters in International Relations from the University of Virginia. Youngmin has moved back home to Korea and is now working with a group called CITYNET. She remains on the board of International Action.

Lindsay Mattison, Director Emeritus

Lindsay founded International Action in 2003 and gave the group its strategic direction and was the chief grant proposal writer. He hired International Action's director in Haiti and used his connections in Washington DC to help bring clean water to thousands of Haitians. Lindsay is now Director Emeritus and will continue to provide his insight to International Action staff.

Larry E. Newman, President

Larry is a professional Civil Engineer, registered in multiple states.  He graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1974, and with a M.S. in 1980.  With over 40 years engineering experience, in the water, wastewater, stormwater, and structural engineering disciplines; Larry has nineteen years’ experience working on missionary and development work in Haiti.  He has been responsible for school construction, water system design and construction, and solar electric projects in Haiti, and is an active member of several church missionary groups working in the country.  Larry serves on several boards of organizations focused on development work in Haiti, including Hens for Haiti (a 501c3 organization focused on establishing sustainable egg production facilities) and the Build Haiti Foundation, based in Columbia Maryland.  Larry also serves on the Columbia, Maryland sister city committee; wherein the town of Columbia is twinned with Cap Haitien in northern Haiti. Larry is an active Rotarian, is the chairman of the International Committee for his Rotary club in Columbia, Maryland, and is responsible for several other international water projects through this organization. Larry travels to Haiti 2-3 times a year for multi-week assignments to oversee the Haiti Water development and sustainability efforts.