International Action is made up of an outstanding group of trained professionals who believe in the importance and power of bringing clean water to Haiti. Working under the guidance of our outstanding Board of Directors, our staff has positively impacted the lives of over 600,000 Haitians.
Staff in DC
Zachary Brehmer, Executive Director
As International Action’s Interim Director, Zach leads our program and development team. He works hands on with our staff in Haiti, implementing the Chlorine Distribution System and promoting the uptake of solar powered pumps. He is also our lead grant proposal writer and spokesperson. Before joining International Action he worked at Generations Incorporated as an Americorps State Member. There he ran a literacy program at a school and a Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Dorchester, MA. He also contributed research on community health workers and under-five mortality for Nuru International. He then joined a foreign policy consulting firm, AALC, and focused on US policy in Iraq, China, and India before joining us in 2011.
Jeffery Sejour, Associate Director
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 for the past three years. He started off as a intern in the summer of 2008 and became a full time staff the following year. He taken on the role of chief accountant, in charge of all financial accounting for International Action. During his tenure with International Action he has gone to Haiti five times to help their staff in Haiti operate more effectively and efficiently. He wishes to continue down the the route of public health and hopes to start his own community led project and build an orphanage in Haiti.
Staff in Haiti
Lindsay Mattison, Director Emeritus, Board Member
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.
Dalebrun Esther, Haiti Director
Dalebrun has a certificate in communications, academic technology, and water chemistry at CamTech’s School of Chemistry. As a Haitian chemical engineer, he became our Haiti Director in Port-au-Prince in 2007. Dalebrun has worked for CAMEP (Haitian Water Agency) and as zone President in Cité Soleil, the most impoverish community in Port-au-Prince. He remains General Coordinator of the Committee of Poor Neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince and worked for CAMEP before it merged with DINEPA (National Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation). He has excellent working relations with most national and municipal officials. Dalebrun is an expert chemical engineer and community leader. He has allowed International Action to connect with DINEPA and many community leaders throughout the country.
Joanes Bastin, Lead Technician
Joanes received a plumbing certificate from Institution St. Tete. He has worked in the Kinam Hotel as a pool cleaner and a plumber. He is International Action's head technician in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, leading our team of technicians throughout the city. He works primarily at International Action's sites in Jalousie, Martissant, Cité Soleil, and Bertin.
Jean-René Lamour, Technician
Jean-René trained as both an electrician and plumber before joining the International Action team in Haiti. He performs field work essential to our programs, such as visiting different sites to make installations and inspecting the quality of the water.
Emilio Bastien, Technician and Plumber
Emilio is a technician and plumber for International Action. He installs chlorinators, loads the chlorine tablets in the chlorinators, and performs site visits. A native of Pétion-ville, Emilio began working with International Action in 2007. He provides invaluable installation and maintenance services to the communities we serve.
Samson Esther, Warehouse Manager
Samson attended the Institute of Felicience and received a certificate as an automotive technician. He maintains our inventory control. He keeps track of inventory such as water tanks, chlorinators, chlorine tablets, and in-kind donations from other organization. He is also in charge of the maintenance of International Action vehicles.
Evans Lamour, Accountant and Bookkeeper
Evans majored in accounting and received a BA in CANINFO: Computer Learning Center. He has worked for the Haitian Institute of Statistical Data as an Economic Informantion. He is the accountant in Haiti for International Action and also manages the payroll in Haiti.
Pierre-Jacques Esther, Professional Driver
Pierre-Jacques has a certificate in automotive mechanics from Spring-Hill Collège and holds a professional license to drive automobiles and motorcycles. He is responsible for driving the International Action water truck to the 93 schools in Cité Soleil where we installed a chlorinator and 150-gallon water tank.
Raymond Jean Patrick, Community Outreach and Translator
Raymond’s duties include communicating with our water board members, attending WASH Cluster meetings, and public outreach. He visits International Action chlorinators sites and engages neighborhoods in community health education, gathering testimony, and conducting small surveys. He also acts as a translator for US staff and volunteers that make trips to Haiti.
Daniel Esther, Instructor
Daniel educates our water board members and community leaders about clean water after our installations and provides training on how to conduct chlorine tests. He joined International Action in 2008.
Lupe Aragon, Volunteer
Lupe managed rural water systems in New Mexico for 20 years, is active in NRWA, and joins Fred in Honduras several times a year. He demonstrates the installation and maintenance of tablet chlorinators to communities in need. He also serves as city councilman in his hometown.