Armonie Bien-Aise,
Administrative Assistant

Billy Watson Pierre,
Asst. Program Manager

Rildens Similien,
Dance Instructor

Joham Suffrin,
Performing Arts Instructor

Danaika Charles,
Children's Club Coordinator

Lesnel Mompremier,
Program Manager

Nely Innocent,
Pedagogical Director

Jean-Pierre Romelus,
Performing Arts Instructor

Violette Larochelle,
Facilities Staff

Borgelet Compere,
Music Instructor

Watson Delva,
Logistics Director

William Delva,
Artist Director

Velouse Joseph,
Adjunct Secretary & Dance Instructor

Fritzner Joseph,
Performing Arts Instructor

Vesnel Joseph,
 Music Instructor

Wilgar Carmelien,
Adult Literacy Instructor

Rolph-Clyn Datisme,
Assistant Logistics Director

Valencia Vieux,
Music Instructor

Jean Olson Labranche,

Champagne Schneider,
Music Instructor

Pierre Jonis Joseph,

Dieudonne Talien,
Facilities Staff

Baudler Dorigene,


Jealy Jean Louis,
Performing Arts Instructor

Lara Berry,
Partnership Development Coordinator



Bennett Rathbun,
Co-Founder and Executive Director

Bennett is a full-fledged believer in the transformative power of music to make the world a better place.  He co-founded the organization after traveling to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake in 2010. Bennett is responsible for Hope on a String's overall performance and growth, including program management, strategic planning, fundraising, financial management, and operations. Prior to building Hope on a String, Bennett worked in the private sector for a financial management consulting firm in New York City.  Bennett holds an MPA from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and graduated from Amherst College, where he played rugby.

 Stacie Kosinski, Legal Counsel

Stacie Kosinski,

Stacie brings to Hope on a String experience in law, international economic development, community organizing, human rights advocacy and immigration. She is passionate about Haiti and has worked with the Haitian community domestically and abroad.  In Haiti, she worked closely with governments, NGOs and private donors to implement development programs in microcredit lending, education and child welfare. In the U.S., Stacie worked as a  advocate for Haitian immigrants. Having completed her Juris Doctorate, she is currently a litigation associate at a law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. She will act as counsel for Hope on a String, providing legal guidance to the organization as it develops into a leading nonprofit.

Pierre Imbert,
Co-founder and Senior Country Advisor

Born, raised and educated in Haiti, Pierre commands a sophisticated understanding of Haitian culture and the devastated country’s socio-economic framework. Additionally, years of education and experience in the United States have earned him a mastery of community planning, management and public administration. Pierre’s successes include supporting the health, welfare, and integration of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in New York, Massachusetts and California.  He brings unique expertise to Hope on a String’s team and is poised to leverage two decades of executive experience in not-for-profit, philanthropy and government to advise program implementation and operation as co-founder and Senior Country Advisor.  


Felix Rigaud,
Country Director

Felix grew up in Corail, Haiti and is an active participant and leader in Hope on a String’s community development initiatives.  Felix is highly respected in the community for his ability to take on tasks that require important leadership skills.  He is known for his sense of wisdom and ability to solve complex problems, which he has demonstrated in numerous ways throughout his participation with Hope on a String.  Prior to serving as Country Director, Felix was HOAS' program manager and also led a team of local electricians in planning and installing the solar electrical system that now powers our community center.  Felix's dedication and skills promise to help build our capacity to deliver impact at Hope on a String.