The Board of Directors is a diverse group of international artists, educators, and supporters that work together with our Haitian staff to oversee the operations of Living Media International. The Board exists to support, encourage, and connect the local staff to guide them and help them find the resources that they need to make the work possible.

Elsie Balu

Elsie was born in Kenya, where she spent most of her childhood and early adult life. She moved to Haiti at 18 and has a passion for working in projects towards sustainable development. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Administrative Social work from Fordham University, NY in 2011 and her main interests are disability studies in higher education.

Ellen KamischkeEllen Kamischke

Ellen is currently a visiting mathematics instructor at Albion College. She has worked with Living Media since 2010, focusing primarily on the New Life Primary School. She has led teams to help with the construction and also to provide professional development opportunities for the school staff.

Jessica LeavittJessica Leavitt

Jessica lives in Savannah, Georgia, where she manages the Scout Guide supporting local businesses. She has served on the board for Living Media since its founding and has been instrumental in designing LMI’s visual identity and branding.

Maria LuxMaria Lux

Maria is an artist, educator, and designer currently living and working in Illinois. She has been involved with Living Media since it began and is currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors.

Matt MorrisonMatt Morrison

Matt is the Lead Pastor for Fusion Church in Mitchell, SD and has served churches in a variety of capacities since 1997. He has degrees in music education and trumpet performance and is also a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist on guitar, bass, ukulele and various other instruments.

Brent OlsonBrent Olson

Brent is a writer who lives in Ortonville, Minnesota, and has published multiple books, including Papa: Finding Out What Matters. He also writes for a syndicated column on life in the Midwest titled, Independently Speaking. He has been involved with Living Media since 2012 when he made a trip to Mizak with a small team and help coordinate the donation of desks for New Life School.

Terry PollardTerry Pollard

Terry Pollard is lead pastor of New Sharon United Methodist Church in New Sharon, IA. His more than 35 years of varied ministry has given him opportunity to serve as a pastor, associate college professor, denominational editor, Sunday school curriculum writer and editor, and school administrator. Terry has been traveling to Haiti since 1979 on various mission assignments and providing pastoral and community leadership training.

Lee RainbothLee Rainboth

Lee is an artist and writer as co-founder of Living Media. He lives full time in Mizak where he supports the staff in their work and acts as a primary liaison for Living Media to the board and to our partner organizations. Lee teaches multiple art courses in the community and in neighboring Jacmel and works to expand opportunities for local artists to reach new audiences and collaborate with other creative individuals.

Previous members of the board include:

Judy Haselhoef, and Emily Muteb

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