Meet the Board



Jean Rebecca is the co-founder of Kanpe Haiti and was born in a small village located in the city of Croix-des-Bouquet, Haiti. This is the genesis of Kanpe Haiti. This is where it all began.  Jean considers himself a simple soul whose goal is to play a role in repairing a broken world. He believes that his survival and triumph came from a collaborative effort, combined with strong love, and timely and resourceful support. Thus his vision and plan for the communities in Haiti will come from the same support that rescued him. And the support that Jean has received is what he tries to provide to others in his every day living. Through a collaborative effort, motivated by authentic and unconditional love, Jean truly believes a better path and a great future can become a reality for the people of Haiti. He encourages everyone to serve so that we all may play our part to help repair a broken world. …Read More…

Co-Founder & Chairwoman

Sylvia Rebecca is the co-founder of KanpeHaiti and also the wife of Jean.  She was born and raised in Boynton Beach, Florida and moved to Charleston, SC nine years ago. Sylvia is a paralegal for a firm in the Charleston area.  She loves Haiti and has a strong connection to the children.  It was her dream to start something in Haiti for the kids and she is amazed at how something she thought would be impossible is now becoming a reality.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Board Member 

Edelena Smith serves on our Executive Board and as also the Founder and Operating Director of Unforgettable Gems is an entrepreneur, innovated speaker, and mentor. She has been instrumental in key areas of our organization. Edelena helped launch our Fill the Bucket campaign, has led several trips to Haiti, organized Feed Rice & Beans project, oversea our Soles for Souls project and continues to assist to recruit donors.  Edelena completed her undergraduate studies at Shaw University in Psychology. She completed her Master’s in Management and Human Resources at Webster University. Edelena has traveled both nationally and internationally for business, missions, and ministry. She serves as a mentor for teens and is committed to offering mentorship to students who are interested in learning about international travels and community development. Recently launched, Thick Girls Thrift is a Plus Size Thrift Shop that accepts slightly worn clothing and shoes for resale to assist homeless and displaced teenage girls. In all that she does, she seeks to encourage and empower.



Keisha Smith was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, moved to South Carolina  4 years ago to be closer to her father and family.  She has two beautiful kids, a 17 year old son name Jordan and 22 year old name Jasmine.  She is the CEO of The Business Office. The farthest she has  traveled on the west coast is to Nevada.  On the east coast, she has traveled as far as New York and as far south as Florida.  She has also traveled to the Bahamas, Cancun, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.  Has worked  in the non-profit field for more than 17 years, and served in the roles of executive assistant, manager, and administrative specialist. She has  volunteered in many capacities, mostly in faith-based organizations as a teacher, trainer and administrative assistant. Keisha believe that her purpose in this season is to grow self, grow people, and grow businesses.

Assistance to Treasurer

Kristina Wright is a Charleston native and lover of all things start-up. From starting her own business at 19 doing an incubator at College of Charleston to serving as an associate children’s pastor.  She is dedicated to making this world a better place one step at a time. Currently she is in the process of graduating from College of Charleston with a degree in Economics and Entrepreneurship and is the operations manager of a local Allstate agency. In her spare time she enjoys painting and researching.


Business Development Director


Julie Weyandt was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She attend Mankato State University (now called University of MN. Mankato) and majored in Criminal justice, minored in corrections and coaching.  She currently works for MKTG as a Program Director. Julie has been involved in several volunteer and non-profit opportunities: Fight for Children, Make a wish Foundation 2007-2010, Habitat for Humanity 2010-2012, and Golden Boys Golf Tournament 2008-2013.  She has traveled all across the country and globe.  Julie loves to spend time with her incredible friends and family.  Especially her three brothers and her parents, her nieces and nephews whom she love to death.

Board Advisor


Steve Liverani is originally from Long Island. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1980 with a degree in Broadcasting. He retired after a thirty year career in the sports television industry. Following his broadcasting career Steve and his wife, Melissa, moved to Charleston on a full time basis in 2010. He worked for Communities In Schools as a Student Support Specialist until 2016. He is now a board certified life coach; creating Liverani Life Coaching in 2016. Steve and Melissa have two daughters, Stephanie and Allison, who live in Ohio. Steve enjoys travelin.


Director:  Justin Fanel

Assistant/Instructor: Geralda Beaubrun

Assistant/Instructor: KerVens Hilaire