John Fitzgerald | President
John is one of the founding members of the Saint Francis Xavier Orphanage. John is the Executive Vice-President of Comfortex Window Fashions, a leading custom window shade manufacturing company. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fairfield University and a M.B.A. from the University of Connecticut. John, his wife Barbara, and his daughter visited the Orphanage in February 2013 and saw first-hand the great work that the Orphanage is doing for the children of Haiti.
John Hayes | Vice President and Development
John joined the board in February 2013. He is a Vice President for the M.M. Hayes Company in Albany, New York. John also serves on the board for The Albany Academies. John graduated from Albany Academy and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College in 1992. He lives in Menands with his wife Jennifer, and their two children Emma and Jack. John, his wife Jennifer, and their two children visited the SFXHO in August 2013.
Fran is one of the founding members of the St. Francis Xavier Haitian Orphanage Foundation. Fran is a Director of Sales for the Public Sector Division of IBM. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Siena College, and lives with his wife Gayle and their five children in Menands, New York. Fran and his wife Gayle visited the orphanage in February 2013.
Gayle Bouchard is a mother of five and has a Masters in special education with an interest in development and fundraising for the orphanage. Gayle currently works at St. Pius X in the area of pastoral care. Gayle, her husband Fran, the Fitzgerald's, and Father Farano from St. Pius X visited the orphanage in February 2013.
James joined the Foundation board in early 2013. He spent most of his career in sales and management positions with IBM in the U.S. and Europe. He is currently director of sales for nfrastructure Inc., an IT services firm. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bucknell University and an MBA from Michigan State. James is married and the father of three grown children. He and his wife, Molly, along with board members Katie Giombetti and Frank Woods, visited the Orphanage in February 2015.
Matt Rucinski | Communications & Marketing
Matt Rucinski grew up in Latham, NY where he attended St. Pius X School (’02) and Shaker High School (’06). He graduated with a Bachelors in Education from SUNY Geneseo in 2010 and would later earn his Masters in Literacy from SUNY Albany. He currently teaches at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Waterford, NY. Matt joined the Board in 2013 and is excited to continue serving the St. Francis Xavier Haitian Orphanage Foundation.
Jennifer Hayes | Communications & Marketing
Jennifer Hayes joined the Board in January 2013. She graduated from Boston College in 1994 with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. After a brief teaching career, Jennifer has been a full time stay at home parent to her two children. As an educator, Jennifer is commited to supporting the children of the St. Francis Xavier Haitian Orphanage and the mission of the SFXHO Foundation Board. Jennifer and her family visited the orphanage in August 2013.
Vici Armsby joined the SFX Board in February 2017. Vici holds a degree in Communication Arts and Sociology from Manhattan College and has done graduate work at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. Vici is the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation at Our Lady of Victory-Mission Our Lady of the Snow Parish in Troy, NY. She is also the Creator and Executive Director of Divine Sisterhood, NY; which is committed to empowering women and girls to be authentically themselves, use their voice and create balance of body, mind and spirit. She and her husband, Doug, have been married for 22 years and have two daughters. Vici is excited to be a member of the board and looks forward to assisting the children of SFX Orphanage in being the Hope for Haiti’s future!
Erika has been involved with the orphanage since it's founding through Temple University's campus organization, Project Haiti and served as it's President. She has visited the orphanage four times over the years and is actively learning Creole to communicate more effectively with the children. Erika is currently an International Student Coordinator at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. She has a Masters in Human Rights and International Politics from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelor's in Advertising from Temple.
Frank J. Sweeney, Jr. | Treasurer
Frank joined the board in September 2017. Frank is a CPA and works in public accounting with Brown and Fitzgerald. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from LeMoyne College and a M.B.A. from State University at Albany.
From the left:
Katie Giombetti | Foundation Board Secretary
Mmr Turene Lisana | Orphanage Board Secretary
Frank Woods | Foundation Board Member
Met Serard | Attorney representing the Orphanage
Mr Charles Smith | Orphanage Board Member
Esperandieu Cenat | Orphanage Executive Director
James Nicol | Foundation Board President
Molly Nicol | Foundation Board Member
Fre Joseph Nkulul | Orphanage Board Member
Mr Jean-Baptiste Gaspard | Orphanage Board Member
Mr Eliezer Jones | Orphanage Board Vice President
Mr Miguel Sineus | Orphanage Board President