The Good Shepherd Orphanage Staff
At the Good Shepherd, we have a staff of dedicated people who work diligently for the welfare of the children. Most of them have been with us for over 20 years. Some of our staff members are former orphans who have captured the vision and decided to join the work by becoming employees.
Saint Juste Mervil – Director of the Good Shepherd Orphanage
I was born and raised in Carrefour, Haiti. When I was only eight years old, a close relative of my grandmother took me to the Good Shepherd Orphanage. Pastor Ernst Cassy, who was the director and founder of the orphanage, welcomed me with much joy. At the Good Shepherd Orphanage, I was privileged to receive a Christian education. I attended several schools in Port-au-Prince, including Sainte Trinité School, Collège Saint Pierre, and Collège Massillion Coicou. I studied many technical skills, including farming technology, carpentry, and woodworking.
In 1984, I began to work at the orphanage as a driver. This job gave me the privilege of work very closely with Pastor Cassy, from who I learned what it means to be a servant. My passion for serving God began at age nineteen when I personally met Jesus Christ. Since then, Jesus has been my Lord, my Savior, and my all. In 1986, Papa Cassy sent me to study with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Quebec, Canada. Upon my return to Haiti in 1987, I worked as Sunday school superintendent for our churches (the Holiness Church) until 1998. During that period, I also worked as general manager of the Good Shepherd Orphanage. From 1998 to 2011, I served as the assistant director at the Good Shepherd Orphanage. Before Papa Cassy passed away in 2011, he chose me to serve on the board of trustees appointed to oversee and continue the mission that the Lord had entrusted to him – the Indigenous Evangelical Mission of Haiti. In June 2011, the board elected me as Director of the Good Shepherd Orphanage.
Looking back, I can now see that God always had a plan for my life and desired for me to be a part of His kingdom. It was not easy for me to comprehend His plan. However, I have always tried to be like clay in the hands of the potter, letting Him mold me according to His design and purposes. I trust the Lord with my life and I live to see Him glorified in the lives of the young Haitians at the orphanage. I yearn to see them grow to become servants and leaders, laying the bricks to build the Kingdom of Heaven in Haiti.
Mona Cornet – Assistant Treasurer of the Good Shepherd Orphanage
I was born and raised in a Christian family in Haiti, but I received Jesus Christ as my personal savior in Chicago where I spent 21 years. I graduated from a Bible school with a bachelor’s degree.
I was called by God to go back to my native country in order to give back to my own people what I have so freely received from Him. Since 1992, I have been working as a volunteer at the Ernst Cassy "Happy Heart” Schools as a school superintendent. Now, I work full time at the Good Shepherd Orphanage with the children. I feel very privileged to be part of this organization where the love of Christ is being poured into the lives of thousands of children. I long to see the hand of God moving through these children as we prepare them to become leaders for their generation.
USA Board of Directors
The volunteer, Kentucky based Board of Directors, seeks to provide support and oversight for The Good Shepherd Orphanage and Schools Foundation. Support includes, but not limited to, fundraising, accounting, administrative functions, construction projects, and group travel organizing.
Earl Holt - Chairman
Ryan Copple - Treasurer