Our Team

Field Directors


Nicaise and Madeleine are Haitian-Americans, born and raised in Haiti. Nick moved to the United States in 1979 to attend Bethany School of Missions in Bloomington, Minnesota. After graduating, Bethany sent Nick to Puerto Rico to work in the areas of evangelism and Bible teaching. Nick and Madeleine were married in 1987. Later Nick earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Metro State University in St. Paul, Minnesota and worked in banking for ten years.

Madeleine graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota in 1997. Her work experience includes health education, case management, and community outreach

A note from Nick and Madeleine.

Field Coordinators

Jacqueline (Ginette) and Menes Memeus coordinate COFHED activities in Haiti, and manage the mission house when Nick and Madeleine are in the U.S.  Ginette is a licensed elementary school teacher and Menes is a trained agronomist.  Their skills have been invaluable to the work of COFHED in Lougou.

Board of Directors

Dawn Pauls, President

Annie Perdue-Olson, Treasurer

Nancy Avery-McNeil, Secretary

Madeleine Avignon, Field Director

Nicaise Avignon, Field Director

Elizabeth Colwell

Tim McNeil

Ashley Mitchell

Jeff Pauls

Matt Petersen

Gwendolyn Simon

Patricia Skundberg

Saintanne Tipton