Board President: Fran Rajotte Myers
A lay pastoral minister and member of St. Henry Church in Nashville, Fran has a master’s
degree in Pastoral Services from Loyola/New Orleans and an undergraduate degree in Communications with a minor in Theology from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. A native of New Rochelle, N.Y, she relocated to Nashville in 1973 and has worked in various capacities involved in Marketing, Public Relations, Physician and Business Relations and Advocacy. Her work with Haiti began in August 2002, when she assumed the Development Director role with VHF. She also worked part-time with Catholic Charities of TN, and retired from both positions in January 2016. Fran has served on various Boards and committees throughout the community and on the VHF Board for the past three years. She has made seven trips to Haiti over the years, and continues to maintain a strong connection with the medical staff in Haiti, and assists locally with fundraising events, and public relations activities.
Board Vice- President: Matt Davis
A native Nashvillian, Matt attended Father Ryan High School and the University of Notre Dame. Over the last 20 years, he founded and has been involved in numerous start-up companies. He was co -owner and CEO of a five-time winner of the Music City Future 50 for Nashville’s fastest growing companies and was inducted in to its Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2011, he founded Grapevine Interactive working with individuals and businesses to bring out the best in themselves through problem-solving, caring for others and enjoying life. Matt has been a volunteer with VHF over the years, and member of the VHF Board since 2019. He is a member of St. Henry Church.
Board Secretary: Dr. Lytitia Shea
For the past 20 years, Dr. Shea has worked as a pediatric critical care physician and as a pediatric hospitalist in Indianapolis, IN. She participated as a first responder in multiple disasters including working at Louisiana University
Medical Special Care unit after Hurricane Katrina and provided post-operative care to surgical teams at Double Harvest in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. She also served in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. She recently returned from volunteering in the emergency room at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY and traveled to the Navajo Nation as a medical advance team for Covid Care Force. She is currently enrolled at JHU School of Public Health acquiring a Master’s of Public Health degree in disaster management and global health. She has been involved with the VHF Board for over 10 years, serving as previous Board President, and has made over a dozen trips to Haiti as a clinical pediatrician on medical mission trips and as an educator over the past 17 years.
Board Treasurer: Dan Singelyn
Dan received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Detroit and served as a chemical engineer until his retirement in 2000. He transferred to Nashville from Detroit, MI in
1962 and founded Techmatic Inc. in 1970 that supplied and serviced chemicals and equipment to companies involved in electroplating throughout the southeast. He has been a huge supporter of VHF for many years, and has served on the VHF Board since 2019. He is a member of Holy Family Parish in Brent wood.
New Board Member: Edward O’Day
Edward is a graduate of Father Ryan High School and Belmont University. He co-founded Project Daybreak, a full-service boutique artist management company that works to build sustainable careers in the music industry. Edward is a strategic thinker with experience creating and executing long-term visions, strategic plans, and budgets. His career in the music industry spans 15 years, and he plans to use his knowledge of digital marketing and business management to develop social media marketing and technology with VHF staff. For the past two years, Ed ward has been an Ambassador for the Alzheimer Association serving as the main point of contact for Senator Lamar Alexander. He is the son of previous VHF Board member, the late Dr. Denis O’Day.
Additional Board Members include:
- Founding Member and Executive Director, Theresa Patterson;
- Jeanne Beauchamp, DDS of Clarksville;
- Janet Donahue, MD of Brentwood;
- Alan Dooley, VHF Architect;
- Kathy Ingleson, RN;
- Rev. John Kieran, Retired Catholic Priest of the Archdiocese of Atlanta;
- Nick Perenich, Attorney;
- Andre Talleyrand, M.D. of West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Staff members include Jennifer Harris, Development Director; Jeanette Hackler, Accountant.
SPOTLIGHT ON STAFF
We have been immensely blessed to have Frantz Michel as our Clinic Administrator, who has been with us since 2014. Frantz has a degree in Management and Accounting from the University of Port au-Prince and has done an outstanding job of overseeing the operations of the Clinic. Frantz has exceptional business and technical skills, and he has a wonderful ability to relate to the Staff and patients. He especially knows how to make US guests feel at home, regaling them with his culinary skills. Most importantly, we have so much confidence in
Frantz because of his dedication, his loyalty and honesty. Frantz previously worked at Matthew 25 House in Port au-Prince for the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas, and the Staff was saddened by his leaving. He has been a real asset and gift to Visitation Clinic.
‘Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig’ by Malcolm Gladwell.
“The Visitation’s Project is like my own. The Founder grabbed me with her charisma and kindness. She inspired me and really motivated me to do all my best to share my knowledge and expertise. It’s not a question of my money, but it is a relationship between human to human.”
— Frantz Michel