VHF Board Members

BOARD MEMBERS

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