Fr. Tom Hagan, OSFS , is a Catholic priest of the order of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Fr. Tom was ordained in 1969 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is well known for his prolific work with the inner city poor in Philadelphia and his campus ministry work at the University of Pennsylvania, Lafayette College, Moravian College and Princeton University.
In 1997 Fr. Tom left Princeton University and moved to Haiti to run Hands Together and he has been working in Port-Au-Prince overseeing Hands Together many outreach programs ever since.
Hands Together's roots date back to 1985 when Father Tom Hagan, O.S.F.S., who was serving as chaplain to Lafayette and Moravian Colleges in Pennsylvania, led a group of students on a visit to Haiti. When he returned, Father Tom realized that the experience's profound impact on the students opened opportunities for college students to become more sensitive to the plight of the people in this impoverished country. Educating, encouraging, and inspiring the students to translate their Haiti experience into a compassionate response to help the poor were the seeds sown by Father Hagan that eventually grew into the Hands Together of today.
Doug Campbell began working in Haiti in 1986 when he accompanied Fr. Tom Hagan, OSFS, on a Lafayette College volunteer mission. Soon after, Doug joined Fr. Tom in creating a Catholic lay mission outreach called Hands Together which serves the poorest of the poor in Haiti - particularly in Port-au-Prince's slums of Cite Soleil and the poor rural villages in the Diocese of Gonaives, Haiti.
Doug works alongside Fr. Tom Hagan to oversee many Catholic mission outreach programs for the very poor, including: free schools, medical clinics and nutrition programs that provide 25,000 daily school meals. Their work among the violence and savage poverty is founded upon the Catholic social teachings of the dignity of human life and a preferential option for the poor. Hands Together embraces a clear ethic of life based on God's infinite and absolute love for us. About one-third of Hands Together's mission work supports educational, health, charity, and developmental projects in the Diocese of Gonaives where more than 1 million live in abject poverty.
Most Reverend Donald J. Hying
Bishop of Diocese of Gary, Indiana
Bishop Hying, a native of West Allis, Wisconsin, was ordained to the priesthood for the archdiocese of Milwaukee in 1989, where he served in numerous parishes, as well as La Sagrada Familia, the archdiocese’s parish in the Dominican Republic. He also served as dean of formation at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary where he was later appointed rector, serving there until Pope Benedict XVI named him auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee in 2011. On November 24, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Donald J. Hying as the fourth bishop of Gary. Bishop Hying brings his missionary experience and fluency in Spanish to his work in Gary and to Hands Together.
Managing Partner, Point Lookout Capital Partners
New York, New York
Michael is a Managing Partner of Point Lookout Capital Partners where he oversees prospective investments, negotiates and executes transactions, and manages portfolio company and limited partner relationships. Michael is a member of the firm's Investment Committee and currently serves on the boards of Tri-Tech Forensics, Inc., F.N.B. Capital Corporation (Advisory Board) and Hands Together (Trustee). Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lafayette College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Chevy Chase, MD
Katherine first met Father Tom Hagan as a freshman at Princeton University, where he was the Catholic chaplain. She participated in a Hands Together Experiential Learning Trip in January 1993 with several other Princeton students, a life-changing trip for her. She learned Creole through four more trips while at Princeton, including leading a group of volunteers for a six-week summer immersion experience. Katherine graduated with a BA in French, and after a stint singing in her own rock band, she went on to receive a Master's in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Beyond her continuous involvement with Hands Together, she has worked on projects in Haiti for the US Agency for International Development and the World Bank. Katherine now lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with her husband, John, and their three children.
President, Beaudette Consulting Engineers
Tom Beaudette is the founding member of Beaudette Consulting Engineers in Missoula, Montana. Tom has a reputation for extraordinary work ethic and engineering expertise with over 33 years of experience. Tom has work with Hands Together since the earthquake in 2010. He assessed and reported on all Hands Together schools and ancillary buildings and worked directly with HT construction personnel to renovate and stabilize the earthquake damaged schools. He worked on building the new turf field at St. Ann's school in Cite Soleil.
Tom has been happily married to Debbie for 36 years. He has two sons and one grandson.
Dr. James Dellavalle, M.D.
Teaching Faculty, UHS Medical Center Binghamton, NY
Dr. Dellavalle is a practicing physician and also serves as Director of Health and Medical Programs for Hands Together.