Wisler Saint-Vil, MD
President & Founder
Dr. Saint-Vil is the founder of the Haitian Vision Foundation (HVF), established to help disadvantaged and impoverished Haitians break poverty barriers and achieve success. He grew up in northern Haiti and attended trade school to become a certified electrician before attending high school and medical school in the Dominican Republic. Later, Dr. Saint-Vil pursued medical training opportunities in the United States, where he currently serves as the Medical Director of the Marietta Memorial Sports Medicine Department at Memorial Health System in Ohio.
In this role, Dr. Saint-Vil collaborates with stakeholders to develop sports medicine program goals and objectives, advising athletes and coaches on exercise and conditioning programs. He attends games and competitions to provide evaluation and treatment of activity-related injuries or medical conditions and serves as the lead physician for several high school and college athletic teams in the area.
Dr. Saint-Vil's passion for helping those in need led him to establish the Haitian Vision Foundation, which aims to provide life-saving medical care to those who may not have access to it otherwise. With his inspiring story and resources provided by HVF, Dr. Saint-Vil hopes to help today's youth and young adults break the poverty cycle and achieve success.
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Siler is a teacher, office manager, executive assistant, and freelance business consultant with a passion for helping people, especially youth. She has worked in diverse industries ranging from fine arts to logistics, volunteering in various organizations such as Camp Judah and Grace for the Nations Church.
With a Bachelor's degree in biomedical science and a minor in management from Grand Valley State University, Ms. Siler holds a master's degree from Bellarmine University and brings administration, organization, attention to detail, and a fresh perspective with her MBA.
Ms. Siler's diverse experiences have made her the consultant, educator, mentor, and businesswoman she is today. In her spare time, she enjoys classical violin, cooking, ballroom dancing, reading, swimming, and volunteering at Random Acts of Flowers, spending time with family and friends. Her passion for helping others has led her to join the Haitian Vision Foundation and make a positive impact on those in need.
Douglas Flagg, MD
Dr. Flagg, an internist and rheumatologist, currently practices at the Cleveland Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center. During his senior year of training at MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland, he had the opportunity to work hands-on at Parirenyatwa General Hospital and Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe. He also participated in rounds and observed clinics at both Mulago Hospital and Nsambya Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, where his spouse has ongoing research.
Dr. Flagg's observations of the healthcare challenges in Africa made it clear that similar challenges exist in Haiti, which is less than a 2-hour flight from Miami. After meeting Dr. Saint-Vil and hearing about his vision for healthcare, education, and empowerment for Haitians, he was inspired to support his vision.
After traveling to Haiti for a mobile clinic in August 2018 and seeing firsthand the difference that the Haitian Vision Foundation is making on the ground, Dr. Flagg's enthusiasm for the organization has only grown stronger.
Dhweeja Dasarathy, MD
Assistant Development & Strategist Officer
Dhweeja Dasarathy is an MD candidate at Vanderbilt University with a background in research and education. She has conducted bioinformatics research at Case Western Reserve University and served as a teaching fellow and assistant at Harvard University. Dhweeja has also conducted molecular and cellular biology research at Harvard Medical School and worked as a summer analyst at Roivant Sciences. Her prior experience includes conducting biophysics research at the National Institutes of Health and serving as a public health project associate at AIIMS. Dhweeja holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University.
Zach is currently the Director of Operations at Watson Foundation. At Watson, he oversees day-to-day systems, technology, marketing, recruiting, and initiatives of the organization. For the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, he serves on the fellowship selection committee, facilitates workshops, and acts as a mentor for Watson Fellows. Before Watson, Zach oversaw business and operations of New York Picture Company, a digital media startup.
Zach is a graduate of Cornell Johnson’s MBA program. While at Cornell he was an Emerging Markets Institute Fellow. His EMI work focused on international social impact and community resilience in emerging economies.
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