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About Project

Gros Mangles

There are currently only two ways to get to Gros-Mangles. The first is via boat from mainland Haiti to Anse-à-Galets and then driving over rocky terrain to Gros-Mangles. The other is via airplane from mainland Haiti with the recently installed airstrip close to Gros-Mangles.

Map of Haiti

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Miriam Celius


I grew up in Franklin County and now live in Adams County with my husband, Jonas and our children. I am employed by the Chambersburg Area School district as an elementary teacher. I earned my teaching degree at Shippensburg University as well as a Masters in Special Education and an ESL certification. 

Project Gros Mangles has special meaning to me because it is in my husband’s hometown in Haiti. I have had the opportunity to visit Haiti several times and watch Project Gros Mangles develop and grow from the very beginning.

My special interests include, spending time with my children and grandchildren, cooking, gardening and canning, mission work and helping others.


Blandine Mitaut, PhD


I teach French at Shippensburg University, and have been involved with Project Gros-Mangles since its inception with Jonas Celius and Dr. Agnès Ragone-Belval. It has been thrilling to see our small service-learning project grow into an actual medical facility that serves the needs of the Gros-Mangles community. It is an honor to collaborate with the amazing staff of the Centre de Santé Communautaire Belval de Gros-Mangles.

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Tim Long


I am a Certified Financial Planner and I  have my MBA in Finance. I've spent over 40 years in financial services. 

I'm involved with Project Gros Mangles because Haiti has suffered so much and I believe I have a moral imperative to help those less fortunate than myself.

My avocation is music, both vocal and keyboard.

Board of Directors

Taren Swartz

Vice President + Marketing

I grew up in Boiling Springs, PA and I recently moved to South Carolina to work as an Auditor. I graduated from Shippensburg University in 2019, BA & BSBA, and 2020, MBA. 

I first heard of Project Gros Mangles when I was in my high school French class. When I was finishing undergrad, I chose to do my Capstone Project on PGM. I completely redid the website, created a cohesive brand image, made social media pages, and wrote a business/marketing plan. Unfortunately, I have yet to visit Gros-Mangles, but I hope to go in the future! 


My hobbies include creating art, hiking, kayaking, traveling, and harassing my triplet sisters. 


Jacques Belval



Kathi Beitsch


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Andrew Hutchinson


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J. Christopher
Kovats-Bernat, PhD


Council of Advisors


Jonas Celius

  • Ali Mowers

  • Alexandre Purcell 

  • Marisa Rhoads 

  • Jevin Orcutt 

  • Samantha Watson

  • Bryant Snyder 

  • Cody Connelly 

  • Olivia Ickes

  • Sarah Raudabaugh

  • Laura Hilliard 

  • Bailey Haines 

  • Finnegan Failor Garber 

  • Allison Hill Twyman 

  • Elder Jean Baptiste

  • José Ricardo, PhD

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