Founders, John and Dixie Bickel, along with their children, came to Haiti in 1991. The Bickels are originally from Illinois, USA. In 1995, the Bickels adopted Steeve and Markenson, two of the babies from their nursery.
Before serving in Haiti, John worked for the GTE phone company. Today, John serves as Field Director for the mission. With his knowledge in electronics and maintenance, he also performs the much needed task of equipment maintenance and repair. He is responsible for the building project at Fort Jacques where the new orphanage will be located.
Dixie is a registered nurse and has 30 years of experience in pediatrics and intensive care nursing. She serves as the Orphanage/Mission Director. Dixie is responsible for the daily running of the mission, working with government agencies, and fundraising.
The Bickels have 5 children (3 live with them in Haiti) and 6 grandchildren.
Molly Little is the supervisor of our Toddler House. Molly first came to Haiti in June of 2002 as a volunteer and recently celebrated her 10th anniversary at GLA. She is great with the children and has a huge heart for Haiti. Molly organizes children's parties and activities. Molly can do almost anything! She is a great cook, knows everything about plants and flowers, and can even sew! We are very thankful for her work at the orphanage.
Joyce Trainer came to GLA in January of 2004 for a short-term stay and is still volunteering at GLA after 8 years! Joyce is responsible for our English as a Second Language program for the children going to English speaking families. Joyce also assists the older children with their homework and helps Molly in running the Toddler House. All of the children love Joyce because she is so much fun and likes to play around with them. She is a great asset to the orphanage.
Melissa has volunteered at GLA several times and wanted to return as a full-time volunteer. She is now our Adoption Coordinator. Melissa is responsible for keeping records on all of the children at GLA and all adoption work as children go through the adoption process. Melissa loves the children and enjoys documenting their funny photos and stories about all of our lives at the orphanage. Melissa is from Manitoba, Canada.
Susie Schuelke is from Wisconsin and has a degree in Social Work. She fell in love with Haiti on her first trip to Grand Goave in March 2009. After one more short-term trip to Grand Goave in January 2010, she found out about GLA and decided to apply as the Update Coordinator. She moved to Haiti in June 2010 and loves taking photos of the adorable angels here and organizing the sponsorship program.
Patrick and Holli came to GLA as a family in July of 2010. Patrick is John and Dixie's oldest son and grew up in Haiti. Before returning to Haiti, Patrick worked at DirecTV in Colorado Springs and Holli was working in the US Office. Patrick works with his father building at Fort Jacques and Holli is responsible for all Volunteers and Teams coming to GLA. They have two children, Jaydrick (Jay Jay) and Lilly June. They live at Fort Jacques.
Brandon and Nikki along with their three children Bailee Kylee, and Kofee are originally from Louisiana and first came to Haiti in June of 2004. They started running the GLA guesthouse in April 2010. Brandon accepted Christ at the young age of four. As a ten year old boy, Brandon felt God calling him to be a missionary. Through the course of his life, Brandon felt strongly that God would have him serve in Haiti.
Nikki felt God's call on her life at the age of thirteen to serve God on the mission field. During her senior year in college, God led Brandon into her life. In June of 2004, they began serving in Haiti with a Haitian church in Port-au-Prince. They trained the nationals and were able to turn over the church to the national pastor in July of 2008.
After returning to Haiti in July of 2009, they began to search for God's next step in their lives. After six months of searching for God's perfect will, God shook the country of Haiti with a massive earthquake. Many changes were made in their lives and one of those changed included running the GLA guesthouse. They are wonderful hosts and enjoy getting to know so many volunteers and leading Bible studies with the Haitian staff.
Georges and Jocelyne are from Montreal, Canada. They started volunteering at GLA in 2009 and moved to Haiti in 2010. They are retired from their jobs in Canada, but have started new careers at GLA and are very important additions to our staff at Fort Jacques. They have two sons who live in Canada and two grandchildren.
Dave first came to GLA as a volunteer after the earthquake in 2010. Dave was on an around the world tour visiting many different countries and has chosen to settle down in Haiti. Dave worked in the TV industry in Australia before coming to GLA. God brought him to us to help with computer problems, organize donations with a special program he found for us, and of course, to love and work with all of the children at the orphanage!
Britany Smith is originally from Pennsylvania. She has been a Registered Nurse since 2008. For over ten years Britany has been a part of multiple short-term missions’ trips to several countries and throughout the United States. She most recently came back from a trip to Haiti in April 2012, where she fell in love with the country and the people. Before leaving Haiti that April, she knew God was calling her to a full-time commitment in Haiti. After much searching and praying she found God’s Littlest Angels and was inspired by our story and felt God’s Littlest Angels was an answer to her prayers. November 2012, she joined the GLA staff a nurse in the NICU.
Jean Bell is a registered nurse who started volunteering her time doing the bookkeeping for GLA USA in 1999. She became a full-time employee of GLA in January of 2005. Jean is the Director of US Operations. She is also responsible for sending adoption information to prospective parents. Her jobs are too numerous to list and she is a the driving force in our US office! She is married to Steve and has 3 children and 1 grandson.
Kate joined the office staff in Colorado in 2010. She has experience in management and fundraising. She is John and Dixie's oldest daughter. Kate works in the office as our Volunteer Coordinator, and also doing fund raising, newsletters, and state registration. Kate lives in Colorado and has 4 children, Mikayla, Keirstyn, JThomas, and Xander.
Terry Robinson came to work for GLA in September 2012. She is our new assistant office manager. She is married to her husband, Kent and has two sons who are grown and are no longer living at home. Kate Bickel Benson and Laurie Bickel met Terry in a Colorado Springs store as they were buying shopping carts full of donations to send to Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake. Terry asked them why they were buying so many items and they told her about God's Littlest Angels. Immediately, Terry became an active volunteer in the office and when the position of assistant office manager became available, she decided to interview for the position. We are very fortunate to have Terry on staff.
Laurie is the Bickel's second daughter and she grew up in Haiti graduating from local American Christian School in Port-au-Prince. After graduating from high school, Laurie attended school in Florida to become a massage therapist and worked for several years in the States before returning to Haiti in 2004 to help her parents at the orphanage. While in Haiti, Laurie was responsible for financial matters, scheduling of airport runs, and payroll. Laurie decided to transfer to the US Office in January of 2011 and now is chief financial officer and GLA sponsorship coordinator for the USA.
Jo Ramsay started with GLA in March 2010 as a part time book keeper. Jo came to help us after the Janaury 2010 earthquake in Haiti and continues to work two days per week. One of Jo's sons is a GLA board member and adoptive father. She has twin grandsons who came home shortly after the 2010 earthquake. Jo is married and has two grown children. She lives in Colorado Springs.
Tom had a long history with GLA as an adoptive parent and a former board member, before accepting the position of Fundraising and Social Media Coordinator in January 2011. During the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Tom was one of our major links with the outside world during the early days of the disaster. Tom has been the driving force behind the GLA Blogs and has utilized social media effectively to get the word about GLA out to the world. Tom is married to Cheryl and has five children. The Vanderwell Family lives in Central Michigan.
Kent joined the GLA staff in May 2012 as part-time warehouse assistant. Kent lives in Colorado Springs and is also a personal trainer. He manages the donations for the container and is active in acquiring donations from local businesses. His big muscles are a huge help to the girls in the office!
Magaly François has worked at GLA since February 2000. Through a GLA donor, Magaly was sponsored to attend school to become a registered nurse while working at the orphanage. She graduated in 2005 and became the Head Nurse for the orphanage. Magaly is now the Haitian Administrator for the Mission and does everything from hiring staff to getting medical visas for sick children. She has matured and grown a lot in her abilities and knowledge since coming to work at GLA. We are very proud of all she has accomplished. Magaly is from Kenscoff. Magaly is now married and has a little girl named Ashley.
Terriot Simeon is our adoption worker that takes the parents' dossier to all of the different departments for legalization and court work. He also works with Haitian Immigration to apply for the children's passports. Terriot is very good at his job and has developed a good comprehension of the process. He, along with his wife, son, and daughter lives in Kenscoff.
Ernst Beaublanc is the purchase agent and driver for GLA. He picks up guests from the airport and also drives adoptive parents to visa appointments. Ernst's job is varied and every day brings something different for him to do. Ernst has worked with us for more than 5 years. Ernst is very good with the children and serious about his work. Ernst lives close to the Port-au-Prince airport. Ernst is now married and has a son, Ernstly.
Guerda Fils Aime (Mme Bernard) is our head nurse in the Intensive Care. She has worked at GLA since 2000. Since working at GLA, Guerda has gained a lot of pediatric experience and is a very competent nurse. Guerda becomes very attached to the children and treats all of the children as if they were her own. She and her husband live in Fort Jacques and have 2 children.
James has lived at GLA for about 12 years. He was raised in an American orphanage close to GLA. He came to live here when he was 17 years old. James is attending university and plans on going into Foreign Government Service eventually. James does a little bit of everything at the orphanage and is one of our main drivers.
Vivianne has lived at GLA since she was 17 years old. Her mother, Exilia, worked at GLA for 11 years before dying after a short battle with brain cancer in July 2011. After coming to live at GLA, Vivianne has gone to school to be a cook, seamstress, and took a course in cosmetology. She is responsible for supplies in the house and working with the kitchen staff making sure we are fed. Really, Vivianne is responsible for many things at GLA and is a much loved member of our family. Vivianne loves the babies and always has one in her arms.
Wadson has worked several years at GLA. Wadson works on adoption paperwork and also is one of our drivers. When needed, Wadson is security for people traveling around Por-au-Prince. Wadson is married and has one son, Wadley.