Doug Taylor


Doug moved to the Central Plateau of Haiti in 1979 after graduating with a degree in agronomy from Purdue University.  He spent two years living in the community of Lajeune working alongside Haitian farmers in developing better methods of cultivating crops.  His time in Haiti was a major factor in determining what direction his life would take.  He returned home to Indiana and was part of a group that founded a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in 1984.  He has been the executive director for Habitat for Humanity in Lafayette for the past 30 years.  Doug still travels frequently to Haiti, leading groups of people in different endeavors. He currently lives in Lafayette with his wife Cindy and has two sons, Austin and Zach.

Gerald Joseph

Coordinator, Haiti Operations

Gerald and his wife Linive live in Pignon, a town in Haiti’s North Department.  Gerald grew up in Pignon, but lived in Port Au Prince for 13 years while pursuing his education.  After finishing school he returned to Pignon in order to serve his hometown.  He is currently one of the principals at College De La Grace, the school where he was once a student, and oversees two other schools in the countryside.  Gerald is one of the leaders and founding members of a group called Top Plus. This group oversees Expedition Ayiti.  Gerald and Linive have one son, Douglas, born in June 2013.

Austin Taylor

Coordinator, US Operations

Austin grew up hearing stories of Haiti from his father.  It wasn’t until the spring of 2006 that he visited Haiti for the first time.  In January of 2010 Austin was in Haiti when “the earthquake” happened.  The event further strengthened his connection to and interest in Haiti.  It has become important to Austin that visitors experience the country authentically and are able to gain a better understanding of the complexity and beauty of the place. Austin has a degree in Sociology from Indiana University.  He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana where he works for a youth athletics program.

Gavley Gebier

Hike Leader / Cultural Interpreter

Gavely grew up in Ran, a small community in the Central Plateau of Haiti.  When he was twelve years old he moved to the capital of the Centre Department, Hinche, to get a better education.  He still lives in Hinche with his brothers and sisters.  Gavely has a passion for languages, he speaks four, and a natural ability to lead people.   He would like to use this combination of gifts to work as a foreign diplomat when he finishes University. 

Junior Auguistin

Hike Leader / Cultural Interpreter

Junior was raised in Pignon, but now resides in Haiti’s second largest city, Cap Haitien.   Junior has been showcasing his town and leading visiting groups since he was young.   Junior is the eldest of the three hike leaders and is the work horse of the group . He has been known to carry multiple packs for those who need assistance, earning him the nickname Junior “Power”. When Junior finishes his education he would like to own his own motorcycle mechanic shop. 

Jimmy Declerus

Hike Leader / Cultural Interpreter

Jimmy is from a community, in the Haitian countryside, called  Lamare.  Like Gavely,  Jimmy moved to Hinche, where he lives with his grandparents, to focus on his education.  Jimmy comes from a long line of educators and places extreme value in school.   He wants to know everything.  Jimmy would like to own a computer business when he graduates from University.  He also dreams of returning to Lamare to create opportunities for the people of that community.  

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