Our Team

Meet our on the ground staff and those dedicated to the mission of our organization:


Genese (Gene) Vertus
Genese (Gene) Vertus | CEO/Founder In August of 2004, Gene was ordained as a Pastor in the same church where he served and attended since 1984. In August of 2006, Gene became Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Of Worship. In March of 2009, Gene founded PRM. In September of 2009, Gene and a couple of friends re opened the Genecoit Vertus School of Excellence and also became the Overseer of two churches in Petion-Ville, Haiti. Gene is currently enrolled at Life Christian University where he just received his Maters degree in Theology and seeking a Doctorate degree in Pastoral Ministry. Gene is known as “Papa Gene.” Email: gvertus@passionrescuemission.org
Keisha Smith
Board of Directors President
Keisha Smith PRESIDENT: BOARD OF DIRECTORS As a connector and collaborative leader, Keisha uses her experience, skills and talents to bring together seemingly disparate camps towards the realization of worthy goals. Her passion has been to empower young people to change their situations, take control of their environment, and live their best life possible. Jamaican-born and raised in South Florida, Ms. Smith has given back to the community both through her personal and professional endeavors. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, reading, dancing, travel and spending time with family and friends. Email: ksmith@passionrescuemission.org
Maggie Joseph
Maggie Joseph a dynamic speaker, an educator, advocate and philanthropist has worked alongside several organizations advocating for domestic Violence. The Former Mrs. Camden County America incorporated the slogan “Giving a voice to the voiceless” while competing in the Mrs. New Jersey Completion in 2009. Maggie believes that one can never get enough education and that is why she diligently went on to earn her Master’s degree at the age of 23. Email: mjoseph@passionrescuemission.org
Derek Shane
Board of Directors VP
Derek Shane | Mission Trip Coordinator Derek serves a dual role at PRM; the PR/Marketing person and our Trip Coordinator. Derek is in charge of making initial contact and setting up meetings with all participants, planning an itinerary for each day, arranging translators and planning the day to day operations with Lyonel and Gene. Derek is known as the “White Haitian.” email: Derek@passionrescuemission.org
Joseph (Joubert) Clermont
PROJECT Director: Education Outreach
PROJECT COORDINATOR: EDUCATION OUTREACH Joseph (Joubert) Clermont | Project Coordinator Joseph is in charge of our education program, working rigorously with our teachers in Haiti to make sure our students are performing at a high level. Joseph has worked in the school system in Haiti for over 10 years as educator and administrator. Joseph is known as “Uncle Joe.
Lyonel Vertus
Lyonel Vertus| Project Coordinator Lyonel is in charge of our Haiti operations; deals with arranging transportation, security, meals and handles all of our construction projects. Lyonel is a well known Civil Engineer in Haiti. Lyonel is known as “The Haitian Papi.”
Archelet Duverne
Executive Director

Archelet Duverne is Executive director at Passion Rescue Mission, a faith base non-profit organization that helps restore dignity to the neediest in Haiti.

Archelet has worked with reputable non-profit organizations, including Tearfund, and Food for the Hungry, among others. Archelet helps in in senior roles such  area coordinator, policy and advocacy officer, etc. and contribute to designing and implementing projects and advocating for social justice for more than 12 years.


Join us on October 16th, at the Sydney and Berne Davis Art Center for our 2nd Annual Concert for Haiti. 

This will be a charitable celebration with live music, cocktails, and fellowship.  Four wonderful bands will rock the stage: Billie Rose, JPH Music, The Collaboration Band, and Karibbean Groove.

Proceeds from this benefit will go towards building a much-needed permanent clinic, in an area where there is no access to care.

 To get more information on how to purchase tickets, how to be a sponsor and a vendor please go to