Idalbert Joseph is the founder of Glory House Services and a native Haitian. He began the organization because of his burning desire to help make a difference in the lives of Haitian immigrants in the United States, specifically in Kansas City. He is also passionate about improving the quality of life and education for Haitians back in his homeland. Idalbert worked as a Pathfinder at Children's Mercy Hospital, where he helped patients, families and visitors find their way, and delivered flowers and gifts. His positive attitude and desire to help others can be seen in his involvement with Glory House Services and he looks forward to seeing the organization continue to grow.
Teresa Scalard began working with the Haitian community in Kansas City since 2006 while she was a student at Rockhurst University. Her work with Glory House Services consisted mostly of teaching English as a Second Language. She has since graduated from Rockhurst with B.A.s in French and in History and is now pursuing a Master’s degree in Modern European History at the University of Kansas. In 2009, she was given the position of Secretary for Glory House Services and has enjoyed working more closely with the board members to expand the organization and improve the quality of life for Haitians in Kansas City and in Haiti. She hopes to travel to Haiti with Glory House Services for the first time this summer.
Ann Harbin is a chemist currently operating a small business in the environmental health and safety area. She visited Haiti for the first time in December 2011 and since then has been eagerly learning more about Haiti, its people, and its culture. She joined the board at Glory House seeking to strengthen her involvement with the Haitian community. Enthusiastic about supporting the children attending the school we support in the rural village of Jean Rabel, she volunteers her time with fundraising and other projects.
Born in the mountains of Vielle Hatte, Jean-Rabel (Northwestern region of Haiti) in September 1976, MackLey spent his early years of life in Anse-Rouge where he completed elementary school (CEP). Afterward, he moved to Gonaïves for Secondary School. In the summer of 1993 he moved to Buffalo NY with his family as a political refugee. He was 16 years old at the time and attended Grover Cleveland High School for two years. After graduating high school, he attended State University of New York in Buffalo for two years and transferred to DeVry University in Kansas City, MO in 1998. He earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering with an emphasis in electronics technology in 2000. From there he worked as an engineer in the semiconductor industry.
As a young man, he began working with the Haitian community in Buffalo, NY under the leadership of his father Jean Altema. He continues to help the Haitian community wherever he goes. In 1998 he served as music director with the First Haitian Baptist church. He played a variety of instruments, served as secretary and assistant to the music director with First Haitian Assembly of God, which is currently part of the First Community Haitian Church in Arizona for several years. He also volunteered long hours at the Haitian Community of Arizona Inc. (HCA, inc.). After hurricane Jeanne in 2004, although a lot of Haitians in the community said it was not safe to go to Haiti, he traveled to the flooded city of Gonaïves to help with the hurricane relief. After he started traveling to his native country, he co-founded Glory House Services with Idalbert Joseph. In 2009 he accepted the position of Director of Operations and now overseas the organization’s operations in Haiti.