Joe’s first trip to Mizak, Haiti, occurred in 2012 with a joint Mission Team from Concord and Sharon United Methodist Churches. That first year, the team supported the excavation work for what would become the Merlet Center. The following year, Joe helped with the initial set-up of the Solar Energy System and began teaching James some basic wiring techniques. That was the beginning of his commitment to HAPI and his involvement in the design, procurement and installation of the electrical system for the Felisane Clinic and the upgrade and expansion of the Solar Energy System. Most important, it began the teaching of five Haitians in basic electricity and wiring techniques.
Joe has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Detroit and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University. After 35 years, Joe retired from the Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation. During the first 25 years, he worked at several auto parts plants as an electrical engineer, a maintenance specialist and for the last 15 of those years as the Facilities Manager at the Milan Plastic Plant. There, he managed the plant maintenance, new construction and environmental regulations. During the last 10 years of his career, Joe had the good fortune of studying the Toyota Production System. He worked as a coach to division directors and plant managers. During this time, he led many workshops designed to find and eliminate “waste” within the operations.
During the 1990’s, Joe served on the Manchester Community Schools Board of Education for nine years. He also served on the Manchester Community Schools Foundation for two years.
Since his formal retirement in 2008, Joe spends one day a week at Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity working on one of the construction crews. He is grateful for the learning experience and camaraderie. He has also worked part-time at Lowes in their Lighting and Electrical Department helping customers with their projects. Joe and his wife, Nancy Flint, have four sons, four wonderful daughters-in-laws and six grandchildren. Photography is his favorite hobby. Joe and Nancy also enjoy ballroom dancing.