Valerie Mossman-Celestin is an United Methodist Deaconess appointed in the role of US Executive Director to Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI), a women’s empowerment and community development ministry which she co-founded in Mizak Haiti in 2007.
Valerie’s previous work experience includes 16 years at Herman Miller, Inc. Her proudest corporate achievements included her participation in researching and writing an instructional manual on ’empowered work teams,’ her role as a diversity trainer, and leading her team to receive ‘team of the year award’ for their achievements in operational excellence. Employed as a manufacturing supervisor, she left Herman Miller in 2001 to pursue her dream of living and working in Haiti to research “what is help” from the perspective of those we serve. She worked as a co-manager at Walls’ International Guest House and then continued on as a high school instructor at Morning Side Christian Academy in Delmas, Haiti.
Valerie and her husband, Jacson, were married in Haiti in 2002 and they now reside in Hudsonville, MI with their son, Joshua. Valerie also has a daughter, Jessica, and two granddaughters, Sophia and Rosalie.