Meet the Team

Beverly A. Najt, Founder & Executive Director

Beverly Najt founded 4Ekselans in 2005 out of a sense of divine purpose and her desire to see children, especially those growing up without fathers, have a chance at life.

First traveling to Haiti in 1986, Beverly was initially gripped with the disturbing scenes of crushing poverty, disease, darkness and death in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. Behind the decay were remnants of what must have once been a beautiful city.

Being a native of New Orleans, she easily recognized the French-influenced architecture and culture, while experiencing a sense of déjà vu. But on a deeper spiritual level, she immediately felt connected to this strange land and her people. Touched deeply, never to be quite the same again, Bev felt her life become entwined with theirs. She knew that the Lord had called her to serve Him by serving the people of Haiti.

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Hannah H. Smith, Missions Director

Hannah is a registered nurse. Hannah graduated with honors from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing Science in 2008. She has worked as a charge nurse at Brownwood Regional Medical Center gaining experience in the Cardiac and Telemetry units. Currently, Hannah is employed as a charge nurse at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, TX. She has the opportunity to minister to body and spirit at the most vulnerable time in a person's life, and to be of comfort to his family.

Hannah spent five of her teen years growing up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She volunteered at Grace Children's Hospital working with babies and small children infected with AIDS and tuberculosis. After the earthquake in 2010, Hannah volunteered to go with a medical team to Sacré Cœur Hospital out of Milot, Haiti. Working in Intensive Care, she observed miracle after miracle taking place. During the trip, she realized the impact she could bring to a people she knows so well. She will continue to visit Haiti along with medical teams organized alongside 4Ekselans and various church groups.       

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Daniel SimonDaniel Simon, Board Member

Daniel Simon was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on November 20, 1976. In 1993, Daniel emigrated to the U.S. to pursue his education.

Daniel's involvement with 4Ekselans since 2004 highlights his longstanding commitment to community development in Haiti. His recent active role as a board member underscores his dedication to expanding the organization's reach in southern Haiti, including areas such as Jeremie and Cayes.

Daniel is incredibly passionate about addressing the critical needs of children and youth growing up in Haiti, especially those without fathers in the home.

With a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a master’s in occupational health and safety engineering from Rutgers University, Daniel possesses a solid academic foundation complemented by real-world experience. His love for travel and exploring new languages and cultures is evident in his passion for learning and cultural exchange.

Professionally, Daniel is a seasoned Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) expert with over two decades of dedicated service across various industries. With a strong background encompassing 15+ years in the entertainment industry, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and waste recycling, Daniel has demonstrated a commitment to ensuring the health and safety of individuals in diverse work environments.

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Leadership Council

These young adults, graduates of the Young Adults 4Excellence Leadership Institute in Jacmel, Haiti, serve on the Leadership Council. Most of them are experienced educators in the Haitian school system, as well as facilitators of 4Ekselans leadership clubs for children and teens. In that capacity, they unselfishly volunteer their time and talents to make a difference in young lives. They also serve on the leadership council, planning and giving direction to our various programs.


Menssohn Pierre Louis, Pierre Richard Lacoste, Mona Charles, Johny Volel, Delpha Pierre Louis, Amos Sanon, Mery Mesac, Evelt Pierre Louis