Our Beginnings

Delmas 32 and Beyond

Following Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010, MHI Founder and Executive Director, Sara Wasserman began volunteering in the country through J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO). Sara used music as a tool to help children cope and find joy after this traumatic uprooting. After countless visits to the Port-au-Prince community of Delmas 32, she saw the unmistakable impact of music as Haiti began to heal and rebuild. Partnering with J/P HRO, Little Kids Rock and local Haitian educators, Sara started Music Heals International as a way to bring music education to the children of Delmas 32 and communities beyond.

Taking Music to Heart

See how Music Heals International students become
passionate about their education and lives through their love of music.

Founder/Executive Director

Sara Wasserman

A singer/songwriter, recording artist and producer, music has always been an important part of Sara Wasserman’s life. The daughter of Grammy-winning bassist Rob Wasserman, she first began performing on tour with her father and Bob Weir’s band, RatDog. This was followed by solo tours of the US and Europe and the release of her debut album Solid Ground, which featured collaborations with Aaron Neville, Lou Reed, Christian McBride, Stephen Perkins, Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman. Sara joined the Board of Directors of the Peruvian children’s orphanage Casa de Milagros in 2007 and produced a series of fundraising concerts, featuring many of the artists with whom she has collaborated...

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MHI Leadership

Meet Our Team

Dennis Strazulo

Board President

Tony Sauza

Melissa Pegus

MHI Board Treasurer

Pete Fisher

Paul Beaubrun

Sara Wasserman

MHI Board President and MHI Founder/Executive Director

Stephanie Clarke

MHI Board Secretary

Ashley Orton

Arvind Premanand

Communications Manager

Jean Louvens

Technical Advisor

Tyler McBrien

Communications Consultant

Jean Marc Didis

In Memoriam

Emmanuel Piervil

Program Officer

James Joseph Donatin

Field Agent

Owsley Brown

Richard Habib

Shannon O'Leary Joy

Larry "The Hat" Lautzker

Gloriana Meija-Gund

Lukas Nelson

Gardly Philoctete

Douglas Rosenberg

Merl Saunders Jr.

Chef Art Smith

Clare Wasserman

Jeny Wegbreit

Natascha & Bob Weir

Dave Wish

In Memoriam

Lou Reed

Rob Wasserman

Our partners' support is critical to our success. We thank you!

Implementing Partners

CORE Logo Music Will Logo WTF Logo Oscar Foundation Logo

Supporting Partners

Founding Sponsor

Owsley Brown III

Supporting Sponsors

George Gund & Gloriana Meijia-Gund

Douglas Rosenberg

EarthSense Foundation

Matthew Kelly Family Foundation

Dennis & Pam Fisco

Chris & Lesley Fisher

William Hobi

Sandro Sangiacomo

The Smith Family

Brad Swaback

Ben Weisshaut

Andrea Schnitzer Whitney