Board of Directors
This group of professionals brings a wide range of talent, professionalism and wisdom to ProNica. With their continued commitment to Quaker principles of consensus decision-making and collaborative action, the ProNica programs in Nicaragua are assured of sustained accompaniment as equal partners.
Herb Haigh has been involved with ProNica since its inception. He has been President of the Board during ProNica’s evolution from an informal organization of concerned Quakers to a registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation with NGO status in Nicaragua. Herb has recently retired as the President of AmeriPlus, the largest Medicare supplement hospital network in the U.S. The parent corporation, AmeriLife, has been a great supporter of ProNica’s work, providing its in-house services to help design and produce promotional materials for ProNica.
Herb is very active in several national Quaker organizations. He has written a number of articles about his experiences in Nicaragua which have appeared in Friends Journal, Quaker Life and Quaker newsletters around the country. Herb is a member of St. Petersburg Friends Meeting.
On her first trip to Central America in 2005, the pleadings of poor women living in shacks in the Managua city dump inspired Pam Haigh to resurrect an old beauty school nearby.
The former hairstylist and retired owner of Panache Salon in St. Petersburg, Florida, raised enough funds to re-open the school and just one year later, in 2006, the first class of underemployed women graduated from the 10-month cosmetology course, giving them a dignified means of self-support. Since then, Pam hasn’t missed a single graduation ceremony. The Acahualinca Beauty School is solely supported by ProNica. In 2008, Pam received the Women of Peace Award for her empowerment of women in the Nicaraguan slum of Acahualinca.
Pam is a member of St Petersburg Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and currently serves on the Board of ProNica as Co-Clerk. She continues to raise money for the beauty school by receiving donations for cutting hair at corporate and Quaker events.