Francois de la Roche served 33 years with the American Red Cross, CARE, World Vision, IRD and Chemonics International in US based and international relief and development operations. He has served in various leadership posts in Latin America, Africa, Europe and Central Asia, responding to complex emergencies which include the Sahel Famine Relief Operation, the Armenia Earthquake Response, the Sudan Emergency Operations, the Liberian, Sierra Leonean and Angolan civil war refugee operations, and the Hurricane Mitch Emergency Response.
After the September 11, 2001, Francois was named by the American Red Cross to lead the America’s Fund for Afghan Children, established by George W. and Laura Bush. He would again serve in Afghanistan in 2007 through 2009 and 2010. In 2008, Francois started his CISM training and work as Peer Support Provider. He was certified as a Trauma Responder by the ATSS in April 2009. Francois has set up staff care programs for operations worked in Afghanistan and South Sudan. Prior to becoming an international humanitarian specialist, Francois grew up in Guatemala and France, he is fluent in Spanish, French and English. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona in 1973 with a B.A. in History and served 6 years as a Commissioned Officer of United States Marines during which time he participated in combat operations in Southeast Asia. He’s married, and happily so to his wife of nearly 40 years, Bonnie and has two daughters, Aimee, mother of grandchildren Damian and Sara; and daughter, Marie. Francois and family are based out of Huntington Station, NY.