USAID Administrator Samantha Power released a statement on Tresja Denysenko’s unexpected passing while serving with the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) in Haiti. Excerpt below:
It is with great sadness that on behalf of the USAID family I relay the passing of Tresja Denysenko, a tireless disaster response expert with our Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. Tresja passed away unexpectedly on August 19, 2021, while serving on USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) responding to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. I want to express my heartfelt condolences to Tresja’s family, friends, and colleagues.
Tresja first joined USAID in 2005, and during her career she responded to many humanitarian emergencies, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the Venezuela regional crisis, and the conflicts in South Sudan and the Tigray region of Ethiopia. In all of her postings, she played a critical role in providing aid to the world’s most deprived and marginalized people. In addition to her work on disaster responses, Tresja was instrumental in establishing and refining the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance’s processes for delivering aid into the hands of those most in need. Tresja was also an inspiring mentor, training staff across the Bureau on how to deliver aid quickly and appropriately to save lives in some of the world’s most complex and dire humanitarian crises. Tresja’s legacy will live on in USAID through the work of the many colleagues who learned from her and who now occupy a wide range of roles across the Agency.
Originally from Minnesota, Tresja is survived by her husband and daughter, as well as her mother and stepfather. She is remembered as a beloved wife, mother, daughter, and dear friend. Tresja’s kindness and heartfelt passion for providing humanitarian assistance and improving the lives of people in need touched many communities around the world and here at home.
We held a memorial for revered @USAID colleague Tresja Denysenko, who passed away serving on the DART. Tresja is irreplaceable on this tight-knit team. Amid the heartbreak, DART commits to continuing her work and honoring her legacy as a tireless humanitarian. @USAIDSavesLives pic.twitter.com/kkvskz4rbC
— U.S. Embassy Haiti (@USEmbassyHaiti) August 27, 2021
The St. Paul Fire Department will be honoring Disaster Relief Specialist Tresja Denysenko Wednesday as her body returns home to Minnesota after she died while helping with the disaster response in Haiti. https://t.co/OSXdRS14nr
— KSTP (@KSTP) August 25, 2021
We are grateful to have been able to assist with providing honors as the body of Tresja Denysenko was returned home to Minnesota today. The disaster response expert died unexpectedly while helping in Haiti following the devastating earthquake. @USAID pic.twitter.com/7cD5x2svRx
— Saint Paul Fire Dept (@StPaulFireDept) August 26, 2021
— Fairfax County Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) August 20, 2021
.@USAID is deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Tresja Denysenko, a revered member of our Haiti disaster response team. Long a force in our humanitarian work, she was a beloved wife, mother, friend & mentor. My statement on this devastating loss: https://t.co/FbUncsw0Sv
— Samantha Power (@PowerUSAID) August 19, 2021