Sant La Fellows Class V
Rosenny Augustine is a first generation Haitian American, a proud native of Miami and a product of the Miami-Dade County Schools System. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in Speech Communication, and a certificate in Women Studies from Florida International University. She is currently seeking her master’s in public administration. Rosenny is a Constituent Service Coordinator in the Mayor and Council Office of North Miami. She is tasked with meeting and resolving the issues of constituents, business owners, organizations and clergy. Rosenny works with local, state, federal and international government on porjects such as Soiree en Rose, Spring into Health, Citizenship Drives and most recently Haitian Heritage Month.
Prior to joining the City of North Miami, she had the pleasure of serving the City of Miami as a Community Affairs Liaison in Office of Commissioner Keon Hardemon and Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, where she focused on the progression of the Little Haiti, Upper Eastside and Buena Vista communities. Rosenny is also the president of Ladies of Essence and former executive director of Miss Notre Dame D’Haiti Pageant.
Ashley Cevere graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in English and minors in Non-Profit Organizational Leadership and Japanese in 2016. Upon graduation, she became a Public Ally, placed at the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, where she led monthly community panel discussions and an early literacy campaign. From there, Ashley worked in development, cultivating and stewarding donors at the Hispanic Unity of Florida. Ashley now serves as a Volunteer Recruitment Specialist for the American Red Cross, where she leads a team of volunteers in recruitment efforts to establish a ready and trained workforce to ensure mission delivery. In her free time, Ashley serves as a Guardian Ad Litem for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida where she advocates for the best interests of children in care.
Vanessa Charlot is a Miami native and a Haitian American. She is an entrepreneur and documentary photographer. She received her bachelor’s in English with a minor in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s in educational administration from Concordia University-Portland. She has worked in the following sectors: Education, Military, Real Estate Investment and Small and Medium Enterprises and Sustainable Community Development. Vanessa has also volunteered at the Enstiti Travay Sosyal ak Syans Sosyal in Port-au-Prince as a professor of Sociology for undergraduate college students.
Vicky Chèry is an aspiring Healthcare executive, and currently the Assistant Center Manager of Chen Senior Medical North Miami Center. Vicky has a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration specialized in Healthcare from Florida International University. Vicky carries administrative and leadership experience from a variety of healthcare sectors such as hospice, palliative care, organ and tissue banking and primary care.
Vicky believes that health administration, organizational behavior, and policymaking affords a macro level opportunity to create change in patients’ lives. She aspires to apply her knowledge to social entrepreneurship and service as a consultant for a community-based health organization in South Florida. She’s also passionate about establishing a non-governmental medical relief organization in Haiti to address health concerns through mobile health clinics and public health educational programs.
Leslie Elus is a Miami native and graduate of the University of Miami where he earned his B.S. degrees in Biology and Health Science. Leslie is a Research Assistant and Clinical Instructor working to develop the healthcare skills of EMS, Nursing and Physician Assistant students. He also works as a STEM tutor for K-12 students. He aspire to become a clinical physician and health advocate for people of color.
Leslie also serves as the president of the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and is the immediate past president of the Iota Pi Lambda Education Foundation, Inc. In addition, he volunteers with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, March of Dimes and Relay for Life.
Mirline Fourron, born and raised in Cayes, Haiti, is a licensed Registered Dietitian at Jackson Memorial Long Term Care Center in Miami. She is also the founder and host of Sante Pam Show, a Creole language, TV-segment on Island TV to educate the Haitian community on the prevention and management of health conditions through healthy eating and physical activity. Mirline received her master’s and bachelor’s in nutrition and dietetics at the University of North Florida. She is currently a doctorate candidate at A.T. Still University. She is also affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American College of Healthcare Executives; and certified in ServSafe, feeding infants, feeding toddlers and breastfeeding.
Her prior work includes the development of nutrition programs such as the “8 Weeks to Healthy Living” at Baptist Health Hospital; serving as the nutrition expert for JE magazine where she addressed the nutrition concerns of Haitian Americans; supporting the American Breast Cancer Association by teaching African Americans about breast, ovarian and prostate cancer prevention. She is most passionate about educating her own Haitian community on the relationship between good health and food choices, specifically for those struggling with diabetes. She was honored as the 2019 League of Legendary Women presented by 101.5 LITE FM and Memorial healthcare System.
Sando De Fatima Georges
Sando De Fatima Georges, born and raised in Haiti, has resided in the United States since 2010. She graduated from Broward College with an Associate of Arts degree in Health Administration in 2014 and from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Administration in 2016. Sando then began working as Office Manager at Highpoint Healing and Wellness where she served the Haitian community through health services and education. She then went on to work for Broward College in 2018 as an Administrative Specialist, and later promoted to Articulation Specialist at Broward College guiding perspective students to in their pursuit of higher education. She is also the co-founder and Head Choreographer of Se Sa Entertainment, a company that promotes Haitian culture through dance
Emmanuela Jean-Etienne is currently the Advocacy Coordinator at the Urban League of Broward County. Prior to this, she was a Law & Public Policy Fellow at Georgetown Law, where she focused on women’s reproductive justice and rights. While in law school, she interned with the Michigan Innocence Clinic, the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic and the National Health Law Program. She also served as the Political Action Chair of the Black Law Students Association and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law. As an undergraduate at Duke University, she interned with Haitian Women of Miami and the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, local non-profit organizations committed to meeting the needs of underserved women and their families. Emmanuela hopes to use her skills to better serve the South Florida community as an activist and future politician.
Bertholette Pardieu, a Palm Beach County native who now lives in Broward, is a Risk Management Director/Safety Officer with over 10 years of experience in Public Health, Risk Management, Compliance, Strategic Planning and Program Management. Ms. Pardieu works to monitor and assess healthcare compliance and mitigate risk to ensure patient safety and protect organizational assets.
Bertholette is also a board member of Avanse Ansamn, a non-profit Haitian-Millennials Professional group for the advancement and empowerment of the Haitian community in South Florida. She has also served as the Vice President and the Professional Development Committee Chair at the Urban League of Broward County-Young Professionals Network (YPN) from 2017-2018.
Bertholette has a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound from Barry University. She also has a Master of Public Health in Policy and Management and certificate in Healthcare Risk Management from Florida International University. Bertholette’s other certifications include Healthcare Risk Management, Compliance, Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Applied Ethics.
Karen St. Hilaire
Karen St. Hilaire is an educator at Broward County Schools. She has more than 7 years of experience in this district as a Head Start paraprofessional, an ESOL teacher’s assistant, a kindergarten teacher, a second-grade teacher, and now a fifth-grade teacher. Prior to becoming an educator, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Family Youth and Community Sciences. She later pursued a graduate degree from Florida Atlantic University in Educational Leadership. As an educator, she has been an ambassador for teaching students about Haitian Heritage and traditional dances. She has also tutored ESOL students through a program called Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leaders; served as a translator for many parent/teacher conferences; and president of her church’s young adult ministry. Karen also volunteers with Color of Hope, The American Heart Association, and the Boys & Girls Club as a Zumba instructor.
Hadassah St. Hubert
Hadassah St. Hubert, Ph.D. is currently the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) at Florida International University. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Miami and her dissertation, Visions of a Modern Nation: Haiti at the World’s fairs, focuses on Haiti's participation in World’s Fairs and Expositions in the twentieth century.
Hadassah served as the Assistant Editor for Haiti: An Island Luminous, a digital humanities site dedicated entirely to Haitian history and Haitian studies. An Island Luminous pairs books, manuscripts, newspapers, and photos digitized by libraries and archives in Haiti and the United States with commentary by more than 100 authors at 75 universities around the world.
As a Postdoctoral Fellow with dLOC, she leads programming and digitization efforts in collaboration with dLOC’s partners, such as Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) and L’Institut de Sauvegarde du Patrimoine National (ISPAN) in Haiti while also providing training and expert technical assistance to DVCAI and ISPAN in its digitization efforts. She is the liaison and historian for DVCAI’s Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for African American History and Culture.
Guerdiana is a Haitian American Higher Education professional with 8 years of experience in Student Affairs, Admissions and Counseling. She graduated from University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Visual Journalism with a minor in Africana Studies. She later earned her Master’s in Education through the International Educational Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on the educational migration patterns of Caribbean youth, diaspora engagement and the phenomenon most commonly known as brain drain. Guerdiana is also passionate about youth leadership and development, civic engagement, educational access and education policy.
Guerdiana currently serves as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at the University of Miami where she oversees Honors and Special Programs, assist with the application review process, and recruits in Northern New Jersey and in the Caribbean - Haiti. Furthermore, as an active community member, she enjoys participating and volunteering for various community building initiatives such as the Little Haiti Advisory Board, Ayiti Community Trust Ambassadors Program, Worshipers’ House of Prayer community programming and University of Miami Black Alumni Association.
Kesnel Theus, Jr.
Kesnel has a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Law from Nova Southeastern University and a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Government, International and Entertainment Law from the Florida Coastal School of Law. After completing law school, he began working for the Florida House of Representatives as a Legislative Aide. Through his work with the House of Representatives, Kesnel founded the Florida Young Legislators Program for high school seniors interested in civic leadership. He also had the privilege of being involved in the establishment of a Sister Seaport Agreement between Cap-Haitien, Haiti and the Port of Palm Beach, Florida. Kesnel founded BOLD MUSIC GROUP (BMG) , an independent label that represents the cutting-edge in a wide range of music genres.