Sant La Fellows Class IV
Jean-Luc Adrien is an Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Fellow at the Community Justice Project. Adrien uses a community- and movement-lawyering approach to serve community members and groups in the context of disaster recovery legal services. Prior to this role, Adrien was a member of The Bronx Defenders’ Family Defense Practice, representing and defending parents in Bronx Family Court. He received his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar and a Sinsheimer Service Scholar; and a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Florida. During law school, Adrien participated in the Equal Justice & Defender Clinic and the Juvenile Defender Clinic. He also interned at The Bronx Defenders and the Community Justice Project, where he participated in the Bertha Justice Institute Ella Baker Program. Before law school, Adrien taught high school Spanish in the Mississippi Delta. Adrien was born in Haiti and raised in South Florida.
Rebekah Antoine works as a childbirth doula at Nature et Vie: Family Services. Her combined passion in maternal/child health and the progress and development in Haiti, fuels her desire to open family/birthing centers in South Florida and Haiti. The three times AmeriCorps member also plans to create a nonprofit organization that focuses on closing health and education disparity gaps while using community service to retain, develop and grow Haitian communities. Her academic goals are to obtain a master’s in Public Health, midwifery certification and Doctor of Medicine.
Antoine earned a master’s in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University (NEU) and a Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology with minors in nutrition and Spanish from Florida International University (FIU). She also holds certificates in women’s studies and Latin American & Caribbean studies. While at FIU, she served as the 2013-2014 President of the Haitian Student Organization (HSO), where she succeeded in encouraging members to become active citizens in their community through service, mentorship and advocacy. Antoine is a proud wife and mother of two.
Fedna Eliassaint works as a Family and Community Engagement Liaison at Saint Lucie Public Schools and teaches part-time as an ESOL Instructor at Indian River State College (2015). She also volunteers as a Thrivent partner, running a small group of elderly at an assisted living facility; and works as director of the Fort Pierce Haitian Methodist Church S3 (Sant Sevis Sosyal) program. Eliassaint is also a former co-hosts of the local Haitian radio station 1400 AM; She worked as a school counselor in Lincoln, Nebraska, providing counseling and other services to middle school students (2013); and while serving as a therapist in Orlando, Florida (2009), she assisted with the influx of Haitian survivors from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Eliassaint earned a master’s in social work from Florida International University and a bachelor’s in social work from Florida Atlantic University after receiving an associate’s in human services from Indian River State College. After graduating she submitted her first community project to the United Way of Saint Lucie County and received funding for a parenting program catered to the Haitian community. Eliassaint was born in a Lagonave, Haiti and grew up in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Videlaine Estiverne is an Impact Manager with City Year Miami, which is charged with closing the graduation gap by partnering with public schools in high-need communities across Miami-Dade County. Before this role she worked as a volunteer, first, through the Peace Corp in Morocco, North Africa. While in Morocco, Estiverne worked with local organizations to plan and facilitate youth development activities such as camps. She also taught classes to the youth, implemented a health initiative, and immersed herself into the larger community. At the end of service, Estiverne hiked the historic Rota Vicentina trail in Portugal for four days before returning home.
Estiverne continued her service through AmeriCorps with College Forward in Austin, Texas where she served as College Completion Coach and focused on building relationships with first generation college students to support their adjustment to the academic system. Estiverne has also served in the Armed Forces where she was stationed a year in Afghanistan. And she holds a bachelor’s in business management from Florida Atlantic University.
Henri Jacques is a Sales Consultant at the Florida Blue center in North Miami, Florida. In previous roles Jacques has worked as a behavior health specialist. He coordinated client care to rehabilitate drug and alcohol users at the Cornerstone Recovery Center and The Recovery Place. And he has also facilitated healthcare services to foster children and mental health adolescents in his role at The Children’s Place at Homesafe and before that at Citrus Health Network. As an active member of his church, Jacques has worked extensively with youth providing mental health support and he organized soccer tournament among local Haitian churches to foster networking opportunities across the community. Jacques holds a bachelor’s in clinical counseling from South Florida Bible College and several certifications related to behavioral health and child development. He was born in Gonaives, Haiti.
Fanie Jocelyn is an Admissions & Registration Specialist at Broward College. She aspires to be a lawyer and is passionate about giving back to her community. Jocleyn is most proud of her personal story of triumph that has informed her life decisions including becoming a mentor to teen mothers. Three months after arriving in America from Haiti, she learned that she was expecting a child due to a tragic experience back home. Faced with the reality of being a teen parent, Jocelyn attended Seagull Alternative High School where daycare services are provided for teen parents. Despite her situation, she excelled in school and extracurricular activities, resulting in two full scholarships to a Florida university of her choice.
Jocelyn holds a bachelor’s in criminal justice/Pre-Law and a minor in French from Florida Atlantic University (FAU). While in college, she served as president of the Black Student Union (Broward College), president of the FAU Davie Dance Club and she was a member of Roots clubs, Konbit Kreyol and many more. Today she continues to mentor students at Seagull Alternative High, and she was the keynote speaker at their 2017 graduation.
Tamika Mompremier is a budding creator fueled by curiosity and hunger for success, her greatest passion is to inform people while also entertaining. She has worked at Island TV for the past 5 years, first as an intern and finally becoming the Programming Director for the 24-hour station. Mompremier earned a B.S. in Electronic Media from the School of Communication at the University of Miami and a minor in Sport Administration. She has been a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated since 2010 and has served as president of its Mu Nu Chapter for four years. She is a 27-year-old Haitian-American woman currently living in Miramar, Florida. When Mompremier is not editing or working on daily scheduling, she like to work on her podcast and improve her videography and photography skills.
Nadia St. Hilaire
Nadia St. Hilaire is a first-generation Haitian-American and a double Gator. She earned a B.S. in Public Relations and an M.A. in International Business at the University of Florida. After a stint in corporate America, St. Hilaire found herself back in higher education working as a recruiter and then as a digital marketer. She served as the Assistant Director of Digital Media at Florida Atlantic University in the Division of Public Affairs for two years before joining the corporate team at World Fuel Services. St. Hilaire enjoys being an active member of her community. She has worked in various professional committees, but she is most proud of her work with her church’s Young Adult Ministry. The ministry has successfully bridged connections with young adults across South Florida who are seeking to grow in faith. St. Hilaire looks forward to expanding her community involvement to young Haitian professionals’ group.
Ruth Thomas is a native of Orlando, Florida and currently resides in North Miami Beach, Florida. She is currently the Affordable Care Act Navigator Program Coordinator at Broward Regional Health Council in Hollywood, Florida. She has also worked as an intern with the City of Miami Garden’s “Live Healthy Miami Gardens” initiative where she primarily managed logistics, research and communications for Mayor Oliver Gilbert’s Fitness Challenge. Thomas is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Thomas aspires to conduct health promotions and increase health literacy on behalf of a government entity. In 2015, Thomas received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Public Health from the University of South Florida (USF). She then earned a Master’s in Public Health at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). While at NSU, Thomas participated in the IDEA Initiative (Inter-Professional Diabetes Education and Awareness) where she collaborated with peers from different disciplines to promote diabetes education for children.
Johane Vilsaint was born in Petionville, Haiti and grew up in Plantation, Florida. After graduating from Plantation High School, she completed a Unit Secretary Certificate program at Sheridan Technical School. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Broward College. Vilsaint is an active volunteer in various community service activities that contribute to the well-being of Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora. She has assisted Eclat Haiti Inc. in gathering school supplies for, less fortunate children in Haiti and in collecting funds to build a water pump in Cotes-de-fer, Haiti to help with the scarcity of water supply available to the townspeople. She also worked with Man Dodo Humanitarian Foundation to help pack hurricane relief supplies after the 2016 Hurricane Mathew that devastated Jeremie and other areas near southwest Haiti.