Spanning from all over the globe, both Haitian and Friends of Haiti, our esteemed board has come together to cultivate Haiti’s First Endowed Fund. The Ayiti Community Trust is built on thoughtful and responsible leadership, transparency and accountability. 

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Ghislain Gouraige, Jr. | Board Chair | HAITIAN-AMERICAN

Ghislain works at UBS Financial Services Inc. as a Private Wealth Advisor to High Net Worth Families, Endowments and Foundations. He has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has worked with Merrill Lynch, and Citibank respectively. 

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Michele King Soffer | Board Vice Chair | HAITIAN-AMERICAN

Michele is currently one of the directors of New Hope 4 Haiti (NH4H) in Les Cayes, Haiti. In addition to NH4H, Michele sits on the board of 3to5days.org, a non-profit organization focused on providing sustainable solutions for clean water.

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Pierre Jonas Imbert | Founding CEO | HAITIAN

Born, raised and educated in Haiti, Pierre has served as Senior Advisor for Barr Foundation’s Global program in Haiti. Prior, he was appointed Deputy Director for the California’s Department of Social Services. Before his years in state government, Pierre was Executive Director of the Boston Haitian Multi- Services.

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Dr. Guerda Nicolas | Board Secretary | HAITIAN-AMERICAN

Born and raised in Haiti, Dr. Nicolas is a Clinical Community Psychologist, currently working as a Professor at University of Miami, School of Education and Human Development. She has been implementing a Haitian Mental Health Program in various regions of Haiti for the past 23 years.

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Joanne Maislin | Treasurer | FRIEND OF HAITI

Joanne "Jojo" is the President of C432, a boutique management-consulting firm that helps institutions, companies and individuals make a meaningful difference through private sector investment, job creation, capacity building and community engagement in new markets in Haiti. 

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Beatrice Turnier | Executive Board Member | HAITIAN

Beatrice is a Psychologist and Counselor who is passionate about Haïti, psychology, and women rights. In 2013 she opened a center for personal and professional development: KasiK, where she accompanies peoples, institutions and communities in the development of their psycho-social and psycho-emotional competences, aptitudes and capacities. 


Rebecca Mandelman | Vice President for Strategy and Engagement at The Miami Foundation | Friend of Haiti

Rebecca serves in a cross-functional capacity, directing development efforts, managing internal and external engagement strategies and guiding the public affairs and communications efforts. Prior, she served as deputy executive director of the Americas Business Council Foundation. 



Matt Anderson is a Vice president and Private Client Associate at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In this role, he is responsible for connecting high net worth individuals and institutions to solutions that can help reach their financial goals. His approach combines the client experience of a boutique private bank with access to extensive resources, including traditional, specialty asset, alternative, and capital market investment solutions as well as customized credit and banking offerings.


Dannie Augustin | HAITIAN-AMERICAN

Dannie is owner of Nothing Bundt Cakes, a gourmet bakery spreading its wholesome goodness to Plantation/Weston, Florida. Prior to launching in 2017, she served for five years as Quality Project Manager at NextEra Energy, managing strategic initiatives across the corporation. 

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Sarah Bouchereau | HAITIAN-AMERICAN

Sarah currently serves as Chief of Staff for BMe Community, a network of community-builders inspired by black men. As a key member of the Operations Team, Sarah helps to create and manage BMe’s relationships with champions in business, philanthropy, and media. 

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Hannah Brandes | FRIEND OF HAITI

Patricia (Hannah) has led philanthropic entities for more than twenty years, including the largest private foundation in New England. Her experience in systems thinking, strategy, evaluation, network design, and facilitation underpin her passion for climate, social justice & global equity. 

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Oswald J. Brandt II | HAITIAN

Born in Port-Au-Prince, Oswald held senior positions in a diversified group of companies with interests in: coffee export, product manufacturing, commercial banking, and wholesale distribution of automobile spare parts. Oswald have been a long time Rotarian and interest in mental health. 

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Pascale Charlot, J.D. | HAITIAN

Pascale is the Dean of The Honors College, at Miami Dade College providing vision, leadership, and strategic direction to its unique academic program which is a pipeline to the best institutions in the United States. Pascale also serves on the Wolfson Campus Executive Cabinet. 



Wendy is a native of Miami and graduate of Columbia University. She is a transactional attorney and lover of arts and culture. As a Haitian American she looks forward to contributing to the establishment of long-term giving in Haiti. 

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Mireille Chancy Gonzalez  | HAITIAN-AMERICAN

Well known as a business woman in the US Photographic Industry. Concerned by the rapid growth of the Haitian immigration in Miami, she co-founded the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance in 1984, in Little Haiti. A great art collector, she serves on boards at the Perez Art Museum, Vizcaya, Miami Dade Cultural Affairs and IWF.

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Natacha is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Albizu University. She serves as the Chair of the policy council of Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Service Head Start/Early Head Start program. She is a member of the (CAA) Community Action Agency board of directors. 

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David Lawrence, Jr. | FRIEND OF HAITI

In 1999, David retired as publisher of The Miami Herald after a 35-year journalism career to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He currently chairs The Children’s Movement of Florida andis the founding chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. He is also the Co- founder of Haïti Tec. 


Samuel Ludington | haitian-american

Sam oversees all day to day operations of Inmates, Inc., a Miami-based nonprofit organization which provides comprehensive care coordination and family reunification opportunities for children in the state of Florida impacted by parental incarceration. He oversees program development, government relations and statewide expansion efforts for the organization. In his four years with the organization, Sam has helped to lead the organization’s statewide expansion with an investment from the Florida State Legislature.

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Roman Lyskowski | FRIEND OF HAITI

Roman worked as a photographer and photo editor at the Miami Herald for over 25 years, where he was Director of Photography for the last six years prior to retirement. Roman works on freelance photo projects and with Rise Up Florida!, a non-partisan and progressive grassroots movement. 

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Patrick F. Martin | HAITIAN-AMERICAN

Patrick is a litigation lawyer who focuses his practice on employment law matters, representing employers of all sizes before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations. 

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Commissioner Jean Monestime | HAITIAN-AMERICAN

Commissioner Monestime was elected as Miami Dade’s District 2 commissioner for two consecutive terms since 2010 and served as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for two years. He is currently President of JEMO Realty, and JEMO Enterprises, LLC.


Maryse Pénette-Kedar | HAITIAN

MPK has made outstanding contributions in the corporate, government and education sectors in Haiti. She is also the President and Co-founder of Fondation Progres et Development (PRODEV), a Haitian led organization committed to education.

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Bennett Rathbun | FRIEND OF HAITI

Bennett Rathbun is Co-Founder and Executive Director for Hope on a String, a growing nonprofit organization that works to empower youth and communities in Haiti through music and the arts.

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Richard is Founder of an investment firm based in Miami, Florida. He received his master’s in Business Administration from Columbia University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Baptist Health South Florida.

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Abner Septembre | HAITIAN

Abner is a Sociologist, and received his Masters at the University of Ottawa. He is a founding member of the Association des Paysans de Vallue and an expert in community development and management. Enhancing the lives of those living in rural mountain communities is the central focus of his work at Vallue. 

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Trabian Shorters | FRIEND OF HAITI

Trabian is co-author of New York Times bestseller “REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading and Succeeding” and founding Chief Executive Officer of BMe Community, a national network of all races and genders committed to building more caring and prosperous communities.



Rock Soffer is the President of Special Projects Division at the Turnberry, a privately help real estate development group based in South Florida. A Miami Beach resident, Soffer is an advocate for responsible, environmentally sustainable development, and enjoys playing golf and spending time with his two dogs. 

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Jean-Pierre Trouillot | HAITIAN-AMERICAN

Jean-Pierre Trouillot leads KPMG’s deal advisory practice in Florida, where he has more than 25 years of experience providing business consulting to clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and public offerings, domestically and abroad. 

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Jonathan is an entrepreneur, investor and media personality. He is a former American football linebacker and Super Bowl Champion. He founded the Jonathan Vilma Foundation in 2010, which funds and supports the Academy for Peace and Justice in Haiti. 

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