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HANA 38TH GALA Program Book

HANA 38TH GALA Program Book

Keywords: HANA of Florida,Award Scholarship,awards gala,2022

HAITIAN AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA, INC.

38th Annual Scholarship
Fundraising & Awards Gala

HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE &
SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS

Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 7:00 PM - 2:00 AM

BISCAYNE BAY MARRIOTT HOTEL

1633 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami, Florida 33132

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Carmel Barrau, M.D., FACP
Congratulates H.A.N.A. of Florida, Inc

on its 38th Annual Scholarship
Fundraising & Awards Gala

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HAITIAN AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA, INC.

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HAITIAN AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA, INC.

PROFILE OF HANA

HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS The Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida Inc. (HANA) is a 501(c) 3, non-profit membership organization established in HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS
1984. Alice Casimir and Jacqueline Dasque, two registered professional nurses practicing in Miami and other professionals saw the need
to establish an organization that would provide health care services to migrant workers in the Homestead, Florida area. The mission of
HANA is to create a platform for nurses to identify relevant health issues that plague the community and provide services to alleviate
the burden of healthcare disparities. HANA’s strategic vision is to be recognized as a world-class nursing organization nationally and
internationally.
Currently, HANA chapters are members of the parent organization called Haitian Alliance Nurses Association International HANA-I
which comprises of the nine chapters of HANA in the United States: HANA of Florida, HANA of Hudson Valley (formerly known
as HANA of Rockland County), New York, HANA Inc., Greater New York, HANA of Georgia, HANA of Tampa, HANA of Illinois,
HANA of Orlando, HANA of Garden State, New Jersey and HANA of Palm Beach. Each chapter functions independently. HANA
fosters awareness and commitment to providing excellent nursing services. Additionally, the organization supports nursing students
through education and mentoring opportunities as well as creating community-networking opportunities for its members. This article
will focus on HANA of Florida as requested by the Editor.

HANA continues to provide scholarships to students enrolled in local accredited nursing schools and in Haiti. HANA provides education
on the prevention of COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines via radio and television shows entitled “Koze Sante with HANA”. HANA
collaborates with other organizations to promote health and wellness through education and prevention by providing culturally sensitive
information. In addition, HANA supports and contributes to Disaster Relief Efforts to other vulnerable communities and organizations
in need. Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HANA utilizes social media to educate the community on COVID-19
prevention, information on the importance of COVID-19 testing and vaccination. Members’ engagement during COVID-19 was
critically important, therefore, monthly meetings, and education sessions for members were held via Zoom. Currently, every Saturday
morning at 11 AM -12 PM on 1580 AM/99.5 FM, the community may tune in to Koze Sante with HANA health education talk show
with a focus on chronic diseases, providing community resources and information on Island TV sponsored by The Miami Foundation,
Morehouse School of Medicine, United Front of Haitian Diaspora, and Primary Medical Care Center. HANA collaborates with James
Wilson Bridges, M.D. Medical Society, Miami Chapter - Black Nurses Association, Inc., Haitian American Coalition of South Florida
and Haitian Faith Based Network (HAFBN) in Keeping the Faith Grant along with Miami-Dade County for COVID-19 prevention,
testing and education sponsored by Health Foundation of South Florida.

HANA holds several health fairs annually by providing health screenings in a number of venues to underserved populations. HANA
provides Blood Pressure and Diabetes screening, Immunization Drives, educational programs on HIV/AIDS, Obesity in children, Breast
and Colorectal Cancer education and awareness, Women and Heart Disease, and Healthy Aging as well as other health concerns. HANA
works in collaboration with several organizations on various projects including American Cancer Society, Walmart, Florida Breast Cancer
Foundation, Global Innovative Foundation, Miami Dade College, Haitian American Coalition Taskforce of COVID-19 Prevention,
Haitian American Pharmacists Association (HAPA), Jamaican Nurses Association of Florida (JNAF), Indian Nurses Association of South
Florida (INASF), National Hispanic Nurses Association (NAHN) – Miami Chapter, Philippine Nurses Association of South Florida,
St. Thomas University, Miami Dade College Benjamín León School of Nursing & Health Sciences, Chamberlain College of Nursing,
Florida International University, Barry University, Florida Blue, VITAS Healthcare, Project Medishare, Global Innovative Consulting
Network, LLC, Miami-Dade County Health Department, Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC), Island TV, WRSF 1580
AM, Radio Mega 1700 AM, Miami Dade Area of Health (AHEC), Haitian Medical Association Abroad (AMHE), Translational Sleep
and Circadian Sciences (TSCS) Clinical Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Ladies of Valor Empowerment
(LOVE), Sant La – Haitian Neighborhood Center; Family Action Network Movement (FANM), local churches, the City of North
Miami Beach, and other organizations who are committed to help eliminate health disparities and to reshape the health care delivery
system for citizens in Florida and in Haiti. HANA utilizes evidence-based practice to improve health outcomes and promote healthier
communities.
FOUNDING MEMBERS:
H.A.N.A. ACTIVITIES:
Networking and Media Education Immunization Drives and Toy Drives Alice Casimir, RN Mr. Alix Perrault
Youth Focused Interventions Continuing Education for Nurses Jacqueline Dasque, RN Dr. Luc Jean-Baptiste Charlot
Emergency Response Teams Nursing Scholarships & Research Fanchette Auguste, RN Rita Charlot, RN
International Medical Missions Marie-Maurice Anglin, Dr. Franklin Casthely
DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

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Tonight’s Program 3

D.J. Michel Attie Playing Music

Welcome

Samantha Etienne, MSN, APRN, AGNP-BC
Chair of Activity of HANA of Florida

Masters of Ceremony

Mecca “Grimo” Marcelin & Sandra Justice, Former Miss Haiti/Producer & Actress

American National Anthem

City of North Miami Color Guard

Haitian National Anthem
Wilda-Cassandra R. Tany
Invocation
Rev. Dr. Adenet Medacier, Senior Pastor of Holy Nation Church, Hollywood, Florida

President’s Message

Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC

Special Dance Performance
Amical Dance Sport
Dinner

Presentation of 2022 Scholarship Recipients
The Education Committee
Special Dance Performance
Amical Dance Sport
Presentation of the 2022 Honorees
Odiane Medacier, PhD, APRN, FNP-C
Awards Presentation
Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, President of HANA of Florida

President’s Choice Awards
Rookie of the Year Award

Nurse of the Year 2022

Special Acknowledgement of Sponsors

Nahomie Mirville, DNP, MSNEd, AAPRN, FNP-BC, Chair of Marketing Committee

Closing Remarks

Samantha Etienne, MSN, APRN, AGNP-BC, Chair of Activity of HANA of Florida

Entertainment
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, Pianist

Good evening Ladies and gentlemen, Fellow Members,
Colleagues, and Distinguished Guests,
As the President of HANA of Florida, in the name of my fellow
leaders and the entire organization, I welcome you to our 38th
Annual Scholarship Fundraising and Awards Gala. Our theme
this year is: HANA: Celebrating Resilience and Soaring to greater
heights. I am delighted to see HANA brave members and leaders,
loyal and new sponsors, donors and entrepreneurs, awardees, guests,
health, and community leaders gathered with us this evening. First
off, I want to express my gratitude to the executive board along
with all the members for their huge contributions to a successful
2021 year. I want to thank our founders and past presidents who
have paved the way for what HANA is today. Did you know that
out of the 9.8 million workers employed in health care, 3.9 million
are nurses, and that, out of that number, 1 million are 50 years
old currently and will retire by 2030, according to a report from
the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)? Did
you also know that 175,000 nurses retire each year, new nursing
positions will be available due to vacancies created by retiring
nurses? Those vacancies are difficult to fill due to shortages in
well trained and new graduate nurses, which has added enormous
strain to health care workers, particularly nurses who provide most of the bedside care in understaffed units (BLS 2021).
Before the pandemic began, suicide risk was twice as high among female nurses compared with American women, don’t
even mention nowadays a new study warns. Davis and his team determined that the suicide incidence among nurses was
17.1 per 100,000, despite our nurses continue to stand and provide care with the same compassion. This is Resilience.
Did you know that, over 3,000 nurses and other healthcare professionals died of hospital-acquired Covid-19 as they
risked their lives and those of their families on the front line according to a CDC report? Nurses, especially HANA
members, took pause from the front line only to watch their mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters die; they cared, cried,
then returned to the front line to continue their high-risk life-saving mission and serve the community on their days off.
Throughout it all, HANA members were engaged in various vaccination drives and educated the community to get the
protection they needed after visiting their parents at hospitals. This is Resilience. The world wouldn’t survive without
nurses. While we are celebrating resilience, let’s also salute the memories of fallen nurses (WHO, 2021).
When I took on in April 2021, we were still battling against COVID-19 and its new variants Delta and Omicron.
As a result, in our leadership retreat in June 2021, we deeply emphasized the need for HANA to soar like an eagle
through the storms and above the storms. Our goal is to engage, mentor, and empower our HANA nurses. From April
2021 to April 2022, the organization’s membership has increased by 28% despite the pandemic. We have increased
the affiliations of nurses from 91 to now 126 active members; We have engaged the nurses in various tasks of the
association. Under the umbrella release of HANA-I, HANA of Florida responded to the calling to serve our brothers
and sisters in the post-earthquake southern region. HANA was at the fore-front for a rapid response support following
the earthquake that struck the southern region of Haiti, where the organization’s dedicated nurses in collaboration with
pharmacists provided care to more than 600 patients over a two-day period; we responded equally to the Texas migrant
crisis in October 2021, where we distributed over 100 hygienic kits and other supplies; HANA was also present with
the distribution, in December 2021, of more than 300 toys to the children in the City of North Miami, the children of
the Church of Nazarene of Immokalee, the children of LYNN organization and Jubilee center of South Broward, etc.
Services rendered to dozens of families are unquestionable evidence that HANA is soaring to greater heights through
and above the storms. Furthermore, HANA opened up a brand new community center in the heart of the City of North
Miami Beach, on February 19, 2022 to serve the community and allow nursing students to acquire community hours
for their schools.

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HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS The dedication, bravery, and resilience of our nurses have overcome horrors of Covid-19 and enabled us to fend off post- HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS
covid grimaces to assure a healthier future to our members, patients, and all our communities without distinction for
generations to come. Excessively gaping health disparities and uneven access to quality care, and other challenges ahead
are daunting. Shortages of nurses have worsened. Yet, amid all that, HANA leadership and brave members, with the eyes
of an eagle, and soaring to greater heights, see unprecedented life-changing opportunities. We are eagle-like-minded when
it comes to the big picture, the envisioning of the future, and our mission.
Eagles are internationally recognized as a living symbol of strength, stamina, confidence, resilience, audacity, determination,
power, majesty, authority, transcendence, and freedom. Nurses, from Florence Nightingale war time to the Covid-19 and
beyond, have resisted, managed to navigate through, and soared above all storms of life just like Eagles, the kings of birds.
Eagles don’t fly, they soar. They don’t dwell on the valleys, but on the highest cliffs. Eagles don’t fight on the enemies’
ground, but in the air. Like Eagles, HANA is thriving to attain highest heights in the quantity and quality of services we
are offering to our members, our patients, and communities.
Our sponsors, the entrepreneurs, health and community leaders, past and current HANA leaders among us tonight can
talk long about the storms they overcame, soaring above the rains and the storms. Change can be brutal if not anticipated.
Adverse circumstances will want to tear you down to fly low as do the rest of the birds, but you will need to soar above the
cloud if you want to have the big picture. As eagles never escape the storms but use the wind of the storm to rise higher in
a matter of seconds, HANA’s leadership, and membership, united and engaged, continue to use the pressure of the storms
to glide higher. By celebrating our 38h Anniversary with scholarship awards, HANA continues to gear up to offer more
support to enable nursing students here and abroad, to the best of our possibilities, to explore and make confident choices
in their professional journeys. We seek to better align educational outcomes across the nursing education continuum to
improve patient-level, system-level, and community-level outcomes. A healthier future for all.
And now, as our 39th year of positive community action is taking off, let’s simply renew that pledge; let’s collectively
build somewhat more and even better on what we already accomplished; let’s continue to justify the trust that so many
have placed onto us both within the boundaries of this Florida chapter of HANA and abroad; let’s tell so many Floridians
who are waiting for us, that nothing will stop HANA from building more opportunities to further exemplify our motto
to multiply endless loving acts of the heart around our people. Our goal is to create sustainable educational programs for
the elderly and the youth to help achieve health promotion and disease prevention.
Congratulations to the scholarship recipients. Education is key for a better future. You have chosen the right career, a
trusted profession which will allow you to care for others in need. The sky’s the limit. Congratulations to all our Honorees
for their service to the community. Together we can make a greater impact in the world. Our dear awardees, future nurses,
future leaders, there are heavy rains and storms ahead, be they pandemics, environmental, social, political, economic,
academic, scientific, or technological, more resilience will be needed. Huge thanks to our sponsors who believe in our
work and support HANA year after year.
Soon, this evening, we will switch to a mood of pure enjoyment, not one dedicated to humanitarian reflections.
Nevertheless, we shall always bear in mind that caring is the main reason we exist as nursing professionals, or just as
authentic humans, and everything we end up doing in this venue of the Marriott Hotel, shall be embedded into the spirit
of our profession and evenly, the general nurse’s motto to care, to serve, and to help. May each and every one of us remain
confident that as eagles, we will never stop soaring as high as we possibly should; may we find ways to shape up our theme
this year, which is: “HANA, Celebrating Resilience and Soaring to Greater Heights!”
Once again, I thank you all for joining us in this event, and I hope and pray that you fully enjoy this night. May God be
with and around us during and after this gala and be immensely blessed!
Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC

President of HANA of Florida, 2021-2023

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EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS OF HANA OF FLORIDA 2021-2023

HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS Katiana St. Thomas Azemar, Myrnelle D. Fleur-Aime Nimrode Toussaint HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS
MSNEd, RN MSN, APRN, FNP-BC MSN, APRN, FNP-C

1st Vice-President 2nd Vice-President Treasurer

Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC Katiana Blaise, MSN, Nancy Henri, MSNEd, Pepita Jean, MSN, APRN,
President APRN, FNP-BC, CCRN APRN, FNP, RN FNP-BC, CMTC
Assistant Treasurer Assistant Secretary
Secretary

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS OF ACTIVE PAST PRESIDENTS
HANA OF FLORIDA 2021-2023 OF HANA OF FLORIDA - THE
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
• Michelle Austin, Esq.
• Carmel Barrau, M.D., FACP • Anssie Blot, BSN, RN, Past President of HANA of Florida (2003-
• Joseph Durandis, M.D., Board Certified Family Medicine, 2005), Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2016

Hospice & Palliative Care, Excel Medical Associates • Guerna Blot, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, MBA/HCM, OCN, Past
• Prinston Jean Glaude, CEO, and Co-Owner of Primary President of HANA of Florida (2009-2011), Wall of Fame 2017
Awardee
Medical Care Centers
• Lynn Mary Hood, BSN, Chief Executive Officer for • Marlene Cesar, MD, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, CCC, Past President of
HANA of Florida (2007-2009), Lifetime Achievement Awardee, 2019
Principle Long Term Care, Inc.
• Jeff Lozama, Entrepreneur, Owner & CEO of CMS • Jessie Colin, PhD., RN, FRE, FAAN, Past President of HANA of
Florida (1997-1999), Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2015
International Group, Corp.
• Johanna Madden, EdD, MBA • Amina Dubuisson, DNP, RN, MBA/HCM, LNHA, CDP, Past
• Patricia R. Messmer, Ph.D., RN-C, FAAN President of HANA of Florida (2015- 2017)
• Basil T. Phillips, Sr., MS/HHC, President/CEO of Global
• Marsha Eloi, BSN, RN, CCRN, Past President of HANA of Florida
Village Impact, Inc. (2017-2019)
• Jean-Robert Philippeaux, Co-Owner of Island TV
• Pascale B. Prepetit, MSHA, RHIA, CCS • Marie O. Etienne, DNP, APRN, FNP, GNP, PNP, PLNC, Past President
• Paul Novack, Esq., HANA of Florida’s Attorney of HANA (2005-2007), Wall of Fame of 2011
• Pierre Saliba, MBA, HANA of Florida’s Accountant
• Andre Pierre, Esq. • Liliane French, RN, Past President of HANA of Florida (2001-2003)
• Honorable Judge Fred Seraphin • Pauline Louis-Magiste, MSN-Ed, RN, Immediate Past President of
• Guillermo R. Valdes, DNP, MSN-HCS, PGCNED,
HANA of Florida (2019-2021)
AMSN, CMSRN, ANCC, MED-SURG-BC, RN-BC, • Marjorie Lozama, MSN-Ed, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CDMS, Past
Dean of Nursing, Miami Regional University
President of HANA of Florida (2013-2015), Wall of Fame Awardee,
2021
• Nahomie Mirville, DNP, MSN-Ed, AAPRN, FNP-BC, Past President
of HANA of Florida (2011-2013)
• Eliette Silver, BS, RN, Past President of HANA of Florida (1991-1993),
Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2014

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SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO HANA PAST PRESIDENTS

1984-2022... 38 Years

We acknuonwwleadvgeerinangdcohmonmoirtmallenHtA, dNeAdicpaatsitonan, dsecrvuircree,natnPdrecsoidnetrnitbsuftoior nthteoirHoAutNstAan'sdlienggacleya. dership,

HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS Alice Casimir Georgette Audain* Ghislaine Paperwalla* Eliette Silver Jessie Colin Marie Carmel Remy* Marie Liliane French Anssie Blot HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS
1984-1987 1987-1989 1989-1991 & 1995-1997 1991-1993 1997-1999 1999-2001 2001-2003 2003-2005

Marie O. Etienne Marlene Cesar Guerna Blot Nahomie Mirville Marjorie Lozama Amina Dubussion Marsha Eloi Pauline Louis-Magiste
2005-2007 2007-2009 2009-2011 2011-2013 2013 - 2015 2015-2017 2017 -2019 2019-2021

Berthilde Dufrene Michelle Saintilien Idele Bissereth Linda Benoit Marie E. Hyppolite Shakema Doreus
HANA of Rockland County, NY HANA of Greater New York HANA of Greater New York HANA of Rockland County, NY HANA of Greater New York
HANA of Tampa
2009-2013 2011-2012 2012-2013 2012-2014 2012-2018 2012-2018, 2020-2022

Mireille Leroy Gettie Audain Monique Germain Edline Pierre Kelynne J. Oristel Wendy Joseph
HANA of Rockland County, NY HANA of Maryland HANA of Illinios HANA of Tampa HANA of Greater New York HANA of Orlando
2018-2020 & 2020-2022
2015-2017 2015-2021 2017-2021 2018-2020 2017-2021

Yolaine Nozile Bibiane D. Sykes Marlyn Lestage Laforest Mirto Cesaire Lydie Rondil Hagen Dorothy Crisostomo
HANA of Georgia HANA of Hudson Valley HANA of Hudson Valley HANA of Georgia HANA of Georgia HANA o Georgia
2018-2021
2017-2018 2017-2019 2019-2021 2015-2017 2010-2015

*In Memoriam

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HANA OF HUDSON VALLEY, NEW YORK CHAPTER

PRESIDENT’S REMARKS
HANA OF HUDSON VALLEY, NEW YORK CHAPTER

President’s Remarks

It is with great pleasure that I greet the Haitian American Nurses Association
(HANA) of Florida, on this exquisite evening, as they celebrate their 38th Annual
Scholarship Fundraising & Awards Gala.

As President of HANA of Hudson Valley, New York, I would like to extend my
heartfelt congratulations for your outstanding work in the community. You have
always come together as an association to set forth HANA’s mission into action.
Your 38 years of service and commitment to both local and global communities are
greatly appreciated and treasured. I applaud your continued efforts to exemplify the
nursing profession while also upholding HANA’s values.

To all the scholarship recipients, I welcome and congratulate you all on your
success thus far. As you continue on with your nursing career, always maintain your Haitian roots, while
pursuing your education and providing service to the community. Most importantly, remember to carry
HANA’s legacy through all your future endeavors. Additionally, congratulations to all the honorees at tonight’s
event, for your commendable work and dedication to the communities you serve.

Toast to another amazing year and continued success!

Sincerely

Christel-Ann Augustin

Christel-Ann Augustin MSN, APRN, FNP, RN
President of HANA of Hudson Valley, New York INC.

Jennifer Morin Florence Pierre-Pierre Marlyn Lestage-LaForest Bibiane Dimanche-Sykes
MSN, BSN, RN BBA, BSN, RN
Vice President Treasurer CNM-NP, MA, MPH, RN MSNEd, LNC, RN

Immediate Past President Past President

Mireille Leroy Linda Benoit Berthilde Dufrene Michele Paraison
MSN, BSN, RN BSN, RN
Past President Past President DNP, MSNEd, CARN, RN RN

Founder & Past President Chaplain

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The Executive Board and General Membership the
Haitian American Nurses Association, Incorporated of
Greater New York congratulates the Haitian American
Nurses Association of Florida for your dedication and
commitment to your community. May your legacy of 38

years of service continue for decades to come.

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SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING
SPONSORS OF THE 2022 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Dr. Nahomie Mirville – Amavie Wellness Center
Dr. Alix Desulme, Vice Mayor, City of North Miami

Miami Regional University
Myrlande Dubuisson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Anonymous for the Dr. Marie Etienne Scholarship
Miami Dade College, Medical Campus - Dr. Bryan Stewart, Campus President
Dr. Leonie Hermantin and the Scott Mehu Family

Jessica Andre, BSN, RN – Alumna of STU
Rodney Olivier, BSN, RN, Alumnus of STU

Providence Community Center, LLC
Honorable Councilwoman Mary Estimé-Irvin, District 3
Marc Bivins, MD & Balkys Bivins, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Mr. Jeff Lozama - CMS International Group, Corp.
Pauline Louis-Magiste, MSN-Ed, RN, Immediate Past President of HANA of Florida

Primary Care Medical Center
Dr. Bianca Colon
Dukens Obain

Holy Nation Church
Carole Auguste
Bianca Evariste

Dr. Amina Dubuisson
Dr. Marlene Cesar

Celestine Jean - Scrub Addict
2022 SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEWING PANELISTS/EDUCATION

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-C, President of HANA of Florida (2021-2023) 11
Pauline Louis-Magiste, MSNEd, RN, Immediate President of HANA of Florida (2019-2021)

Caroline Elistin, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, Co-Chair of Education
Maryline Saliba, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Co-Chair of Education
Katiana Blaise, MSN, APRN, FNP, BC, CCRN

Marie Carme Abraham, MSNEd, CCRN, RN, Co-Chair of Education
Myrnelle D. Fleur-Aime, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Co-Chair of Education

Sarah Jeanty, BSN, RN, Co-Chair of Education
Marjori Paul, MSN, AAPRN, FNP-BC

Samantha Hilaire, MSN, ARPRN, AGNP-BC, Chair of Activity Committee
Martine Gordon, BSN, RN, Co-Chair of Activity

Odiane H. Medacier, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, Co-Chair of International Affairs & Marketing Committees
Nadine Barreau, BSN, RN, CDMS, Historian of HANA of Florida

Nahomie Mirville, DNP, MSNEd, AAPRN, FNP-BNC, Chair of Marketing Committee
Marjorie Lozama, MSNEd, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CDMS, Chair of International Affairs Committee
Marie O. Etienne, DNP, APRN, FNP, PNP, PLNC – Chair of Public Relations & Legislative Affairs

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HANA OF GARDEN STATE, NEW JERSEY
PRESIDENT’S REMARKS

Congratulations HANA of Florida
Amazing 38th years! The Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) of Garden State
Executive Board and members, congratulate Mme. President Rose Valcin and HANA of
Florida members for their outstanding, impeccable leadership. We commend your strength
and your contributions to the nursing body.
We are excited for you and all your future endeavors, and leading the way for new nonprofit
organization to follow your path. Your courage and endurance to weather the storms of the
COVID-19 pandemic is nothing but astounding, well-deserved recognition. The HANA
communities celebrate all of your successes and enthusiasms to fulfill mission.
Congratulations to all HANA of Florida award winners!
Sincerely,

Carline P. Eliezer

Carline P. Eliezer, MSN, APRN, AGNP, PhD (Hon) Min.
President, HANA of Garden State

HANA of Garden State New Jersey Chapter Executive Board

ThaliaS. Thomas Vivian Arrindell Ruth Dina Rejouis Franckline Casimir-Benoit, Esq Peterson Pierre-Paul
MPA, MSN, RN MSN, RN. OCN MSN RN-BC Board Advisor MSW, LCSW
SecretaryTreasurer Board Advisor
Vice-President Educational Chair

HANA OF PALM BEACH
PRESIDENT’S REMARKS

Greetings Colleagues,
HANA of Palm Beach would like to say congratulations to our sister chapter in celebrating
their 38th Anniversary!
This tremendous milestone is a true indication of dedication and constant HARD WORK.
Congratulations and best wishes in the future.
Warmest Regards,

Rebecca Jacques

Rebecca Jacques, RN
H.A.N.A of Palm Beach, President

HANA of Palm Beach Chapter Board of Directors 2021-2023

1st Vice-President Vacant Dora Jean-Charles Obenson Pascal, BSN, RN Thaysha Dutes-Dunn, Merlinn Jean, APRN,
MSN, RN Secretary BSN, RN FNP-BC
Treasurer
2nd Vice-President Assistant Secretary

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HANA OF GEORGIA CHAPTER
PRESIDENT’S REMARKS

Salutation Colleagues,
The Haitian American Nurses Association of Georgia (H.A.N.A.
of G.A.) is pleased to congratulate H.A.N.A. of Florida on their
38th Annual Gala. Your exceptional services to the community and
accomplishments are incredible while maintaining a prime example
for all the chapters. H.A.N.A. of Florida is truly a great asset to
Haitian Nurses here in the U.S. and Haiti.
We thank you for being the foundational stone that the organization
as a whole continues to build upon and for your commitment
Congratulations and All the Best!!
Sincerely,

Yvrose Jean

Mme. Yvrose Jean, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, RN
H.A.N.A. of Georgia, President

HANA of Georgia Board of Directors 2021-2023

Mme. Sabine Lacossiere Mme. Marie Andre Parent Mme. Laibhen-Parkes Mme. Abigail Darroux
FNP ©, BSN, RN FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
2nd Vice-President 1st Secretary CPN, PHD MSN, RN
2nd Secretary Treasurer

Mme. Maria Onuorah Mme. Lise Tassy, Mme. Nyrva Bertrand Mme.. Emmanuelle Chassagne Mme. Lydie Rondil Hagen

FNP-C, DNP© RN, CLNC, CCDS FNP©, BSN, RN ARNP, AGNP-BC MSN, ARNP, FNP-C
Assistant Treasurer Public Relations Officer Education Chair Fundraising Chair
Activities- Publicity Chair

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PRESIDENT’S REMARKS

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HANA OF TAMPA CHAPTER
PRESIDENT’S REMARKS

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On behalf of the members of the H.A.N.A. of Tampa, it is with great pleasure
that I welcome you to the 38th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser and Awards
Gala. I am honored and grateful to be associated with an organization that
continues to unify nurses to focuses on the health and welfare of our community.
HANA of Florida, continues to be a pillar in the community and remains a
fundamental organization within the Haitian community, both nationally
and internationally. As leaders in the Haitian community, HANA of Florida
continues the legacy that of our prestigious founders have set before us. The
chapter continues to break barriers, challenge nurses to become a catalyst for
change, and create pathways in healthcare. As you celebrate another year of success, be reminded that
service is always at the heart of what we do. Congratulations HANA of Florida for another successful year
and congratulations to the scholarships recipients, honorees of the evening, and the new executive board.
Continue striving for new heights.

Shakema T. Doreus

Shakema T. Doreus

Shakema Doreus, MHA, BSN, RN
President and Founder of HANA of Tampa

H.A.N.A of Tampa Board of Directors

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HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS Ms. Rose Valcin HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS
President
Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) of Florida
1870 NE 171 ST
N. Miami Beach, Fl 33162

April 23, 2022
Dear Ms. Valcin,
It is with great honor to congratulate the Haitian American Nurses Association (HANA) of Florida on
its 38th Annual Scholarship Fundraising & Awards Gala. I wish to extend a warm welcome to all the
members, honorees, scholarship recipients, families, and guests.

I applaud HANA of Florida for working in collaboration with other organizations to address a myriad
of health issues and health disparities in our communities, raising awareness of the coronavirus,
encouraging COVID-19 vaccination, and increasing diversity in the profession. Your commitment to
diversity is evidenced by the countless scholarships that have been awarded to students in dire need
locally and in the Republic of Haiti for the past 38 years.

Thank you for being at the front line of patient care as our nation responds to the pandemic. I will
continue to fight in Congress to address priority issues from availability of Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) and decontamination to mental health and hazard pay. You and your members are
true healthcare heroes and sheroes! Continue to soar like eagles as you celebrate this year's gala
theme: "HANA Celebrating Resilience and Soaring to Greater Heights."

I look forward to continued collaboration as we advance comprehensive reform to strengthen our
public health infrastructure, narrow disparities, improve health outcomes, and reduce
disproportionately high morbidity and mortality rates. Although the CARES Act aimed to address the
challenges impacting the healthcare, more work is needed. It is vital that our nation remains equipped
with preparedness and response measures.

I wish you a successful gala and best wishes on this momentous occasion.

Respectfully,

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (FL-20)
Member of Congress

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April 11, 2022

Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc.
Dear Friends:

Congratulations to the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida on your
38th Annual Scholarship and Fundraising Awards Gala. Thank you for your continued
work to serve your community and Florida families.

As Governor of Florida, I fought to create a better life for Florida families so
every Floridian, no matter how they grew up, has the opportunity to get a good job,
receive a quality education and raise their family in a safe community. My goal as
United States Senator is to continue building on Florida’s tremendous success so every
Florida family can live their American dream. I am incredibly proud of our state’s
success, and none of it would be possible without hardworking Floridians like you.

Congratulations, again. I applaud your service to your community and the State
of Florida, and thank you for your efforts to make Florida the best state in the nation to
live the American dream.

Sincerely,

A

Rick Scott
United States Senator

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Consulat Général de la
République d’Haïti à Miami

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(H.A.N.A.),

As Consul General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami, it is an honor
for me to write this letter as you commemorate your
38th Annual Scholarship Fundraising & Awards Gala.

It is always a pleasure for me to acknowledge the great work that this organization does throughout the year.
Many will see the name H.A.N.A. and recognize its distinction, but for me, I have been privileged to see your
work firsthand. I know the number of dedicated hours and sacrifices you make to help others. I have followed
your journey as you continue to grow your membership and even in the face of a global pandemic, you have
always answered the call to help with little restraint. Every year you come together for your Scholarship
Fundraising & Awards Gala, and it is impressive to see your contributions, past and present.

It is also important to recognize how each of you make a choice to make a difference and by doing so you
provide others with a better way of life by staying true to H.A.N.A.’s mission and vision.

Today, on behalf of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, whom I have the distinct honor of representing as the Consul
General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami, I would like to recognize each of you as some of South Florida’s
most outstanding nurses and health professionals.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami strives to enhance the partnership that exists with
Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc. in the objective of addressing the health needs of our
communities, as well as those communities that you have and continue to support in Haiti.

Under the theme, “H.A.N.A.: Celebrating Resilience and Soaring to Greater Heights,” I want to
formally congratulate you for showing your fortitude, resilience and endless commitment to serving
others.

Sincerely,

Stéphane Gilles
Consul General
Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami

259 S.W. 13th Street / Miami, Florida 33130 / Telephone: (305) 859-2003 / Fax: (305) 854-7441
[email protected]

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MESSAGE FROM THE GALA CHAIR

We all have moments in our lives where we feel like we need to do something
more. One of those moments for me was in 2016 when I felt the need to serve
my community in a capacity that my job did not provide.  That is when I
joined HANA of Florida.  I remember coming to my first membership meeting
and the minute the meeting was over, I joined the Activity Committee. Not
really knowing what I was getting into, and with the next event being the
annual gala, I was put to work immediately. And boy, did I work! But when
I realized what this event was all about, I worked with enthusiasm. Imagine
being amongst nurses who are leaders  in their own right, and they come
together to pay it forward by helping nursing students who are excelling in
their studies to continue to do so! Imagine that same group of nurses honoring
those whose purpose is to improve our community, one mission at a time!
And that they continue to do so despite the challenges that the past two years
have brought. Tonight, both our scholarship recipients and our honorees are proven exemplars of the best
our Haitian-American community  has to offer  and therefore exemplifies our theme for our gala this year,
“Celebrating Resilience & Soaring to Greater Heights.”
Hence, tonight, as the chairperson for the activity committee, I would like to officially welcome all of you
to our 38th  annual scholarship fundraising and awards gala. We are elated to have our HANA members,
elected officials, scholarship recipients, honorees and distinguished guests come together for such a great
cause. Though I greet you alone, it took a village to make this event transpire. Without my co-chairs, planning
committee members, and my President, Rose Valcin, I would not have attained.  We are thankful. We are
thankful for you, our sponsors, and everyone else who has supported us, big or small. It has allowed us to
continue the work that we, as HANA of Florida have been doing for 38 years.  Michael Schur, a well-known
TV producer, once stated, “You can’t achieve anything entirely by yourself. There is a support system that is
a basic requirement for human existence. To be happy and successful on earth, you just have to have people
that you rely on.” Thank you for being the ones we can rely on and congratulations to all of our scholarship
recipients and our honorees. Let the festivities begin!
With Gratitude and Lots of Love,
Samantha Etienne, MSN, APRN, AGPCNP-C
Chairperson of the Activity Committee

Tamara Marcelin, MSN, Martine Gordon, BSN, RN Angelique Antoine, MSN,
APRN, FNP-BC Co-Chair, Activity Committee APRN, PMHNP, RN, CNL
Co-Chair, Activity Committee
Co-Chair, Activity Committee

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Samantha Etienne, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C, Chair
Amina Dubuisson, DNP, RN, MBA/HCM, LNHA, CDP
Angelique Antoine, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, RN, CNL, Co-Chair
Caroline Elistin DNP, MSN-Ed, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Dorothy Leveille, BSN, RN, MPH
Guerna Blot, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, MBA/HCM, OCN

Fayola Delica, BSHSE, BSN, RN, D. Min. (Hon.)
Katiana Blaise, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CCRN
Katiana St. Thomas Azemar, MSNEd, RN

Marie O. Etienne, DNP, APRN, FNP, PNP, PLNC
Marjori Paul, MSN, AAPRN, FNP-BC

Marjorie Lozama, MSN-Ed, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CDMS
Maryline Saliba, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Marlene Cesar, MD, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, CCC
Marsha Eloi, BSN, RN, CCM

Martine Gordon, BSN, RN, Co-Chair
Midlaine Richard-Pean, MBA, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Myrnelle D. Fleur-Aime, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Nadine Barreau, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CDMS, CWC
Nahomie Mirville, DNP, MSN-Ed, AAPRN, FNP-BC

Nancy Henri, MSNEd, APRN, FNP, RN
Nimrode Toussaint, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Odiane Medacier, PhD, APRN, FNP-C
Pauline Louis-Magiste, MSN-Ed, RN
Pepita Jean, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CMTC
Tamara Marcelin, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Co-Chair

Veronique Sajous, MSN, RN
Youseline Bazile, BSN, RN, APHON-CT

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Luz Jean-Pierre – BSN Student
Niagara University – GPA - 3.8
“I grew up in the city of Gonaives, in Haiti. Although fortunate enough to receive the medical care I required as a child, I was even
then, conscious and exposed to the lack of resources which left many children just like me with unmet medical needs. The opportunity to
become a nurse would empower me as a native of the area to be a courageous agent of change not only here in the US, but in a position
to respond with care and compassion to the needs of others, wherever I set foot”.

Dr. Nahomie Mirville Scholarship Award sponsored by HANA of Florida & Amavie Wellness Center in memory of Lencie Samuela Mirville

Fadjeannah Annulis – BSN Student
Florida International University – GPA - 3.8
“I am genuinely passionate to become a nurse. I wish to impact other people’s lives in a positive way and I aspire to provide
optimal care for my future patients as well as treat them with deep respect”.

Rose Valcin Scholarship Award sponsored by Carole Auguste
Wilkin Fenelus – Nursing Student
Miami Dade College, Medical Campus, Benjamín León School of Nursing – GPA - 3.7
“While in high school, I started volunteering at my local church. With its health and good Samaritan ministries, we would
distribute basic healthcare and hygiene kits to those in need and hold seminars and classes to educate the people. With the
lack of access to healthcare services, a lot of people in the rural cities of Haiti suffer. From helping people grew my love for
nursing. When I considered the hierarchy of the healthcare personnel, I realized the importance of a nurse”.

HANA of Florida Scholarship sponsored by Miami Dade College, Medical Campus
Stacy Talabert – BSN Student
St. Thomas University – GPA - 3.6
“I want to pursue a carrer in nursing because I want to improve the quality of life of my patients and pay attention to their
necessities. Working as a nurse can be physically and emotionally draining but if I know that my patients are taken care
of, I know that I did my job. I am here to make a difference in the lives of others and make a big impact in healthcare”.

HANA of Florida Award sponsored by Jessica Andre, BSN, RN – Alumna of STU
Octania Therazin – BSN Student
West Coast University – GPA - 3.5
“Upon entering this esteemed profession I plan to deliver quality care. I plan to make it a daily responsibility to restore
humanity in healthcare treating all of the patients I encounter with dignity and compassion. I plan to work as an integral
part of a healthcare team focusing on achieving the best health outcomes”.
Alice Casimir & Jacqueline Dasques Scholarship Award sponsored by Marc Bivins, MD & Balkys Bivins, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Doreen Gustave – Nursing Student
University of Miami – GPA - 3.5
“I chose the Nursing profession because I love public health, advocating for others, and providing quality care, nursing
allows me to bind all my passions into one. Intend to join the beautiful field of nursing and continue the work of making
a difference in someone’s life every day. Using every advantage afforded to me, I plan to improve the healthcare experience
for all people, focusing on changing minority healthcare”.

Dr. Marie O. Etienne Scholarship Award Sponsored by Anymous Donor
Naicar Pierre – Nursing Student
St. Thomas University – GPA - 3.4
“I chose Nursing as my profession because I want to make a difference in people’s lives, I want to be able to take care of
individuals where I can put a smile on their faces. I dream of being able to go back to my hometown in Haiti to practice
and provide care to the people in need. I want to inspire other nurses to be leaders in healthcare where they will provide
and advocate for the best care for their patients”.
HANA of Florida Scholarship Award sponsored by Honorable Councilwoman Mary Estime-Irvin, District 3, City of North Miami
Annivie Alceme – BSN Student
St. Thomas University – GPA: 3.3
“I want to be the nurse that leaves behind a positive impact on those I encounter and hopefully they will spread this
positivity onto someone else. I chose nursing as a career because of the feeling of satisfaction that I get when helping others”.
The Marie Carmel Remy Scholarship Award sponsored by Honorable Dr. Alix Desulme, Vice Mayor, City of North Miami

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Stephanie Cime – Nursing Student
Florida Atlantic University – GPA - 3.3
“The way I see nurses empathize with struggling patients to fight for their lives gives me more desire to join the health sector
as they portray humility. I know when I am a nurse one day, I will not only be compassionate, but I will be my patient’s
advocate and champion. I am spellbound by the call to pursue nursing because I know if I can bring a piece of sunshine to
someone who is sad and sick, I am fulfilling my purpose in life”.

HANA of Florida Scholarship Award sponsored by Providence Community Center, LLC

Andrelle Michel – Nursing Student
Keiser University – GPA: 3.3
“One of the things that drew me to nursing was the desire to become a healthcare champion in the Haitian community.
With South Florida being such a diverse region, a nurse is likely to come across Haitian patients in the healthcare system. I
believe it is critical for a nurse to gain an understanding of the culture they will be serving as well as the barriers”.

HANA of Florida Scholarship Award in honor of Warda Scott Mehu sponsored by the Scott Family

Vania Simeon – Nursing Student
St. Thomas University – GPA - 3.3
“I picked nursing as a career because I love learning new things and changing the world around me. I’ve always dreamt of
pursuing a profession that is testing, intriguing, and has an effect in individuals’ lives day by day. In the nursing profession
you save lives, bring satisfaction to people and their families, and comfort those in need”.

HANA of Florida Scholarship Award sponsored Rodney Olivier, BSN, RN – STU Alumnus

Keny Elistin – Nursing Student
Galen College – GPA: 3.2
“The decision to become a nurse truly stems from the loss of the patriarch of our family—we lost my father 1 year ago
to Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19). I want to become a patient advocate and help patients communicate with their
healthcare providers, so they can receive the information they need to make decisions about their health care. Something my
father was not provided with prior to his passing”.

Ardelly Severe Scholarship Award sponsored by Dr. Bianca Colon & Dukens Obain, BSN, RN

Emma Arthur – Nursing Student
Florida Atlantic University – GPA: 3.2
“I decided to pursue a career in healthcare that would allow me to spend more time with patients and provide holistic
care. I found my answer in nursing. Being able to provide patient-centered holistic care is paramount to me, especially
considering my mother’s poor experience”.

Dr. Guerna Blot Scholarship Award sponsored by HANA of Florida

Christina Zephir
St. Thomas University – GPA - 3.0
“Patients need someone who will advocate for them, empathize with them during difficult times and someone who is
confident in giving them excellent care and those traits represent the kind of nurse I want to become and the kind of nurse
I would want if I was a patient”.

Pauline Louis-Magiste Scholarship Award sponsored by HANA of Florida & Primary Medical Care Center

Ruth Shama Duchatelier
Chamberlain University – GPA - 3.02
“I chose nursing as a profession because it is a fulfilling career. I grew up in a community where the majority of the population
did not have access to healthcare. Many people were dying left and right or conditions that could have been prevented if they had
necessary care, assistance and education. Nursing is a profession that will allow me to make a difference every day. Nursing is the
field that brings me closer to my purpose in life. As a caring person, I choose nursing so that others can receive the proper care they
deserve. I am hopeful that one day I will get make a more significant impact in my community as a nurse”.

HANA of Florida Scholarship Award sponsored by Holy Nation Church

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Royaumyne Julie Dorah D’Haiti
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres de Leogane (FSIL), Universite Episopale d’Haiti (UNEPH)
“I am personally so grateful for your financial assistance given to me. I am currently in the fourth year nursing student thanks
to the donations received from you. You will not be disappointed; I can never repay your efforts towards me”.

Anssie Blot Scholarship Award sponsored by HANA of Florida
Sandra Yvessarah Charles
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres de Leogane (FSIL), Universite Episopale d’Haiti (UNEPH)
“I would like to thank you for granting me a scholarship. It is a great honor for me to have been chosen among so many
others. Your assistance has helped me greatly in advancing my university studies”.

HANA of Florida Scholarship Award sponsored by Bianca Evariste, BSN, RN & HANA of Florida
Morise Nehida Grand-Jean
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres de Jacmel, Universite Notre Dames D’Haiti
“Helping others has always been my passion, that’s why at the end of my secondary studies I took one option: that is Nursing.
I love caring, devoting myself to helping people in need. My sole satisfaction seeing them recover, smile again, and regain
their self-confidence.”

Dr. Amina Dubuisson Scholarship Award sponsored by Amina Dubuisson, DNP, MSN, RN, MBA/HCM, LNHA, CDP
Wiedarlina Louis
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres de Jacmel, Universite Notre Dames D’Haiti
“Being a nurse also means facing a wide variety of situations, overcoming hardships in a particular state of suffering and
weakness whether mental or physical”.
Dr. Amina Dubuisson Scholarship Award sponsored by Amina Dubuisson, DNP, MSN, RN, MBA/HCM, LNHA, CDP
Lucinica Etienne
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres, Universite Notre Dames D’Haiti
Solution proposees pour les principals de la pollution en Haiti:

• Installer des poubelles modernes
• Donnez formation a des professionels pour la netoyage des egouts
• Resoudre le probleme de l’insecurite pour eviter des protestation spontanee aaccompagnee avec des pneus enflames dan la rue
• Enfin, la population pourrait vivre dans un environment plus saint et permet aux gens d’avoir une meilleure qualite de vie.
Dr. Nahomie Mirville Scholarship Award Scholarship Award sponsored by Amavie Wellness Center in memory of Lencie Samuela Mirville
Naldina Love Garcon
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres de L’Universite Adventiste d’Haiti
“En tant qu’infirmière, j’ai pour devoir d’aider les individus, les familles et les groupes à
déterminer et réaliser leur plein potentiel physique, mental et social. Par ma contribution, population haïtienne prenne au
sérieux les moindres signes liés à un problème d’estomac afin de réduire le taux d’atteinte à la Gastrite aiguë”

Dr. Marlene Cesar Scholarship Award in honor of Mrs. Anita Pierre sponsored by Dr. Marlene Cesar
Kerlie Sauveur
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres de L’Universite Adventiste d’Haiti
On s’en souvient de l'événement du 12 Janvier 2010 comme si c'était hier car, victime ou pas, le séisme nous a tous
marqués. Je n'étais qu'une adolescente mais, je n’étais pas épargnée émotionnellement à ce que j'ai pu voir après le passage du
tremblement de terre. Des maisons réduites en poussière, des cris de gens qui ne trouvaient pas leurs proches, des visages confus
qui ne comprenaient pas ce qui venait de se passer et par-dessus tout, ce qui m'a le plus choqué, c'était tous ces blessés et morts
qu'on transportait. Je les ai assistés à calmer les malades surtout ceux qui ont perdus des proches, je les ai vus : nettoyer des
plaies, faire des pansements, faire des compresses avec des tissus pour arrêtdes hémorragies, faire baisser leurs températures avec des compresses  
froide et à chaque soin qu'elles administraient malgré le peu d'équipement, j'ai vu l'acharnement qui était en elles, l'amour qui se dégageait
dans ce qu'elles faisaient. J'étais émerveillée par ces infirmières et grâce aux soins qu’elles apportaient, les victimes ont pu se sentir mieux. C'est
l'infirmier(ère) qui connaît mieux le patient, c'est nous qui faisons la promotion de la santé. Nous donnons des soins holistiques, le goût et la
joie de vivre aux soignés. Comment ne pas faire le choix d'une telle profession.

Dr. Marjorie Lozama Scholarship Award sponsored by CMS International

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Merkly Wildine Severe,
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres de L’Universite Adventiste d’Haiti
Dès l’âge de quinze ans, je me trouvais dans l’obligation de me rendre souvent à l’hôpital avec ma mère qui souffrait d’une
maladie chronique. On devait trouver une infirmière pour lui administrer ses médicaments par voie intramusculaire et
c’est à moi qu’on confiait la gestion de ces derniers. J’ai toujours senti au fond de moi que j’allais être une bonne infirmière.
Mais, j’hésitais un peu, parce que dans notre pays, cette profession n ’est pas appréciée à sa juste valeur.
A la fin de mes études secondaires, j’ai postulé dans une université étrangère. Dans l’attente d’une réponse, j’ai été
soudainement invitée à venir à l’UNAH pour mes études en Sciences infirmières, ce qui m’a fait comprendre que cette profession m’était
destinée. Finalement, c’est au cours de la période de la pandémie du Covid-19 que j’ai fini par comprendre vraiment ce qu’est la profession
d’infirmière en côtoyant mes aînées à la faculté. Je n’ai pas l’intention de chercher la gloire mais, je suis sûre que je ferai la gloire de mon
Dieu à travers cette si noble profession comme l’a si bien fait Jésus Christ, notre bien aimé Sauveur. Il n’y a pas de profession plus noble
que celle qu’on doit pratiquer avec son cœur. En ce sens, « Pour être une bonne infirmière, il faut avoir de l’empathie et de la sympathie, de
l’amour pour autrui et par-dessus tout, il faut avoir un grand Cœur.

Dr. Marjorie Lozama Scholarship Award sponsored by CMS International
Emmanuela Petit Frere – Nursing Student
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres de L’Universite Adventiste d’Haiti
La profession d’infirmière me permet, en effet, de participer au développement de la vie sociale car les institutions
sanitaires sont des éléments primordiaux pour le bon fonctionnement d’une société. Quand il y a un problème sanitaire
dans un pays, cela affecte toutes les autres institutions. Puisque j’accorde beaucoup d’importance à la santé et que j’aime
participer activement à la bonne marche de la société, de ce fait j’ai choisi la profession d’infirmière qui est une profession
priorisant la sante. En outre, j’ai toujours voulu une inclusion sociale dans le domaine de la santé, c’est-a-dire « santé pour tous ». Quand
j’étais en stage j’ai remarqué que certaines infirmières accordaient plus d’attention aux patients qui sont économiquement stable et négligent
les patients pauvres, ce fait a amplifié ma motivation d’être infirmière en vu de prôner et de mettre en pratique un soin sanitaire équitable.

Eliette Silver Scholarship Award sponsored by Miami Regional University
Carmitha ZAMOR - Nursing Student
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres de L’Universite Adventiste d’Haiti
Un jour, mon père qui est un diabète chronique, a subi une énième intervention chirurgicale au niveau du pied et il en
advenait une plaie ulcéreuse au dos du pied. Plus de six mois de traitement sans succès, le médecin, probablement lassé
dans sa besogne avait dû proposer d’en faire une ablation. Toutefois l’infirmière qui s’occupait de lui, une connaissance du
quartier, restait ferme à la barre, sans le moindre signe de dégoût, de lassitude ou autre. Au contraire, elle faisait preuve
d’une confiance étrange et exécutait son travail avec patience et amour, elle nettoyait la plaie sans se sourciller une seconde alors que cette
dernière dégageait une odeur désagréable à faire courir les voisins les plus proches. J’étais là à observer minutieusement ses démarches et
dans les moindres détails. Ainsi, sur son lit de mort, je lui ai fait la promesse que voici : “Papa, quoi qu’il advienne, je serai quelqu’une qui
prendra soin des autres.” Aussi après mes études classiques, sans hésiter, je m'engage de la parole aux actes à devenir une infirmière de la
trempe de celle qui s'occupait de mon papa et même plus patiente encore.

HANA of Florida Scholarship Award sponsored by Miami Regional University
Rijkaard Dalegrand
Faculte des Sciences Infimieres de L’Universite Adventiste d’Haiti
J’ai souvent observé attentivement certains malades alités à l’hôpital situé au cœur de l’établissement Scolaire des sœurs
de Saint Louis que j’avais fréquenté. Tombé en extase, j'ai souvent profité des jours fériés pour pénétrer dans les salles de
l’hôpital, là où ma tante travaillait en vue de voir comment soigner les malades. Voilà pourquoi, enflammé, passionné, j'ai
jeté mon choix sur cette profession aussi noble. Devenir infirmier est une manière de m’épanouir professionnellement dans
un milieu à la fois enrichissant et varié en plus, d’avoir la possibilité de faire du bien aux autres constamment. C’est aussi
la sensation de me sentir utile, d’offrir une qualité de soins dans une prise en charge optimale dans un seul but : Aider le patient, malgré
les restrictions budgétaires qui touchent certains hôpitaux. Être infirmier, me procure la joie d’offrir un sourire chaque jour, de la chaleur
humaine, de me consacrer au patient pour son rétablissement, d’établir une relation de confiance dans cette dualité soignant-soigné. Bref,
le métier d’infirmier est un métier « d’amour », un métier foncièrement humain. Puisque ces valeurs ont une grande importance pour moi,
ce choix ne m’est pas venu à l’insu. J’ai choisi de devenir infirmier pour non seulement prendre soins des autres, mais aussi pour pouvoir
maintenir de bonnes relations humaines.

Dr. Marlene Cesar Scholarship Award Sponsored by Dr. Marlene Cesar

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Marjori Paul, MSN, AAPRN, FNP-BC

– HUMANITARIAN AWARD –

Marjori Paul was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. At a young
age, she was always passionate about her education. She received her AA
degree in Physician assistant in 2003 from Miami Dade College, then a
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2005, and in 2014 she obtained her
Master of Science in Nursing from Barry University as a Family Nurse
Practitioner.
She has an extensive medical experience in primary care, pulmonary care,
and is currently working at Cleveland Clinic Florida as a cardiac nurse
practitioner.
Since teaching is also one of her passions, Marjori accepted a position as an
Adjunct Professor with West Coast University in 2021, where she teaches
nursing students and instill in them the art of compassion, knowledge,
and competency.
Since 2005 she has dedicated her career to serving, teaching, advocating,
and bringing health awareness to the underserved and health care deprived
communities in South Florida. She established the Ephphatha Evangelical
Church Health Ministry and initiated many projects throughout her
tenure. Most notably were the Annual Health Fair and Back to School
Bash she led for nine years.
She joined HANA in 2014 in their mission to care for the community, she was elected Treasurer and served as Chair of
Education Committee for four years. She gained the respect of her colleagues and was the recipient of the President’s
Choice Award in 2016 and the Excellence Award in 2018. She enjoys giving back to her community here and abroad
and participated in medical missions in Immokalee, Florida and joined the Man Dodo Humanitarian Medical
Marjori was appointed to Vice-Chair for the Florida Senate District 38 Health Task for the honorable Senator Daphnee
Campbell. One of her most rewarding projects was to facilitate a Senatorial Hospital Tour with the CEOs of Mount
Sinai and Jackson Health System to integrate access to care for all of District 38 constituents and to identify the barriers
to care.
In January 2018, Marjori launched, along with her founding members, Pearls of Life Women Foundation, Inc, an
organization dedicated to the advancement and support of women through guidance on promoting education, financial
support and literacy, healthy lifestyles, and psychosocial wellbeing. Under her leadership, this organization has grown
exponentially, and is known for its presence in the community and impact in women’s lives here and abroad. Marjori
created a Pearls in needs program to ensure that underprivileged, and women in distress were not lacking basic hygiene
products.
Marjori has been the host of Pearls Radio Show since its inception in March 2020, using the platform to educate our
community on healthy living, financial education, social issues, mental health awareness, community events, and of
course empowering women through the radio.
Marjori is the owner of Vital Care Center, LLC, a primary care clinic, currently providing telehealth, work physicals,
sports physicals, prescription refills, urgent virtual visits etc. in the afterhours. She can be booked online at www.
vitalcarecenter.com
Marjori is the proud mother of two handsome, intelligent boys. They are the fuel that keeps her motor running. She
continues to thrive on a daily basis, and push herself for a better tomorrow for her family.
“ Quote by Mahatma Ghandi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.””

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Mrs. Marie Liliane French RN, BSN, PMHN

– LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD –

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of The Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, 38th year of anniversary.
Mrs. French was motivated to become a nurse at an early age. She had the opportunity to
visit the General Hospital in her hometown and remembered how excited she was when she
first encountered the student nurses wearing their white uniform with their cap, while caring
for the sick. This ignited her passion and inner sense of responsibility to pursue nursing. At
this moment, she felt and knew she was destined for the nursing vocation. She became a
nurse so that she could impact the lives of others and have a career that is very meaningful.
She had a long career of over 43 years. Mrs. French feels blessed and blissful to have worked
in many different fields within nursing, which included labor and delivery, medical surgical,
operating room, pediatrics, telemetry, geriatric, community and psychiatric nurse.
Mrs. French was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where she earned her diploma
from the National School of Nursing in 1966. She graduated with honors. She immediately joined the University hospital
in the psychiatric unit where she was a devoted nurse until she became a clinical instructor.
In December 1967, she migrated to Norfolk, Virginia because she was selected from Haiti and offered a position at the
Norfolk Community Hospital, where she worked as a Graduate Nurse (GN) in the area of Obstetrics-Gynecology (OB).
She then moved to New York and worked as a GN at Cumberland Hospital to continue in the field of OB. In 1969, she
earned her nursing licensure from the State of New York. Her first position as a Registered Nurse in New York started in the
Operating Room at Kings County Hospital. She was promptly promoted to charge Nurse. While pursuing her Bachelor’s
degree at New York University, she was offered the position of OR supervisor at Brooklyn Women’s Hospital.
She married her lovely husband Lesly French and from that union two children were born: Lesly Junior, and Marsha Lynn.
The flexibility of her career allowed her to pursue her passion, which is travel all over the world, while also having ample
time to spend with her family. Weary of the New York climate and longing to be closer to home, she chose to move to the
Sunshine State in the summer of 1978.
In 2010, she reached the last chapter of her profession, when she joined the VA Nursing Home and Rehab Center. She
worked as a nursing supervisor for the entire facility until she retired in 2012 to carry on with her favorite hobby, which is
traveling and caring for her three beautiful grand children.
She devoted herself and was a member of numerous organizations throughout her career including Haitian American
Nurses Association of Florida (HANA) of which she has been a member since 1985. She actively participated and served
the organization. She was a treasury, a chairperson in social activities, and public relations committee, and was elected
HANA Vice President in 1994 and served as President from 2001 -2003.
During her tenure as president, she was recognized and awarded a tribute by the Florida House of representatives for her
laudable efforts and organizing several events. Her involvement presidency included but not limited to an educational radio
program, the organization newsletter, and the creation of its internet website.
Mrs. French has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards: President de la Ligue Humanitaire pour Haiti,
Vice president of Association des Parents & Professionels pour l’Avancement des Jeunes Haitiens Americains (APPAJHA),
Vice- president of the Haitian American Democratic Club of Broward and recipient of a Tribute from the Florida House
of Representatives for outstanding leadership role and productivity in her profession. Just to name a few.
Mrs. French is often regarded as a mother figure in the field of nursing with so many years of experience. She acted as a
reference book for nurses who want to follow her in Florence Nightingale‘s path. She always presents new ideas on how to
govern an organization and ready to share her knowledge on how to succeed. She loves being a nurse and thinks that a lot
of her success is not attributed to what she accomplished, rather what she has been able to help others accomplish.

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Dr. Barbara Sharief

– LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD –

Dr. Barbara Sharief is the first African American woman elected as Broward County Mayor and the
only person to ever serve twice as Mayor in 100-years. She is the first and only African American female
to serve as President of the Florida Association of Counties in its 87-year history.
Dr. Sharief is known as one of the youngest to pass the RN Boards in the state of Florida, she holds six
college degrees including her Dr. of Nursing Practice, and owns a successful healthcare company. For
over 29 years, she has served in healthcare. 
Dr. Sharief recently co-authored her first book entitled “No Glory Without a Story”. She shared her
path of entrepreneurship and its ups and downs to help encourage other aspiring entrepreneurs on their
journey. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and a member of the Ft.
Lauderdale Chapter of the LINKS. 
Dr. Sharief just transitioned from her 13-year term in elected office as a Broward County Commissioner
in January of 2022. Dr. Sharief is currently running for Florida State Senate District 35 in the upcoming
Primary on August 23, 2022.

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Guerna Blot, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, MBA/HCM, OCN

– OUTSTANDING NURSING LEADERSHIP AWARD –
Guerna Blot, a native of Cap-Haitien, Haiti, immigrated to Miami
in 1983. At a young age, Guerna realized caring for people was
her calling. In 1990, she started her nursing career as a nurse in
the oncology unit. Since then, she has worked in many hospitals
and in different settings. Guerna’s nursing experience encompasses
many specialties including oncology nursing, emergency medicine,
telemetry and medical surgical. In her 33 years as a nurse, Guerna
occupies different leadership roles and engages herself in mentoring
new nurses, serves as an advocate for patients and promotes growth
in nurses to transition into leadership positions.
A cancer diagnosis often presents a threat to a person’s life. During
this difficult moment, Guerna believes that she makes a difference
in the life of those she touched and cares for. Guerna began her
nursing career on the oncology unit at Mount Sinai Medical
Center in 1989 where she excelled rapidly. Initially as Primary
nurse followed by Assistant Nurse Manager and subsequently as
Nurse Manager. In 2001, she was promoted to Nurse Director of
the Oncology unit. In 2018, she assumed the role of Director to
multiple units.

Guerna is very active and well known in the South Florida community. She is the past president of the Haitian American
Nurses Association of Florida Inc. (HANA) 2009-2011) and the past president of the Miami Dade Chapter of Oncology
Nursing Society year 2007. Guerna serves on the Board of Directors in several local and National organizations, namely,
the Haitian American against Cancer. She is the chairperson of HANA’s Newsletter and published different articles. She
participates and served as team captain in several “Relay for Life”, an event organized by the American Cancer Society to
honor cancer survivors, pay tribute to the lives lost to the disease and raise money to help fight cancer.
Guerna is a frequent speaker on cancer related topics especially Breast Cancer prevention. For many years, she served as
host on a panel discussion on Breast and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Program Television and radio shows, which aired
numerous programs on the issues. She works to promote community health and well-being to help eliminate health care
disparities that plague the underserved groups. Guerna finds happiness through helping and devoting time for others.
Guerna’s achievements have been recognized and honored by many local and national organizations such as, the National
Nurses Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau and the Oncology Nursing Society. She has been featured in various newspapers
for her exceptional work in the community. In 2012, Guerna received the Nurse of the year Award from March of
Dimes in the category of Administration. She was a finalist in Nursing Spectrum Excellence Award in May 2009. She has
been recognized by her peers and colleagues as the most caring and compassionate nurse. In April of 2007, Guerna was
awarded the Nurse of the Year Award by HANA for her dedication and commitment to the community. In May 2007,
Guerna was profiled in South Florida Hospital News as a Caring Nurse, Accomplished Professional and Community
advocate.
Guerna earned a Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Grand Canyon University in 2020. She also earned a
Post Master Certificate in Advance Practice Nursing Family Health (APRN) in August 2011 at Florida International
University (FIU); a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Management
in 2004 at the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1990 at (FIU). She is also an Oncology
Certified Nurse for about 30 years.

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Martha T. Archer, RN

– HANA GEM AWARD –

Martha T. Archer, a native of Haiti, migrated in the
United States at a very young age to reunite with
her family. She developed a passion for nursing
as a little girl in Haiti, by observing her mother
providing nursing care for the less fortunate in
the neighborhood and the sick in the community.
Her mother dedicated her whole life to service
that transcends into me. Ms. Archer’s passion for
nursing got stronger during her high school years
when she volunteered with the American Red Cross
as a “Candy Stripe” in New York and through
community service hours in hospitals. In her early
years in New York, her experience in the radiology
clinic where she developed films and worked
with many physicians in different specialties also
strengthened her love for nursing.
After graduating High school in 1978, she moved to
Florida where she enrolled at Miami Dade College
to pursue her Nursing career. She completed the
program in 1983 with an Associate in Arts degree
in Nursing. From then on, she started to work as a
nurse, providing compassionate care to patients in
all specialties. Throughout the year, she finds myself
doing bedside nursing as nothing can take away the
love and passion that she has for patient care. Her
work experience encompasses hospice care at the United Cerebral Palsy where she learned sign language so she
could better communicate and care for this special group of patients. For the past 20 years, she has been working
at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she worked on all the units including the emergency room and intensive
care units. As a nurse, she brings care and compassion to all her patients as she believes safe and efficient patient
care should be a nurse’s priority.
Mrs. Archer is married and the proud mother of two beautiful young women who followed her career path. In her
leisure time, she enjoys reading a good book, listening to classical music and the company of her grandchildren.
Her passion for community service started in New York when she mentored a group of young children as “Den
Mother” leader in the Cub Scout. In 1984, she joined the Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc.
(HANA) and served on and off for many years. However, she remained a strong supporter of the association,
by participating and supporting most of the activities through monetary donations for the medical missions,
attending the Annual Fundraising Scholarship gala with friends and families and by placing an advertisement.
She pledges to continue to be a faithful supporter of this prestigious association who has given so much to the
community and herself, here and abroad.
Over the years, Mrs. Archer received many accolades and awards at the places where she worked as being the nurse
of the Year, the employee of the month and multiple thank you letters from patients and families in appreciation
of my services. Receiving this award from HANA will be one of my greatest joy and I want to thank the leaders
for this honor.

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Haitian American Pharmacists Association HAPA

– COMMUNITY ACTION AWARD –

HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS The Haitian American Pharmacists Association (HAPA) is a nonprofit 501 © (3) organization founded by a group of HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS
pharmacists led by Dr. Auguste Alexandre in November of 2017.
This organization was inspired by the life of Dr. Thomas Patrick who migrated to the United States from Haiti in 1892.  He
then went on to become a Pharmacist and a medical Doctor providing health education, medical services and pharmaceutical
care to the Haitian community.
HAPA’s mission is to encourage inter-professional relations among pharmacists while promoting public health through
education in the underserved communities.  HAPA’s vision is to create opportunities for pharmacists to use their skills and
knowledge to educate the underserved communities while providing mentorship and scholarships to students.
Since its inception HAPA has been rapidly growing and recruiting new members every day.
During its short four and half years of existence HAPA had the opportunity to work in collaboration with many organizations
and community leaders to positively impact our communities through health fairs, medical mission trips, community services,
educational contents on social media and free annual board approved continuing education courses for healthcare professionals.
And here to receive this award is HAPA’s elected president Dr. Deborah Lolo.

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Fesner Petion, J.D. M.B.A.

– CORPORATE AWARD –
Mr. Petion was born in Haiti, grew up in Miami-Little
Haiti and attended Miami Edison High School. A
product of hard working-class Haitian immigrant parents,
and having started working at the age of 16; he is no
stranger to strong work ethics, determination and tenacity.
He was blessed to grow up in Miami’s under-privileged
communities and was forced to experience and witness
firsthand the trials, tribulations and disparate treatments
suffered by minority and immigrant communities. That
was by far the best educational experiences of his life, which
has certainly shaped his career orientation, social awareness
and a vision to assist and effectively represent the interests
of his community. These core values represent “Petion
Law” and the firm’s objectives. Petion Law & Petion Law
Foundation are proud to partner with H.A.N.A., local
businesses and Community-based organizations to assist
and empower the Haitian community with much needed
resources and information , including providing excellent
and competent legal representation.
Mr. Petion is the firm’s founding and managing partner
with a unique combination of 27 years of combined
professional claims and legal experiences; along with a
proven record of accomplishment of winning Multi-
million dollars for one single case.
On behalf of the Petion Law’s family, friends and neighbors,

Thank you Haitian American Nurses Association (H.A.N.A.) for the excellent and selfless work to our community and
thank you for this award.

We want to be your friends; your useful neighbors and we want to be your Lawyers…

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Joseph Durandis, MD

– ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD –
I am Joseph Durandis; I was born in 1979 in the heart
of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I grew up in a hard-working
family of six children. I am the oldest son of Jacques and
Monique Durandis, 2 brothers and 3 sisters follow me. I
attended St. Louis de Gonzague School for high school, a
renowned catholic school in Haiti. There, I devoted a lot
of time to my early passions: soccer and church. During
that time, I learned about being compassionate towards
people and working hard. Later, I attended medical school
at Université d’état d’Haïti, where I graduated with great
honors as salutatorian of my class. My dream to complete
a general surgery residency in Haiti was very short-lived
because of the political turmoil. I moved to the United
States in 2006 to complete my education and look for
a better life. I was accepted into a residency program in
family medicine at the state university of NY (Sunny
Downstate) in 2008, where I completed my residency as
chief resident. I am also board-certified in hospice and
palliative care medicine. I married my lovely wife Christine
in 2007, and together we have three children: Chloe (12),
Julie (9), and Tristan (7). My young family adopted South
Florida as our home. 
I worked briefly for I&B medical associates, a Haitian
owned medical group of primary care physicians in Miami
before I started Excel Medical Associates, a medical group

dedicated to primary care with the full scope of traditional family medicine. I took the odd step to open Excel Medical
Associates when big corporations employ most primary care physicians with no focus on delivering individualized care
for patients. In about 5 five years, Excel has established itself as a place where countless patients rely on their medical
needs but also involved socially through cultural activities, sponsorships, supporting the South Florida community. I
am the President of Excel Medical Associates, Excel Hospitalist Group, Excel Esthetics, three physicians and four nurse
practitioners, and 12 support staff. In 2019, I joined the Borinquen Family medicine residency as a program director to
help shape the new generation of primary care physicians in America. I have also enjoyed teaching medical students and
over NPs (especially Haitian NPs) from all over the country and abroad for the last eight years.

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Thank You to our Sponsors
GOLD SPONSOR BRONZE SPONSORS
Miami Dade College
Attorney Fresner Petion - Petion Law
Memorial Healthcare System
Baptist Health

IN-KIND SPONSORS/SUPPORTERS HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS

HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS Princeton Jean Glaude - Primary Medical Care Center Radio RCH 23, Inc.
The Miami Foundation
United Front of Haitian Diaspora BES Distributions of America
Morehouse School of Medicine Virtue Healthcare Services, Inc.
National COVID-19 Resiliency Network (NCRN)
Lynn M. Hood, CEO of Principle Healthcare PharmCorRx Pharmacy
North Shore Medical Center – Steward Memorial Primary Care – Adult Mobile Primary Care Center
Dr. Joseph Durandis - Excel Medical Associates
Dr. Clones Lans -Total Women Wellness Center Remart Medical
Evans St Fort – St. Fort’s Funeral Home City of North Miami Beach
Dr. Angelo Gousse - Gousse Urology Ideal Choice Chiropractic
Demesmin and Dover Law Firm
Dr. Nahomie Mirville - Amavie Wellness Center ATN Healthcare
Miami Dade College – Medical Campus Keeping the Faith to Fight COVID-19
Miami Dade College – North Campus Providence Community Center, LLC
Mr. Jeff Lozama - CMS International Group, Corp.
Heartland - ProMedica Hospice
Holy Nation Church University ofSMleeipamani dMCililrecraSdciahnooSlcoiefnMceesd(iTciSnCe S-)Translational
St. Thomas University
Dr. Marie O. Etienne - Global Innovative Foundation Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis, City of Miramar
Jhonson Napoleon - Kola Choucoune Commissioner Denise D. Grant, City of Lauderhill
Light Academy - NCLEX Nursing Tutoring Inc.
Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC) Practice Nation, LLC
Commissioner Dr. Barbara Sharief Papi Wine
Martha T. Archer, RN
Dr. Rudolph Moise - Comprehensive Medical Aesthetics Nadege Malvoisin – Notebook Recipes Cremas
Heartland Hospice Care Aetna
Dr. Flore Lindor Latortue – Radio/TV with Dr. Flore
Miami Chapter - Black Nurses Association Dr. Innocent & Dr. Brezault - I & B Medical Center
Rev. Dr. Mariot Valcin - Adonai Baptist Church Dr. Amina Dubuisson
Patricia Elizee, Esq. – Elizee Law Firm
Angelique Antoine, Realtor - Niva & Jude 1st Class Realty Leonie Hermantin & Scott Mehu Family
Philippe Bien-Aime, Mayor, City of North Miami Haitian Alliance Nurses Association International (HANA-I)
Dr. Alix Desulme, Vice Mayor, City of North Miami
Global Innovative Consulting Network, LLC Marc Bivins MD & Dr. Balkys Bivins
Dr. Clones Lans – SOIS BELLE Aesthetic Clinic Bonafide Healthcare, LLC
United Faculty of Miami Dade College
Dr. Stephen Wigley, DPM – Wigley Foot & Ankle, LLC Pearls of Life Women Foundation
Koze Sante with HANA Paradise Funeral Home, LLC
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South Florida Family Health & Research Center Plantation The Robert Philippeaux Epilepsy Organization
Local 1991 SEIU

Dr. Cheryl Holder/James Wilson Bridges Medical Society, Inc.
Dr. Guillermo Valdes - Miami Regional University
Dr. Mirlande Dubuisson
Dr. Bianca Colon
Dukens Obain
Bianca Evariste
Kemly Vem
Celestine Jean
Jessica Andre
Rodney Oliver

Alliance Medical Center Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers, City of Miramar

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Congratulates

ITS VALUABLE MEMBERS FOR THEIR RECOGNITION/AWARDS

Marie O. Etienne, DNP, APRN, FNP, PNP, D. Min. (h.c.), PLNC

Professor, Miami Dade College, Medical Campus, Benjamín León School of Nursing
President of Haitian Alliance Nurses Association International (HANA-I)

• Honored with a Proclamation from the City of North Miami in honor of Women’s History Month - International Women’s Day
presented to Dr. Marie O. Etienne, President & CEO of Global Innovative Foundation, Inc.”, do proclaimed the 8th day of March
2022 to be International Women’s Day. This proclamation was presented and signed by Honorable Philippe Bien-Aime, Mayor
& Council Members: Dr. Alix Desulme Vice-Mayor, Councilwoman Mary Estimé-Irvin, District 3, Councilwoman Kassandra
Timothe, District 2 & Councilman Scott Galvin, District 1.

• Recognition Award by Dr. Guerda Nicolas, Chairwoman of the Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC) & the Board
of Directors at the Celebration of HAPC 20th Anniversary. “In Celebration of the 20th Anniversary, We thank you for Your Vision
and Leadership in Creating the Haitian American Professionals Coalition (HAPC). Wishing you Continued Success.” Presented
on December 3rd, 2021. Dr. Etienne is a Founding Board Member of HAPC and has served for 20 years as a Board Member
representing HANA of Florida within HAPC.

• Featured on AFT Voices in November 17, 2021 for helping and serving migrants with HANA-I Colleagues in Del Rio, Texas
for Humanitarian Aid for Haitians migrants crisis September 22-23, 2021.Dr. Etienne advocated for human rights, civility, social
justice and fairness for Haitian migrants have due process just like any other migrants by the Congress and the White House. Dr.
Etienne would like Haitian migrants be treated with dignity, respect and compassion like other migrants. https://aftvoices.org/from-
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• Elected as President-Elect of the Florida Nurses Association, August 2021-2023.
• Recognized with an Appreciation Award for serving as Keynote Speaker for the 2021 Nursing Class of Miami Regional

University, August 26, 2021. Dr. Etienne addressed the graduates topics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as competence,
empathy, compassion and cultural humility.
• Honored as the “2021 Nurse of the Year” by the National Center of the Haitian Apostolate. Dr. Etienne was featured and
recognized during Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2021.
• Honored with a proclamation from Miami-Dade County Mayor – Daniella Levine Cava, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Chairman and the
Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. This proclamation was presented by Honorable Commissioner Jean
Monestime at the opening of Haitian Heritage Month Celebration, Sunday, May 2, 2021, which was proclaimed as Dr. Marie
O. Etienne’s Day for being an Icon in the Community, for her dedication and countless hours of service, helping the younger
generation to grow healthy and safe, mentoring other nurses and her valuable selfless acts of service and beyond…
• President’s Appreciation Award from Pauline Louis-Magiste, MSNEd, RN at the 37th Annual Fundraising & Awards Gala of the
Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida, Inc., for outstanding support, commitment, passion, and dedicated services to the
community and HANA’s legacy, given on April 17, 2021, Miami, Florida
• Honored with the “Driving Change Award” presented by the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce, April 15, 2021,
Miami, Florida
• Served as President of Miami Chapter - Black Nurses Association, March 2021-March 2022
• Recipient of a Trophy from Ms. Rose Valcin, President of HANA of Florida that reads “Thank you for all you do”, November 2021.

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Congratulates

ITS VALUABLE MEMBERS FOR THEIR RECOGNITION/AWARDS

Rose Valcin, MSN, APRN AGACNP-BC, Pianist

President of HANA of Florida

• Featured by the Health Foundation of South Florida as one of the Inspiring Women of Health, April 1, 2022
• Recipient of the Health Advocate of the Year Award from Community Health & Empowerment Network,

December 18, 2021
• Recipient of one of the Top Black Healthcare Professionals of 2021 by the Legacy Magazine, October 26th, 2021

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Congratulates

ITS VALUABLE MEMBERS FOR THEIR RECOGNITION/AWARDS

Dr. Nahomie Mirville, DNP, MSNEd, AAPRN, FNP-BC

Chair of Marketing Committee

Past President of HANA of Florida (2011-2013)
Past Chairwoman of Haitian American Professionals Coalition (2016-2018)
• Recipient of the Certification of Appreciation Sponsor -  Presented by “We Stand Together, Inc.” given on
February 26, 2022, Cooper City, Florida
• Recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Public Service Award - Presented by Purdue Global School of Nursing-
given on June 21, 2021
• Appointment as the Chairwoman for Love Your Neighbor Now (LYNN) - June 2021
• Recipient of the President’s Choice Award - Presented by Haitian American Nurses Association of Florida given
on April 17, 2021 at HANA of Florida’s 37th Annual Scholarship Fundraising & Awards Gala, Miami, Florida

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Congratulates

ITS VALUABLE MEMBERS FOR THEIR RECOGNITION/AWARDS

Nadine Barreau, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CDMS, CWC

Historian/Co Chair of Retention & Recruitment

• Completion of her Master of Science degree, Advance Practice Registered Nurses, Family nurse Practitioner
program August 15th, 2021, and became Board Certified November 17th, 2021 (FNP-BC).

• Recipient of the Beverly Boesch Legacy Award 2021 in Excellence Case Management by the In Touch
Excellence Awards, January 2022.

• Induction into Sigma Global International, Phi Nu Chapter, June 1st 2021.

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Congratulates

ITS VALUABLE MEMBERS FOR THEIR RECOGNITION/AWARDS

Dr. Fayola Delica, BSHSE, BSN, RN, MSN-FNP (s), D.Min (Hon)

Co-Chair of Legislative Affairs Committee and Co-Chair of Public Relations Committee

HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS • Honored as one the Recipients of the Marie Claire Heureuse Award 2022, Family Action Network Movement HANA: CELEBRATING RESILIENCE & SOARING TO GREATER HEIGHTS
(FANM), North Miami Beach, FL on Saturday, March 5, 2022*

• Discover The Beauty Women Empowerment Honoree 2021
• Co-Author of 100 Most Successful Women Around the World Book, 2021
• In Touch My Sisters Honoree 2021 by Chole Natacha International Ministries and ANS Association
• Top 20 National Authors of the Year 2021 by KISH Magazine
• Top 100 Influential Women 2022 by Herpreneur Magazine
• Appointed as an Advisory Board Member to the 100 Successful Women in Business Network
• Certified Christian Counselor by National Association of Christian Counselors (NACC)
*Thank you to my mentor, Dr. Marie O. Etienne, for nominating me for this prestigious award. Also, thank you to
the HANA leaders for always providing me an opportunity to serve.

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Congratulates

ITS VALUABLE MEMBERS FOR THEIR RECOGNITION/AWARDS

Marjorie Lozama, MSNEd, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CDMS, D. Min. (Hon).

Chair of International Affairs Committee of HANA of Florida
Chair of International Affairs Committee of HANA-I

Past President of HANA of Florida (2013-2015)
• Star Award Honoree - Women in Psychiatric Health - Pearls of Wisdom- November 2021, North Miami, Florida
• Founder of The Couch Comprehensive Mental Health Wellness, LLC. - Offer comprehensive assessment and

holistic mental health treatment to adults and families. To be committed to the wellness of the community through
prevention, intervention, and advocacy. 

Pauline Louis-Magiste, MSNEd, RN

Immediate Past President (2019-2021)
Co-Chair of Public Relations & Legislative Affairs Committees

Chair of Education Committee
Nurse Educator, SCVICU Nurse

• Recipient of one of the Marie Claire Heureuse Awards from FANM – Family Action Network Movement,
Saturday, March 5, 2022, North Miami Beach Florida

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