Susie Zeiger, Board Member
Mrs. Zeiger has been an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher since 1982; she taught English to Haitians in New York over a period of 30 years. Her experience includes work as a teacher, staff developer, ELL coordinator, curriculum writer, and interpreter both in New York City and in Western Massachusetts.
Susie reads, writes, and speaks French and Haitian Creole fluently, in addition to reading and conversing in Spanish. She enjoys bringing together students from diverse cultures and using her ESOL and foreign language skills to assist them in adapting to a new culture and language.
Kerline Tofuri, Board Member
Mrs. Tofuri is currently a Family Advocate with the Community Advocacy Program (CAP) based at the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, MA. The Community Advocacy Program (CAP) is a program of the Center for Community Health Education, and Research Service (CCHERS) at Northeastern University’s, Office of Urban Health Programs and Policy, in the Bouve College of Health Sciences.
Ms. Tofuri is also Founder and President of Jou Nouvo-New Day, Inc. Jou Nouvo got its start in 2007 offering adult literacy program as a platform to address educational, social, and health issues to families in Bon Repos, Haiti. To date, Jou Nouvo-specific projects include adult literacy, child sponsorships, small business loans, and access to basic medical care programs.
Kerline holds a Bachelor Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a trained Instructor of English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) with more than 15 years of experience. Ms. Tofuri has led training sessions and managed ESOL projects for over 10 years; she worked in partnership with a core group of private-public funders securing and disbursing funds via a competitive process to well-established and emerging organizations that were primarily led by immigrant groups in the Greater Boston area.
Ms. Tofuri highly prefers to work with organizations or group of individuals with a vision to advocate for and promote self-efficiency through education; and she is equally passionate to search, negotiate, and form partnerships with institutions that focus on “real capacity-building” of grassroots organizations.
Dr. Riché C. Zamor, Sr., Board Member
Dr. Zamor is a retired Public Administrator. He has close to 30 years of experience in management and consulting for public sector systems of health care and human services. He has held several public sector management positions, including those of: Executive Director of Healing Hands for Haiti; President/CEO of Fondwa University(UNIF) in Haiti; Community Center Director at Catholic Charities, Executive Director, Professional Resources Division at the Latin American Health Institute, Project Officer at Brandeis University Access project, and Program Manager at the Medical Foundation. He also previously served as a Community Advocate at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.
Dr. Zamor is a member of/or has served as a consultant to, many organizations, including CCHER, HAU, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Committee and the Minority Health Committee. He has received many awards such as the William M. Hinton Award, Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Harvard School of Public Health.; Outstanding public service and professional achievement since earning the Master’s degree in the MSPA program, McCormack Institute, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Community Award for Dedication, Commitment and Leadership, Center for Community Health Education and Research (CCHER). He has served on the board of the Public Policy Institute, Center for Health and Development, Inc., Healing Hands for Haiti (Boston Branch); Hospital Albert Schweitzer (Alumni Board); Massachusetts American Public health Association. He was an adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine Department of Public Health and Family Medicine and Suffolk University, Sawyer School, Center for Public Management.
Dr. Michel Alain Louis, Board Member
Dr. Louis is a public and private administrator with over 30 years of experience in management and consulting in the public and health sector systems of animal health care and human services. He has held several private sector management positions, including Chief of PRINSA (Promoters and Investors S.A.) from 1985 to 1988 producing 400,000 broiler chickens, Chief of UPS (Protection Sanitary Unit for Artibonite), Chief of National Laboratory Veterinary and Quality Food Control for Haiti. He has also served as Executive Director of Kè Kontre Association, Executive Director of ISE (Experimental Sciences Institute), Chief of Training for Tuskegee University in training of 40 laboratory veterinary and food technicians.
Dr. Louis is a member of, or has served as a consultant to, many organizations, including AFHAD, the Association France-Haiti Artibonite Desdunes, SOLIDARITE AND FRATERNITE Association supporting orphanages in Tabarre, Haiti.
Dr. Louis has studied Agronomy Sciences in FAMV (Haiti) from 1981-1985. He also studied Veterinary Sciences at ENVN, Nantes (Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Nantes, France) from 1988 to 1993. He has a Master’s Degree in CHR de Nantes (Centre Hospitalier de Nantes), and a Master in Biological and Medical Sciences. He currently teaches at FAMV (Faculté d’Agronomie et de Médecine Vétérinaire, State University) as well at UCAM University and GOC University as Professor of Animals diseases.