MEET THE BOARD

Founder

Jean Rebecca is the co-founder of Stand for Haiti (Kanpe Haiti) and was born in a small village located in the city of Croix-des-Bouquet, Haiti. This is the genesis of Kanpe Haiti. This is where it all began.

Jean came into this world in the most unusual way fathomable. After being pregnant for more than 11 months, Jean’s mother went to the bathroom in the middle of the night. And that was when Jean was born in a bucket. As a very young child, Jean was forced to eat paper and dirt just to avoid starving to death. In 1985 at the age of 6, Jean migrated to the United States. Not knowing the language or the American culture, Jean was subjected to constant bullying; just for being different.

Jean was raised in Palm Beach County, Florida from the time he was six. Outside of school, he self-taught himself how to speak English.

With his mother in Haiti, Jean grew up with a dad and his dad’s girlfriend uncomfortable, dysfunctional, and abusive household. He lived in a home and neighborhood where drug use, trafficking and prostitution were commonplace. His family in the states was poor, as well, forcing Jean on occasion to wash and wear the same clothes to school.

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Co-Founder/Chairwoman

Sylvia Rebecca is a co-founder of Stand for Haiti (KanpeHaiti). Sylvia, the wife of Jean, was born and raised in Boynton Beach, Florida and moved to Charleston, SC nine years ago. Sylvia is a paralegal for a firm in the Charleston area. She loves Haiti and has a strong connection to the children. It was her dream to start something in Haiti for the kids and she is amazed at how something she thought would be impossible has now become a reality. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Executive Director, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Fanel Justin was born in Delmas, Haiti, on October 27, 1988. He is happily married to Maulienne Jules, and they have a handsome son and a beautiful baby girl. Fanel is deeply passionate about his country and is thrilled to be a part of Stand for Haiti, where he serves in an executive capacity. He began as an English translator and quickly advanced to his current role as the organization’s Executive Director, overseeing all operations in Haiti. In addition to his work with Stand for Haiti, Fanel also serves his community through ministerial leadership. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and reading and studying the Bible.

Program Director, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Jean Rosenal Isme was born on March 27, 1988. He is currently married to his wonderful wife, Fedline Louis Isme. Rosenal is both our program director and a student pursuing a degree in business management at a local university in Haiti. Besides his academic pursuits, he also holds an administrative position at a nearby school. He is committed to our mission, excels in his work, and takes his responsibility of serving his country very seriously.

Administor, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Pierre Richard Jean was born on April 18, 1999 in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. He lives in a village called La Tremblay, which is located in the city of Croix-des-Bouquets, with his parents and siblings. Pierre is the second oldest of eight children. With the help of our LifeProof Educational Program, Pierre graduated from high school and is now a part of our Kanpe Haiti team. At 23 years old, he is currently pursuing his education in Information Technology (IT) and Graphic Design.

Educator, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Meet Bapticien Oracius Darline. She was born on December 19, 1988, and is happily married with a daughter and a son. Bapticien is a devoted Christian. In 2018, she graduated from Primary Teacher Training College and has worked as a Kindergarten teacher since then. She loves working with children and enjoys studying and researching educational materials that enhance her learning. Besides her love for teaching, she is also passionate about accounting.

Educator, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Fritz Menslo Cleomard was born on July 14th, 1999. He is currently 23 years old and is single. He resides in Turbé with his parents. Fritz is currently studying educational sciences and also teaches French communication at STAND FOR HAITI. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and conducting technological research.

Educator, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Bruna Mathieu, an ardent Christian. She is married and a mother of three children – a girl and two boys. Bruna was born on July 2, 1978, in Port-au-Prince. She is currently pursuing a degree in Educational Sciences at C.U.P.H. In February 2022, E.N.I. Ayiti Education certified her as a nursery educator, and in March 2022, Bruna obtained her teaching certification from Teaching Training Together. Bruna is a pedagogical supervisor for the preschool section at Universe des Génies. In her free time, she enjoys reading and teaching children. We are delighted to have Bruna on our Stand For Haiti team, where she serves as our French teacher and Cultural Awareness Educator.

Educator, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Meet Misterline Yveline Seguerre. She was born on February 14, 1993, and resides with her mother. Unfortunately, her father passed away some years ago. She has completed an Elementary Education degree with Teacher Training College. Apart from working as an educator with us, she is also a Kindergarten teacher. During her free time, Misterline enjoys reading books and watching videos. She finds great joy in working with children and aspires to become an exceptional teacher for them.

Educator, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Jean Ricard Saint-Fleur was born on April 11, 1984 in Delmas, Haiti. He graduated from high school in 2005 and began teaching 5th and 6th-grade students. While teaching, he attended the Wonderful Institute where he learned English. Jean has been married since 2016 and has two daughters. His ultimate goal is to become an editor and computer programmer. Currently, Ricard serves as our English instructor and runs our technology program. In his free time, he likes to read books, conduct research, and study educational materials.

Educator, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti

Meitchana Floristal is one of our elementary teachers who teaches fundamental subjects to our students. She was born on April 30, 2002. In her free time, she likes to read books and listen to music. She has a keen interest in pursuing further studies in engineering or education science.

Treasurer/Grant Support- Board Member, Charleston, SC

Lesa Spillers was born into a military family but came home to Charleston in 1988. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 1997 with a degree in Music focused on vocal performance. She still loves to sing, however, she discovered an aptitude for bookkeeping and has been pursuing this in various forms since 2000. She currently works as a Staff Accountant with Jarrard, Nowell and Russell, CPAs. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her amazing husband Joe and their two dogs.

Board Member, Charleston, SC

John Schreiner was born on Nov. 11, 1992 in Hammond, Indiana, and raised in Missouri. He is married to his beautiful wife Ieshia; they have a 2-year daughter named Ahmi and are expecting a son in March 2022. John graduated with a Nuclear Engineering Bachelor’s Degree in 2015 and furthering his college education with the Citadel working on a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. He is a military veteran and currently a Math and Chemistry teacher at Crown Leadership Academy. John is a co-owns of a clothing business, Endymos, that he and his wife started in September 2020.

Steve Liverani

Advisor/Spokesperson, Whitehouse, Ohio

Steve Liverani is originally from Long Island. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1980 with a degree in Broadcasting. He retired after a thirty year career in the sports television industry. Following his broadcasting career Steve and his wife, Melissa, moved to Charleston on a full-time basis in 2010. He worked for Communities In Schools as a Student Support Specialist until 2016. Steve & Melissa moved back to Ohio to be closer to their daughters, Stephanie & Allison, and their grandchildren, River & Eden. They cherish their time with their family and also love to travel.

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