Delleperche Joseph, CPA - Chairman
Delle Joseph is Senior Vice President within the Corporate Banking Group for TD Bank in South Florida. Delle has been working in Banking and Accounting in the South Florida community for over 20 years. His entire professional career has been focused on helping businesses grow across all industries. Prior to joining TD Bank, Delle served as First Vice President for Government & Institutional Banking at SunTrust Bank.
Delle has been and remains very involved in the South Florida community as a co-founder of the Town of Cutler Bay and current Treasurer of the Miami-Dade Community Action Agency (CAA) Board of Directors. Delle is a Board Member of the Haiti Development Institute (HDI) which is an initiative of the Boston Foundation; and also served on the South Florida American Diabetes Association Board.
Delle was honored by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the Journal’s 40 Under 40 best and brightest business professionals in South Florida for 2013.
Delle holds a Master’s of Science in Finance degree from Florida International University and received his undergraduate degree from Boston University. Delle is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida and a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).
Patricia Elizee, Esq. - Vice-Chairman
Ms. Elizee was formerly a legal fellow at Americans of Immigrant Justice where she handled a diverse case load. She handled cases dealing with immigrant victims of domestic violence and deportation issues. Ms. Elizee is currently very active in the community. She is an active member in different community oriented organizations. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves on the board of the Haitian Lawyers Association.
Dr. Lumana Joseph, PT, DPT - Treasurer
Lumana holds a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of South Florida with a Business Certification in the field of Physical Therapy, and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. She is an experienced Physical Therapist and an APTA member. She has been practicing Physical Therapy since 2008. She works in various Physical Therapy settings including outpatient and acute care, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers and home health agencies. Lumana commenced her Physical Therapy practice in February 2011. Lumana Joseph has also been a Massage Therapist for many years. She worked as a Massage Therapist while pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy. Lumana is also a Certified Life Coach and her goal is to provide excellent patient care and provide continuous education to patients and their families for optimal health. Lumana speaks Creole and Spanish.
Patrick Martin, Esq. - Secretary
Patrick F. Martin is a Shareholder at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig. He focuses his practice on employment law matters, representing employers of all sizes before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Florida Commission on Human Relations.
In his practice, Patrick regularly litigates cases involving wrongful termination, employment discrimination, workplace harassment, public accommodation, wage and hour matters, and employee disability and leave issues. In addition to his litigation practice, Patrick advises employers on preventive strategies to minimize potential litigation and assists in the development of policies to promote constructive employee relations.
Patrick also assists employers on personnel matters and emphasizes the importance of striking the correct balance between the business and legal issues that arise in human resources decisions.
Jeff Lozama, Immediate Past Chair
Jeff Lozama is the President and CEO of CMS International Group, Corp a company specialized in the export distribution of High-End Building materials to the Caribbean and Latin America.
Founded in July, 2008, CMS International is now one of the leading Distributors and Contractors serving the Caribbean.
With over 20 years of experience in this industry, Jeff Lozama has worked on notable commercial and residential projects in the Caribbean i.e.
- The Federal Courthouse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
- Exuma Bell and Indigo Islands , Bahamas, private islands of CEO of LVMH
- Chub Cay Marina Resort, Bahamas
- Sandals Resort, Antigua and Turks and Caicos Islands
- Merricks Resort and H-Hotel, Barbados
- Kinam and Karibe Hotels, Haiti
- Powell Plaza, US State Department Building, Kingston, Jamaica
- Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Mr. Lozama graduated from Florida Memorial University with a Bachelor in Business Management.
- Mr. Lozama is a founding member and Executive Director of Man Dodo Humanitarian Foundation, Inc a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit organization serving the less fortunate population of the South of Haiti since 1995 by providing Health Care; Food Supply and Toys
- He is the current Chairman of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce of Florida
- Member of the Board of Directors of Miami-Dade County International Trade Consortium
- Member of Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and the United States Black Chambers.
- Serves on the Advisory Board of the Haitian American Nursing Association (HANA)
- Serves on the Advisory Board of Hand in Hand for Haiti, a Non-Profit Organization with a world-class educational facility providing Top Level Education to the neediest children of the city of St. Marc, Haiti
- Serves on the Elder Board of Florida Bible Church in Miramar, Florida.
Pierre A. Saliba, Past-Chairman
Pierre A. Saliba provides international and domestic tax, forensic accounting, litigation support and advisory services to clients in a broad range of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing and not-for-profit organizations. He assists clients with domestic and international corporate and personal taxation services, due diligence and evidence retrieval. He also works with clients on voluntary disclosure matters.
As firm manager, Mr. Saliba also leads Foodman’s focus on client service. A member of the firm since 2002, he brings prior experience as a cost accountant, controller and production manager in the garment industry, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Fluent in French, Creole and Spanish, he serves as president of the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida. Mr. Saliba is also an active member of other Miami civic and charitable organizations devoting both time and resources to helping those in need.
Carl-Henry Salvant has over 30 years in the IT/IS Industry, with a proven track record of success in delivering transformative technology to the marketplace.
He began his early career as an Electrical Engineer at Cordis Corporation and later moved on to become a network administrator for Hallmark, a large Florida based insurance company. At Hallmark his talent and skills were acknowledged and was promoted to IT Manager and soon after their IT Director.
In 1989 Carl-Henry, an entrepreneur at heart, ventured on his own and incorporated The Automated Group (TAG), an IT/IS consulting firm. TAG provided services in the area of Computer Programming, Systems, Network design and Implementation. Quickly growing into a firm of 15+ consultants and support staff; providing IT support to several large firms in South Florida.
In 1996, Carl-Henry closed The Automated Group, Inc. and formed Salvant & Associates, Inc. (SNA), which he later incorporated to Salvant Technologies, Inc. (SNATEK). SNATEK continues to support many of its initial client base and successfully extended its services from Florida to the Caribbean, Central and South America.
As CTO/CEO at SNATEK, Carl-Henry leverages his experience from IT strategy consulting, executive leadership, creativity, strategic network infrastructure and security. He continues to direct the company with high energy, fiscal consciousness, and a goal-driven technology approach.
Carl-Henry approaches new business challenges with his intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, and measured risk-taking to drive consistent bottom-line improvements. He credits his success to building the right partnerships and alliances, which enable him to offer the best innovative solutions at cost effective prices to its clients. Adopting honest business ethics and integrity have allowed Carl-Henry to maintain a high level of client retention and loyalty.
Carl-Henry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, with a specialization in Microcomputer. He also holds a degree in Computer Sciences and many dual IT certifications from Microsoft, Symantec, Netware and Oracle, to name a few.
In his spare time, Carl likes to spend time with his family and enjoying his personal hobbies; photography, riding his custom motorcycle, cooking, fishing, and hunting.
Francois Guillaume II
As an economist, his decade long experience in senior finance and accounting positions, led Mr. Guillaume in 2006 to open his own consulting firm GuiLac, that specializes in business/economic development and financial consulting services, where his firm has consulted and managed multi-million dollar organizations in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing and international business.
Since 2002 Mr. Guillaume has been involved in shaping US policy towards Haiti in matters of
governance and economic development, having collaborated with such organizations as the United Nations and the U.S.A.I.D, as well as various members of the US Congress.
From 2007 to 2012, Mr. Guillaume served as the Executive Director of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF), which strives to promote and protect Haitian-American business interests, as well as promote investment in Haiti.
Mr. Guillaume has served as an economic development consultant to the council of Florida Governor Bush’s Haiti Advisory Group in 2005. He served on the Board of Miami-Dade County’s Community Action Agency from 2008 to 2011 (CAA is an agency that provides self-sufficiency services to low-income individuals and families) and in 2009 he was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to be one of the state’s Census 2010 Complete Count Committee members.
Mr. Guillaume was also nominated in February 2010 to serve on the board of the Florida Black Business Support Corporation (FBBSC) (d/b/a Access Florida Finance Corporation), which is a statewide black business investment corporation and provides several services to Black owned businesses in the State of Florida under the Black Business Loan Program (BBLP).
From December 2011 to April 2014 Mr. Guillaume was appointed by his Excellency President Michel Joseph Martelly and his Excellency Foreign Affairs Minister (at that time) Laurent Lamothe, to serve as the Consul General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami. Major accomplishments include a greater presence and engagement of the Consulate in its communities; mobile consular services to further-located communities; a re-branding strategy that encouraged the Diaspora and foreigners to invest and visit Haiti; as well as a completely renovated consulate office along with improved and diversified services.
From April 2014 to January 2015, Mr. Guillaume was then appointed to serve as the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad of the Republic of Haiti. During that short time-frame he restructured the ministry to be a better catalyst to its Diaspora’s engagement process. Major accomplishments include an array of interactive tools such as social media, website, media tours for the purpose of sharing and gathering relative Diaspora information; a customer service bureau and hotline; a 50% increase year over year of diaspora economic and social investment activities; and for the first time the initiation of a program that would identify and document Haitians living abroad. That program contributed to the identification and documentation process of over 30,000 Haitians living in the Dominican Republic during his short tenure.
Mr. Guillaume’s private and public sector experience has prompted him to continue his private investment and capital leveraging ventures through his consulting firm GuiLac, along with joining LSL World Initiative, a global consultancy firm launched by former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe which advises governments in the area of Innovative Financing for Development.
Mr. Guillaume has received numerous recognitions and holds Bachelor’s degrees in both International Relations and Economics as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in economic policy from Florida International University.
Hervé Bony is an accountant and the principal of Bon Accounting, which he established in 1997. The firm specializes in assisting growth oriented small and medium sized businesses within the construction, technology and service industries.
Hervé is a member of the National Society of Accountants, and the National Association of Tax Professionals.
Prior to establishing Bon Accounting, Hervé was the Controller for a high technology company that was at the forefront of developing video-on-demand in the 1990’s. He was part of the management team that led the company from 20 employees to over 100 employees, within 3.5 years. Hervé is Treasurer and a member of the board of directors for People Acting for Community Together (PACT). He has been an active volunteer since 2000, working on social justice issues and education reform in Miami-Dade County.
Hervé has been a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in the Miami-Dade juvenile court system since 1997.
Hervé was recognized in the second edition book printing of “Who’s Who in Black South Florida.”
Hervé earned a Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, with studies in accounting,
Kara Vaval Ferrier, Esq.
KARA VAVAL FERRIER, ESQ.
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDING PARTNER
Kara Vaval Ferrier is the President and founder of the Vaval Ferrier Law Group, formerly the Law Offices of Kara Vaval Ferrier, P.A. Ms. Ferrier practices mainly in the areas of immigration law and personal injury law.
Ms. Ferrier is a dedicated attorney and counselor of law. Understanding that the attorney-client relationship is based on trust, respect and confidentiality, Ms. Ferrier is committed to providing her clients with quality legal representation and counseling combined with unparalleled client service.
Ms. Ferrier received her B.A. in Political Science and Business Management from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York where she graduated Cum Laude in 2004. Ms. Ferrier spent her last semester in college interning on Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C., with Congressmen Engel of the 16th District of New York. Ms. Ferrier received her Juris Doctor from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University in 2008. While attending Law School, Ms. Ferrier served as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Citator Law Journal, as Public Relations Officer of the Black Law Student Association and as Co-Chair of the Association of Business Law Students.
Ms. Ferrier participated in the Shepard Broad Law Center Pro Bono Honors Program and interned at the Legal Aid Services of Broward County where she worked as an immigration law clerk, dealing with cases ranging from Violence Against Women Application (VAWA) to T and U visas. Ms. Ferrier also worked as a Bankruptcy Law Clerk at Berger Singerman in Fort Lauderdale, FL where she conducted extensive legal research on complex business reorganization cases, drafted pleadings and memorandums of law and attended client meetings and teleconferences.
Prior to establishing her law firm, Ms. Ferrier worked as an Associate at the Law Offices of Allan M. Lerner, P.A. where she practiced general commercial litigation, securities litigation and corporate law.
Ms. Ferrier’s currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Haitian Lawyers’ Association and was recently awarded the Beacon of Hope and Achievement Award by the Consulate of the Republic of Haiti in Miami.
Linda Julien was born in Miami, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Public Procurement from Florida Atlantic University.
Linda spends most of her time volunteering in the community and mentoring school aged children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and watching jeopardy.
As a leader with a background in Community Development, Linda has repeatedly displayed an impeccable awareness of current social needs, commitment to humanitarian causes and a deep understanding of complex social issues in the community.
In 2007 she was appointed as a board member of the Affordable Housing Advisory Board for the Office of Community & Economic Development for Miami Dade County. Subsequently, in 2008 she was appointed to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee for the City of North Miami, where she later was voted in as Vice-Chair. Linda currently serves as the Assistant Procurement Director for the City of North Miami.
Favorite quote: “There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and helping someone up.”- By Chairman Jean Monestime
Martine Charles is co-owner of CEEPCO Contracting, an Engineering and Construction firm
established in 2003. Based in the Washington, DC area, CEEPCO recently expanded its
operations to Miami, FL. Ms. Charles is CEEPCO’s business development officer, and has been
instrumental in winning several awards in the South Florida area. Ms. Charles is the Director for
Planning and Population Health for the Alliance for Aging, which is the area agency on aging
serving Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. She is also the former Director of Health Equity for
Inova Health System in Fairfax, Virginia. In her role, Ms. Charles led the vital work of strengthening organizational capability to deliver culturally appropriate medical care and reduce health disparities. She has worked tirelessly to develop comprehensive system-wide programs and services delivering efficient and cost effective Language Services, Cultural Competency, Diversity/Inclusion, and Disability Services, in support of quality care and effective communications. Ms. Charles holds
a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education with a specialization in Urban Studies from Hunter College, and a Masters of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health (International Health focus).
Michelle Austin Pamies
Michelle Austin Pamies is a member of Austin Pamies Norris Weeks, LLC. Her practice primarily involves providing legal counsel to business clients and representing them in their corporate, real estate, litigation and commercial matters. She also focuses on assisting US individuals and entities with litigation and/or transactions in Haiti.
Michelle worked for 8 years as Senior Corporate Counsel – Commercial Law in Union Pacific Railroad Company’s Law Department. Her responsibilities included being the lead attorney for the procurement of goods and services, procurement and management of intellectual property and development of new business ventures. Michelle’s past experience also includes being General Counsel of Planet Automotive Group, Inc. (a/k/a Potamkin Automotive) a holding company for more than 40 automobile dealerships in 7 states; General Counsel of the Agency for Workforce Innovation, an agency of the State of Florida, Corporate Counsel for AutoNation, Inc.; and Corporate attorney in private practice at Holland & Knight LLP’s Miami office.
Michelle is a former member of the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County, and Miami-Dade County Ad Hoc Committee for the Creation of an Airport Authority. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, including, Girls Inc. and SantLa (Haitian Neighborhood Center). She is a founding member and former Vice President of the Haitian Lawyers Association, Inc. and is Co-Chair of the Women of Color Empowerment Institute, Inc.
Michelle is a 1996 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law where she served on the University of Miami Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Paola Pierre, MBA, HRM
Ms. Pierre, was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Currently she serves as the Assistant Personnel Director of the City of North Miami, Florida. She is a human services and relationship specialist, among other responsibilities, she coordinates, develops, organizes and implements personnel programs.
Before starting with the City of North Miami, she was the owner of Pierre Consulting, Inc., an agency that provided consulting and administrative services to various organizations such as: the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), where she was responsible for overseeing the Florida New Americans (FNA) program (a pathway to citizenship), the Florida CHAIN Our Little Ones Learning Center, and the Biscayne Landing/Local Preference Office for the Biscayne Landing Project in North Miami where she worked as the compliance consultant among others.
In 2005, Ms. Pierre co-founded the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) where she served as its Executive Director from 2011-2014. Her main focus during her tenure was the creation and/or promotion of business opportunities for small and new businesses as well as developing partnership with existing businesses through the Chamber.
From 2000 to 2011, Ms. Pierre had worked for Catalyst Miami, formerly known as the Human Services Coalition (HSC) as the agency’s general operations, finance and human resources, she left the agency as the Vice President of Administration. Ms. Pierre also worked as a Benefits/Human Resources Coordinator for the Goodwill Industries of South Florida and she managed several medical offices for over a decade.
In 2017, she was appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE). Currently, she serves on the boards of several local and international organizations such as: Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, Our Little Ones Learning Center, Éclair Football Club located in Cazale, Haiti, North Miami Foundation for Senior Citizens’ Services ….
Ms. Pierre received her Master degree in Business Administration and Human Resources Management along with a graduate certificate of Accounting from the University of Phoenix, her Bachelor degree in Human Resources Management from Trinity International University, and an Associate Degree from Miami Dade College.
Ms. Pierre has been honored in many occasions and she is the recipient of several civic and leadership awards, including:
– The Marie Claire Heureuse Leadership Award from Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miami. (2017)
– Advocacy Award in honor of National Women’s History Month from Mayor Smith Joseph. (2017)
– Leadership Award from Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida HACCOF (2015)
– Woman of Valor Award from AEDAP (2014)
– Proclamation from the School Board of Miami-Dade County Board (2014)
– Diaspora Arts Coalition’s (DAC) Arts, Culture and Education Ambassador’s Award (2013)
– The Beacon of Hope and Achievement Award from the Consulate General of Haiti office in Miami (2013)
– Women of Courage Award from Koze Fanm (2013)
– Legacy Magazine South Florida’s 25 Most Influential and Prominent Black Women in Business (2012)