National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians

Dr. Joseph Baptiste. President

Dr. Joseph Baptiste.

Dr. Joseph E. Baptiste is the current Medical Director of J.B Dental Implant and Reconstruction Center, Chief of Dental Services, 2290 th  USAR at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Colonel, US Army Reserve, and Member of the Nord East Regional Board, Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners, Diplomat of the International Congress of Implant logy, Fellow and Diplomat of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American College of Forensic Examiners, Chairman of NOAH , and co-founder of the Haitian Diaspora Federation.

A graduate of Howard University, School of Dentistry, Dr. Baptiste is a former member of Maryland State Board of Dental Examiner, and Iraqi war veteran

A highly decorated soldier and social policy advocacy leader, Dr. Baptiste was awarded the National Defense Service medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service medal, the Armed forces Expeditionary Medal, the Army Meritorious Unit Award, Army achievement Medal and the Army Commendation medal , professional awards include “Who’s Who among Outstanding Americans” and “Who’s Who among Outstanding Executives and Professionals ,” the Washingtonian Magazine Top 100 Best Doctors in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia area.  He has been recognized by Howard University most Outstanding Alumni and on numerous boards, Governors, members of Congress, and Presidents. 

Bernier Lauredan, Sr., MD Vice President

Bernier Lauredan, Sr., MD
Vice President

Dr. Bernier Lauredan, Sr., a Pediatrician and Author of “who is raping the children”, is medical director of Essex Pedi Docs, PA, and Perth Amboy Pedi Docs, P.A., and Senior Attending Physician at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Lauredan is also co-founder and current President of The Haitian League, creator of the Haitian Diaspora Unity Congress, co-founder of The Haitian Diaspora Federation, and member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the New York and New Jersey Academies of Medicine.

Dr. Lauredan is a past member of the Board of the Newark Urban League, Sate of New Jersey, Lead Advisory Board, the Medical Advisory Committees of Aetna-US Healthcare and Newark Beth Israel Medical/Physicians Credential, and past chairman and chief executive officer of the United Caribbean African Alliance (UCAA). Under his tenure at UCAA, the organization successfully assisted in re-establishing democracy in Haiti and Sierra Leon, and successfully lobbied the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove Haitians from the ”List of 4H” as diagnostic criteria for HIV/AIDS

A graduate of the State University of New York, Dr Lauredan is recognized in “Who’s Who in America”, “Who’s Who in New Jersey”, and is the recipient of the Republican National Committee’s “Gold Medal” and the U.S. Congressional “Outstanding Community Service” award. He has received commendations for community leadership from New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton.

Diana Leon Taylor M.S., M.B.A. Executive Director

Diana Leon Taylor
Executive Director

Diana Leon Taylor is the founder and principal of Sage Group Consulting, which specializes in developing strategic marketing and communication plans for mid-size businesses, non-profit organizations and academic institutions.

For the past fifteen years, Diana has been responsible for multi-faceted marketing campaigns that have encompassed research and communication, and have resulted in expanded markets in the United States and abroad. More specifically, she has managed marketing budgets and directed the development the of marketing materials and promotional videos for various product line; designed and conducted several research projects and statistical analysis (SPSS) for Beta and existing product lines, as well as developed the algorithms for a client segmentation models. Other significant international experience includes her work with Fortune 500 companies and the European Commission where she developed multicultural marketing strategies in four countries.

Diana has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in Psychology and minor in Economics from Harvard University, a Masters of Science degree summa cum laude in Economics and Statistics as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) magna cum laude in International Business Marketing from the George Washington University School of Business. Diana was one of fifteen MBA graduates in the country to be selected to participate as member of the European Commission’s research liaison to the United Nations.

In keeping with her commitment to public service, Diana dedicates much of her free time to organizations that promote and support the education and betterment of children and underserved communities and therefore serves on several Foundations and Boards, to include The Yolande Leon Foundation, the National Presbyterian School, the Black Student Fund, The Latino Student Fund, SITAR Arts Center, The Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund, FLOC: For the Love of Children and National Park Trust. Diana lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband and three children.

Joseph Pierre - Paul Cadet, M.D.,

Joseph Pierre-Paul Cadet, M.D.,

Currently, Dr. Cadet is the Medical Director of  “Polyclinique de West Palm Beach,” and « Polyclinique de Palm Beach ». He is also the Medical Director of Family Practice of Tamarac Corporation, Founder and former Chairman of The Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce and Social Services of the Palm Beaches (HACCASSOPB), the President of Evangelical Mission John 3 :16, Senior Vice-Président of «  Association des Medecins Haitiens a l’Etranger » (AMHE) , Diplomate of the American Board of Geriatric Medicine, Founder and Chairman Holy Spirit Hospitals Foundation, Attending Physician at Bethesda Memorial Hospital and member of the Republican National Committee and the Inner Circle of the Republican Party, Fellow of the American College of Ethical Physicians, the American College of Specialists in Geriatrics, American College of International Physicians, American Board of Forensic Medicine International, American Medical Association (AMA), Florida Medical Association (FMA), Palm Beach County Medical Society (PBCMS), National Medical Association (NMA), American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A-4 M), Jeff W. Bridges Medical Society (JWBMS), American Cancer Society (ACS), American Diabetic Association (ADA), American Board of Forensic Examiners International (ABFEI), American Association of Physician Specialists (AAPS), American Academy of General Physicians (AAGP), Société Haitienne D’obstétrique et de Gynécologie (SHOG), Chinese Acupuncture Research Foundation (CARF), T. Leroy Jefferson Medical Association, Société Internationale D’Acupunture de Paris, International Society of Police Surgeons (ISPS), and Interamerican College of Physicians and Surgeons, Medical Team Liaison, Florida Chamber of Commerce, US SOUTHCOM Humanitarian Assistance Program to Haiti.

Formerly he was Medical Director of Delray Advanced Medical, member of Gov. L. Chiles Florida-Haiti Initiative, and Delray Beach Task Force on Drugs.. He is the recipient of the Medal of Freedom (By R.S.I.C.), Award as Physician Advisory Board, The Haitian Educators Forum Award, National Republican Congressional Committeem Millennium Medal of Freedom, National Leadership Award as Honorary Co-chairman on Tax Reduction and Reform Cause, Man of The Year, American Bibliographcal Institute, and Man of the Year, Haitian Frenship Club.

Dr Cadet holds an MD degree from the State University of Haiti, School of Medicine and Pharmacy and MBA degree in Healthcare Management from UM, Florida.

Jacques-Philippe Piverger

Jacques-Philippe Piverger

Jacques-Philippe Piverger is a Director at PineBridge Investments with responsibilities in sourcing assets and investment opportunities for the firm’s private equity, hedge fund, fixed income and equity strategies. He is the F ounder and Chairman of The Global Syndicate, Co-Founder/Board Member of The Council of Urban Professionals, Term Member of The Council on Foreign Relations, and Advisory Board Member of George Clooney’s Hope for Haiti Now Fund.

Formerly Jacques-Philippe was co-founder of The Soleil Group and an analyst at Friedman Billings Ramsey and Barclays Capital in Washington, DC, New York and London.

Jacques-Philippe holds a B.S. degree in finance from Georgetown University and a MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he was a private equity research fellow.

Attorney Lionel Jean-Baptiste

Attorney Lionel Jean-Baptiste

Attorney Lionel Jean-Baptiste is currently serving his third term as an Alderman of the 2nd Ward of the City of Evanston, Illinois. He is a member of Chicago Bar Association and the Cook County Bar Association. He is a founding member and the President of the Haitian American Lawyers Association in Illinois. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti. He is listed in Who’s Who Among American Lawyers and Who’s Who In Black Chicago.

Lionel Jean-Baptiste is a son, a husband, a father of 3, a grandfather of two, a brother, uncle, cousin, and nephew. He grew up in Haiti and came to the United States at the age of 14. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Political Science and a minor/Certificate in African-American History. He taught elementary school in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant community. He taught as an adjunct professor at New Rochelle Community College in New York and he was the Director of Special Housing for the New York City Housing Preservation and Development Department. He enrolled in Law School in 1986, and with a full time job as the Executive Assistant to the President of Malcolm X College, in the City of Chicago, and a full time active family, he graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1990. As an attorney, he practices primarily in the areas of Personal Injury, Probate, Real Estate, Domestic Relations and Immigration. He has also worked on political / legal cases such as the major reparations case against several US corporations and other Civil Rights cases as well.

A firm believer and participant in the fight for freedom, justice, and equality, Lionel Jean-Baptiste has worn a few other hats besides those stated above. He served as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Evanston. He is a member of the NAACP, his neighborhood association (the Canal Park Neighbors), the Haitian American Community Association, and the Chicago Compatriots of the Caribbean. He is a founding member of the Haitian Relief Fund of Illinois. He worked as a member of the Committee Against Repression in Haiti. He also worked as an organizer of workers, unemployed youth and as an organizer against police brutality. He was a member of the African Liberation Support Committee that struggled against British and Portuguese colonialism for the independence of African Nations such as Namibia, Guinea Bissau, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and against Apartheid. He was a member of the Durban 400 who went to South Africa to advance the struggle for reparations. He was, also, a member of the National Committee for the Millions for Reparations demonstration held in Washington, D. C. Today, he continues to be passionate about providing service to the residents of the City of Evanston and members of the Haitian community, at large.

Marc-Antoine Léveillé

Marc-Antoine Léveillé

Marc-Antoine Léveillé, co-author of “ Haiti, écologie et énergie” is a science and mathematics educator within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System, Member of the Board of the Haitian-American Association of Engineers and Scientists (HAES), a technical advisor to the National Leadership Conference of Haitian Mayors (NLCHM), and Chairperson for The Haitian League (THL) infrastructure committee.

Marc-Antoine was chairman of the Board of Haitian-American Association of Engineers and Scientists, co-founder of the University of Miami’s Haitian Student Association (HSA), Project Director of the successful 2002 CORS project at Université Episcopal d’Haiti (UNEPH) where he helped train and certify 21 participants in that scientific capacity building project. He has volunteered for maintenance operations of a municipal water pump system on the Island of Gonave (Haiti), undertook wind speed measurements surveys in La Voute (Jacmel, Haiti), in Nan Volant (Petit-Gonave, Haiti) and at Morne Lotoré (La Gonave, Haiti), participant at several Baynanza annual environmental clean-up drives (Miami). He has been a research coordinator of an NSF PSELL grant project for Haitian-Creole English Language Learners at North Miami Elementary school.

A PhD candidate in Education, Marc-Antoine holds a Master’s degree in environmental and urban systems from the Florida International University and a Bachelor in Science in industrial engineering from the University of Miami. Marc-Antoine has been recognized by Mayor Alex Penelas of Miami-Dade County as an exemplary and model citizen, received the HAES Chairman Award in 1999, and an Administrative Appreciation plaque from North Miami Elementary school for his role as a Math and Science Leader; he was also recognized by HALO as an outstanding speaker in 2008.

Francois-Guillaume, Jr.

Francois-Guillaume, Jr.

Francois Guillaume, Jr.’s decade long experience in senior finance and accounting positions, led him in 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. GuiLac has also been involved in drafting CEDS (Community Economic Development Strategies) for municipalities in South Florida. Additionally, GuiLac provides business solutions through private-public partnership pairing models, and through the leveraging of debt and equity capital.

In 2009 GuiLac won an IADB sponsored, alternative energy project management study contract, in the Dominican Republic. Mr. Guillaume also currently serves as the Executive Director of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida, which strives to promote and protect Haitian-American business interests, as well as promote investment in Haiti.

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.

Mr. Guillaume has served as an economic development consultant to the council of Governor Bush’s Haiti Advisory Group. He was appointed to the Board of Miami-Dade County’s Community Action Agency by Commissioner Audrey Edmonson in 2008 and 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).

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.



Major Joseph Bernadel is the Founder and current President of the Center for Education, Training and Holistic Approaches (CETHA. Inc) -- Toussaint L’Ouverture High School for Arts and Social Justice,The International Museum of the Haitian Diaspora, Haitian Heritage Month, The Caribbean Cultural Center, and He is also a national trainer for the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, National Education Coordinator for The Haitian League, member of the Haitian Association of Educators- Dade (HAED) and member of the American Legion for War time Veterans.

Formerly, he served 22 years in the US Army, including positions as Military Attaché in Haiti and Mozambique. He was appointed by then Florida Governor Jeb Bush as a Board Member of the Statewide Community Hospital Education Council, and was awarded the Legion of Merit for distinguished military service and he became the first US Military Officer to be invited to attend the College of Combat, in India, following the diplomatic detente between the US and India, in 1987

A dedicated community leader and Pro-Haiti expert, Maj. Bernadel current professional priorities include building institutions honoring the presence and contributions of people of color - in Florida and enhancing their welfare through education, political advocacy and economic opportunities.

Major Bernadel holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration from Hawaii Pacific University, in Honolulu, and completed his graduate studies at the University of Florida in Latin America and Caribbean Affairs. He is fluent in Creole, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Katleen Felix, M.Sc.

Katleen Felix, M.Sc.

Currently, Katleen Felix chairs the Haitian Hometown Associations Resource Group (HHTARG), and is project director and Haitian Diaspora liaison for Fonkoze, where she is responsible of research and development of new remittance products or initiatives, financial literacy programs for new immigrants, training and capacity-building for Haitian Hometown Associations (HHTAs), project reporting and donor relations.

Her work with the Haitian Diaspora includes organizing capacity-building programs, informational and networking activities for the HHTAs. She has assembled a database of nearly 300 Haitian Hometown Associations and support groups in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. Her most recent project is was the launch of Zafen ( ) a new microfinance website aimed at funding small- and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises in Haiti.

Formerly, Katleen was a Senior Finance Consultant for CGI, a leading world-wide IT and business process services provider in Montreal in 1999 as a Senior Financial Analyst, where she worked mostly with Bell Canada & Desjardins. In 2005, she joined the Wall Street office of CGI for Proponix (an outsourcing product which provides banks with letter of credit support and business solutions). Prior to joining CGI, Katleen was a Financial Analyst in Corporate Planning and Analysis at Air Canada.

A raising star in the Haitian Diaspora Business community, Katleen is the recipient of the HEC’s “Young Professional Excellence Award,” the Montreal Chamber of Commerce’s “Young professional of the year award” and the “Special People’s Choice Award”, and the Haitian American Business Network Chamber of Commerce’s “Community Leadership Award”. She has also received a citation from the Brooklyn Borough President.

Katleen holds a Bachelor and Master’s degrees in finance and international business from “Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Montreal” leading Business School in Canada. She speaks French, English, Creole, Portuguese and basic Spanish.

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