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OFFICERS

Cassandra Arnold, Ed.D., MBA

President

Dr. Cassandra Arnold, a native of Haiti, has proven that leadership has no age bracket from her involvement in student politics during college to co-founding Diverse Strategy Group and founding Arnold Consulting Group. A love of international business and politics, she is a very proud and active alumna of Florida A&M University (FAMU), where she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. She continued at the University of Miami, receiving a Master in Business Administration specializing in International Business degree, and a Doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus on Global Leadership Development in Foreign Markets from Argosy University. A love to help reshape foreign economies, she went from a corporate career in Marketing to working for a private corporation as an International Business Developer, where she oversaw over twelve (12) Caribbean countries and three (3) U.S territories. She then moved into politics in 2015, where she became the Executive Director of Haitian-Americans for Progress, a Political Action Committee. In 2016, she became the Haitian-American Coalition Director for the Hillary for America campaign covering the state of Florida, and in 2018 she became the Statewide Caribbean Outreach Director for U.S. Senator Nelson’s re-election campaign. A very active member of the community, she’s received several awards for her tireless community work and leadership from the local Haitian American Chamber of Commerce to her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Linda Julien is a first-generation Haitian-American born and raised in Miami, FL. Valuing the importance of education, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University, and a Master in Public Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University. Currently, she serves as a Public Administrator at the City of North Miami focused in the areas of Community and Economic Development for a project called Sole Mia, a public/private partnership between the City of North Miami and a local developer. Ms. Julien strongly believes in fostering public/private alliances to transform communities. With her civic work throughout South Florida, Linda is the first Haitian-American to be appointed to the Board of Directors of the IMPAC Fund, an organization comprised of community leaders who are lending their voices to raise awareness of the social injustices occurring against the immigrant community. She is also a board member with the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (HACCOF) and a Miami Fellow through the Miami Foundation, Class X.

Linda Julien, MPA

Vice President

Guithele Ruiz-Nicolas moved from Haiti to Brooklyn, New York at the young age of 11 where she grew up.  She relocated to Broward County in 1986, and began her public service career at Port Everglades Authority, as the Equal Opportunity Manager.  Over the last 20 years, she’s held many positions in the public and non-profit sectors, serving in different managerial roles.  In April 2016, Mrs. Ruiz-Nicolas joined Broward County as a Program/Project Coordinator. A true believer in giving back to the community, Guithele has been involved in several community organizations.  She currently serves as the President of the Haitian American Democratic Club of Broward County and spends a great deal of her time on community civic education, registering voters, and addressing issues that impact immigrants and the community at large.  She served on various advisory boards, and most recently on the Broward County School Board Diversity Committee, and Community Access Center.  She obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Pace University, majoring in Organizational Communications and later attained a Master in Public Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Guithele Ruiz-Nicolas, MPA

Secretary 

Kettely Joseph has more than 20 years’ experience working with nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Kettely is currently working as a controller for Greater Miami Health Education & Training Center and Center for Haitian Studies.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami in Business Administration and a degree in Accounting from Miami Dade College. She also served as Program Assistant at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology, where she worked with adolescent drug abuse. Prior to that, she has worked as a Community Liaison and Health Navigator helping underserved populations access social services and healthcare.  She also served as an advocate for her clients throughout Miami-Dade County. In addition, Kettely served as board member to the City of Miami Little Haiti Park.

Kettely Joseph, BA

Treasurer

Myriam Charleston, a wellness and health advocate was born in Haiti, and raised in South Florida. With over 27 years in the fitness industry, as a competitive athlete and a professional, she used her passion of sports as an adolescent and pursued a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and minor in Sport Nutrition. Knowing that she could impact families and children, Myriam continued her studies at Florida International University and received a master’s degree in Social Work. From her knowledge in Social Work, Myriam gained extensive counseling working with children and adults for Miami Public School System, Miami Dade Health Department, and the Children Psychiatric Center and Chrysalis Health. She combined her years of studies and work experiences, and became a certified Health Educator with the Florida Dept of Education. Ms. Charleston has served as the Co-Chair for the Sport Culture and Special Event Taskforce under Florida State Senator Daphne Campbell and served as a committee member for National Haitian American Elected Official Network (NHAEON) retreat weekend in Miami (2018).

Myriam Charleston, MSW, CPT

County Director, Miami-Dade

Marie P. Woodson is a retired Assistant Department Director for the Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services, one of the largest Social Services agencies in the State of Florida with a budget of approximately $119 million and 513 employees. Mrs. Woodson used her leadership skills, acquired knowledge and expertise to provide oversight to the various Divisions under her purview. Her professional experience includes thirty-five (35) years in government; having held positions such as Division Director, Manager, Administrative Officer III, Quality Assurance Supervisor and Analyst, Counselor II, Social Worker Assistant. Marie earned a master’s degree in Public Management with a concentration in Public Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami; a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and an Associate of Science in Public Administration from Miami-Dade College, formerly Miami-Dade Community College. Her involvement in the community spans over 30 years advocating for women and families. She is the Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, the Board Chair of the Haitian Women of Miami and a Board member of the Caring Brothers and Sisters Foundation.

Marie P. Woodson, MPA

County Director, Broward

Born and raised in Miami, FL, Taishah Pierre is currently a 3rd-year college student majoring Motion Pictures at the University of Miami. An aspiring filmmaker and screenwriter, her appreciation for community fuels her interest in writing, documenting and participating in the rich culture present in her hometown. It was while enrolled at Barry University, that she further developed her love of literary arts as a contributing writer to the Buccaneer newspaper. She understands that writing can impact history, explore discoveries and change the world. In her spare time, Taishah spends time working with local organizations that inspire her such as the Center for Haitian Studies, and as a member of Vous Church, where she also volunteers. Taishah believes that millennials have the power to transform and impact the political climate through volunteerism, taking on leadership roles within the party and speaking out on causes like Education, Workforce Opportunities, and DACA that impact young Haitians & Haitian-Americans. 

Taishah Pierre

Chair, Emerging Leaders (Millennials)