Meet our newest Board Members at the Spring Luncheon on June 11th.
We are delighted to introduce to you, our supporters, two young women who have recently joined us on the Clermont Foundation Board. Phelisha Midy and Valerie Previl are recent graduates of Howard University, 2013 and 2014 respectively. Together they bring an infusion of youthfulness to our Board not just in age but also in outlook, energy and skill sets. They are not entirely new to the Foundation. As students at Howard, they spent significant time at the Center in Jacmel, an experience that ultimately led to their decision to join our Board. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have these incredibly accomplished young women as part of our team.
Valerie tells us that she is the product of two strong and beautiful Haitian parents who raised her to be passionate, loyal and kind. She attributes most of her success as a result of her upbringing. Originally from Long Island, NY, She graduated from Howard University with a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and an American Society for Clinical Pathology Certification: MLS. She currently is a Medical Technologist at Quest Diagnostics in Chantilly, VA. Valerie brings to the Board a strong compassion for the health and welfare of others and believes that one’s health or circumstance should never limit what a person can accomplish.
Valerie served at the Clermont Foundation Center in Jacmel in the spring of 2013, She coordinated a series of classes with the boys covering such topics a sexual awareness, nutrition, hygiene, and puberty. She worked with the staff on topics such as hygiene, food intake schedules and daily health checks. She and Phelisha both worked on raising $500 that year which brought much needed supplies and toys for the Holiday Season.
Phelisha graduated from Howard University magna cum laude, honors. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a concentration in economic development and a minor is Sociology. Phelisha tell us that her appreciation of cultures and service to others was solidified on Jan.5th 2010, the day of the earthquake in Haiti. After the earthquake, she organized many events on campus to encourage awareness of the Haitian culture and became president of the Haitian Student Association. In 2011and in 2012 Phelisha was selected to be part of a Haitian community development project where she taught English to 6th graders, trained local Haitians in leadership development classes and connected with Haitian Youth Ambassadors. While is Haiti, Phelisha was able to assist in establishing a micro financing program to improve women’s businesses and also spearheaded a dental hygiene awareness project in Croix-de-Bouquet. That summer she interned at the US Embassy in Paris working with the Foreign Service Officer recruitment bidding and internship program.
After graduating from College, Phelisha landed a yearlong fellowship with a Haitian –owed NGO in Haiti. During her fellowship, she developed partnerships with universities in the US and the Dominican Republic to train community health workers who serve rural communities without access to nearby health services. Currently, Phelisha works on a USAID contract called the Program Evaluation for Effectiveness and Learning, which is evaluating and monitoring the Feed The Future programs throughout the world.
These are both incredibly talented young women and we hope you all get a chance to meet them at our Spring Luncheon. More information will be coming soon.
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The Jacques A. Clermont Memorial, Inc. (JACMF) is a charitable, 501 [c] (3) non-profit organization
established in the memory of Dr. Jacques A. Clermont, whose life ended tragically in a car accident in 1995.