A school     for life

Haiti Sustainable Education (HSE)
12664 Tucano Circle
Boca Raton, FL 33428
(609) 375-8845
info@hsehaiti.org

Governance

Board of Trustees

Edwidge Dorelien

Edwidge Dorelien | Chairman

Edwidge Dorelien is the founder of Haiti Sustainable Education (HSE). An electrical engineer by training and a proud father of three daughters, he switched to teaching after emigrating from Haiti over 20 years ago in order to focus on raising his children and shaping the young minds of tomorrow.

Edwidge began his career in education as a mathematics and foreign language substitute teacher in Connecticut public schools. By chance or great providence, a stranger at the time suggested that he apply to teach at South Kent School, a residential school for boys in rural Connecticut. After four great years at South Kent School, he accepted a position at Blair Academy in New Jersey, where he taught French and Spanish for 15 years. In addition to his teaching duties, Edwidge served as a dorm parent, an advisor, a sports coach, and coordinator for international students.

Edwidge’s experiences in Haiti and as an educator in the United States have reaffirmed his belief that education is the path to freedom. He sees the January 12, 2010, earthquake as a chance for a new beginning for Haiti and believes that efforts to rebuild the country should provide hope and opportunity to Haiti’s young minds and future leaders. Now, at the sunset of his life, he has chosen to fully dedicate his time to a call to service and a lifelong dream: to build a full-service elementary and secondary boarding school in his father’s village in Grand-Bois, Haiti. Edwidge's hope is that the HSE boarding school will plant the seed of education for the underserved children of Grand-Bois and its surrounding villages.

Drawing upon his teaching and mentoring experience in the United States, he intends to be the first Head of School in order to manage the school’s development and oversee the initial implementation of the school’s mission and philosophy.


Audrey Dorelien

Audrey Dorelien, PhD | Vice Chairman

Audrey Dorelien has a PhD in Public Affairs from Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She now resides in Ann Arbor where she is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Michigan. Her motivation for studying health, particularly population, health, environment (PHE) interactions stems from her childhood in Haiti.

She is excited to be able to help her father, Edwidge Dorelien, accomplish his goal of building a boarding school in Grand Bois. He made sure that she was able to have the best education possible (Miss Porter's School, Swarthmore College, Princeton University) and now she is ready to help him give the children of Grand Bois the same opportunity. Her career in academia keeps her abreast of the latest developments in education. She also plans to use her background to put in place a systematic process for monitoring, evaluating, and reviewing the effectiveness of HSE's programs and policies. Furthermore, Audrey has experienced boarding school first-hand. She was a boarding student at Miss Porter's School in Farmington CT, and lived on South Kent School and Blair Academy campuses.


Guy Medor

Guy D. Medor, Lieutenant Colonel | Treasurer

Lieutenant Colonel Guy D. Medor was born in Grand Bois, Haiti. In 1970, he and his family moved to Stamford Connecticut in pursuit of better opportunities. Upon graduating from Stamford Catholic High School, he wanted to give something back, and enlisted in the United States Army in 1975 where he served four years. While in the Army, he served in the Republic of Germany, and France. Following his honorable discharge in 1979, he attended and received an Associate Degree in Computer Science from Norwalk State Technical College in 1980. In December 1982, he graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. In June 1982, he was selected by the United States Marine Corps to attend Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. Upon successful completion, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 1982, and subsequently designated a Finance Officer.

Throughout his Marine Corps career, he served in numerous assignments throughout the United States, Mainland Japan, South Korea, Norway, England, Okinawa, Japan, and various special operations throughout the world. His formal military education includes the Basic School (1983), the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School (1990), the Marine Corps Command and Staff College (1991), and various other schools.

Some of his most significant billets are as follows: Regional Finance Director, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, Norfolk, Virginia; Regional Finance Director, Southern Region, Iwakuni, Japan; Department of Defense Action Officer at the Pentagon (1994 – 1998); Regional Director, Finance Operations, Okinawa, Japan; Battalion Commander, Okinawa, Japan.

Lieutenant Colonel Medor’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Navy Unit Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, multiple overseas medals. Lieutenant Colonel Medor is married to the former Yanick Loiseau; he and his wife have three daughters: Amanda, Natasha, and Rebecca. After 26+ years of active military duty, he and his family settled in Port St. Lucie, Florida, upon his retirement from the United States Marine Corps in August 2001. He is currently working for the Board of County Commissioners, St. Lucie County, as the Regional Parks and Stadiums Manager.


Ann Clark

Ann Clark, ALA, LEED AP | Member

Ann Clark, a native Chicagoan, has over 20 years of experience in single family, community, multi-family, and health care projects. She designs furniture and is also an artist. Ms. Clark believes that the most important aspect of every project is getting a group of seemingly unrelated parties to reach an end goal together in the most harmonious and effective manner. Ann has learned that careful and good listening to clients, consultants and contractors at the onset leads to a better and satisfying end result for all involved.

Ms. Clark has been recognized as a community leader with an ability to bring many people from various walks of life together in the effort to expand community pride and create respectful and community minded architecture. Ann brings international experience to her architectural career starting back in her academic days as a Duke undergraduate in Erlangen, Germany and as a graduate architectural student in Rome, Italy. She also traveled to St. Poelten, Austria for the culmination of her architectural academic career, where she put her German language skills to use on the design and construction of a theoretical project funded by the SOM Foundation.

During the past four years, she has been traveling to Haiti for the design and construction of the Mirebalais Hospital in conjunction with Partners In Health and their Haitian partner, Zanmi Lasante. Most recently, she has been working on a new boarding school model with Haiti Sustainable Education in the Grand-Bois region and looks forward to the fulfillment of a lifelong dream to provide a community based school that will change the lives of the residents in Grand-Bois.

Ann has also shared her knowledge of community based architecture with students at Illinois Institute of Technology through studio courses about Haiti and is incorporating the HSE school as a design problem. She believes that architects must find ways to become more involved with this type of work to impact parts of the world that have little or no opportunity to experience the benefits of good design.


Suzi Gurry

Suzanne Gurry | Member

Suzi Gurry is an artist, volunteer, fundraiser and mother of three living in Chicago. She currently works as a freelance artist, focusing on mixed media and acrylic painting. Over the past 10 years, Suzi has chaired and co-chaired numerous private and public school fundraisers served for five years as the Vice President of Special Events for the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School PTA. Suzi is a member of the Board of Directors for Adoption-Link, an adoption agency in Illinois that facilitates domestic and international adoptions as well as supports humanitarian projects in Haiti and Africa. She is a cofounder of the Haitian Amputee Mothers Alliance (HAMA), a charitable project that provided state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs to young mothers who became amputees as a result of the 2010 earthquake.

Prior to having children, Suzi worked as an art teacher in Chicago and as an interior designer in New York City. Suzi received her BA in Fine Art and Spanish from Albion College and completed a post-baccalaureate pre-med program at New York University.


Advisors

shari geller

Shari Bunks Geller, Esq.

Shari Bunks Geller, Esq. has experience in the areas of real estate, finance, tax and corporate law. She believes passionately that providing children with a strong education is the most critical step in enabling communities to become self sufficient and prosperous. The positive influence of education is empowering, and eventually contagious.

She is a Trustee for the Morristown Medical Center Hospital Foundation, one of the founding members of the Women's Health Philanthropy Council at the Foundation for MMC, and served as a member of the Board of Directors at Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership (NORWESCAP, Inc.). Prior to volunteering, she was a real estate attorney for the Kmart Corporation and for Weatherford Walker Development Corporation. Mrs. Geller also practiced at Katzenbach, Gildea and Rudner, LLP in Lawrenceville, NJ. She has served on strategic planning committees for both educational and religious nonprofit organizations.

Shari brings to HSE her legal perspective and knowledge of the requirements and processes of nonprofits.


michelle sakayan

Michelle Sakayan, AIA Associate

Michelle Sakayan, Principal of Sakayan Inc., WBE/MBE, is a native of Washington, DC, Michelle has lived in Chicago for the past 18 years. Michelle received her Masters of Architecture from Catholic University with an award of distinction for her thesis titled "Place of Shelter for the Displaced". This project challenged the architect's role in the event of a natural disaster and launched her view of architecture as a social act. It has been a motivator in all her work since.

Michelle worked at Nagle Hartray Architects in Chicago from 1993 -2007 and became an Associate Principal in 1999. During her 14 years at NHA, Michelle managed and specialized in K-12 education projects fostering long term relationships with top independent schools in Chicago; the culmination of her career at NHA was as the US architectural liaison and project manager for the 26-building campus of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Sakayan Inc. opened in March of 2007 driven by a primary focus and commitment to creating inspiring learning environments for children and educators. Dedication to listen and understand the unique mission and needs of each school is at the core of Sakayan Inc. Offering a range of services tailored to the client, Sakayan provides support in design, programming, planning, development, feasibility, reorganization, owner's representation & realization of educational and socially responsible projects.