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The First 1804 List of Haitian-American Changemakers in U.S.

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The Haitian Roundtable joined with, The Haitian Times, Radio Soleil, Kompa Guide and The Stewardship Report to select from hundreds of candidates the first-ever 1804 List of 25 Haitian-American Changemakers in the United States.  The 1804 List, named in honor of Haiti’s year of independence, recognizes 25 Haitian-American in the United States who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success in their profession and proven themselves to be forces for change in their communities. They are seen as thought leaders, trailblazers, or unsung heroes who, through their deeds and accomplishments, have helped to create a better understanding of Haiti and the Haitian community.

This year’s list reflects the broad range of accomplishments by Haitian immigrants in the United States. The 1804 List of 25 Haitian-American Changemakers for 2012 includes community activists, elected officials, judges, outstanding surgeons, athletes, a celebrity photographer, a supermodel, an investment banker, a police chief, fashion designers, a musician, a filmmaker, a schools chief and a corporate executive. The Recognition Ceremony and Reception was  held on Saturday, November 10, 2012  at the French Alliance-Alliance Française in Manhattan, New York. The co-hosts, Mona Scott-Young and Dr. Jeff Gardere, (notable Haitians themselves) provided levity and kept the evening going. After the short ceremony, a reception was held where the honorees mixed and mingled with guests who paid as much as $50 to attend.


The 25 inaugural inductees to the 1804 List of Haitian-American Changemakers in the United States are:

Marc Baptiste, Celebrity Photographer and Philanthropist

Marleine Bastien, Community Advocate and Health Activist

Jean-Claude Brizard, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools

Jean-Robert Cadet, Advocate and Founder, Jean R. Cadet Restavek Foundation

Hon. Joseph Champagne, Mayor, South Toms River, New Jersey

Hon. Philippe Derose, Councilman, North Miami Beach City Council

Jean Desravines, Educator and Chief Executive Officer, New Leaders

Estelle Dubuisson, Founder and President, Friends of the Children of Lascahobas, Haiti  

Ron Duprat, Celebrity Chef

Nadine Faustin-Parker, Olympian Hurdler and Head Coach, Women’s Track and Field, Mansfield University, Pennsylvania

Marie Ferdinand-Harris, WNBA All-Star and Founder, The Marie Ferdinand Foundation

Gretha Fievre, Community Advocate and Founder, HEAL Haiti

Jimmy Jean-Louis, Actor, Philanthropist and Founder, Hollywood Unites for Haiti

Yves “Fanfan” Joseph, Vocalist, Tabou Combo and Philanthropist

Jerry Lamothe, Director, Producer and Actor

Hon. Raymond Lohier, Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit (New York)

Dr. Shirley Madhere, Plastic Surgeon and Philanthropist

Dr. Jean Orelien, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SciMetrika

Louis Prezeau, Former Chief Executive Officer, City National Bank of New Jersey

Ninaj Raoul, Founder and Executive Director, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees

Bishop Guy Sansaricq, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn

Michel-Rolph Trouillot(Posthumous), Author and Scholar

Ronald & Rony DeliceDesigners, Ron & Ron Menswear

Hon. Marie St. Fleur, Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investments (ASI), City of Boston

Jany Tomba, Supermodel

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Leanna Archer, Entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer, Leanna’s Inc. Hair & Body Products

Gabriel CasseusActor and Screenwriter

Garvey LundyArtist and Designer, Garvey Lundy Fine Jewelry

Regine RoumainFounder and Executive Director Haiti Cultural Exchange

Michalle SolagesDemocratic Nominee, NYS Assembly, 22nd District


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