Gerardine "Gerri" Francois, LMSW - Trauma Therapist
A true believer of resilience and that any human being is capable of change. Licensed Master Social Worker, Gerardine a.k.a. “Gerri” is dedicated to helping individuals manage their emotions and develop healthy coping skills through client-centered modalities. Gerri earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and a Master of Arts in Psychology degrees from Adelphi University, as well as a Master of Social Work degree from Columbia University.
An exuberant social worker with a penchant for understanding the social-emotional development and mental health needs of clients in low-income communities, Gerri uses Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy modalities in therapy. Gerri is also able to analyze systems utilizing an anti-racist framework and examine the impact of oppression on marginalized populations. Gerri is fluent in Haitian-Creole.
For fun: In her spare time, she enjoys learning to paint, tending to her plants, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Phadia Jean-Pierre, LMSW, SIFI - Trauma Therapist & Intern Supervisor
Phadia is a Haitian-Creole speaking Therapist with several years of experience in social services. Phadia graduated from Adelphi University with a Master's degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. Phadia received an academic appointment at Yale University School of Medicine.
Phadia wants to help people change their narrative, and bring hope and empowerment. Phadia's expertise is in counseling, social services, psychoeducation, and trauma. Phadia's modalities include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
In addition, Phadia founded Heart and Purpose Inc. where she advocates for youth development through social and emotional learning. Phadia is also the co-host for Millennial Babes Podcast.
For Fun: Phadia loves to travel, write poetry, read, dance, play soccer & basketball, hike, participate in yoga, meditate, and listen to podcasts.
Tannika Jadoo, LCSW, SIFI - Clinical Supervisor
Tannika is a highly motivated clinical social worker with over a decade worth of experience providing clinical case management, individual and group therapy, as well as supervision. Tannika obtained a Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. Tannika also holds a SIFI certificate to supervise interns.
Tannika's therapeutic alliance is built on supportive and client-centered approaches. Tannika specializes in mitigating suicidal ideations; and decreasing depressive, anxious, and psychosis symptoms. Tannika's modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Person-Centered.
For Fun: Tannika enjoys vacationing with her husband and two energetic boys.
Zakiyyah Abdul-Mateen, LCSW - Clinical Coordinator & Utilization Reviewer
Zakiyyah received her Masters in Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and her undergraduate degree from California State University, Fresno. She also received her Global Social Work (GSW) certificate while at Tulane, which allowed her the opportunity to engage in Play Therapy Practices and establish a home visitation program for an orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti. Zakiyyah has been heavily engaged in the Haitian community.
Zakiyyah’s passion is to serve underrepresented communities and provide clinical mental health support to those of all ages. In years to come, Zakiyyah will start an organization doing local-to-global work in Haiti and various countries, focusing on Play Therapy. Quote she lives by “and when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coehlo
Zakiyyah's modalities include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Play Therapy.
For fun: Zakiyyah loves to smile, cook, read, travel, spends time with family and friends, as well watch childhood movies.
Shari A. Norton, LMSW - Trauma Therapist
Shari hails from the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Lincoln University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Shari has over eight years of post-graduate experience as a social change agent and advocates for those navigating the criminal justice system.
Shari is skilled at coaching and supporting individuals and families and helping them hone in on skills they already have to effectively identify, and solve problems while achieving desired goals. Shari uses her family systems/ holistic approach to provide culturally responsive care. Shari's modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
For fun: Shari enjoys attending music festivals, expanding her sneaker collection (favorite sneaker: Air Max 95), reading non-fiction novels, painting, and spending time with family and friends.
Rajan "Raj" Gandhi, M.B.A. - Member
Raj is the Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the second-largest professional multinational services network firm. Raj oversees PwC’s Delivering Deal Value group based in New York, NY focused on M&A integration, divestiture management and separation, and operational due diligence. Raj also advises clients in the areas of TSAs, value capture/cost savings, operations, technology, and future state operating model design in conjunction with M&A transactions. Recently Raj assisted a global multi-billion-dollar CPG client with an acquisition.
Raj graduated with an M.B.A. from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management.
Though Raj is quite busy with his day-to-day responsibilities, he finds time to advocate for mental health disparities. Raj says that mental health is taboo in South Asian countries like India, and he and his family facilitate hard conversations within the Indian community.
For fun: Raj loves to spend time with his partner and children.
Karen Roller, Ph.D. Kim Baldwin, Ph.D.
Florie St.-Aime, LCSW Prescilla John, LCSW, Ph.D. Candidate
Elizabeth Louis, PsyD Juanita Barnette, Ph.D.
Ebony White, Ph.D., LPC Khadijah Abdul-Mateen, M.S.
Interns for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
Candace is currently the secretary for the New American Academy, where she supports students and faculty. Candace is also pursuing a Master of Science degree at Alfred University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from CUNY School of Professional Studies. Candace is a highly motivated practitioner and passionate about people living with trauma.
Mesmin is currently working towards a Master's mental health counseling at Southern New Hampshire University. Mesmin is a Caribbean immigrant who hails from Haiti and recently moved from Florida to New York. Mesmin is passionate about helping people heal from trauma. Mesmin hopes to use her community outreach and linguistic capabilities in Haitian-Creole to counsel hard to reach Haitian immigrants.
Rose is a Caribbean immigrant from Haiti living in New York City for the past 17 years. Rose is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Mental Health & Counseling at Long Island University (LIU). She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Touro College in Psychology. Rose presently works with children with various disabilities. She’s passionate about supporting others which explains her dream to become a psychotherapist. In her spare time, Rose enjoys traveling, spending time with loved ones, and cooking. She is also an active member of her church and conducts humanitarian works abroad.
Maria Angeles Bonany, JD - Member
Maria is an attorney by trade, and currently the Senior Financial Advisor/Executive Director for Morgan Stanley. Marie is responsible for onboarding and servicing international ultra-high net worth clients residing in the US, the UK, and Spain. She serves as the client point person for the referral and cross-sell opportunities of financial services such as self- directed and discretionary investing, custody, banking, multi-jurisdictional estate planning, fiduciary, credit and lending solutions, philanthropy and insurance. She maintains expert-level knowledge of private banking products and services and works in conjunction with the client’s family office, investment advisors, and legal and tax advisors.
Maria has also helped build many nonprofits and foundations to move towards success. Maria’s speaks native Spanish, Catalan, and English; and has a working knowledge of French, Italian and Portuguese
For fun: Maria enjoys spending time with her children and returning to her home country Spain.
Alfonso Ferguson, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC - Senior Clinical Supervisor
Dr. Alfonso Ferguson is an Afro-Caribbean immigrant who hails from Jamaica. As a culturally sensitive NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Psychotherapist, Alfonso prides himself on providing counseling services to underserved communities. He earned his Master of Arts in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida and Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling from Montclair State University.
Alfonso has gained a variety of experiences in individual and family counseling services to those who are experiencing psychosocial stressors, family issues, and mood disorders. He has a strong interest to work with LGBTQ+ Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) struggling with mood disorders and psychosocial stressors. Alfonso also owns his own psychotherapy private practice and is currently an Associate Professor at Centenary University.
For Fun: Alfonso enjoys traveling and using his creative side in home renovations.
Jean Alerte - Treasurer
Jean is an award-winning entrepreneur with a variety of work experience in the areas of marketing, management, and sales. Along with founding his company ACA Branding Agency, he has produced comedy concerts and tours for acts such as Chris Tucker, Kevin James, Charlie Murphy, and Kevin Hart. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Unity in the Community Foundation of Brooklyn, NY where he has given out $35,000 to high school students to attend college based on his first book "Do Right, Do Good,” which turned into a successful entrepreneurial program entitled “FAITH GRIND INSPIRE."
Jean currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife and 17-month old son, with whom he opened the Brooklyn Swirl frozen yogurt shop in 2012. Alerte has been featured on National Television several times ABC 7's "Here & Now" with Sandra Bookman, BK Live and more recently NBC's TODAY Show, Black Enterprise, FOX, ARISE & ESSENCE.
For Fun: Jean enjoys listening to the likes of Jay Z and spending time with his son.
Dulande Louis, LMSW, Ph.D. Candidate - 24-hour Emergency On-Call Supervisor
Dulande is a highly motivated Supervisor and a Licensed Social Worker who promotes equality and social justice for the underprivileged children and youth. Similarly to many Social Workers, Dulande is motivated to the health and mental wellbeing of her clients. However, her distinct keenness and singular professionalism are what set her apart from her counterparts. Dulande’s research interests are in literacy, immigration, as well as HIV/AIDS. Currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Adelphi University, Dulande hopes to enhance her skills in non-profit leadership and help her supervisees improve their therapeutic alliance. Dulande is also an Adjunct Faculty at Adelphi University and Touro College.
Dulande oversees all crisis services at GTR and ensures 24-hour clinical support.
For Fun: Dulande loves to read, cook, spend time with her intelligent and creative teen daughter, and brag about her acceptance into Spelman College.
Florence Saint-Jean, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC, ACS - Executive Director
Florence a.k.a Dr. Flo founded Global Trauma Research because she trusts that anyone can get through a traumatic event with the right support. She believes her purpose is to be used by God and through leadership, help people attain their goals by means of prayer, education, counseling, and support. Florence obtained a post-doctorate certificate at Harvard Medical School in Global Mental Health: Trauma & Recovery. Florence also earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Executive Counselor Education and Supervision from Duquesne University; Master of Sciences degree in Mental Health Counseling; and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English from the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Florence is a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor.
Florence oversees GTR’s national and international initiatives. She initiates revenue-driven programs that have a high impact on underrepresented groups. Florence has over a decade worth of experience in social services, counseling, and trauma. Florence's research specialty is treatment efficacy of post-traumatic stress in underrepresented groups, as well as incorporating alternative techniques such as play, music, art, and massage therapy in counseling. Florence's modalities are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Psychodynamic.
Florence also uses her knowledge and experience in the classroom, and serves as an Associate Professor at CUNY Brooklyn College, and Visiting Lecturer at New York University (NYU).
For Fun: Florence loves to travel, dance kompa, and relax at home.
Beatrice Lors-Rousseau, LMSW, MPH - Member
Beatrice known to her friends and family as Bea, holds an MPH/MSW joint degree, with employment experiences in social work and public health. Beatrice is committed to social justice and community organizing and is dedicated to supporting disadvantaged, minority, and immigrant groups. Bea also works in philanthropy, program development and implementation, public policy and advocacy, fundraising/development, as well as the administration of organizations that address HIV/AIDS, global health, adolescents, sexual & reproductive health, and maternal and child health.
For Fun: Beatrice enjoys watching Scandal, creating crafts, and spending time with her husband and family
Phil Pierre - Secretary
Phil is an experienced project manager, a passionate educator, and a relentless advocate for social justice. Phil has served on the board of the New York Urban League for Young Professionals where he was the Civics and Economics Co-Chair. In that role, Phil led efforts to create economic empowerment and civic awareness to communities in New York City.
Phil currently works as the Partnerships Manager for Facebook. He has also founded Next Generation Ed where he speaks around the country in an effort to eliminate the effects of the pupil to prison pipeline in schools across the country. Phil is a passionate social justice thought leader and enjoys bringing his expertise to the board of directors at GTR.
For Fun: Phil enjoys long bike rides along waterfronts to take in the view, listening to interesting podcasts, playing basketball, and reading short stories.
Rodney Pepe-Souvenir, Esq. - Chairwoman
Rodney is a highly accomplished attorney with over 20 years’ experience.
Rodney was recently appointed as the Commissioner for the Democratic Board of Elections in New York City. Rodney also works at the City University of NY, as the Title IV Director. She has superior interpersonal skills using sensitivity and discretion and ensures compliance with anti-discrimination and sexual harassment policy, and is fully versed on the impact of disparate treatment on people of color. Rodney is also Fluent in Haitian Creole and French.
For Fun: Rodney loves to go to church, attend community events, and listen to gospel music.
Rachel Sion - Administrative Assistant
Rachel graduated from CUNY Brooklyn College and has a BA in Business Administration. She became interested in administration because of her love for people and desire to be successful in the business world. Rachel also graduated in 2014 with a Performing Arts degree. She plays several instruments such as the piano, trumpet, alto saxophone, and also sings! During her spare time, she produces music for her clients and teaches sight-reading and music theory to individuals in her church organization.
Not only does Rachel have a passion for music, but she also has a passion for helping others who are in need. She is dedicated to helping young adults better themselves and inspires others to lead.
For Fun: Rachel loves cooking, dancing, and bowling!