VACANT - Community Outreach Liaison 
Applications for this position can be sent to:

Support Staff  

Brandon Peng - Bookkeeper  
​Brandon has earned his B.B.A in Finance from the Zicklin School of Business of Baruch College, graduating with Magna C. Laude honor, along with several certificates and trainings in Accounting/Finance. Outside of the classroom, he has been one of the most active volunteering leader in Baruch College’s student life clubs, leading teams of young college students to being involved with their not-for-profit/nonprofit communities such as New York Cares, March of Dimes, Relay for Life, etc. With experience and knowledge in Accounting/Finance and nonprofit organization, Brandon is one of the few individuals who is proficient in nonprofit accounting involving 501(c)(3) organizations. With these assets, he monitors most Accounting related activities in Global Trauma Research since the beginning of 2017. 

Zakiyyah Abdul-Mateen, LMSW - Therapist & Clinical Coordinator

Zakiyyah Abdul-Mateen is one of our newest staff members. She 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. She serves as GTR’s Children’s Clinical Coordinator and Play Therapist in Haiti,  and part-time Mental Health Clinician in NYC. Additionally, Zakiyyah co-facilitates our HIV/AIDS trauma support group.

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 cities around the U.S., 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

For fun: Zakiyyah reads, travels, spends time with family and friends and reads some more, as well watches childhood movies, cook, and smile.

Karen Roller, PhD                  Jasmine Belotte, MS 

Florie St.-Aime, LMSW         Brandon Peng

Sylvester Hanner, MS           Brunal Davance

Prescilla John, LMSW           Moise Baptise, PhD

Alfonso Fergerson, MS         Germaine Boulin, LMSW

Elizabeth Louis, MS               Wanda Bolden, LMHC

Kevon Bruce, MHC


Other Staff, Volunteers, & Interns

Carlos Golfetto, M.S. Ed., LPC, NCC, PhD Candidate - Mental Health Director 

Carlos, originally from Brazil, is a well experienced Therapist at Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, and a Doctoral Candidate at Duquesne University. Carlos researches sexual violence and trauma, as well as evidence-based practices.

Carlos oversees the Haiti Trauma Project trainings, and brings a unique prospective as a Mental Health Facilitator/ Master Trainer. 

For Fun: Carlos loves to relax with a good book, enjoy fine dining, and sit by his pool. 

Dulande Louis, LMSW, PhD Student - Clinical Supervisor

Dulande is a highly motivated Supervisor and 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 is highly respected by her colleagues, her superiors and her supervisees in her working milieu. Dulande’s research interests are Child Welfare, Immigration as well as HIV/AIDS. Dulande is a well-rounded and God-fearing individual who lives with passion, dedication and grace. 

Currently a PhD student at Adelphi University, Dulande hopes to enhance her skills in non-profit leadership, and take the GTR trauma center to the next level, and help her supervisees improve their therapeutic alliance. 

For Fun: Dulande loves to read, cook, and spend time with her intelligent and creative teen daughter

Florence Saint-Jean, PhD, NCC, ACS - Executive Director

Florence a.k.a Dr. Flo, started Global Trauma Research because 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 trust that anyone can get through a traumatic event with the right support. Florence obtained a post-doc certificate at Harvard Medical School in Global Mental Health: Trauma & Recovery. Florence also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English, Masters of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, and Doctor of Philosophy in Executive Counselor Education and Supervision. Florence is a National Certified Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor. Florence has over a decade worth of experience in social services, counseling, and trauma. During her time in community organizations, Florence has done extensive work with Caribbean populations. 

Florence's primary research interest is trauma, broadly defined. More specifically, she is interested in treatment efficacy for post-traumatic stress in underrepresented groups, as well as incorporating alternative techniques such as play, music, art, and massage therapy in counseling. Florence's clinical interests are in areas of illness and domestic/ child abuse.

For Fun: Florence loves to travel, dance, go to church, and relax at home. 

Executive Staff  

Beatrice Lors-Rousseau, LMSW, MPH - Secretary

Beatrice known to her friends and family as Bea, holds a MPH/MSW joint degree, with employment experiences in social work and public health. Beatrice is committed to social justice and community organizing, and dedicated to supporting disadvantaged, minority and immigrant groups. Bea also works in philanthropy, program development and implementation, public policy and advocacy, fundraising/development, and 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 

Mehmet Akkurt, PhD - Treasurer 

Extremely proficient Turkish Scholar who holds a PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision. Dr. Mehmet Akkurt currently serves as a Quantitative Researcher. Mehmet researches international counseling issues. Mehmet is also a professor at University of Dammam, in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. While in Saudi Mehmet has established Saudi's first University counseling center, and is training staff and community on mental health competencies. He eventually plans on returning to Turkey to teach counseling at Ege University. 

For Fun: Mehmet loves spending time in nature, watching movies, and hanging out with friends. 

Board of Directors

Rodney Pepe-Souvenir, Esq. - Chair

Highly accomplished attorney with 20 years’ experience, which includes 10 years specializing in employment and labor law. Rodney currently works at the City University of NY. Rodney litigates employee discipline and ensures compliance of employee rules and regulations. She has superior interpersonal skills using sensitivity and discretion, and has trained employees and supervisors in city, state and federal EEO regulations. Rodney ensures compliance with anti-discrimination and sexual harassment policy, and is fully versed on the impact of disparate treatment and NYC Personnel Rules and Regulations. Rodney is also Fluent in Haitian Creole and French.

For Fun: Rodney loves to go to church, attend community events, & listen to gospel music.