Our Team

Anseye Pou Ayiti is supported by an outstanding group of advisors, volunteers, and allies. Please see below to learn more about the current staff and Board of Directors. We look forward to sharing updates as we progress!

NP_EG_headshot Nedgine Paul Deroly is the co-founder & CEO of Anseye Pou Ayiti. She has experience in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on promoting equal educational opportunities for all children. Originally from Haiti, Nedgine moved to the U.S. at a young age and maintained ongoing leadership roles in community service and youth development programs, particularly within the Haitian diaspora community. Her previous roles at Achievement First, the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, and WorldTeach included opportunities to manage recruitment, tutoring, and governance duties, and development of a school principal residency program. Nedgine worked with Partners In Health to manage onboarding, benefits, and workforce planning for the organization’s transnational teams—as well as co-developed and facilitated management trainings for over 150 staff, primarily in Haiti. She has conducted teacher training seminars and extensive research about the historical, cultural, and socioeconomic factors contributing to Haiti’s school system. Nedgine earned a B.A. in History from Yale College and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2014, she was named among the top global social innovators by Echoing Green, selected for the Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30” Social Entrepreneurs in 2016, and a member of the inaugural cohort of Obama Foundation Fellowship in 2018. She is passionate about joining forces with others to continue pursuing her deep commitment to the expansion of high-quality educational opportunity in Haiti.
NP_EG_headshot Fenel Pierre is the Director of Professional Development with Anseye Pou Ayiti. Originally from the Artibonite region, he is a Fulbright Scholar and completed his university studies at the Ecole Normale Superieure. He attended Ohio University prior to pursuing his Master’s Degree in ESOL at the School for International Training, USA. He has over 20 years of experience within the Haitian education sector, including previously working with SOS Children’s Village, Compassion International, the Haitian Education Leadership Program (HELP), and with the State University. Fenel has facilitated workshops across Haiti with Teachers Without Borders for primary and secondary teachers as well as school administrators on the theme “Building Capacity for Teaching and Learning.” Fenel is a highly experienced teacher educator and professor whose local leadership, experience in holistic child development, and expertise in facilitation and mentorship help make a tangible difference in the professional lives of teachers — as well as translating into improved educational opportunities for Haitian children. Being a three-time scholarship recipient, Fenel is very committed to giving back to his country, especially to helping children break the cycle of poverty through education. Fenel is thrilled to join this movement to help provide children with high-quality education by promoting teacher excellence and student success.
NP_EG_headshot Marie-Michèle Montout works as Recruitment & Selection Director with Anseye Pou Ayiti. She was born in Miragoane, Haiti. She studied education at Univesité Quisqueya (Port-au-Prince), based on receiving a merit-based university scholarship from the HELP program. She is currently completing another university degree at UPAG as an economics major. Her previous roles were at the National Identification Bureau (ONI), as well as a recruitment lead and then student counselor for the Haitian Education Leadership Program (HELP). She has always been concerned about the education system in Haiti, particularly the primary levels of schooling that children receive. She approaches her role as Recruitment Coordinator with Anseye Pou Ayiti as an important opportunity to improve the education system, by recruiting those who share the vision of transforming the lives of students and bringing real change to the nation. She believes a quality education is a human right, no matter the origin of the child.
NP_EG_headshot Isaac Israel works as a Assistant Director of Anseye Pou Ayiti’s Professional Development department. He was born in Saint Marc (Artibonite). He attended the University of Jean Price Mars, where he is also completing his post-university license in education. He has six years of teaching experience in the primary and secondary levels. Isaac participated in the Teachers Without Borders’ “Building Capacity for Teaching and Learning” program. He has experience working with several organizations in Saint Marc as well, including responsible for public relations with ODAEBA which specializes in helping underserved children. Isaac is happy to join Anseye Pou Ayiti to support more children in achieving their full potential in school, while coaching our teacher leaders toward instructional excellence and their contributions for the development of our nation.
SAsma Prusta Phimerlus works as a Coach with Anseye Pou Ayiti. She was born in the community of Moulin, a rural section of Gros-Morne. After her primary & secondary studies, she enrolled at Maurice Laroche School to study accounting. Prusta began her experience in education while teaching at a literacy center. She later became a 2nd grade teacher at the same institution. As her love of teaching grew, she decided to gain more training in the field. In 2009, she enrolled at UNAP university to earn a degree in education. She also participated in two years of training with CARE, followed by training with Teachers Without Borders. She studied school administration in IHFOSED, while also working as a pedagogical director at College ELIM in Gonaives. Despite this past experience, it is with the Anseye Pou Ayiti fellowship that she began to understand how all children can learn and all children can succeed. As a graduate and alumni ambassador of Anseye Pou Ayiti’s fellowship, Prusta is happy and proud to return to her native Gros-Morne as a pedagogical coach with APA to support each child in receiving a quality education.
SAsma Jean Dioumy Saint-Villier works as a Coach with Anseye Pou Ayiti. He is a fellowship cohort graduate of Anseye Pou Ayiti (2015 cohort). Born in Port-au-Prince, he studied music and education at university. He began his career in education at 16 years old when he worked with a program to raise awareness among adolescents about AIDS prevention and health practices to prevent early dropout from school. He believes deeply in the mission of Anseye Pou Ayiti, which inspired him to compose the original song “APA li papa!” which summarizes the work of the Anseye Pou Ayiti movement, which wants to serve as an antidote to the long-standing ills of the education system in Haiti.
NP_EG_headshot Nadège Blanchard works as a Coach with Anseye Pou Ayiti. She was born in the Lawòy section of Lascahobas (Plateau Central). She began teaching since she was a young girl, when she tutored other children in her community each afternoon. As she grew older, her love for teaching only grew. After completing her studies, she began formally teaching in 2011 at Good Shepherd School (Cange) as a substitute and then as a full-time teacher in Good Samaritan School (Sarazin). She later enrolled in teacher’s college, and she was selected for Anseye Pou Ayiti fellowship in 2016. As a Coach with APA, she continues to work for all children in Haiti to receive a quality education.
SAsma Emmanuel Alexandre works as a Coach with Anseye Pou Ayiti. He was born in Gros-Morne (Artibonite). He began his schooling in Port-au-Prince, then completed his primary and secondary school studies in Gros-Morne. In 2015, he began his university studies in education at CUPH (Centre Universitaire Polytechnique d’Haiti). He has been teaching since 2004. In 2016, he was selected for the Anseye Pou Ayiti fellowship, which is where he understood how and why teaching must be done differently. APA equipped him with techniques and methods, showing him every child must receive the same opportunity to succeed. He is now working as a Coach in his hometown, so he can offer his contribution toward all children receiving a high-quality education.
SAsma Rolf-Phanel Soulouque works as Assistant, Alumni Ambassador & Partnerships department at Anseye Pou Ayiti. He was born in Boucan Carré. He studied education at Université Autonome (Port-au-Prince), specializing in communication. His experience in teaching began informally while he was completing secondary school. He was selected for the Anseye Pou Ayiti fellowship in 2016, during which he taught in Hinche. His dream is to see all teachers in Haiti who focus on developing their students’ competencies, instead of only subject matter. In the same way the world is evolving, schools must also evolve so that teaching supports the true development of our nation.

Anseye Pou Ayiti Advisory Board

Jean-Claude Brizard (Chair) Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Reny Diaz Arango Vice President of Multiplatform Insights & Development at NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Patrick Dessources Haiti Financial Advisory Services Coordinator, Root Capital T. Morgan Dixon Co-Founder & CEO, GirlTrek Julie Kennedy Founder & CEO, Kinesis Group Alexandra Morgan-Kisarale Program Analyst, Dimagi, Inc. Ivanley Noisette Human Rights Advocate Guerschmide Saint-Ange Director of Oversight, Governance & Finance, New York City Department of Education Valda Valbrun CEO and Founder, The Valbrun Consulting Group NP_EG_headshot