Born and educated in Haiti, Ms. Estelle Marcellus Dubuisson emigrated to New York where she studied nursing at the Columbia Institute, specializing in the care of babies. Later, she became a licensed Medical Technologist at the Bronx VA Medical Center in New York, having studied at NYC Community College and Manhattan Medical and Dental Assistant School. She has retired from this position.
While raising three children and working as a medical technologist, Ms. Dubuisson began to collect dollars from co-workers to send to Haiti. By 1976, she decided to found Friends of the Children of Lascahobas, Haiti.
Ms. Dubuisson has earned numerous awards for her service and dedication to the community, including the Pierre Toussaint Medallian, Caribbean Mother of the Year award (twice) and a Community Service Award, among others. She has belonged to many organizations, including the International Black Women Congress, the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club and the International Society for Clinical Laboratory Technologists.
At age fourteen, Calixte emigrated to the United States from his Haitian birthplace, attending Erasmus Hall and then Boys High School before going on to be graduated from Kingsborough Community College with an Associate in Applied Science. In 1976, he completed his undergraduate studies at Medgar Evers College and received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Transportation.
He began working as a supervisor for the Consolidated Railroad Corporation in 1978 then transferred to the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Metro North line from which he recently retired. Retirement is simply an opportunity for Calixte Jean-Pierre to spend more time serving others. During his railroad career, Calixte joined the Secular Franciscan Order; their main tasks are to serve others, especially the less fortunate people in society.
He has continued to devote himself to many hours of selfless work in Newark, New Jersey's St. Ann's Soul Kitchen since 2003. "When Aunt Estelle asked me to join the 2006 FCLH Medical Team", I just said, "yes" without knowing how much I would be able to accomplish. On my first trip to Haiti, I was trained by Dr. Butler Jean-Louis and by my cousin, Danielle Deshommes and went on to encounter a life-changing experience.
After that first trip, I felt obligated to become part of FCLH. Now I have become a member of the organization. I feel very proud to be part of Friends of the Children of Lascahobas, Haiti. This year has been my fifth trip to Lascahobas with the medical team. In fact, Gary Dubuisson, the Vice-President, and I had to go early in order to prepare for the medical team's arrival. I believe I will be in Lascahobas every year with the medical team. It is very rewarding.
Professional Corporate Real Estate executive with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, client relationship management and architecture. She is currently an Assistant Vice President at MetLife. She is the functional head of Global Client Relationship Management/Strategic Space and Occupancy Planning, responsible for the development of global and regional workplace strategies and space optimization. Prior to MetLife, Betty was Sr. Vice President, Northeast Strategy Officer for Citibank's Corporate Real Estate Services.
Betty received her Masters of Architecture degree from Columbia University and her Bachelors of Business Administration from Baruch College.
Betty is the proud mother of her only child Khalid McCaskill who is currently a Senior Institutional Sales Associate at Macquarie Capital
President and Medical Director of the Westfield Eye Center in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Kenneth C. Westfield, M.D is one of the founders and was the first medical director of the Nevada Eye Bank. After moving to Las Vegas, Nevada to start his practice, Dr. Westfield was the first Ophthamologist in the area to do cataract surgery in a free-standing ambulatory surgery center and conduct refractive surgery.
From 1982 to 1990, he serviced a large managed care contract successfully and was the first to serve under-served rural areas with satellite clinics in Mohave County, Arizona.
In addition to volunteering his time with FCLH, Mission Cataract USA and LIGA, a group of doctors who all parts of the world to administer medical care to the needy, Dr. Westfield teaches at the University of Nevada Department of Surgery and is also instructor of a course on Epikeratophakia. He belongs to numerous medical associations, including the American Academy of Ophthamology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American College of Eye Surgeons, the National Medical Association and the American Intra-Ocular Implant Society.
During his free time Dr. Westfield enjoys traveling with his family; golf; and L.A. Laker's basketball games.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dr. Butler Jean-Louis is an optometrist based in Bloomfield, New Jersey where he has practiced for the past 20 years. He is a member of the National Optometric Association, past member of the New Jersey Optometric Advisory Committee and the New Jersey Eye Care Council of Northern New Jersey Eye Institute. In 1982 he was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America.
As the Chief Optometrist of FCLH, Dr. Jean-Louis has been taking yearly trips to Haiti with FCLH since 1983. He received the FCLH Humanitarian Award in 1985. He is also a member of the Montclair State University Health Careers Program Advisory Board and gives yearly career counseling lectures to the incoming freshman class at the University. He also visits local area high schools to promote Optometry during Career Day.
A graduate of Ithaca College in Ithaca, Dr. Jean-Louis also earned a BS and OD degree from was the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He is the father of two sons, and enjoys building computers and reading during his spare time.