Governance

CapraCare is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation headquartered in New York City.

The programmatic work of CapraCare is guided by our Board of Trustees and developed and managed by the Officers and leaders in our management team.

Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH

Chairman

Jean Pierre-Louis, MPH, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CapraCare. He obtained both his B.A in Public Health and M.P.H in Health Care Administration and Policy at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York.

Mr. Pierre-Louis, who is Haitian born, founded CapraCare in April 2009 in response to the gross inadequacies of medical and preventive health services in Haiti. CapraCare is a primarily Haitian-led, non-governmental community health organization located in the southern province of Fonfrède, Haiti. The organization is the leading community health resource serving a community of 20,000 men, women, and children with very little access to health care. CapraCare’s mission is to promote health change through individual acts of courage. As a result, the organization has spearheaded and mobilized an ever-growing number of volunteers, public health and medical professionals in distributing health education, mental health, and pediatric care services to Haiti’s underserved Les Cayes and Fonfrède Community.

Cordell K. Brown, M.B.A

Vice Chairman & Strategic Planning Officer

Cordell K. Brown, M.B.A is a Director at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. He leads a team of professionals in the Sponsored Projects and Funds practice, and assumes overall operating responsibility for a wide range of RPA’s sponsored projects. He ensures the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, internal systems, policies and procedures. He is a resource and strategic advisor to projects and donors on a variety of organization and management issues.

Cordell is a founding Board member of CapraCare, Inc. and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board and Strategic Planning Officer. He also serves on the Marketing & Communications Committee and the Event Planning Committee. While at CapraCare, he has developed the Ambassador Program and has served as the host and master of ceremony for most of the gala fundraiser events.

Cordell has a strong quantitative and qualitative background in strategic planning, sophisticated metric and trend analysis, and program/project management. Previously, an Assistant Vice President at MetLife, Cordell held a broad range of diverse roles. As a senior leader in Strategic Planning, he was responsible for driving and implementing strategic planning policies and processes, monitoring performance against plan, and supporting significant initiatives that drive results. Prior to that, he was a Leadership & Management Development Director, where he helped transform the MetLife culture from a mutual company to a high-performance public company, coaching over 1600 senior and executive leaders. His other prior responsibilities included IT Strategy & Planning Director, Strategic Human Resources Director, and IT Project Manager.

Cordell serves on nonprofit boards as Vice-Chairman & Strategic Planning Officer of CapraCare, Inc. and Vice-President of Diving For Life, Inc. He is a Fordham University graduate, who received a double-major B.A. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, then a double-major MBA in Management, and Information & Communications Systems, graduating summa cum laude and first in his class. Cordell was honored by Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2007 list of America’s “Top 50 Under 50” MBA Corporate Executives. He also holds a Certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership from the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service. Cordell is a native New Yorker who enjoys travel, downhill skiing, and SCUBA diving around the world.

Junior Louis

Treasurer

Junior Louis, is a young professional currently working as an Assistant Vice President at Barclays in the Business Performance and Analytics unit. Prior to his employment with the Barclays, Junior worked at Goldman Sachs’ Funding Controller department where he helped manage the Profit & Loss process for Goldman issues unsecured debt. He is a graduate of Baruch College of the City University of New York with a Bachelors of Business Admiration in Finance and Investments. Junior was born in Haiti, raised in Brooklyn and believes in order to see change, you have to go out there and pave the way.

Mikal Finkelstein, MD

Board Secretary

Mikal Finkelstein, MD, is a Physician and public health practitioner with considerable experience providing clinical care, program development, and community education in Haiti, Central America, Africa and New York City. She received her Doctor of Medicine from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed her pediatric training at New York University Medical Center. She also has a Masters in Public Health from New York University College of Global Public Health. And, is a fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association.

As a Pediatrician, Dr. Finkelstein began her career providing outpatient and inpatient pediatrics in busy urban settings. In 2010, she answered the urgent call for physicians following the earthquake in Haiti, which is when she chose to immerse herself in global public health. Since then, she has traveled to underserved areas worldwide to serve as a volunteer physician to care for patients in rural areas and teach medical students and health care workers. She has spent much of this time in Haiti, a country which she holds dear to her heart.

Since joining the CapraCare Board of Directors in March 2016, Dr. Finkelstein has taken on the role of Board Secretary and Chair of the Health Care Committee. She is enthusiastic about CapraCare’s mission, as evidenced by its work on the ground as an organization that is truly a community based sustainable approach to public health.

Jean A. Grassman, MS, PHD, CPH

Jean A. Grassman, MS, PHD, CPH is an Associate Professor and Environmental and Occupational Health expert in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College. Jean is also an expert in toxicology, the application, use and ethics of biological monitoring. She also serves as the Track Coordinator for the Doctor of Public Health (DPH) program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Geraldine Y. Joseph, RPA-C, MPH

Geraldine Y. Joseph, RPA-C, MPH is a seasoned Registered Physician Assistant – Certified with a broad base of clinical experience in all aspects of medicine. She received her Physician Assistant degree from Howard University and her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Care Management from Brooklyn College. She is a compassionate individual who has been seeking for long time to help bring positive health change to Haiti. We are so fortunate and honored that she has chosen to join our team to help bring about that change to Haiti. Beside English, Geraldine is fluent in several other languages including French and Haitian Creole.

Dr. Peggy R. Robinson, DAOM, LAc.

Dr. Peggy R. Robinson, DAOM, LAc., has successfully integrated activism and medicine for more than 15 years. As a founder and co-owner of Cornerstone Healing, she provides holistic quality patient care that incorporates both Western and Eastern philosophies. At Cornerstone, Dr. Robinson applies her clinical experience treating a wide variety of health problems, including gynecological, fertility, gastrointestinal, anxiety disorders, and dermatology. She has extensive expertise treating skin maladies such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne, and has received specialized training in using non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments to reduce wrinkles, frown lines, and bags caused by aging.

Honored with the Daisy Mitchell Fellowship for her human rights work, Dr. Robinson serves to provide medical assistance to underrepresented communities in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently working to establish healthcare facilities in underdeveloped countries. Dr. Robinson is also the founder and director of Emmanuelle’s Place, a non-profit organization providing quality holistic health care services and education to empower women in need. Trained in the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) detox protocol, Dr. Robinson uses this unique form of acupuncture to benefit patients who suffer from substance abuse and other threatening addictions.

Dr. Robinson earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Africana Studies from Albany State University, and received the degrees of Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) and a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is a New York State Licensed Acupuncturist and Certified Chinese Herbalist, and an active member of the Acupuncture Society of New York and NADA.

Betty Wolder Levin

Betty Wolder Levin has been at City University of New York (CUNY) since 1986. She taught at Brooklyn College for 30 years and helped develop its MPH program. She was actively involved in developing the CUNY doctoral program in public health and the school of public health. She teaches courses on social and bioethical aspects of public health. She is a medical anthropologist best known for her research on ethical issues in the NICU who has conducted ethnographic and survey research funded by CUNY, the March of Dimes, the United Hospital Fund and the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and participated in interdisciplinary team research at Columbia University, NYAM, and the Hastings Center. She has conducted research concerning childbirth, pediatrics, HIV/AIDS, palliative care and “urban bioethics” (with attention to race, class and urbanicity). Her research contextualizes bioethical issues in their broader cultural context. Dr. Levin has been an active member of the Pediatrics Ethics Committee at New York Presbyterian Hospital since it was founded in 1984. She has served in a number of positions for the American Public Health Association including as the founding editor of “Public Health Matters” for the American Journal of Public Health, Chair of the Ethics Forum and on the Executive Board of the NYC affiliate, PHANYC. She has also been active in the American Anthropological Association and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. A primary goal has been fostering collaboration among the disciplines of public health, medicine, anthropology and bioethics.

Andrea G. Seiden, MS

Andrea G. Seiden, MS, is the Founder and Managing Director of JumpStart, a woman-owned small business, to create and deliver effective educational and communication programs to accelerate awareness and understanding of relevant scientific discoveries for healthcare professionals. Andrea’s keen strategic thinking is based on years of leadership in needs-based medical education activities addressing a wide variety of clinical topics.  Andrea’s commitment to knowledge transfer education programs that inform healthcare professionals’ decision making reflects JumpStart’s goal of improving patient care and shared communication. As Managing Director, Andrea conceptualizes and supervises the development of comprehensive print, electronic, and tele/web educational programs for multi-disciplinary audiences (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals).

Andrea is an avid runner and has participated in several marathons and races in the New York area.  Andrea recently led a grass roots capital campaign for a large non-profit organization in Westchester County, New York, and regularly volunteers her time to several local community groups.  Andrea also has her second Masters degree, in Public Health, at New York University.

Freda Steinberger

Freda Steinberger is a psychology professor at Brooklyn College located in Brooklyn, New York. She teaches courses in the Dept. of Health and Nutrition Sciences; undergraduate courses: Child Development, Health Counseling, and Personal and Community Health; graduate Courses: Family and Personality Development, and Health Counseling.

Freda is also a School Psychologist, specializing in psychological evaluation of children, educational planning, counseling and crisis intervention. In-service training programs for guidance counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists: Gender Identity in Children, Attachment and Academic Achievement.

Madelene Sutton

Madelene Sutton is a multi-faceted, results-oriented, human resources professional with more than 15 years of experience and PHR certification. Areas of expertise include recruiting; training and development; performance management, policy development and implementation; employee relations; legal human resource compliance; compensation; benefits; EEOC, and AA Compliance. Strengths also include analytical, organizational, and problem solving skills; strong interpersonal and written communication skills; and the ability to relate effectively to individuals at all levels within the organization.

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