Nesly Metayer, PhD, is an accomplished manager, with deep experience in strategic management, organizational capacity-building, program implementation and creating partnerships with local communities, public and private foundations and government agencies. He has served in leadership positions at Tufts University, the Center for Public Management at Suffolk University, the Center for Community Health, Education & Research and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Haiti, and a Doctorate in Administration from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, and has been awarded several other degrees and fellowships.
Metayer has strong connections with the Haitian Community in Boston as chair of Haitian-Americans United and as a volunteer at grassroots Haitian organizations. He also remains involved with Haiti, providing consultation to the State University of Haiti, grassroots groups and local government.
Kyung-Nam Oh is a cellist, conductor, and music teacher. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in music from Kyung-Hee University in Korea and then went on to earn a Master’s degree from Ball State University and a Performance Diploma from Indiana University.Mr. Oh has taught cello for more than twenty years and his students have won numerous competitions. In a broader context, his students have developed in many cases as role models for the societies in which they live and work. Mr. Oh has played cello in numerous solo and chamber music recitals including in the US. Midwest, South Korea and Hungary. Mr. Oh believes his role is as much being a mentor to his students as it is in being a teacher. With this philosophy in mind he has served as Director of various youth groups including Master’s Youth Orchestra and Anderson University Summer String Camp. Mr. Oh was also an adjunct faculty at Anderson University and Taylor University in Indiana before moving to Boston.
Assistant Artistic Director/ Piano & Saxophone Teacher
Seychelle Dunn-Corbin is a saxophonist known for her inclusion of African American artistry in performance and education. Prior to her work in the Greater Boston area, Seychelle worked in education for the Baltimore Public School system and is an alumna of Morgan State University; a Historical Black College. While attending MSU, Seychelle studied with accomplished composers Dr. James Lee III and Dr. Nkeiru Okoye, as well as, jazz saxophonist Tim Green and pianist Dr. Stephanie Bruning. She was an active participant of the marching band, symphonic winds, and jazz ensemble; as well as a highly active member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Upon completing her studies and earning both a B.A. & M.A. degree in music, Seychelle furthered her education at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Ma earning her graduate performance diploma while studying with classical saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky. It was at Longy that Seychelle was able to refine her skills as a classical musician, participating in as many ensembles as she could; Seychelle has performed a wide variety of both original and transcribed manuscripts. Currently Seychelle performs in the Area 9 Quartet, as well as various chamber music settings; in addition to serving as piano faculty at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and as a freelance teaching artist. She is highly involved with the surrounding community having served as board member of the Ashmont Hill Chamber Music Society and currently as the Director of Educational Programming with Castle of our skins; an organization that promotes and celebrates black artistry. Seychelle has dedicated her musical and artistic exploration to preserving and discovering the music of black composers and musicians in both classical and contemporary styles. She has launched several concert recital opportunities within the community that explores repertoire for wind instruments written by African Americans and has commissioned several pieces for both saxophone & piano, as well as saxophone quartet. Seychelle will continue her studies this fall as a full grant recipient Doctoral Candidate at Boston University.
After School Program Director/ Summer Program Coordinator
Chantal is the director of the After School Program and Summer Program coordinator. She has been with YOFES for the past three years. Her job entails recruiting students, overseeing classroom and enrichment activities, and maintaining partnerships with different schools & churches and the community at large.
Wilson coordinates the music program at YOFES. He works well with teachers, students, YOFES staff and parents. He provides cultural mediation, manages parent relations and leads music program recruitment. He organizes teacher schedules, supervizes staff and organizes parent meetings to ensure the music program is fully operational. Wilson has been with YOFES for more than 10 years.
Farah has been with YOFES since 2006. She began as a volunteer Teacher’s Assistant and now works as Student Liaison as well as manages string and wind instruments in the loan program. She supervises Youth Leaders, manages office software, and helps with student transportation for special events and performences. Farah liases with Teaching Artists and staff to manage and track student attendance and promote retention.
Belinda assists with day-to-day operations in the main office including greeting families, registering students, answering the phone, and maintaining files. In addition to working at YOFES, she is finishing a degree in biotechnology and is also taking viola lessons in the OAMEC music program. Belinda has been at YOFES for the past 4 years.
Dauphin is YoFES Webmaster/graphic designer. His different roles involve multimedia production, especially around the periods where major YoFES cultural events require promotional audio/video material for radio and television broadcast.
He started to work at YoFES in 2011 during our preparation of Haiti’s earthquake memorial.
Every year, for our summer program, he works with a few youth leaders in designing students and staff T-shirts through the process of serigraphy (the art of silk-screen printing) that he introduced here as an alternative to costly commercial printing.
Mr. Elie Jean-Louis worked in education for more than 34 years, as a classroom teacher in both Cambridge and Boston, as the assistant principal of the Richard J Murphy School, as the principal of the Charles H. Taylor School, and as the assistant superintendent for Elementary A and Network C schools. During his 9-year tenure at the Taylor School, student performance in both literacy and mathematics improved significantly, and English Language Learners achieved academic parity with their monolingual peers. Mr. Jean-Louis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in French Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s Degree in French Literature from Boston College. Mr. Jean-Louis is presently an academic consultant at YoFES.
Project Smart Program Manager
Dr. Joel Piton is the Program Manager for Project Smart: a STIs and HIV/AIDS prevention and education program at Youth & Family Enrichment Services (YoFES). This program is funded by the Boston Public Health Commission to conduct group, individual, and community level interventions addressing issues of HIV/AIDS, STIs, and Hepatitis B & C among youth of color particularly Haitian and Haitian-American youth between the ages of 15 to 25 years. The aims of this program are to decrease risk transmission and acquisition of STIs and HIV/AIDS, provide early screening, and link participants to medical care. The program helps participants to be more assertive when it comes to making sound decisions about their lives. Dr. Piton brings many years of experience providing prevention and education training in the areas of HIV/AIDS, STIs, Tuberculosis and mental health to the larger Haitian community.
Daniel loves working with people from diverse places and has a penchant for International Relations and Languages. As a Health Educator at YOFES, he enjoys the social and educational aspect of his duty. It is rewarding for him to see how more and more fellow Haitians living greater Boston neighborhoods are gaining awareness and knowledge about both the reality of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in their community and the appropriate prevention methods.