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  • Rev. Lucien Duperier Founder & CEO Maryse Clairzier Board Secretary Britta W. Eberle Assistant Board Secretary Michelle Arya Chair Evens Fontil Chief Financial Officer Yodeline Guillaume Chief Information / Communications Officer Wladimir Lahens International Liaison Jean Lafontant Operation Program Director Marie Duperier Treasurer Jean Lafontant

BOARD MEMBERS

Rev. Lucien Duperier Founder & CEO
Maryse Clairzier Board Secretary
Britta W. Eberle Assistant Board Secretary
Michelle Arya Chair
Evens Fontil Chief Financial Officer
Yodeline Guillaume Chief Information / Communications Officer
Wladimir Lahens International Liaison
Jean Lafontant Operation Program Director
Marie Duperier Treasurer


Jean Lafontant

Jean graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in neuroscience and behavior. Jean is currently taking steps toward becoming a physician and he will be applying to medical schools very soon. Jean currently works as a lab technician conducting cancer research in the Center for Drug Discovery (CDD) at Northeastern University. Jean has experience working as an advocate and resource coordinator at Health Leads, a non-profit. He worked to increase the access of individuals to community resources that could help ameliorate their most pressing issues.

 Jean believes greatly that significant leaps of progress are made in the world when people combine loving action with critical thinking and hard work. Furthermore, Jean is inspired and geared to action when he witnesses the human capacity to endure and persevere in the most trying of trials, refusing to let the fire of life die. Jean is inspired by the capacity of love to overcome domination and misery. Jean is inspired by the power of collective action to turn unassailable into the surmountable.

 Jean enjoys reading, particularly critical theory, philosophical and sociological texts. Jean enjoys watching basketball and football (he’s trying to ease soccer into his sports regimen too, though unsuccessfully at the moment..), watching movies and critiquing them, going to stand-up comedy shows, studying chess, and running.

 Jean is deeply disturbed that despite living in a time with unprecedented levels of wealth, the vast majority of people still suffer from profound lack and misery. Jean believes the first step in the journey to rectifying these state of affairs is foremost, helping to empower individuals educationally so that they can get to the business of understanding their struggles, and joining as well as repairing the rampant irrationality that abounds in their world. Nothing is going to change by merely theorizing about it, one needs to put one’s ideas within the crucible of action. Non-profits like the MAII are unique actors with abilities to coalesce intelligent people and good ideas from the community, toward giving people in need tools to change their reality. There is too much work to be done for Jean to be merely engrossed in the minutia of his own life.

 Jean deeply admires and respects, a handful of people who in many regards rescued him and ushered him into his intellectual maturity. These people are Paulo Freire, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and Bell Hooks. Jean can’t choose one above the other because each did something unique and unquantifiable for him. The compassion and love that infused their writing seized upon an amorphous longing in his heart and turned it into something concrete. They awoke in him his most valuable possession, his critical capacity.

 Jean is a true gourmand or vacuum cleaner depending on how kind you are when it comes to potato chips. Every time he purchases a family size (kettle cooked bbq to be specific) bag, Jean tells himself, Jean, this time it’s going to be different, you’re not going to crush this bag in 20 minutes. At the very least try to get it to last an hour… Jean still has yet to succeed. Nonetheless Jean has faith that one day he’ll learn self-control. But you know what, in the meantime, he has no regrets!


Michelle Arya

Michelle Arya holds a doctorate in genetics from Tufts University, a master of liberal arts from Harvard University and has worked in scientific research for over ten years.  She also serves as co-chair of the sponsorship committee and is an event leader/volunteer for the Massachusetts chapter of the Association of Women in Science.  She also co-owns, with her husband, the Proletariat Cook, a purveyor of wild apple butter.


Britta Wynne Eberle

Britta holds a BFA in visual arts from UMASS Amherst, and has taken multiple continuing education courses in various fields of professional development. She has also been credited individually and with a team in the past for several professional advertising awards.In her spare time she can be found cooking vegetarian fusion cuisine, reading, writing and learning about international non-profit business resources.