Louise Yvette Crevecoeur Charles, Public Health Nurse, currently working at the Cambridge Public Health Department/ Cambridge Health Alliance.
Born and raised in Haiti. Graduated from a three year nursing program at the State University of Haiti, School of Nursing Simone Ovide Duvalier. Completed two years required residency or social service. Completed two years of Community Health /Public Health Nursing at the Public Health Nursing School State Program of Haiti. Worked as a community Health Nurse in several villages and at the Ministry of Health Office as a Program Coordinator. Also, worked as a Program Coordinator for the Salvation Army World Services Office a non-governmental health program. Immigrated to the United States with husband and two children. Worked at Somerville Hospital as a Nursing Assistant while preparing to take the State Nursing Exam. Passed the Commission on Graduate from Foreign Nursing School exam CGFNS and the Nursing Board Examination RN-NCLEX. Worked as a Visiting Nurse at the Cambridge Visiting Nurses Association. Attended the RN to BSN program at Emmanuel College. Worked at the Cambridge Hospital Zinberg Clinic, an HIV focused program. Transferred to Cambridge Public Health Department, working as a Public Health Nurse including the Tuberculosis program.
Recipient of The New England Black Nurses Association Award in 2007.
“Michele Klau has been a psychiatric nurse for almost forty years, serving as an inpatient head nurse, hospital supervisor, outpatient therapist and psychopharmacologist. She specializes in the treatment of trauma at the Victim of Violence Program at Cambridge Health Alliance where she is a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She is also a senior staff clinician at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University. Since 2008, Ms. Klau has been a member of the Haitian Mental Health Team at Cambridge Health Alliance. She was one of 5 members of her Team to receive the distinguished Schwartz Center Award for Compassionate Care, in part because of her efforts in caring for survivors of the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. Ms. Klau remains passionately committed to continuing to serve the Haitian community of Boston through clinical care, consultation and advocacy as well as education towards the de-stigmatization of mental health issues.”
Yvon Lamour, M.Ed., M.S.W.
Yvon Lamour, a recognized leader and advocate for the Haitian community, with decades of experiences as guidance counselor, teacher, trainer, and Teacher-In-Charge of the Bilingual English Language Acquisition Department and the International Student and Family Center at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, guiding students of varied races and ethnicities plan for their future. In 1983, following his attendance at the Haitian Creole Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Lamour founded the HCDC-Haitian Creole Development Center for the purpose of conducting language courses and seminars, developing, and disseminating Haitian Creole materials. He has organized teacher trainings in 70+ Communal Sections throughout deep Haiti and taught Haitian Creole for Haitians and non-Haitians alike. An author and recipient of various community awards, he also enjoys a high standing for his never-ending involvement in community affairs related to politics, culture, linguistics, and education. Lamour received his B.S. in English Literature with a minor in ESL-English as a Second Language from University of Massachusetts/Boston, and his M.Ed. and M.S.W. from Boston University.