Our Team

Founder – CEO

Dr. Charlene Desir received her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has worked as a school psychologist, K-12 school counselor, and school administrator in Massachusetts district. Presently, she is a university professor and researcher. Her research interest is in the social and psychological development of immigrant students in the U.S. and Afro-Caribbean students in their native land.

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Founder

Saran Mignott is an executive suite professional with several years’ experience as a project manager and assistant in New York City. Saran is a highly accomplished professional having represented international companies in the private sector, bringIng her abilities to plan, coordinate and supervise large-scale projects to the non-profit sector. Having worked in crisis communications and spent several years in public relations, she leverages her diverse talents to the online visibility and growth of T.E.N. Global.

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Artist Scholar in Resident

Zipporah Michel is a Haitian-American South Florida artist trained in graphic design, illustration, and fine arts with a deep interest in ancient civilizations and enriched tribal histories. Her work has been featured in “Roots of the Spirit” curated by Ludlow E. Bailey of the Contemporary African Diaspora Art (CADA), ArtServe, Inc., and the Broward Art Guild. As an alumnus of the New World School of the Arts in the visual arts, Michel seeks to continue her education in Media Arts and Animation to educate others of African descent to pursue the arts. tzipora-art.com

President

James Seale Collazo teaches 9th grade World History at the Escuela Secundaria UPR, a laboratory school that is part of the University of Puerto Rico’s Río Piedras campus, since 2007. He holds a doctorate in Education from Harvard University and a Master’s in School Administration and Supervision from the University of Puerto Rico. Prior to that, he taught high school in San Juan, PR, and San Francisco, CA, and worked as a community organizer in the Puerto Rican neighborhoods of North Philadelphia. He serves as Associate Editor for the Anthropology and Education Quarterly and is President of the Río Piedras chapter of the Asociación Puertorriqueña de Profesores Universitarios.

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Treasurer

Paul Altine has focused on helping people to create positive changes in their lives. His entire career has been in service to educate and inspire people to their highest potential. An alumnus of Florida Atlantic University, Paul holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a result of his training and background, Paul takes a unique perspective and thoughtful approach to financial planning. He views financial planning as a mission to empower individuals, family and communities to create impact today and for the generations to come.

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Melissa Lucien, the very first Miss Haïti Florida, is a young woman with many talents as well as accomplishments. At the young age of 22, she has received her bachelors in Sociology at Florida Atlantic University despite all of the hardships and challenges she went through. With the aspiration to become a lawyer, she currently works as a Legal Clerk in Immigration Law to bring a change to this unpredictable society that we currently live in. On top of serving as Miss Haiti Florida, Melissa’s main area of interest is youth empowerment- especially when it comes to little girls and young women. She wishes to change the narrative around Haitian immigrants while providing opportunities for growth to the younger generations.

Polly F. Attwood, M.Div., Ed.D. experienced a “call” to teach when she worked in a Cambridge, MA bicycle repair collective that provided tools and teaching to those interested. Drawn to the young people who came in, she realized the joy and meaning she found in this work. She earned her teaching credential through a unique program at Harvard Divinity School where the work of Paulo Freire, Audre Lorde and Parker Palmer deepened her call to teaching for equity, justice, and liberation. After teaching high school social studies/history and learning alongside student-teachers she mentored, she returned to school to earn her doctorate in education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Sven Kaludzinski has served as the general counsel for a consumer finance company seeking to reduce CO2 emissions through its financing of green residential home improvements. Most recently, he was the general counsel for a mission-driven community development financial institution that provides fair and affordable small-dollar loans to families in underbanked and underserved communities. Prior to becoming a general counsel, Sven was the head of legal for the global residential business unit of a large solar developer. He has built and managed international legal teams for nearly a decade. Sven holds a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs from Tufts University, an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from USC’s Gould School of Law.