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. Presently, she is a university professor and researcher. Charlene’s research interest is in the social and psychological development of immigrant students in the U.S. and Afro-Caribbean students in their native land. While working as a school psychologist and doctoral students her passion for using psycho-educational cultural tools to support Haitian students’ identity development through academic instruction. In her free time Charlene enjoys traveling, dancing, and attending cultural community events.

Charlene DeSir, TEN Global

Founder

Saran Mignott is the co-founder of T.E.N. global with Charlene one of  her dearest friends as an intentional labor of love. She has been passionate about serving others and this is when she is the happiest. Aiding in the growing impact of T.E.N. while spreading the positive stories of her ancestral beginnings is in direct alignment with her desire to bring people  together of varying backgrounds. As an extension of her work with T.E.N. she currently serves as the Lower School Diversity Chair at The Buckley School in New York City where she is committed to bridge the gap between families and the school administration through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion education and the practice of fellowship. As a part of T.E.N. and the organizational values, the mission will undoubtedly lead to a bright future full of growth and opportunity for many.

President

James Seale Collazo is an activist and anthropologist who 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 is a leader in the Asociación Puertorriqueña de Profesores Universitarios, UPR’s professors’ association, and now serves as co-coordinator of the Mesa de Diálogo Martin Luther King, an ecumenical human rights advocacy group. As a Puerto Rican, he hopes the 19th-century patriot Ramón Emeterio Betances’ call for a Confederación Antillana will be heard in the 21st century, overcoming the racist legacies of colonialism to unite the Caribbean’s ethnically and linguistically diverse societies on the basis of our shared environment, indigenous heritage, and histories of struggle.

Treasurer

Paul Altine has spent most of his career helping individuals and families to create positive changes in their lives. His singular focus throughout his professional life has been in service to educate and inspire people to their highest potential. An alumnus of F.A.U and Antioch University, Paul holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Paul has worked to help families heal from the wounds and scars of active addiction and mental illness. Recently Paul has made a career change into the retirement & financial planning field. As a result of his training and background in psychology, Paul takes a unique perspective and approach to financial literacy and planning. He views financial planning as a mission to empower individuals, families and communities to create impact today and for the generations to come. Paul decided to join Global T.E.N. as Treasurer in order to assist the organization in pursuing its noble vision of empowering Haitian children through education and spiritual awareness. Global T.E.N.’s vision aligns with his values and the kind of legacy he wants to leave. Paul also aims to strike a balance between work and leisure time, for leisure time, Paul enjoys participating in community drum circles and listening to live music with friends and family.

Paul Altine TEN Global

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. came to teaching in the late 1970s through two converging paths — working in a community-oriented bicycle repair shop and guiding young people on outdoor learning experiences. Discovering the joy and meaning she found in being with young people, learning with and from them, and supporting their social and intellectual growth, she became a high school history teacher. Rooted in a Quaker faith, multiracial feminism and liberation theology, she lived into her high teaching years for twelve years. Having the opportunity to support student teachers in their practicums revealed the power and importance of engaging and nurturing a next generation of teachers. Hence, she took up the work of teacher education with a focus on preparing aspiring teachers to know the communities of their students and their families and to embrace teaching as a “practice for freedom”(bell hooks), equity and the well-being of all. Since her retirement in June 2020, she have brought my commitment to justice and my love of learning and teaching into her Quaker faith community — locally, regionally and nationwide –to support a deepening journey into challenging racism and other forms of oppression within Quaker communities and organizations. Daily she sustained by a yoga practice, the Quaker community around her, walks with her spouse Wendy and their sweet dog, Rory, and the delight of waking early to see another sunrise.

Sven Kaludzinski was a co-founder of the Mexican-American Educational Foundation in New York which funded and supported a mentor network of undergraduate and graduate students of Mexican descent for high school students of Mexican descent.  He was also the first employee for My Turn in Fall River, MA where he taught GED and college prep classes to at-risk youth and organized the community to provide free wrap-around services to his students such as free childcare and bus passes. As a law student, he interned at the Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Division.  After graduating law school, he worked for Public Counsel for its foster youth project and separately represented asylum seekers, including minors, on a pro bono basis. He successfully argued for the grant of temporary protected status to a minor based on a public policy argument of derivative status, not known to have been previously granted. 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 the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law.

Stessie Camant completed her secondary education in Haiti and successfully passed the rigorous baccalaureate exam. She plans to pursue her college degree in education and social services. Presently she works as a staff supervisor in a family-owned business. She also serves as the coordinator for the youth projects in Haiti. Being familiar with the Haitian education system and living Haiti, she has been able to sustain the goals of T.E.N. of fostering positive youth and PanAfrican education through summer programming. She is an asset to the organization not only for her commitments but also fluency in Haitian Creole, French, and English. She is also a cultural broker for the organization, In her free time, she enjoys singing, going to the beach, and exploring remote rural areas in Haiti.

Stessie Camant, T.E.N. Global Haiti Coordinator