GEPSIE M. METELLUS
Gepsie Morisset-Metellus is co-founder and founding Executive Director of the Haitian Neighborhood Center Sant La, an award-winning neighborhood resource center that serves as a lifeline for the Haitian immigrant population of South Florida.
Her community involvement spans over three decades. She currently serves on the Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council and the Miami-Dade School Bond Oversight Committee. She is an active member of the Miami Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and the Greater Miami Chapter of the Links Inc. She is also active in many community organizations, collaborations and initiatives.
In addition to hosting a Creole-language show targeting the Haitian community of South Florida, Gepsie is a frequent national media commentator about the issues that impact the community at large. She has also authored several articles, white papers and publications about the Haitian experience such as The Haitian Presence in the United States; Haitians: Their History and Culture; The Long Journey of South Florida’s Haitian Community and The Magic of Little Haiti.
Her many awards from local, state and national organizations include recognition of her exemplary leadership, community service, advocacy and impact on important community issues. Among these are: In the Company of Women, Miami ICON, Outstanding Americans by Choice, MCCJ Humanitarian, M. Athalie Range Miami Pioneer, Women of Impact, and Florida International University’s Kal Kovens Distinguished Community Service Medal.
Ms. Metellus is multilingual and has a multicultural perspective shaped by her extensive travel to Europe, Asia, The Middle East and the Caribbean. She is an alumna of the Rockefeller Foundation’s prestigious fellowship, Next Generation Leaders, and of Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management. Gepsie’s motto is “Provide the leadership to get things done!
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Gepsie M. Metellus migrated to the United States at the age of twelve. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in French/Romance Languages from Queens College, New York; a Master of Science in Modern Language Education from Florida International University and a Post Masters Certificate in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. In 2004, she was conferred an honorary doctorate for community service by the Haiti-based Université Jean Price Mars.
She and her husband Gerard Metellus reside in Miami and have no children.