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Hope for Miami Welcomes Three New Staff Members

ELSI JEAN-BAPTISTE

Hi, tell us a little bit about who you are, where you’re from and how you found out about Hope for Miami.


My name is Elsi Jean-Baptiste and I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I’ve been married for almost 7 years to my Haitian Sensation and we have a wonderful 2 year old munchkin. I found out about HFM through my church friend, Tab!


How will you be serving with the Hope for Miami team?


I am now the Human Resources Coordinator- my responsibilities include interviewing, onboarding, tracking evaluations, trainings, employee files, etc.


How do you think your skills/gifts, knowledge and interests equip you to do your tasks?


I have always loved doing any kind of administrative work (I like to think that I am very organized) and I am a supreme extrovert , which is why I decided to pursue my degree in HR Management. So I have found that this job is allowing me to tap into both of those aspects perfectly!


Finally, tell us something interesting or fun that will help us get to know you better.


My hubby and I are obsessed with traveling! We like to go on at least one big trip, and several smaller scale trips every year. Some of my favorite places that we’ve traveled so far include England, Spain, Paris, Italy, Greece, and St. Croix.

MARISA PAGLINO

Hi, tell us a little bit about who you are, where you’re from and how you found out about Hope for Miami.


I grew up in Tampa, Florida in an Italian family. I found out about Hope for Miami through working at Urban Promise where I worked with Project U-Turn and the After School Program.


How will you be serving with the Hope for Miami team?


I will be serving the team by being the Youth Council Leader and also a Compass Facilitator. I teach substance abuse prevention techniques to middle schoolers and also lead a youth council of passionate students who lead the way in these techniques among their peers.


How do you think your skills/gifts, knowledge and interests equip you to do your tasks?


Being a collegiate cheerleader at Florida Atlantic University has taught me how to bring the fun into any environment. My love for people and compassionate heart have equipped me to serve these students through my background in journalism and ministry.


Finally, tell us something interesting or fun that will help us get to know you better.


I love to play sports, but I also love to spend time at the library. I love cooking and spending time outside with nature. My happy place is definitely the beach! I love to eat sour gummy worms and to take a spontaneous adventure every chance I have.

EDINE COLLOT

Hi, tell us a little bit about who you are, where you’re from and how you found out about Hope for Miami.


My name is Edine Collot and I’m originally from Boston MA. I grew up in N Miami. my family is Afro-Latino and Haitian and I’m bi-lingual.


How will you be serving with the Hope for Miami team?


I discovered Hope for Miami by researching the different partners we are involved with. I discovered from the Department of Children and Families how many years Hope for Miami has served kids as well the fact that the agency is hands-on with Miami Dade County Schools.


How do you think your skills/gifts, knowledge and interests equip you to do your tasks?


I’ll be working the Hope for Miami’s Compass program as an Educator to facilitate workshops with youth and parents on how to stay safe from drugs and alcohol addiction.


Finally, tell us something interesting or fun that will help us get to know you better.


Working to educate the community to help individuals flourish has always been a passion of mine. And I believe that my creativity in helping establish “safe zones” in the community will not only benefit everyone, but it will also help foster collaboration among the various sectors of Miami.

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