Meet Our Board of Directors
Dr. Frantz Dorsainvil
Founder/ Director of Finance
Dr. Frantz Dorsainvil is a Haitian-American who has made Nassau County his home for the past 25 years. He is a well-respected member of the Haitian community as well as the mainstream public at large. He has earned a Doctorate degree in Education Leadership and Technology from Dowling College. He has also earned two masters degrees in education from Long Island University, C.W. Post and College of New Rochelle. He has received his Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from SUNY College at Old Westbury (1995), where he has found his calling as an educator.
Dr. Dorsainvil has always found the time to help the community through the Television Program “Tele-education”, for which he has hosted for over 15 years. He utilizes the television program to educate, and inform the Haitian-American community in Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.
He is a motivator who propels the community into action when his homeland needs assistance from the diaspora. He worked very closely with Uniondale Public School District and the Uniondale Fire Department in collecting funds and donating goods. He has traveled to Haiti to distribute medical supplies and other basic supplies for daily living long after the earthquake. He has also traveled as a humanitarian to Kigali Health Institute, Rwanda Africa to bring donations to genocide victims and orphans.
In addition, local organizations called upon him for assistance in speaking about Haiti and the Haitian-American community in Long Island. Dr. Dorsainvil is very passionate about education and helping others. He is very excited about the Gift of Writing Foundation and its mission. He is looking forward to work with individuals, institutions and organizations who are willing to support our mission.
Marie Lexoune Marcellin
Marie Lexoune Marcellin immigrated to the States, from Haiti, at the age of three. As a student growing up in the public school system, she experienced how every child, regardless of assigned labels or limitations, was given the opportunity to become a lifelong learner. That is the main reason why she pursued her goal of becoming an educator. She decided to be part of a team that teaches children to invest in his/her self and end the cycle of low expectations and stagnation.
Marie-Lexoune Marcellin graduated from Suny Old Westbury with a Bachelor of Art in Industrial and Labor Relations. Three years later, she attended C.W. Post/Long Island University and received a Master of Science in Counseling. Marie Lexoune Marecllin has a strong sense of community spirit and the need to support, heal and encourage is greatly being enforced.
Her humanitarian efforts have included volunteering at various homeless shelters, community centers, cycling marathons, Haiti relief efforts, working with the genocide survivors in Africa, etc.
Psy.D- Director of Development
Maxine Nwigwe, Psy.D is a passionate social justice advocate and engagement professional that firmly believes in the power of education, culture and art to build communities that foster individual empowerment and progressive social change. She holds a bachelor’s in Biology & Society from Cornell University and a doctorate in clinical psychology from The George Washington University.
Maxine designs learning environments and develops strategic professional programs that promote cultural awareness and community engagement. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, counseling and community engagement; directs academic initiatives in engaged scholarship, community-based learning and asset-based community development; and consults with community based organizations and K-12 schools on capacity-building and youth engagement.
A person who owns a pencil is one with the ability to create, shape and share his/her own narrative. It is indeed a gift, a true tool of writing and righting. Maxine is excited to be part of an organization that embodies such a strong message of empowerment, opportunity and social change.
Director of PR & Marketing
Hikeam Hankins is a undergraduate student at Long Island University majoring in Accounting. In the past few years, he has held several leadership positions in his school and the community: He has served as the President & Student Leader of the Males Engagement Initiative, Member of The Corridor Counts Inc., Student Member of Uniondale High School's Character Education Committee, and President of Student Council of Uniondale High School. He created and operates the IOS Application Tracker Elite, and is the Founder and CEO of Hankcart.com. He has applied his creativity and technology skills to build the foundation's website. He is looking forward to contributing his talents toward the Gift of Writing Foundation!
Director of Operations
Adeola Tella-Williams has been an educator for over 15 years. She has worked as an adjunct professor and taught in Japan as well as the Middle East.
Mrs. Tella-Williams is the African Diaspora. She was born in Queens, New York to a Jamaican mother and Nigerian Father. However, she was raised in Nigeria and later moved back to the United States where she completed middle school and high school. She attended Virginia Union University, a Historically Black College and University, earning a Bachelor's of Science degree in Political Science and Elementary Education. She completed her Master’s degree at Hofstra University in Social Studies and Secondary Education, and then went on to get a school administration certification from the College of New Rochelle. She hopes to be of service to as many people as possible and aspires to bridge the divide between African people in the west and the east.