Franckline Casimir-Benoit, ESQ, CTFA, Managing Director and Trust Counsel, is an accomplished professional with over 25 years of experience in estate and trust administration. She is the founding member of the non-profit, Ecole Salem Education EBNJ Inc. In 2018, Ms. Casimir-Benoit was appointed to the American Bankers Association’s CTFA Advisory Board to serve a four-year term. She is a board member of the Haitian American Nurses Association of Garden State and the past Chair of the Board of Trustees of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Irvington, NJ. She is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Bergen County and the Heart Advisory Council of the American Heart Association. Ms. Casimir-Benoit is passionate about education, good health and well-being; hence, her mission about providing quality education to the students of Ecole Salem in Desdunes, Haiti, as well as helping prepare the generation of trust and wealth advisors to develop professionally and forge fulfilling careers. She is also devoted to help the underserved communities. In 2018 she received the Inaugural Leadership Award for inspiring commitment to professional excellence from the Mount Holyoke Black Alumnae Society. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Ms. Casimir-Benoit also earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law and she is admitted into the bar in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C. Ms. Casimir-Benoit is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA), a graduate of Cannon Trust School and the ABA National Graduate Trust School. She also holds the Claritas Investment Certificate awarded by the CFA Institute in 2013.
Reverend Elveus Sylvain was born in L’Estère, Haiti. He serves as an Advisor to Ecole Salem Education EBNJ Inc. After he obtained his baccalaureate degree (equivalent to 1st year of University) at “Collège Lamartinière” in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, he immigrated to the United States in November 1980 and joined Eglise Baptiste de la Nouvelle Jérusalem (EBNJ) in December of that same year. He graduated from Lincoln Tech in 1984 as a mechanic, and from Ecole Evangélique de la Bible in 1986. He received an associate degree and a Bachelor degree in Theology at Philadelphia Biblical University. In May 2016, he obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Cairn University at Langhorne PA. He has lectured and preached in many churches on leadership. He has been married for 34 years to his lovely wife, Christine and from that union they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. After serving in several different posts at EBNJ, he was ordained Pastor in August 1986 and served as Associate Pastor until 2015, when he became the Senior Pastor. He has a passion for learning and plan to pursue a PHD in Theology. His vision is to prepare the flocks for an aggressive and effective outreach program of evangelization, strengthen the families and build strong communities.
Jerry Sylvain and his wife Fedna are the proud parents of a baby boy. He attended Montclair State University where he earned a B.A. in Psychology, and in 2012 he received a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Argosy University. Jerry has traveled to Haiti each year since 2009 with the International Mission of Eglise Baptiste De La Nouvelle Jerusalem. In addition, he visited the school to assist the administration of the Institution Mixte Salem. Jerry enjoys working with young people. He is the Secretary of the Board of New Jerusalem Baptist Church and has served the youth of the Church in several capacities from Public Relations to President of the Young Adults Ministry. He is a Human Resource Manager, at Biotrial Inc.
Abel Jean-Baptiste serves as the Treasurer of Ecole Salem Education EBNJ Inc. He and his eleven siblings were born in in Desdunes, Haiti. He is now the Chair of the Board of New Jerusalem Baptist Church. He is passionate about the mission of this organization and knows first hand the impact of having a good education. Abel and his wife are the proud parents of two daughters and a son and works as an Assistant Manager for a retail bank located in New Jersey.
Catherine Benoit is a Junior and Economics major at Yale University. She is the Vice President for the Black Solidarity Conference, Yale’s largest undergraduate conference, which welcomes over 700 colleges students to Yale’s campus every year to discuss issues about the African Diaspora. For 2 years she served as the Head of Housing and Outreach of the conference. Her interest in Ecole Salem Education EBNJ Inc. started when she visited the school in March of 2017, where she saw her direct impact of organizing school supplies into the very backpacks worn by the students. This experience inspired her to take a class called Sustainable Development in Haiti where she studied topics in Haitian history, government, and public health among others. Her studies coupled with her visit to Desdunes inspired her to write her final paper on the education system in Haiti, which included a case study of Ecole Salem, and ultimately emphasized the importance of the coalition of NGO and diasporic funding. Ms. Benoit is passionate about equal access to quality education, which has led her through many tutoring opportunities throughout high school and college.